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2012 Summer Jazz Colony Particpants

Jalon Archie is a native Houstonian who began playing drums for his church when he was 3 years old. Jalon studies jazz at Houston's High School for Performing Arts under the direction of Warren Sneed. Jalon has been mentored by artists such as Sebastian Whitaker, Marvin Sparks, Wilbert Archie, and Matt Wilson. Studying under their tutelage has not only made him a good percussionist, but a percussionist of great character.

Simone Boszormenyi, 16, guitar, will be a senior at Bentley School in Lafayette, CA. After studying jazz guitar for only three years with Brian Pardo, she's played with the SFJAZZ High-School All-Stars, The SF Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, The Jazz School's Studio Band, and its Advanced High School Workshop, which won a Downbeat Award.

Max Boiko is a junior at Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble in Sunrise Florida. He has studied with Wycliffe Gordon, Jim Catch, Sean Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Jim Rotondi, Dave Stricker, and Terrell Stafford. Max has received the Outstanding Soloist Award at Essentially Ellington in 2011 and was a scholarship recipient for the Gold Coast Jazz Society 2011.

Sean Britt, 17, will be a senior this fall in Hingham, MA where he is a member of the Hingham High School Jazz and Wind Ensembles. His performing experience includes playing lead guitar with the Harbor Jazz Band, and with the 2011 Massachusetts Southeastern District Jazz Band. Sean has attended Eastman School of Music's Summer Jazz program in 2011 and 2012, and currently studies with Tim Miller, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. He has received instruction from Bob Sneider and Pat Martino.

Grant Cherry, 16, will be a junior at Sabino High School, Tucson, Arizona. He started playing piano at age 12, and has been the principal pianist at the Tucson Jazz Institute for the last three years. His awards include Outstanding Soloist at the Jazz At Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Competition in 2010 and 2012, and Outstanding Soloist awards from Northern Arizona University and Fullerton Jazz Festivals. He studies privately with Michael Kocour, Director of Jazz Studies at Arizona State University, and has been playing professionally since age 13.

Jeremy Corren, 17, is a junior at the Los Angeles County Highschool for the Arts. In 2012, Jeremy won First Place in the Music Center's Spotlight Awards in the Jazz Instrumental Category. That same year, one of Jeremy's original compositions was selected for a Downbeat Student Award. For two consecutive years, he and the LACHSA Big Band have been awarded fi rst place at the Next Generation Jazz Festival; also, Jeremy and the Colburn Monday Night Band won 2nd Place in the Open Combo Category.

Cole Davis, 16, will be a junior this fall at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art in NYC where he is the bassist in the Thelonious Monk Combo Program, senior jazz band and senior orchestra. He plays in the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra as well as the NYC All-City Jazz Ensemble. Cole is a recipient of a full scholarship at the Litchfi eld Jazz Camp and Skidmore Jazz Camp. Cole has worked with jazz artists such as Terrell Stafford, Clarence Penn, Matt Wilson and Gary Smulyan.

Jeremy Dorsey is a junior at Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He is a member of the school's top big band and combo, both under the direction of Warren Sneed. He has performed throughout the Houston area as well as at the 2012 JEN conference.

Maximilian Gerl, 17, will be a senior this year at Booker T. Washington HSPVA, in Dallas, TX. He is a current member of his school's Jazz Combo I, Jazz Singers, R&B Ensemble, and Latin American Ensemble. He was also selected for this year's Vail Jazz Workshop.

Sam Hart is a 17 year-old alto saxophonist that lives in New City, NY. He performed and recorded with the 2012 HS Grammy Jazz Band and is a 2011 Downbeat Student Award recipient for Outstanding Performance. Sam has headlined with his quartet at Nyack Jazz Week, opened for Whoopi Goldberg at NJPAC, performed at an NCAA fundraising event, appeared as special guest at Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, and appeared at Panasonic Headquarters with NJPAC Jazz for Teens. Sam attends the Precollege Program at Manhattan School of Music. He is also involved in his community with the Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble as lead alto player. Sam will be applying to colleges in the fall.

Daryl Johns, a rising jazz star, is a 16 year-old bassist who was a semi-fi nalist in the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition. T.S. Monk wrote: "Daryl represents everything this music is about, his respect for the history belies his youth." Daryl performed a week at the Blue Note NYC with the Larry Coryell Trio double billed with The Stanley Clarke Trio. Daryl was WBGO's Jazz Star of Tomorrow at the 2011 Champions of Jazz, Lincoln Center, NYC. He was fi lmed with Chick Corea for a documentary celebrating Chick Corea's 70th Birthday in NYC.

Blake Manternach, 17, will be a senior this fall at West High School in Iowa City, Iowa. He plays in his high school's Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. He also plays in the University of Iowa's Johnson County Landmark Band. Blake was also selected for the 2012 Jazz Band of America and the 2012 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. He has studied with Rich Medd, Jonathan Allen, Tom Garling and Michael Dease. Blake has had the opportunity to play with Paul Mckee, Terell Stafford, Jonathan Batiste, John Fedchock, Michael Mossman, and Peter Apfelbaum.

Michael Mitchell, 17, will be a senior this fall at Booker T. Washington HSPVA, Dallas, Texas. His musical experience includes Brubeck Institute, Skidmore Institute, Thelonius Monk Institute All-Star Jazz, Vail Jazz All-Stars, DownBeat Awards, Outstanding Solo Performance Next Generation Jazz Festival, and performing with Herbie Hancock at the 2012 International Jazz Day New Orleans, Louisiana.

Elena Pinderhughes, Jazz, Latin and classical fl autist/vocalist Elena has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House, Yoshi's, Davies Symphony Hall, and festivals throughout the country. She has won numerous awards, been featured on several CDs, and toured in Brazil, Cuba, Italy, and Switzerland. She studies with Michelle Caimotto and Bennie Maupin.

Tim Rachbach, 17, a senior at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona, has been selected for the All State Jazz Band for three years and has won several outstanding soloist awards. He is the drummer for the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band, 2012 winner of Essentially Ellington and Monterey Next Gen competitions. He has performed with Brice Winston, Shelly Berg, Chuck Berghoffer and others.

Quinn Sengupta, 17, will be a senior this fall at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois. He has been playing piano since age 7, and studying jazz with Joan Hickey since age 14. He has attended Interlochen Arts Camp jazz program, placing into their top combos and big bands in 2010 and 2011. He has performed in numerous jazz and classical competitions, and most recently placed first in the Allstate Honors Jazz Combo.

Nate Sparks was first introduced to music at age six, taking fundamental piano lessons. In 5th grade he picked up the trumpet and in 7th grade he began studying jazz. His studies have led to recent accomplishments such as the making the 4A All-State Jazz Band, the 2012 Jazz Band of America, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. His future goals include attending a music school in a year. 

Jyron Walls is a saxophonist from Houston, Texas. He's been playing music for six years and has gained many great experiences in this time. He was originally instructed by Texas Southern University professor Malcolm Ratcliffe.  Since beginning his musical journey he has encountered obstacles physical and mental but has continued to press forward. He will create joy through art.