2013 Summer Jazz Colony Participants
Noah Halpern, 17, is going to be a senior at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, WA, where he is a member of the award-winning Roosevelt Jazz Band. He received an Outstanding Trumpet Soloist Award at Essentially Ellington in both 2012 and 2013 and was a member of the 2013 All-Northwest Jazz Band. He has studied with Jim Sisko, Jay Thomas, Jim Rotondi, and Terell Stafford. Noah performs frequently with many groups throughout the Seattle area.
Fernando Ferrarone, 17, attends Felix Varela SHS in Miami, Florida. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays alto saxophone and trumpet. As an alto saxophone player he was 1st chair for the 2013 Florida All state Jazz Band. Also, he is the winner of a 2013 Downbeat Student Music Award as a jazz soloist on alto saxophone and trumpet. As a trumpet player he has been a member of the 2013 GRAMMY jazz band, 2013 Jazz band of America and received a 2013 YoungArts merrit award. Wynton Marsalis presented Fernando with an outstanding soloist award at the 2013 Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Max Lesser, 16, is a rising junior at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. His awards include the Los Angeles Jazz Society's 2011 Shelly Manne New Talent Award, an honorable mention in the 2013 YoungArts program, and first place at the 2013 Music Center Spotlight Awards. Max has had the pleasure of studying with many of his musical heroes, such as Adam Schroeder, Gary Foster, Walter
Ryan Park-Chan is a 16 year-old saxophonist from New York City. He currently attends the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Jazz Division and is a member of the New York Youth Symphony's Jazz Band Classic program that has played concerts with artists such as Wycliffe Gordon, Phil Woods, and Brian Lynch. He has performed with musicians such as Jonathan Batiste and Marcus Printup. Smith III, Dayna Stephens, and Aaron Parks.
Trombonist Sam Chess, 17, is a senior at University High School in Tucson, Arizona. He additionally attends the Tucson Jazz Institute, where he plays lead trombone in the Ellington Band, their top ensemble. The Ellington Band won the 2013 Essentially Ellington competition in New York City, where Sam won an outstanding trombone soloist award from Wynton Marsalis. Sam has also been selected to travel with the 2013 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Trombonist Coleman Hughes, 17, is a junior at Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey, where he plays lead trombone in their award-winning jazz band, Chameleon. Coleman won the Ella Fitzgerald Soloist award at the 2013 Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center. He was selected to the 2012 and 2013 GRAMMY Jazz Band and Monterey's Festival Next Generation Jazz Orchestra in 2012 ad 2013. Coleman has been a member of the Mingus Big Band, the Christian McBride Big Band, and the Michael Dease Big Band.
Joey Cozza's jazz studies began at the age of 12 at the Sacramento State Jazz Camp, followed by 3 years of participation in the Rio Americano "AM" Jazz Ensemble. The AM Band has been to the Monterey Jazz Festival for the last three years, and was invited to the Essentially Ellington Festival at Lincoln Center two years in a row, where Joey received an award for Outstanding Pianist. Joey has also been to New York for the Charles Mingus Festival at the Manhattan School of Music for the last two years with his high school jazz combo, "The Minguyz." In 2013, their combo took first place in the Public High School Division and three of the members earned Outstanding Soloist awards.
Robbie Lee, 16, will be a junior at Tucson High Magnet School in Tucson, AZ. He started playing piano at age 12 and now plays with the Tucson Jazz Institute's Ellington Band whom have recently won awards at competitions such as the Next Generation Jazz Festival and Essentially Ellington. His awards include Outstanding Soloist in both the NAU and Fullerton Jazz Festivals, as well as an Outstanding Tripler Award on Piano, Vocals, and Saxophone at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Competition.
Austin Thomas is 17 and going to be a senior at the High School for Performing and Visual arts. He participated in the 2013 JEN conference in Atlanta. He started playing piano at the age of 12. He is a part of the HSPVA combo and big band. He was self-taught until age 14; analyzing the concept of improvisation and harmonic structure in classical music given and through teaching books. He has played with Joel Frahm, Cory Cox, Helen Sung, Brandon Lee, Bill Vonderhaar, J.B. Dyas, Tim Hagans. He has attended clinics by Eddie Gomez, Jason Moran, Bob Morgan, Mike Moreno, Robert Glasper, Marvin Stahm.
Jeremy Dorsey is a senior at HSPVA in Houston. He is a member of the HSPVA jazz sextet, which went on a peer-to-peer tour to Indianapolis with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz with Antonio Hart and is going to Norway in 2014, and its big band. Jeremy was also a 2012 Brubeck Colonist, and has attended the UNT summer combo workshop. He has performed throughout the Houston area, and at the 2012 and 2013 Jazz Education Network conferences.
Steven Rothe will be a senior this fall at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona. Was selected to play in the Arizona All State Honor Jazz band on guitar in 2013. He is also a member of the Highland High School Jazz Band 2 Black. He has performed, competed and received awards at The Highland Jazz Festival, and The Reno Jazz Festival. He currently studies with Jeff Libman, the professor of Jazz guitar at Arizona State University, and has also studied privately with Eric Rasmussen, the director of Instrumental Music at Scottsdale Community College, and Michael Kocour, the director of Jazz Studies at ASU.
Evan Wright, 16, picked up the guitar at age 11 and two years later was playing blues in venues across New Jersey. Currently, Evan studies jazz guitar with Vic Juris. He has attended the Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute, Jamey Aebersold's Summer Jazz Workshop, and the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies program. Evan also studies classical piano and plays alto sax in the wind symphony at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, where he will be a junior.
Born and raised in NYC, Cole Davis, a jazz bassist, is a junior at LaGuardia H.S. He is a scholarship student at the Manhattan School of Music pre-college division. Through the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, Cole was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Global Music Foundation workshop in London. In 2012 and 2013 Cole was selected for the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony Program. He was also selected for this year's Vail Jazz Workshop.
Daryl Johns, is a 16 year old bassist who attends the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College on full scholarship from the Sidney Frank Foundation. Daryl was named WBGO's "Jazz Star of Tomorrow" at the 2011 Champions of Jazz, Lincoln Center. Daryl has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the 2011 & 2012 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. He also was selected to play in the 2011 & 2012 GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble. Daryl was named a 2013 YoungArts Finalist. Other performances include The Larry Coryell Trio featuring a week engagement at the Blue Note NYC double billed with The Stanley Clarke Trio. The Wolff/Clark Expedition with Michael Wolff and Mike Clark, The Lenny White Quartet, Wallace Roney Quintet and Russell Malone Duo.
Zachary Lavine, 17, a senior at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona, has been selected for the Arizona All State Jazz Band and is the recipient of soloist awards from the Fullerton and NAU jazz festivals. He is the bass player for the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Big Band, the 2013 winner of the Essentially Ellington competition, 2012 winner in the community band division, and the 2012 winner of the Next Gen competition.
Joshua Foster, 17, a senior at Southwest High School in Fort Worth, TX, began playing drums for his church at 4 years old. In 2012, he was selected to the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble ranked as #1 and has received numerous outstanding musician, best soloist and outstanding rhythm section player awards. Joshua has been influenced by drummers such as Chris Dave, George "Spanky" McCurdy, Jason Thomas, Buddy Rich and Sonny Payne.
Cameron MacIntosh, 17, has been playing drums for 7 years and resides in South Orange, New Jersey. After starting at age 10, Cameron began studying with privately with the legendary Joe Morello, among others. He currently studies with Ulysses Owens and Kenny Washington. Cameron has been a member of the 2012 Grammy Band, 2012 and 2013 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Vail jazz Workshop, and has recently participated in the Essentially Ellington competition with the Jazz House Big Band from Montclair, NJ, where they took 2nd place and the "Outstanding Rhythm Section" award.
Ashwin Prasanna, a 17 year old rising senior, is a native of Holmdel, NJ. Ashwin was born with a love of music and has been drumming since he was 3 years old. He went on to become a GRAMMY Camp finalist, win numerous outstanding soloist awards, and perform with the Music for all Jazz Band of America and the NAfME All-Eastern Jazz Band. He has also held the drum chair for the NJ All State Jazz Band for three years. Last summer, Ashwin performed at the Montreux & Tuscia in Jazz festivals on a European tour with the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra. He was recently selected to be a member of the 2013 Vail Jazz Workshop.