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JEA Board

JEA Board is formed by professional jazz musicians and enthusiastic music education supporters. All defend a high quality music education for all.

Jazz Education Abroad Board

CEO

Gene Aitken

Dr. Gene Aitken, Grammy Award Winner and Fulbright Scholar, is considered one of the most exciting and energetic jazz educators and clinicians globally. He is recognized as a visionary in both jazz education and computer technology.

His activities as a conductor, performer, composer, adventurer, clinician, adjudicator, and producer of educational events have led him to all corners of the globe. As founder of Jazz Education Abroad (JEA), a United States 501c3 non-profit organization formed in 2012, Dr. Gene led JEA to share his love of jazz music with 26 countries in South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition, JEA assists individuals with disabilities and offers scholarships to refugees in countries where jazz workshops are held. JEA has received funding from many organizations and embassies throughout the world, as well as from the United States Department of State and the European Union.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded Dr. Gene and the University of Northern Colorado Vocal Jazz Ensemble the prestigious 1985 Grammy Award. It is the only Grammy Award ever presented to a vocal jazz ensemble in an institution of higher education in the United States. To date, Dr. Gene has produced more than 45 CDs from the University of Northern Colorado, the Taipei Jazz Orchestra, and other professional instrumental/vocal jazz ensembles.

The State of Colorado in 1992 awarded Dr. Gene the Colorado Artistic Award of Excellence, the highest honor given to any Colorado artist. It is the only time this honor has been presented to an individual in the field of music.

In June 1997, the National Education Association published a chapter in their book, "Music in the Twenty-first Century" authored by Dr. Gene. The topic of the chapter was the future of music education in the 21st Century.

In June 2007, Dr. Dr. Gene was awarded DownBeat magazine's Jazz Educator of the Year and inducted into the DownBeat magazine's Hall of Fame. In addition, he was the 32nd member inducted into the 1995 International Association of Jazz Educator's Hall of Fame along with Ella Fitzgerald and Doc Severinsen, joining luminaries such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Dr. Gene is one of only four individuals in the world who have received induction into the Hall of Fame of both organizations.

Dr. Gene served as the United States Department of State Cultural Envoy to several countries, including Nepal in 2008 and Chile in 2013. Both appointments were made to help improve relationships with the United States and to promote the values of jazz education and performance in American Jazz, the United States of America’s only indigenous musical art form. Since 2016, he has served on the three-member evaluation team for the Fulbright Specialist Scholar Committee, US State Department, in the area of education. He continues to serve on this three-member Peer Review Committee.

On April 15, 2011, the United States Department of State, on behalf of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, announced Dr. Gene was the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist Award to assist in developing a Jazz Studies program and curriculum at Fu-Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Dr. Gene has authored more than 30 articles for national and international journals on jazz education and computer technology, and Kendor Music has published several of Dr. Gene’s vocal jazz arrangements.

Executive Director

Mariano E. Abello

Mariano E. Abello, saxophone, flute, clarinet and oboe, has being playing concerts, festivals, and doing master classes and workshops around the world on flamenco, jazz, classical, and Hindustani music. Due to his multicultural background, Mariano is an expert in mixing different cultures as shown in his recording with UrJazz “Thais Por Tangos”.

After graduated summa cum laude in Jazz Studies he did a Masters in Arts in Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy at Florida Atlantic University, where he also taught in the jazz program and revived its jazz festival.

In 2007 he opened the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, in Nepal (www.katjazz.com). In 2008 he funded the non-profit organization Nepal Music Educators’ Society (www.nmes.org.np) to help Nepali music educators. In 2013 he became a board member of the non-profit organization Jazz Education Abroad (www.jazzeducationabroad.org), based in the USA. In 2017 became the Executive Director of Jazz Education Abroad and in the same year opened the KJC Foundation.

Board Member

Christine Helferich Guter

Christine Helferich Guter is a jazz vocalist and studio singer in the Los Angeles area. She performs frequently in LA and Orange County, and has worked with many legendary musicians including Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Rosemary Clooney, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson, Mercer Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Mel Torme.

Christine works extensively in studio settings, and has sung on dozens of Hollywood soundtracks including Star Wars Rogue One, Sing!, Ready Player One, Star Trek Beyond, The Jungle Book, Jurassic World, Despicable Me 2, Men in Black 3, and Spiderman 3. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AFM, and is the lead singer in the nationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, Vocalogy.

She has worked with many legendary musicians including Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Rosemary Clooney, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson, Mercer Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Mel Torme.

Also an extraordinary educator, Christine is active internationally as a lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician, and has conducted numerous All-State Jazz and Honor Choirs. Christine is a member of the California Alliance for Jazz (CAJ), the Jazz Education Network (JEN), the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She is presently on the board of ACDA Western Division as Vocal Jazz R&R Chair, and also serves as the vocal instructor for the Thailand Jazz Workshop through Jazz Education Abroad.
In 2018, Christine received the prestigious “Jazz Education Achievement Award” from DownBeat Magazine, for her work as a jazz educator.

Christine is currently the Director of Vocal Jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach. She teaches private jazz voice lessons, a solo singing workshop, has taught class jazz piano and jazz theory, and directs the university’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble.

Board Member

Dave Glenn

Dave Glenn is the Professor Emeritus from Whitman College, where he served as Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Low Brass at Whitman in Walla Walla, Washington from 1989-2011. He received a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from North Texas State University and a Master of Music in composition from the University of Northern Colorado. Dave Glenn spent 11 years as a professional trombonist in New York City. While there, he played for ten years with the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band and toured extensively with Bill Watrous’ Manhattan Wildlife Refuge, Diana Ross and Lou Rawls. Dave also subbed on tours with Chuck Mangione; Blood, Sweat and Tears; and the Mel Lewis Orchestra. He was on the Grammy-award winning recording Walk on the Water by the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band. Dave Glenn has also recorded two jazz CDs of his original compositions and arrangements, “Journeys” and “National Pastime” (released in June 2009).

He has composed five commissioned works for orchestra, the latest being “Romantic Fantasy on Themes by Mozart” by the Walla Walla Symphony in 2015, along with numerous chamber works including “Fireflies”, the title piece of a CD by the Free Range Saxophone Quartet (Origin Classical Records) and “Sculpture Garden for Piano Quintet”, commissioned by the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. Dave Glenn is an endorsing artist for Conn/Selmer, a member of American Composers Forum, an Origin Records recording artist and a member of the Executive Board of Directors of Jazz Education Abroad.

Board Member

Dan Gailey

Dan Gailey is the Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Kansas, where he directs Jazz Ensemble I, teaches courses in jazz composition, arranging and pedagogy, and produces the annual KU Jazz Festival. He has been named to a coveted Chancellor’s Club Teaching Professorship at KU for 2017-23. Dan is the recipient of the 1996 IAJE Gil Evans Fellowship, presented to an emerging jazz composer from an international field of candidates. Under his direction, the KU Jazz Studies Program has been the recipient of 27 DownBeat Student Music Awards, including Jazz Ensemble I’s 2019 award for Best College Jazz Ensemble in the Graduate Division.

As director of KU Jazz Ensemble I, Dan has led performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Jazz a Vienne Festival in France, the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival in California, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. He also directed the band in invited appearances at International Association of Jazz Educators Conferences in New York City, Atlanta and Boston.

The Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra debut CD What Did You Dream? was released in July 2010 on Origin/OA2 Records and features all original compositions by Dan. The CD spent almost 2 years on the JazzWeek Radio Airplay charts, and received very favorable reviews from JAZZIZ, JazzTimes and Cadence magazines, among others.

Dan has directed all-state high school jazz ensembles in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington, along with the 2015 NAfME All-Northwest Jazz Ensemble and the 1996 National Band Association National High School Ensemble. He holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado (MM) and Pacific Lutheran University (BM).

Board Member

Phillip Dunlap

A jazz pianist, Phillip Dunlap is currently the Director of Broward County’s Cultural Division, a local arts agency with a budget of approximately $9 million that supports the County’s arts and cultural ecosystem through affecting local policy, grantmaking, public art, Arts Education, advocacy, and cultural tourism. Previous to his appointment with Broward County, he lived in St. Louis, Missouri where he served for 12 years as Director of Education and Community Engagement for Jazz St. Louis, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the thriving of jazz in America. During his tenure with Jazz St. Louis, he pioneered after school initiatives for middle and high school jazz training programs, national-level collaborations with Jazz at Lincoln Center, artist residencies, early childhood, and music therapy programs.

Prior to locating to South Florida, Dunlap had served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Webster University, and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville where he taught Jazz History and Music Business. In 2016, he created Business in the Arts, a course for the Entrepreneurship program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis that examines business concepts as they appear in the non-profit arts and culture industry.

As someone who is a champion for arts and cultural diversity in communities, Dunlap previously served as President of Missouri Citizens for the Arts, organizing local and state-wide arts advocacy initiatives. He also served as chair of the Jazz Education Network’s Audience Development committee. In 2011 he was named “30 under 30” by the St. Louis Business Journal and is a 2014 graduate of the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute through the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

He holds Bachelor of Music degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Theory/Composition and a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

International Advisory Board

International Advisory Board

Jamey Aebersold

Jamey Aebersold was born July 21, 1939, in New Albany, Indiana. He attended college at Indiana University and graduated in 1962 with a Masters Degree in Saxophone. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Indiana University in 1992. He also plays piano, bass and banjo.

In 1989, the International Association of Jazz Educators inducted Jamey into their Hall of Fame at the San Diego convention. With this award, Jamey joins other jazz luminaries such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and others.

Jamey is a internationally-known saxophonist and authority on jazz education and improvisation, and has developed a series of Play-A-Longs (book and cd sets (now numbering almost 130 volumes) as well as various other supplemental aids for the development of improvisational skills. The Aebersold book and recording sets allow a musician the opportunity to practice and improvise with well-known jazz personalities at home as well as in the classroom. The recordings employ some of the best jazz musicians in the world. This concept has been responsible for changing the practice habits of thousands of musicians around the world.

Jamey was one of the first to encourage small group classes which concentrate on jazz improvisation, and he is the director of the Summer Jazz Workshops which now have 40+ years on record. Jamey feels that improvisation is something all people can do—and his clinics and lectures concentrate on demonstrating how the creative and spontaneous nature of each person can be brought to light.

Jamey’s jazz quartet plays numerous school concerts throughout the year which show young people how exciting playing jazz can be and they also explain the benefits of making healthy choices in their daily lives. The quartet stresses not smoking and drinking.

These week-long Summer Jazz Workshops are having a profound effect on musical communities around the world. The Workshops have traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, England, Scotland, Denmark and Canada. Every summer there are at least two week-long Workshops in the U.S. These camps employ many of the finest player/teachers in jazz and are open to any serious jazz student regardless of ability or age.

In 2007, Jamey was awarded the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award by Mitch Daniels, the Governor of Indiana.
On October 4, 1987, CBS’ “Sunday Morning” with Charles Kuralt and Billie Taylor featured Jamey with the Summer Jazz Workshops in an exciting jazz educational segment.

Jamey has taught at three colleges and universities in the Louisville, Kentucky area and has made guest appearances in dozens of cities around the world. While conducting a jazz clinic in Brazil he produced a 110-minute DVD/video appropriately titled “Anyone Can Improvise” which has become a best-seller.

Jamey‘s hobby is listening to jazz, especially new young players. He also enjoys playing basketball (he has hit 50 free throws in a row!) and is very much interested in Metaphysics and spiritual pursuits as they apply to the growth of the individual. In December 2004, the Jazz Midwest Clinic bestowed upon Jamey the “Medal of Honor” in Jazz Education.
Jamey has been a driving force in America’s native art form, Jazz, and continues to kindle the fires of musical imagination in those with whom he comes in contact.

International Advisory Board

Dave Liebman

David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching nearly fifty years. He has played with masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others; authored books and instructional DVDs which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field; recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz. He has performed on over 500 recordings with over 200 as a leader/co-leader featuring several hundred original compositions.

“Liebman is among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music . . a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction.” Downbeat Magazine “While others of his ‘60s generation have fallen off their ambition, Liebman has remained dogged about composition and trying different styles…he’s a fighter.” Ben Ratliff, NY Times
“The confidence that Dave Liebman shows in the chemistry of his musicians is justified and each hearing reveals new facets of these musical gems.” Ken Dryden, NYC Jazz Record.

International Advisory Board

Peter Erskine

Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992).

Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt Radio, Scottish Chamber, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony, Oslo and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Peter premièred the double percussion concerto Fractured Lines, composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage, at the BBC Proms with Andrew Davis conducting, and has collaborated frequently with Sir Simon Rattle. He also premiered the Turnage opera “Anna Nicole” at the Royal Opera House in London. Turnage has composed a solo concerto for Peter titled “Erskine,” which received its world premiere in Bonn, Germany in 2013, with a US premiere at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic. Peter has been voted ’Best Jazz Drummer of the Year’ ten times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine and was elected into the magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2017.

International Advisory Board

Eric Marienthal

In 1977, Eric began studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. By the time he left Berklee, Eric had achieved the highest possible proficiency rating given by the school. In 1995, Eric was awarded the Berklee Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contemporary music. He has since gone on to perform in over 80 different countries, recorded 14 solo CD’s and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles.

Eric started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. After returning to Los Angeles Eric became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CD’s with Chick Corea’s band and received 2 of his 5 Grammy nominations. He’s won one Grammy award as part of the GRP Super Live CD. Eric went on to perform with artists such as Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, George Duke, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, The Jeff Lorber Fusion, The Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Brian Culbertson, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Louis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.
Eric has won 2 Grammy Awards and has been nominated 7 times as a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.

Among Eric’s 14 solo CD’s, his latest is entitled “Bridges”, on Shanachie Records. Nine of the songs that Eric has recorded have made it to the top 10 of the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts and 3 have made it to #1. Eric was voted the year’s “Favorite Alto Sax Players” in the Jazziz Magazine Reader’s Poll along with David Sanborn and Phil Woods.

Eric is the head of the online saxophone school at ArtistWorks.com. He has also written 3instructional books, “Comprehensive Jazz Studies & Exercises”, The Ultimate Jazz Play Along” and “The Music Of Eric Marienthal” as well as 3 instructional videos, “Play Sax From Day One”, “Modern Sax” and “Tricks Of The Trade”, all published by Alfred Publishing/Belwin Jazz.

Every summer for the past 20 years Eric has organized an annual fundraising concert for High Hopes. High Hopes is a non-profit organization in Orange County, California that works with people who have suffered traumatic head injuries. These concerts to date have raised well over $2,000,000 for this charity.

International Advisory Board

Deborah Brown

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Deborah’s musical talents have propelled her from coast to coast in the USA, eventually leading her to Europe via Japan and Indonesia culminating in a 12 year residency in Europe.

Performing in night clubs, concerts, jazz festivals, on television and radio soundstages, Deborah has made a name for herself with appearances in more than 50 countries around the world.

Deborah Brown has 16 recordings as a leader and is featured on many others as a special guest artist.

JEA Directors-At-Large

JEA Directors-At-Large

Rosario Giuliani

Completed his formal studies at the "L. Refice" Conservatory in Frosinone obtaining maximum point scores.
Tenacity - talent, a deep-seated passion for all types of music, and great technical prowess have brought Rosario to the fore of the European and international jazz scene. Critics write of him as a true revelation, in France "une benediction".

The enthusiastic and triumphal tones used by the press to describe Giuliani's playing characteristics derive directly from the special sound he creates. With nonchalance he draws from his instruments a fluid phrasing style, at times dazzling, which naturally links him to great saxophonists of the jazz history. Frequent comparisons are made spontaneously by his listeners. But even though this musician has been inspired by, it is the instinctive originality that strikes us, and it is easily found, not only in his instrumental approach, but also in his originally composed scores.

His collaborations in the jazz field have been frequent and prestigious, having played together with the likes of Charlie HADEN, Gonzalo RUBALCABA, Phil WOODS, Enrico PIERANUNZI, Enrico RAVA, Franco D'ANDREA, Fabrizio BOSSO, Martial SOLAL, Jeff "Tain" WATTS, Mark TURNER, Bob MINTZER, Dave LIEBMAN, Joe LOCKE, Joe LA BARBERA, John PATITUCCI, Kurt ELLING, Cedar WALTON, Kurt ROSENWINKEL, Stefano BOLLANI, Biréli LAGRENE, Philip CATHERINE, André CECCARELLI, Daniel HUMAIR, Sylvain LUC, Marc JOHNSON, Joey BARON, Guy BARKER, Melton MUSTAFA, Jean-Michel PILC, Richard GALLIANO and many others.

After having made many recordings with various Italian and foreign record labels, in September of 2000 Rosario Giuliani signed an important contract with the prestigious French recording company Dreyfus Jazz, with whom he has already recorded six very successful albums: "Luggage" (April 2001), "Mr. Dodo" (October 2002), "More Than Ever" (October 2004) with Jean-Michel Pil and Richard Galliano, "Anything else" (January 2007) with Dado Moroni and Flavio Boltro, "Lennie's pennies" (March 2010) with Joe La Barbera,Darryl Hall and Pierre De Bethmann, “Images” (April 2013) with Joe Locke, John Patitucci and Joe La Barbera.
March 2016 released a new album “The Hidden Side” for Parco della Musica records, “Cinema Italia” tribute to Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota for the italian label Jando Music and January 2017 release another album in duo with Enrico Pieranunzi “Duke’s Dream” for the german label Intuition.

Giuliani, a highly appreciated and soughtafter artist in the international jazz arena, divides his time between his Italian, European, and overseas commitments, performing regularly in the following festivals: Jazz a Liegi (Belgium), Gexto Jazz Festival (Spain), Umbria Jazz (Italy), Blue Note Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York), Jazz al Parque (Bogotà-Colombia), Baranquilla Jazz Festival (Colombia), Pasto Jazz Festival (Colombia), Medellin Jazz Festival (Colombia), Jazz a Vienne (France), Jazz Baltica (Germany), JVC Jazz Festival (France), Town Hall (New York), Basel Jazz Festival (Swiss), Porto Rico Jazz Festival, Kanazawa Jazz Festival (Japan), Yokohama Jazz Festival (Japan), Jazz East Rhythm (Shanghai – Cina), Jazz Provence (Russia), Nancy Jazz Pulsation (France), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), London Jazz Festival (UK), Marciac Jazz Festival (France), Oeiras Jazz Festival (Portugal), Ankara Jazz Festival (Turkey), Rotterdam Jazz Festival (Holland) Audi Jazz Festival (Germany), Tomsk Jazz Festival (Siberia),Vilnius Jazz Festival and in other jazz events that take place in California, Japan, Miami, Nuova Caledonia, Israel, Russia & Siberia, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Colombia, Qatar and still other countries.

Impressive is his "trophy cabinet", which counts among the many awards important acknowledgements. In 1996 he won the Massimo Urbani prize, and one year later 1997 he was named "Best Soloist" in addition to his own quartet which won the "Best Group" award at the European Jazz Contest in Belgium. In the year 2000 he took first place honours, by popular vote, in the "Top Jazz" contest in the "New Talent" category and 2010 the best saxophone of the year. The contest is held as an annual referendum by Musica Jazz magazine. Also he won the Jazzit Awards in 2010 and 2013 as the best alto saxophone of the year. This year he got the prize “Ambassador of Italian Jazz in the World”.

From 2013 he’s teacher of Jazz at Saint Louis Music Center in Rome and Conservatorio di Musica S. Cecilia Jazz Department.

Rosario Giuliani's artistic career boasts innumerable and heterogeneous experiences of the highest rank. Performing for internationally famous artists such as Ennio MORRICONE, Luis BACALOV, Armando TROVAIOLI, Gianni FERRIO, Nicola PIOVANI, Ritz ORTOLANI, he has recorded on numerous movie soundtracks.

JEA Directors-At-Large

Robin Eubanks

Five-time DownBeat critics poll winner and electric trombone pioneer Robin Eubanks has covered vast terrain in the course of a 30-plus-year career, but until this year he’d never made a big band album. That changes with the release of More Than Meets The Ear (ArtistShare), a groundbreaking collection of Eubanks’ muscular, interleaved compositions, featuring an all-star lineup.

For those less familiar with Eubanks’ body of work, this album offers a perfect primer, almost serving the role of a “best-of” collection: Most of these pieces have been played in various contexts over the years, and were originally written for groups like the Dave Holland Quintet and SF Jazz Collective, where Eubanks has been a longtime member. But More Than Meets The Ear also ups the ante: Benefitting from a 19-piece band and a yearlong sabbatical from his professorship at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Eubanks built the most harmonically and rhythmically layered work of his career.

“The big band allowed me to really flesh things out,” Eubanks said. “When I originally wrote most of the stuff on here, I was actually thinking of a larger group than I was writing for. Even the stuff I first did with Dave Holland, I was hearing more horns.”

JEA Guest Artists

JEA Guest Artists

Allison Miller

JEA Guest Artists

Antonio Hart

When Antonio Hart was in ninth grade, the music and art programs were cut out of the public schools. Antonio was devastated because the one thing that made school interesting was taken away from him. Hart had a friend that attended the then new Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, and somehow got Antonio an audition.

Most of the students that attended this school had been playing music all of their lives and had private instruction. This did not stop Antonio because he knew this would be the place for him. The night before the audition, Antonio spent hours on the phone with his friend learning a song from one of his music books. He did the best he could because he really could not read the level of music he was trying to play. The school was a hotel that had been made into one of the best learning institutions in the country. Hart was taken to a room to warm up and then, three teachers came in for the audition. He played his piece ‘Hungarian Dance #5’, then he played some scales for them. The teachers said thank you and that was it. Hart prayed everyday, but he did not think he would get in. One week to the day, he received a transfer letter in the mail; he had been accepted! Hart considers this the beginning of his life as a young man and musician.

This was such a change for Hart because this was a very serious school. The academics were hard and the music courses were very challenging. Hart found himself in summer school because he did not cut it that first year, but that was the only summer he went to summer school. After that adjustment period, Hart started to grow very fast. He gives much credit to his private teacher Chris Ford. ‘Mr. Ford took me from the beginning to a level much higher than the average high school student.’ At the school, Hart played a lot a classical music, but started to like Jazz. He felt more of a connection with Jazz because of the people he saw playing it and the chance to improvise.

Hart’s real study of Jazz began at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, he studied with Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee, and Joe Viola. The three teachers gave him the foundation he needed to develop into a professional musician. Hart spent many hours in the library listening to all his favorite musicians, and practicing and playing as much as he could. There were also many late hours in the practice room. Because of the lessons learned at the School for the Arts, Hart really thought it was important to have a balance between music and academia, so in his sophomore year he became a Music Education Major. These courses added other challenges that inspired Hart.

He made many friends at Berklee, but the most important was Roy Hargrove. They spent three years touring the world and recording Hargrove’s first three records. Hart considers Hargrove to be his brother in life and music. He even used Hargrove on his first recording ‘For the First Time.’

Hart wanted to continue his education and study from some true masters of Jazz, so during those first few years on the road, he also worked on a Masters Degree at Queens College. There he had the opportunity to learn from the great Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd. Hart felt blessed and honored when Mr. Heath produced his second recording ‘Don’t You Know I Care.’

His 1997 release, ‘Here I Stand’ Impulse records, earned Hart a 1997 Grammy nomination for ‘Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.’ He has also been in much demand as a guest on over 100 recordings.

Since then, Hart has recorded eight CDs as a leader. The latest, ‘Blessings” JLP Jazz Legacy productions.

Hart balances his time as a full-time tenured Professor at The Aaron Copland school of Music, Queens College, as well as, traveling on the road with his band, The Dave Holland Big band, and The Dizzy Gillespie Big band. In his off time, he likes to practice martial arts. And listen to other styles of music for inspiration. He is constantly trying to get to higher levels on his horn and in his writing.

JEA Guest Artists

Robin Eubanks

Five-time DownBeat critics poll winner and electric trombone pioneer Robin Eubanks has covered vast terrain in the course of a 30-plus-year career, but until this year he’d never made a big band album. That changes with the release of More Than Meets The Ear (ArtistShare), a groundbreaking collection of Eubanks’ muscular, interleaved compositions, featuring an all-star lineup.

For those less familiar with Eubanks’ body of work, this album offers a perfect primer, almost serving the role of a “best-of” collection: Most of these pieces have been played in various contexts over the years, and were originally written for groups like the Dave Holland Quintet and SF Jazz Collective, where Eubanks has been a longtime member. But More Than Meets The Ear also ups the ante: Benefitting from a 19-piece band and a yearlong sabbatical from his professorship at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Eubanks built the most harmonically and rhythmically layered work of his career.

“The big band allowed me to really flesh things out,” Eubanks said. “When I originally wrote most of the stuff on here, I was actually thinking of a larger group than I was writing for. Even the stuff I first did with Dave Holland, I was hearing more horns.”

JEA Guest Artists

James Carter

“You have to be totally comfortable wherever,” Carter says. “I feel that music equals life, that’s the way my teacher always taught me. You just can’t go through life and experience it fully with a set of blinders on. I think there’s tremendous beauty in cross-pollinations of music and influences.”

In many ways, weaving together divergent impulses is at the heart of Carter’s music. Like the late tenor sax titan Ben Webster, he’s given to furious, high-velocity solos, but is just as likely to wax sentimental, using his big, bruising tone to tenderly caress a comely melody. In 2000, he released two albums simultaneously that amounted to an anti-manifesto, a proclamation that everything is fair game.

On Chasin’ the Gypsy, a voluptuous, lyrical session partly inspired by the timeless collaboration between Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, he assembled a thrilling group with violinist Regina Carter and Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, for a project born out of some sound check jamming with Lubambo and Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista during a tour with Kathleen Battle. The groove-laden Layin’ in the Cut, featuring James Blood Ulmer’s former rhythm section with electric bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer Grant Calvin Weston, combines harmolodic freedom with a deep reservoir of funk, and developed out of a project inspired by another legendary guitarist, Jimi Hendrix.

He reinvented the organ combo (with 2005’s Out of Nowhere and again in 2009 with John Medeski on Heaven and Earth), explored the music of alt-rock band Pavement (on 2005’s Gold Sounds), and paid loving tribute to Billie Holiday (on 2003’s Gardenias for Lady Day). Taken in context, Carter’s creative rendezvous with composer, Roberto Sierra, with the Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra made perfect sense.

Now Carter presents us with James Carter’s Elektrik Outlet, a new configuration within which he has found a new groove to explore. Shifting his sax into a keen array of electronics and pedals just might be the perfect “outlet” for Carter to tap into that “frustrated guitarist” that he often describes himself to be. An excellent selection of tunes from Eddie Harris, Gene Ammons, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Minnie Ripperton and others provides impetus for Carter’s Elektrik Outlet to sizzle, slide, and pop. Adding energy to the group are fellow Detroit artists, Gerard Gibbs on electronic keyboards, Ralphe Armstrong on electric bass and Alex White on drums.

JEA Guest Artists

Eric Alexander

Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has been exploring new musical worlds from the outset. He started out on piano as a six-year-old, took up clarinet at nine, switched to alto sax when he was 12, and converted to tenor when jazz became his obsession during his one year at the University of Indiana, Bloomington (1986-87). At William Paterson College in New Jersey he advanced his studies under the tutelage of Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid, and others. "The people I listened to in college are still the cats that are influencing me today," says Alexander. "Monk, Dizzy, Sonny Stitt, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson--the legacy left by Bird and all the bebop pioneers, that language and that feel, that's the bread and butter of everything I do. George Coleman remains a big influence because of his very hip harmonic approach, and I'm still listening all the time to Coltrane because I feel that even in the wildest moments of his mid- to late-Sixties solos I can find these little kernels of melodic information and find ways to employ them in my own playing."

During the 1990s, after placing second behind Joshua Redman in the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, Alexander threw himself into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. He played with organ trios on the South Side of Chicago, made his recording debut in 1991 with Charles Earland on Muse Records, and cut his first album as leader in 1992 (Straight Up for Delmark). More recordings followed for numerous labels, including Milestone and others, leading to 1997's Man with a Horn; the 1998 collaborative quartet session with George Mraz, John Hicks, and Idris Muhammad, Solid!; and, that same year, the first recording by One For All, Alexander's ongoing band with Jim Rotondi, Steve Davis, Joe Farnsworth, Peter Washington, and Dave Hazeltine.

Eric has appeared in many capacities on record, including leader, sideman, producer as well as composing a number of the tunes he records. By now, Alexander has lost count of how many albums feature his playing; he guesses 80 or 90. While he has garnered critical acclaim from every corner, what has mattered most has been to establish his own voice within the illustrious bop-based jazz tradition.

In 2004, Eric signed an exclusive contract with the New York-based independent jazz label, HighNote Records where he has amassed a considerable discography of critically-acclaimed recordings. Most recent among them is “Chicago Fire” HCD 7262, “The Real Thing” with Pat Martino HCD 7278 and “Second Impression” HCD 7296. Eric’s most recent HighNote release, “Song of No Regrets,”(HCD 7311) was featured in Downbeat’s “Hot Box”. He is currently working on a new recording project which will see commercial release in mid-2019.

Eric continues to tour the world over to capacity audiences. Using NYC as his home base he can regularly be seen in the city’s most prestigious jazz clubs.

JEA Guest Artists

Jamey Aebersold

Jamey Aebersold was born July 21, 1939, in New Albany, Indiana. He attended college at Indiana University and graduated in 1962 with a Masters Degree in Saxophone. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Indiana University in 1992. He also plays piano, bass and banjo.

In 1989, the International Association of Jazz Educators inducted Jamey into their Hall of Fame at the San Diego convention. With this award, Jamey joins other jazz luminaries such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and others.

Jamey is a internationally-known saxophonist and authority on jazz education and improvisation, and has developed a series of Play-A-Longs (book and cd sets (now numbering almost 130 volumes) as well as various other supplemental aids for the development of improvisational skills. The Aebersold book and recording sets allow a musician the opportunity to practice and improvise with well-known jazz personalities at home as well as in the classroom. The recordings employ some of the best jazz musicians in the world. This concept has been responsible for changing the practice habits of thousands of musicians around the world.

Jamey was one of the first to encourage small group classes which concentrate on jazz improvisation, and he is the director of the Summer Jazz Workshops which now have 40+ years on record. Jamey feels that improvisation is something all people can do—and his clinics and lectures concentrate on demonstrating how the creative and spontaneous nature of each person can be brought to light.

Jamey’s jazz quartet plays numerous school concerts throughout the year which show young people how exciting playing jazz can be and they also explain the benefits of making healthy choices in their daily lives. The quartet stresses not smoking and drinking.

These week-long Summer Jazz Workshops are having a profound effect on musical communities around the world. The Workshops have traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, England, Scotland, Denmark and Canada. Every summer there are at least two week-long Workshops in the U.S. These camps employ many of the finest player/teachers in jazz and are open to any serious jazz student regardless of ability or age.

In 2007, Jamey was awarded the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award by Mitch Daniels, the Governor of Indiana.
On October 4, 1987, CBS’ “Sunday Morning” with Charles Kuralt and Billie Taylor featured Jamey with the Summer Jazz Workshops in an exciting jazz educational segment.

Jamey has taught at three colleges and universities in the Louisville, Kentucky area and has made guest appearances in dozens of cities around the world. While conducting a jazz clinic in Brazil he produced a 110-minute DVD/video appropriately titled “Anyone Can Improvise” which has become a best-seller.

Jamey‘s hobby is listening to jazz, especially new young players. He also enjoys playing basketball (he has hit 50 free throws in a row!) and is very much interested in Metaphysics and spiritual pursuits as they apply to the growth of the individual. In December 2004, the Jazz Midwest Clinic bestowed upon Jamey the “Medal of Honor” in Jazz Education.
Jamey has been a driving force in America’s native art form, Jazz, and continues to kindle the fires of musical imagination in those with whom he comes in contact.

JEA Guest Artists

Dave Liebman

David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching nearly fifty years. He has played with masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others; authored books and instructional DVDs which are acknowledged as classics in the jazz field; recorded as a leader in styles ranging from classical to rock to free jazz. He has performed on over 500 recordings with over 200 as a leader/co-leader featuring several hundred original compositions.

“Liebman is among the most important saxophonists in contemporary music . . a leader and artist of integrity and independent direction.” Downbeat Magazine “While others of his ‘60s generation have fallen off their ambition, Liebman has remained dogged about composition and trying different styles…he’s a fighter.” Ben Ratliff, NY Times
“The confidence that Dave Liebman shows in the chemistry of his musicians is justified and each hearing reveals new facets of these musical gems.” Ken Dryden, NYC Jazz Record.

JEA Guest Artists

Rosario Giuliani

Completed his formal studies at the "L. Refice" Conservatory in Frosinone obtaining maximum point scores.
Tenacity - talent, a deep-seated passion for all types of music, and great technical prowess have brought Rosario to the fore of the European and international jazz scene. Critics write of him as a true revelation, in France "une benediction".

The enthusiastic and triumphal tones used by the press to describe Giuliani's playing characteristics derive directly from the special sound he creates. With nonchalance he draws from his instruments a fluid phrasing style, at times dazzling, which naturally links him to great saxophonists of the jazz history. Frequent comparisons are made spontaneously by his listeners. But even though this musician has been inspired by, it is the instinctive originality that strikes us, and it is easily found, not only in his instrumental approach, but also in his originally composed scores.

His collaborations in the jazz field have been frequent and prestigious, having played together with the likes of Charlie HADEN, Gonzalo RUBALCABA, Phil WOODS, Enrico PIERANUNZI, Enrico RAVA, Franco D'ANDREA, Fabrizio BOSSO, Martial SOLAL, Jeff "Tain" WATTS, Mark TURNER, Bob MINTZER, Dave LIEBMAN, Joe LOCKE, Joe LA BARBERA, John PATITUCCI, Kurt ELLING, Cedar WALTON, Kurt ROSENWINKEL, Stefano BOLLANI, Biréli LAGRENE, Philip CATHERINE, André CECCARELLI, Daniel HUMAIR, Sylvain LUC, Marc JOHNSON, Joey BARON, Guy BARKER, Melton MUSTAFA, Jean-Michel PILC, Richard GALLIANO and many others.

After having made many recordings with various Italian and foreign record labels, in September of 2000 Rosario Giuliani signed an important contract with the prestigious French recording company Dreyfus Jazz, with whom he has already recorded six very successful albums: "Luggage" (April 2001), "Mr. Dodo" (October 2002), "More Than Ever" (October 2004) with Jean-Michel Pil and Richard Galliano, "Anything else" (January 2007) with Dado Moroni and Flavio Boltro, "Lennie's pennies" (March 2010) with Joe La Barbera,Darryl Hall and Pierre De Bethmann, “Images” (April 2013) with Joe Locke, John Patitucci and Joe La Barbera.
March 2016 released a new album “The Hidden Side” for Parco della Musica records, “Cinema Italia” tribute to Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota for the italian label Jando Music and January 2017 release another album in duo with Enrico Pieranunzi “Duke’s Dream” for the german label Intuition.

Giuliani, a highly appreciated and soughtafter artist in the international jazz arena, divides his time between his Italian, European, and overseas commitments, performing regularly in the following festivals: Jazz a Liegi (Belgium), Gexto Jazz Festival (Spain), Umbria Jazz (Italy), Blue Note Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York), Jazz al Parque (Bogotà-Colombia), Baranquilla Jazz Festival (Colombia), Pasto Jazz Festival (Colombia), Medellin Jazz Festival (Colombia), Jazz a Vienne (France), Jazz Baltica (Germany), JVC Jazz Festival (France), Town Hall (New York), Basel Jazz Festival (Swiss), Porto Rico Jazz Festival, Kanazawa Jazz Festival (Japan), Yokohama Jazz Festival (Japan), Jazz East Rhythm (Shanghai – Cina), Jazz Provence (Russia), Nancy Jazz Pulsation (France), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), London Jazz Festival (UK), Marciac Jazz Festival (France), Oeiras Jazz Festival (Portugal), Ankara Jazz Festival (Turkey), Rotterdam Jazz Festival (Holland) Audi Jazz Festival (Germany), Tomsk Jazz Festival (Siberia),Vilnius Jazz Festival and in other jazz events that take place in California, Japan, Miami, Nuova Caledonia, Israel, Russia & Siberia, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Colombia, Qatar and still other countries.

Impressive is his "trophy cabinet", which counts among the many awards important acknowledgements. In 1996 he won the Massimo Urbani prize, and one year later 1997 he was named "Best Soloist" in addition to his own quartet which won the "Best Group" award at the European Jazz Contest in Belgium. In the year 2000 he took first place honours, by popular vote, in the "Top Jazz" contest in the "New Talent" category and 2010 the best saxophone of the year. The contest is held as an annual referendum by Musica Jazz magazine. Also he won the Jazzit Awards in 2010 and 2013 as the best alto saxophone of the year. This year he got the prize “Ambassador of Italian Jazz in the World”.

From 2013 he’s teacher of Jazz at Saint Louis Music Center in Rome and Conservatorio di Musica S. Cecilia Jazz Department.

Rosario Giuliani's artistic career boasts innumerable and heterogeneous experiences of the highest rank. Performing for internationally famous artists such as Ennio MORRICONE, Luis BACALOV, Armando TROVAIOLI, Gianni FERRIO, Nicola PIOVANI, Ritz ORTOLANI, he has recorded on numerous movie soundtracks.

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JEA Representatives | Argentina

Germán Siman

German Siman is a drummer and percussionist who recognizes an important social role in music and teaching. He believes the study of music incorporates important tools to express feelings, ideas, and world view. He has taught at Carthage College, Shell Lake Art Center (Wisconsin), Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York), and other universities. He has also conducted sessions at “Temuco Jazz Camp” (Temuco - Chile) and Victoria Music Camp (Victoria - Chile).

German has collaborated with many musical groups of different genres, including "Triple X", "Cain", "Germán Siman Trío", "Gabriel Fonseca Jazz Quartet", and Cordoba Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with Sid Jacobs, Dominic Spera, Matt Askynazzo, Manuel Fraga, Luis D´Agostino, Tim Bell, Laura Caviani, Lennie Foy, Luis Marin, John Stowell, Tim Collins, Bill Barnard, Mariano Loiacono, Chris Olson, Julio González Goytia, Rodrigo Alvarez Vidal and many more.

German is currently the President of La Escuelita Cultural Foundation (Córdoba School of Music); producer and director of Córdoba Jazz Camp; founder, executive producer and member of “Córdoba Jazz Orchestra’; and endorser of SABIAN. This organization integrates research and development projects in social sciences and cultural policies.

German was recently the Argentinian representative to International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). He has received distinctions for his work in cultural management, teaching and interpretation.

JEA Representatives | Hong Kong

Clark Kwok

Clark is a freelance saxophonist and a member of Basic Notes Jazz Big Band. He played in various concerts and festivals including Music in the City, Ned Kelly's Big Band sessions, Fringe Festival, Hong Kong Big Band Festival, Macau Band Festival, Taiwan Chiayi International Band Festival and Taiwan Big Band Madness.

On the other hand, he was also a member of Hong Kong Jazz Association (HKJA) at the founding stage, participated as a supporting crew in the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2018.

JEA Representatives | South Africa

Mike Rossi

American born Mike Rossi is Professor in Jazz and Woodwinds at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He regularly performs at jazz clubs, jazz festivals and conducts workshops and master-classes in Africa, Europe and the United States.

The Mike Rossi Project: Journey album was released in June 2018. It features a whirlwind tour of musical styles including Standards, Latin, Jazz-Rock, Swing, Modal, Blues and South African Jazz with some twists along the way. This follows two other CDs - The Mike Rossi Project: Take Another Five CD (dedicated to Dave Brubeck and Nelson Mandela) released in 2016 and The Mike Rossi Project: Trespassing Permitted released in 2013. This sextet performed at the JazzKif Jazz Festival in Kinshasa, DRC, at numerous jazz venues across Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria, at the 2013 Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, the 2014 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, and the 2014 Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Four of his books on improvisation have been published by Advance Music, with translations in other languages. Advance Music and Schott Music have published a number of Rossi’s original compositions arranged for mixed ensemble.

Selected recording credits include The Mike Rossi Project: Take Another Five (SA), Recalled to Life: Chapter One - Steve Robinson (UK), In The Key Of Three – Marc Roffey (SA), So Far From Where We Began – Emilio Marinelli 4.0 Trio (SA/Italy), Interplay: Chamber Jazz (USA), Impronte Mediterranee (Italy), The Wam Trio – Summer Ballads, featuring Mike Rossi (Italy), The Mike Rossi Project – Trespassing Permitted, Two And Four/To And Fro, For Lydia and the Lion, and Before It’s Too Late with the Darius Brubeck Quartet, Conceptions: UCT Jazz 2010, Jazz und Elektronik - Live at the Baxter, Twenty Fabulous Fingers, Common Ground with pianist Micu Narunsky, and Two in One – Mike Rossi/Ulrich Suesse. His CD of original jazz compositions, Beauty and the Blues features jazz greats Rufus Reid, Tom McKinley and Billy Hart.

Rossi is the first recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. Some of his performing and recording credits include appearances with David Liebman, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Anthony Weller, Lou Rawls, Rob McConnell, Bill Prince, George Russell, Bill Watrous, Aretha Franklin, Rosemary Clooney, Alec Dankworth, Darius Brubeck, Jack van Poll, Hein van de Gyn, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Barney Rachabane, Johnny Fourie and Carlo Mombelli, The Boston Big Band, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, The Mike Campbell Big Band and The African Jazz Pioneers.

Since 2011 Rossi has taught annually each summer at the Arcevia Jazz Feast in Marche, Italy.

Rossi served as President of SAJE (South African Association for Jazz Education) from 2012 to 2016, is a member of JEN (Jazz Education Network) and IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz).
He is a Rampone & Cazzani Saxophone Artist - makers of Hand Made Italian Saxophones performing on the R1 Soprano, R1 Jazz Saxello, R1 Jazz Altello, R1 Jazz Alto and R1 Jazz Tenor.

In 2018 he became a Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy (Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia).

JEA Representatives | Spain | Nepal

Mariano E. Abello

Mariano E. Abello, saxophone, flute, clarinet and oboe, has being playing concerts, festivals, and doing master classes and workshops around the world on flamenco, jazz, classical, and Hindustani music. Due to his multicultural background, Mariano is an expert in mixing different cultures as shown in his recording with UrJazz “Thais Por Tangos”.

After graduated summa cum laude in Jazz Studies he did a Masters in Arts in Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy at Florida Atlantic University, where he also taught in the jazz program and revived its jazz festival.

In 2007 he opened the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, in Nepal (www.katjazz.com). In 2008 he funded the non-profit organization Nepal Music Educators’ Society (www.nmes.org.np) to help Nepali music educators. In 2013 he became a board member of the non-profit organization Jazz Education Abroad (www.jazzeducationabroad.org), based in the USA. In 2017 became the Executive Director of Jazz Education Abroad and in the same year opened the KJC Foundation.

JEA Representatives | México

Edgar Flores

He was born in Torreón, Coahuila. He started his musical studies at the age of nine when he was a member of “Banda Salvador Jalife Cervantes”, belonging to Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Laguna; he participated in several national band meetings in Tonalá, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Querétaro, among others.

He studied under national status professors like: Francisco Cedillo, Armando Cedillo, Juan Manuel Arpero, Jaime Méndez, trombonist Víctor Correa and trumpeter Javier Navasquillo (these last two from Spain).

Edgar has been a member of different musical groups in the region and around the country, which are: Banda Sinfónica Juvenil Salvador Jalife Cervantes, Ensamble de trompetas de México, Banda Sinfónica Juvenil de Selección Nacional de México, Francisco Cedillo y su Big Band, Camerata de Coahuila, Ensamble Metales del Desierto, Funk Storm, and other versatile groups for social events.

He has shared the stage with Eugenia León, Fernando de la Mora, Dante Alcalá, among others.
In June 2017, he graduates from the Technical Instrumentalist Career specialized in Trumpet from the CEMT (Centro de Estudios Musicales de Torreón).

He is currently a member and promoter of “3 Laguna Jazz”, which received a nomination in “Lunas del auditorio 2015” in the Jazz category, alongside Paté de Fuá, Chris Botti, Joss Stone and Michael Bublé.

In October 2018, he begins organizing the Master Class for the Musicians of Luis Miguel in the north of Mexico, recent project led by Alejandro Carballo, leader of the brass section of Luis Miguel.

Since January 2019, he is now the founder and the director of the Big Band Jazz Coahuila.

JEA Representatives | Italy

Paolo Orlandi

After his completion of studies at the ScuolaCivica with Tony Arco in Milano, Italy, Paolo moved to New York. He was in New York for more than 10 years, playing with many resident musicians. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the City College of New York and eventually taught at the City College of New York. During his time in New York he studied with Nasheet Waits, Adam Cruz, Tony Moreno and Portinho.
Paolo is also a member of the Simone Daclon trio along with bassist Marco Vaggi, and a frequent collaborator of Grammy-nominated pianist Giovanni Ceccarelli and Berlin-based saxophonist Ben Kraef. Paolo endorses Canopus drums.
JEA Representatives | Taiwan

Jimmy Lee

A classical and jazz saxophonist, Cheng-Yu Lee teaches saxophone and jazz history/appreciation/theory and performance at National Taipei University of Education, Hsinchu University of Education, and Fu-Jen Catholic University.

Mr. Lee earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Department of Civil Engineering at the National Taiwan University in 1997. He then earned a Performance Diploma from Bowling Green State University in 2001, and a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance in 2003.

During the years in the United States, he studied classical saxophone with Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Eugene Rousseau and Dr. Erick Nestler. In Jazz Studies, he studied with James Miglia, Mike Steniel, James Riggs, and John Murphy.
Mr. Lee leads the Onyx Jazz Quartet and won 2st Prize in the Chrysler & ICRT Jazz Competition in 2005, and the Creative Award in the Land Music Awards in 2006. IN 2007, the Onyx Jazz Quartet released their first CD, Reliance. Lee released his first classical album Fantaisie in 2009 and was nominated the Best Arranger Award in the 21st Golden Melody Awards.

Mr. Lee founded and directs the Taipei Jazz Orchestra, one of the preeminent big bands in Asia. His book, Jazz Theory for Novices, was published in 2007 by Mercury Publishing House.

Cheng-Yu Lee is an Antigua Artist.

JEA Representatives | Thailand

Denny Euprasert

Recipient of the Silpathorn Contemporary Artist Award 2009, jazz pianist and composer, Denny Euprasert, is currently the Dean of Rangsit University Conservatory of Music and the conductor of RSU Jazz Orchestra.

Denny earned a Doctorate degree in Music Theory and Composition with a secondary emphasis in Jazz Pedagogy from University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Piano Performance from Cornish College of the Arts, USA.

Having performed with David Liebman, Nicholas Payton, Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer, Deborah Brown, Kenny Wheeler, Mike Stern, Chris Minh Doky, Joris Teepe, Benny Golson, and Eric Marienthal, he is also featured regularly as a piano soloist with symphony orchestras.

Recent festival appearances as a leader include headlining at the Bangkok Jazz Festival, the Hua Hin Jazz Festival, Sawasdee Jazz Festival, Thailand International Jazz Conference, and the Taichung Jazz Festival in Taiwan.
Denny’s CD “Masterpiece” received the Kom Chad Luek Award for Best Instrumental Album 2008; the album features unique jazz arrangements of Asanee-Wason’s music.

He has composed numerous works for piano solo, piano and orchestra, chamber groups, chorus, jazz ensemble, jazz orchestra, voice and piano, and contemporary media.

JEA Representatives | Lebanon

Serghei Bolun

Serghei Bolun obtained his higher music degree in 1995 in tuba performance and band conducting from the State University of Arts, Moldova. According to Educational Perspectives, Chicago, this degree is the US Equivalency of Bachelor's and Master's degree in Music. In 2016 he earned the Performer Diploma with Provost Professor Daniel Perantoni at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Serghei Bolun was the tuba player with Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, from 1992 until 2000. Serghei performed on seven Arte Nova Classics CD recordings of George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, comprising classical repertoire (Johannes Brahms, George Enescu). In 2000 he was awarded the principal tuba position with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra where he currently performs. Also, Serghei Bolun is the National Music Director of Lebanese Band Association for Promotion of Music. Moreover, for the last ten years he has led the Lebanese Conservatory Big Band as Artistic Manager.

Apart from performing and touring nationally and internationally with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, his career includes collaborations with several other orchestras,participating at chamber music festivals and competitions. Serghei Bolun was awarded the Second Prize with the Athenaeum Brass Quintet at the International Chamber Music Contest in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Another significant award he earned was the Grand Prix at the International Tuba Solo Contest in Konigsberg, Russia.

Serghei shares his musical life with his beautiful wife and wonderful pianist Olga Bolun.

JEA Representatives | Cyprus

Yannis Miralis

Dr. Yiannis Miralis is Associate Professor of Music Education and Saxophone at European University Cyprus, where he teaches music education courses, applied saxophone and chamber music courses, as well as directing the Symphonic Band of Strovolos Municipality-European University Cyprus. Miralis is also the coordinator of the graduate program in Music Education, as well as the International Relations coordinator of the Department of Arts.

He holds degrees from the Pedagogical Academy in Cyprus (Teacher’s Diploma), as well as Lawrence University (BM), Bowling Green State University (MM) and Michigan State University (PhD) in the USA. His areas of interest are instrumental music education, saxophone chamber music, world music pedagogy and multicultural music education.

Miralis served as Assistant Professor at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho and he has also taught at the University of Windsor in Canada and the University of Cyprus. He also has a rich teaching experience in all levels (K-10) and in various public and private schools in Cyprus and the United States. He has presented workshops and papers in various national and international conferences in the areas of music education, ethnomusicology and saxophone and his articles appear in international music journals.

As the first Cypriot classical saxophonist he has performed numerous times with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and has extensive performing experience as a solo and chamber music performer. Overall, he has performed in Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Lebanon, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, Sweden and the USA. He is founding member of the Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet and the Mediterranean Trio. He is a founding member of the Greek and Cypriot saxophone associations, current chair of the ISME Forum for Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and board member of the European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association (ECMTA).

JEA Representatives | Jordan

Dima Abdin

Dima Abdin is a Jordanian Tuba player and band director with a BA in music performance from the National Music Conservatory in Amman. Ms. Dima was the assistant to the head of the music department and music teacher at the Amman Baptist School, the principal Tuba player for JOrchestra, and teaches low brass students in the National Music Conservatory.

Currently Dima gives private lessons and repairs wind instruments in Jordan, she is also an administrative assistant for JEA summer camps in Lebanon.

JEA Representatives | Romania

Gabi Barani

Gabi Barani is currently performing as a percussionist in Romania. As of November 2016 until November 2017, he was playing for Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra in Beijing. Prior to this appointment, Gabi held the position of percussionist/timpanist with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra (Lebanon) and Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania). As an associate percussionist, he performed with several major orchestras from Romania such as George Enesco Philharmonic, Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, Sibiu State Philharmonic, Brasov Opera, Pitesti Philharmonic, and Bucharest Wind Ensemble. Gabi also toured with different projects in Europe, Middle East and China.

Coming from a family with a strong tradition in music, Gabi naturally took an interest in studding music at an early age. He earned his Master’s Degree from University of Northern Colorado, and his Bachelor Degree from University of Transylvania, both in percussion
performance.

As an educator, Gabi taught percussion lessons at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, Lebanese Band Association for Music, and he his part of the faculty team of the yearly International Summer Band Camp in Lebanon. While he was a teaching assistant of Prof. Gray Barrier at the University of Northern Colorado, Gabi taught percussion students and conducted percussion ensembles.

When he is not performing along the symphony orchestra, Gabi does not miss the opportunity to play the drum set in various settings. He was the drummer of the Lebanese Conservatory Big Band directed by Dr. Gene Aitken, and he’s been active as a freelance drummer performing a variety of music genres.

JEA Representatives | Malaysia

Donald Bowyer

Don Bowyer is Dean of the School of the Arts and Professor of Music at Sunway University. With a career that has included teaching at every level from kindergarten through university in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Sweden, and Malaysia, Bowyer received his Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, Master of Arts from California State University-Northridge, and Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Active in the fields of composition, music technology, and performance, Bowyer has published more than 60 pieces of music, developed an educational computer program that has been used in at least 120 countries, and has performed as a trombonist and conductor in more than 50 countries. Among other performing credits, he spent five years playing trombone on eleven cruise ships in the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Gulf of Alaska. The first ten didn’t sink. (See donbowyer.com/aground for an account of the eleventh.)

Bowyer and his wife have also served as foster parents, providing a home to eighteen foster children between 2003 and 2010.

JEA Representatives | China

Zhang Xiaolu

Zhang Xiaolu is Jazz Program Director, Jazz Ensemble Conductor, and Saxophone Professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In addition, he is the President of Funote Music, as well as the former President of the Shanghai Saxophone Association and Vice President of Shanghai Wind and Brass Association.

As a saxophonist, Xiaolu is only one of a few saxophone artists/educators who has developed a unique and most compelling voice in today’s China saxophone world – he has command of both classical and jazz styles of teaching and playing with equal ease. In 2005 he formed “Shanghai Eastern City Saxophone Ensemble” which is one of the earliest professional saxophone ensembles in China. As well, he was invited as a soloist to play his saxophone concerto “East Cool” at the ceremonial closure concert of the XIV World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia.

His original composition “East Lake 1522” has been performed by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Jazz Ensemble, the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab Band, the George Mason University Jazz Ensemble, and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Jazz Ensemble.

In 2012, he was invited to Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival to conduct the Big Band der Hochschle fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany. The concert featured the SCOM Jazz Ensemble in concert and was broadcasted live throughout the NDR. Also, he presented a master class at the Hochschle fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg.

Xiaolu has been the host of ‘2007 Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Jazz Master Class Conference,’ ‘the 2012 First China Jazz Education Festival,’ and the ‘2014, 2016, and 2018 China Jazz Education Festivals,’ and the 2019 Asian Saxophone Congress. ßThe China Jazz Education Festival has received outstanding reviews by DownBeat Magazine.

He the author of the newly released book, Jazz Improvisation, and is an artist for Rico Reeds. His big band original compositions are published by UNC Jazz Press.

JEA Representatives | Germany

Ben Kraef

Ben Kraef, a German-Montenegrin saxophonist and composer, who graduated from the University of Music “HannsEisler”, is based in Berlin.

In 2007 he relocated to New York City on a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and obtained a Master of Arts from The City College of New York in 2009.

In the past years Ben has won international acclaim in form of several prizes and awards, among these most notably the BiberacherJazzpreis (2006), the “Concours International de Jazz de Fribourg” (2007), the Yamaha Saxophone Contest (2007), and the Billie Stoller Scholarship to an outstanding scholar and musician from The City College of New York (2008).

Ben’s activities as a performer have included his membership in the renowned National German Youth Big Band (BuJazzO), where he was part of the concert line-up for a total of three years.

He has had the chance to perform throughout Europe, the Middle East, as well as southern Africa and Japan.
The list of internationally renowned musicians Ben has been performing and recording with includes Lalo Schifrin, Archie Shepp, Phil Woods, John Abercrombie, Fred Hersch, Gunther Schuller, Tania Maria, Jim McNeely, Peter Herbolzheimer, David Gilmore, Jeff “Tain” Watts, George Garzone, Herb Geller, Vincent Herring, Pee Wee Ellis, Tony Lakatos, Ari Hoenig, Lonnie Plaxico, Charles Tolliver, and Yoshiaki Masuo. Ben has also performed with several well-known pop groups, among these “Wir Sind Helden” and Joy Denalane.

He recorded two albums as a leader. The first one, ‘Berlin – New York’, was released in 2010 on ACT and features bassist John Patitucci, drummer Marcus Gilmore, and pianist Rainer Boehm.

His second record, ‘Think of One’ (shoebill music), was recorded in a trio setting with drummer Albert Tootie Heath and John Patitucci.

JEA Representatives | USA

Eric Marienthal

In 1977, Eric began studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. By the time he left Berklee, Eric had achieved the highest possible proficiency rating given by the school. In 1995, Eric was awarded the Berklee Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contemporary music. He has since gone on to perform in over 80 different countries, recorded 14 solo CD’s and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles.

Eric started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. After returning to Los Angeles Eric became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CD’s with Chick Corea’s band and received 2 of his 5 Grammy nominations. He’s won one Grammy award as part of the GRP Super Live CD. Eric went on to perform with artists such as Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, George Duke, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, The Jeff Lorber Fusion, The Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Brian Culbertson, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Louis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.
Eric has won 2 Grammy Awards and has been nominated 7 times as a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.

Among Eric’s 14 solo CD’s, his latest is entitled “Bridges”, on Shanachie Records. Nine of the songs that Eric has recorded have made it to the top 10 of the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts and 3 have made it to #1. Eric was voted the year’s “Favorite Alto Sax Players” in the Jazziz Magazine Reader’s Poll along with David Sanborn and Phil Woods.

Eric is the head of the online saxophone school at ArtistWorks.com. He has also written 3instructional books, “Comprehensive Jazz Studies & Exercises”, The Ultimate Jazz Play Along” and “The Music Of Eric Marienthal” as well as 3 instructional videos, “Play Sax From Day One”, “Modern Sax” and “Tricks Of The Trade”, all published by Alfred Publishing/Belwin Jazz.

Every summer for the past 20 years Eric has organized an annual fundraising concert for High Hopes. High Hopes is a non-profit organization in Orange County, California that works with people who have suffered traumatic head injuries. These concerts to date have raised well over $2,000,000 for this charity.

JEA Representatives | Mozambique

Moreira Chonguiça

Mozambican jazz-saxophonist, composer, producer, academic and philanthropist, Moreira Chonguiça is feted as one of the finest exponents of innovative and original jazz from Africa.

As an independent artist with seven award-winning, globally informed and celebrated albums – he is blazing a trail from his east-African roots to the world.

Exposed to and inspired by the likes of Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Percy Sledge and Manu Dibango, Moreira’s energetic contemporary rhythmic compositions have garnered applauses across all six continents.

His unique sound, technical agility and ingenuity on the alto and soprano saxophone, coupled with passionate stage performance captivates audiences universally.

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