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Sunhyun Yoo

Sun is a New York based professional alto saxophonist, musician, composer, educator and band leader from Seoul, Korea. His soulful dark sound springs from his influence on such giants in jazz; John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Kenny Garrett, and more. Thought out the years Sun has explored and absorbed the traditional language of modern jazz, and developed a unique style of improvising and composing. By searching the most natural and honest way for himself to feel and speak music through his instrument, Sun has found a way of combing the musical soul of his mother land with the traditional jazz

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Pekka Pylkkänen

Saxophonist/composer Pekka Pylkkänen has worked with many orchestras and groups during his career and has appeared either as a leader or as a sideman with for example Vince Mendoza, Odean Pope, Dave Liebman, Gene Jackson, Sal La Rocca, Jukkis Uotila, Eric Ineke, etc.

As a leader, he has performed in more than 50 countries (Finland, Denmark, Norway, USA, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Korea, China and Japan, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa etc.) He has appeared as a leader/soloist in around 2000 concerts during the last 20 years, most of them outside Finland

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Michael Hudson-Casanova

Originally from Metro-Detroit, Michigan, Michael Hudson-Casanova grew up studying with some of the most in- demand performers in the Detroit area. He holds degrees from Western Michigan University and Temple University in jazz studies and music education. He has lived in Philadelphia, PA since 2017 and is a part of the jazz and creative music scenes of the tri-state area. MHC has had the pleasure of studying saxophone and composition with Dick Oatts, Andrew Rathbun, Ben Schachter, Edward Simon, David Binney and Norman David. MHC’s performance resume shows his experience in small and large jazz ensembles, theatre productions, symphonic wind ensembles and commercial music settings

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Dean Tsur

A native of Israel, Thelonious Monk semifinalist Dean Tsur has become known for his focus on making fun and romantic jazz music as a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. Upon completing his Master's at The Juilliard School, Dean formed his band, the Saxophone Choir. Dean has performed with jazz legends such as Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis's Young Stars of Jazz, and Billy Kaye's Quartet. He has performed at numerous jazz venues around the world including Red Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, James Moody Jazz Festival, Cayman Arts Festival, Smalls Jazz Club, Jerusalem Jazz Festival

Carla Marciano

Carla Marciano is an Italian saxophonist and composer from Salerno considered by specialized critics among the best talents of European jazz. She is an alto saxophone specialist, appreciated for her great passion and energy, her strong expressiveness, her advanced tecnique as well as her distinctive performative and compositional streak. She is also one of the leading experts of the rarely used and hard to master sopranino saxophone. She has performed her music projects, with her quartet, around the world at a lot of prestigious international jazz festivals, theaters and clubs as well as at most of the major Italian jazz festivals and clubs and she has under her belt some tours in America and in Russia

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Tim Boniface

London based multi-instrumentalist and composer. Mainstream stylist on tenor and alto saxes and piano; plays flugelhorn and guitar on some gigs and recordings. Also a priest in the Church of England. Notable original works: jazz suites, The Eight Words (2016) and The Infant (2019). Recent collaborators (live and studio) include Polly Gibbons, Phil Merriman, Alice Zawadski, James Pearson, Irene Serra, Scott Hamilton, Andy Cooper, Tara Minton, Raphael Clarkson, Ed Babar, Jon Ormston. 20yr collaborative partnership based in Ashtead, Surrey, with drummer Tom Early, who runs Ashtead Jazz Club.

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Mike DiRubbo

Connecticut-born, New York-based alto saxophonist/bandleader/composer/educator Mike DiRubbo was born on July 25th, 1970. His first instrument was the clarinet, which he started playing in the fourth grade. He switched to alto saxophone at the age of twelve. Largely self-taught, his interest in jazz was sparked when he performed with the Dwike Mitchell/Willie Ruff duo in high school. After graduating high school, DiRubbo enrolled in the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz of the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where legendary jazz alto saxophonist Jackie McLean – who played with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – personally instructed DiRubbo, who also studied with pianist Hotep Galeta, bassists Nat Reeves and Rick Rozie and classical saxophonist Ken Radnofsky


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