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Max Johnk

Max Johnk is a bassist, composer and teacher. A native of the Fargo- Moorhead area, Max earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2011, and went on to earn his master’s degree in jazz studies from Northern Illinois University in 2014. While at NIU, he played in the nationally recognized NIU Jazz Ensemble and the Rosebud Foundation Jazztet. Max returned to the FM area in 2014, and began a two year stint as an adjunct professor at MSUM, where he taught jazz combos and bass lessons. He currently teaches at Amped School of Music in Fargo. An active performer on double bass and bass guitar, Max can be heard in a variety of freelance situations, and with increasing frequency as a bandleader

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Aaron Bahr

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Aaron Bahr is a trumpeter, composer, and teacher living and working in New York City, where he performs both as a bandleader and sideman. His latest album release is titled Places, Real and Imagined..

Since moving to New York in 2015 Bahr has performed as both a sideman and bandleader at some of the best Jazz clubs in the city, including Smalls, Fat Cat, and Zinc Bar. He was a member of the Jazz Quintet Groove Merchant, recording on their self-titled 2016 album and touring Japan in March 2017. He also performs regularly with Pianist/Composer Tetsuro Hoshii's group "The Doggy Cats." Bahr’s own current septet project features his original compositions and arrangements, played by an international cast of innovative, imaginative, and virtuosic musicians.

Aaron has also earned accolades for his big band writing, winning both the 2015 SF Jazz HUT Foundation Alumni Commission award and the 2015 Jazz in the Neighborhood Emerging Composer Competition

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Teri Roiger

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Teri Roiger has been making music all her life (since age 5!) and over the years her music has taken many exciting twists and turns. Teri is a jazz vocalist, but also plays piano, composes music and writes lyrics. She has been sharing her knowledge and inspiration with her many students at SUNY New Paltz for several years. The depth of her experiences and love of jazz is apparent when she brings all of her talents to a live performance, the recording studio, and in her compositions. Her latest recording, her most personal and powerful to date, was released by Dot Time Records in 2017, and is her fourth release as a bandleader – GHOST OF YESTERDAY: Shades of Lady Day — a heartfelt tribute to Billie Holiday, to coincide with Lady Day's 102nd birth year

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Conrad Warre

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Warre, was in a high-school band in London, with Paul Kossoff, of the band Free, toured Europe with the English Beat and the Joe Jackson Band. He migrated from London to New York where he became a regular performer at the legendary CBGB’s. In Boston, he assembled Bees Deluxe, to pay homage to the music he fell in love with while touring and playing legendary London clubs like the Rainbow Theatre, Ronnie Scott's, Dingwalls, The Music Machine and the Moonlight Club. The band define their genre of music as “acid blues” with a layer of modern ‘funked up’ jazz. Bees Deluxe tour from Maine to Miami and as far west as the Cleveland House of Blues

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Paul Jarret

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Born and raised in Paris, France, Paul Jarret is a young guitarist and composer playing mostly jazz and improvised music. Playing the jazz standards as well as radical free improvisation, he is involved in many projects as a leader, a co-leader or a sideman. In 2010 he has founded the band Pj5 which became his main project, a new kind of lyrical and modern jazz mixed with rock/pop sounds and improvised music. With this quintet he has been touring in France and Europe, won several awards (Jazz Migration #2, Jazz à La Défense 2012, and more), is very recognized by French jazz journalists and professionals and released three albums : WORD (2013), TREES (2016) and I TOLD THE LITTLE BIRD (2018). On this third album are playing two guests : Jozef Dumoulin and Isabel Sörling, also playing with the band on stage. Inspired by his own family (his mother is Swedish) he also founded in 2015 the EMMA project with the Swedish singer Hannah Tolf : a musical tribute to the Swedish exodus to USA in the 19th Century, blending improvised music, Swedish traditional music, as well as sacred music, and works of repetitive and minimalist composers. With these bands, some other projects (VIND, Sweet Dog, Ellinoa, Paul Jarret Trio…) and more, Paul collaborates with a lot of musicians and has numerous plans for the next years. He is part of the musical collective Pégazz & l'Hélicon since 2018. In 2019 he is chosen as the new "Talent Jazz Adami" which allows him to create a new band "Ghost Songs" with American drummer Jim Black, as well as Jozef Dumoulin on Fender Rhodes and Julien Pontvianne on saxophone

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Quentin Walston

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Quentin Walston is an active composer, pianist, and music educator in Northern Virginia. He composes for piano and his jazz combo, blending memorable melodies and striking rhythms with adventurous improvisations. As an educator, he teaches lessons and classes to individuals of all ages in areas of jazz, improv, and composition. Quentin Walston was introduced to improvisation surprisingly through bluegrass and folk music. As the harmonica player in the folk band Jake and the Burtones, Quentin fostered a passion for improvising solos and appreciating the musicianship of others around him

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Ash Luo

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Ash Luo is a drummer, composer, producer and photographer. Her musical inspirations embrace Spiritual Jazz, Nu-Jazz, Jazz Fusion and Eastern music. In her composition, Luo values the flow of groove and melody, the melancholy and soul-provoking improvisation lines and rich texture of sounds. As every piece of music may generate imagery for her audience, she envisions combining photographs and visual arts for each of her releases, hoping to achieve an interdisciplinary result which touches the soul and spirit of her audience. Luo’s artistic trace started in China, where she was born and raised, developed in Boston, USA, where she pursued her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance at Berklee College of Music and forged in Valencia, Spain, where she obtained her Master of Music in Contemporary Performance and Production at Berklee College of Music

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Jaehyun Cho

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Jaehyun Cho was born and grew up in Seoul, South Korea. He began playing electric bass when he was seventeen. From 2008 to 2010, He served in the Korean Air Force band as a bassist and attended the international military band festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands as a member of Korean national military band in 2009. Although Jaehyun is a native of Seoul, South Korea, his career began when he moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and attended California State University, Northridge where he studied and performed with Gary Pratt, Dave Robaire. Gary Fukushima and Mike Mull among many others. In 2018, he moved to New York City, and he attended the masters program at NYU where he studied with Drew Gress, Billy Drummond, Ari Horning, Alan Ferber, Mike Rodriguez and Billy Drews

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Amanda Suwondo

Originally from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, pianist Amanda Suwondo started learning keyboard at the age of five. She started learning classical music during high school, doing grades, and playing at church. She then took her career as a musician to the next level in 2010 when she moved to Sydney, Australia, studying diploma of contemporary music at C3 College, NSW. During her study, she started to go seeing gigs and got inspired to play jazz by a pianist Judy Bailey, later became her teacher. She started to get more involved in learning jazz by joining SIMA’s Women in Jazz in 2011, taught by Jess Green (through which she was awarded a mentorship by Sirens Big Band)

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Lauren Lee

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Lauren Lee is a forward-thinking vocalist, pianist, and composer based in New York City. A native of the St. Louis (MO) metropolitan area, her foray into creative music began as a teenager in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, an experience that lead her on a wild goose chase of sorts to find her own sound in the adventurous music scene as a young innovator in a special brand of improvisation she calls “Vocal Instrumentalism”. Likened to female jazz pioneers that came before her like Carla Bley and Jen Shyu, Lee’s music has been described as, “equal parts hip jazz, avant adventure, and… something completely different” (John Pietaro, Dissident Arts)


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