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Mike Caudill

Mike Caudill is a Boston-based performer, composer, arranger, and educator. A member of several projects and collectives performing across New England and New York, Mike leads his own quartet, plays saxophone and EWI in the jazz-fusion group, City of Four, and performs with Felipe Salles’ Interconnections Ensemble. Mike has played in historic venues, including Boston’s Symphony Hall, and esteemed NYC jazz venues like Birdland, Dizzy’s Club, The Jazz Gallery, and The National Sawdust Theater. Mike has had the opportunity to perform on stage with iconic jazz figures like Sean Jones, Warren Wolf, Ambrose Akinmusire, Randy Brecker, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan, Chico Pinheiro and Karrin Allyson, among others

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Tom van der Zaal

orn and raised in The Hague – The Netherlands 1987, Tom was brought up in a musical family with his dad being an alto saxophone player. He has won several prestigious awards such as the Princes Christina Concours, Melkweg Jazz Award and most recent the Sena Jazz Award. In the last semester of his masters, Tom went to New York to study with greats like Aaron Goldberg and Greg Hutchinson. Over the years Tom shared stages with names like: Greg Hutchinson, Peter Erskine, Peter Bernstein, Joe Farnsworth, Reuben Rogers, Slide Hampton, James Carter, Philip Harper, Peter Beets, Rob van Bavel, Vincent Herring, John Ruocco to name a few and recorded as a sideman on the debut album of Floriaan Wempe featuring Willie Jones III.

Van der Zaal played in leading international venues like: Smalls (New York), Alexandrinsky Theatre (Saint Petersburg), Esse Jazzclub (Moscow), The Hat Bar (Berlin), A Trane (Berlin), Casa del Jazz (Rome), Warsaw Summer Jazz Fest (Warsaw), The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague Jazz Festival, The Bimhuis, Concertgebouw Amsterdam among others.

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DeWitt Fleming Jr

DeWitt, an acclaimed tap dancer, has performed and taught throughout the United States, and abroad. DeWitt has danced as a soloist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and with artist such as Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Marvin Hamlisch, Christian McBride, Bobby Sanabria, and Wycliffe Gordon, among others.

Colin Gordon

Colin Gordon is a saxophonist, composer, and musical educator residing in Rochester, NY. Originally from Corning, NY, Colin began playing saxophone at age nine and by the time he was in high school was performing regularly with a variety of local musicians. Colin went on to pursue his musical training studying with distinguished artists Steve Wilson, Jon Gordon, Michael Moore, Eric Alexander and Ramon Ricker. He formally studied music at SUNY Purchase, Prince Claus Conservatory (The Netherlands) and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) at Eastman School of Music. Colin has won various awards and prizes, most recently as the featured soprano saxophonist on Jennifer Bellor's piece Midnight Swim (2013) winning the DownBeat Outstanding Performance Award

Flavour

Flavour was created by pairing the talents of keyboard engineer and composer Lawrence Ross, with the big sound and delightful tones of saxophonist Bryne Donaldson. Formed in 2010 in Phoenix, AZ, the idea was a small footprint band with a big sound. The purpose: to satisfy a niche in the market for venues that had no stage for a full band, but yet still wanted live music. The combination of Bryne’s old school, gospel influences and Lawrence’s new age sounds is a unique and exciting blend. The group started playing cover tunes in upscale restaurants, resorts and country clubs in the Phoenix area

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Seba Molnar

Seba Molnar is a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator based out of Boston, Massachusetts. He has been gigging on saxophone and clarinet since the age of twelve. Seba grew up in Canton, New York, where his high school band director, Tim Savage, introduced him to jazz. After getting the music bug, he attended the Berklee College of Music, majoring in saxophone performance, with a concentration in jazz. He has had the opportunity to study with world- renowned saxophonists George Garzone, Bill Pierce, and Tia Fuller. In addition to leading his own jazz groups, Seba performs throughout Boston and New England with a variety of bands

Doug Stone

Doug Stone’s career has involved work as a touring musician, primarily with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and his band, the Big Bop Nouveau, as well as with the “world-jazz” group Panoramic, and with a number of ensembles from Chicago, Illinois. His time on the road has taken him to virtually every corner of the United States as well as Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and Canada. As a member of groups at Northern Illinois University, Stone had the opportunity to perform with Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Rufus Reid, Larry Ridley, and Carl Allen. As a member of the Birch Creek Academy Band he has performed with jazz luminaries Dennis Mackrel, Harold Jones, Derrick Gardner, Tanya Darby, Reggie Thomas, and Clay Jenkins

Jazz Interlude

Jazz Interlude is a 3-piece instrumental jazz band located in Portland, Oregon. We specialize in jazz and swing standards from the 1930's to 1960's as well as a diverse array of original compositions written by various members of the band. Jazz Interlude has been on the Portland music scene since 2012. During that time, we've been fortunate to have a monthly residence at O'Connors Vault where we continue to sell out the venue on a regular basis. We have also played at Mazza's, Camellia Lounge, Bar Carlo, Portland Pairings Wine Shop and special events such as the Newborn Oktoberfest, National Night Out, weddings, holiday parties, corporate parties, fundraisers, and many others

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Roy Nathanson

Roy Jay Nathanson is an American saxophonist, composer, bandleader, actor and teacher. He became the leader and principal composer of the Jazz Passengers, a six piece group that he founded with Curtis Fowlkes in 1987. They have toured Europe many times and played at major festivals in Finland, Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland, as well as the J.V.C. Festival in New York, the Du Maurier Festival in Canada and toured throughout the United States and Canada. The band has recorded eight albums since their debut release.

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Michelle Danette

An energetic and inspirational Gospel Jazz/Smooth Jazz saxophonist, songwriter, actress, film producer, author and entrepreneur. Michelle has released three albums internationally with the most recent, “Melodicsphere” receiving critical acclaim in the US, Europe and South Africa. Michelle’s music is a featured nightly on Studio 1G ‘s International Radio Program hosted by James Wingate; and WVUD, University of Delaware’s, Smooth Jazz Mood Program with Dr. Gloria James. A native of Delaware, USA, her music has been described by many as “energetic”, “powerful”, “healing” and “forth-telling”


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