Mr. Pedro Giraudo Bass & Composition
Pedro Giraudo, originally from Cordoba Argentina, moved to New York City in 1996. Since then he has become an in-demand bass player playing in a great variety of musical projects in the City. He has performed professionally with Bobby Sanabria, Vincent Herring, Nelson Gonzalez, Guillermo Klein and Scott Reeves, and recorded with Jose Halac, Francesca Ancarola, Antiheroe Group, Fernando Oteros X-Tango, Brian Vargas, The Art Department, Jose Conde, Nick Mancini Collective, Jess Jurkovic and Felipe Riveros. In July 2000 he released independently his first CD Destiny of Flowers. Pedro Giraudo has participated in various Jazz and Music Festivals throughout the United States.
Mr. Jess Jurkovic - Piano
A native of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Jess Jurkovic started as a drummer, but began to teach himself piano at age fourteen. Now twenty-seven, he is already becoming an exciting and eclectic jazz voice as a pianist and composer. He has written over 100 songs and arranged dozens of standards and not-so-standards for his groups. In addition, he has arranged and composed music for jazz big band, jazz vocal ensemble, string orchestra, and even classical chamber ensembles. He has worked with a plenty of fantastic musicians such as Manny Albam, Richard DeRosa, Roland Vasquez, Dennis Irwin, Terell Stafford, and Chris Potter.
Mr. Ryan Keberle - Trombone
Ryan Keberle moved to New York City in 1997. Since then he has been an in-demand professional trombone player. In May of 2000, Ryan performed with Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner and Joey Barron at the Banff International Jazz Workshop. While at Manhattan School of Music he sat first chair in the award winning Jazz Orchestra who performed at the 2000 IAJE festival with Bob Mintzer and the 2001 IAJE festival with Eliane Elias. Ryan also sat first chair in the critically acclaimed Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble led by Bobby Sanabria. In May of 2001, Ryan completed a 3-week tour of Ireland and Wales with an organ trio that he co-leads. He is an active composer/arranger, and is currently working as a freelance musician in New York City playing with different groups, such as the Teo Macero Big Band, and in a number of different genres of music. Ryan is in the process of making his first album comprised of all original music.
Mr. Tony Barba - Tenor Saxophone
Tony Barba is a recent graduate of the New York University Music Program where he studied tenor saxophone, clarinet, and flute for 4 years with such teachers as Ralph Lalama, George Garzone, and Gerardo Levy. Tony has performed with many different musicians and ensembles, including Tony Malaby, Dave Ballou, the Eclectic Regiment, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and his own groups.
Mr. Richard Johnson - Trumpet
Trumpet player Richard Johnson has recently began performing in New York after several years of intensive study with such distinguished artists as Byron Stripling and Cecil Bridgewater. He has worked with big bands, including the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and a number of small jazz groups. Richard has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with the Lyric Recovery Project, and alongside members of the New York Philharmonic and New York Metropolitan Opera in the West Park Brass Quintet. He is also involved in studio work and appears as a soloist/clinician with high school ensembles.
Mr. Jeff Davis - Drums
Jeff Davis was born and raised in Colorado. His parents are both music educators; he began private lessons on marimba at age nine, and eventually pursued both classical and jazz percussion. He recently performed with the MSM Jazz Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Jeff has performed with Joe Lovano and Kenny Werner (at the Banff Institute), as well as Art Lande and Ron Miles. He has also toured Europe several times with different groups. He has recorded with various groups recently, including Kubaloo, The Scott DuBois Quintet, Trio Colossus, DAVE Who?, and Trio Awaken.
Tony de Vivo - Percussionist
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela Tony worked in Caracas with many artists including jazz singer Biella da Costa, the group Casablanca lead by Alvaro Falcon, jazz guitarist Gonzalo Mico and many others.
He moved to New York City in 1990 and since then has worked and toured Puerto Rico, Europe & USA as a co-lider, percussionist and composer with Mo'Guajiro, which plays traditional cuban son. Tony has also performed with virtuoso flute player from Venezuela Marcos Granados and with Yeluda Glanz at the Town Hall in NY. He has recorded with Cuban tresero Carlos Gonzalez and with jazz legend Joe Chambers. Having attended Ars Nova Music School in Caracas, Mannes College of Music and The New School in NYC, Tony holds a BFA.
Sofia Tosello - Voice
Sofia Tosello lives in New York where she studies jazz music at City College. Her professors are Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Kate Baker, Dan Carillo and Mike Holober. She performed with wonderful musicians from New York such as John Benitez, Vinny Valentino, Hector Martignon and Luisito Quintero. She recorded several jingles for Sony Studios and some projects with bands from Colombia and Venezuela.