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Harold Danko; pianist/composer is best known for his long-term associations with an impressive
list of jazz legends including Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz and
Woody Herman.  He also developed a reputation as a respected jazz educator and served on the
faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, the New School/Mannes, and Hartt College.  He is
currently of the tenured faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and is still an
active recording artist.
David Liebman’s career has spanned nearly four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the
saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis groups. He has played on nearly three
hundred recordings with over one hundred under his leadership or co-leadership.  He is the
author of several milestone books:
Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist, A Chromatic Approach To Jazz
Harmony And Melody
, Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound which have been translated into
other languages.   He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of
Schools of Jazz (IASJ) existing since 1989. Awards include two National Endowment grants; an
Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (1997); Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Solo
(1998) and Best Big Band Arrangement (performance-2004); induction into the International
Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame (2000); Pennsylvania Council of the Arts grant in
2005; Jazz Journalist’s Award for soprano sax in 2007. He currently teaches in the Graduate
Division at the Manhattan School of Music.
Bob Mover is an alto, tenor and soprano jazz saxophonist and a vocalist.  He started playing the
alto saxophone at age 13, studied with Phil Woods at a summer music camp, and took private
lessons with Ira Sullivan.  In 1973, at the age of 21, Mover was a sideman for Charles Mingus for
a five-month period at New York City’s 5 Spot Café. By 1975 Mover was working regularly in New
York City jazz clubs with Chet Baker and he made his first European appearances with Baker at
Le Grande Parade du Jazz in (Nice, France), Jazz Festival Laren (Holland), and the Middleheim
Jazz Festival (Antwerp, Belgium).
Phil Markowitz, 30-year veteran of the NY Jazz scene is dedicated to realizing the full potential of
improvisational music within the jazz idiom.  He performs original compositions, which range from
hard-cutting chromaticism to the most lyrical post-romantic ballads.  In 1979, he joined Chet
Baker’s band.  That four-year association took him around the world and back again, and yielded
such recordings as “Broken Wing”, “Live at Nick’s Place”, “Two A Day”, “Live at Chateauvalion”,
and “Live at The Rising Sun”.  Phil was one of Chet's favorite piano players along with Harold
Danko, Hod O'Brien and Frenchman Michael Grallier.
Hod O'brien burst upon the scene in the late 50s when he came to New York City from his
hometown in the Berkshire Mountains of Northwest Connecticut near Lenox, Mass. and
Tanglewood. He soon became part of the “loft scene” jamming with other bop-influenced players
like Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Oscar Pettiford and Stan Getz, to name a few. At his own club,
The St. James Infirmary, he led a house band with Cameron Brown and Beaver Harris and
backed up such guest artists as Chet Baker, Roswell Rudd, Lee Konitz, Zoot Sims, Charlie Rouse
and others.
Enrico Pieranunzi (born December 5, 1949) is an Italian jazz pianist. He fuses classical
technique with jazz. He has performed with, among others, Frank Rosolino, Sal Nistico, Kenny
Clarke, Johnny Griffin, Chet Baker, Joey Baron, Art Farmer, Jim Hall, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz,
Phil Woods, Charlie Haden, Mads Vinding, and Billy Higgins. He issued his first LP in 1975. He
has performed widely with his own group at European and American jazz festivals. In 2006 he
started the trans alpine jazz project. His work entitled "Nightbird" was one of Chet's favorites
Joe Lovano is an "A" class jazz artist on the international level. His live work, specifically Quarterts
at the Village Vanguard, garnered a Down Beat "Jazz Album of the Year" award. Other releases
include Trio Fascination and 52nd Street Themes. In 2006 Lovano released Streams Of
Expression, a tribute to two different genres of jazz, cool and free. He did this with the help of
Gunther Schuller who contributed his Birth Of The Cool Suite.  His duet "Kids"  with Hank Jones is
nominated for a grammy this year.  Joe Lovano leads his new explosive quintet, "Us 5"  featuring
James Weidman piano, Esperonza Spalding bass, Fransisco Mela & Otis Brown drums; and is
currently touring with The San Francisco Collective and McCoy Tyner...."I knew and played with
Chet a bit when I first came to NY in the mid 70's, I loved him and learned alot ! "...Joe Lovano       
McCoy Tyner began as a part of the fertile jazz and R&B scene of the early ‘50s. At 17 he
began a career-changing relationship with Miles Davis’ sideman saxophonist John Coltrane.
Tyner joined Coltrane for the classic album My Favorite Things (1960), and remained at the
core of what became one of the most seminal groups in jazz history.  His blues-based piano
style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has
transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised
music.  Tyner has released nearly 80 albums under his name, earned four Grammys and was
awarded Jazz Master from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. He continues to leave
his mark on generations of improvisers, and yet remains a disarmingly modest and spiritually
directed man.  It is not an overstatement to say that modern jazz has been shaped by the
music of McCoy Tyner.
Nicola Stilo is a jazz and pop instrumentalist, specialising in flute, guitar and piano. He worked
extensively with Chet Baker during the 1980s. He has also worked with Luca Flores and Roland
Kirk. His musical career started in 1974 with the Dodi Moscati's folk group and in the 1975 he
joined the "Folk Magic Band", a Jazz group with whom he gained recognition as a flutist on the
Italian Jazz scene. Up until the end of 1979 he worked as a soloist with various groups and was a
member of Lilian Terry's "Jazz Samba Workshop". In 1980 he met Chet Baker and from 1980 to
1985 they performed together worldwide and recorded a number of albums.
Cameron Brown; Jazz bassist, composer and educator began his career in the mid-sixties,
recording in Europe with George Russell and Don Cherry.  Mr. Brown anchored some of the
most important groups of the seventies, eighties and nineties, beginning in 1975.  He has
enjoyed special relationships with master drummers: Art Blakey, Dannie Richmond, Philly Joe
Jones, Edward Blackwell, Idris Muhammad and Joe Chambers, as well as Mr. Harris.  Brown
toured Europe with Chet and was part of the potent rythm section at Strykers Pub in NYC with
Harold Danko on piano; Artt Frank on drums and Bob Mover on alto sax.
Hubert Laws is one of the few classical artists who has also mastered jazz, pop, and
rhythm-and-blues genres; moving effortlessly from one repertory to another. He has appeared
as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, with the orchestras of Los
Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, Amsterdam, Japan, Detroit and with the Stanford String
Quartet. He has given annual performances at Carnegie Hall, and has performed sold out
performances in the Hollywood Bowl with fellow flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and was a member of
the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras. In addition, he has appeared at
the Montreux, Playboy, and Kool Jazz festivals; he performed with the Modern Jazz Quartet at
the Hollywood Bowl in 1982 and with the Detroit Symphony in 1994. He performed and recorded
with Chet Baker. His recordings have won three Grammy nominations.                             
Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has
transcended limitations and genres while still maintaining his unique, unmistakable voice.
Herbie's success at expanding the possibilities of musical thought has placed him in the
annals of this century's visionaries. With an illustrious career spanning five decades, he
continues to amaze audiences and never ceases to expand the public's vision of what music,
particularly jazz, is all about today.  There are few artists in the music industry who have
gained more respect and cast more influence than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal Miles
Davis said in his autobiography, "Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk,
and I haven't heard anybody yet who has come after."  Herbie Hancock was awarded
Grammy  "Album Of The Year" in 2008  for his "River: The Joni Letters" work.
Jose Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics throughout the world as "The greatest living
guitarist".  Referred to as “The Picasso of his Realm,” Jose Feliciano’s accolades are repeatedly
celebrated. Guitar Player Magazine awarded him "Best Pop Guitarist," placing him in their
"Gallery of the Greats," and he's been voted both Best Jazz and Best Rock Guitarist in the
Playboy Magazine reader's poll, as well. He's been awarded over forty-five Gold and Platinum
records; has won sixteen Grammy nominations, earning him six Grammy Awards and is in receipt
of countless prestigious awards the world over.
Quincy's Jone's creative magic has spanned over six decades, beginning with the music of the
post-swing era and continuing through today's high-technology, international multi-media
hybrids. In the mid-50's, he was the first popular conductor-arranger to record with a Fender
bass. His theme from the hit TV series Ironside was the first synthesizer-based pop theme
song. As the first black composer to be embraced by the Hollywood establishment in the 60's,
he helped refresh movie music with badly needed infusions of jazz and soul. His landmark
1989 album, Back On The Block--named "Album Of The Year" at the 1990 Grammy Awards--
brought such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Miles Davis
together with Ice T, Big Daddy Kane and Melle Mel to create the first fusion of the be bop and
hip hop musical traditions; while his 1993 recording of the critically acclaimed Miles and Quincy
Live At Montreux, featured Quincy conducting Miles Davis' live performance of the historic Gil
Evans arrangements from the Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain sessions,
garnered a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance. As producer and
conductor of the historic "We Are The World" recording (the best-selling single of all time) and
Michael Jackson's multi-platinum solo albums, Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller (the best selling
album of all time, with over 50 million copies sold), Quincy Jones stands as one of the most
successful and admired creative artist/executives in the entertainment world.
Dave Brubeck is a Lifetime Achievement Award winner for his work in jazz music.  Dave
Brubeck is also the composer of many fully notated works including ballet suites, a string
quartet, orchestral compositions and large-scale works for chorus and orchestra.  He is a
graduate of the University of The Pacific in Stockton, California where recently a Brubeck
Institute has been established to continue his legacy in music.  Following Army service in WWII
Brubeck studied composition with the French composer, Darius Milhaud, who encouraged him
to compose using the languages of jazz as well as classical music.  This led to the founding of
the Dave Brubeck Octet.  In 1954 Time Magazine acknowledged Dave Brubeck's
achievements in jazz with a cover story on him and his quartet that included saxophonist Paul
Desmond.  Since that time he has received many honors internationally, including honorary
degrees from universities in the US, Germany, England, Switzerland and Canada.  He is
recognized as a Jazz Master by the NEA and was honored as a Living Legend by The Library
of Congress.  President Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of The Arts and, and he
has been similarly recognized by the governments of France, Italy and Austria.  In 2008 he was
presented the US State Dept. Benjamin Franklin award for public diplomacy.
Wayne Shorter is universally regarded as a living legend in jazz. His great body of work as a
composer for such illustrious groups as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis*’ famous mid
‘60s quintet and fusion supergroup *Weather Report is enough to ensure him a spot in the Jazz
Hall of Fame. But if the prolific composer had never written a single tune, his signature sound and
choice of notes, sense of economy and unparalleled expression on both tenor and soprano saxes
would have earmarked him for greatness. Combine the writing prowess with the fragmented,
probing solos and the enigmatic Buddhist philosopher presence and you have the makings of a
jazz immortal. “Life is so mysterious, to me,” says Shorter. “I can’t stop at any one thing to say,
‘Oh, this is what it is.’ And I think it’s always becoming, always becoming. That’s the adventure.
And imagination is part of that adventure.”
Leon Russell is a pianist and songwriter who was born in Lawton, Oklahoma; is an inductee of
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and played with artists as varied as Jan & Dean, Gary Lewis,
George Harrison, Gram Parsons, Delaney Bramlett, Ringo Starr, Doris Day , Andre Beeka, Elton
John, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Ventures, Willie Nelson,
Badfinger, Tijuana Brass, Frank Sinatra, The Band, Bob Dylan, BB King,[7] Dave Mason, Glen
Campbell, and The Rolling Stones.