Scott Lee switched from a tennis career to a commitment to jazz as a college student in Chapel Hill, N.
C.  Upon finishing college, he dove into music by studying from books, band stand training, and taking
lessons from the likes of Charlie Banacas, Dave Holland and Homer Mensch.  Arriving in New York in
the late 70’s, one of Lee’s first gigs was touring and recording with Chet Baker. He went on to work
with Lee Konitz, Zoot Simms, Al Cohn, Red Rodney, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Werner, and Joe
Lovano. Also, he accompanied many singers such as Nancy Wilson, Chris Conner, Morgana King,
Betty Buckley, Helen Merrill, Susannah McCorkle, and Anita O’Day.  Recently Scott has been leading
his own group featured on his CD "With Ease," recording with the Game Trio, and staying active in
New Music ensembles in the New Yory area.  Currently Scott is featured on Joe Lovano's 2002 Blue
Note release "Viva Caruso" and Joe's new video, "Interpretations and Expressions".   Scott lives in
Manhattan with his wife Sue Ann and daughter Aria. In addition to his music, he practices
Qi Gong daily and is a Rieki Master.    " Chet was a complex man, but one thing is simple: he was an
original and thoroughly natural improviser - it all seemed to come from his inner singing voice ".
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Composer Evan Evans' , the son of the legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans --- 8-time Grammy¨ Award
recipient, 31-time Grammy¨ Award nominee and recipient of the Grammy¨ Lifetime Achievement ---is
driven by his passion for music and his wish to make proud the father he hardly knew.  After having
written for radio, television, CD-Rom and CD-i, Evan found it was time to move to Hollywood to
pursue film composing at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), with aspirations of
scoring his first feature film whilst entrenched in Tinseltown. Studying, writing, and conducting many
times a week with veteran composer Don Ray (Twilight Zone), top-notch orchestrator Steven Scott
Smalley (Batman, Starship Troopers), and music editor Joseph E. Rand (Gorky Park, Titanic), at
age 19, Evan emerged a 'seasoned' composer eager for that first feature film. His break came when
he scored the intense, claustrophobic thriller, Killers (Icon Entertainment). Evan pursued further
studies at the Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris - sharing the same pedagogy as Leonard
Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Elliot Goldenthal, among others - and in Los Angeles with Steven
Scott Smalley, Clare Fischer, and musical giant Lalo Schifrin...
Angela Hagenbach is a premier recording artist. This versatile Kansas City native sings
everything from swinging, straight-ahead jazz and blues to sensual, rhythmic Latin Jazz
with seemingly effortless agility. Her lush contralto spans a range of nearly three octaves,
and her rich life experience contributes to the original compositions and lyrics featured on
her recordings. The former fashion model has appeared as an artist/clinician at festivals,
jazz clubs, and educational institutions throughout the World.   Under the auspices of the
United States State Department of Cultural Relations and the John F Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts Angela was Jazz Ambassador to Africa 1998 & Jazz Ambassador World
Tour 2000.  She is the founder of Amazon Records.               
Kenny Rankin's songwriting talents have been widely recognized by his peers. For
example, his "In the Name of Love" inspired a memorable version by Peggy Lee, while
his "Haven't We Met" has been cut by a number of jazz and pop artists including
Carmen McRae and Mel Torme. Growing up in the multicultural hotbed of New York's
Washington Heights neighborhood, he absorbed a broad array of musical
influences, from AfroCuban to Top 40 to Jazz to Brazilian.
Al Pearson has been in the KC area since 1976 and has played in many different venues and
with a variety of groups including  big band, small group, jazz, latin/salsa, R&B, and anything
in between.  His recording history includes projects with big bands in KC; The Trilogy Big
Band and The Boulevard Big Band, both on Sea Breeze Jazz, The Louis Neal Big Band, The
River City Jazz Orchestra, the Jack Taylor Big Band and of course my own release of "Bout
Sauna Clark was born and raised in Kansas City,Mo. , and from her teen years into her young
adulthood was fortunate enough to have been befriended by some of Kansas City's local, yet
internationally known jazz musicians such as Carmell Jones, (trumpeter with Horace Silver's
group) , Joe Thomas (of the Jimmie Lunceford band,)and Ben Kynard (of the Lionel Hampton
group). She was an accomplished trumpet player by the time she reached her 20's and
confessed to 'pestering' Jay McShann (the pianist Charlie Parker often played with
in his younger years) on many occasions to let her sit in and play with his group.
When asked how she learned to play trumpet so well her response was, "I hung out in the local
club and played with as many musicians as I could, but really learned to develop my ears by
listening to the great lyrical trumpet master, Chet Baker. "Man, that dude was deep!"
Jack Hannah graduated from The US Naval School of Music in Washington DC and
attended the University of North Texas.   His jazz career has included work with Barney
Wilen in France, Mose Allison, with whom he toured extensively and recorded;  Joe
Sample, Tony Ortega, Slim Gaillard, Britt Woodman and Cat Anderson.  Jack performed
with Chet in New York at "Strykers Pub" and in Baltimore and "The Left Bank" and was
asked to stay on to tour, but had already committed to working with Mose Allison.  He is a
founding member of the Chet Baker Tribute band in Chet's home state of Oklahoma.
Michael Rabinowitz graduated from SUNY at Purchase in '78 after studying with Donald MacCourt
and receiving a BFA in performance on bassoon. Over the last 30 years he has recorded five
CDs as a leader and appeared on over 20 recordings as side men. His concentration and goal
has been to bring the bassoon into the world of jazz and improvisation. This past year Michael
has gained notice as a member of saxophonist Chris Potter’s tentet and recent release of Song
for Anyone. He has traveled the world as a soloist in The Charles Mingus Orchestra, his own
quartet Bassoon in the Wild and as guest of Igor Butman in Moscow . Last March he traveled to
France to collaborate with oboist Jean Luc Fillon in France funded by a grant from FACE. Over
the years Michael has been a familiar face at IDRS conferences, and other bassoon related
events. He has been an inspiration to bassoonists & oboists worldwide in encouraging the use of
improvisation to gain more joy and meaning in their creative expression. He has been endorsing
Schreiber Bassoons for the past 7 years. His website is
Bob Levey is the son of legendary jazz drummer Stan Levey.  The name Bob Levey is
synonymous with the best in painted decorative finishes. As one of the most established and
highly regarded decorative painters in America, Levey’s clientele list reads like the Who’s Who
of the Los Angeles area—Ira Gershwin, Liz Taylor, Bob Hope, Tom Cruise, Henry Winkler,
Kevin Costner and Tom Jones. Yet Levey remains a modest man who credits his success to the
European masters that taught him his trade.  In the tradition of his father Bob is also a fine
drummer.  He resides in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is the most
important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born but now based in New
York, Meurkens' recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the
transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal.  Also a successful composer (his
compositions have been recorded by other artists and featured in the Hollywood movie, "Dolores
Claiborne,") Hendrik Meurkens remains equally at home playing jazz or Brazilian music. "My
mission is simple," he explains. "I want to create music of great beauty.”
John Proulx is one of the hottest jazz pianists in America, and is a Grammy-winning composer.  
Jazz legend, Nancy Wilson, recorded "These Golden Years", a song that John co-wrote with
lyricist D. Channsin Berry, for her 2006 Grammy-winning CD, Turned to Blue.  Jazz singer, Mary
Stallings, also recorded "Stuck in a Dream", a tune John co-wrote with lyricist K. Lawrence
Dunham, on her 2005 release, Remember Love.   John is currently working on his second CD, a
tribute to Chet Baker, featuring Chuck Berghofer, Joe LaBarbera, and trumpeter Dominick
Farinacci.  It's due to be released in March of 2009 on Maxjazz.  
Rick Petrone is a bassist who has been active in jazz since the 1960s. Born in Stamford, CT near
New York in 1947, he lived in L.A. as a child but has spent most of his life on the East Coast. After
graduating from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1969 with a degree in music
education, Petrone played with Buddy Rich and went on to play with Marian McPartland in
1970-71, Maynard Ferguson from 1972-74, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis band in 1975 and Chet
Baker in 1976. Around the mid-1970s, Petrone was a member of New York Mary, an obscure
fusion band that included Joe Corsello and Bruce Johnstone and recorded two albums for Arista
Freedom: New York Mary and A Piece of the Apple.   From 1978-1992, Petrone was program
director and ultimately general manager of WJAZ-FM radio, a 24 hour commercial jazz station in
the tri-state area. He then returned to music and recorded 4 CD's with Joyce DiCamillo from
1992-1998.  Later in 1998, he and drummer Joe Corsello co-founded 'Summer Jazz Stamford'
which is a 2 week summer program for middle and high school music students and includes a 26
week long Monday night combo classes that run during the school year.  He's also the adjudicator
for jazz bass for the Connecticut regional and all-state competitions and has been for 8 years.   In
the past 10 years,he has recorded with Joe Cohn, Carmen Leggio, Richie Hart, Lonnie Smith and
the late tenor saxophonist, Steve Marcus (a total of 4 CD's), and most recently, with Ralph
LaLama,John Hart and Joe Corsello on the new Energy Fields CD on 'Mighty Quinn Music', and is
set to record a second CD in 2009.
Hugo Garcia was born in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina on January 13 th 1969.  He started his
study in music at age 14, at first with his father and Nestor Yori. His first drum teachers were
Roberto García and Raúl Goldsack, until he began his professional career in Buenos Aires,
continuing to study with Junior Cesari.  Hugo has performed and/or recorded with a variety of
artists including: Nestor Torres, Juan Canosa, Facundo Bergalli, Alejandro Herrera, Daniel Corzo,
Carlos Campos, Andrés Boiarsky, Gustavo Cámara, Juan Pablo Navarro, Pablo Carmona,
Leonardo Alvarez, Negro Gonzalez, Pablo Olivera, Hernán Jacinto, Marcelo Mayor, etc.   Since
1997 he has been worked extensively in Argentina and abroad with the Guillermo Calliero Quartet
playing drums and percussion.
Drew Salperto was born in New Haven Ct, the Jazz Keyboardist has excited audiences in over 45
major cities across the country.  International performances include the cities of Montreal,
Toronto, Mexico City, and a 29-city-tour throughout South America with Jazz Trumpeter Freddie
Hubbard sponsored by the State Department as a “gift of love” for the people of Central and
South America. Besides his own CDs, Drew has performed, recorded or toured with a star
studded cast of Jazz luminaries including Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Artt Frank, Dave
Liebman, Tom Harrell, Grover Washington Jr, Jean Carne, Lou Donaldson, Eddie Harris, Eddie
Henderson, Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, Richie Cole, Miroslav Vitous, Junior Cook, Ed
Soph, Charlie Rousse, Art Farmer, Carl Saunders, Red Halloway, Robben Ford and others. Drew
is the composer of “Chesney” written for and inspired by endearment and appreciation for Chet
Baker and his dear friend Artt Frank.
Rudi Berger was born in Vienna and studied classical violin at the Vienna Conservatory of Music.
Before moving to New York in 1986 he released his debut album “First Step”, was a member of
the Vienna Art Orchestra and made his first international appearance as  a bandleader at “Jazz  
in Athens”.  In his New York time he performed and recorded with Artt Frank, Billy Kilson, Joe
Calderazzo, Michael Formanek, Michael Gerber, Mike Clark, Pete Madsen, Phil Bowler,Victor
Bailey and worked with Astor Piazzolla at the American Music Theater Festival in 1989.
Recognized for his unique jazz violin approach and excellent songwriting he has regularly toured
as a bandleader and guest artist throughout Europe, South America, Japan and the USA  since
1990.  He has worked with legendary guitar composer Toninho Horta for almost two decades and
has become Brazil’s most recorded jazz violinist over the years. Since 2000 Rudi has lived in
Photo by Rainer Rygalyk
Isabel Cristina Medeiros is a versatile artist born in Rio de Janeiro.  She has graduated in
engraving and works as a painter,graphic designer and author  with a profound background as a
shaman.  The multitalented artist gives workshops all over Brazil and organizes musical events in
context with her spiritual work.  She is also assistent director of the annual international bass
convention in Pirenopolis -Brazil. As trumpet lover she helps young talented trumpet players to
get started and calls Chet Baker her favourite jazz man.