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Scott Kenyon Barker is the Executive Editor for Tucson Lifestyle magazine, Tucson Lifestyle Home
& Garden, San Antonio Magazine, and a frequent freelance contributor to several film publications.
He began writing at an early age, and sold his first short story to a national magazine soon after
high school. While attending The University of Arizona where he studied theater, he continued
writing, and began selling magazine articles to regional, national, and international publications. He
has won awards from the Arizona Authors Association and the Arizona Press Club, and has taught
magazine writing for Pima Community College and Tucson Open University.  "My wife Dayle and I
have always been major Chet Baker fans, and always shall be."
Tim Schaffner,48, is an independent publisher based in Tucson, Arizona who started his own
company, Schaffner Press in 2001, and has since published several titles in the areas of
non-fiction, biography, memoir and  fiction.  A jazz drummer and avid fan, he has studied with
Artt Frank  for five years; this association and friendship brought about his publication of
Artt's book, ESSENTIALS FOR THE BEBOP DRUMMER in 2005.  He was a former literary
agent for twelve years at  John Schaffner Associates, and a high school teacher before
establishing his publishing business.   A native of New York City, Tim Schaffner is a
descendant on his mother's side of the poet Hilda Doolittle (HD) and the son of  John V.
Schaffner, a literary agent and magazine editor.
MICHAEL ARMANDO, President & CEO of MJA Records, has recorded many fine jazz and blues
artists for the MJA label.   And over the years, has been instrumental in launching the recording
careers of young musicians deserving of wider recognition.
What comes to mind when thinking of  MJA is Chet Baker’s closest friend, legendary Be Bop
drummer, Artt Frank who performed with the great lyrical trumpet icon on and off for many years.
Michael, a jazz/blues guitarist himself, first formed the MJA Record label back in 1973, and was
one of the first artists to record for the new company.  Mike was born in New York City and has
paid his dues many times over. He has always loved jazz and blues music because “it comes
straight from the soul-and the soul is from God.”  
Dr. David Blask, Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Chrono-Neuroendocrine Oncology in the
Department of Structural & Cellular Biology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New
Orleans, LA, is an internationally recognized cancer research scientist.  Prior to moving to New
Orleans, he was a senior research scientist at the Basset Research Institute in Cooperstown, NY.
He has authored or co-authored over 280 publications on the pineal gland, melatonin, light at
night, and cancer, and serves on the editorial board of three important medical research journals.
He graduated from Whitesboro Central School in 1965 where he came under the strong influence
of his music teacher Don Cantwell.  He earned his B.S. (1969) degree in biology from Utica
College of Syracuse Univ., a Ph.D. degree (1974) in neuroendocrinology/anatomy as well as an
M.D. degree (1978) from the Univ. of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  Other than
private trumpet lessons, participation in school music programs under the direction of Don
Cantwell, and attendance at the Stan Kenton and Jamey Abersold Summer Jazz clinics as a young
student, Dave has had little other formal training in music beyond high school.  However, whenever
his schedule permits, he studies with international jazz trumpet sensation, teacher and good friend
Bobby Shew.  However, in spite of his very busy schedule as a medical school professor and
cancer researcher, and because of his fine trumpet playing, he's been called upon to 'back up'
many famous jazz and pop musicians during the past few years.   And, in his his travels to different
cities and countries around the world, he still manages to play a 'live' gig every now and then
Doug Morrill has been a lifelong jazz enthusiast he first heard artists like George Shearing and
Stan Kenton and became hooked at that moment, later discovered the West coast sounds of
Chet Baker (which proved to be prophetic) and Gerry Mulligan. As interest expanded and being
from the Boston area many of the legendary jazz clubs and performers became part of his jazz
adventure, including places like the Hi Hat, the Savoy, and the Jazz Workshop. Artists like Herb
Pomeroy, Jimmy Mosher, John and Paul Neves , Toni Williams and so many more.
At the beginning of the 1960’s decade Doug was living in a basement apartment In Boston
where he met Artt Frank and became a lifelong friend. Doug is pressident of JazzHaven with
Harold Danko as Vice president along with Artt Frank and many others.
Jazz Haven from the beginning was to be a different kind of jazz organization and that is what
has become. Jazz haven believes in building community through jazz by presenting, preserving
and advancing the culture of jazz.
Dr. Julie Lang joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor at the University of
Arizona's College of Medicine in the Department of Surgery in the section of
Surgical Oncology in 2007.   She has recently been appointed the Director of the
Breast Surgical Oncology Program at the University of Arizona's Cancer Center.
Portrait painter BRUNI Sablan is the creator of 'The Jazz Masters Series by BRUNI’ a visual
tribute to the greats of Jazz. BRUNI, who claims the crown amongst portrait painters in the
world today, has contributed over 1,400 paintings of Jazz greats to the globe. Her work, known
nationally and internationally, has been acquired by four major museums, including the
Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. where one of her portraits of Duke Ellington now
resides.  She has owned and operated BRUNI Gallery in Northern California for over 30 years.
BRUNI has painted 15 portraits of Chet Baker, and has been inspired by his music immensely.
“Gwen Calvier, a jazz-loving lawyer from France who moved to the states in the late 90’s,
bought Hot House Jazz Magazine from its co-founder in 2001. Now in its third decade Hot
House, known by its readers as “the BIBLE of Jazz in New York”, is committed to provide
music enthusiasts with a handy printed guide of the best of New York’s jazz events, with
informed commentaries on up-and-comers as well as established talent. As President,
Gwen dedicates her time to her passion for jazz, promoting musicians, their performances
and new releases.”