Colin Stranahan is among the most sought-after drummers in the world working with such artists as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jonathan Kreisberg, Fred Hersch, Terence Blanchard, Dave Kikoski, Kevin Hays, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and many others. Colin was a winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk Drum Competition. Colin currently leads a trio with his lifelong musical companions Rick Rosato and Glenn Zaleski. They perform extensively on the NYC live scene. He is a member of Real Feels with Gilad Hekselman and John Raymond. Colin is a member of Jonathan Kreisberg’s Quartet and they tour extensively all over the world.
Glenn Zaleski is one of the most in-demand pianists on the New York City jazz scene. Originally from Boylston, MA, Glenn has made a name for himself playing with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Lage Lund, and Ari Hoenig. He is a Sunnyside Records recording artist, Thelonious Monk Piano Competition semifinalist, as well as a finalist for the 2011 APA Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz. His albums have received international acclaim and he is one of the most unique voices of his generation on the piano. He currently performs extensively in the NY Scene with his lifelong companions Rick Rosato and Colin Stranahan and recently recorded a Live album at the Jazz Standard in NYC.
Saxophonist and Musicologist Dr. Lukas Gabric has performed at the most notable venues around the globe and has published musicological articles and 6 method books. He recorded 3 CDs as a leader and collaborated on 7 further projects such as Derek Bermel’s Grammy-nominated Migrations. Dr. Gabric was a member of the European Generations Unit—an ensemble consisting of winners of the Swiss Generations Competition. In 2013 Dr. Gabric was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington D.C. and received the Best Soloist and Audience Choice Awards at the Getxo Jazz Festival in Spain in 2014. His composition “Fire Dance” was awarded an ASCAP Herb Alpert Award in 2016. Dr. Gabric teaches saxophone at Juilliard MAP. For his EMM masterclasses he shares his insights on the mastery of sound and tone production, open triads, how to make the most of your material, Coltrane changes, saxophone technique, and rhythm changes.
Will’s saxophone playing is executed with incredible power and dramatic sensitivity, and is characterized by his imposing sound and technique. He always brings his own unique approach to every performance. Will Vinson has recorded with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ari Hoenig, Marcus Gilmore, Chris Potter, Lage Lund, Aaron Parks.
Seamus Blake is a multiple award winning tenor saxophonist and a world class band leader. He has recorded extensively with top jazz artists and is a highly accomplished jazz composer. Seamus will use his insight and take you on a new journey that will rise you to the next level, where you will develop the most fundamental element of jazz improvisation, “Play what you hear.”
The prodigious and multifaceted Aaron Parks is a major jazz influence in the contemporary jazz scene. He is a highly acclaimed and award winning American jazz artist, pianist and composer. Throughout the span of his career Aaron has developed a unique style and now, he will walk you through the path of his musical philosophy “Rhythm to the body, Melody to the heart, Harmony to the mind.”