Dan Sumner keeps a very active schedule as a guitarist, playing and teaching Jazz and Classical music.
Dan Sumner keeps a very active schedule as a guitarist, playing and teaching Jazz and Classical music. His playing can be heard on more than a dozen recordings including the critically acclaimed releases from the New Orleans based group Permagrin. He took first prize in the professional division at the University of Texas at Brownsville International Guitar festival in 2009 with the McPike/Sumner Duo.
New Orleans was his home for 13 years during which he performed regularly in clubs. He has toured worldwide with several acts including Permagrin, The Louis Romanos Quartet, Glyn Styler, and Jesus Christ Superstar. His studies took him to Capital University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Indiana University, where he is in the final stages of finishing a Doctorate of Music Education. He is currently assistant professor of music education and guitar at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Louis Romanos began his career in music in West Hartford, CT winning first chair in the award-winning Pops ‘n’ Jazz band.
This opportunity led to region competitions where Louis won awards for outstanding musicianship. He was also offered a scholarship to attend the Berkley School of Music which he turned down to go to the birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans, to study music and philosophy. He was a professional musician in the Big Easy for 15 years. In that time he performed and recorded with a number of renowned musicians including Gene Bertoncini, Steve Masakowski, Charles and Cyril Neville, Al Hirt, Dave Easley of Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band, Charlie Miller of Dr. John’s band, Jazz Legend Earl Turbinton, Mark Mullins of Harry Connick Jr.’s Band, Tricia Boutte of Galactic, Rich Vogel of Galactic, Skeric, Dave Anderson of the Louisiana Philharmonic and many, many more.
Jazz Maui 2013- Jazz and so much more
A celebration of America’s original musical art form, Jazz Maui 2013 features performances by visiting and local professional jazz musicians and instructional workshops for students.
Grammy winning trumpeter, composer, and educator Jim Seeley can be heard on countless recordings and tours as a featured soloist with Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Chucho Valdez, Chico O’Farrill, Greg Allman, and many others. As an original member of The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Arturo O’Farrill, he has toured and recorded extensively and continues to perform regularly with the group.
As an educator, Jim has conducted seminars and master classes all over the world including Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Spain, Venezuela, Colombia, Germany, Austria, Hawaii, Tahiti, Cuba, and extensively throughout the United States.
A long time inhabitant of the New York music scene, Jim performs regularly with a number of groups, including his own, and freelances frequently with many various artist in a variety of styles including, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Blues, Brazilian, and experimental music, and remains quite active as a teacher with The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and forJazz @ Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy.
Born in the Bronx, saxophonist Peter Brainin has distinguished himself over the past 25 years as a member of many important bands and also as a composer and leader of his own adventurous projects.
As a member of pianist Joey Calderazzo’s Quartet in the late 1980s, he worked alongside Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ron McClure, and Billy Hart. His work as a sideman also includes 10 years (1989-1999) with legendary pianist Hilton Ruiz. In the early 90s he toured with Mongo Santamaria and in ’95 joined the Chico O’farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra where he remains a featured member to this day.
Peter has recorded on two of Chico’s GRAMMY nominated CDs and appeared in the film Calle 54. Some other artists Peter has performed and/or recorded with include : Paquito D’Rivera, Bebo Valdes, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Weston, Steve Berrios y Son Bacheche, Harold Mabern, and Eddie Henderson. He was twice awarded the BRIO fellowship for Music Composition by the Bronx Council on the Arts. Many of Peter’s compositions appear on his original CDs with co-leader Steve Johns: Ceremony (Cats Paw) and No Saints, No Sinners (Playscape).