David Alvarez III

David Alvarez III

David Alvarez III David Alvarez III is a jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and music educator in Detroit, Michigan. He was introduced to the drum set at age five where he grew up playing in church. At age nine, he began his jazz education through a summer program...
Nanami Haruta

Nanami Haruta

Nanami Haruta Born in 2001 in Japan. She started playing classical piano at the age of 5, and at the age of 8 she joined her elementary school’s brass band, where she started playing the trombone and jazz. She started performing concerts in Sapporo when she was...
Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Chris Smith A brass player fluent in many styles, CHRIS SMITH is also an arranger and composer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and educator. A second-generation jazz trombonist from New Orleans, Smith is one of those rare musicians who plays traditional and modern...
Alex Belhaj

Alex Belhaj

Alex Belhaj ALEX BELHAJ is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he led his own Crescent City Quartet in addition to playing folk music and original music.  He also worked with the James Dapogny Quartet, the Cakewalkin’ Jass Band and guitarist Joe Summers before...
Dave Kosmyna

Dave Kosmyna

Dave Kosmyna DAVID KOSMYNA, trumpet, a native of Toledo, Ohio, teaches trumpet, theory, composition, and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Ohio Northern University. Prior to ONU, Kosmyna served on the faculty of the State University of New York at Fredonia and during the...
Ray Heitger

Ray Heitger

Ray Heitger Born Beaver, Pennsylvania, self-taught musician RAY HEITGER grew up with good music around the house and became interested in jazz through a high school friend who played trumpet in a dixieland band. Upon moving to Toledo for graduate school, he played at...