Jon Gudmundson, Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Saxophone at Utah State University, has also taught at Brevard College, the University of Northern Colorado and Indiana University. Gudmundson has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Brevard Chamber Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony, Bloomington (IN) Chamber Orchestra, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, the Harry James Band, Bobby Watson, Donald Harrison, David Young, Aaron Neville, Roberta Flack, and many others. Jon has served as clinician, adjudicator, featured soloist, and lecturer at conferences and festivals across the nation, including International Association for Jazz Education Conferences, World Saxophone Congresses, and in countless Jazz Festivals and clubs in most of the United States, as well as Vancouver, Montreal, London, Vienna, Rome, Ljubljana, Bangkok, Singapore, Manila, Reykjavik, Hanover, St. Andrews, Luxembourg City, Darmstadt, Berlin and elsewhere.
Dr. Gudmundson received his doctorate in Saxophone Performance/Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado, master’s in Jazz Studies from Indiana University, and bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies and Saxophone Performance from Western Washington University. He has written liner notes for CDs by Ronnie Cuber and Bob Brookmeyer on Koch International and been published in The Saxophone Symposium, Research Proceedings of the International Association of Jazz Educators, and Teaching Music. His student big band, the USU Jazz Orchestra, won the 2014 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance by a Large Jazz Ensemble. Among his current favorite projects are his jazz saxophone quartet, FOUR, and his wonderful students at Utah State University.
An established creative force on the New York music scene, Dan Loomis has made his mark as a sought-after player, constant collaborator and innovative composer. Called “a forceful and creative bass player” (Cadence) and “double-teaming you with style and substance”, Dan has created a stir with his playing and as a bandleader. Dan performs extensively across the world with his own band, The Dan Loomis Quartet, his collaborative projects, The Wee Trio and Spoke, and as a sideman with diverse ensembles such as the TS Monk Sextet, Vadim Neselovskyi Trio and Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop.
Dan’s musical roots lie in the historic music town of Saint Louis, Missouri. Under the guidance of early mentors Reggie Thomas, Rick Haydon and Tom Kennedy, Dan learned the fundamental importance of groove and sound and came away with the firm commitment to music-making that reaches people on a heart level. He went on to do his graduate work at Eastman School of Music under Jeff Campbell. By then his playing was already receiving national attention; Downbeat magazine selected The Very Tall Band, made up of Dan and his Eastman compatriots, as Best Collegiate Small Ensemble.
Recent exploits include recording a new album with The Wee Trio (featuring an expanded ensemble with special guests Nicholas Payton, Nir Felder and Fabian Almazan), a well-received tour throughout Europe with SPOKE.
Tina Raymond is a drummer based in Los Angeles. Gary Fukushima, pianist, writes in LA Weekly, “Musicians love her lithe brush and cymbal work, supported by an iron core of time and groove.” She has shared the stage with jazz luminaries including Bobby Bradford, Emil Richards, George Colligan, Art Lande, Darek Oles, Vinny Golia, and many more. Tina is a member of Ann Patterson’s Maiden Voyage Big Band, which has performed at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival (Kennedy Center, Washington D.C), as well as the Jazz Education Network convention in San Diego, CA. She has also performed in the Detroit Jazz Festival, Costa Rica’s International Jazz Festival, The Angel City Jazz Festival, Indianapolis Jazz Festival, Washington Women in Jazz Festival, and Festival De Las Almas in Mexico with various artists. Known for her intuitive and creative spirit, Tina regularly performs and has recorded with Los Angeles contemporary composers including Grammy Awarding winning D.J. Johnson, Cathlene Pineda, and Jon Armstrong; all released on Orenda Records. Tina is on faculty at Los Angeles City College, Occidental College, and The Academy for Creative Education (Oakwood School). She holds a masters degree in jazz from California Institute of the Arts and an undergraduate degree in jazz and percussion from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Dawn Weber is known as one of the top performers and trumpeters in the St. Louis area. Her wide diversity of styles has made her a unique musician in the scene. She got her start when she left home of Waukon, Iowa at the age of 16 to study music at the North Carolina School of the Arts. This is also when she started playing professionally in both the jazz and classical genres. After graduating high school from this esteemed performing art school she attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her undergrad degree in trumpet performance. Here she trained intensely in the classical genre but also studied jazz and worked in the rock and Latin scene in Cleveland. After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Music Dawn moved to the St. Louis scene. Not long after moving to St. Louis she began to sub with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and was selected as 1 out 5 trumpet players worldwide to compete in the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition. While she was competing and performing classically she started to play with a popular St. Louis group called Vargas Swing who she toured with for 2 years. This is where Dawn got her start as a singer/songwriter and front personality. She has since released 6 albums as the main songwriter for various projects she is involved with in the genres of swing, jazz, funk, groove, and electronica. Dawn still currently freelances classically, subs with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and performs with the classical groups Arch City Brass and Gateway Brass. She also plays trumpet, sings with, and leads the projects Naked Rock Fight, Electro Funk Assembly, and The Dawn Weber Group. She performs nationally and is currently working on new albums with her projects.
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