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Volume 39 Writers                                                                                      Prior to relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area,
                                                                                                       Lars Halle was on the faculty at the University Of The
                      Ryan Erik Adamsons, based in Chicago (IL), is an                                 Arts in Philadelphia (PA), where he also led the Lars
                      active composer, performer, and educator. He                                     Halle Jazz Orchestra. Originally from Scandinavia,
                      received Bachelor of Science Degrees in Jazz Studies                             his music has been played by Bobby Shew, Rob
                      and Brass Performance from the University of Akron                               McConnell, Jon Faddis, Tim Warfield, Kurt Elling, and
                      (OH), and a Masters of Music concentrating in Jazz                               Lasse Lindgren.
                      Composition from DePaul University in Chicago. He
                      currently works as an Artist Advisor at the Denis                                Jeff Jarvis, Director of Jazz Studies at California
                      Wick/Vandoren Musician’s Advisory Studio in down-                                State University Long Beach, is a composer/arranger
town Chicago, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago                                     of educational and professional works and frequently
Jazz Orchestra as their Director of Educational Programs. Ryan also                                    appears as a guest conductor, trumpeter, and clini-
chairs the mentoring program of the Jazz Education Network.                                            cian. Jarvis was cited by the Global Music Awards for
                                                                                                       "Lifetime Contributions to Jazz and Jazz Education".
                      Doug Beach formed the publishing company bearing
                      his name in 1975. As Director of Jazz Studies for                                Thad Jones (1923-1986) played with the Basie band
                      over 40 years, his Elmhurst College (IL) Jazz Band                               for nine years before he and drummer Mel Lewis
                      regularly appears with such greats as Gary Smulyan,                              formed their award-winning jazz orchestra. This band
                      Dennis Mackrel, Nicholas Payton, Dee Dee Bridgewa-                               became an American institution, where the band,
                      ter, Patti Austin, Lee Konitz, Jeff Hamilton, Bobby                              now named the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, recently
                      Shew and others. In 1996, the Count Basie Orchestra                              celebrated 50 years of playing Monday nights at the
                      and New York Voices recorded his arrangement of                                  Village Vanguard in New York City. Their classic
Cottontail on a CD that went on to win the Grammy Award for best                                       albums remain popular today.
large jazz ensemble.
                                                                                                       Adam Larson, originally from Normal (IL), he holds a
                      Kris Berg has written big band charts for professional                           Bachelors and Masters degree in Jazz Performance
                      and school groups for over 20 years. As a bassist, Kris                          from The Manhattan School of Music. Adam has four
                      frequently performs at jazz festivals and has appeared                           albums as a leader and his latest album, Second City
                      or recorded with artists such as Wayne Bergeron, Phil                            received a four star rating in Downbeat and was listed
                      Woods, John Pizzarelli, Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker,                              as one of the best releases of 2017 in both Downbeat
                      Peter Erskine, and many others. Kris Berg and the                                and Jazziz Magazine. He is a sought after clinician
                      Metroplexity Big Band have released two critically                               and master class presenter through the country, and
                      acclaimed CD’s, Time Management and This                                         has played throughout the world.
                      Time/Last Year, and have garnered 8 Global Music
                      Awards.                                                                          Pete McGuinness has been a New York City-based
                                                                                                       jazz trombonist, composer/arranger and vocalist
                      Peter Blair has an extensive and varied background                               since 1987. He has performed with The Woody
                      in music sales, education and performance. He holds                              Herman Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath,
                      a BA in Music Education from Carroll University (WI)                             and the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and appears
                      and an MA in saxophone performance from the                                      on many jazz CDs. His big band plays regularly in the
                      University of Wisconsin. Blair is currently a staff                              NYC area, and Pete also serves as Professor of Jazz
                      arranger at Crucial Music, Wild Whirled Entertainment                            Arranging at William Paterson University and as a
                      and Scorekeepers Music, as well as serving as an In-       clinician for the Conn-Selmer instrument company. His new 2019 CD
                      strumental Specialist at Hartland Music/White House        Along For The Ride - The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra is avail-
                      of Music.                                                  able on Summit Records.

                      Composer and educator Mike Dana maintains a busy                                 Sammy Nestico wrote for Count Basie for 17 years,
                      schedule of teaching, conducting, and performing                                 and directed the USAF Airmen of Note and the Marine
                      throughout the U.S., Asia, the Middle East, and                                  Band’s White House Orchestra. He has also arranged
                      Europe. His compositions for jazz ensemble are                                   and conducted recording projects for Bing Crosby,
                      performed throughout the world, by groups at all                                 Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand,
                      levels. Mike was recently named California Jazz                                  Natalie Cole, and others.
                      Educator of the Year, and inducted into the California
                      Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame.                                                  Andrew Neu is a saxophonist/woodwind player and
                                                                                                       recording artist. He has toured the world with Bobby
                      Tom Garling went on the road with Buddy Rich in                                  Caldwell, Diane Schuur and Smokey Robinson. A
                      1986 at the age of twenty. After Buddy died in 1987,                             graduate of Temple University, he recently released
                      Tom went on to finish his studies at the University of                           the big band record, Catwalk.
                      Miami (FL), where he received his Master’s degree in
                      Jazz Arranging and Composition. Upon completion,                                 Ellen Rowe, jazz pianist and composer, is currently
                      he taught at the University of Miami. Shortly thereafter,                        Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Jazz and Contempo-
                      he started touring with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop                               rary Improvisation at the University of Michigan. Her
                      Nouveau Band, where he remained for 6 years, 4 of                                CDs Momentum - Portraits of Women In Motion
which he was musical director. Tom has played on numerous albums,                                      (2019), Sylvan Way, Denali Pass, Wishing Well and
and his talents as composer and arranger have been utilized by                                         Courage Music are available on Smokin' Sleddog
Maynard Ferguson, Tito Puente, Liza Minelli, Michael Fienstein,                                        Records,, PKO records and at
Dianne Schuur, plus countless commissions from professional bands.                           

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