Mathew is a composer and trumpet teacher in the Seattle area. He spent three years as a high school band director where he not only continued to refine his teaching philosophy, but also gained a greater appreciation for composers who were able to write quality music at a technical level that is approachable by high school students. This has become Mathew's goal for his compositions: to provide new, original sounds for jazz band that are of high musical quality and approachable for high school bands.
Before being a band director, Mathew earned his Bachelor's degree in jazz studies from the University of Washington, his Master's in trumpet performance from the University of Idaho and spent time on tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
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Pianist Dan Kramlich has established himself as one of Seattle’s most sought after performers, educators, and adjudicators. His style was informed by jazz legends Fred Hersch and Billy Hart, with whom he worked extensively while studying at Western Michigan University.
Dan can be heard on many recordings by local musicians, including Steve Treseler’s “Center Song,” the Vern Sielert Dektet’s “From There to Here,” Bernie Jacobs’ “One by One,” and Phil Parisot’s “Lingo” and “Creekside.”
He currently performs with his own group, the Dan Kramlich Grunge Trio, as well as the Javatown Swing Orchestra, Jennifer Kienzle, and many others.
Dan also maintains a busy teaching studio. He currently directs the jazz ensemble at Seattle Pacific University, teaches many courses at Bellevue College, and maintains a busy private teaching studio in Seattle.
Find out more at dankramlich.com
David Larsen is a composer, saxophonist and educator. As a composer he has worked with many artists including Tamir Hendelman and Halie Loren, and his music has been performed by groups around the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Several of his arrangements can be heard on the album "It’s a Spokane Christmas" by the Hot Club of Spokane.
As a soloist, David has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists. He is featured on internationally-acclaimed jazz vocalist Halie Loren’s album, "Butterfly Blue" (2015). David’s latest solo album, "One of a Kind", with Pianist Danny McCollim, Bassist Scott Steed, and Drummer Brendon McMurphy, was released in 2017. David has also been a guest conductor and adjudicator at a variety of music festivals around the Northwest. He is currently the Director of Instrumental Studies at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Washington.
Find out more at larsenjazz.com