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LEANDER YOUNG - Drums Originally from Long Island, New York, is the founder of the Oatmeal Jazz combo. He began his drumming at the age of five and has studied privately with numerous teachers through his childhood. After high school, he studied music composition at the Juilliard School under Jonathan Dawe, before transferring to Stony Brook University.
KENJIRO MIYAGISHI - Guitar Kenjiro Miyagishi is a Jazz guitarist from Kyoto, Japan. Since he was a child, he loved listening to music and playing instruments especially guitar and piano. At the age of 18 he started playing Jazz guitar, and then in 2005 he graduated from Senzoku Gakuen University of Music with Jazz Guitar major. From 2005 to 2007, Kenjiro had lived in Honolulu and was a member of University of Hawaii Jazz Big Band. Since 2007 he has been in New York to continue his performance at various live houses.
ANDREW MCGOWAN - Piano Began piano lessons at the age of 4 under the condition that for every piano lesson he attended he would receive a present of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figure. This proved effective as Andrew progressed rapidly in skill even though he preferred playing video games to practicing piano. At the age of eleven Andrew's parents divorced and Andrew, no longer living under a roof with his father who still at that age was his main impetus to play the piano, gave up the instrument and bought a guitar. After a few years of playing in a rock band formed with his friend Paul Saputo he discovered an interest in jazz music and realized he was better equipped to play it on the instrument he had neglected, the piano.
TRISTAN EGGENER - Bass Tristan holds awards from international competitions including first prizes in the Leonard Falcone Tuba Festival, the Kalamazoo Young Artist Competition, and the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Competition. He has been honored as a solo and ensemble tubist by earning a full-scholarship for the Tanglewood Music Festival Academy. His bass playing has also earned him first-prize awards from the Birch Creek and University of Wisconsin Jazz Music Festival. Tristan also received a Downbeat Critics Award for his involvement in Groove Brewery, a funk band he co-founded during studies at the Eastman School of Music.
PETER AURICCHIO - Trumpet A trumpet player from Stony Brook, New York. Peter plays with a commanding yet refined sound and is comfortable in a variety of musical styles from 16th Century Baroque to 21st Century Commercial. Peter received his Bachelors of Music in Trumpet Performance from the Boston University College of Fine Arts in 2003. While at B.U. Peter studied with Terry Everson, a world renowned recital soloist and freelancer in the Boston area. In 2002 Peter placed runner-up in the International Trumpet Guild's Moch Orchestra Competition.
JONATHAN SARAGA - Trumpet Jonathan has been called “...the musical offspring of trumpeters Dave Douglas and Ambrose Akinmusire," by All About Jazz. He began his professional career in 2002, as orchestral student trumpeter in the Paramount film, Changing Lanes, and later went on to win the 2007 ITG Jazz Solo Competition. He competed in the 2009 Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition, and has performed with the Grammy-winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Festival of New Trumpet Music, and the Blue Note Jazz Festival. He was selected from an international pool as a participant in the 2011 SIM Intensive Program, and the 2015 Banff Intensive Program.
JAMES HUBBARD - Trombone James Hubbard, who is originally from Pensacola, Florida, got his start playing trombone in his family jam sessions at age 10. James also doubles on bass trombone, piano, euphonium, tuba, and trumpet. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Louisiana State University in 2008. Also in 2008, he won a fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School, along with the other members of his chamber brass quintet, Trinity Brass. James has been the winner of the Eastern Trombone Jazz competition with the LSU trombones and received an honorable mention from the ITA international JJ Johnson solo trombone competition.
STEVE CARRINGTON - Reeds Steve has opened for jazz giants Abbey Lincoln, Lionel Hampton, and Stanley Turrentine. Currently, Steve is a part of the legendary drummer Greg Bandy’s band: Greg has played for many years with Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Turrentine and Yusef Lateef. Here’s how Chick Corea described the experience of hearing the Jazz Healer play. After inviting Steve to sit in on a recent performance at New York’s legendary Blue Note, he said: “Keep that big, beautiful smile and that big, beautiful sound.”

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