Artistes in the ‘Transatlantic Rhapsody’ Production
Renold is a co-founder of this Bandstand Learning with Role Models program at Jazzaar Festival that is now 26 years in operation.
Fritz Renold contributed compositions & arrangements for the Jazzaar 2018 productions.
saxophonist and educator; b. Hampton, VA, September 25, 1948. Bill was raised in Jacksonville and Miami, Fl. His parents, Frances and William, Sr. were educators. Bill began saxophone lessons in public school. In his senior year he took oboe lessons at the university of Miami. He attended Tennessee State University for two years. He transferred to Berklee College of Music in 1968, graduating in 1972. Bill began performing in the early 70’s in Boston while a student, appearing with artists such as The Four Tops and Stevie Wonder. In 1980, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, serving as musical director and sharing the bandstand with other young talents including James Williams, Donald Brown, Bobby Watson, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Terrance Blanchard, and Donald Harrison. After three years of recording and touring with Blakey, Bill returned to Berklee, where he became an Associate Professor in the Woodwind Department. During this time he was active in both the Boston and New York scenes and regularly performed with the Freddie Hubbard quintet. In 1985 Bill joined the Tony Williams Quintet. He made five recordings with Mr. Williams and toured Europe, Asia, and America. Since 1986 he has divided his time between academia, performing, and recording under his own name.
Bill is also featured on Tony Williams’ last quintet release, Tokyo Live (Blue Note Records). In 1997 Bill was appointed chairman of the woodwind department at Berklee College. Bill has been a member of the Kevin Eubanks quartet since 1999. The group has released three recordings, “Live”, “Genesis”, “Shrine” (Insoul Music), “Zen Food”, and “The Messenger”(Mack Avenue). Bill Pierce has performed and recorded with numerous jazz legends including Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Art Farmer, Hank Jones, Billy Higgins, and Art Blakey. Bill has released recordings of his own group and has been featured at many major American, Japanese, and European jazz festivals. Bill Pierce is an internationally recognized educator who has presented clinics in Europe, Asia, and South America as well as throughout the United States.
He is famous for being a member of The Blues Brothers band, Saturday Night Live Band (served as leader of the band from 1981 to 1985), and a member of the CBS Orchestra, the house band for the Late Show with David Letterman. Malone was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He began playing professionally as lead trumpet with Brenda Lee at a club in Jackson, Mississippi while enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Upon graduation, Malone worked in bands of Woody Herman (1969), Duke Pearson (1970), Louie Bellson (1971), Doc Severinsen, Frank Zappa (1972) and Blood, Sweat & Tears (1973). In 1973, Malone began a close, 15-year association with Gil Evans, who exerted considerable musical influence on him. With Evans, Malone recorded seven albums and toured Europe, Japan and the Far East. In 1975, Malone toured with Billy Cobham, in 1976 with the Band.
In 1970 after he was heard performing with Ten Wheel Drive and Genya Ravan, he received a call from Saturday Night Live (SNL), a new and revolutionary, late-night comedy show on NBC. Malone arranged for the show from 1975 to 1985 and served as musical director from 1981 to 1985. A single SNL comedy skit which featured John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd mushroomed into The Blues Brothers; Malone wrote the chart for that first skit, then continued as an integral member of the Blues Brothers musical organization. His writing and performance may be found on all Blues Brothers recordings and in The Blues Brothers film score. In the movie he appears as a fictionalized version of himself. In 1993, Malone reunited with SNL veterans Paul Shaffer (keyboards) and Will Lee, (bass), in the CBS Orchestra. In 1997, Blues Brothers 2000 and the film score includes considerable contribution by Malone.
As a studio musician, he has been heard on more than 1,000 records, more than 3000 radio and television commercials and over 4,000 live television shows.
Malone’s additional feature film credits include The Last Waltz, Blues Brothers 2000 and Sister Act.
In 2007 Malone was invited by Music Director Geoffrey Moull to arrange and perform a concert with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. He frequently performs with Beatles tribute band the Fab Faux (as part of the Hogshead Horns) along with fellow CBS Orchestra member Will Lee. He also frequently plays with the Blues Brotherhood, a Blues Brothers tribute band based in Pennsylvania.
Gil Goldstein contributed arrangements and compositions for both productions in 2018.
Among the alumni of the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra are Mathias Künzli AG (drums/perc), Chris Huber AG (ts), Tobias Preisig ZH (vl), Simon Jeker AG (ts), Claudio Strüby SZ (pn), Adrian Pflugshaupt LU (as), Phil Hilfiker AG (as) and many more leading professional musicians in the current Swiss and international music scene.
The Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra has released 4 live albums, with the latest called ‘Take Five’ that is distributed world-wide. The albums have received raving reviews including such as the „Highest Debut“ in the US Jazz radio circuit in January 2017 and to rank 23rd in the Top 50 Jazz Week Charts.
This year the SYJO will explore the fusion of music from cultures between the Atlantic.
Janis Birrer (cl), Mathieu Bitz (as), Sara El Hachimi (as), Felix Piringer (ts), Sofie Schindelholz (bcl), Samir Rachide (tp), Sebastian Wey (tb),
Moritz Za?ch (tu), Andrin Stettler (g), Jeremy Lenoir (p), Sharon Renold (b), Cristiano Salgert (dr)
Composers & Arrangers for Jazzaar Festival 2017
Bob Freedman contributed arrangements for both productions in 2018.
Ned Wilkinson contributed Lyrics and transcriptions for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.
Irene established international institutional partnerships with the Berklee College of Music (USA) and the University of Wolverhampton (UK) to provide students an opportunity to earn internationally recognised music degrees.
Irene holds a Master of Science in Higher Education degree from Drexel University (PA, USA) and a Bachelor of Music in Commercial Arranging from the Berklee College of Music (MA, USA).
Irene contributed a composition for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.
Corey’s professional background covers the entire range of the music business. Corey’s vocal and orchestra arrangements can be heard on recordings by The Manhattan Transfer with the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel and with the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Corey himself! He has arranged for “New Age” pioneer Suzanne Ciani, television star David Hasselhoff, vocalists Erin Boehm, Kevin Mahogany, American Idol’s sentimental favorite, Sherman Pore, the Japanese vocal group “Suite Voice” and “Spain”, the centerpiece of the latest Manhattan Transfer recording – “The Chick Corea Songbook”.
Corey Allen contributed Arrangements for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.
Sharifi also writes for film soundtracks. He’s worked with Michael Gibbs scoring feature films and one-hour television shows. He composed the soundtracks to many major studio and independent films including the Paramount/Nickelodeon film Clockstoppers and contributed to the scores of The Thomas Crown Affair. Sharifi’s infusions of elements from the Middle East and Africa makes his music distinctive.
As an accomplished pianist and synthesizer player Sharifi aims to play the synthesizer with the richness of articulation associated to an acoustic instrumentalist.
Sharifi arranged and produced albums for many artists, including Yungchen Lhamo, Mamak Khadem, Mo Boma. His first solo album, A Prayer for the Soul of Layla, received much critical acclaim as Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 1st Annual New Age Voice Music Awards. He arranged and conducted for orchestral instruments, including strings and horns for Dream Theater’s album Octavarium.
Jamshied Sharifi contributed compositions and arrangements for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.
Helen Savari-Renold hails from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She’s been educated on voice, guitar, piano, composition and pedagogy in various educational institutions in Malaysia, the USA and Switzerland. As a performer Helen enjoyed a prolific career in a duet called ‘Cenderawasih’ (EMI Malaysia) before her venture into music education. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Jazz Composition and Arrangement she has contributed compositions to Jazz Ensembles as well as librettos for works performed at Jazzaar Festival, of which she is a co-founder.
Helen Savari-Renold contributed compositions for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.
Artistes in ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ Production
Tim Akers contributed Arrangements for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.
Harini was a featured soloist on violin in the video ‘Jiya Jale’ by The Berklee Indian Ensemble, released in 2014, that has 7 million views to date. She performs across the United States with touring Indian Musicians like Karthik, Devan and Saindhavi, as a featured solo violinist and singer
Harini contributed in songwriting for the ‘Gumbo with Chutney’ production.
Lydia contributed an arranged composition for the ‘Transatlantic Rhapsody’ production.
While in Boston, Anders toured and recorded three albums on CBS records with the group Full Circle and recorded with Ahmad Monsour, John Stein, Brian Ales and Matt Johnson.
After moving to New York in 1991, He joined Giovanni Hidalgo’s group and recorded the album “Time Shifter” with him. As a sideman, he has appeared on jazz recordings with Walt Weiskopf, Donny McCaslin, Bruno Raberg, Fernando Tarres, Erik Lundmark, Fernando Huergo, Paul Renz, Paula Cole, The Story and Sandy Lam.
In 1999, Anders played in “The Lion King” on Broadway. This is where he was introduced to the sound of the bamboo flute. Shows on Broadway featuring Anders on bamboo flute and flute include “Bombay Dreams”, “Tarzan” and “Shrek the Musical”.
His bamboo flute playing is also featured on the sound tracks of “Get Real! Wise Women Speak: on the CD “Ama” by the Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo ,the CD “Awakened Earth” by the group Mirabai Ceiba and on the CD “Disney presents Tarzan on Broadway”.
Shortly after graduating, in September 2013, Tom was appointed the lead trumpet chair in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Within the band, he has worked with international jazz luminaries such as Benny Golson, Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Kurt Elling & Bob Mintzer. In December 2016 Tom performed with Vince Mendoza & The WDR Big Band – and was the first lead trumpet deputy to play with the band for over 30 years. Tom has also played with some of the UK’S top big bands including: The BBC Big Band, The Stan Sulzmann Neon Orchestra, The Laurence Cottle Big Band, The Gareth Lockrane Big Band, The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, NYJO and The Mark Nightingale Big Band.
In light orchestral work Tom has played principal trumpet with John Wilson, The RTE Concert Orchestra , The Philharmonia and has played with the RPO, English National Ballet Orchestra and the English Session Orchestra. In the West End, Tom has played on Wicked, Sinatra: Live On Stage, Dirty Dancing and The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas. In 2013 and 2014 Tom played lead trumpet live on the UK X Factor Big Band shows, in addition to the BBC Proms in 2014, and the ongoing BBC TV series Bruce’s Hall Of Fame. In pop and commercial music Tom has played and recorded with the likes of Van Morrison, Blur, Mark Knopfler, Jessie J, Jamie Cullum, Gary Barlow and Shirley Bassey. In February 2014 Tom co-produced and played a series of concerts with Al Jarreau at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
Tom is a visiting professor of jazz trumpet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Having recently studied with trumpeters Jerry Hey & Gary Grant in Los Angeles, Tom is currently working from his home studio recording, composing and arranging for multiple projects including his own horn section.
Etienne (A.T.N.) Stadwijk was born in The Netherlands where he was exposed to music at a very early age. When he was in his early teens his family relocated to Suriname in South America, where both his parents were born. He quickly established himself as one of the premiere keyboard players on the scene, and with his broad interest in styles, work was never in short supply. At age 20 he went to Boston to go study music at the prestigious Berklee Music College. His major was contemporary arranging.
After a few successful years in Boston A.T.N. moved to New York, which has been his home since. He divides his time between recording/producing and performing live, and has had the privilege to have worked with such greats as Kenny Garrett, Richard Bona, Harry Belafonte, Maxwell, Patty Labelle, Paul Simon, and Marcus Miller, to name a few.
As a tabla player he has accompanied several top Indian classical musicians including Vidhwan Balamuralikrishna, Vinayak Torvi, Rakesh Chaurasia, Vidhyadar Vyas, Omkar Dadarkar, Jayteerth Mevundi, Dhruba Ghosh, Sriram Parasuram, Anupama Bhagwat, Unnikrishnan, Ranjani – Gayatri, Sikkil Gurucharan, Anil Srinivasan, Priya Sisters, Manjusha Patil Kulkarni and many others. As a multi percussionist he has performed with several influential contemporary Indian musicians such as AR Rahman, Vijay Prakash, Raghu Dixit, Anooradha Sriram, U. Rajesh, Sanjeev Thomas, Keith Peters as well as renowned internationally musicians such as Danilo Perez, Javier Limon, Perico Sambeat, Victor Mendoza, Alain Perez, Antonio Sanchez, Daniel Stern, Allan Chase, Bruno Raberg, Christianne Karam, Stephen Webber and so on.
Rodney has gone on to work with some of the most talented and respected musicians in both Rock and Jazz worlds. He has worked with Santana, Steve Lukather, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Rob Thomas, and many others. His work with Santana garnered Holmes a higher level of respect within the industry along with multiple Grammy Awards. Rodney played on the hit song “Smooth” from Santana’s “Supernatural” album. He’s also earned Grammys for his work on the Brecker Brothers ” “Out Of The Loop” album. Holmes’ jaw dropping solos have evoked standing ovations worldwide.
“Rodney Holmes isn’t all about chops. It’s also about scope. Simply put, Rodney Holmes blew people away. Reasons cited were his amazing technique, his intricate patterns, and his artsy sense of placement.”
“Funny thing about Rodney: Even when he’s unleashing the beast, he never appears as if he’s barely hanging on. He’s got firm grasp of the reins, still forging a groove that’s lush, steady, and comfortable.”
-”Bruce Wittet, from Modern Drummer Magazine”
Gabriela Grossenbacher (v), Jessica Manga (v), Tamara Lalayan (v), David Mu?ller (vl), Nicola Bu?tler (tp), Nicola Anghileri (tb), Fabian Tschopp (fl), Jeannine Hersche (fl), Criseyde Holman (fl), Marina Iten (as), Robert Soltermann (ts), Edith Meier (bs), Amon Ette (p), Joseba Zbinden (ac), Kevin Burg (g), Helen Ribi (b), Loris Di Marco (dr)
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