KAIT DUNTON is a Los Angeles based composer & pianist with an unconventional approach to composition and to the piano trio, best expressed by her genre-pushing super group, trioKAIT. Kait has produced and released three albums of original compositions, with a fourth featuring her equally out-of-the-box arranging style. Her third record, trioKAIT, made the Huffington Post’s list of “The Best Jazz for 2015” and was featured in Downbeat Magazine as well as on JAZZIZ Magazine’s 33⅓ Anniversary CD. Her second album, Mountain Suite, features master interpreters Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, John Daversa and Darek Oles.

Classically trained, Kait now works primarily in jazz and contemporary genres, maintaining a balanced career of performance, composition and education. Her enthusiasm and love for music radiates as much on the stage as in the classroom. A Pasadena native and an alum of Polytechnic School, Kait holds a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC’s Thornton School of Music.

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BRYAN PEZZONE maintains an active freelance performing and recording career and has been based in the Los Angeles area since 1987.

He is well known as a versatile performer who is comfortable in classical, contemporary and improvisational styles (classical, jazz, 20th century, and integrative). From 1987-2000 he was the chair and founder of the multi-focused Keyboard program at the California Institute of the Arts. He has premiered and recorded innumerable works of new music. He performs with nearly every established orchestra such as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New West Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony, Muse-Ique, the Los angles Master Chorale, and many others.

Bryan has been the principal pianist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra from its inception in 1991 through 1999. He has recorded on hundreds of television and motion picture soundtracks. His on-screen credits include The Game, The Bucket List, The Kite Runner, Lars and the Real Girl, Flipped, City By the Sea, and most recently, Nebraska. He has been the pianist on virtually all of the cartoons released by Warner Brothers and Disney (Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Goof Troop, Bonkers) from 1990-2002. Other recordings include many of the releases on the Cold Blue Label, chamber works of John Briggs, “Settings” by Mel Powell, works of John Harbison and John Cage as well as with oboe soloists Allan Vogel, trombonist William Booth and others.

He has performed with many major symphony orchestra associations and has toured widely with the jazz group Free Flight, and is known in the Los Angeles area as one of the primary free-lance pianists for film and television soundtrack recording, contemporary music premieres, and chamber music accompanying. As a soloist, Bryan has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, California Philharmonic, Riverside Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, United States International University Orchestra, U.C. Irvine Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony.

He has also been invited to perform solo keyboard concerts that blend traditional concert repertoire, improvisations and original works using the Yamaha Midi Grand by Willamette University for it’s Distinguished Artist Series, the University of Miami, Rice University and in many current Southern California appearances.

His education includes receiving Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in 1984 in piano and composition, where he was awarded the Performers Certificate and won the concerto competition. He was invited to the Tanglewood Music Center for two successive summers as a full scholarship fellow in 1983 and 1984 where he received the C.D. Jackson Master Award.  He attended the Banff Centre during its winter term on scholarship from 1984 – 1985 as an alternative to graduate studies in order to have the necessary time to freely blend various aesthetics and diverse performance traditions into a unique approach.  This passion remains the focus of his work and continues to evolve in Bryan’s own live concerts and recordings.

Born in Brooklyn many moons ago, Mitchel began studying classical piano at age 7. Shortly after graduating from Manhattan School of Music, Mitch began touring and recording with Gerry Mulligan, playing in both his big band and quartet. Work with Stan Getz followed. In 1980 his solo career began with a piano performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. This recording became Mitch’s first album, “Live a  Newport”. The next few years brought new challenges with work on the road with Phil Woods, Carla Bley, Mel Torme, and Astrud Gilberto. He also recorded two solo piano albums for Soul Note and toured in Europe regularly. Mitch spent the early 80′s as one of the most sought after studio musicians in New York, working with a multitude of gifted artists (see discography) not the least of whom was guitarist John McLaughlin. Mitch joined McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra and spent a year and a half on the road with McLaughlin, recording and contributing to two of the band’s benchmark recordings – the seminal “Mahavishnu” and “Adventures in Radioland”. He then joined legendary ex-Weather Report saxophonist Wayne Shorter, touring, recording and contributing to Shorter’s “Phantom Navigator”. With all this world-class experience under his belt he naturally progressed to leading his own band and recorded his group debut for Windham Hill, “Train of Thought”. At the same time he continued to work with other luminaries like guitarist John Scofield (“Blue Matter”), Mike Stern (“Upside Downside”) Janis Siegal, Dave Samuels, Diane Schuur, Gary Burton (Reunion GRP), Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Simon Phillips, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans, and Ricki Lee Jones.

Mitchel also is a composer of note, having scored two films and written numerous TV commercials. He currently writes for CBS television as a member of LA based Diamond Mine Productions. Mitch continues to record and play under his own name and has recently started his own record label, “Marsis Jazz”. His most recent releases have been “Puzzle” (reaching #27 on the US Airplay chart 09/15), “Sing Along With Mitch”, “Perspectives” “Mr. Clean” and “Patience”. He currently works with many jazz artists around LA. He is performing with his trio around Los Angeles at clubs such as Catalina Jazz, the Blue Whale, and the Baked Potato. Mitchel also records and produces for many artists around the LA community as well as playing on many European recordings. A partial list of his recorded workcan be found here. Please check out mitchelforman.com to hear some of his work.

MITCHEL FORMAN is:

A pianist and composer of formidable technical facilities . . . able to integrate poignantly introspective, impressionistic feelings into sophisticated structures that cohere so naturally it’s easy to overlook their inherent complexity and formal logic. Cliff Tinder – Musician Magazine

“Mitch Forman’s contributions … are not to be overlooked. He is one of the most important keyboard players in jazz in the last twenty years. Yet, he remains relatively unsung. His solo opportunities are full of invention” Walter Kolosky-All About Jazz

“The music and talent of Mitchel Forman does not transcend boundaries, it shatters them.” Critical Jazz.com Brent Black

Throughout his career, Gary Matsumoto has developed a reputation for being a first rate pianist, composer, arranger, and educator in Southern California. Matsumoto was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he still calls home. And while he can still be seen playing regularly in the greater LA area, he also performs throughout the year in venues across the U.S. as well as internationally.

Matsumoto started playing piano at the age of 6, but his interest in music began to peak while attending the University of California, Irvine. There, in addition to classical lessons with Dr. Lorna Griffith, Matsumoto studied with Miles Davis pianist Kei Akagi. In 1999, he graduated with a B.M. in music performance and in 2002 received his master’s degree in jazz studies from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with David Roistein. While in school, Matsumoto took every advantage to study and play with great musicians like Joe LaBarbera, Charlie Haden, Darek Oles, Larry Koonse, Wadada Leo Smith, and James Newton, among others.

Matsumoto has been a regular on the LA jazz scene for well over a decade. Playing and recording credits include Renee Olstead, George Benson, Henry Franklin, Bruce Foreman, Sara Gazarek, Jane Monheit, Azar Lawrence, Bobby Rodriguez, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Clayton Cameron, Ricky Woodard, Jeff Clayton, James Carter, Herman Riley, Sam Most, and Phil Ranelin and Dave Damiani. But the entirety of his career has seen him in a variety of settings. In addition to jazz, he has performed and recorded with rock, pop, country, and classical groups. Some of his earliest jobs were in musical theatre, where Matsumoto worked as a pianist and musical director.

In 2003, he went on tour with famed MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, opening for Cheap Trick. Matsumoto has also worked with film composer Nathan Wang on various projects, including performing in concerts with international recording artists Coco Lee, JJ Lin, Vivian Hsu, and Jenny Tseng.

In 2008, SP records released The Matsumoto Trio – Days Ahead, his first as a leader. He has also been featured on over a dozen recordings by other artists, including Dave Damiani’s recent release Midlife Crisis on Hard Knocks Records.

Originally from South Florida, Carey Frank is now living in Los Angeles, CA. Carey has worked with the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Hot Tuna, The Wood Brothers, Marty Morell, Ndugu Chancler, Marshall Tucker Band, Eric Marienthal, Jane Monheit, Munyungo Jackson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Larry Goldings, Lenny Picket, T Lavitz, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Josh Smith, Eric Gales, Drake Bell, and Bob Mintzer. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Carey had a residency with Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando, FL.

Carey received his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Central Florida and later received his Masters of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California, studying with Russell Ferrente (Yellowjackets), Alan Pasqua, and Peter Erskine. While completing the final semester of his Masters, Carey released his self-produced debut album, “Keep Smiling”, a #1 best seller on Amazon Music in Cool Jazz. In 2017 Carey subbed for Kofi Burbridge in the Tedeschi Trucks Band for their 2017 Wheels Of Soul tour followed by smaller tours for the remainder of the year until Kofi was able to return to the band. During this time, Carey released his 2nd solo album, “Something To Remember Him By” featuring guitarist, Bruce Forman.

Born and raised in the onion fields of Tolleson, AZ (20 miles west of Phoenix) this third generation Mexican-American cut his teeth on R&B, Jazz, Fusion, Mexican Heritage and Latin influenced pop of the late 60’s and 70’s. A few years removed from high school, Joey landed a major record deal with Island Records ~ Antilles New Direction (NY). The Album “On The Rocks”, was a melting pot of Funk, R&B and the fusion sounds of the mid 80’s. At 23, Joey Navarro was in on the birth of contemporary jazz. Concurrently, Joey toured with recording artists as a keyboardist and musical director. After years of honing his skills world-wide, Joey returned home to sabbatical with teacher “El Maestro” Ernesto Chavarria. While completing his 4 year tutelage under Chavarria, Joey found the road and stage calling him yet again.

In 2001, Joey Relocated to Los Angeles to seek opportunities as a premier keyboardist and producer. Since then, his list of musical credits include working with Tierra, El Chicano, East Bay Soul, Greg Adams, Pete Escovedo, Jeffrey Osborne, Tom Scott, Sister Sledge, Walfredo Reyes Jr, Paul Brown, Abraham Laboriel, Oscar Cartaya, Brandon Fields, Bonie James, Ersi Arvizu, Leland Sklar, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ronn Moss & Peter Beckette (from the group, “Player”), Dawn Robinson (En Vogue), Jennifer Paige, DW3, Brian Bromberg, Eric Marienthal,  and a long list of others.Joey got the opportunity of a lifetime to co-write the bulk of the tunes for Epitaph/ Anti recording artist, “Ersi Arvizu’s latest album entitled, “Friend for Life”. This is an autobiographical musical journey about her amazing life. It was produced by Ry Cooder. (Buena Vista Social Club). Worldwide release date was May 9th, 2008.

In 2014, Joey joined forces with Grammy winning producer, Paul Brown and recorded Grover Washington’s “Strawberry Moon”, The track was released on Woodward Avenue Records, 9 Mile Road with Joey on piano, Paul Brown on guitar, The late Ricky Lawson on drums, Lenny Castro on percussion, & Roberto Vally on bass.

Joey’s main goal in moving to L.A. was to create and perform music at the highest level possible. In 2010, he put his dream band together, “NAVARRO” which features Brandon Fields, Joey Heredia, Rene Camacho, Joey De Leon Jr. The group performs regularly at the World Famous Baked Potato and will be featured in the documentary, “iRide, A Musical Journey”, to be released early 2018.

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