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.

Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson, born and raised in Southern California, maintains an active and creative schedule as a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and recording artist. At 37 years old, he has already performed with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Natalie Cole, Anthony Wilson, George Mraz, Jeff Hamilton, Richard Galliano, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Greg Hutchinson, John Clayton, Seamus Blake, Matt Wilson, Sara Gazarek, Dave Koz, Joe Chambers, Kurt Elling, John Pizzarelli, Lewis Nash, and Peter Erskine, to name a few.
In 2006, Josh was one of only twelve semi-finalists in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.

Josh has recorded for countless albums, films, and TV shows, but also makes time for his own projects: Anticipation (2004) and Let it Go (2007, Native Language Music) both garnered international critical acclaim. Josh’s fourth album, I Hear a Rhapsody (2009), featured his original compositions, standard interpretations, and reinventions of rock tunes. Discoveries (2011), introduced a pairing of classic science fiction ephemera with new compositions for a brass and wind ensemble (featuring a live ongoing video projection and art installation component as well, called The Discovery Project). His new album Exploring Mars (2015) explores musical themes on the Red Planet, along with spectacular NASA/JPL Martian video footage. Original music and performances of Josh’s have appeared on various prime-time and cable shows and short films, including “Jack and Bobby”, “The Division”, and a national Johnson and Johnson commercial. He has also worked with film composer Michael Kamen, and actors Eric Idle, Clint Eastwood, and Jon Lovitz. Josh has earned many awards, scholarships, and accolades over the years, some of which include the Louis Armstrong Award and the John Philip Sousa Award.

Josh has collaborated with vocal talent Sara Gazarek for 10 years. He penned the title track of her debut record, “Yours” (among many others), and that album climbed to the Top 10 on the Billboard Jazz Charts in 2005. A forthcoming duo album from Sara and Josh will release in 2016. Josh toured with legendary vocalist Natalie Cole for 6 years. He continues to tour with artists Sara Gazarek, Richard Galliano, Tom Scott, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Christian Howes. He also teaches as Adjunct Faculty at Cal State University Northridge in Los Angeles.

“Josh is that rare young musician who has not only a wealth of study and experience under his belt (all but assuring him a prominent place in jazz music), but he also possesses those rarest of musical attributes: a touch, a tone, and a “sound” that are all identifiably his own.” – Peter Erskine, legendary drummer

“A definite fresh sound by a guy who should be in everyone’s iPod.” – George Harris, All About Jazz

“Nelson distinguishes himself as a first-rate player and composer with a fresh, wholly personal take on the music.” – Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

www.joshnelsonmusic.com

Misty Boyce

Misty Boyce has one foot in two worlds—an indie singer-songwriter known for thought-provoking, soul-searing takes on love, life and loss; and a highly regarded touring musician performing with iconic artists like Sara Bareilles, Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), Ingrid Michaelson and currently, rising electro-pop-rocker BØRNS.

A New Mexico native, she began songwriting at a very young age. “I was drawn to the romance of a life as a musician and just wanted to write songs for Reba McEntire,” she says. She went on to study jazz piano at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, but came back to songwriting after graduation.Misty Boyce began her professional music career as the keyboardist for The Naked Brothers Band (Nickelodeon), marking her national television debut on The View and The Today Show in 2008. She signed with a small label briefly and released her self-titled debut full-length album in early 2010, citing influences ranging from Tori Amos to Radiohead to Miles Davis. The disc also features a duet with acclaimed singer-songwriter Ari Hest on the song “All You Need Is Here.” After a two-year break, during which she quit music, returned to music, ended a long-term relationship, and moved from New York City to Los Angeles, Boyce released her Tough Love EP in March of 2012.

Boyce spent most of 2013/14 on tour with Sara Bareilles, supporting her album The Blessed Unrest, nominated for Grammy Album of the Year. She accompanied Bareilles during her moving “Smile” tribute on the 2014 Emmy Awards broadcast, and opened for Bareilles’ Little Black Dress Tour at sold out shows in New Zealand, Japan and Singapore.
In 2013 she returned to the studio and started recording in Eastbourne, UK with producer Dave Izumi. She released her second full-length album, The Life in January 2015, earning high praise with Baeblemusic, Daytrotter, Paste, Music Times, Fourculture Magazine. Said The Huffington Post, “The Life is a powerful, exhilarating follow-up…. as a writer, Boyce aims for the dark and mysterious, but executes many of her songs in such an uplifting manner that you can’t help but embrace them.”

Tour dates followed in both the US and Germany and then it was back on the road with Joy Williams. After opening for Williams’ sold out Venus LP release at New York’s Gramercy Theater, Misty headed back to the place she loves most—her LA home studio, friends and her favorite coffee shops to write in. And then the phone rings, and once again she’s off to Europe, Australia, Russia, and appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with indie-pop sensation BØRNS; followed by festivals and prestigious opening slots for Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers.

While on the road, Boyce plans to continue writing and releasing new songs and videos with performances supported by fellow artists she adores, including a new track recorded with Dan Molad of LUCIUS.
www.mistyboyce.com

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