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Saturday, December 5th 2020

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Max Dvorin/Sofia Goodman Quintet

Max Dvorin

Max Dvorin is a woodwind doubler who resides in Nashville, TN. He who grew up in Avon, CT and was introduced to jazz at an early age by his father, Larry Dvorin. Max attended Hall High School where he was a member of the Hall High School Jazz Band. He was invited to perform with the All-American High School Band in clarinet in Nashville, TN which gave Max the chance to learn more about the Belmont University music program. Upon graduation in 2014 he enrolled at Belmont University in Nashville, TN on a music scholarship for a bachelor of Music degree in commercial saxophone. Along with being a saxophone major, Max also was the principal clarinetist of the Belmont orchestra his junior and senior years. Max, along with his duet partner, Lex Buglio, were chosen to perform with the Belmont University Orchestra as soloists for the Classical Performers Concert. After graduating from Belmont in 2018, he became a full-time freelance musician in Nashville, TN. Max has a home studio where he records on all his saxophones, clarinets and flutes. He also frequently performs with big bands, musical theatre, weddings, jazz festivals and religious services. He currently also co-leads a monthly big band and leads a monthly funk ensemble with some or the finest musicians in Nashville. 

Max Dvorin Website

Sofia Goodman

Sofia Goodman is a drummer and composer residing in Nashville, TN. Before enrolling at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Ma. Sofia was fortunate to learn and perform with Esperanza Spalding in a summer program jazz ensemble. This inspired her to pursue music professionally. After graduating Berklee in 2011, Sofia moved to Nashville in 2012. In Nashville, Sophia’s resume grew and she worked as a freelance musician and teacher for the next 5 years. In 2017 she organized The Sophia Goodman Group which has performed at various festivals including the Elkhart Jazz Festival, The Alex City Jazz Fest, USM Jazz and Blues Fest, Fort Harrod Jazz Fest, West Georgia Jazz Fest and more. Her debut album “Myriad of Flowers” was released in 2018 and was nominated by the Nashville Music Industry Awards for Best Jazz Album of 2019. In 2020 she was nominated by the Nashville Music Industry Awards for the best jazz instrumentalist. Currently she is writing material for a new album and completing a master’s degree in commercial composition at Belmont University.

Sofia Goodman

Al Janelle

Picking up a guitar at 10 years old for the first time, Rheal Janelle has been writing, performing and recording music for various groups for more than 20 years. At the age of 18, his group, Blackbird, placed in the top 20 on The Next Great American Band in 2007. He studied guitar at Belmont University, Graduating in 2012. Rheal specializes in multiple genres spanning jazz and classical to rock, blues and metal. He currently resided in Nashville, TN.

Thomas Altman

Thomas Altman is a bassist, producer and music educator from Richmond, VA currently based in Franklin, TN. He has been a member of the Grand Hotel Orchestra, Mackinac Island, MI and the Belmont Jazz Quartet with which he has travelled to Columbia South America for performances and masterclasses for local college and high school students. Following graduation from Belmont University, Nashville, TN, Thomas has performed and recorded numerous musical acts including Beckah Shae, High Road, 12 South Band, Stephen Day, Jordy Searcy and the Tuesday Crew. He is currently the director of the commercial Music program at Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, TN.

David Rodgers

California native, David Rodgers, is one of the most exciting young talents in the Nashville’s jazz scene today. Currently an active member of Keb’ Mo’s Band as keyboardist and musical director, he has toured or performed with musicians including Taj Mahal, Krik Whalum and Jeff Coffin worldwide at the Montreux, North Sea and the Playboy Jazz Festivals, among many others. David is a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music (2017) where he pursued both classical and jazz piano performance, and also has a master’s degree in commercial composition and arranging from Belmont University (2019. Combining his classical training with deep improvisational roots in both jazz and blues, he has won the 2018 Belmont University Concerto Competition, in which he won with his very own composition, “Concerto for Jazz Piano and Orchestra”, the 2016 Vanderbilt University’s Concerto Competition, as well as the 2016 James Miltenberger International Jazz Piano Competition. His compositions have been performed and recorded internationally including guest appearances at the 2018 Jazz Education Network’s Young Composers Showcase where the U.S. Airmen of Note played his winning big band composition, as well as in Canada where he was invited as a guest artist to the Banff Centre’s International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. In addition to being an active a Korg-endorsed artist, he was also a finalist for ROLI’s first-ever International Next Awards for which he was invited to London to perform as a soloist. David has release two genre-bending albums: Songs for a Generation (2017) and Doorways (2019.)

David Rodgers

The New York All-Stars

Eric Alexander

Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has been exploring new musical worlds from the outset. He started out on piano at 6 years-old, took up clarinet at 9, switched to alto sax when he was 12, and converted to tenor when jazz became his obsession during one year at the University of Indiana. After transferring to William Paterson College in New Jersey he studied with Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid and others. “the people listened to in college are still influencing me today”. In 1991 Eric competed against Joshua Redman and Chris Potter in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Placing second, this launched him into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. He played with organ trios on Chicago South side, made his recording debut with Charles Earland (Muse Records, 1991), and cut his first album as a leader, “Straight Up” (Denmark, 1991). More recordings followed for numerous labels, including Milestone. In 12997 he put out “Man with a Horn”. The following year saw the release of “Solid!” – a collaborative quartet session. Eric Has earned the praise from critics and, even more important, established his own voice within the bebop tradition. In the 1990’s Eric also co-founded the jazz supergroup One for All with trumpeter Rotondi, pianist Hazeltine, bassist Webber, trombonist Steve Davis and drummer Joe Farnsworth. A hard-swing ensemble in the mold of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In 2004, Eric signed an exclusive contract with HighNote Records, an independent jazz label in New York city. There he amassed a considerable discography of critically acclaimed recordings. Most recent among them is “touching” and “Chicago Fire”. Eric continues to tour the world and play to capacity audiences. Making his home in New York city, he performs in clubs round the city and appears frequently at Smoke on the Upper West Side.    

Jonathan Barber

New York City based Jonathan Barber, a Hartford area native, was voted the #1 up-and Coming Drummer of 2018 in Modern Drummer. At the age of 30 he has already recorded and toured worldwide with such artists as Pat Matheny, Nicholas Payton, Jeremy Pelt, Wallace Roney, Buster Williams, Jennifer Holiday, Jimmy Green, Harold Mabern, Steve Davis, Erykah Badu, Brooklyn Philharmonic and many more. In addition to his first call status as a sideman, Barber has recently stepped forth as a composer and bandleader of “Jonathan Barber and Vision Ahead”. He released his debut album “Vision Ahead” in 2018, followed by his sophomore album “Legacy Holder” in 2020.” Legacy Holder” was received with high acclaim from the likes of Jazziz, Modern Drummer and DownBeat Magazine which gave the album a 4.5-star review. In September 2019 Barber completed his first solo drum tour in Latin America (Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Columbia, Argentina) followed with a 5-city drum tour of China in December of the same year. Barber now stands at the center

 of a dynamic career that fuses music, education and fashion endeavors. He plans to continue this momentum by releasing more independent music, building partnerships and providing a platform and a voice for the next generation of musicians. 

Jonathan Barber Music

Boris Kozlov

Recorded on 3 Grammy Award winning albums, acoustic and electric bassist, composer and arranger, Boris Kozlov has been on the New York and international jazz scene for the past 35 years. He has been serving as bassist, arranger and Musical Director for Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty and The Orchestra for 22 years, as well as leading his own projects and co-leading OPUS-5. Boris has also been a first-call bassist for such important jazz acts as Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto’s “New World Spirit”, Lew Tabackin, David Kikoski, Alex Sipiagin, Jean-Michael Pilc, John DiMartino, the Manhatten Transfer and many others. Kozlov’s playing and arranging is on 9 Grammy nominated albums plus the Grammy winning Eddie Palmieri’s “Simpatico (in addition to the other 160+ albums). Boris was born in Moscow, USSR on December 5, 1967. Having a chance to go to Children’s Musical School to study piano for 7 years, he fell in love with the bass and won the Gnesin Music Academy competition to enter college at the age of 15 on electric bass guitar. While being influenced by rock and classical music, he took interest in jazz at 17 and went on to study acoustic bass with a notable bassist Anatoly Sobolev. Upon graduation in 1987 with a Diploma of Honor at the age of 19, he served a mandatory 2 years in the Soviet Army, where he had to play tuba and other brass instruments in the military band. Upon leaving the army he was hired by the State owned “Melodia” Studio ensemble in 1989 and proceeded to record more than 40 albums with them as well as many other Soviet jazz artists. At the same time, he continued his studies at The State Academy of Music. At the First USSR Competition of Jazz Soloists in 1990 he won The Grand Prix as well as a special musician category in The USSR Jazz Journal. In 1991 Boris moved to New York to study and perform Jazz. He eventually was hired to accompany many artists including Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, James Moody, Ravi Coltrane, Dizzy Reese, Brian Lynch, Edie Palmieri, Walter Bishop Jr., Joe Locke, Bill Ware, Mark Whitfield Tommy Campbell, Frank Lacy’ Experience and the funk-jazz band NewHypeJazz. Having many of his big band scores published, Boris continues to serve as Musical Director for all of the Mingus Dynasty projects winning his 2nd Grammy with them in 2011 for “Live at The Jazz Standard” album, touring and recording extensively with a multitude of different bands as well as doing international work with his own bands and OPUS-5. He has also released his acoustic solo album “Double Standard”. Boris Kozlov Trio “Conversations At The Well” (Crisscross) came out in 2016. In 2019 Boris recorded on another Grammy winning album by Brian Lynch “The Omni-American Book Club”.

All About Jazz Boris Kozlov


David Kikoski

David Kikoski is a pianist, composer, and arranger steeped in the great tradition of Jazz. "The brilliant playing of David Kikoski just smokes. His playing is sparkling." - Chick Corea. "Dave has so much feeling. He can play anything. I can depend on him for so much." - Roy Haynes.

A highly regarded jazz pianist, Dave Kikoski, emerged in New York jazz scene in 1980s and quickly established himself as a go-to performer working with top players like Roy Haynes, Bob Berg, Randy Brecker and many others. Kikoski is known for his adept post-bob style and spontaneous swinging play. As a leader, Kikoski has released 19 albums, including Presage with Eddie Gomez and Al Foster (1989) and Consequences featuring Jeff "Tain" Watts and Christian McBride (2015). His newest album Phoenix Rising (2019) was released under High Note Records featuring Eric Alexander, Peter Washington, and Joe Farnsworth. The album reached No. 7 on the JazzWeek radio chart and received 5-stars in The Times (UK) and 3.5-stars in DownBeat. As an invaluable go-to sideman, Kikoski recorded and toured with luminaries such as Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Roy Hargrove, Donny McCaslin, Mike Stern, Chick Corea, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Toots Thielemans, Tom Harrell, Marcus Miller, Pat Martino, Jack Dejohnette, Billy Hart and many others. He is also a longtime member of the Mingus Big Band, the co-leader of BeatleJazz, and a member of Opus Five. Kikoski won a 2011 Grammy Award with the Mingus Big Band for the “Best Live Jazz Ensemble Album” for Live at the Jazz Standard. He also had a Grammy nomination with Roy Haynes for the album, Birds of a Feather: A tribute to Charlie Parker, in 2001. 


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