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Mitch Seidman was initially inspired by a Kenny Burrell record to pursue
jazz guitar, and then by the late Attila Zoller through study and a close
friendship that began in 1974. A professional musician and music educator
for well over forty years, he has performed at festivals, nightclubs,
adjudicated, and presented clinics throughout the U.S., as well in France,
Germany, and Costa Rica, where he was also an artist-in-residence. Seidman
has recorded with Harold Vick, Harvie S, Ted Brown, Alan Dawson, Joe Hunt,
Tony Zano, and Charlie Kohlhase. Seidman has performed with John Pisano,
Teddy Kotick, George Garzone, Herb Pomeroy, Hal Crook, Joe Beck, Michael
Formanek, Holly Hofmann, Don Friedman, Vera Auer, Tyrone Brown, Eddie
Jones, Steve LaSpina, Ray Drummond, Ron McClure, George Duke, Billy
Harper, Elliott Zigmund, and numerous other renowned jazz musicians. He
had led recordings on Jardis (Germany), Cadence, Kyran Music, and
Brownstone Records. Seidman is a Professor of Ear Training at Berklee
College of Music, was a contributing editor to 20th Century Guitar
Magazine, and co-authored the book entitled Playing the Changes:Guitar on
Berklee Press/Hal Leonard.
Catherine Jensen-Hole is Visiting Assistant Professor in the African-American Music and Jazz Studies Program at UMass Amherst. Catherine directs the DOWNBEAT award-winning Vocal Jazz Ensemble and teaches undergraduate instrumental arranging and composition, vocal jazz techniques, and the vocal jazz studio. Jensen-Hole has performed as vocal jazz artist in Australia, Great Britain, Indonesia and the U.S. including performances at the Perth Concert Hall, the International Festival of Perth, Australia, and the National Theatre, London, England. She has received two awards for her performance from DOWNBEAT magazine and was a member of the award winning UNT Jazz Singers for eight years.
A nationally published composer and arranger, her compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by university and college ensembles across America. A sought-after clinician and adjudicator in vocal jazz, she has conducted All-State Choirs including the 2001 MENC All Northwest Jazz Choir and has been a faculty member at the North Texas Summer Vocal Jazz Workshop. Presently she co-teaches at the Jazz in July Summer Workshop (UMass Amherst) with Sheila Jordan, working with singers from the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. Jensen-Hole is also a regular performer in the IAJE Music Educator Vocal Jazz Group that performs new vocal jazz music at the yearly conference. Her own UNC Jazz Press arrangements and compositions are regularly featured at these sessions.
In earlier years, Jensen-Hole worked as a freelance studio singer for Western Australian based advertising companies and received awards at the West Coast Rock Awards for most outstanding W.A. recording by a Western Australian artist.
A resident of the USA, and citizen of Australia and the United Kingdom, Jensen-Hole received her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music (WAPPA), and both her Master of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging, and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education specializing in Jazz Studies, from the University of North Texas.
Carl Clements (saxophones/flutes/bamboo flute) received a BM in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the Berklee College of Music in 1987, an MFA in Jazz Performance from the California Institute of the Arts in 1990, completed a year of study in the DMA program in World Music at the New England Conservatory, and received a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010. His PhD dissertation is entitled “Pannalal Ghosh and the Bānsurī in the Twentieth Century” and his writing is published in various academic books and journals. He has studied North Indian classical music on the bansuri (North Indian bamboo flute) since 1989 with Dave Philipson, Amiya Dasgupta, Steve Gorn, Devendra Murdeshwar, George Ruckert, Peter Row, and Nityanand Haldipur.
Carl has most recently recorded with guitarist Kevin Kastning, Alex Snydman, and Ed Byrne’s Latin Jazz Evolotion. His CD Forth and Back features his original compositions for jazz quartet. He has released four CDs with the eclectic jazz group Crosscurrent, and he is featured on numerous other recordings. He has performed at jazz festivals and concerts in Germany, the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Dubai, New York, and Boston, including performances with James Newton, Natraj, Divya, Crosscurrent, and Sundar Shor. Carl has also performed and/or recorded with such noted musicians as Luciana Souza, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Jason Robinson, Bob Weiner, Willard Dyson, George Schuller, John Lockwood, Luques Curtis, Jean-Yves Jung, Kevin Kastning, Russ Spiegel, Ranjit Barot, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa, Louiz Banks, Ed Byrne, Charlie Haden, and many others.
He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Hampshire College, and is an active performer and composer of jazz and world music. www.carlclements.com
Drummer/composer/educator Claire Arenius has been performing in jazz and improvisational music for almost thirty years. Her formative years were spent studying music at University of Massachusetts, where Archie Shepp and Max Roach were on faculty. Later, as the recipient of a National Endowment Music Grant, Claire relocated to New York City to study with master drummer Charli Persip. This led to Claire’s joining legendary trombonist/arranger Melba Liston’s ensemble and to performances at Carnegie Hall, the Seaport Jazz Fest, Jazzmobile, & many other concerts. Claire has also toured Europe with Hungarian-born guitar Master Attila Zoller. She has, in fact, performed and/or recorded with many jazz greats including: Tal Farlow, Slide Hampton, Richard Davis, Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, Charles Neville, George Mraz, Ray Copeland, Mose Allison, Barney Kessel, and Sheila Jordan. Claire has performed her original compositions at the Many Colors of a Woman Jazz Festival, The Iron Horse, The Discover Jazz Festival, University of Wisconsin, Ryles, and the International Millenium Festival in Medillen, Colombia and has recently released a CD of her original compositions, “When Worlds Touch You” featuring pianist, Eugene Uman & bassist, Thomson Kneeland. Some of her recent collaborative projects can be heard on Playscape recordings label. Her recent performance work includes dates with bassist Vishnu Wood’s Safari East, pianist Joel Martin’s Jazzical trio and the multi-media ensemble Ambassadors of Light. Claire presently is a jazz educator at Amherst College & Smith College and clinician/educator for Holyoke Community College Jazz Festival & the Vermont Jazz Center Summer workshops..
Jamie MacDonald, B.A., B.M., a Master in Music in Bass Performance candidate at UMass Amherst and Keene State College graduate, is known in the New England-area as a professional, musical, and eclectic bassist. Additionally, his students consider him to be a hardworking, challenging, and eye-opening teacher. Jamie is the founder and Artistic Director of The Open Music Collective in Brattleboro, VT and the Director of Jazz at The Putney School in Putney, VT. Jamie has studied with Salvatore Macchia, Michael Formanek, Cameron Brown and Don Baldini.
He has performed in Concert with James Williams, Shiela Jordan, Claire Arenius, Jay Clayton, Jay Messer, Pete Yellin, Helmut Kagerer, Gene Rush, Carlos Averhoff, Melissa Shetler, and many others. As a classical bassist, Jamie has performed with Springfield Symphony, Windham Orchestra (principal), Keene Chamber Orchestra (principal), Pioneer Valley Symphony, Hugh Keelan Ensemble, Raylynmor Opera, Peterborough Players, Northern Stage, Monadnock Chorus, tp name a few..
He has recorded as a co-leader in Kyran Music’s “For One Who Waits” Seidman/Arenius/MacDonald, Kyran Music’s “Triangulation” Seidman/Arenius/MacDonald, Solorclaire Music’s “LIVE!” Ambassadors of Light, and the yet-to-be-released “To Main Points” Diamond Cosmos.