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Nate Birkey

Nate Birkey
Born in 1962, Nate Birkey spent his early childhood in South Bend, Indiana before moving to Colorado at age 10. He began studying piano at age six, but soon picked up the trumpet after discovering his father’s old cornet. Nate attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied Jazz performance and composition and later went on to study classical trumpet and composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Birkey has released seven albums for the California- Household Ink Records. With the 2008 releases of Almost Home and Christmas, his first recordings made with his New York City quintet of saxophonist Sal Giorgianni, pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Marko Marcinko, Birkey proves to be a fluid improviser and vocalist of understated grace. Nate has recently received awards from the Santa Barbara Arts Fund and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Website:


Jim Ridl

Jim RidlJim Ridl is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and teacher residing in the New York City area. He performs internationally with the Jim Ridl Trio and Quartet, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Mingus Big Band, Ximo Tebar’s IVAM Jazz Ensemble of Spain, and the Tim Horner Quintet. Jim’s sixth CD, Jim Ridl’s Blue Corn Enchilada Dreams, features the outstanding soloists Terell Stafford, Donald Edwards, and John Benitez in an inspired quartet setting. For the fall semester of 2012, Jim was as a Visiting Jazz Artist at Princeton University where he created an inspired and successful jazz performance program specifically for 14 auditioned students. As part of the 2010 Jazz@Lincoln Center’s Rhythm Road program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Jim toured the Asia-Pacific with the Mark Sherman/Tim Horner Quartet. The band performed and taught workshops in Russia, South Korea, China and the Philippines. Jim’s tenure with jazz guitar legend Pat Martino received many critically acclaimed reviews of performances around the world and produced 3 outstanding recordings: Interchange, Night Wings and The Maker. Commissions as a composer/arranger have included the BMI New York Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the Lamont School of Music Chamber Orchestra, the Singing Patriots of Germantown Academy, the Manor Singers, the Off-Broadstreet Theatre, soprano Katja Rothfuss, and St. Andrew’s Church of Trenton. Jim has maintained a private piano studio for over 3 decades and currently teaches adjunct jazz piano at the City College of New York. He has conducted piano master classes at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Metropolitan State College (Denver, CO), and West Chester University (West Chester, PA). Jim was the Art Tatum Scholarship Artist in Residence at the University of Toledo (Ohio) where he taught master classes and performed solo piano concerts. Jim was raised on a farm and ranch in North Dakota, and discovered his love for piano and jazz at an early age. He attended college at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Scoring and Arranging, and was awarded its Student Achievement Award for composing “Ocean Sojourn,” an orchestral tone poem which he performed with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, James Setapen, conducting. He is listed in the Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities. In Denver, Jim began his professional career performing and touring with local and nationally-recognized musicians, including the Grammy-nominated vocal jazz group, Rare Silk. Mr. Ridl “is an innovative force in jazz, a pianist of the highest caliber, a creative composer and improviser, and one of those rare musicians who stretches the art form even as he honors the established traditions.” AllAboutJazz


The Indigo Moon Brass Band


The Indigo Moon Brass Band is comprised of musicians who have lived all over the United States, and have come together to celebrate New Orleans music.
“IMBB” was formed by Nick Driscoll and company in 2008 and have since been leaving a musical footprint throughout Pennsylvania and into New York City. With influences such as Rebirth Brass Band to Dr. John, the band brings unique musical personalities to the stage without the use of electronic instruments. The Indigo Moon Brass Bands members have played the stages of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival, The French Quarter Festival, The Rochester Jazz Festival, as well as performed and recorded significantly with many artists through the United States and Europe. In their travels, the Indigo Moon Brass Band has also opened for the great Maynard Ferguson as well as the acclaimed Dirty Dozen Brass Band. IMBB is Nick Driscoll on alto saxophone and vocals, George Lewandowski on sousaphone, Tommy Hamilton on tenor saxophone, Gary Rixner on trombone, David Jumper on trumpet, and Matt Smallcomb on drums. Website:



Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Quintet

Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz QuintetArtistic Director for the Scranton Jazz Festival, Marko Marcinko has been carrying out his staunch, all-embracing musical career since age 14. Being a part of a musical family, you can say Marko’s love and want to learn more about the art, was already dyed-in-the-wool at a young age. Marko credits his playing style and musical touch to Professor Steve Bagby, Joe Morello and Steve Rucker three of his great teachers. Marko graduated with a BM in music performance from The University of Miami and was touring through out the world by this time. After college he joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band touring the US, Europe, South America, Canada and recording for Concord Records.  For the past 13 years Marko has been a member of the NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman Group. With a multitude of awards and Grammy nominations The DLG has been recognized as one of the most innovative groups touring and recording today.  Marko is also an adjunct professor at Penn State University and Keystone College. Marko is a Yamaha, Zildjian, Vic Firth and Aquarian Drum Heads endorser. He is mentioned in countless magazines, newspapers and trade publications. He currently tours with The Organik Vibe Trio featuring Dave Samuels,. The MMLJQ delivers an upbeat mix of Latin and Brazilian jazz flavors. The quintet was formed in 2007 and features conga master Bob Velez, guitarist Bill Washer, bassist Paul Rostock, saxophonist/flutist Tom Hamilton, and drummer/percussionist Marko Marcinko. Each member has a long history with the Latin jazz tradition, from touring and performing with the likes of Latin jazz legends and multi Grammy award winning performers such as, Tito Puente, Machito, Arturo Sandoval, Gato Barbieri, Charlie Sepulveda, and Paquito D’Rivera. The various members of this high-energy traditional Latin jazz quintet keep this musical style on fire and alive.Website: or