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Founder & Artistic Director

Founder & Artistic Director Daniel Jamieson is an award winning composer, arranger, conductor, & saxophonist. He leads his own internationally acclaimed big band the Danjam Orchestra. His 2011 debut album as a leader "Sudden Appearance" was produced by Jim McNeely and features John Riley. Daniel's works have been performed by a who's who of the jazz & commercial music scenes including Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Marcus Miller, Ingrid Jensen, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Kurt Elling, Anthony Hamilton, Warren Wolf, Vince Mendoza, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Armin van Buuren, Scott Wendholt, Alex Dean Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, & WDR Big Band. Daniel has served as Staff Arranger for The U.S. Army Field Band since 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied with Alex Dean & Tim Ries, as well as a Master of Music degree in Jazz Composition from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dave Liebman & Jim McNeely.

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Operations Manager

Operations Manager Steve McFarlane holds a Master’s in Music Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Master’s in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. For the past 15 years he has served as a Musical Director and Entertainment Director in the cruise industry.

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Core Team Composer & Event Host

Miho Hazama is a Grammy-nominated composer, arranger; chief conductor of the Danish Radio Big Band, Permanent guest conductor of the Metropole Orchestra, and leader of her own internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble m_unit. Lauded in Downbeat as one of “25 for the Future”, Hazama has written for artists such as Joshua Redman, Lionel Loueke, Stefon Harris, and Gil Goldstein, to name a few. In addition to m_unit, Hazama has composed works for the Danish Radio Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Siena Wind Orchestra, among others.

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Core Team Composer & Event Host

Andrew Rathbun is a saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University. As a leader, he has recorded with jazz greats such as Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Phil Markowitz and Bill Stewart. Rathbun’s 2002 release Sculptures found him leading a quintet with trumpet legend Kenny Wheeler. After the album release, Rathbun collaborated with Wheeler in a live large-ensemble setting at Birdland in New York, performing classic Wheeler compositions as well as new Rathbun works including the “Power Politics Suite.” Rathbun's 2018 release "Atwood Suites" with the Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble featured Tim Hagans, Luciana Souza, Aubrey Johnson, Ben Kono, and Matt Holman among others, with poetry by Margaret Atwood. Rathbun has written commissions for the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, the Metropole Orkest and other ensembles.

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Core Team Composer & Event Host

Saxophonist, composer, conductor Chelsea McBride is leader of the 6-piece Chelsea and the Cityscape, and the internationally acclaimed 19-piece Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School. McBride was Guest Conductor at the 2019 Perth International Jazz Festival and Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival. McBride was named one of Canada’s top 35 jazz musicians under 35 by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and was the inaugural recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award.

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Core Team Composer & Event Host

Trombonist, composer, arranger, Scott Ninmer has written for musical luminaries such as Trisha Yearwood, Fred Hersch, Richard Bona, Raul Midon, Gregory Porter, Steve Wilson, and Marcus Printup. Ensembles that have commissioned Ninmer include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Metropole Orkest, the WDR Big Band, the USAF Airmen of Note, and the Eric Miyashiro Band. Ninmer’s music has been featured at notable venues such as the White House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Center, and the Kennedy Center. Since 2014, Ninmer has served as Staff Arranger for "The President's Own" United States Marine Band.

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