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Ira Sullivan, Saxes, Trumpet, Flute
Carlos Felipe Vina, Private lessons, Bassoon
Rhonda Kremer, Private lessons, French Horn
Mark Small, Saxophone
Nicole Fasco, Oboe
5 time Grammy-nominated, jazz legend Sullivan is that rare thing, a true multi-instrumentalist, capable of improvising statements of worth on all his instruments. He was taught trumpet by his father, saxophone by his mother and played both in 50s Chicago with such seminal figures as Charlie "Bird" Parker, Lester Young, Wardell Gray and Roy Eldridge, garnering a reputation as a fearsome bebop soloist. After playing briefly with Art Blakey (1956), and mastering alto and baritone saxophone, Sullivan moved south to Florida and out of the spotlight in the early 60s. His reluctance to travel limited his opportunities to play with musicians of the first rank, but Sullivan continued to play in the Miami area, often in schools and churches. Contact with local younger players, notably Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny led to teaching and to a broadening of his own musical roots to include the lessons of John Coltrane's music and elements of jazz rock. With the addition of flute and soprano saxophone to his armoury, Sullivan moved to New York and in 1980 formed a quintet with legendary bop trumpeter Red Rodney. Resisting the temptation to follow current trends and play the music of their youth, Sullivan and Rodney worked on new material and fostered young talent to produce some fresh and stimulating music. see irasullivan.com
CARLOS FELIPE VINA
Carlos Felipe Vina is a bassoonist based in Miami, Florida. Born in Colombia, he began his musical studies at the Conservatorio de Musica del Tolima. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend Lynn University as well as a fellowship to attend the University of Miami, Frost School of Music as part of the Henry Mancini Institute.
Dr. Vina has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including performing as a prize winner on the Lunes de los Jovenes Interpretes from the Luis Angel Arango Library (Bogota, Colombia) in 2004, winning the youth soloist competition with the Orquesta Filarmonica del Valle in 2006, and also winning the Lynn University Concerto Competition in 2009. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as Orquesta Filarmonica del Valle, Orquesta Sinfonica E.A.F.I.T, and Lynn Philharmonia.
Rhonda is a recent graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
Mark has not only worn many hats as a performer, he has taught in a variety of educational environments. From his 20+ years of private teaching, instructing band in the Connecticut public school system, jazz ensemble and music lecturer at the Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport CT. as well as woodwind instructor for Barry University, guest clinician and festival judge throughout the US, to his present day position as saxophone instructor and theory professor at the prestigious New World School for the Arts in Miami, FL.
Nicole Fasco earned her Bachelor Degree in Music Education from the University of Miami. She teaches in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and has participated as conductor and oboist in Coral Park Baptist Church.