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  • Anthony Lucca – piano
  • Rob Sheppard – tenor sax
  • Daniel Fox – trumpet
  • Aneesa Al-Musawwir – bass
  • Ryan McDiarmid – drums

The 2012 Angel City Jazz Young Artist Competition winner is:

The Anthony Lucca Quintet

Anthony Lucca is Los Angeles based pianist and composer. He has had the honor to perform at various festivals on the west coast such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival, and the Long Beach Jazz Festival to name a few. In addition to jazz performance, Anthony also composes and directs musical theater. He is currently a sophomore studying with Alan Pasqua at the Thornton School of Music. The Anthony Lucca Quintet is a collective group of some of the University of Southern California's finest jazz musicians.

Rob Sheppard is a 19-year-old saxophonist from Pleasanton, California. Currently earning his Bachelor of Music degree from USC’s Thornton School of music, Rob has had the opportunity to perform with such musicians as Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Terrance Blanchard, Donny McCaslin, Benny Green, and Taylor Eigsti, among many others. He has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and numerous other jazz festivals and clubs in the U.S. and overseas. Rob is very grateful for this opportunity to play at the Angel City Jazz Festival and would like to thank everyone involved.

Los Angeles based drummer and percussionist Ryan McDiarmid is a native of Lake Elsinore, California. At age 10, he taught himself to play by reading books and playing along to recordings. As a junior, he became the only high school student to win a gold medal on snare drum at the Southern California Percussion Alliance Championships in Long Beach, CA. Ryan was also a valedictorian at Lakeside High School, and received many awards for academic excellence. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, studying under the direction of professors Peter Erskine and Aaron Serfaty. 

Daniel Fox is a 19-year-old trumpet player from Boise, Idaho. Despite living in the remote mountain west, Daniel has been nationally recognized by Downbeat Magazine and performed along side other outstanding musicians at jazz festivals both national and international. Currently studying music at the Thornton School of Music at USC, Daniel hopes to move forward with his education and make a name for himself in the jazz world.

Aneesa Al-Musawwir was born and raised in Oakland, California. She began playing upright bass at age twelve. Just eight months after she began playing, she was admitted to the prestigious Young Musician’s Program at UC Berkeley where she had the opportunity to study under legends like Ndugu Chancler, Wycliffe Gordon, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman and many more. She went on to join other musical organizations in the Bay Area such as the Oakland Youth Orchestra, SF Jazz High School All-Stars, and more. Aneesa is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at USC’s Thornton School of Music. She has worked with and received accolades from the likes of Bennie Maupin, Jaz Sawyer, Ari Hoenig and many other amazing musicians.