Josh Johnson - alto saxophone | Josh Nelson - piano | Dave Robaire - bass |
Christian Euman - drums | Larry Koonse - guitar
The LA/Chicago Project
Both natives of Los Angeles, Josh Nelson and Dave Robaire have worked together in various settings including Nelson's past two recordings, Discoveries (2011) and Exploring Mars (2015). Josh Johnson and Christian Euman both moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in the last five years. These multi-talented musicians have all worked together in various combinations and are finally coming together to form The LA/Chicago Project which will feature all of their compositions. Johnson, Nelson, Robaire, and Euman all share a passion for pushing music forward without neglecting it's tradition. The LA/Chicago Project is very excited to feature one of LA's most respected guitarists, Larry Koonse on this special September 30 concert.
Although Dave Robaire is a native of Los Angeles, his career began when he first moved to New York City in 2004 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. After five years in New York, Dave moved back to California to attend the masters program at California Institute of the Arts. Upon graduation, Robaire was accepted into the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA where he studied and performed with such luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Billy Childs, and Benny Golson among many others.
Josh Johnson is an alto and soprano saxophonist and composer recognized for his unique sound and captivating approach to improvisation. He has performed with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Lalah Hathaway, Robert Hurst, Esperanza Spalding and Aretha Franklin.
A native Southern Californian, Josh Nelson maintains an active schedule as a pianist, composer, touring and recording artist, and educator.
Josh has recorded on countless albums, films, and television, but also focuses on his own projects: Anticipation (2004), Let it Go (2007), and I Hear a Rhapsody (2009). Discoveries (2011) signaled a change in artistic direction with the unveiling of “The Discovery Project”, an exploration into the world of live music with interactive visual multi-media components. His latest album Exploring Mars (2015) is a musical journey to the Red Planet.
Hailed as one of the “six drummers you should know about” by Revive Music, Christian Euman has definitely earned his right to be included on such a list of percussionists rising in the music scene. After graduating from Western Michigan University’s jazz studies program, Christian successfully auditioned for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, where he has studied and performed with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chris Potter, Jimmy Heath, Stefon Harris, and more. Aside from the Institute, Christian has performed and toured with Kurt Elling, Billy Childs, Walter Smith III, Geoff Keezer, Bob Sheppard, Jacob Collier, Marquis Hill, and many more. He has performed at countless music festivals throughout the States, Europe, and Africa, including headlining performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival with Elling and the Playboy Jazz Festival with Hancock, Shorter, and the Monk Fellows. Christian has also established himself as an appreciable bandleader and composer, having projects featured throughout the country such as his octet and his double-drums ensemble, Drums & Symbols.
Larry has received numerous grammy nominations for his work with Billy Childs and Luciana Souza. He has also toured with Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Childs, John Patitucci, David Friesen, Karrin Allyson, Bob Mintzer, Luciana Souza, Natalie Cole, Tierney Sutton, Peter Erskine, Hubert Laws, and Warne Marsh. Having been featured on over 300 albums Larry has recorded with Cleo Laine, Al Hirt, Jimmy Rowles, Bob Brookmeyer, Luciana Souza, Lee Konitz, Larry Goldings, Mel Torme, Alan Broadbent, Ray Brown, Bill Perkins, Toots Thielemanns, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, David Friesen, Warne Marsh, Charlie Haden, Natalie Cole and many other jazz artists. His solo guitar work was featured throughout “Crazy”, a feature film chronicling the life of the great guitarist Hank Garland.
As a leader Larry has made nine recordings and his recent recording, Conversations, features the great pianist David Roitstein in a duo recording of mostly original compositions. Larry has been a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts since 1990.