Dan Montgomery is an upright/electric bassist, vocalist, composer and educator from Rochester, New York, though he currently resides in Miami, Florida. He received his Bachelors Degree in Studio Music and Jazz Bass Performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, graduating Summa Cum Laude in May of 2015.
Dan has performed with The New York Voices, Rosanna Vitro, Gretchen Parlato, Shelly Berg, The Costa Rica National Symphony, John Fedchock, Nicole Henry, Troy Roberts, Martin Bejerano, Alex Brown, Melvin Butler, Bobby Thomas Jr., Ed Calle, Nomar and Jose Negroni, Ludwig Alfonso, Jonathan Joseph, Tal Cohen, Jean Caze and many other professional artists, as both a bassist and vocalist. Dan has performed at several major festivals and events, including the Telluride Jazz Festival (2013 and 2014), the JEN Conference (2014 and 2015), the Monterey Jazz Festival (2015) and the Tonica Jazz Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico (2015). His composition “Type A” was performed at both the 2015 JEN Conference and the 2015 Tonica Jazz Festival by the Frost Sextet, and was also recognized by Downbeat as an “Outstanding Graduate Composition” that same year. Dan is also a clinician, who has worked at both the Tonica Jazz Festival and the University of Alaska Anchorage for their annual “Jazz Week” in 2016. He is an active educator, being the bass professor at the Community Arts Program, a music program for kids K-12 in Miami, Florida, and having a private studio of his own.
Dan just released his debut album, Storyteller (available on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, Google Music and more), which features nine of his original compositions and an incredible quintet comprised of musicians he met while studying at the University of Miami. This quintet has toured extensively in the Miami area as well as in San Francisco, having recently held a five night residency at the Black Cat Jazz Club. Dan also placed 3rd in the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition in June of 2017, and received the "Best Player" award at the Zilina Jazz Contest in Zilina, Slovakia in September of 2017.
With home as a hotel room and a suitcase, Mel Parsons has built up a solid fan base the old fashioned way - winning over audiences on the live circuit. Parsons is dynamite on stage and well known as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars. The award winning indie-folk singer released her third full length album, Drylands, to critical acclaim. Parsons is at home on stage and renowned as an engaging performer with a naturally emotive voice and razor sharp wit. With a wide breadth of material, she can swing from the gutsy & rhythmic hand-clappers, through to pin-drop ballads in a heartbeat. Testament to Parsons’ songwriting is the endorsement of Canadian music royalty Ron Sexsmith, who lends his voice to the Drylands track “Don’t Wait.”
Defpotec is what you get when you put all your Bluenote records from the past 25 years in a microwave with the AACM’s greatest hits and press play on the resulting composite disk. This fiery quartet is the brain child of saxophonist Joey Rosin and drummer Tommy Carroll.
Joey Rosin is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator from Riverwoods, IL. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Miami Frost School of Music with a B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Saxophone (2017.) While Joey is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, he draws inspiration from far corners of the world. He studies the gong, the deeper nature of sound and vibration; this permeates his approach to playing the saxophone, improvising, and composing. Joey has performed with many world class artists including Patti Austin, Shelly Berg, Gloria Estefan, Estelle, Alan Ferber, Michael Feinstein, Quincy Jones, Brian Lynch, Barry Manilow, Idina Menzel, Rita Moreno, Renee Olstead, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, John Secada, Charlie Watts, and John Williams.
Tommy Carroll is a Chicago-based drummer, producer and composer with an ability to imbue music with emotional depth and improvisational dexterity. An in demand drummer for rappers, songwriters and experimental artists alike, Tommy also leads his own jazz fusion group that has showcased in venues across the city. His forthcoming album, titled Calculated Discomfort, sets cosmic jazz to the arc of personal growth and self-realization. His previously released album Not Amazing addresses his experiences as a blind adult.
Evan Salvacion Levine is an upright and electric bassist. Click to watch his jazz trio perform "River of Thyme."