GuitarED PALERMO - Saxophone, Guitar, Jazz Ensembles, Coordinator of Jazz Program, Musicianship
B.M., DePaul University. Jazz sax player and arranger. Spent the past 30 years playing with such artists as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Tito Puente, Aretha Franklin, Mel Torme, and many others. Leads the Ed Palermo Big Band which plays world-wide concerts dedicated to the music of Frank Zappa, as well as his original material. Featured: NPR's Weekend Edition. His CD, "the ed palermo big band plays the music of frank zappa" earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Arranged music for one of James Brown's final Hollywood Bowl concerts.
PETER PRESS - Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukelele, Bass
B.F.A., Suny/Purchase. Studied with Starobin. Collaborations include Bas Flute-Guitar Duo, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 20th Century Classics Ensemble, Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, N.Y. City Ballet Orchestra. Recordings: Koch, International Classics, Bridge, Centaur, BMG, ESS.A.Y., Sabudo Records.
ROLF STURM - Jazz Guitar
B.F.A., Ithaca College, jazz guitar; Studied: Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, Berklee College of Music. Studied: Jim Hall, Joe Pass, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell. Guitarist for Eddy Arnold, Giora Feidman Quartet, Tony Trischka Band, Feed The Meter, Illuminati, Walter Thompson Orchestra, Tricycle. www.rolfsturm.org.