In an effort to mine the pool of amazing talent that is flowing out of the Eastman School of Music, Bop Shop Records is thrilled to have Nathan Kay and his group here to perform for us. We will be continuing with this collaboration in the future with the Eastman School and it’s students, alums and faculty in the future.
Nathan Kay is a creative young musician/composer who is currently studying at the Eastman School of Music in pursuance of a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Trumpet Performance. Originally from Milwaukee area Wisconsin, he developed a deep love and appreciation for Jazz while in high school. Over the years, Nathan has had the privilege to study and spend time with teachers and mentors such as Russ Johnson, Clay Jenkins, Doug Prosser, Bob Syverson, Bill Dobbins, Dave Rivello, Gary Versace, Harold Danko, Jeff Campbell, Dariusz Terefenko, and Bob Sneider. Nathan has performed with and been a member of many groups including The Eastman Jazz Ensemble, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, the Bronzeville Jazz Quintet, Mikailo Kasha Quintet, The Saplings, The Beaumonts, and the Affinity Quintet.
Andrew Dill is a jazz bassist, originally from Setauket, New York. Andrew started playing the Double Bass at the age of 8, focusing heavily on classical repertoire. He shifted his focus from classical music to jazz at the age of 16, and immediately began performing in New York. Andrew recently received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from University of North Texas. At UNT he was a four year recipient of the Jazz Leadership Scholarship (in honor of Neil Slater and Jim Riggs). While at UNT he performed in various Lab Bands and small group ensembles. Andy also resurrected UNT’s Bruce Hall Big Band and was its Director and Coordinator. He is now attending Eastman where he is pursuing a Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media. Andy has studied with Lynn Seaton, Jack Helsley, James Cammack, Barry Smith, and Daniel Nix among others. He has been based in Dallas for the past four years and performs regularly in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He has played with Paul Stephens and Steve Reid in the Rebel Alliance Jazz Ensemble. Some of Andrew’s interests outside of music include weightlifting and playing billiards
A native of Red Bank, New Jersey, Matthew Bent has established himself as a creative, versatile drummer. In elementary and middle school, Bent would perform with friends, drumming on buckets, pots and pans on the Asbury Park Boardwalk almost every weekend. Throughout high school Bent performed in many different rock bands, and jazz groups. His diverse sensibilities have with distinctive artists such as The Jon Seiger Trio, Homeless & Moses Rockwell, his ABC Trio, Ben Britton, Rita Collective, The Michael Delgado Trio, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, K’za Lee, The Last Minstrel, and most recently his pop/soul group, The Saplings. As a student of Rich Thompson, Professor of Drum Set at The Eastman School of Music, Bent further explores the evolution of jazz and other musical styles. Bent also studies tabla and concepts of Indian music privately with percussionist, Alan Simon. Bent is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz & Contemporary Media with certificate in the Arts Leadership Program at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Bent is the drummer for The Eastman Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Bill Dobbins, and he also performs regularly in the Rochester area as he continues to develop his own voice.
Sterling Cozza is a pianist from Sacramento, California. He has been playing piano since he was 5 years old, and began studying jazz at age 12. Sterling currently studies at the Eastman School of Music where he continues to hone his craft and seek out new musical avenues. He studied under the tutelage of Harold Danko for 3 years, and in the upcoming year will be working with Gary Versace. He is always seeking out new performance opportunities, and has shared the stage with the likes of Dave Liebman, Garrison Keillor, Avishai Cohen, Antonio Hart, Robin Eubanks, Donny McCaslin, Matt Wilson, Stefon Harris, Eddie Gomez, the Charles Mingus Big Band, members of the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and more. He has performed at the Essentially Ellington Festival at Lincoln Center, Charles Mingus Festival at the Manhattan School of Music, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, and most recently, the Tokyo Jazz Festival. Sterling is grateful to be pursuing his passion at the Eastman School of Music, and is always looking for new musical experiences.
Rowan Wolf is a junior at the Eastman School of Music, pursuing a bachelor of music degree in jazz saxophone performance under professor Charles Pillow. Originally from the Boston area, Rowan has studied privately from Ian Carroll, and has taken lessons from Daniel Pencer, Maxim Lubarsky, and Felipe Salles. Rowan has performed at various venues in and around Boston including Ryles Jazz Club, the Hatch Shell, and Symphony Hall. Rowan has played in many different musical groups, including the MMEA Northeastern Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble, and participated in the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies workshop.