Jon Ballantyne was born on October 8, 1963 in Saskatchewan, Canada and started playing piano at a very early age with formal study at the age of six. His father Fred a pianist and both parents jazz enthusiasts, he was listening to Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and Duke Ellington records from the time he was born. His mother also took him to see Oscar Peterson when he was five.
After the early years of trying to understand his father’s blues-based approach to piano, classical piano studies, and a stint in a garage rock band as a young teenager, Jon decided to immerse himself in jazz and won a scholarship to North Texas State University. As an honors student there, he was asked to play in small group formats with visiting artists Elvin Jones, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, Nat Adderley, Michael Brecker, Emily Remler, Bob Mintzer and Peter Erskine.
He went on to study at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada with Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Ed Blackwell, Lee Konitz, Cecil Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Don Thompson, Julian Priester, Karl Berger, Eddie Marshall and Steve Coleman. He also studied in New York with Barry Harris, Kenny Barron, Richie Beirach, Hal Galper and JoAnn Brackeen.
This led to a performance career sharing the stage and studio with Joe Henderosn, Roy Haynes, Dewey Redman, Pepper Adams, Billy Hart, Paul Bley, Phil Woods, Bill Goodwin, Drew Gress, Don Braden, Joe LaBarbera, Ray Drummond, Bennie Wallace, Avishai Cohen, Clark Terry, Jimmy Guiffre, P. J. Perry and a host of others.
An educator, Jon has conducted clinics at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Northern Colorado, McGill University, University of Toronto and Concordia University in Montreal. He has recorded nine jazz albums and received two Juno Awards. Based in Manhattan, pianist Jon Ballantyne continues to perform, record and lead a quartet featuring bassist Boris Kozlov, drummer Jeff Hirshfield and saxophonist/bass clarinetist Douglas Yates.
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Antonio Hart was born on September 30, 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts initially trained as a classical musician. After graduating he attended and studied with Andy McGhee at Berklee College of Music and his interest turned to jazz. This was followed by a master’s degree from Queens College, city University of New York.
He gained recognition for his work with Roy Hargrove and has performed an recorded with Robin Eubanks, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. He has recorded nine albums as a leader
Alto saxophonist Antonio Hart is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and currently continues to perform, record and tour in conjunction with his serving as a. full-time professor of jazz studies in Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College City University of New York.
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The music for the now classic jazz standard Emily, was composed by Johnny Mandel and the lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer. It was the soundtrack for the 1964 comedy-drama war film The Americanization of Emily. Paddy Chayefsky wrote the screenplay, directed by Arthur Hiller and starred James Garner, Julie Andrews, James Coburn, Melvyn Douglas and Keenan Wynn
The Story: Set in World War II London during the build-up to D-Day in 1944, the British found their island hosting many thousands of American soldiers who were oversexed, overpaid, and over here. Enter cynical coward Charlie Madison (Garner) who knows all the angles to make life as smooth and risk-free as possible for himself. But things become complicated when he falls for an English woman (Andrews), and his commanding officer’s nervous breakdown leads to Charlie being sent on a senseless and dangerous mission.
Pete Zimmer was born on September 18, 1977 and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He studied at Northern Illinois University and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. At the Conservatory while earning his bachelor degree he apprenticed under Danilo Perez, Cecil McBee, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Jerry Bergonzi and Bob Brookmeyer.
By 2004, Pete launched his record label, Tippin’ Records, and released his first leader album, Common Man, and has since produced and released three more as a bandleader and composer, Burnin’ Live at the Jazz Standard, Judgment, Chillin’ Live @ Jazz Factory and Prime of Life.
Pete has performed and recorded with George Garzone, Joel Frahm, Jeremy Pelt, Peter Bernstein, Michael Rodriguez, Rodney Jones, Jerry Weldon, Dennis Irwin, David Wong, Akiko Tsuruga, Rick Germanson, Anthony Wonsey, Randy Napoleon, Michael Karn, Julius Tolentino, Gene Perla, Tom Kennedy, Wayne Escoffery, Jaleel Shaw, Dan Nimmer, and many others.
Since 2005 Zimmer has led his group at many of the famous venues in New York City as well as touring much of the U.S.A. and also the United Kingdom. A highly regarded educator he conducts clinics at many collegiate jazz study programs and has been a faculty member at the New York Jazz Academy since 2009. Drummer, bandleader, sideman, composer, educator, and record label entrepreneur Pete Zimmer continues to pursue his jazz career.
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Tineke Postma was born in Heereveen, Netherlands on August 31, 1978. At the age of eleven she began playing the saxophone and studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory between 1996 and 2003. She graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in Music. During this period she also studied under Dave Liebman, Dick Oatts and Chris Potter at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she also received a Masters degree.
Postma has performed with Greg Osby, Gerry Allen, Ivan Paduart, Esperanza Spalding, The Metropole Orchestra and has featured and collaborated with Teri Lyne Carrington on the albums For The Rhythm, Journey That Matters and The Mosaic Project in 2011.
Dutch alto and soprano saxophonist Tineke Postma has recorded and released 6 CDs as a leader with her debut coming in 2003 with First Avenue. During 2005 she produced a video Live In Amsterdam: The Teneke Postma Quintet. In between performing, touring, composing she has been teaching at the Amsterdam Academy since 2005.
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