Don't miss this special engagement with this amazing trio of national musicians right here in Saint Paul at the WACPAC Gallery (also home to the Union Park District Council) located at 161 Snelling Ave N, in Saint Paul.
Brubeck Institute (2007 – 2009)
Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Piano Performance – The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, New York City
McKnight Fellowship for Musicians (2016)
Dave Brubeck Fellowship (2007-2009)
American Jazz Pianist Competition Finalist In Concert Award (2015)
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 14th Annual Betty Carter Jazz Ahead intensive residency program participant at the (2011)
DownBeat Magazine’s Best College Group of the Year – Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (2008 & 2009)
Schubert Club Jazz Piano Scholarship (2006 & 2007)
Greg Byers, M.M. uses his talents as a performer, composer, educator and producer to share the wisdom and beauty of great music with people of all backgrounds. His relationship with music began at 2 1/2, when he first studied cello in the Suzuki method. In 2008 Greg became the first person in the history of University of Miami to double major in Instrumental Performance/Studio Music & Jazz on cello and bass, Summa Cum Laude.
Since then he has performed on BBC Two (Later... with Jools Holland) and Univision (Latin GRAMMYs); been a featured artist/clinician at New Directions Cello Festival, Creative Strings Workshop, and Mark Wood's Rock Orchestra Camp; arranged strings for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Birth of a Ghost by Omar Rodriguez Lopez. His latest project is the creation of a suite for chamber ensemble and tasting menu featuring Cafe Alma, where every movement is paired with an hors d’oeuvres; funded by the Artist's Initiative Grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Miguel Hurtado received his B.M. in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York City in 2010. Since then he has played regularly at venues such as the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Crooners, Veiux Carre and Icehouse. He has been one of the most in-demand creative drummers in the scene, playing as a sideman for artists like John Raymond, Javier Santiago, Jon Weber, Marquis Hill, Joe Strachan, Nelson Deverreaux, Jeremy Walker and Kelly Rossum. He’s one of the most authentically versatile drummers in Minnesota, playing across many different genres with acts like vocalist/rapper Toussaint Morrison, funk/R&B band Hustle Rose, and Davina and the Vagabonds. He also is a stellar composer and bandleader in his own right.
Javier Santiago is a powerful young artist with a strong vision. Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, he grew up surrounded by strong artistic support. He was given a strong musical background by his jazz musician parents, as well as stalwarts of the local jazz community. Javier started playing piano at the age of 5, and was classically trained until he discovered his love of jazz music at the age of 11. In high school, he was a prominent player in the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene. It was around this time that he started composing and working on his music production skills. While still in high school, he organized his own quintet and produced two albums. He also won the Schubert Club Jazz Piano Competition two years in a row. In 2007, Javier was selected by the great Dave Brubeck and a panel of judges to be a part of the Brubeck Institute Fellowship program at the University of the Pacific in California. It was there that Javier was able to learn from some of the greatest musicians in the world; Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Eric Harland, Joe Gilman, Nicholas Payton, Joshua Redman, Geoffrey Keezer and Jeff Ballard to name a few. The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (’08-’09) was awarded Best College Group Of the Year in DownBeat Magazine two years in a row (2009 and 2010). In 2011, Javier was selected to participate in the 14th Annual Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. Javier received his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano Performance in late 2011 at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC. He spent 3 years playing gigs regularly in the city. He also was a finalist in the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition. Javier is not limited to just playing the piano. He is also a prolific composer. His work is an eclectic blend of Jazz, R&B, Rock, Hip Hop and everything in between. Javier is also an educator, arranger, and producer.