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National Jazz Awards nominee and LEO award-winning composer/performer James Danderfer has been performing and recording with some of the finest jazz musicians in North America. James' recent film score work includes the award-winning short film “Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story,” the animated feature film “The Pixies,” and brand new films “Trying” and "Send Us Smokes" which are currently playing film festivals internationally. James' fifth and most recent recording “Time and Tide” (Reigning Parade Records) features legendary New York jazz vibraphonist Steve Nelson and Canadian jazz luminary John Stetch.
Award-winning bassist Paul Rushka has engaged audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his sonorous tone, assured confident pulse, and eloquent soloing since 1997. Active as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator, Paul is a first-call bassist in Vancouver. He has appeared on stage with numerous jazz luminaries including John Taylor, Joe LaBarbera, Julian Priester, Jimmy Greene, Peter Bernstein, Seamus Blake, Gary Smulyan, Eric Alexander, Will Vinson, Mike LeDonne, Danny Grissett, Jeremy Pelt, Brad Turner, Ross Taggart, Lorne Lofsky, Kirk MacDonald, Kevin Dean, André White, and many more. In 2003, Paul won a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Jazz Album for his work on the Mike Allen Trio's Dialectic. He is currently on the faculty at Vancouver Community College and the VSO (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) School of Music.
Craig is an ccomplished drummer and vibraphone player. His drumming credits include performances with Canadian jazz luminaries and international jazz artists such as Pat Labarbera, Phil Woods, Al Vizzutti, Diana Krall and Clark Terry. In addition to his extensive recording credits, Craig is an experienced and popular jazz educator.
Brent Taylor received his Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education, and Master of Arts degrees from U.B.C. and began his music career working as a recording engineer and producer in Vancouver and Sydney, Australia. From 1992 to 2017 he taught instrumental music at Point Grey Secondary in Vancouver. The ensembles he directed at the school included concert bands, jazz bands and combos, and for many years Point Grey had the largest jazz education program in the Vancouver School District. The concert bands and jazz groups won numerous awards at festivals in Canada and abroad. Brent is currently a vice-principal in the Coquitlam school district.
Juno Award winner Brad Turner is considered one of Canada’s finest jazz musicians. He is completely fluent on trumpet, piano, and the drum set and has recorded on all three. Brad has performed and/or recorded with many of the world’s great jazz musicians. In addition, he has many compositions and arrangements to his credit. Brad is on the faculty of Capilano University in North Vancouver.