Dane Farnsworth is a sixth-semester piano/Hammond organ performance major. He grew up in Kennebunk, Maine, where his musical parents introduced him to several instruments at a young age. The day he was introduced to the Ray Charles tune “What’d I Say?” keys were the clear choice. He immediately became obsessed with Ray Charles, learning the tunes, the piano style, and developing a feel for blues phrasing. He was forced to expand his range of styles when he got a full-time gig with an experienced G.B. band when he was 13. From that experience, he developed a feel for the Hammond B3, Rhodes, and Clav, and began listening to Billy Preston’s keyboard parts from other artists’ records. While many musicians would discover and turn toward jazz at this point, Farnsworth has found that soul, funk, and blues were always the styles that spoke to him. His latest influences have been Gene Harris, Soulive, Derek Trucks, and Larry Goldings.
Thirty-year-old pianist, composer, and arranger Cedric Hanriot is a latecomer in the world of music. After earning his master’s degree in electronics at the age of 21, his life took an unexpected turn as he sat at the piano for the first time in his life. From then on, he has devoted most of his waking hours to music, surrendering to his overwhelming love for Jazz. Within less than nine years, Hanriot has built a résumé that most of his peers would crave. He has been awarded the prestigious French-American Fulbright Grant, the Sacem prize, Spedidam prize, band and soloist prizes at the St. Germain Jazz Festival, as well as the band prize at the Enghien Jazz Festival. He currently resides in Boston.
Jordan Seigel is a 19-year-old pianist and composer from Westlake Village, California. He began playing piano when he was five years old and started studying jazz with Tod Cooper when he was fourteen. Winner of Outstanding Soloist in the annual Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center, Seigel has played in the Playboy Jazz Festival as well as with his trio at the Jazz Bakery and Catalina Bar and Grill. Last summer, he was a member of the 2007 Disney All-American College Band. Seigel has been fortunate enough to study with Aaron Goldberg, Dena DeRose, Hal Crook, Russell Ferrante, Joanne Brackeen, and Danilo Perez.
Yujung Jung, a pianist/composer from Korea, first started learning piano at age of seven. After a classical background until the age of 18, she changed her musical style as she entered Dongduk University for a bachelor of commercial music. She had many experiences with recording sessions and gigs during this time. She mainly focused in funk for first four years while she was in school and also was chosen to play on the Korean Broadcasting Station for many years. She performed in a number of famous theaters in Korea and also participated in many well-known concerts, and she was invited to the U.S embassy for a performance. She had the chance to meet gospel artist Joe Pace and had the opportunity to play in gospel churches. She produced three albums for her own band. She entered Berklee spring 2008 in order to expand her musical ability and to develop her own musical color.