Pat Carroll, a saxophonist from Pleasanton, California, has been focused on music since age 12, when he began studying with noted San Francisco musician Dann Zinn. In his junior year of high school, Carroll was awarded the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship at the 2004 Monterey Jazz Festival. In 2005, he was commissioned to write and perform original music as a member of the SFJAZZ Young Composers Project, a group that rehearsed with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Miguel Zenon, Vijay Iyer, and Maria Schneider. Currently in his final year at Berklee, Carroll has studied with Hal Crook, Ralph Peterson, and Joe Lovano.
Paris-born Edouard Brenneisen considers himself equally a guitarist and a composer. With a strong scholarly background, having studied jazz and classical music in Paris, and on scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Brenneisen pursued his apprenticeship privately with such luminaries as David Liebman, Tim Miller, Lionel Loueke, and Jean-Michel Pilc. He is committed to reconcile European and American jazz aesthetics, and got a chance to expose people to his music in the United States and all over Europe.