Caroline Davis Portals

Composer and saxophonist Caroline Davis lives in Brooklyn, New York. In 2018, she won the Downbeat Critic’s Poll “rising star” in the alto saxophone category.

Her debut album, "Live Work & Play", was featured on All About Jazz’s best releases, and she was named one of JazzTimes’ Best New Artists in 2012. Her second album, "Doors: Chicago Storylines", is an audio documentary that uniquely sets stories from Chicago's jazz scene from the 80s and 90s alongside her original music. Caroline’s third album, "Heart Tonic", was released on Sunnyside Records to much acclaim in NPR, the New York Times, and DownBeat. Davis’ "Alula", featuring Matt Mitchell and Greg Saunier, was released on New Amsterdam Records in 2019, and Persona's "Anthems", a collaboration with pianist Rob Clearfield, was released later that year.

Since living in New York, Davis has shared musical moments with Lee Konitz, Angelica Sanchez, Matt Mitchell, Terry Riley (alongside Travis Laplante, Scott Robinson, and Dan Blake), Miles Okazaki, Matt Wilson, Rachel Therrien, Thana Alexa, and Billy Kaye. Her collaborations include Maitri (with Ben Hoffmann) and Persona (with Rob Clearfield).

In March of 2019, Davis was a composer-in-residence at the esteemed MacDowell Colony and in the same year, was awarded the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship for her work between 2019-21.

She has been on the faculty at Litchfield Jazz Camp for 15 years, Stanford Jazz Institute for 5 years, and an educator at The New School, Northwestern University, Harvard University, DePaul University, Columbia College, University of Texas at Arlington, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, to name a few.

Pianist Julian Shore began studies with famed educator Hal Crook as a teenager. Shortly thereafter Shore was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. During his time there, under the mentorship of Danilo Perez, he performed in the Panama Jazz Festival, learning from Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade, and John Patitucci while there.

He moved to New York shortly after graduating, and had his first serious performing experience with acclaimed singer Gretchen Parlato- touring the US and internationally with her band, including the Stockholm Jazz Festival. Since then he has appeared as both leader and sideman at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, and jazz festivals around the globe.

He has had the opportunity to perform, tour and record with musicians such as Theo Bleckmann, Gretchen Parlato, Chico Pinheiro, Don Braden, Sara Gazarek, Ferenc Nemeth, Chris Speed, Gilad Hekselman, Dayna Stephens, Noah Preminger, Ben Monder, John Hollenbeck, Mark Giuliana, and Petros Klampanis.

As an educator Shore was an artistic consultant for Herbie Hancock’s Master Class for, as well as transcribing and notating hundreds of pages of Herbie’s piano performance for the course. His teaching credits include New School University, Litchfield Jazz Camp, and Samba Meets Jazz.

His most recent release "Which Way Now" features Gilad Hekselman and Dayna Stephens.

Chris Tordini is an in-demand bassist on the New York City music scene. He has toured and recorded with Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory, Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Ari Hoenig, the Becca Stevens Band, Tyshawn Sorey, and Michael Dessen.

A graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he continues to collaborate with faculty members Rory Stuart and George Garzone.

Recently, Tordini has performed and recorded with bandleaders Chris Speed, John Hollenbeck, Steve Lehman, Tigran Hamasyan, Andrew D’Angelo, Jim Black, and Yaron Herman.

He has played at New York City’s most prestigious jazz venues, including the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard, Smalls, the Jazz Gallery and the Stone.

Allan Mednard was born and raised in Queens, New York. His early musical experiences involved New York City's All-City High School Music program, Bayside High School's Academy of Music, and Queens College's Center for Preparatory Studies in Music program. He graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in jazz performance from the City College of New York, where he studied with Carl Allen.

He has shared the stage with ensembles led by Kurt Rosenwinkel, Aaron Parks, Ben Street, Ben Allison, Godwin Louis, Andrew D'Angelo, Jaleel Shaw, Le Boeuf Brothers, Melissa Aldana, and many more.

He appeared here previously with Kyle Nasser.