Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, pianist and composer Marta
Sánchez is currently based in New York City.
After finishing her classical training, she studied
at School of Music Populart, earning a grant from A.I.E. (Spanish
Association of Musicians) for being one of the best students there. Her
first band, Zafari Project, was selected by the Spanish
agency for youth (INJUVE) as one of the most promising on the Spanish
scene, giving them the opportunity to tour around Spain playing in
different Jazz Festivals. This band also won the first prize at the
international jazz contest Debajazz. She also obtained the first prize
at the Jazzargia International Jazz Contest with Javier Moreno Trio,
and the first prize at San Martin de la Vega Jazz contest with Natalia
She was selected on three
occasions to represent Spain at jazz festivals in South America,
Central America, and Europe. In 2010, she
the “A.I.E en Ruta” Touring Grant from the Spanish Association of
Musicians. In 2011, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which
allowed her to continue her studies at NYU (M.M.).
During her time there, she toured in Costa Rica, where her group
represented NYU at the famed Costa Rica Jazz Festival.
She also was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship in 2017.
Her latest CD, "Danza Imposible" was released in October, 2017 on Fresh
"Partenika" was released in 2015, also on on Fresh Sounds Records. Ben
Ratliff reviewed it for the NY Times stating that “It’s an ambitious
record by a strong new group” and included it as one of his top 10
recordings of the year, including all genres. Downbeat gave the
recording 4 stars and included it on their list of the best recordings
She has toured the United States, Europe, South America, and Central
America, and performied at North Sea Jazz
Festival in the Netherlands, Eurojazz in Mexico City, Eurojazz in
Athens, Jazz Festival Vitoria Gasteiz, and Madrid Jazz Festival.
Alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis was born in Ann Arbor
(MI), and is currently New York based, after studying at Michigan State
University and William Paterson
Legendary pianist Mulgrew Miller said “Caleb has a wonderful,
singing, projecting sound. To me, that’s the ultimate for a horn
"Neighborhood" (Ropeadope Records), the 2015 debut album from the
Brooklyn based collective Walking Distance, has been met with critical
He can be seen with Walking Distance, Josh
Lawrence and Color Theory, Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band,
the George Gee Swing Orchestra, the Fat Cat Big Band, the Gregorio
Uribe Big Band, and the Mike Sailors Swing Orchestra.
Caleb has also played with Jason Moran, Mulgrew Miller, Duane Eubanks,
Houston Person, Orrin Evans, Eric Revis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kevin
Eubanks, Buster Williams, Lenny White, Gene Jackson, Jack Walrath,
Kevin Hays, Ralph Bowen, and Seamus Blake.
He has performed at the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Smalls, Smoke, Zinc
Bar, and many other NYC clubs.
Tenor saxophonist Raffi Garabedian hails from
Berkeley, California, and attended Berkeley High School, where he was a
member of their award-winning Jazz Ensemble. As a teenager, Raffi
studied with Dayna Stephens. He went on to attend the New School from
2006-2010, where he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts and studied with
Bill McHenry, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Tony Malaby, and Andrew
Raffi has recorded and performed with Jorge Rossy, Ben Street, and
Dayna Stephens. He helped found the brass band Brass Magic, and plays
with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra in San Francisco.
He teaches regularly at the California Jazz Conservatory and the
Stanford Jazz Workshop.
A native of Berkeley, bassist Noah Garabedian holds
a BA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, and a Master's in Music Performance
from NYU. In 2006 he was awarded a John Coltrane National Scholarship,
and in 2007 was selected as a finalist for the Thelonious Monk
Institute of Jazz graduate program. In March of 2011, Mr. Garabedian
was selected to participate in Brad Mehldau's master class at The Weill
Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, and in June of that same year was
selected as a finalist in the ISB Double Bass Competition.
In 2016, Mr. Garabedian received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to teach
in Thailand. Mr. Garabedian currently works with the music outreach
at Jazz At Lincoln Center. He is also
part-time faculty at The New School, and works as a teaching
artist with the New York Pops. In the past he has taught at NYU, The
Weil Institute at Carnegie Hall, the
Brooklyn Friend's Summer Jazz Camp, and Stanford Jazz Camp.
Mr. Garabedian has performed and toured with Ravi Coltrane, Josh
Roseman, Ralph Alessi, Andrew D'Angelo, Myron Walden, Nir Felder, Frank
LoCrasto, Silver City Bound, Julian Pollack, and his own sextet Big
Butter And The Egg Men.
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Dan Pratt, and Ferber
Brothers & Le Boeuf Brothers.
Drummer Evan Hughes was born and raised in
Berkeley. He began drum lessons at the age of 12, and performed with
the prestigious Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, the San Francisco
Jazz Festival’s High School All-Star Big Band,
and the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Orchestra.
While at NYU, he studied with Joe Lovano, John Scofield, George
Garzone, Brian Lynch, Ralph Alessi, Tony Moreno, Billy Drummond, and
He has participated in tours of Europe, Japan, Abu Dhabi and Costa
Rica, and played at many prestigious New York City jazz clubs
such as The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Smalls, and The Jazz Gallery.
Since graduating NYU, Evan has worked closely with multi-grammy winning
producer and composer Don Sickler, developing the "Jazz Drum Corner".
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Dan Pratt.