Julie Kurtzman began playing the violin at age seven. She studied with Fredell Lack in Houston, TX, Ronald Patterson in Europe and Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Ms. Kurtzman began her performing career at age ten and made her debut in 1992 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Her orchestral performances included collaborations with a variety of orchestras including Houston and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
After graduating from Curtis, Julie moved to Europe, performing and teaching in Spain, France, England, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. For eight years she was a first violinist in the Luzern Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Kurtzman appeared as a guest concertmaster with the Seville Orchestra and was a frequent guest of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Currently, Julie is teaching at the Kaufman Center, the Dwight School and 92nd Street Y School of Music. Her students continuously win competitions and appear as soloists with orchestras.
"The depth of his performances and his energy [are] an inspiration for his colleagues and his audiences." – Jabali Billy Hart
"In my estimation he is a living jazz master." – Mike Longo
Santi Debriano (b. Panama Rep. 1955) has been composing and performing bass violin and ensemble music professionally since 1982 throughout the world. His abilities as an improviser, arranger and composer have made him a favorite of such greats as Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, Oliver Lake, Freddie Hubbard and others. His work as a leader has been documented on several recordings with his groups. He now leads the band Circlechant, and the bass trio Castle Magic, with bassists Essiet Essiet and Harvie S.
Debriano teaches music in a variety of settings. Along with guitarist Roni Ben Hur and Doctor Fredrick Rouquier, Debriano started the FestiJazz Summer Jazz Camp in San Cezaire Sur Siagne, France (now in its seventh year ), and the Adventures in Jazz Camp at Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.
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Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Helio Alves has been living in New York City since the 90’s, and has worked with some of the most important names in both the Brazilian and jazz scenes. That list includes Joyce, Rosa Passos, Oscar Castro-Neves, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Claudio Roditi, Louis Hayes, Slide Hampton, Herbie Mann, Phil Woods, Sadao Watanabe, Mike Stern and Randy Brecker, among others. He has also appeared on Grammy-winning releases by Joe Henderson, Paquito D’Rivera and Yo-Yo Ma.
Helio has released four albums as a leader with sidemen that include Al Foster, John Patitucci, Matt Wilson, Duduka Da Fonseca, Nilson Matta, Romero Lubambo, Scott Colley and Antonio Sanchez.