Dave Adewumi is an award-winning trumpet player, composer, and educator captivated by the transcendental nature of music. His work is derivative from the great black improvisers and composers of the past, yet pushes forward to capture the totality of the human experience.
From his strong Nigerian upbringing in New Hampshire, he established an unquenchable thirst for music creation leading him to study at the New England Conservatory. Mentored by a number of critically acclaimed musicians including Ralph Alessi, Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, John McNeil, and the late Laurie Frink, Dave set a foundation that would propel him to his future.
He was accepted to the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program and the following year studied at The Banff Center, and at Harvard University with Vijay Iyer. In 2016 Dave was accepted to the highly selective Juilliard Jazz Master’s Program under the artistic leadership and instruction of Wynton Marsalis. In 2017 he was the first jazz musician and trumpet player to receive the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
He has performed around the world including the Panama Jazz Festival, Generations in Jazz Festival (in Australia with James Morrison), and as a featured artist in the Bern Jazz Festival. His most recent collaborations have been with Jason Moran and the Bandwagon’s “Absence of Ruin - a meditation on the life of James Reese Europe” at the Kennedy Center, and Dave Douglas’ Project “Engage”.
Jacob Baldwin attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he met many teachers and peers that continue to serve as major inspirations today. He placed third in the International Trumpet Guild’s jazz division in 2010 and second in the National Trumpet Competition’s jazz division in 2013. A Minneapolis native since 2013, Baldwin keeps a busy schedule as a freelance trumpeter in addition to leading his own groups, recording, and teaching.
Cosimo Boni is a trumpet player and composer from Reggello, Italy. He completed his bachelor degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee with a full tuition scholarship. It was at Berklee where he had the opportunity to play and study with great contemporary jazz artists from all over the world like Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Terence Blanchard, George Garzone, Bill Frisell and many others. Over the years he has performed in important venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center and festivals such as Newport Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival and DR Jazz Festival, Tarnow Jazz festival in Poland. He currently resides in New York City where he leads his own quintet and collaborates on many other musical projects.
Skyler Floe was born and raised north of Seattle in Lynnwood, Washington and began playing trumpet at age 10. While attending Mountlake Terrace High School, Skyler played in its acclaimed jazz band. As a Senior, Skyler was a participant at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival, where Wynton Marsalis awarded him the Outstanding Trumpet Soloist Award. Inspired by all genres of trumpet playing including classical and jazz, Skyler moved to Ellensburg, WA to study trumpet technique with pedagogue, John Harbaugh at Central Washington University (CWU), where he earned his undergraduate degrees in classical performance and music education.
Throughout his studies at CWU, Skyler made regular appearances at the National Trumpet Competition in both classical and jazz divisions as well as the International Trumpet Guild. While attending CWU, Skyler regularly performed around the PNW as a leader of his own jazz quintet Hot Minute, and spent four years as a member of CWU's critically acclaimed Jazz Band 1 where in 2015 they won the Next Generation Jazz Festival earning them a performance at the 2015 Monterey Jazz Festival. Skyler was also active in the classical scene and performed regularly as a section trumpet player for the Wenatchee Symphony and Yakima Symphony Orchestras. In his last year at Central, Skyler was fortunate enough to hold the Principal Trumpet position at both CWU Symphony Orchestra and Wenatchee Symphony.
After finishing his studies at CWU, Skyler spent two years studying at the Institute of Jazz in Graz, Austria under the tutelage of Jim Rotondi. While in Graz, Skyler performed and recorded with musicians from all over the world in Austria's lively jazz scene. Doing so led to the creation of Skyler's newest project The Chordless Quartet, which performs Skyler's original compositions and features some of the best up-and-coming jazz musicians on the European scene. Skyler is currently pursuing a master's degree at Indiana University where he holds an Associate Instructor position.
Andrew Stephens grew up in Sacramento, California playing
traditional jazz and swing. In high school, he participated in the Essentially
Ellington and Mingus festivals and was a member of the Grammy Band and the Monterey
Next Generation Orchestra. He attended UC Berkeley for Mathematics, where he
studied with Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg in addition to his academic
pursuits. Since he graduated last May, he has been a working musician based in