Pat Martino (guitar) began playing professionally in 1961. He has performed with a wide variety of artists including Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Richard Groove Holmes, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, Chick Corea, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Stanley Clark, Eric Kloss, Trudy Pitts, Willis Jackson, Lloyd Price, Woody Herman, Chuck Israels, Charles Earland, Barry Miles and Joe Pesci. Since 1967, Pat has been touring as a leader.
He has been a Recording Artist for Vanguard, Prestige, Warner Brothers, Muse, Columbia, King, Paddlewheel, Evidence, Sony, 32 Jazz, High Note, Milestone, Polydor, Concord, Fantasy, House of Blues, Mythos, Mainstream, Cobblestone, Atlantic and, most recently, Blue Note Records.
Pat has given Guitar and Music Therapy Seminars, Clinics and Master Classes throughout the world, at locations including North Texas State University, G.I.T., Berklee College (Boston and Perugia, Italy), Duquesne University, Teatro Rasi (Ravenna, Italy), LeCentre Culturel (D'Athis Mons, France), University of Washington School of Music, Skidmore College, Musicians Institute, National Guitar Workshop, New York University, Pennsylvania University, Stanford University, The University of Missouri, Roosevelt University (Chicago), Patti Summers Jazz Club (Seattle), Music Tech College (St. Paul), The New School (New York City), Southern Illinois University, The Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Cork Festival (Cork, Ireland), Washington University (St. Louis, MO), Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Musictech College (St. Paul, MN), Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU (New York, NY), Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (Hartford, CT), and the University of Maryland. He is currently on the adjunct faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
Rick Germanson (piano) has been a highly in-demand pianist on the New York City Jazz scene for nearly a decade now. Born May 29, 1972, Rick left his native Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the heels of winning the GRAND PRIZE at The American Pianists' Association Jazz Piano Competition in 1996. His recent accomplishments have garnered much adoration from the media and led to him being chosen as Best of New Talent in 2004 by All About Jazz NYC.
He has toured throughout the world, performing at many of the top jazz festivals, venues and concert halls with the following jazz artists: Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine; Regina Carter; Tom Harrell; Slide Hampton; Frank Morgan; Eric Alexander; Frank Lacy; Marlena Shaw; Kevin Mohagany; Donald Harrison; Brian Lynch; Jeremy Pelt; Jim Rotondi; Duane Eubanks; Charles McPherson, Charles Davis; Craig Handy; Cecil Payne; Lance Bryant; Gerald Cannon; Carolyn Leonhart; George Gee Orchestra and many others. For over a year now, Rick has been playing piano with Pat Martino, touring the world paying tribute to Wes Montgomery.
Rick is also an experienced educator, having given clinics and/or taught master classes at such institutes as New York University; The Julliard School; Jazz at Lincoln Center Outreach Program; New Jersey Performing Arts Center Jazz for Teens Program; The Jazz Standard Jazz Discovery Program and the McNally-Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN.
Bruce Lundvall graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Commerce and Finance. The day after he got out of the service he called an old college chum, Michael Berniker—later a colleague at Columbia Records, then at EMI—who helped hook him up with his first position at Columbia in the marketing department. He stayed at Columbia Records for 21 years, eventually becoming President of the domestic division of CBS Records, a time in which he built Columbia’s jazz roster into the largest of any major label. He then moved to Elektra in 1982, where he became president of the newly created Elektra/Musician label, as well as Senior Vice President of Elektra/Asylum. The next year, Lundvall became president of the reconstituted Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch label, signing Howard Jones, Bill Laswell, Steel Pulse and Ruben Blades.
In 1984, he was approached with an offer to create Manhattan, a pop music label based on the East Coast, for EMI, as well as to revive the legendary, long-suspended Blue Note jazz label. He jumped at the opportunity. By 1986, Manhattan had copped numerous Grammy Awards and Blue Note was named Label of the Year by two jazz magazines. After four-decades-plus, Lundvall has amassed awards that reflect his stature.
He’s been Chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); Chairman of the Country Music Association (CMA); Director of the National Association of Recording Artists and Science (NARAS); Director of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia Research, the industry’s most prestigious charity, and most recently, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. In 1996, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Foundation of America and the Russ Sanjek Award, for major contributions to recording art who are not primarily A&R producers. He’s landed three Grammy nominations and a NARM presidential award.