Colson Jimenez is a bass-player who, as a sophomore in high school, was accepted into the WMEA All State jazz band, as well as Berklee's Global Jazz Institute Workshop at Newport Jazz Festival where he will attend a workshop and play at Newport this summer. He picked up an interest in jazz upon moving to the San Francisco Bay Area five years ago (from his hometown of Anaheim, CA), and quickly began honing his craft by practicing and listening devotedly and gigging all over Oakland and San Francisco. He has lived right outside of Seattle, in Woodinville, as of last summer.
Jackson Cotugno, a junior, was also in the WMEA All State band on tenor saxophone and has received awards for his playing after only having played woodwind instruments for a few years. He has performed with acclaimed saxophonist Donny McCaslin, after McCaslin took note of his incredible aptitude for the tenor at a jazz camp at Cornish. His ability to endlessly generate original and melodic ideas stems from a genuine love for the music and the instrument. Jackson and Colson both attend Woodinville High School, and play for tourists in Woodinville's wine district regularly.
Luca Cartner, upon graduating from Ballard High School, attended a year-long program at the Seattle Drum School to develop his drumming in a concentrated environment. He has performed at Essentially Ellington with Ballard High, and performed with Carlos Santana and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Growing up here in Seattle, he has been an active member of the city's jazz scene for much of his life, playing regularly with some of the most distinguished players in town. He is well-versed in every genre and has a deep understanding of rhythm.
The trio's interactive, highly improvisational approach follows the lead of the Bill Evans Trio, Coltrane's Classic Quartet, and the Charles Mingus Sextet. The three of them thrive on continually throwing curveballs at each other to create music that is constantly in motion.