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Benjamin Sutin,

motivated by a diverse musical palate and burning passion to connect with people of all creeds through his music, violinist, pianist, composer and educator, Benjamin Sutin is currently residing in New York City. He began his career in Philadelphia, where he studied with legendary jazz violinist, John Blake Jr. Sutin has since had the privilege of performing in venues such as: Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, NJPAC’s Victoria Theater, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Microsoft Theater, the Nassau Coliseum, Oracle Center, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival among many more. Sutin has performed with Distinguished Concerts International New York, the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Arijit Singh, Larry Harlow, Bobby Sanabria, Pandit Samir Chatterjee, Ronnie Burrage, Benito Gonzalez, George Burton, Diane Monroe, and Tommy Byrnes. Finally, he has garnered acclaim in the jazz violin community from the likes of Jean Luc Ponty, Regina Carter, Christian Howes and Sara Caswell. On hearing Sutin for the first time, Caswell wrote, “his adventurous musical lines and underlying creative energy left me feeling that I had witnessed a unique voice destined for something great.” Sutin graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 2015 with a BM in Jazz Violin Performance. He has studied Klezmer and Jewish Music with David Krakauer, Alicia Svigals and Yale Strom. Benjamin currently teaches group violin classes and general music at Mount Carmel Holy Rosary and has private students at Harlem School of the Arts, New Jersey School of Music and through a private studio. Benjamin is also a resident assistant faculty member for Elisabeth Morrow School’s Annual Summer String Festival under the direction of Amelia Gold. 

Elijah Shiffer

is an alto saxophonist and composer from New York.Currently a graduate student in jazz composition at Manhattan School of Music, he studies with Jim McNeely, Richard Sussman, David Liebman and Todd Reynolds. He also received his bachelors degree at MSM, and frequently performs with vocalist Annette St. John at Smoke. He has played at numerous jazz venues in New York City, including: The Iridium, The Metropolitan Room, SEEDS and the Somethin' Jazz Club. His own quartet combines the influences of  pre-bebop with experimental jazz. In addition to playing and composing, Elijah works at Second Floor Music.

Ben Rosenblum

is a jazz pianist and composer based in New York City, currently attending the joint program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers award in 2010, the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Original Song in 2010, and the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Arrangement in 2011. Ben has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck), as well as in Delhi, India, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland), Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan), DUMBO Arts Festival (Brooklyn), Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA) and Music Mountain Festival (Connecticut). He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast. Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has

shared the stage with Houston Person, Jerry Dodgion, Warren Wolf, Eliot Zigmund,

Clarence Penn, Craig Handy, Stacy Dillard, Chris Washburne, Dave Stryker, James

Cammack, Ameen Saleem, Bob Nieske, Steve Nelson, Yasushi Nakamura, Essiet Essiet, TS Monk, Willie Williams, Patience Higgins, Josh Evans, Kenny Davis, Wycliffe Gordon, Brian Lynch, Phil Woods and many others. Recently, Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition.

Mat Muntz

is a bassist and composer currently attending the Manhattan School of Music.Hailing originally from Seattle, WA, Mat gained experience playing in small and large ensembles in local venues including the Triple Door, Jazz Alley, Cafe Racer, and Egan's Ballard Jam House. Mat's discography includes two albums with The Arsonists and Samir Chatterjee's recent release "Into The Blue," a fusion of Hindustani classical music and jazz featuring Dan Weiss.

Ben Zweig

is a NYC-based jazz drummer, bandleader, composer, and educator. Since moving to NYC in 2011, the 24 year-old has distinguished himself performing with jazz luminaries and contemporary artists at major venues throughout NYC, nationally, and internationally. A 2011 recipient of the NJ Governor’s Award in Jazz Excellence, Ben’s musicianship is widely varied, ranging from lyrical brush playing and elegant accompaniment to a powerful and “relentless ride cymbal beat” (Johnny O’Neal). Born in New York City, Ben’s musical aesthetic is well rooted in the American Jazz tradition. He also draws inspiration from folk traditions around the globe, especially from West-Africa, Brazil, Trinidad, Cuba, India, and European classical music. Zweig has accompanied an impressive array of legendary jazz musicians including; Randy Weston (NEA Jazz Master), Johnny O’Neal, Larry Ridley, David Williams, Arturo O’Farrill, Joel Press, Steve Nelson, Joe Magnerelli, and Cecil Bridgewater. Ben recorded with alto-saxophone giant Jerry Dodgion’s quartet in 2015 and with guitarist Joe Cohn at the historic Rudy Van Gelder studio, both sessions were produced by Grammy award-winning producer, Don Sickler. Ben has also toured across the US with pianist and singer Champian Fulton, and internationally with bassist and singer Ali Levy. Ben Zweig performs locally as a bandleader throughout NYC, he holds a residency every Friday night at Cleopatra’s Needle in Manhattan. His co-led group  B E N, comprised of contemporaries Ben Rosenblum and Ben Rubens has been performing together for 6 years.

Alec Goldfarb

is an American composer, guitarist, artist, writer, and Indian classical musician based in NYC. Winner of Downbeat magazine’s 35th annual student composition award, he has worked with the John Wetton, Illinois Modern Ensemble, & most recently with Jonah Bokaer Choreography as a guest composer on his production NEITHER. Beginning his studies in Jazz Performance at William Paterson, Alec went on to graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Music Composition/Theory and Philosophy and currently teaches at the NYC Guitar School.