John Gunther – tenor sax
Gregory Wahl – tenor sax
Kenyon Brenner – tenor sax
Eric Gunnison – piano
Ken Walker – bass
Paul Romaine – drums
John Gunther is a composer and multi-instrumentalist playing Saxophones, Clarinet, and Flute. With a restless musical spirit, he explores all forms of jazz from traditional to avant-garde as well as classical music, world music and experimental electronic music. He has performed or recorded with Dave Douglas, Ron Miles, Christian McBride, Bobby Watson, Wallace Roney, Larry Goldings,Tom Harrel, Dewey Redman, Joe Williams, The Woody Herman Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and The Maria Schneider Orchestra. As part of New York city’s “downtown” music scene for many years, he produced five recordings for Creative Improvised Music Projects (CIMP) and is co-founder of the contemporary jazz ensembles, “Spooky Actions” and “Convergence.” John is an Associate Professor and director of the Thompson Jazz Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received a Ph.D. from New York University. In 2007 he founded the Boulder Laptop Orchestra [BLOrk] to explore the intersection of music, performance, art, and technology. His work with BLOrk has led to further collaboration with the STEM program at CU exploring informal science education through the arts.
Greg Wahl is a versatile saxophonist from Boulder, Colorado. As an alumnus of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, and the University of Colorado, Greg has had the opportunity to learn from the best jazz musicians in the area. In Colorado, Greg has performed with many prominent jazz groups and musicians including Convergence, Big Swing Trio, Brad Goode, Paul Romaine, and Paquito D’Rivera. Greg’s confidence and creativity in improvising are the cornerstones of his unique, hard-swinging style.
Kenyon Brenner began developing his love for music at an early age while growing up in Colorado. After realizing his desire to pursue a career in jazz, he eventually attended the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned his bachelors and masters degrees. During his time at UNC he studied saxophone, voice, and composition. In 2009 Kenyon spent six months studying African culture and music in Ghana through UNC’s study abroad program. While in school Kenyon was a member of UNC’s prestigious groups, Jazz Lab Band I, Vanguard Combo and Vocal Lab. All three ensembles won Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards for Best Graduate Large Ensemble, Best Graduate Small Ensemble, and Best Graduate Vocal Jazz Ensemble while he was a member. Downbeat Magazine, in their 2014 Student Music Awards, awarded his original composition titled, “Pensitivity.” He was also a semifinalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance’s 2014 jazz saxophone competition.