Amber Navran ::: Vocals (guest artist)
Featured vocalist on Mike Lebrun's Going Through the Emotions off Shades!
Anna Butterss ::: bass
Upright playing phenom on Mike Lebrun's Shades!
Daniel Szabo ::: piano
Daniel tickles the ivories on Mike Lebrun's Shades
Szabo and his trio were featured in “Mellon Jazz Up Close”, a prestigious jazz series hosted by Danilo Perez (Wayne Shorter Quartet) at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and he has toured worldwide in such venues as the Jazz Gallery in NYC, the Blue Note Milan, Duc des Lombards of Paris or the Blue Whale and Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles, among others.
Szabo has recorded and/or performed with Peter Erskine, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bob Sheppard, Jimmy Haslip, Lionel Loueke, John Zorn, John Ellis, Rosario Giuliani, Julian Siegel, Flavio Boltro, among many others. His albums have been highly praised by such prestigious jazz magazines as Downbeat, All About Jazz, Modern Drummer or New York City Jazz Records.
Efa Etoroma, Jr. ::: drums
Efa lays down the groove on Zephyr Avalon's EP
Genevieve Artadi ::: vocals
Genevieve is a featured vocalist on Zephyr Avalon's "Future Tears, Former Fears"
Harry Mack ::: rapper
Harry raps on the opening cut to Zephyr Avalon's EP
Jacob Mann ::: keys
Jacob plays keys on Zephyr Avalon's EP
Jonah Levine ::: trombone
Josh Johnson ::: alto sax
Josh wields his alto wizardry on Mike Lebrun's Shades!
Josh Johnson is an alto and soprano saxophonist and composer recognized for his unique sound and captivating approach to improvisation. He has performed with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Lalah Hathaway, Robert Hurst, Esperanza Spalding and Aretha Franklin.Growing up near Chicago and returning there after college, Josh became a key part of the scene, frequently performing with Chicago luminaries Jeff Parker and Marquis Hill. During his time in Chicago Josh was awarded 1st place in the Civic and Arts Foundation's Jazz Composition Competition for his composition "Comrade Napoleon", as well as 2nd place honors in the Foundation’s Improvisation Competition. In 2012 Josh relocated to Los Angeles as one of seven musicians selected to participate in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. During his tenure at the Monk Institute, Josh worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Billy Childs, and performed in Sweden, Israel and Mexico. Josh also performed at UNESCO’s International Jazz Day celebrations in Istanbul and Osaka. A recipient of a 2015 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award for his composition "Remember Forgot", he co-leads the fearless collective Holophonor, who recently released their self-titled debut album. Josh is one of the co-founders of the genre-defying ensemble Snaarj, whose latest release “Levels” was described as “a substantial work full of deep textures, deft musicianship and expertly crafted compositions” (Kyle Long, NUVO). Josh is currently based in Los Angeles, where he leads his own band and frequently performs with various musicians including Mark De Clive-Lowe, Jeff Parker, Josh Nelson and Miro Sprague.
Kevin Van Den Elzen ::: drums
Kevin is the drummer on Mike Lebrun's Shades
Kevin van den Elzen is a young, talented jazz-drummer from the Netherlands who currently resides and studies in Los Angeles.
He has worked with the likes of Dick Oatts, Bob Mintzer, John Clayton, James Carter, Jasper Blom, Bill Cunliffe, Gary Smulyan, Paquito d’Rivera, Rick Rosato, Doug Webb, Jesse van Ruller, Zack Lober, Jay Anderson, Ben van Gelder, Greetje Kauffeld, Ack van Rooyen, Theo Loevendie, Fay Claassen, Jean – Paul Estienevart, Simon Rigter, Shirma Rouse, Benjamin Herman, Steven Delannoye, Rik Mol, Marco Tamburini and many others. He worked with big bands such as the Ron King Big Band, Bill Holman Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Bravo Big Band (Belgium), Late Night Jazz Orchestra (LA), the Holland Big Band, Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Dual City Concert Band and the JazzArt Orchestra.
Mike Lebrun ::: Woodwinds, Composition, etc.
Shades: Now available!
A semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and featured soloist on Michael Buble’s 2016 release Nobody But Me, Mike has emerged as a leading up-and-coming voice in jazz today. Releasing 2 studio albums of original compositions with co-leader Josh Moshier, Mike’s groups have been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated program Jazz Set. The group has toured throughout the U.S. and South America showcasing their talents. Mike’s composition Jambo won the 2008 International Jazz Composers Symposium’s Best Small Group Composition award. He has been a featured artist with pop & Motown icons including The Temptations and Guster. Mike’s latest project, the Drive Trio, features Grammy award winning bassist Clark Sommers and Jon Deitemyer. He also leads a jazz quartet and is a member of numerous R&B, soul, funk, and jazz bands in the Chicago area.
Mike also has 10 years of experience working in the software industry.
Mike received his B.M. in Jazz Studies and Economics from Northwestern University in 2007, where he studied with saxophone under Frederick L. Hemke and John Wojciechowski, and his M.B.A. from the JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2014.
Mike is the founder of Beakerbox Records.
Nick Mancini ::: vibraphone
Nick plays vibes throughout Mike Lebrun's Shades
Vibraphonist and composer NICK MANCINI began his professional career as a drummer, at the age of 15. His undergrad studies earned him degrees from Schenectady County Community College and The Crane School of Music at Potsdam. He moved to NYC and graduated from Manhattan School of Music with a masters degree in jazz performance; a recipient of the President's Award scholarship. After 10 years of honing his art as a performing and recording musician in NYC, he relocated to Los Angeles. He has performed and recorded with such diverse luminaries as Arturo Sandoval, Charles Fambrough, Harvey Mason, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Peter Erskine, Poncho Sanchez, Kenny Werner, New York Voices and Jennifer Holliday to name a few; and at notable venues such as The World Famous Apollo Theater; Showtime at the Apollo, Birdland NYC, the Aspen Music Festival, Fasching Jazz Club (Stockholm), Ford Amphitheater, Angel City Jazz Festival, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Catalina Jazz Club, The Blue Whale, Vibrato, Zipper Hall, Vitello's and virtually every jazz venue in Los Angeles.
In the summer of 2011, Mancini was celebrated as the Honoree at the 18th annual Jazz Vibes Summit in Los Angeles and was invited to join the faculty at California State University at Northridge (CSUN) and Long Beach, Bob Cole Conservatory (CSULB). Earlier that same year his face graced the cover of the popular arts magazine, Ventana Monthly. From 2011-2012 Nick served on faculty of the Thelonious Monk Institute. He is on the cutting edge of the creative music scene in LA. In addition to a busy performing and recording career, Mancini also curates a semi-annual performance series called "elastic hour," which features many of LA's most prominent performing ensembles and garnered honorable reviews by the LA Weekly. In the realm of production, he has arranged and overseen the production of multiple Jazz vocal records and boasts seven independently released records under his own name; "storyteller" and "West Coast Cool" in 2013 alone, around the same time as he signed endorsement contracts with Majestic vibes and Innovative Percussion mallets.
Check out Nick slaying it with the brilliant Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble:
Zephyr Avalon ::: Bass, Composition
Debut EP now available!
Zephyr Avalon is a bassist and composer based in Los Angeles, CA. Amidst a multitude of solo and collaborative projects, Zephyr is known as a reliable sideman on upright, electric and synth bass, at home playing jazz, pop, R&B, and everything between. Avalon has performed with an array of Los Angeles-based artists, including legendary saxophonist Bennie Maupin (Headhunters, Lee Morgan) and trumpeter Bobby Bradford (Ornette Coleman). Additionally, Zephyr recently performed at Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he shared the stage with renowned vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.
Zephyr studied classical bass with Barry Green as an undergraduate at Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, and with Darek 'Oles' Oleszkiewicz and Alphonso Johnson at California Inst. of the Arts, where he received his MFA in Jazz Studies.
Zephyr's self-titled debut EP was released September 18, 2017.