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Jazz

Keith Perry

Keith Perry headshot BWwebKeith Perry (jazz, blues & rock guitar) has performed in the Montreux Jazz Festival and with the 3 o’clock Jazz Ensemble at UNH. He regularly plays around the Seacoast at venues including Blue in Portland, the Stone Church, and many others. Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from UNH and has studied with David Newsam, Mack Walters, and Phil Sargent. He has taught through his private studio and at UNH’s Summer Youth Music School (SYMS) program.

  
 

Eric Klaxton

eric klaxton headshot webEric Klaxton (jazz piano, composition, audio engineering) performs frequently with many notable ensembles, including The Soggy Po Boys, Sojoy, OurBigBand, and composes and arranges for a number of his own groups. He earned his BA in Saxophone Performance at the University of New Hampshire where he studied jazz harmony with Mark Shilanksy, arranging with Mike Annicchiarico, and worked with such inspiring visiting artists as Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Terell Stafford, Jimmy Heath, and Stjepko Gut. Eric enjoys the arts across a broad spectrum, seeking inspiration from the works of great philosophers, classical composers, modern authors, directors, and visual artists.

Zeb Cruikshank

Zeb CruikshankZeb Cruikshank (jazz, blues and rock guitar) performs and teaches in musical genres ranging from blues and classic rock to acoustic fingerstyle, jazz, and classical guitar. Most recently he was a full-time guitar faculty member at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. He holds a Bachelor’s in Guitar Performance from McNally Smith College of Music, with further studies in their advanced Artist Diploma program. Zeb has recorded 5 albums, and opened for national acts such as Maceo Parker, Living Colour, Semisonic, Firehouse, and Chris Duarte. In Minneapolis he was known for his original jazz fusion project The Zeb Cruikshank Band, his acoustic duo Jess & Zeb, and classic rock band The Brute Squad.

Matt Davis

matt davis headshot webMatt Davis (trumpet) received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Southern Maine and a master’s in music education from Plymouth State University, studying with Betty Rines and Trent Austin. He performs throughout New England in classical, jazz, and musical theater ensembles, including Freese Brothers Big Band as lead trumpet. Matt is the director of instrumental music at Bow Memorial School, where he teaches all instrumental performing groups including concert band, jazz band, and string ensemble. In 2017, Matt was named Outstanding Young Band Director of the Year by the NH Band Directors Association. 

Tim Gilmore

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Tim Gilmore (percussion) holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and Music from Salem State College, with additional studies in composition and performance at Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the Harry Skoler Jazz Quartet and has performed with many ensembles, including the Cape Ann Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, Boston Percussion Ensemble, and the Cambridge Harmonic Orchestra. Tim has shared the stage with Lester Bowie, Marion McPartland, Tower of Power, Tiger Okoshi, and Warren Vache, among others. His recordings include A Work of Heart, Reflections on the Art of Swing, and Conversations in the Language of Jazz on Brownstone Records.

Scott Kiefner

Scott Kiefner Liz Frantz croppedScott Kiefner (bass) is a Music School alumnus who graduated from McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montreal, QC, where he studied with Fraser Hollins and Chris McCann.  After college, he was selected for additional studies at the School for Improvisational Music Intensive workshop in New York City. He has since returned to New England, where he performs as an in-demand bass player with Jonathan Lorentz, Jim Dozet, Chris Klaxton, and many others throughout New England.

Matt Langley

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Matt Langley (saxophone, jazz ensembles) has studied with Lou Marini of Saturday Night Live, David Baker, Ted Dunbar, and Stan Strickland. He has recorded extensively with the Charlie Kolhlhase Quintet, his own group Color, with pianist Pandelis Karayorgis’ group System of 5, and with Mike Effenberger's weirdturnpro. Mr. Langley has also shared the stage or recording studio with Ron Carter, Richie Cole, Fred Hersch, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood, Matt Wilson, Tiger Okoshi, Roswell Rudd, Dave Douglas and many others. He also teaches at the Shaker Road School, and the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center.

Kent Allyn

kent allyn headshot webKent Allyn (jazz piano, guitar, bass, concerts & workshops) holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of New Hampshire. He performs and records with Ben Baldwin and the Big Note, Sarah Bauhan, Lillian Buckley, Susie Burke and David Surette, David Coffin, Kathy Lowe-Bloch, Peggo and Paul, Steve Schuch and the Night Heron Consort, Cosy Sheridan, and T.J. Wheeler.

Christopher Roberts

chris roberts headshot 2Christopher Roberts (percussion) was born in Laconia, NH and by the age of 7 had developed an interest in music and, more specifically, the percussion family of instruments. Early on, his interest lay with the snare drum, then grew to also include drum set, timpani, marching percussion, and keyboard instruments. Mr. Roberts earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Plymouth State University, where he studied percussion with Tim Gilmore. While there, he also studied with Randy Hogancamp and John Floyd, and studied composition and arranging with Romeo Meloni and Rik Pfenninger. He has taught students of all ages at public schools in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Mr. Roberts has performed with the Tall Granite Big Band, Joy Spring Jazz, New Hampshire Pipes and Drums, Musicians of Wall Street, New England Wind Ensemble, New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, All New England Inter-Collegiate Band, and in various musicals throughout the United States. He is proud to be an Artifact Percussion artist.

Tom Robinson

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Tom Robinson (jazz piano, saxophone) received a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Capital University where he studied saxophone with Michael Cox and piano with Mark Flugge and Joe Hunter. He was selected for Ohio Music Educator's All-State College Jazz Ensemble in 1992-1993. Tom performs throughout New England as a sideman with several jazz groups as well as leading and writing for his own trio.