Pathways To Jazz is an organization dedicated to assisting talented musicians of all ages in the creation and production of new jazz recordings. To date, Pathways To Jazz has funded 36 musicians over the past four years plus an additional ten will be funded in this fifth year. Awards go to developing musicians at the start of their careers, seasoned professionals with successful recordings under their belts, and everyone in between. All Colorado jazz musicians are welcome to apply for funding.
Featuring: Rico Jones – saxophone, Vlad Girshevich – piano, Greg Gisbert – trumpet, Bill McCrossen – bass, Paul Romaine – drums, Sam Williams – sax, Tom Gershwin – trumpet, Emily Takahashi – piano, Bill McCrossen – bass, and Art Lande – drums
Emily Takahashi has become a member of the improvisational group BoyGirl Band, founded by jazz legend Art Lande. The group has two recordings, Drop Your Leotards (2004) and Down the Corridor(2008) and has performed extensively in Colorado and New Mexico. In 2009.
Rico Jones, a Colorado native, first picked up the alto saxophone at age 11 while in the fifth grade. Before even learning to read music it became clear that he had a keen ear for melodies and, learning songs by ear. In his first year at Denver School of The Arts Rico was formally introduced to jazz music through clinics and performances by such notables as Curtis Fuller and Kneebody. He’s now living and performing in New York City while attending Manhattan School of Music.