Mike Fortunato - Trumpet
Mike Fortunato is a native of Southern California, he has been a professional trumpeter and educator in the greater Los Angeles area for over a decade, with a prestigious private teaching studio based in Thousand Oaks, CA. His performance career has taken him around the globe and across the United States, performing in venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los angeles, The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and Copley Music Hall with the San Diego Symphony.
Derrick Elliott - Bass
Originally from Perkasie, Pennsylvania, Derrick began his career as a cellist. On the cello he developed an uncanny sense of touch and intonation which served him well when he switched his focus to the fretless bass guitar a year and one-half later. Throughout middle school and high school, he performed in the school orchestras and jazz bands and upon graduation in 2011, he was accepted into Berklee College of Music with a scholarship where he continued to grow and mature as a fretless player. He developed his voice and versatility at Berklee while performing in many different kinds of groups and styles. He now resides in Los Angeles, California and is pursuing his career by playing with various songwriters and groups including The Zeal Levin Group. He’s refining his writing and arranging skills with his progressive instrumental rock group, Alhazen.
Jack Kessel - Keyboards
Jack has been playing piano since the age of 4, learning both classical and jazz styles from an early age he has developed a deep love of various styles of music. After studying music in his hometown of Santa Barbara, CA, he moved to Cal State Northridge to attend the Jazz Studies program at CSUN. Jack has begun producing beats in addition to his masterful piano playing, expanding the influences in his music.
Gil Lopez - Drums
Gil has been playing drums almost his whole life, after attending Santa Barbara City College he became the drummer for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, touring the world before his 19th birthday. After leaving Glenn Miller, he moved to Hawaii and performed nightly on the Cajon and percussion for adoring crowds. Gil is living in Camarillo, CA, performing and recording