...Marian Petrescu was born in Bucharest in 1970, and comes from a large family of musicians. He began to play the piano at the age of four, and studied in the classical and jazz conservatory in Sweden, followed by the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki. With his background of solid classical training, dazzling technique and dynamic interpretation, Marian Petrescu then got passionately interested in jazz, and the adventurous world of improvisation.
HOD O'BRIEN There are jazz legends and then there are the “underground of the jazz renowned” – those who, although not as well known to the general public, are hailed by critics, revered by their legendary peers, influential upon younger players and sought after by collectors and cognoscenti.
Kenny started violin lessons when he entered the first grade at age 6 in Madera, Ca. Although Kenny wanted to play the shiny trumpet, he was quickly informed that is mohter had alreqady called the school and chosen the violin for him.
Even though the violin wasn't his first choice, by the sixth grade he was inthe Fresno Kiwanis Youth Sympohony for two years, and by seventh grade he added the Fresno Philharmonic which he continued to be a member throught his senior year in high school.
Valerie Gillespie was born in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania, where at the ripe old age of eight she picked up a saxophone for the first time. She was paid for her first professional gig at the age of fourteenand has been playing ever since, though not strictly on stage.
Terry is one of the best all-around reed players and his dynamic career has enabled him to appear with such talented players as Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Buddy Morrow), Bob Haggert, Milt Hinton, Butch Miles, Warren Vache', Kenny Davern, Marty Grosz, Major Holly, Mousey Alexander, Flip Phillips, Walt Lavinsky, Bill Allred, John Allred, Wild Bill Davison, Chubby Jackson, Duffy Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Higgins, Bobby Rosengarten, Larry Elgart, Vince Giordano, and a host of others.