Pharez Whitted

Pharez earned a Bachelor’s Degree from DePauw, and a Master’s Degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is currently the jazz director of Chicago’s Youth Symphony Orechestra, and works with Jazz at the Lincoln Center and Ravinia’s Jazz Scholar program. Pharez band plays all over the world, members include Bobby Broom, Ron Perrillo, and Eddie Bayard. He has also performed with jazz musicians, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Elvin Jones, Slide Hampton, John Mellencamp, Roy Meriwether, The O’Jays, Lou Rawls, and Ramsey Lewis. In addition to playing the trumpet, Pharez is a producer, composer, arranger, and educator.


Bob Stewart

Bob Stewart received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, and holds a Master’s in Education from Lehman College Graduate School. He has performed and recorded with Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Charlie Haden, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Aretha Franklin to name a few. Bob has served as a panelist for the New York State Council of the Arts, worked as a consultant for JazzMobile, and a clinician for the Louis Armstrong Summer Jaz Camp in New Orleans. Currently, Bob holds a position as a professor of Jazz History at The Juilliard School.


Tamir Hedelman

Tamir holds a Bachelor of Music Composition from Eastman School of Music. He became the youngest musical director form Lovewell Institute, a national arts education non-profit organization. Tamir has performed with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Allen, Teddy Edwards, Warren Vache, Houston Person, Jeff Clayton, Nick Brignola, Phil Upchurch, Rickey Woodard, John Clayton, and Barbara Morrison. He resides in Los Angeles where he is on demand as a pianist and arranger, touring the US, Europe, and Asia. Tamir has received awards from ASCAP and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.