WHAT THE FANS SAY
~Fantastico!!!! Loved every minute! You and the band were perfect... Question: the next date is where?
Grace L., Charlotte, MI
~I had such a great time. What was really fun was standing alongside the audience and seeing their reactions. They were loving it and you!! Thanks for a wonderful evening!
Marcia B., Lansing, MI
~Gino, you'd have sold out the Wharton Center . . . and I predict you WILL.
Ron M., Redford Township, MI
~“We have seen you many times in Vegas but your concert at the Broward Center last Friday night was worth every mile of the drive; back and forth.”
Joseph & Connie Drbohlav -
Lee’s Summit. MO
~"I don't know what to say that will adequately capture what I feel. Our expectations of your concert were very high --- yet you somehow managed even to exceed them. Our mouths are still open. We are dumbstruck. We are starstruck."
Dr & Mrs. Rothe-Vero Beach, FL
~You sing from the depths of your soul and your music reaches the very core of my being. You are sensitive and passionate, charming and witty, and you look good and can sing, too! You were a huge success, and I am not at all surprised."
Elda Brown, New York, NY
ELDEN KELLY, Musical Director, Guitar
Graduate of Boston’s prestigious New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation in 2008. Songwriter/composer/arranger/performer and guitar teacher at Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School. Awarded full scholarship as assistant to Michigan State University School of Music Professor Emeritus Rodney Whitaker.
RON NEWMAN, Piano
Professor of music theory at the Michigan State University College of Music and director of the award-winning Lansing Symphony Jazz Band.
FRED ALHADDAD, Keyboard
Professor of Piano at Lansing Community College
ED FEDEWA, Bass
Principle bassist for the Lansing Symphony, and substitute for the Flint Symphony and has performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony. He is an instructor of classical, jazz, and electric bass at the Michigan State University Community Music School, Lansing Community College, Central Michigan University and Albion College. Received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Bass Performance. Awarded the Outstanding Performance award from the Notre Dame Jazz Fest.
JORDAN OTTO, Drums
Graduate of the Michigan State University College of Music, among the top drummers in Michigan and regular drummer with Gino Federici.
ROB SMITH, Trumpet
Assistant professor of jazz studies at Central Michigan University, graduated from Central Michigan University in 1986. Smith performs regularly on trumpet and saxophones throughout the United States, Canada and Europe with several notable jazz groups, including: The Woody Herman Jazz Orchestra, The Kirk MacDonald Quintet, The Steve Haines Quintet, The Jeff Haas Trio & Friends featuring Marcus Belgrave and Rob Smith. Smith recently toured with Terri Lyne Carrington, Nancy Wilson and Dianne Reeves in a tribute to Billie Holiday, performing on trumpet and tenor saxophone.
JONATHON GEWIRTZ, Sax/Clarinet
Saxophonist/composer with Layers: Lansing Community College Faculty Jazz Quartet. He has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Big Band and throughout the United States, Europe, and Brazil in various ensembles including classical, jazz, funk, R&B, and pop. He conducts multiple jazz bands and teaches a variety of music classes at Lansing Community College, Olivet College, and Hillsdale College including music appreciation, blues and jazz history, rock and roll history, music theory, and aural skills.
SHAWN BELL, Trombone
Trombonist and Michigan native Shawn Bell is active as a performer, composer, and educator throughout the Midwest. He holds degrees in Jazz studies from Western Michigan University and Northern Illinois University and has performed with Jazz greats such as Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, and Bobby McFerrin. He is a member of the LSO Jazz band.
YEN-JUNG CHEN, Violin I
Concertmaster of the MSU Symphony. Was born in Tainan, Taiwan, received her master degree from New York’s Mannes Music College in violin performance and Bachelor degree from Tainan National University of The Arts. As an active soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in Taiwan, Japan, France, Austria and United States. She is pursuing her doctoral degree in Michigan State University with Dr. Walter Verdehr.
ANA PAULA SCHMIDT, Violin II
Member of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and professor of violin.
ROMAN KOSAREV, Viola
Completed his doctorate in Viola Performance at Michigan State University in 2012. He has performed in the United States, Canada, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, and Greece. He served as a Principal Violist at the MSU Symphony Orchestra, Greater Lansing Symphony, Midland Symphony, and Battle Creek Symphony. Mr. Kosarev has been the Principal Viola at Windsor Symphony Orchestra since 2009.
LUSINE PETROSYAN, Cello
Pursued her doctorate degree in Cello Performance at Michigan State University in 2009. She is an active chamber performer and teacher. She often plays with Mid-Michigan Orchestras, as well as the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.