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John Klayman woodwinds

John Klayman is one of the most-demand tenor saxophonists in the Northeast Ohio area. He is highly regarded as an all-around woodwind player and jazz soloist.

John began his professional career playing in a summer resort band in New Jersey while attending The Ohio State University.  After college, he joined The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow as a featured soloist.  After settling in the Cleveland area, Klayman’s reputation as an outstanding multi-reed player made him a first-call musician for pit orchestras and recording studios.  He is a charter member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and featured tenor sax soloist with the CJO. In addition, John is a charter member of JazzWorks (formerly Tri-C JazzFest SoundWorks), an 8-piece collective of some of the best jazz musicians in N.E. Ohio.  He can also be heard leading small groups in area clubs and concerts and has appeared as a soloist/clinician at numerous area high schools and colleges.

Aidan Plank bass

Aidan Plank studied the double bass with bassist and composer Dave Morgan, as well as with Kevin Switalkski of the Cleveland Orchestra. During his studies with Dave Morgan he also developed an interest in composing.

 

Aidan has performed in a wide range of musical genres with many musicians. Some performances and collaborations include: Dan Wall, Carol Veto, Joe Maneri, Frankie Avalon, Grease, Chubby Checker, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Unit, Jack Shantz, Howie Smith, Bob Fraser, Sean Jones, Matt Perko, Bobby Selvaggio, Dominic Ferannaci, Jackie Warren, Tommy LiPuma, The Case Baroque Orchestra, The Oberlin Baroque Orchestra, The Oberlin Opera, The Houston Ballet, Andy Hunter, Kevin Jones, Kip Reed, The Cleveland Ballet, Joshua Smith, Collegium Musicum, Cynthia Kaay Bennett, Daniel Lippel, Daniel Bruce, Paul Samuels, Bobby Stevens, Debra Nagy, Mary Larew, Aurora Nealand, J. Scott Franklin, Karel Paukert, William Bolcom, Real Time Opera, Randall Woolf, The Bits, Ladia Yates, Alexis Cole, Oblique Orchestra, The Jack Cameras, Gerald Clayton, Janis Siegel, Jim Rupp, Tom Tallitsch, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Carmen Castaldi, Roderick Dixon, Curtis Taylor, Nancy Kelly, Tia Brazda, Bruce Johnstone, Nia Drummond, Kenny Davis, Vanessa Rubin, John Jennings, Paul Roth, Wayne Bergeron, Jimmy Mulidore, Michael Stryker, Mike Lee, Nadav Remez, and many others.

Aidan has performed at Carnegie Hall, Severence Hall, The Knitting Factory, The House of Blues, The Beachland Ballroom, The Bop Stop, Blossom Music Festival, and other venues throughout the United States.

Carrie Klayman Singler violin

Carrie Singler is a freelance violinist/violist in the Greater Cleveland area where she has  performed with the Akron Symphony, Youngstown  Symphony, Warren Philharmonic, Heights Chamber  Orchestra, Finnfest Symphony Orchestra, Valley Lyric Opera, and Opera Per Tutti (Cleveland Opera  Theater). Mrs. Singler is a founding member of the Obsidian Quartet, a member of the Walden Players  and frequent performer with the Amethyst Strings. She was a featured chamber musician at the Erie  Festival of the Arts and has appeared in recital with Annie Fullard and Elizabeth DeMio.  In less traditional  veins Ms Singler has appeared with Michael Bolton, Gary Puckett and as a featured soloist with the  Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.

Ms Singler is in her fourteenth year as the Director of Orchestras and as a jazz educator in the Bay  Village City Schools where she has repeatedly been recognized as a “Superintendent's Best” educator.  She has established solo and chamber performance training as a key component in the string curriculum, has integrated crossover genres into the orchestra repertoire, and has infused the program with opportunities for students to interact with professional music artists from the Cleveland area and beyond.

Ms. Singler holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where she graduated with distinction and a Master of Music degree from Cleveland State University.  She studied chamber music with members of the Ying and Audubon Quartets and violin with Molly Fung Dumm, Lynn  Blakeslee, Marilyn McDonald, David Updegraff,  Stephen Majeske and Helen Richards.  Her primary jazz  teachers have included John Klayman, Harold Danko, David Baker, Rich Armandi and Aidan Plank. 

Jeff Singler cello

Jeff Singler is a professional cellist and educator based out of Cleveland. Mr. Singler teaches privately, and has also served as cello faculty at Youngstown State University and Ohio University. He  performs regularly with the Walden Players, Obsidian Quartet, Columbus Symphony, and Erie Philharmonic.  

Mr. Singler was formerly Principal Cellist of the Ohio Valley Symphony, and has performed with the Blossom Festival Orchestra, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Warren Philharmonic, and Youngstown Symphony, where he has filled in as Principal cellist. He has also been Acting Principal Cello in Erie, and frequently fills in as Principal or Assistant Principal in that orchestra.

Mr. Singler is an active recitalist and chamber musician, including guest artist recitals for First Night Canfield, the Bratenahl Chamber Music Series, the Youngstown State University Fine and Performing Arts Series, and the Cain Park Concert series. He has also been featured as a guest soloist with the Ashtabula Orchestra, The Butler Choral Society, The Salem Youth Chorus, the Canton Comic Opera Company, the Dana Symphony at Youngstown State University, and the Erie Philharmonic.

Mr. Singler has collaborated in chamber music performance with many renowned musicians, including Annie Fullard of the Cavani Quartet, John Root of the Juilliard School of Music, Liz DeMio of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and others. His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast over WYSU in Youngstown, WQED in Pittsburgh, and WQLN in Erie, PA. Several performances are available on YouTube as well.

In the popular vein, Mr. Singler has recorded with the Sony label, been part of the Final Fantasy Tour Orchestra, and has performed in concert with Amy Grant, Jordan Smith, and as principal cello for Clay Aiken, and Michael W. Smith.

As an educator, Mr. Singler has been cello faculty at Youngstown State University and Ohio University, and currently teaches cello and chamber music privately in the Cleveland area. He gives frequent master classes, lectures, performances and coachings to middle school, high school, and collegiate level individual students and groups in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, and has presented his clinic on cello tone and technique at the OMEA Convention. His private students have achieved success as principal cellists and senior soloists at their schools, have been members of All-Region and All-State Orchestras, Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. Students have gone on to successful careers in diverse fields, including music education, therapy, recording, and performance.

Mr. Singler holds degrees from Youngstown State University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has taken part in the Aspen Music Festival and the Bowdoin Music Festival where he was performing and teaching assistant to Peter Howard. His most influential teachers have included Michael Gelfand, Alan Harris, Mark Schroeder, Peter Howard, Richard Weiss, and Bryan Dumm.

Sunceray Tabler drums and percussion

Drummer and Cleveland native Sunceray "Sunny" Tabler began playing at a young age after a boy told her "girls don't play drums". She has been playing ever since. In her early years, Sunny has studied with Cleveland legends such as Bob McKee and Jamey Haddad. She participated in the Tri-C Jazz studies program and is an alumni of the Tri-C Jazz All Stars. Sunny attended Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music and she studied under instructors Billy Hart and Paul Samuels.  Her love of music is evident in her style of playing and her communication with other artists during performances.

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