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Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophonist, cuts a distinct profile; a person of diverse interests, his musical activities place him at the crossroads of many unexpected fields and genres.

He has been a concerto soloist alongside principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performed under John Adams and David Robertson at Carnegie Hall. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed internationally, including at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Colburn’s Thayer Hall, and at SaxOpen 2015 in Strasbourg, France.

Jonathan is passionate about contemporary music, and regularly collaborates with living composers. With harpist Jennifer R. Ellis, he has commissioned eight pieces for saxophone and harp. Recent highlights for the pair–called Admiral Launch Duo¬–include performances at Northwestern University New Music Conference, Milwaukee and Racine Art Museums, and a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire. His vaudeville saxophone sextet, The Moanin’ Frogs, have appeared internationally, including at the Kennedy Center and in eight performances in and around Strasbourg, France, as part of the 17th World Saxophone Congress. The group, for which he arranges and composes original music, was recently featured on Detroit Performs, a nationally aired series of Detroit Public Television.

Beyond his activities as a saxophonist, Jonathan led an ambitious interdisciplinary performance project combining dance, music, visual art, and performance technology. Together with artists Cori Lewis, Eric Sheffield and composer David Biedenbender, he directed and produced a film version of the work entitled Silence that premiered in 2015 at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.

Jonathan was named Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014. Along with Felipe Salles, he has continued and reimagined the New England Saxophone Symposium, in his first year founding two high school saxophone competitions and hosting sensational guest artists, Rudresh Mahanthappa and Dr. Robert Young. His own studies were with Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan. He is a Conn-Selmer Artist and performs on Selmer (Paris) saxophones.

Personal website: jonathanhultingcohen.com


A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Felipe Salles is an Assistant Professor at of Jazz and African-American Music Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2010.

An active musician in the US since 1995, he has worked and recorded with prominent jazz artists, including Randy Brecker, David Liebman, Lionel Loueke, George Russell, Gunther Schuller, Sam Rivers, Herb Pomeroy, Jerry Bergonzi, Jovino Santos Neto, Oscar Stagnaro, Duduka Da Fonseca, Maucha Adnet, Tony Lujan, Luciana Souza, and Bob Moses. Before coming to the U.S., Felipe Salles performed with numerous Brazilian artists such as Daniela Mercury, Paulo Moura and Wagner Tiso. He has toured extensively in Europe, North and South Americas, India and Australia, both as a sideman and as a leader of his own group.

Salles was a 2009-2010 winner of the French American Jazz Exchange Grant from the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) and Chamber Music America, and a 2005-2006 winner of the Chamber Music America New Works: Creation and Presentation Grant Program, both grants sponsored by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He was awarded First Place in the 2001 Concurso SGAE de Jazz "TETE MONTOLIU", 2001, with his composition The Return of The Chromo Sapiens.

Felipe Salles has had arrangements and compositions performed by The Metropole Orchestra, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Violas, Meta4 String Quartet, University of Massachusetts Amherst Jazz Ensemble I and Studio Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra, New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra, and New England Conservatory Jazz Band.

Felipe Salles’ fifth release, Departure, on the Capri/Tapestry Label, has received raving reviews. In its four star review, Downbeat Magazine calls Felipe’s music “crafting pieces that juggle intriguing complexity with buoyant rhythms and lush colors” and describes “his success in translating that approach to a more nimble small band without losing any of the richness or diversity.” A feature review on JazzTimes Magazine says “Felipe Salles blends the visceral and the cerebral on his fascinating fifth album, infusing classical modernist strains with the buoyant rhythms of his Brazilian homeland.” His sixth album, Ugandan Suite (Tapestry), has been described by jazz guitarist extraordinaire Lionel Loueke as follows: “This is one of the best progressive works I have heard in a long time. What a great blend of classical, African and Jazz music! The compositions and the arrangements are so well done, and in the most natural way. This music needs to be heard by the largest audience possible.” Both CDs made to DownBeat’s best albums of the year list in 2013 and again in 2014.

Dr. Salles is a D’Addario Woodwinds Select Reeds Artist/Clinician and an Andreas Eastman Saxophones Artist/Clinician. He currently works as a member of the New World Jazz Composers Octet, Kyle Saulnier's Awakening Orchestra, Alex Alvear's Mango Blue and Gonzalo Grau's (Grammy Nominated) La Clave Secreta. Salles holds a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory and is the first candidate ever to graduate with a Doctoral Degree in Jazz Advancement from the Manhattan School of Music.

Personal website: sallesjazz.com