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Saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen has performed concertos with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Adrian Symphony Orchestra (MI), Sequoia Symphony Orchestra (Visalia, CA), University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Ensemble, Harvard Summer Pops Band, Ann Arbor Concert Band, and The Valley Winds (Amherst, MA). He has performed solo recitals at the Music by Women Festival at the Mississippi University for Women, Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Festival, U.S. Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, and the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, where he also premiered his music and dance film, Silence.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Hulting-Cohen performed with David Shifrin at Chamber Music Northwest, and Michael Gordon’s Yo Shakespeare at Carnegie Hall under John Adams and David Robertson. With harpist Jennifer R. Ellis and the Admiral Launch Duo, Mr. Hulting-Cohen has commissioned eight works for this unusual instrument combination, including 2017 commissions from Angélica Negrón and Gregory Wanamaker. They have performed at the San Francisco Center for New Music, Listening to LadiesConcert Series (Kalamazoo, MI), Northwestern University New Music Conference, Five College New Music Festival, North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at Texas Tech University, Michigan State University, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, University of Hartford, and Schenectady County Community College. The pair have also been four-time residents at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH, and were featured performers at the 2017 American Harp Society Summer Institute (St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN) and International Harp Festival (Danville, CA). Their first album will be released on Albany Records in 2018.

Mr. Hulting-Cohen also is a founding member of the vaudeville-inspired saxophone sextet, The Moanin' Frogs. The group has performed their memorized and choreographed shows of classical, jazz, pop, and Americana tunes nationwide and internationally, including a series of performances in France in 2015. Later that year, Conn-Selmer, Inc. and D’Addario Woodwinds invited The Moanin’ Frogs to join their educational rosters, and have since facilitated performances and woodwind master classes at the 2016 Texas Bandmaster’s Association Conference, Youth Bands of Atlanta, Temple University, Youth Bands of Marywood (PA), Mansfield University (PA), and in Mountain Home, AR. In 2017, The Moanin' Frogs also served as faculty at the inaugural PhoenixFest Grande Summer Saxophone Clinic at Eastern Michigan University. Their first CD is scheduled for release in 2017 on the Teal Creek Music Label.

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has presented master classes at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Youngstown State University, and Schenectady County Community College, as well as the 2017 North American Saxophone Alliance Region 8 Conference. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees under Donald Sinta at University of Michigan, where he won the University of Michigan Concerto Competition and performed concertos with University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, Concert Band, and Chamber Choir. He completed additional studies at the Université Européenne de Saxophone (Gap, France), Fundación Ortega y Gasset (Toledo, Spain), and Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (Mysore, India). His additional mentors have included Timothy McAllister, Jonathan Kammer, Dragan Petrovic-Chupinsky, Wendell Hobbs, and Ken Ulansey. Jonathan is a Conn-Selmer and D’Addario Woodwinds Artist and performs on Selmer (Paris) saxophones and D'Addario Reserve reeds.

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