Playing at Jambo Cat: Every None
Pete Fucinaro is a saxophonist from Omaha, Nebraska. He currently attends the University of North Texas where he studies jazz performance. Currently, he performs in the Two O’Clock Lab Band for the University of North Texas, and has his own project where he performs all original music called “Pete and Bill Save the World.” He performs regularly in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well as the Omaha/Lincoln area.
Ethan Ditthardt is a guitarist from Northern Virginia who has an extensive history of playing both classical and jazz guitar. In the world of classical guitar, he has taken lessons from the LA Guitar Quartet, Ana Vidovic, Jason Vieaux, Matthew Palmer, Julian Gray, and Professor Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University as a private student. He has received numerous awards including third place at the Eastern Music Festival Guitar Competition, first place in the Aguado Guitar Competition, and grand prize at the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition for Classical Guitar. Currently, Ethan Ditthardt lives and performs in the Dallas Fort Worth area in addition to attending the University of North Texas as a Jazz Studies Major and a member of the three o’clock lab band.
Alex Souris is a drummer from Denton, Texas. He has studied with Ed Soph and Quincy Davis at the University of North Texas, in addition to playing in the Three O’clock Lab Band under the direction of Tanya Darby. Alex plays regularly in the Dallas area with a number of original groups, and has been fortunate enough to perform with world-class musicians such as Brad Leali, Jeff Clayton, and Carmen Bradford. He just turned twenty this past May, and his favorite food is noodles.
Aaron Dutton is a professional saxophonist, composer, and educator based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Born in Santa Barbara, California, Aaron moved to Texas to study music at the University of North Texas. After graduating with a B.M. in jazz studies from UNT, Aaron went on tour in Australia with the 7-time Grammy-nominated One O’ Clock Lab Band, where headlined the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier, South Australia. Aaron can also be heard as a soloist on the band’s recent recording entitled “Lab 2016”. Lately, Dutton has been performing with his sextet, the Aaron Dutton Group, as well as Denton bands such as The Octopod, Family Tree, and the Anna Jalkéus Group. In the fall of 2018, he will begin a Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Dutton has had the opportunity to perform with notable artists such as Danilo Perez, Michael McDonald, James Morrison, Wycliffe Gordon, Troy Roberts and more.
A native of Manhattan, KS, Bobby Scharmann is a stylistically diverse bassist and educator with experience in a wide range of genres. Bobby currently performs in the bass section of Omaha Symphony, and is assistant principal bass in Lincoln Symphony. He was co-principal bass of the National Repertory Orchestra in 2017, and is a past member of Topeka Symphony.
In addition to his orchestral career, Bobby has performed jazz, rock, and pop throughout the United States, appearing at such venues as The Jazz Kitchen and The Chatterbox in Indianapolis, as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. He received two awards from Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards in 2015 for work with his co-led jazz septet JKS. The septet released their debut album “Moonflower” later that year, and has plans to record again in the future. Bobby was also invited to Ravinia’s Steans Institute Program for Jazz in 2014, where he studied with faculty Dr. David Baker, Rufus Reid, Curtis Fuller and Dr. Nathan Davis.