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Current PipJazz Youth All Stars
Claire Altendahl (Guitar)
I began playing guitar at nine years old and took lessons from my father. I didn't really love jazz until I began gigging with my dad's friend in a quintet. At that point I decided I wanted to pursue jazz seriously and make a career in music. I hope to study guitar at Berklee College of Music in the future.
Until I joined PipJazz, I never had many connections with jazz musicians my age. I mostly played with and learned from older musicians, but when I started playing with the PipJazz Youth All Stars that changed. I have learned so much from the creative, and incredibly talented young musicians I am able to work with. PipJazz has presented me the opportunity to dive into the jazz community and connect with other local musicians. All in all I'd describe my PipJazz experience as inspiring. PipJazz has made me a confident musician, something that is not easily taught, but something that makes all the difference.
Edmund Catlin (Drums)
I developed an abiding interest in playing the drums at age eight. I received a drum set for my ninth birthday, and started taking lessons with Floyd Thompson, who taught Michael Bland (Prince’s New Power Generation, Soul Asylum) and Gordy Knudtson (Steve Miller Band). Jazz ensemble training under Solomon Parham ensued at Walker West Music Academy. In my senior year of high school I was the sole drummer for the Minnesota All State Jazz Ensemble, Minnesota Youth Jazz Band 1 big band, and was one of three recipients of the St. Paul Central High School Heiruspecs Scholarship. I am now studying Jazz Drums at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, and played my first PipJazz concert in May, 2015
Cymphony Jackson (Piano)
Cymphony decided to pursue music very early studying piano. She grew as a musician playing over five different instruments. Cymphony was one of five students initially accepted in the classical piano program at the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for Performing Arts in Dallas, Texas. In addition, Cymphony received plaudits for her band, Pure Cyte. As musical director, producer, songwriter and composer, she led the band to become winner of the International House of Blues Foundation Artist competition. Thus, Pure Cyte was recommended by the House of Blues committee to audition for America’s Got Talent (Season 8). Cymphony was the only student during her senior year in high school to showcase in three different categories.
The plaudits paid off. Cymphony was asked to perform with the legendary Johnny O’Neal at Smoke’s in New York City. She has also been seen as a quite learner in the company of musicians like Esperanza Spalding and Robert Glasper. She received a scholarship to McNally Smith College of Music where she currently studies keyboard performance. Since entering college, the jazz department has showcased two of Cymphony’s original compositions, and the R&B department craves more of her talent. But whether it’s jazz, R&B, funk, rock, or pop, Cymphony composes with humbleness and integrity. She is looking forward to sharing her artistry with everyone.
Glory Yard (Drums)
"Hello my name is Glory, I am originally from Brooklyn, NY but relocated to Saint Paul, MN to attend McNally Smith College Of Music. Music has been a part of me all my life. Even though I started playing piano, I knew that the drums were definitely my number one love. I have been playing for 11 years and I'm excited for the more years to come. " I began performing with Pippi Ardennia and PipJazz in 2016 and really enjoy it.