Mason Howell is a Denver based guitarist and composer who melds straight ahead swing and bebop with modern language to create a unique style in jazz. A graduate of the Denver School of the Arts, Mason is a senior at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he has had the opportunity to study with some of Colorado’s finest jazz veterans. In his private study, Mason has been fortunate enough to study under Sean McGowan, Tuck Andress, Corey Christiansen, Drew Morell, and others. Mason is an active performer throughout the front range, and has also performed in several music festivals across the country.
Tom Amend is a organist, pianist, composer, and arranger from Denver, Colorado. Performing and recording often throughout the Rocky Mountain Region in various settings as both a leader and a sideman he can be heard with with Colorado based Soul/Blues artists: The Burroughs and the Taylor Scott Band. Tom was selected as a semifinalist for the American Jazz Pianist Competition in 2014 and 2015, and was a finalist in concert in 2017. He also received third place at the 2015 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. Amend received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition at the University of Northern Colorado. Through his association with UNC, Tom has performed with nationally recognized UNC Lab I, UNC Vanguard Combo, and Vocal Lab. As a member of these ensembles, he performed with, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Julia Dollison, Jeff Hamilton, Joey DeFrancesco, Groove For Thought, Greg Gisbert, Deborah Brown, John Fedchock, Louis Hayes, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan and others. Tom is currently an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Northern Colorado. [Organizer's description]