Mark Vandermyde is a classically-trained pianist and organist who began gravitating from Mozart to Miles upon joining his middle school jazz band. He studied music at Harvard University (where he was a classmate of Joshua Redman and attended master classes with Ellis Marsalis and Benny Carter), and locally with jazz pianist Tom Pletscher and composer Dr. Chris Granias. Mark has performed with various jazz and blues groups, sharing the stage with artists such as Charmin Michelle, Maurice Jacox, Billy Peterson, Dave Jensen, Dave Singley, Curtis Blake and Steve Vonderhaar. In 2007 Mark was a winner of the Eric Stokes Song Contest and performed A Lily For Skinner (featured on the album) with the renowned 'new music' group Zeitgeist. Fuzzy Math is Mark's debut offering of original material, centered on jazz while reflecting his diverse musical interests and influences. He hopes you enjoy the result, he certainly had fun in the process.
Jason Parvey is a freelance woodwind artist and teacher in the Minnesota Twin Cities area. He has performed with the Wolverines Big Band, Jerry O'Hagan Big Band, Bellagala Big Band, Cedar Avenue Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, Ronn Easton's All Star Soul Revue, The Irresistibles, The Brian Kinney Band, and Metro Retro Jazz. Jason has also worked with artists outside of the jazz genre, including Roster McCabe, Ari Herstand, Brother Ali, Gregg Inhofer, and the New Orleans Brass Band "Jack Brass." In the summer of 2006, he was selected from a nationwide audition tour to be a member of the Disneyland All-American College Band. While in the L.A. area, he had the opportunity to study with Dan Higgins, Sal Lozano, and Bob Sheppard. He also had the opportunity to share the stage with Wayne Bergeron, Rick Baptiste, Bob Florence, Jiggs Whigham, Alex Isles, and Matt Harris. In December of 2008, Jason received his Bachelor's of Music Performance on Saxophone from the University of Minnesota, under the tutelage of the esteemed Dr. Eugene Rousseau.
Matt Peterson's unique melodic and rhythmic approach to playing the bass has made him an important fixture on the Twin Cities jazz scene. He studied music at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and relocated to Minneapolis in 2004. He quickly became an in-demand bassist, and plays regularly with the Zacc Harris Trio, the Jana Nyberg Group, the Twin Cities Hot Club and Robert Bell's Hot Swing Combo. In addition, Peterson has shared the stage with such notable artists as Tanner Taylor, Jay Epstein, Arne Fogel, Nancy Harms, John Starkey and many more.
Haralds Bondaris was born in Latvia and began studying drums at a very young age. By age 16 he was performing professionally, and within a few years he had become one of the most sought after drummers in Latvia. After touring and recording with some of the best known pop and jazz artists in the Baltic region, he moved to the United States to explore a larger music scene and further elevate his mastery on drums. Today Haralds enjoys a successful drumming career based in Minneapolis, MN, where he has performed with hundreds of locally and nationally recognized musicians, including Anthony Cox, Bruce Henry, Cynthia Johnson, Debbie Duncan, Patty Peterson, Billy Peterson, Sophia Shorai, Tommy Barbarella, Estaire Godinez, Serge Akou, Jay Young, Eric Leeds, Clay Moore, John Della Selva, Adi Yeshaya, Lee Blaske, Brian Ziemniak, Phil Aaron, Peter Schimke, Chris Lomheim, Laura Caviani, Tony Axtell, Yohannes Tona, Jeff Bailey, Peter Vircks, Steve Clarke, Dave and Kathy Jensen, Wain McFarlane, Japhlet Bire Attias, and the band Ticket To Brasil, to name just a few.
Clint Hoover is one of a select handful of musicians to have mastered both the chromatic and diatonic harmonica, earning him a place in the Encyclopedia of the Harmonica. The Saint Paul Pioneer Press has described him as "ranking right up there in the small fraternity of harmonica players (Jean "Toots" Thielemans, Hendrik Meurkens, Howard Levy)." His love affair with the mouth organ began as a teenager when he stumbled across a Muddy Waters concert at his hometown state fair. He attended the Parsons/New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in New York City, and studied with renowned classical harmonicist Robert Bonfiglio. Today Clint's versatility across a broad range of American musical styles from pre-war blues and roots rock to modern jazz has made him a sought-after studio session player, and a highly respected educator in workshops around the country and as a longtime faculty member of the West Bank School of Music, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and the Homestead School of Folk Music.