BIO – FIVE STARS – THE TEAM:
RAYNALD COLOM – Trumpet and Musical Direction
Raynald Colom (Vincennes, France, 1978) is widely considered as one of the top trumpet players in the international Jazz scene. He is also one of the forerunners of the trumpet in Flamenco music. Colom has collaborated with great names in Jazz, Pop and Flamenco such as Greg Osby, Nicholas Payton, David Sánchez, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Al Foster, Jesse Davis, El Piraña, Chano Domínguez, Raimundo Amador, Vanessa Martin and Paco de Lucia to name a few. Artists such as Carles Benavent, Luis Salinas, Perico Sambeat, Chicuelo, Duquende or Juan de Juan have counted on him for their projects. He also participated in Manu Chao’s legendary “Clandestino” tour. He has toured the US, Europe and Asia, and has appeared in many of Europe’s top Jazz Festivals.
Raynald began his violin studies at the age of 4 to move on to the trumpet at the age of 8 with the soloist of L’Orchestre de Paris, André Spelitch. His family moved to Barcelona, Spain and, in his next formative years, he was fortunate to take private lessons with Roy Hargrove, Clark Terry, and Wynton Marsalis. He received a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music (Boston) and did his training in New York City. He has published six albums as a leader, and countless other recordings as a sideman.
Wynton Marsalis has said of Raynald: “… I want to comment on the earthy urgency and vocalizing soul of Raynald Colom’s trumpet playing. His sound is brushed with the “Cante Jondo” charisma that befits a man from Barcelona.”
FRANCESCO CAFISO – Saxophone
One of the most precocious talents in the history of Jazz, Francesco Cafiso was born in Vittoria (Sicily, Italy) in 1989, and started working with internationally famous Jazz musicians when he was only nine years old. Meeting Wynton Marsalis at the Pescara Jazz Festival in July 2002 was a decisive moment in Francesco’s career. Amazed by Francesco’s qualities, Marsalis took him along with his septet on his 2003 European tour: he was 14 years old!
From that moment on, Francesco went through a series of important experiences both in Italy and abroad. During his 20-year career he has had the opportunity of working with some of the great names of the past and the present of US and European Jazz: Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Jimmy Cobb, Ben Riley, Ray Drummond, George Mraz, Reggie Johnson, Lewis Nash, James Williams, Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, Joe Locke, Enrico Rava, Gianni Basso, Dado Moroni, Franco D’Andrea and many more. He has won many important awards in both Europe and the US.
FRED NARDIN – Piano
Born in 1987 in Saint Remy, Fred Nardin started on piano at age five, later joining the Conservatoire in Chalon-sur- SaÃ´ne, at first studying “classical” music and later joining the Jazz program, directed by Sylvain Beuf. At age eighteen he joined the Jazz & Musiques Improvisées department at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) getting his master’s degree in 2011 and studying with Hervé Sellin, Riccardo Del Fra, FranÃ§ois Therbege, Glenn Ferris et Dré Pallemaerts.
With his buddies Jon Boutellier, Bastien Ballaz et David Enhco, he created The Amazing Keystone Big Band in 2010. In 2017 he received the Django-Reinhardt award (French musician of 2016) from the French Académie du Jazz.
He has played, among many others, with Stefano Di Battista, Lionel et Stephane Belmondo, Fabrizio Bosso, André Ceccarelli, Evan Christopher, Jesse Davis, JoÃ«l Frahm, Rodney Green, Eric Harland, Scott Hamilton, Biréli Lagrène, Ralph Lalama, Didier Lockwood, Don Menza, Charnett Moffett, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Joe Sanders, Jacques Schwarz – Bart, Gary Smulyan, Veronica Swift, and Stochelo Rosenberg.
KRISTIN KORB – Bass and Vocals
Kristin Korb, born in Montana, US, earned her Music Education degree at Eastern Montana College and her masters in Classical Bass Performance the University of California, San Diego, California. It was while she was a student at UCSD that her professor, Bertram Turetzky, inspired her to sing and play bass at the same time. She also studied with Ray Brown, with whom she made her recording debut, Introducing Kristin Korb with the Ray Brown Trioreleased in 1996.
She has taught at the University of Southern California where she was coordinator of vocal jazz studies, Azuza Pacific
University, Grossmont Community College and was Director of Jazz Studies at Central Washington University. Korb is still very involved in educational outreach and teaches at universities, jazz camps and festivals with young students. As President of the International Society of Bassists, Korb was artistic director for the 2013 ISB Convention in Rochester, NY (Eastman School of Music).
She has performed and recorded with artists such as Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Bruce Forman, Sheila Jordan, Jan Lundgren, Alex Riel, Harry Allen, Otmaro RuÃz and many others.
FRANCESCO CINIGLIO – Drums
Born in Naples (Italy) in 1989, Francesco Ciniglio started playing the drums at age 6 under the tutelage of Maestro Sergio Di Natale. He moved to New York at the age of 21 and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz studies at the City College of New York. During the time he was based in New York, he was the drummer of the Artist Diploma ensemble at the Juilliard School of music, on a full scholarship.
He studied with John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Mike Holober, Dan Carillo and Scott Reeves, as well as taking private drums lessons with Gregory Hutchinson. Since the beginning of his professional career he was work with musicians such as: Aaron Parks, Joe Sanders, Shai Maestro, Dayna Stephens, Seamus Blake, Joel Frahm, Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley, Sheila Jordan, Melissa Aldana, Cyrille Aimee, Stefano Di Battista and many others. In 2019 he toured as part of the Wynton Marsalis group, appearing, among others, at Jazz In Marciac.