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JWJWO 2016


Saxophone Section:

Anni Thomsson (Finland)

Ambroos De Schepper (Belgium)

Emilio Nunzio Tritto (the Netherlands)

Louisa Williamson (New Zealand)

Ori Jacobson (Israel)


Trombone Section

Armando Vergara (USA)

Paco Andreo (France)

Toby Ekpunobi (USA)

Siyasanga Charles (South Africa)


Trumpet Section:

Alba Careta Arnaus (Spain)

Christopher Kerr-Barr (Canada)

Felix Ecke (Germany)

Magnus Aannestad Oseth (Norway)

Valdemar Kusan (Croatia)

Rhythm Section:

Ivar Roban Krizic (Croatia)

Kyon Williams (USA)

Rokas Jackunas (Lithuania)

Isaiah Thompson (USA)

Vid Jamnik (Slovenia)


Luis Bonilla (USA)


Luis Bonilla (USA) has been selected to lead this year's JM Jazz World. Bonilla, a California raised, Costa Rican trombonist, composer and arranger, has taken in and mastered an incredible array of musical styles. His success as a sideman with such greats as McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Astrud Gilberto, Willie Colon and Toshiko Akiyoshi attests not only to the skill and variety of Bonilla’s talent, but also to a mind restlessly committed to exploring some of the most complex and demanding music of our time. He is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra under Arturo O’Farrill’s direction (both 2009 Grammy winners) and the group Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy. Besides a busy performance/masterclass schedule year-round, Bonilla is a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory.


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