“Snotty Pippen” is a project of original modern jazz compositions by Bryan McAllister, featuring densely orchestrated contrapuntal writing juxtaposed with minimalist grooves and textures.
Levi Saelua – Alto Saxophone
Brandon Sherman – Trumpet
Bryan McAllister – Piano
Zack Teran – Bass
Miguel Jimenez-Cruz – Drums
Levi Saelua was born in San Francisco, CA. He began his musical studies at age 6 with the Sacramento Taiko Dan under the direction of Tiffany Tamaribuchi. At age 9, he began studying the saxophone and, five years later, arranged his first piece for jazz combo while attending Rio Americano High School. Upon graduating from Rio’s prestigious jazz program, Levi furthered his music education at the Eastman School of Music, studying saxophone with Chien-Kwan Lin, Jose Encarnacion, and Charles Pillow, and jazz composition with Bill Dobbins and Dave Rivello. As a student at Eastman, Levi had the opportunity to work with artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Dennis Mackrel, Ryan Truesdell, Byron Stripling, Jeff Beal, and many others. Levi has performed in theaters and concert halls all over North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He currently resides in Sacramento, CA.
Brandon Sherman, a native of Southern California, has been performing music for 20 years starting with violin and piano at age 4 and moving on to trumpet, French horn, and trombone in later years. He started at age 10 focusing on his main instrument, trumpet, and began studying privately with such names as Bobby Shew, Leslie Drayton, John Fumo, Howie Shear, New York Trumpeter Ralph Alessi, and other New York names like Brad Shepik, John Hollenbeck, Jason Moran, Ben Wendel, Shane Endsley and Jim Black. Throughout his high school years he played professionally on trumpet and French horn in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas with the Los Angeles Jazz Society, The Lane 29 Jazz Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Youth Orchestra, the Mike Stanley Wind Ensemble and many other groups. In 2002, Brandon moved to Reno, Nevada where he made a name for himself as a freelance musician, leader and sideman in a variety of jazz and improvisational music ensembles. While in Reno, he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada studying under Dr. Larry Engstrom, Dr. David Ake, and Peter Epstein. While at the University, Brandon developed a love for composition and began writing and arranging music constantly for Brass Quintet, Jazz Small Ensemble and Jazz Big Bands. In 2007, Brandon moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the California Institute of the Arts (graduated May 2009). While living in Los Angeles he has maintained a healthy performance and recording schedule. His compositions have been featured in venues all over LA, including being recorded at the Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio in Valencia, CA and in the famed Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood. In 2010, Brandon was a recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award. Though he currently resides in New York City, he still sustains a strong musical career in Los Angeles.
Bryan McAllister is a musician, composer, and bandleader from Rocky Mount, NC. During his time earning a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies at California State University Northridge, Bryan was active in the Los Angeles jazz and creative music scene. After completing his masters degree in jazz and improvisation, Bryan joined the faculty at UNR and has continued to perform throughout the country as a member of indie rock group The Tragic Thrills, as well as many jazz and improvisation groups.
Bassist, composer, producer, and instructor Zachary Teran lives in the Reno/Tahoe area, where he graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz and Improvisational Music. While in the Northern Nevada area he had the opportunity to study and play with the likes of Peter Epstein, David Ake, Hans Halt, Drew Gress, Ben Wendel, Esperanza Spalding, Ben Street, along with other notable jazz figures. After graduating, he moved to Boulder, Colorado where he quickly became a contributing force in the local jazz community. During his time in Colorado, Zack was fortunate enough to be able to play with Art Lande, whom he could eventually call a friend and mentor.
His career as a touring bassist has yet to slow down since 2006. Some of the more notable groups Teran has toured, recorded, and played with include: The Novelists, AZTeC, Chris Clark Quintet, Sol Jibe, Nico’s Mystery, Fiscus, and The Reno Jazz Syndicate. With these groups, Zachary Teran has had the opportunity to travel the world, extensively so in the United States.
Along with his career as a performer, Teran’s career as a composer has gained momentum as well. He wrote, performed, and produced the score for a feature length documentary, Inspire Hope, in 2016.
Miguel Jimenez-Cruz, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico has played the drums proffesionally since the age of 15 and is known for his versatility in many musical styles. He is a product of the Las Vegas Academy school of the performing arts and the University of Nevada, Reno.
Currently Miguel is touring with The Novelists, Zack Teran group and performing with Moondog Matinee. Only in his early 20’s Miguel is one of the most highly demanded drummers in the northern Nevada, California area.
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