Per and Tamara Danielsson
A native of Seattle, Washington, saxophonist Tamara Danielsson began her formal training at the age of 13, studying with Seattle's legendary sax teacher, John Jessen. By the time she graduated from High School, NAJE's "New Young Talent Award", a Downbeat Student Recording Award, a guest soloist spot with the Cal-State Northridge Jazz Ensemble at the NAJE Conference in New Mexico, and a standing ovation for her performance at the Montreux International Jazz Festival were just a few of the many awards and accolades she had earned.
Tamara headed south to Texas when she received the Rich Matteson Jazz Scholarship to attend North Texas State University, and quickly won a spot as lead alto saxophonist in the award winning, Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band, and shared the stage with such jazz notables as Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams, Randy Brecker and Lou Soloff.
As a soloist, her playing has been heard from the stages of Stockholm's Fasching Jazz Club, Italy's Umbria Jazz Fest, and South Africa's International Music Fest, to South Florida's Sun Fest. Currently fronting her own group with pianist/composer Per Danielsson, Tamara's music can be heard on her solo CD "So It Goes".
Jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator, Per Danielsson is a native of Stockholm, Sweden. Per was exposed to the sounds of Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans at an early age. After formal piano studies in Sweden, his love of jazz brought him across the ocean to attend the internationally acclaimed North Texas State University. His career has included performances with many leading jazz artists and entertainers such as Rich Matteson, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Rosemary Clooney, Don Braden, Lynn Seaton, Bobby Shew and Maureen McGovern.
After 15 years as a professional musician, Per completed his Master's degree in jazz studies, composition and arranging studying with one of the finest composer/arrangers of today, Chuck Owens.
Now as an educator as well, Per teaches jazz piano at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He also shares his musical experience and expertise with students of all ages who participate in Hard Rock Academy's educational programs. His current projects include trio and quartet recordings with jazz great Danny Gottlieb. Per also shares his knowledge in current publications by Mel Bay including Essential Jazz Lines of Bill Evans, and First Lesson - Piano.