Sisters in Jazz, established by a program of the International
Association of Jazz Educators to promote the participation and opportunities for
women in Jazz, is a quintet comprised of winners of the Sisters in Jazz 2000
Collegiate Quintet Competition. The Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Quintet
is comprised of: Lisa Kelly, vocals; Ann Drummond, flute; Chihiro
Yamanaka, piano; Brandi Disterheft, bass; and, Karen Teperberg, drums.
Lisa Kelly - Vocalist, University of North Florida
Not only is Ms Kelly a fine performer with a budding career, but she is a mother of three, a
full time college student and a member of the National Honor Society. A
three-time Down Beat "Jazz Vocal Soloist" winner and twice taking "Most Outstanding Vocal Performance" at the Mobile Collegiate Jazz Festival, she is also the founding student president of the University of North Florida’s
IAJE student chapter.
Ms. Kelly was spotlighted on BET’s Jazz Discovery at the 1998 Clearwater
Jazz Holiday, and has performed with the University of North Florida
Jazz Ensemble I, the St. John‘s River City Band and the Larry Elgart
Orchestra. Her recording credits include three University of North Florida CDs, the
1998 IAJE/BMG project, "Taking Notes," and her own solo endeavor, "By
Request." Ms. Kelly is also actively involved in providing Jazz clinics
and presentations to elementary and high school children.
Ann Drummond - Flute, Manhattan School of Music
Ms. Drummond has been performing for nearly a decade, although she is only 19 years old. A
native of Seattle, Washington, she traveled extensively with the
Washington Middle School and Garfield High School Jazz Orchestras, garnering an
impressive assortment of awards for her outstanding solo abilities.
Her performances include a number of the world’s most prestigious Jazz
events, including Montreux, North Sea and the Lionel Hampton Jazz
Festival, where she has an unbroken string of top honors in the solo competition
Ms. Drummond’s creativity and instrumental prowess have won her fans
among audiences, critics and musicians all over the world, and both Down Beat
and Jazz Times have touted her as an emerging Jazz star.
Chihiro Yamanaka - Piano, Berklee College of Music
A native of Japan, Ms. Yamanaka has been extensively trained in both the Western Classical
and Jazz forms, with considerable performing experience in both arenas, as
well. Studying classical piano at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in
Tokyo and at London’s Royal Academy of Music, she received a grand prize at
the Gumma Fresh Talent Competition in Japan and performed Mozart’s Piano
Concerto No. 20 with the Kiryu Symphony Orchestra. She also worked as
an arranger/composer for the 1995 Japan National Olympics.
Studying at the Berklee College of Music since 1997, Ms. Yamanaka is a
recipient of both the Matushita endowed scholarship and the Liberace
Foundation Award. A semi-finalist at the Martial Solal International
Piano Jazz Competition, she has performed with Gary Burton, Steve Turre,
Curtis Fuller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Cindy Blackman and the legendary
composer/theoretician George Russell, among others.
Her own group, Speak Out, has performed at the Phoenix Jazz Festival and
she will be touring the Caribbean with noted flautist Hiro Honshuku
later this year, sponsored by the McDonald Corporation.
Brandi Disterheft - Bass, Humber College, Toronto, Canada
At 19 years old, Ms. Disterheft has already begun to receive recognition as an up
and coming young bass player. Originally a native of Vancouver, British
Columbia, where she was an active member of its Jazz scene, she is now
continuing her studies at Toronto’s Humber College on a full music
scholarship. In addition to her freelance work in and around Toronto,
Ms. Disterheft performs with her school’s top Jazz ensemble, lead by the
renowned Canadian saxophonist Pat La Barbera.
With her own musical interests including playing Bebop, Funk and
Classical music as well as composing, she has toured extensively throughout Canada
and the United States.
With outstanding abilities in the educational arena, Ms. Disterheft’s
talents are already being scouted by the faculties of Humber, Berklee
and the University of Colorado.
Karen Teperberg - Drums, Berklee College of Music
Hailing from Kfar Saba Israel, Ms. Teperberg began her percussion studies at the prestigious
Rimon School of Music in Ramat Hasharon. An award recipient at past
competitions sponsored by the International Association of Schools of Jazz, she’s
also a former member of the respected all-female, Israeli-based band, Bella
Since her arrival at Berklee, the 23 year old percussionist has
performed with alumnus trumpeter Roy Hargrove, faculty bassist Richard Evans,
pianist Suzanne Sifter and trombonist Bob Pilkington. In addition to
her busy schedule on the Boston scene, she has participated in recording
projects both in and out of school and has produced CDs for some of
Israel’s top pop stars, including C. Hayman and Ronit Roland.
This Spring, she is touring with fellow Berklee student and Sisters in
Jazz Collegiate Quintet member, Chihiro Yamanaka.