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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 since 1994.

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 Donna.

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.



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