LHSOM GRAMMY Museum Affiliate Collective
The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is proud to announce the inaugural LHSOM GRAMMY Museum Affiliate Collective. Comprised of members from fellow University GRAMMY Museum Affiliates, this ensemble brings young musicians from around the world together to collaborate in the spirit of musical unity. In addition to the Lionel Hampton School of Music, this year’s members represent the University of Southern California, California State Los Angeles, Berklee College of Music, University of Chichester, Middle Tennessee State University and Temple University.
Dylan Band is a saxophonist based in Philadelphia where he leads the Dylan Band Quartet and co-leads the Philadelphia Ambassador Big Band. A former student of Larry McKenna and current student at Temple University, Band has earned accolades that have led to his performances at prestigious venues including the Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smalls Jazz Club, and Philadelphia Art Museum.
Drummer and composer Ivanna Cuesta Gonzalez is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Having previously studied at the Dominican Republic Conservatory, Gonzalez is now a student at Berklee College of Music where she participates in the Jazz and Gender Justice program directed by Terri Lyne Carrington. Gonzalez has performed at numerous world-class venues with artists such as Kris Davis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tia Fuller, and more. She formed The Unity Ensemble in 2017 and is currently freelancing with other performers across the U.S. Gonzalez is endorsed by the Paiste Cymbals family.
Josh Day is a jazz pianist and music education major studying at the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music. He specializes in jazz, pop, and funk genres and has worked professionally as both a performing and recording artist. Day takes great enjoyment in musical collaboration and is honored to be a part of the first LHSOM Grammy Museum Affiliate Collective.
Guitarist Kevin Hernandez is a first-generation Latino student majoring in Jazz Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Hernandez began exploring music at a young age, teaching himself how to play guitar and drums in various styles and genres native to Latin America. After being introduced to music theory and jazz in middle school, Hernandez began to expand his musical knowledge eventually leading him to focus on jazz guitar. Now studying with Dr. James Ford and David Askren at Cal State, LA, Hernandez enjoys playing a variety of music with other talented musicians.
Trombonist, composer, and arranger Ryan Kiernan is a Jazz Studies major at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Kiernan started playing trombone at a young age, and quickly discovered his love for jazz. He loved to experiment with different musical sounds on different instruments and eventually found his way to composing and arranging in the jazz genre. Kiernan enjoys pushing musical boundaries and is excited to explore them in the 2021 LHSOM Grammy Museum Affiliate Collective.
Bassist Jackson Mayhall is a freelance musician, composer, and teacher from Nashville, Tennessee studying at Middle Tennessee State University. Being influenced by artists like Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter, Mayhall seeks to bring swing music and jazz together with the music of the present. His versatile playing on both upright and electric bass has allowed him to perform with a variety of artists including Roger Humphries, Duffy Jackson, Billy Strings, the Kruger Brothers and more.
Jazz pianist Nicholas “Nico” Twine currently studies Jazz Performance at the University of Chichester Conservatoire. Throughout his life, Twine has studied various musical styles in the jazz and classical genres across the U.K., Spain, and the U.S., but his personal style of playing has been primarily influenced by Latin and fusion jazz subgenres. Twine is currently working towards his goal of becoming a film and video game composer.