Michael Ragonese - piano
Shai Golan - sax
Gary Pratt - bass
Andres Salazar - drums
Michael Ragonese is quickly emerging as an in demand pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. His group with Shai Golan took top honors at the Reno and Monterey Jazz Festivals, also receiving the “Best College Performer” award at the Reno Jazz Festival. Michael has performed with jazz greats Bennie Maupin, Charnett Moffett, Alphonso Johnson, John Daversa, Louis Cole, Walter Smith III, David Binney, Bob Reynolds, and Bob Sheppard.
Shai Golan is an Israeli saxophonist residing in both New York and Los Angeles. He has performed David Binney, Billy Childs, Steve Wilson, Walter Smith III, Chris Potter, David Liebman, Nate Wood, Louis Cole, and John Daversa. He was the 2016 Vandoren Emerging Jazz Artist Competition winner and won Best Soloist and Arranger Awards from the 2015 Amsterdam Keep An Eye International Jazz Competition. He is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young jazz saxophonists in the country.