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Peter Bernstein: Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. During that time he has participated in numerous recordings and performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, Peter has released nine albums and a DVD. As a sideman Peter has appeared in groups led by Sonny Rollins,
Bobby Hutcherson, George Coleman, Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Fathead Newman, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Diana Krall, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb and many more. Current projects include his album, Monk, with Doug Weiss and Bill Stewart, a recently released solo record, Solo Guitar – Live at Smalls, and the highly acclaimed organ trio with organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart.
Mike Rud is a jazz guitarist and music teacher currently living in Montreal. Mike was 11 when he first picked up the guitar and by age 18, his interest had focused specifically on jazz. In 1988, he completed a performance diploma at Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan College, and proceeded on to a Bachelor of Music degree at Montreal’s McGill University, graduating in 1992. In 1994, Mike attended the Banff International Jazz Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts, studying with greats of modern jazz such as Don Thompson and Norma Winstone. This led to an opportunity to study in New York with the jazz guitar master Jim Hall in 1995. In 1996, he returned to Montreal for his Masters’ degree at McGill.
Mike has performed with Herb Ellis, Kenny Wheeler, Chuck Israels, Randy Brecker, Ralph Bowen, Joe La Barbera, Guido Basso, Ian MacDougal, P.J. Perry, Tommy Banks, Denzal Sinclaire, John Stetch and many others. He has three CDs of his own out, Whyte Avenue , Chimbe, and Live from Lotusland, and is a guest on several other CDs.