The first 'Friend' is Bay Area native, pianist, composer, educator and past student, Jarrett Cherner. A graduate of the New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano Performance his primary teachers included Latin great Danilo Prez, Michael Cain and Jerry Bergonzi.
Touring nationally and internationally, he's performed at Jazz in Lima (Per), San Jose Jazz Festival, Sonoma Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, North Beach Jazz Festival and the Cape Cod Jazz Festival and clubs too numerous to mention. Active as a composer as well as performer, he received an honorable mention from the 2005/2006ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards. Relocating to the Bay Area in 2006, Jarrett played with groups such as the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and also ran a weekly jam session in SF in North Beach. Jarrett's teaching experience included the Talented and Gifted Hispanic summer program at UMass Boston, the JazzSchool's Summer Youth Program in Berkeley, the San Jose Jazz Summer Camp 2007, and as a faculty member at the Music Maker School in Acton, MA and Music's Cool in Londonderry, NH.
A multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and educator, most recently Marcia has performed with the Voices of Latin Rock at Arizona's Cesar Chavez Day Celebration. With skills that cross multiple genres she's the only female saxophonist/ flutist with Dr. Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, performing with Wayne Wallace's Rhythm and Rhyme, the Northern California Lighthouse Singers 25th Anniversary conducted by Helen Stevens and Stephen Roberts and the Montclair Women's Big Band. She's played at Monterey, Stern Grove, Sonoma, Fillmore Jazz Festivals and the International Association of Jazz Educators' Conventions with the African American Jazz Caucus AllStar Big Band (in 2004 was the Featured Artist with the Historically Black Colleges' University Allstar Band). Her last project-as-producer was Passing the Baton: the Miget-Redd Session Part 1 with legendary Bebop pianist, Freddy Redd. A Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, her performance pedigree includes multiple appearances with Carlos Santana, and such notables as Larry Ridley, Jimmy Cobb, Buddy Baker, Kenny Barron, Orestes Vilato, Frank Foster, Pete Escovedo, Donald Byrd, Tyrone Hill of Sun Ra's Arkestra, Freddy Redd, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Carl Perazzo, Phish, Wayne Wallace, John Santos, Babatunde Lea, Abel Sanchez, Jorge Santana and Prophet, Jaimeo Brown and Dartanyan Brown.
Based in the Bay Area, Miraflores Music School is a preeminent private school that has been the foundation for some of Marin's best musical talent since 1988, as current and graduated students, e.g. James Perdelwitz, Joelle Parrett, Jeff Derby, Jaimeo Brown, Alex Baky, J.J.Byars, Lou Wiskus, Robby Marshall, Isabella Quereshi, Zach Gunsell, Dan Birch, Bram Kincheloe, Elecia Strauss, Seth Paris, Kristina Hoffman, Andrew Capra and Salvador Santana.