About the Artists
Nelson Devereaux is a saxophonist/woodwind specialist, composer and educator, originally from Milwaukee, WI. Since joining the scene in Minneapolis in 2007 as a teenager, Nelson has attempted to push the boundaries and contexts for the application of instrumental music with relation to the Saxophone.
Joe Strachan works as a freelance pianist, improviser, and composer in the Twin Cities. An MN native, Joe was a member of the Dakota Combo, MN All State Jazz Band, MN Youth jazz band, and was the two time scholarship winner in the Schubert Club Jazz Piano competition. Recent performances include appearances at the Icehouse jazz series with Adam Linz's Percheron, the Dakota, 89.3 the Current studios, and the Artists Quarter. A former student of Bryan Nichols, Joe graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013.
Brian Courage has quickly established a reputation as a prominent young voice on the Twin Cities jazz scene. Originally from Long Island, NY, Brian moved to Minneapolis in the summer of 2012 after finishing his studies at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI. A frequent performer at the Artists' Quarter during its final year, Brian played there with nationally acclaimed artists including Lew Tabackin, David Hazeltine, J.D. Allen and Walter Smith III. As a composer and arranger, Brian's two main groups are Courageous Endeavors, a quartet devoted to new original music, and Mountain King, a trio consisting of three upright bassists.
Miguel Hurtado was born in Minneapolis, MN, on May 9, 1988. He began playing drums at age 11 while attending Ramsey International Fine Arts Center. From the age of 14, he has been performing regularly at local venues and festivals including the Dakota Jazz Club, Artists’ Quarter, and the Twin Cities Hot Summer Jazz Festival with youth bands and with well known local musicians. Upon graduating from high school, he moved to New York City where he studied at the Manhattan School of Music under scholarship and gigged around the city. In May 2010 he earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Manhattan School of Music and is currently living in the Twin Cities.