Belinda Moody : bass
Born in Brisbane, Australia 1966, I could not have imagined that living and playing music professionally in Amsterdam, Singapore, Thailand and Japan would be the path my life would take. Performing with Teruamsa Hino, James Moody, Ernie Watts, Luluk Purwanto and Carmen Bradford remain career highlights.
Tours through Italy, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Belguim, France, Australia and Indoesia with Rene Van Helsdingens Stage Bus project were eye-opening adventures in music and travel that are incomparable. Appearances at the Jakata Jazz Festival, Singapore Jazz Festival, Malaysia Jazz Festival and Bangkok Jazz Festival and jazz clubs throughout South East Asia as part of the Jeremy Monterio Trio span a 15 year collaboration.
Graduated at the Victorian College of the Arts (1985-1988), Diploma in Jazz Studies and inspired by the teachings of Brian Brown, Bob Sedergreen, Geoff Kluke and Gary Costello, years later their concepts remain a guiding force in my approach to music.
Performing original music is my passion. Writing projects have included; music for the OXFAM documentary film 'The Sacred Stones' in 2001 and Epic Whispers (string quartet, jazz trio & 3 vocalists) commissioned by the Melbourne Womens Jazz Festival in 2005. Composition is an enduring interest that ultimately ignites my connection with performing.
Home is now New Orleans, the architectural streetscape, the music, the serious pursuit of celebration, what's come before us, all so alive and commingled here.
Max Bronstein-Paritz : guitar
Originally gaining recognition at local blues jams in his home state of Vermont, Max began playing with local groups as a teenager. Through the mentorship of many teachers including guitarist Greg Clayton at the McGill Music School, he studied the jazz tradition.
Max considers himself fortunate to have played with legendary musicians such as Ellis Hall (Tower of Power) and Kenwood Dennard (Jaco Pastorious Trio), composer/trumpet player Taylor Haskins (Richard Bona band) as well as regular performances with saxophonist Dave Grippo from the Phish horn section and latin-jazz trumpeter Ray Vega from Tito Puente's band.
In 2016 he moved to New Orleans where he performs with Brass-a-holics and has performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in the gospel tent.