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Music Directors

Katie Thiroux /

Katie Thiroux is a bassist and vocalist of outstanding talent and determination. Coming from a musical family in Los Angeles, she was surrounded by music; beginning with violin lessons at age 4 then switching to the acoustic bass at age 8. While continuing her studies on bass, Katie explored both jazz and classical vocal styles; landing principal roles in the LA Opera and Opera Pacifica by the age of 10. Captivated by an early recording of Lionel Hampton, Katie was driven to pursue her love for jazz and began studying privately with jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton at the age of 12. In 2005 Thiroux began a mentorship with John Clayton that started at the Vail Jazz Party and later that year she received the Los Angeles Jazz Soceity award, "Shelly Manne New Talent." In 2006 was awarded the Phil Ramone Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of music which included full tuition and room and board. Upon graduation, Thiroux was asked to teach at the Berklee International School in Ecuador, Quito. She returned to her native Los Angeles and completed a Masters of Jazz Bass from California State University of Long Beach on full scholarship.

Matt Witek /

Originally from upstate New York, Matt Witek is a Los Angeles-based drummer. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2009, Witek furthered his studies by moving to Los Angeles to study under the tutelage of world-renown drummer Jeff Hamilton. Along with Hamilton’s mentorship, Matt completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies on full scholarship at California State University Long Beach in 2012. Matt’s musical approach to drums has caught the attention of today’s most prolific musicians. He has toured with the John Pizzarelli Quartet, Graham Dechter Quartet, Larry Fuller Trio, Katie Thiroux Quartet and worked with several artists that include John Clayton, Ben Wolfe, James Morrison, Ken Peplowski, Ralph Moore, Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Bucky Pizzarelli, Larry Koonse, Anthony Wilson, Tony Monaco, Tamir Hendelman, Bill Cunliffe, Mikan Zlatkovich. He has performed throughout North America, South America and Europe. Performance highlights include The Jazz Cruise, Marian's Jazz Room, The Allen Room, Earshot Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Sculler’s Jazz Club, Newport Beach Jazz Party, Catalina’s.