The Orlando Jazz Workshop is very lucky to have great staff members from all around the Orlando area. These members will be giving master classes as well as help run combos and big band rehearsals!
Alain Bradette is a French/Canadian saxophonist-composer, and educator from Montreal.
He picked up the saxophone at an early age after hearing the Count Basie Orchestra. He has been a freelance musician for many years in his home town playing with many artists from different styles of music. He also did a lot of studio sessions for solo recording artists, jingles, and tv appearances.
In 1998 Alain joined the Cirque Du Soleil's production La Nouba in Orlando FL where he's playing multiple reed instruments and keyboard...he was also backup band leader on this show that performed more than 9000 times for millions of spectators. In 2005 Alain released his well received first independent solo recording title "State Of Mind". In 2014 he composed music for the Brazilian production "Ruda, Um Sonho Real" from the Circo Ruda circus. A show blending circus art, theater and dance, It toured in Brazil for more than two years and received very positive critics. The soundtrack of this show has been released in 2017. Also for Circo Ruda, Alain composed the music for their 2018 new production Marabá...a touring big top show. Based in Florida, Alain is presently freelancing.
Thomas Milovac is a bassist, composer, and arranger residing in Jacksonville, FL. His music encompasses elements of jazz, classical stylings, and the avant- garde over various projects ranging from music for solo bass to large ensemble pieces. He has worked with artists such as Vincent Gardner, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Sean Hamilton, Jim Ivy, and others. He is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida.
James Zito is a New York based Guitarist, Composer, and Educator. A native of Orlando, Zito has distinguished himself as a soulful player beyond his years. He is described in Artslife magazine as “The natural”. Some of his most notable accomplishments range from performing in New York’s finest jazz clubs to being the youngest member of the Dr. Phillips Jazz Orchestra. He plays alongside some of the top rated musicians in Florida and New York including: Rodney Whitaker, Michael Dease, Dan Jordan, Leon Anderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Dick Oats, and many more.
Paul Parker is a drummer based out of Orlando Florida. He studied music at the American Conservatory in Chicago and freelanced there and the midwest for several years before locating to Florida in 1986. He has performed with multiple popular artists including Michael Andrew, Swingerhead, The Atomic Big Band, Patrick Moraz, Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band, Ronnie Leigh, Danny Jordan, Nelson Riddle and the Les Brown Orchestra’s to name a few. Paul currently freelances and is a member of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra as well as teaching drum set and percussion at the Osceola County School for the Performing Arts.
Sebastian Dones is a young and upcoming jazz musician from the central Florida area. He’s currently a student at the University of North Texas where he attends one of the worlds most distinguished Jazz Divisions and studies from renowned Alto saxophonist Brad Leali, bassist Lynn Seaton, and drummer Quincy Davis. Sebastian has played with the one and only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Space coast jazz orchestra, Orlando Jazz orchestra, North Texas Latin Jazz lab, Basically Basie Big Band to name a few and has learned from/worked with world class musicians Chad Lefkowtiz-Brown, Brad Leali, Bob Sheppard, Marquis Hill, John Beasley, Frank Wosar, Michelle Maihlot, Jimmy Heath, Quincy Davis, and Todd Delgiudice. He also plays with his own small Group “Dones Collective”. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree in jazz studies at the University of North Texas, Sebastian plans to begin his masters degree in schools near New York or Los Ángeles.