Jeff Greene/Human Motion
 
  Human Motion, formed in the spring of 2005, is a Chicago-based jazz quintet dedicated to playing improvised music, focusing particularly on the original compositions of its members. Led by bassist/composer Jeff Greene, the quintet features trumpeter Matt Holman, alto saxophonist Taku Akiyama, pianist Jordan Baskin, and percussionist Jon Deitemyer. With widely varying influences from Charles Mingus and John Coltrane to Bjork and the Roots, each individual brings his life experiences and love of music to every performance to create a cohesive and inspired unit. Human Motion draws from tradition while looking toward the future. Their debut album, "Human Motion", was released in September of 2005. It features ten original compositions and is available now on CD Baby!, iTunes, and in select Chicago-land Tower Records. For more information on Human Motion including upcoming shows and events, please visit www.jeffgreenemusic.com

Jeff Greene-
Originally from Jonesboro, Georgia, Jeff Greene began playing the acoustic bass just before graduating from high school. He recently completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. During his four years there, he studied and played with a variety of faculty members including David Baker, Bruce Bransby, Pat Harbison, Steve Houghton, Luke Gillespie, Tom Walsh, and Joey Tartell, in addition to playing professionally in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Jeff’s musical experiences are varied. He has played with rock bands, jazz combos, big bands, and orchestras. Upon graduation in 2004, Jeff moved to Chicago to continue working as a professional musician. In June of 2004 he was invited to attend the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia in Chicago. There he studied closely with David Baker, Nathan Davis, James Moody, Rufus Reid, and Danilo Perez, in addition to fourteen of his peers. In April of 2006 he was selected to attend Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Jeff’s quintet, Human Motion, recorded their full-length, debut album in June of 2005. It features ten of Jeff’s original compositions and was released in September of 2005. For his current schedule and other information, please visit www.jeffgreenemusic.com.

Taku Akiyama-
Taku Akiyama has become one of the most active alto/soprano saxophonists in Chicago. Akiyama has performed regularly with his own quartet/quintet and developed a distinctive style of music. In 2001, the Taku Akiyama Quintet was mentioned as a critic's choice by Neil Tesser in the Chicago Reader. He has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2001 and 2003, the North Shore Jazz Festival in 2002, and the Chicago Blues Festival in 2004. In 2001, he graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. As a freelance saxophonist, Akiyama has performed with a number of renowned musicians, including Von Freeman, Ari Brown, Ira Sullivan, Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, David “Fat head” Newman, Frank Wess, Monty Alexander, Robert Shy, Jodie Christian, Jeff Parker, Redd Holt, Orbert Davis, Barbara Morison, and Tatsu Aoki. Recently, he performed on the album of Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Project Big Band, Rob Parton's JAZZTECH Big Band, and the Redd Holt Quintet.

Jordan Baskin-
Jordan is a young, rising talent in the American music scene. Jazz has been his primary focus for several years, although he began his journey in classical music. After he completed high school, Jordan was offered scholarship to attend Indiana University’s School of Music. There he received guidance from noted jazz scholar Dr. David Baker, and classical training from Evelyne Brancart. Since college, Jordan has maintained a very active work schedule, and is solely supporting himself on his musical endeavors. He has four steady venues he performs at on a weekly basis and frequently makes appearances at Chicago’s oldest and most famous jazz club, the Green Mill. Some notable names Jordan is performing with currently or in the past include: Rob Scheps, Steve Coleman, Howard Levy, Mike Arnopol, Steve Davis, Dennis Carol, Marlene Rosenberg, George Fluddas, Kelly Sill, Linda Hoffman, Jeff Parker, Patrick Harbison, Jamie Abersold, Ari Brown, and Zach Brock. Jordan has had many career highlights including international tours to Europe and Canada along with multiple Midwest tours, attendance to the Banff International Jazz Workshop and Steans Institute at Ravinia. This year looks to be especially promising with several recordings scheduled, including Jordan’s own project, as well as multiple tours planned later in the year.

Jon Deitemyer-
Jon Deitemyer is a young, gifted musician with an insatiable appetite for improvised music. His interest in jazz and jazz drumming led to a full-tuition scholarship to the esteemed University of North Texas, where Jon studied under Ed Soph, and performed and recorded with the UNT lab bands, jazz singers, and countless small groups. It was at UNT that Jon was able to perform with such notable musicians as Bill Charlap, Slide Hampton, Brad Shepik, and Keeter Betts. Since completing his degree, Jon has participated in the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop, directed by Dave Douglas, and has toured with legendary bassist Lynn Seaton’s Trio. Currently living in Chicago, Jon continues to play, record, and write original music. He recently joined and completed a two-week CD release tour with Zach Brock and the Coffee Achievers to promote the new album, “Chemistry.”

Matt Holman-
Matt Holman (composer, trumpeter), originally from Tucson, Arizona, received a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies, with Performer's Certificate, from Indiana University in May 2004. He has performed as a soloist and member of many premier ensembles in the classical and jazz idioms, including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Tucson, the National High School Honors Orchestra, the Bloomington Pops, the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Tucson Jazz Orchestra, David Baker's IU Jazz Ensemble, and the ensembles at Interlochen Arts Camp. Matt moved to Chicago, Illinois in late 2004. Matt has received grants and scholarships from organizations including the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, DOWNBEAT Magazine, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Jazz Society, the National Trumpet Competition, and was recently awarded first place in the 2004 International Trumpet Guild's Jazz Improvisation Competition held at the University of Denver in Denver, CO. In the summer of 2004 he attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, led by music director Dave Douglas. Matt has performed with ensembles that have opened for Linda Ronstadt, AACM reedist Joseph Jarman, Liquid Soul, punk-rock deities Fugazi, and Wesley Willis. Among his freelance activities, he has been honored to be able to share the stage with such luminaries as Rebeca Mauleón, Clark Terry, Tim Reis, and most recently with Fred Hersch on his piece "Leaves of Grass." Matt has also performed in distinguished venues including Carnegie Hall and Constitution Hall. His past and present teachers include Edward Reid, Dr. Michael Davison, Joey Tartell, Marie Speziale, Dominic Spera, William Adam, Pat Harbison, and David Baker. A blossoming composer, Matt's music has been performed by the jazz orchestras of David Baker and Pat Harbison, the Monster Zero Orchestra, the 2004 Indiana All-State High School Jazz Ensemble, Dominic Spera and his septet, Marvin Stamm, Marie Speziale, and Ed Soph.