Year Released: 2018
Originally formed as the seminal Dafnis Prieto Artist Prieto Ensemble at the Frost School of Music, accordingly, the ensemble principally performed original material and Prieto’s own musical works. Having formed close ties with their mentor and leader, and strong musical bonds as a unit, the group reorganized as a professional ensemble under the moniker Kairos Sextet. In September 2016, Kairos cut its first commercial recording project, Transition, with Prieto as executive producer. The studio session was book-ended by Kairos’s first multi-city tour with performances in Miami, San Francisco bay area, Monterey and Los Angeles, with appearances at several high-profile venues including two stage performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival and a live-filmed performance at the Blue Whale.
Kairos is comprised of a few of the Frost School of Music’s most star-studded alumni: on alto and soprano saxophone, Tom Kelley, a 2012-2013 Brubeck Fellow and award-winning composer; on trumpet Sam Neufeld, winner of the 2015 National Trumpet Competition - Jazz Division; on tenor saxophone, Sean Johnson, the ensemble's leader and producer of Kairos Sextet’s first record; pianist and keyboardist, Nick Lamb, a recipient of 10 Downbeat Student Music Awards and a host of music accolades; upright and electric bassist, Jon Dadurka, Director of Jazz Studies at Broward College; and drummer Johnathan Hulett, a 2013 Yamaha Young Performing Artist competition winner and recipient of 7 Downbeat Student Music Awards.
"Transition is a sure-fire winner and harbinger of greater things to come."- Mike Jurkovic, AllAboutJazz
"The sextet proves to have that desirable rapport that allows them to scintillate with creativity."- Jazz Trail
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