CRAIG YAREMKO ORGAN TRIO
A native of Clifton, NJ, Craig received his M.A. in
Music Education from Montclair State University and his
B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance from
the New School University, studying with
jazz legends Jane Ira Bloom, Joanne Brackeen, Joe Chambers, Eddie Gomez, Barry
Harris, Junior Mance, Cecil McBee, Ron McClure, Charles
Tolliver, and Reggie Workman.
Craig has performed along side jazz artists Gerri Allen, Helio Alves, Tim Armacost, Jerry Bergonzi, Paul Bollenback, Don Braden, Paulo Braga, Randy Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater,
Candido, Jimmy Cobb, Kermit Driscoll, Paquito D'Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Magnarelli, Hendrik Meurkens, Paul Meyers, Bob Mintzer, Rufus Reid, John Riley, Dave Samuels, Bobby Sanabria, Byron Stripling, Dave Stryker, Dave Valentin, and Ray Vega. Known for his impeccable section playing, he has worked with some of the New York area's finest big bands, including an almost nine-year run as the lead alto saxophonist with the Cecil’s Big Band (directed by Mike Lee) at the now-closed Cecil’s Jazz Club.
Other big band performances include Tommy Igoe and the Birdland Big Band, Diane
Moser's Composer's Big Band, the BMI Composer's Workshop (with Jim McNeely, Mike Holober
and Michael Abene), as well as the bands of Bill Mobley, Russ Speigel, Bill Warfield, and Joe Elefante (receiving national exposure in the Wall Street Journal and on ABC's Nightline). Craig has appeared on numerous albums, including three albums with the Nathan Eklund Group (Coin Flip (2010), The Crooked Line (2007) and The View From Afar (2006)), three with the Michael
Treni Big Band (Pop Culture Blues (2013), Boys Night Out (2012) and Turnaround (2009), all
featuring saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi) and Willy Dalton and the Real Deal Big Band (Real Deal Big
He is currently Adjunct Professor of Woodwind Techniques at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ and a member of the New Jerssy Music Educators Association
Originally from Ann Arbor,he began playing local jazz clubs at the age of 16 with local big band IIVI Orchestra, and also with the Benson/Drelles Qt. After High School he studied music at Oakland University in Michigan,where he got to study local jazz masters Sam Sanders, Marcus Belgrave, drummer Jimmy Allen, and Marvin”Doc”Hollady. After college he began working with Detroit saxophonist Larry Nozero,with whom performed at Montreux Jazz festival in 1980 & 1981. The following years he honed his craft studying with drummers Gene Stewart,and Gary Chaffee while working closely with an impressive array of musical masters, including the late trumpet giant Maynard Ferguson, vocalist Jean Carne, pianist Bob James, and saxophonist Tim Ries.. In 1986 he left the Detroit area to pursue his career in NYC and began a new chapter in his musical endeavors. He began freelancing with a wide array of artists from Ben E.King, Latoya Jackson,Jazz Guitarist Jimi Tunnell, Will Lee, Rufus Reid,and Saxophonist Bobbly Franchescini to name a few.
In 1990 he was a member of the band for the HBO comedy special “Robert Wuhl’s World Tour,” and from ’92 to ’93 he toured exclusively with Latin pop star Emmanuel(Sony Latin artist).
From 1993 to 1995 he was a member of the legendary Blood, Sweat & Tears with David Clayton-Thomas, and then moved on to tour all over the world for two years (’95 to ’97) with the international pop sensation Ricky Martin.During this time he began studies with latin percussion master Johnny Almendra,who expanded his knowledge of timbales, congas and latin music.He has been part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance theatre band since 2012.
Jonathon continues to do freelance performance and recording work in NYC.
Originally from Toledo,Ohio where he began his musical studies. After winning numerous awards from the International Association of Jazz Educators, DownBeat magazine and an array of festivals, Oswanski earned a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with noted pianists Harold Danko and Garry Dial. Within months of moving to New York City in 1992, he got a call from Maynard Ferguson at the recommendation of Tim Ries, a friend since the older saxophonist took the junior high jazzhead under his wing. He spent five years with Ferguson playing piano, keyboards and B-3, and managed to finish his undergraduate degree between international tours. Ferguson also featured Oswanski on two Concord Jazz albums, 1995’s These Cats Can Swing and 1998’s Brass Attitude, which includes two Oswanski originals (on the new album he revisits one piece, the gorgeous ballad “Milk of the Moon” that Ferguson hailed for “subtlety, colors, and beauty” hinting at “the writing of Gil Evans”). He has also collaborated with some of jazz’s most creative figures, performing with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Tim Ries and The Rolling Stones Project, Jack Wilkins and Mike Clark, Milt Hinton, Myron Walden’s Countryfied, Dave Berger and the Sultans of Swing, as well as popular music icons The Temptations, Aretha Franklin and Blood, Sweat and Tears. Vibraphone master Dave Samuels, the driving force behind the Grammy Award-winning Caribbean Jazz Project, launched the Organik Vibe Trio several years ago as a vehicle for collaborating with Oswanski, leading to the enthralling 2010 session Moscow. He also plays widely with Israeli guitarist Oz Noy’s trio with drummer Nate Smith, the Dan Willis Band with percussionist John Hollenbeck, guitarist Sheryl Bailey’s Trio, and Carl Fischer’s (Billy Joel) Groove Project. http://www.ronoswanski.com/