Jake Silverman is a GRAMMY-winning arranger, jazz pianist, jazz organist, electronic musician, composer, and educator. After an early history in classical and jazz piano and organ, Jake received a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Jazz Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music (MM) in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Jazz Studies Performance from the University of Southern California. He has had the distinct pleasure of studying and working with jazz legends such as Dan Wall, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Jay Ashby, Phil Markowitz, Jim McNealy, Dave Liebman, Alan Pasqua, Russell Ferrante, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, and others. Jake performs a multi-media project called Button Masher that brings together video game music, jazz, and other genres. For Button Masher, Jake uses Famitracker, Ableton Live, and other software to recreate and utilize the sound design of retro video games. Button Masher has received widespread recognition on social media from general audiences, as well as from notable musicians. Jake’s Button Masher project led to his GRAMMY® award with Charlie Rosen and the 8-Bit Big Band for their arrangement of Meta Knight’s Revenge from the video game Kirby Superstar.
Danae Greenfield is a pianist born and raised in Bellevue, Washington. As a mere 18-month-old, her tiny, untrained fingers tapped out sounds and patterns on the battery-operated, single octave toy keyboard given to her by her parents. Playing this color-coded keyboard marked the start of Danae’s pursuit of music. At the age of six, she began taking classical piano lessons, switching to jazz at the age of 12.
After graduating from Newport High School in 2013, Danae moved across the country to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts on a full tuition scholarship. While in Boston, Danae had the privilege of sharing the stage with Chick Corea, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tia Fuller, and Jason Palmer. She has performed in venues such as the Paramount Theater, The Wilbur Theatre, the Golden State Theatre, and Tula’s Jazz Club, among others. Danae graduated from Berklee with a Bachelors of Music Degree in Performance and Professional Music in May 2017, and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY, where she aims to develop her sound as a pianist and performer of creative music.