Meet the Band!
Stephanne Cunningham, Vocals
Stephanne Cunningham Ever since I was a little girl, music has been everywhere and everything to me. My mom raised me on Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips and the Temptations. I always knew it was an art form of which I wanted to study and be a part. I would sing to the radio an octave higher than the melody on every song until my mother said stop!!!! I was somewhat poor and didn’t buy music. Instead, I listened to my radio under my pillow every night (Sneaking it so I wouldn’t lose my radio!) and absorbing the soulful strains as I dreamed of singing on stage.
I was in my first band in Portland Oregon in the 80′s. It was an original and cover band until I whined loud enough to get to sing some soul music. We got a recording and publishing deal, which, of course, killed the band (LOL).
I had a family, lived my life as a mom and wife, but always missed singing. Singing in Mass Hipsteria is a dream come true, to return to singing and feel that magic I felt when I first heard these songs.
David Sharp, Vocals
David Sharp has performed on Broadway, in Hollywood movies and television shows as an actor, singer and tap dancer. He has toured with bands and performed alongside some of showbiz’s best. David also composes music, writes songs and is a published author. He is currently a professor and spiritual teacher who loves to rock the dance floor with Mass Hipsteria.
Alan Aluisi, Drums
Alan Aluisi Alan grew up in the Denver area, and spent 10 musically formative years with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. During this period, he received tutelage in the classic eastern rudimental snare drum style from several of the nation’s top snare drummers who were then playing with the Air Academy Corps. He began teaching this style to his band mates while still in grade school and continued teaching through college. While attending UNC in Greeley he played with the Jazz Lab Band 1 and several small combos, along with Bill Frisell; and also freelanced at recording studios.
Alan was forced out of music for many years due to illness, but upon resuming, was fortunate enough to receive awards for musicianship in various Jazz Festivals. He was a double finalist in the Colorado Composer’s Classic, thanks to the intense theoretical instruction of Bob Gillis. He authored a critically acclaimed solo book used in top music schools, marketed through wheelhousepress.com. He also invented the ‘Drum Wheel’ electronic kinetic drum set with a multi-volume curriculum, which allows drummers to play patterns never before possible, resulting in a significant expansion the drum set medium. Alan used the ‘Wheel’ on the critically acclaimed CD ‘Hats’ with the Bob Gillis group, which also garnered a “Top 10” pick from the prestigious Cadence Magazine.
In addition to Mass Hipsteria, Alan’s musical affiliations include the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Colorado Jazz Workshop, Boulder Big Band, Deborah Stafford Quartet, Aurora Singers, Portraits Jazz Quintet, Flatirons Jazz Quintet, the Jazz Mutants, and the Bob Gillis Group. Alan is also busy with his all-style studio and live freelancing.
Olivia Rebolledo, Keys
Bio coming soon!
Clint Dadian, Guitar
I am a professional guitarist specializing in jazz and fluent in many styles. My deep passion for music is reflected in my playing, teaching, composing and arranging. I aim to achieve a warm sound and improvisational flow within the jazz idiom and am comfortable in performance settings ranging from solo guitar to big band.
In 1991, after spending some time in Europe, mostly in Budapest, Hungary, I settled in Brooklyn, New York where I earned a Bachelors degree in Jazz performance from Long Island University. There I had the opportunity to study with some of the finest jazz guitarists in New York including Peter Bernstein, Rodney Jones, Chris Rosenberg, Mark Elf and Randy Johnston. I used my background in classical piano while studying jazz piano with Bruce Barth and David Berkman and attended master classes with Jim Hall, Jack Wilkins, Jimmy Heath, Attila Zoller, Barry Harris and many others. After graduating I served as an adjunct guitar instructor at LIU.
For five years in the late nineties I held a steady early slot gig at Augie’s (now Smoke) every Friday night. During those years I was afforded the opportunity to listen to (and occasionally sit in with) the late set players who accompanied Joe Farnsworth. Among them: Peter Bernstein, Rodney Jones, Eric Alexander, Harold Mabern, Cecil Payne, Jim Rotundi, Steve Davis, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Larry Goldings and other characters who frequented the club. This was a real education. New York City had, and has, an incredible array of musical offerings that I tapped regularly. During that time I created and instructed a jazz workshop for adults which ran for six years. This gave me the fledgling opportunity to practice arranging for a variety of instruments.
In 1999 I married Kristin Sanders, a versatile and talented saxophone player with whom I had performed for several years. We continued to play regularly at countless spots in and around New York with performances in Japan and Europe as well until we moved in 2006 with our daughter, Chloe, to Evergreen, Colorado, a mountain suburb of Denver.
In 2009, I was awarded a Masters Degree in Music from the University of Denver. I studied classical guitar with Masakazu Ito, jazz guitar with Alan Joseph and composition and arranging with Dave Hanson. My work with Mr. Hanson opened up a whole new world of big band arranging that I have become immersed in. I now compose for and perform weekly with the Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra in Denver.
I have served as an adjunct at the Community College of Aurora and as band and choir director for several years at Academy Charter School in Castle Rock, Colorado. While there I wrote arrangements for the bands and often had them accompany the choir. I continue to teach, record and perform with some of the finest musicians in and around Denver.
David James, Bass
Bio coming soon!
Kurt Eherenman, Saxophones
Kurt Eherenman Kurt started playing the saxophone in the 4th grade. He continued playing through high school, earning lead chairs in concert and jazz band, and achieved Colorado state honors for music performance along the way. In college, Kurt played lead alto in the top bands at the University of Colorado, Metro State College, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During these years, Kurt had been involved in independent jazz and funk musical projects.
Kurt continues to play lead alto with a 20-piece jazz orchestra, known as the Colorado Jazz Workshop, a Zimbabwean afro-pop marimba band known as Kutandara, a 5-piece jazz quintet Flatirons Jazz and a Steely Dan Tribute band, Citizen Dan.
Keith Ley, Saxophones
Keith relocated to Colorado from northern New Jersey in September of 1997. Originally starting on tenor sax in grade school, and playing saxophone and clarinet in a variety of high school, community, jazz and parade bands, Keith is well versed in both jazz and orchestral music. Becoming more serious about music since graduating college he has studied with several fine reedmen including; the late Charlie Librizzi, a woodwind specialist and New York area studio musician, Scottish born baritone saxophonist and anchor man for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Joe Temperly, and recording artist Scott Krietzer, best known for his background horn arrangements and sax and flute work for the popular fusion group, Spyro Gyra. In addition to Mass Hipsteria, Keith is actively playing with the Flatirons Jazz Quintet and often subs in other Denver area bands on tenor and baritone saxophones.
Bryce Rieber, Trombone
Bio coming soon!
Christine Palmer, Trumpet
Christine picked up her dad’s trumpet in 6th grade and hasn’t looked back since. She grew up as an Army brat and has always loved traveling and exploring new ideas, both geographically and musically. She has earned Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Trumpet Performance from the College of St. Benedict, as well as a Master’s in Trumpet Performance from the University of Colorado. Christine has performed, taught, and composed around the country and has been involved with projects such as Pocket Watch, the Rats and People MN Silent Film Orchestra, Nova Jazz Orchestra, Fred Savage and the Unbeatables, and McNasty Brass Band… every genre brings its own challenges and its own lovable foibles. By day, she works at Harrelson Trumpets – making the most beautiful and efficient horns in existence. She lives in Denver, CO, and in her free time loves to run around lakes and mountains, dance to Thriller, and brew stouts.
Dan Johnson, Trumpet
Bio coming soon!