About The Musicians:
The original incarnation of Quantum Jazz was as a quintet with the inclusion of keyboards. As the band was gaining momentum and honing their live performances, a change on the horizon was forthcoming. The band decided not to replace their keyboardist who left to pursue other avenues. As they continued playing, an organic sound started taking shape. A freedom of expression, a freedom of space and a commitment to each other fueled their music.
Jim Arter - Alto & Soprano Sax
Jim started Clarinet studies at the age of eight and Saxophone Studies and the age of twelve. During High School Jim formed his first Jazz Combo playing at Corporate and HOA gigs. After High School Jim attended the University of Northern Colorado Music School for two years under the direction of Gene Aiken.
In 2004 Jim formed his own Jazz Quartet Second Chance playing at local Bars and Cafe's. In 2007 Jim had the pleasure of playing with a local contemporary Jazz group called Vision and a Jazz Quartet The Funky Standard.
Main influences are Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Garrett, David Sanborn, Phil Woods, Grover Washington and Michael Brecker.
David Young - Drums/Percussion
David hails from planet Boulder, where he cut his chops listening to the likes of Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Steve Gadd and Carl Palmer, to name but a few. His passion for jazz fusion grew as he was introduced to the Jeff Lorber Fusion and the Pat Metheny Group.
After graduating from UNC, David played in several groups in Denver, Seattle and Los Angeles. He was at the helm of one of Denver’s most popular smooth jazz bands, “Fusion Juice”, and would later form the Nu-jazz, chill group, "The 420 Cafe", with keyboardist Carl Sorenson. In 2010 they released their self - titled CD. David has played with national Sax recording artist Will Donato and has opened for Four80 East and Robin Trower.
John Hajewski - Guitar and Vocals
Originally from the Los Angeles area, where he played and toured with area rock bands, performed solo acoustic, and even composed film music, John Hajewski now lives, works and plays in the Denver area. A classical guitar major in college, he began playing in fusion projects, and found the correlation between the two genre’s exciting and fun . Major influences include Allan Holdsworth, The Dixie Dregs/Steve Morse, Yellowjackets, Al Di Meola, and many others that extend into the rock and classical genres. His work with Quantum Jazz allows him to explore new tones, tonalities, and composition ideas. And it's pronounced "hi-ev-skee" - it's Polish, man.
Scott Fitzgerald - Bass
Scott hails from Chicago. So naturally he has always gravitated to more urban sounds of funk, jazz, motown and R&B. When asked who he listens to he'll cite all the great groove oriented bassists such as Marcus Miller, Will Lee, Pino Palladino, and Anthony Jackson to name a few. Most recently he has played with Denver based bands such as Fusion Juice and Inside Out. He has played in a broad spectrum of musical ventures (club bands, wedding bands, cruise ships, theatre, etc.) often driven by commercial necessity. Scott has pursued jazz fusion as a genre where all his influences easily merge and, contrarily, its main driving force is musical passion.