Nathan Tokunaga (16). Mentored by Clint Baker, Evan Christopher, and many more.
Band Leader, Nathan's Fearless Five™ & Nathan Tokunaga Quartet/Quintet
Miles Ahead Big Band, SJW, Tenor Saxophone & Clarinet
Advanced Funk Ensemble, CJC, Alto Saxophone & Clarinet
Peninsula Youth Orchestra with Maestro Klein, Clarinet
Youngest Featured Artist of the Monterey Jazz Bash By the Bay Festival 2022, 2023
Youngest Performing Musician at the San Diego Jazz Festival 2022
Youngest Guest Artist of Jazzaffair in Three Rivers 2023
Worked with Anat Cohen & Wycliffe Gordon at Stanford Jazz Camp
Earned the life-time Shape of Jazz to Come award at Stanford Jazz Camp
Earned the Outstanding Soloist award at Stanford Jazz Camp
Jazz at the Ballroom 2022-2023 Scholarship Winner
"I have to say, I’ve been doing this for almost fifty years professionally, and I’ve worked with some of the greatest clarinetists in the world. This fifteen-year-old young man, Nathan, is playing at a level I’ve seldom heard the depth of understanding of New Orleans Jazz as I’ve heard coming out of that horn of anybody...... I’ve been praying for people to play Johnny Dodds like that."
- Steve Pistorius, Pianist, New Orleans
"Comforting to see the future of jazz in such capable hands as those of Nathan."
- Joe Carbery, Saxophonist, New Zealand
"Nathan is upsettingly good."
- Robbie Mann, Pianist, Sydney, Australia
"Thank you for doing this fundraiser. The New Orleans Musician's Clinic has been my primary care provider for many years and does wonderful work."
- Benny Amon, Drums, New Orleans
- Daniel Behrendt, Trumpet, Carlmont High