Blending together music from all around the world in one set, High Standards will play tunes that will keep you on your toes. From Swing to Be-Bop, from Brazilian to Funk, from Folk to Middle Eastern- we have it all!
Whether you need a loud high energy group or some dinner party jazz, High Standards will collaborate with you to make sure your event is the one you pictured it to be.
Rachel Spencer is a trumpet player originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Capital University in Jazz Studies and is completing her Master’s in Music and Human Learning from UT Austin, where she is a TA for the band department and directs the LHB Jazz Ensemble. Ms. Spencer has a long history in the marching arts: She spent 5 years with the Bluecoats as a lead player/ multi-year soloist, and has taught at SCVC, Madison Scouts and currently the Blue Stars on brass staff. Since moving to Austin, she is growing her private studio and preparing to compete in the semi-finals round of the National Trumpet Competition Graduate Solo Division this March. Ms. Spencer is extremely passionate about the growth of jazz education in public schools, and believes that a diverse music education is what fosters the innovators of tomorrow.
Sarah Milligan currently studies Jazz Studies and Arts Management and Administration at The University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Sierra Vista, Arizona, Sarah studied jazz in high school with University of Arizona Saxophone Professor Kelland Thomas, then moved to the Tucson Jazz Institute where she studied under Brice Winston, Scott Black, and Doug Tidaback. She currently studies under Dr. John Mills, John Fremgen, and Jeff Hellmer. During her journey as a musician, Sarah has performed in many of the world's renowned jazz festivals including the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington, The Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), and has shared the stage with wonderful musicians such as Terrell Stafford, Cyrus Chestnut, Kenny Rampton, and Conrad Herwig. Summer of 2018 Sarah interned with Ballet Austin in their Development department and is currently the Social Media Manager Kenny Rampton’s organization, Jazz Outreach Initiative.
Juliana Silveira is a Brazilian pianist graduated from Santa Marcelina University (São Paulo-Brazil). She took part in a wide range of different bands from the diverse music scene in São Paulo, from big bands and singers to piano solo concerts, having performed in various important stages in the city. In 2017 she moved to Austin, Texas, where she continues her work as a music educator and performer. In Austin she has had the opportunity to play with great Austin musicians, such as keyboard player for Grammy Award-winner Jose Galeano's band, and feels very passionate and happy about the opportunity to keep bringing Brazilian music and culture to Austin's music scene.
Hailing from Hollywood, Florida, James Suter is an in-demand jazz bassist, composer, and educator. A graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, James was a member of the prestigious Stamps Jazz Quintet from 2009 to 2013. James received third prize in the jazz division of the 2014 International Bass Convention and competed as a finalist in the 2012 International Society of Bassists Jazz Solo Competition. James is a recent graduate of North Carolina Central University, where he received masters of music in jazz composition. His original compositions draw inspiration from jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Keith Jarrett. James has performed all over the U.S. as well as several countries and continents. He currently resides in Austin Texas where he is working towards a DMA in jazz performance at UT Austin.
Masumi Jones moved in US from Japan to study at Berklee and started gigging in Boston, NY, touring all over the US and Europe while in school. After the Japanese piano trio, Groovin' Girls, featured at Black Entertainment TV channel program 'BET on Jazz Central', Masumi moved back in Japan and mostly toured with a Big Band 'Blue Aeronauts Orchestra (avex). In 2008, Masumi moved to Austin TX, and since then has been playing with many Austin bands such as Rich Harney Trio, Alex Coke/Rich Harney Quartet, Mitch Watkins Trio, Jitterbug Vipers, Sarah Sharp, 35mm, etc., and has been working for NPO 'Austin Jazz Workshop' for years, delivering Jazz Concerts to the all Austin Elementary Schools, playing Theatre for 'Tapestry Tap Dance Company', touring China as a American Culture Ambassador, and started her own group 'Masumi and the Gentlemen' with was live streamed live concerts "Lunch With Masumi" featured weekly from 2010-2015 that featured Rich Harney's original compositions.