Petite Feet

Petite Feet is the collective name of three friends and New England Conservatory alumni: pianist Shane Simpson, saxophonist Travis Bliss, and drummer Jonathan Starks.  As a band, they are dedicated to performing their arrangements of the ragtime music of Scott Joplin, drawing inspiration from player pianos, minimalism, dance, glitch art, and comedy duo Tim and Eric.  Every Petite Feet performance is a step into the past as well as the future, bound to offer a wild and memorable time.

 
 
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Jonathan Starks

is a drummer and electronic music producer hailing from the deserts of Phoenix, Arizona.  He is currently in his final semester of undergraduate study in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory and has worked closely with renowned drummers Billy Hart, Rakalam Bob Moses, Jerry Leake as well as composers Ted Reichman, Davide Ianni, and Anthony Coleman.He has performed in a multitude of venues across the country, notably the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower stage in April of 2016.Jonathan was named the recipient of the Presser Foundation award in 2017, representing New England Conservatory.

 
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Shane Simpson

is a pianist, composer and professor of Music Theory and Solfege at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC).  He is also the Assistant Director of NEC's Jazz Lab, a week long jazz intensive summer program for high school students.Originating from the North Shore of Chicago, Simpson has performed in cities throughout the US including Chicago, New York, and Boston where he is currently based, and he appeared at the Panama Jazz Festival in 2017.He has mentored with some of the best pianists and improvisers in the world including Fred Hersch, Anthony Coleman, Bruce Brubaker, and Ran Blake who premiered Simpson's original composition Bright at the Kitano (NYC) with vocalist Sara Serpa in 2016.
In 2015, Simpson received the Tourjée Alumni Scholarship Award from NEC where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in music.

 
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Travis BLiss

Hailing from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts,Travis Bliss is a multi-reed instrumentalist and recent graduate of New England Conservatory (NEC), where he received a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance: Saxophone.  Throughout his time at NEC, Travis studied with many saxophone greats such as Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Miguel Zenon, George Garzone, and Bill Mchenry.  In addition to his studies on the saxophone, Travis studied composition studio with Efstratios Minakakis, Anthony Coleman, and Ken Schaphorst.  Travis was and remains to be a very active contributor in the Boston Music scene as well across the country, having performed at Scullers Jazz Club, The Berklee Performance Center, Wally’s Jazz Cafe, The Stone NYC, Roulette NYC, and Twin’s Jazz Club in Washington D.C. to name a few.  He was also lucky to participate in music festivals across the continent, such as the BANFF International Jazz Festival in Canada, The Next Generation Jazz Festival in California, and The New Bedford Jazz Festival.  Travis now leads and participates in a variety of bands ensembles on the east coast, such as Silver Arrow Band, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, as well as his own projects.