Marko Solman is a jazz trumpet player from Croatia. After his basic trumpet training in Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia, he finished a non-musical high school (grammar school) in Krapina, Croatia. At age 18 he started seriously practicing the trumpet and exploring the magnificent world of jazz music. He took lessons in jazz theory and trumpet jazz technique at music universities in Graz and Linz as well as with various professional jazz musicians.
In 2011 (age 22) he was accepted to the jazz department of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Graz, Austria, where he currently lives and studies. In the summer of 2012 he was a member of the JMI World Youth Jazz Orchestra. He is also a member of Emiliano Sampaio’s Mereneu Project, Eddie Luis and the Gnadenlosen XL, HGM Jazzorkestar Zagreb under the leadership of Sigi Feigl and of course Buena Banda Brass Band.
Up till now he shared the stage with musicians like Jim Rotondi, Ed Neumeister, Don Menza, Louis Bonilla, Lasse Lindgren, Deborah Brown, Georgie Fame, John Hollenbeck, Mike Abene, Stjepko Gut, Joseph Bowie, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley etc.
His main influences are Louis Armstrong, Clark Terry, Snooky Young, Conrad Gozzo, Harry James, Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich Big Band, Maynard Ferguson, James Brown, Tower of Power etc.
Karel Eriksson started to play the trombone at nine years of age.
He studied at the Sodra Latins High School of Music in Stockholm from 2004 to 2007. After graduating there, he moved to Prague to study trombone and composition at the Prague Conservatory of Jazz with Svatopluk Kosvanec and Afrodita Katmeridu.
In 2009 he moved to Austria to continue his trombone studies with Ed Neumeister at the Jazz Department of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz.
In the spring of 2009, Karel won “The Best Solo” award at “Litvinov International JazzFest”, and in that same year he was awarded the title of “best soloist” at the “Jazz Juniors” competition in Prague.
In 2012 he was honored with the “Outstanding Soloist Award” at the V European Jazz Competition in Rome, Italy.
Karel has performed with great musicians such as Mike Abene, Dick Oatts, Jim McNeely, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, John Fedchock, John Hollenbeck and many more, and represented the high standards of Swedish jazz on tours through Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Spain, France, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Slovenia, Belgium, Scotland, Hungary, Croatia, Italy and Sweden. He is the leader of the Karel Eriksson Group, and a regular member of Buena Banda, the Rob Spelberg Jazz Orchestra, Julia Maiers New Shore Orchestra, Ben Stone Quintet, and the Graz Composers Orchestra.
Marcelo Valezi is a Brazilian saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, composer and arranger.
His first and second bachelors were finished in Brazil in 2006, at UNICAMP (University of Campinas). He studied Popular Brazilian Music and Classical Composition. Nowadays he lives in Austria and studies Jazz Saxophone in the Kunstuniversität Graz.
In Brazil he played with great artists and groups as Elza Soares, Jair Rodrigues, Sandália de Prata, Orquestra JazzSinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Orquestra Sinfônica de Campinas, Alexandre Cunha and more.
As soloist performed in several jazz festivals and citys around the world: Jarasum International Jazz Festival (Korea), Hong Kong International Jazz Ferstival, Shanghai International Jazz Festival, Ubud International Jazz Festival (Indonesia).
In 2009 released his first solo album with his compositions.
He won the Sibiu Jazz Competition 2016 with the Balazs Balogh jazz quartet.
Carlo Grandi, after his diploma in classical trombone at the Conservatory of Como in Italy he started to work with several orchestras (“Simple Symphony Orchestra, “Antonio Vivaldi Youth Orchestra”, “Milano Classica”, “Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana”,...).
He played also with the brass quartets “Tuttottoni” and “Spontaneous Brass”.
n the jazz field he collaborated with several big bands and ensemble, among them “JW Orchestra”, “Heavy Tuba Experience”, “HGM Jazz Orkestar Zagreb”, "Giovanni Falzone Contemporary Orchestra" “Phenomenalias” and “Civica Jazz Band”.
Since 2012 Carlo studies Jazz trombone with Ed Neumeister at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz.
He is the founder of Buena Banda, where he plays sousaphone.
Carlo plays trombone, bass trombone, euphonium and tuba.
Luís André Carneiro De Oliveira, brazilian drummer, graduated in 2007 at UNICAMP (Campinas State University - Brazil) in Popular Music - Drums. After that, moved to São Paulo where he worked in several recording sessions, musicals and concerts. In 2012, during a tour in Europe, he got accepted to make his Master Studies in KUG (Kunst Universitat Graz).
In between 2013 school's calendar, he had the oportunity to go to New Orleans, where he could meet some great musicians and experience a bit the brass band tradition live. Back to Graz, with all this ideas in mind, found with Carlo Grandi and the others the same will to start a Brass Band: the "Buena Banda".
Imediatelly started working with the guys, gathering traditional material, influences, and taking directions from Howard Curtis (Drum Teacher at KUG) and the KUG Crew