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The J Hunter Group
The J Hunter Group features some of the finest jazz players in New England – including saxophonist Steve Marien, Peter Emanuel on piano, Nathan Lassell on drums, and Mr. Hunter on Bass.

Steve Marien certainly brings an expertise to his craft — an expertise honed throughout 30 years with performances in Connecticut and the region. A versatile performer on the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, Steve has performed and recorded with the swing quartet Razamataz, with rhythm and blues band The Hornets and with free jazz artist Mike Murray. Throughout his jazz career, Steve has also been a member of many bands including the show band Top Shelf, oldies trio The Thamesmen, Top 40 groups A Little Night Music and Times Square, jazz fusion ensemble Total Eclipse, club favorite Sugar Daddy and jazz ensemble The J Hunter Group. 

Peter Emanuel is comfortable with all styles of music, from classical to popular to jazz.   His own piano training began in New London in 1961 with Mrs. Beatrice Hatton Fisk, followed by studies with Professor William Dale at Connecticut College, and at UConn with Leonard Seeber. Peter performs on a regular basis with the J Hunter Group, the Dick Campo Big Band, and Johnny & the East Coast Rockers, as well as a soloist. He is currently the Director of Music at The Williams School in New London where he teaches music theory, composition, and ensemble classes.  He also teaches piano at Thames Valley Music School

Musician 1st Class Nathan Lassell, percussion, is a member of the Coast Guard Band.  He  received a Bachelor of Music degree from George Mason University and a Master of Music degree from Rice University. A native of Arlington, Virginia, he has been an active freelancer in the Washington, D.C. area, performing at the Kennedy Center and for radio and television broadcasts as timpanist/percussionist with the National Cathedral Choirs. While still in high school he appeared as a soloist with the U.S. Air Force Band as the George S. Howard Young Artist Competition winner.  He has also performed with the Nashville, Knoxville, Huntsville, San Antonio, and New World Symphonies, among others. In 2005 he was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and was twice a member of the National Orchestral Institute.

In addition to heading up his jazz ensemble, James Hunter can be heard playing bass in the Eastern CT Symphony or Sundays at the Steak Loft with the P. B. and J.  Sunday mornings he is the bassist with the Madry Temple church band.  He is also the strings teacher in Groton’s Public Schools.