THE JAZZ COLLECTIVE
A Creative Collaboration
THE JAZZ COLLECTIVE
The Jazz Collective was formed in 2013 by bandleader and saxophonist Mike Breidegam. During the years the band went through many personnel changes but a few years ago finally landed on a solid line-up with Mike Breidegam on saxes, Daniel Coffeng on guitar, Joesph Pernicano on bass and Dennis Bueno on drums. The group plays a wide variety of jazz styles, from old school standards by Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to the electric bebop of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, to more modern pieces by Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker.
The Jazz Collective performs all over Los Angeles publicly and for private events, and has played multiple times at the famous Smokehouse restaurant in Burbank.
The group's professionalism, talent and great attitude are a great addition for any event or function.
Band Member Bios
Mike Breidegam - Saxophones
Mike is originally from Massachusetts and staring playing saxophone at age 10. Throughout his music journey he has studied bassoon, flute, clarinet, piano, guitar, electric bass, arranging/orchestration and composition. He graduated from the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning a dual degree in Jazz Composition and Performance and while there studied with renowned saxophonist Bill Pierce, trombonist/composer Phil Wilson and saxophonist Jim Odgren.
He worked on cruise ships for several years as a musician in the main lounge show band and even served for a while as musical director. Once leaving ships he relocated to Los Angeles, where he performed with a local swing band at all the local swing clubs. That group eventually disbanded so he formed is own jazz group called “The Jazz Collective”. In addition to leading his own jazz group, he has recorded on film and tv scores, composed for films and worked as a freelance music copyist. While in LA Mike has studied film composition with industry veteran orchestrator/composer Jack Smalley and orchestration with bassist/orchestrator/educator Norman Ludwin.
Daniel Coffeng - Guitar
Daniel Coffeng hails originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and brings a new, unique technical fluidity and energy to jazz guitar improvisation.
He has played, toured, written and recorded with artists such as Doug Lunn, Steve Tavaglione, Mike Barsimanto, Phil Chen, Phil Ranelin, Joe Hesse, Eric Traub, John von Seggern, and Mick Stevens (Brand X). Daniel is an honors graduate from the Guitar Institute of Technology and is currently a Los Angeles based performing guitarist, freelance studio musician and music educator specializing in modern contemporary guitar.
Joseph Pernicano - Bass
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Joseph began playing bass at the age of 12. After attending Wayne State College in Detroit, he moved to Florida where he studied with the bassist for the Florida Symphonic Pops and the University of Miami's Dr. Don Wilner.
Joseph later moved to Los Angeles, California. He studied with Robert Hurst (Diana Krall, Chris Botti) and has spent a number of years making the rounds on L.A.'s Jazz circuit. His influences include Chick Corea, Charles Mingus, Paul Chambers, John McLaughlin, J.S. Bach, Miles Davis and Ray Brown.
Dennis Bueno - Drums
Dennis Bueno was born in Trinidad, Colorado, but growing up in a military household he relocated frequently. He embraces early family tradition of song and dance through his love of drumming and composition. Dennis brings this spirit to every venue he plays.
Dennis has performed with recording artists such as Earl Klugh, Greg Philliganes, Dave Valentin, Jessy J, Dotsero, and Steve Barta. Dennis has kept busy studying composition, teaching privately, and performing with numerous successful local talents. He has continued as a life practice to pursue studies with many of the masters. Such as; Calixto Oviedo, Jimmy Branly, Mike Shapiro, Duncan Moore, Mike Holguin, Kim Plainfield, Ray Malabe, Henrique de Almeida, Gary Sosias, Ronnie Shaw, and Charlie Chavez.