Alto saxophonist Loren Stillman (b. 1980 London, England) grew up in Croton-on- Hudson, New York. His Uncle, saxophonist Mike Stillman, inspired him to pick up the sax at the age of seven. Stillman studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the New School University. He has received two Outstanding Performance awards and a Rising Star award from Down Beat magazine, as well as an Outstanding Young Composer award from ASCAP, and has played with such major figures as Charlie Haden, Dave Liebman, and John Abercrombie. He names Lee Konitz and Wayne Shorter as musical influences, but along with them he also counts Hungarian composer Béla Bartók and pop avant-gardist Frank Zappa. He is touted as »a writer and a stylist that has found a previously unoccupied slot in the jazz spectrum« (Jazz Review). Stillman teaches at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan.