Charlie Qin/Special to the Town Crier
The Jazz Factor includes, clockwise from bottom left, Max Lee (piano), Bryan Wang (alto saxophone), Ajay Madala (electric and upright bass), Katelyn Chen (vocals), Brendan Wong (tenor saxophone) and Ethan Fong (drums). Not pictured: Neil Ramaswamy (drums).
Jazz is not often explored in the classroom, nor is it a common genre for young teens to groove to. That’s what makes The Jazz Factor different from many other teen bands.
The group features seven high school students, among them pianist Max Lee of Los Altos. Formed in 2017, the band also includes Bryan Wang (alto saxophonist), Brendan Wong (tenor saxophonist), Ethan Fong (drummer), Katelyn Chen (vocals), Ajay Madala (electric and upright bassist) and Neil Ramaswamy (drummer).