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Mark Lewis, a native of Kitsap County in Washington State, USA, is one of the most lyrical saxophonists of his generation. Mark lived for years in Holland, where he gained renown as one of Europe's leading instrumentalists. Mark lived and performed for several years in San Francisco and Victoria, BC as well. Mark has recorded or produced over 20 albums on various labels and composed over 1000 songs. Mark's CD "In The Spirit," recorded at Music Annex in Menlo Park, CA, made the Top 40 on Billboard Magazine's Jazz Albums chart. Jazz musicians Mark has performed and recorded with include pianists Mark Levine, Overton Berry, and Ted Gioia; drummers Candy Finch, Eddie Moore and Billy Higgins; bassist David Friesen; saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Art Foxall; trumpet player Randy Brecker; and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. Mark often subbed for Stan Getz and John Handy during his time in San Francisco.
Allen Alto graduated from Central Kitsap High School with many awards for his musical abilities. He was invited to attend Central Washington University where he studied music and played in the prestigious Jazz Ensembles there. He has done extensive road and studio work with many well-known artists, such as John Sebastian and Jerry Jeff Walker, in almost every style of music. This shows in his playing as he blends all those influences into a truly unique style of guitar virtuosity.
Norm Bellas holds a Master of Music degree in composition. He won the Washington State Blues Society "BB" for Best Keyboard and was nominated for best songwriter. Norm's eclectic style is a synthesis of jazz and blues with bursts of funk, R&B, Latin and country. He might be said to play bluesy jazz or jazzy blues. Norm's CD of original jazz compositions "Out of the Norm" was played on heavy rotation for six months on the Seattle jazz station, KPLU. Norm has played with jazz artists such as Tutti Heath, Don Lanphere, Jessica Williams, Frank Wess, and Art Lande, and has played and/or recorded with many blues and R&B legends including Big Momma Thorton, Buddy Miles, Carlos Santana, and the Temptations.
Overton Berry, a Northwest jazz legend and recent inductee into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, has played piano extensively in venues around the world including Japan, China, Viet Nam, Thailand, and Egypt. Overton is a voting member for the Grammy's, music director for the TOBE School of Music, and regular performer at major Northwest jazz festivals. Overton has worked with such jazz greats as Carmen McRae, Joe Pass, Dave Brubeck, Vonne Griffin, and Peggy Lee.
Brad Boal studied percussion at the University of North Texas and privately with numerous master drummers including Jeff Hamilton and Mark Ivester. Brad has performed, recorded or toured with: The Count Basie Big Band, Benny Green, Sam Rivers, and many others. He has worked on staff or as a clinician at several music workshops and colleges throughout the country, including Jamey Aebersold's Summer Jazz Workshops, Day Jams Rock Music Camps and Cornish College of the Arts.
Butch Boles began playing guitar professionally when he joined the U.S. Air Force band in 1980. In his professional career he has played guitar in more than 22 countries on four continents, radio and television, and performed for heads of state and dignitaries from several countries. He has played guitar with musicians such as John Stowell, Tony Rizzi, Tom Kubis, Carl Verheyen and Wilford Brimley.
John Butler is a Fulbright Scholar in music with extensive experience performing and teaching guitar nationally and internationally. He has lived and worked as a professional musician in New York, Holland and Peru, and now is based out of Portland, Oregon. John has recorded albums of original jazz compositions, and was the guitarist on the 1987 Audio Daddio album featuring Art Foxall, "Art's Back in Town," recorded in Holland. John has performed with Jack McDuff, Jim Pepper, Wilbur Little, David Friesen, Essiet Essiet, and others.
Frank Clayton studied music at the Berklee College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He studied Bass with Dave Holland and Cecil McBee, and percussion with Alan Dawson and Morris Goldenberg. Frank has performed nationally and internationally with some of the top names in jazz, including Jaki Byard, Herb Ellis, Lee Konitz, Charles Mingus, Sam Rivers and Albert Ayler.
Jim Day plays fingerstyle on an acoustic jazz guitar with a bit of amplification. Jim has played with many jazz legends, including Miles Davis, Freddy Hubbard, Stan Kenton, Della Reece and Henry Mancini. In his early rock and roll days he played with Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker, Connie Stevens, and Brenda Lee. Jim has three CDs of his own and has been on numerous recording sessions with national and regional recording artists.
Dan Duval began studying vibraphone at age 10. As a young musician in Portland he was changed by an intense week of instruction with renowned jazz vibist Gary Burton, who inspired him to see the unlimited musical possibilities of his instrument. He went on to graduate from Western Washington University with degrees in Music Performance and Music Education, and currently performs around the Puget Sound with his Good Vibes Trio. He's known for a unique vibraphone style, which combines an old school jazz feel with modern mallet technique.
Ted Enderle was originally from Philadelphia where he studied double bass with noted jazz bassist Al Stauffer and with Roger Scott, principal bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ted is one of the Olympic Peninsula's busiest jazz bassists, and has performed on both coasts of the US with musicians that include Larry McKenna, Chuck Anderson, Darryl Brown, Hadley Caliman, Art Foxall and Paul Moen.
Chuck Easton, a multi-instrumentalist, performs with Mark on guitar. Chuck graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music and plays bass in the Pt. Townsend Orchestra and other groups. Chuck teaches guitar, flute, trombone, saxophone, bass, piano, and clarinet. For many years he has been on faculty for Centrum's Jazz Pt. Townsend and the Elderhostel NW Big Band. He often joins local groups, playing a variety of instruments. Chuck is also a composer, and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz composition.
David Friesen has recorded over 65 CD's as a leader/ co-leader and appeared as a sideman or featured artist on more than 100 recordings. Born in Tacoma, David now lives in Portland, Oregon where he performs, teaches and records. He regularly tours in the US and Europe where he performs as a solo artist (one of two or three bassists in the world that is able to play a solo concert and keep an audience riveted) and with his own groups. "Once in a great while, a musician emerges with such authority and such seemingly effortless originality that his place in the front ranks of his instrument is unquestioned. So it is with David Friesen." - Nat Hentoff
Charles Gaines is known for bringing influences to his work as a percussionist from all musical styles. Drawing from his experience in blues, pop, R&B and jazz, Charles displays an eclectic mix of rhythms and colors with each performance. Recently, he has devoted more than 1000 hours within a one year period to develop his Master Drumworks Approach to Drumming.
Maria Joyner-Wulf is a graduate of The University of North Texas where she majored in Jazz Studies Performance. She is first-call drummer for numerous groups in the region including Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, Olympia Jazz Senators, and Harlequin Productions. Maria has performed with a number of big bands and headliner acts including the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and is a music class instructor of students ranging from kindergarten to graduate school.
Karin Kajita has degrees in music, piano performance and music education from the University of Washington. She went on to pursue a career in jazz, traveling to contracts in Japan, Denver, Canada, New York, Kansas and Utah. She has played at all the major hotels in Seattle, including the Westin, Hilton, Warwick, Sheraton, Alexis and Sorrento, and frequently performs as leader of her own quintet.
Brian Kirk is the Professor of Jazz, Percussion, and Music Theory at Seattle Central Community College. He received a Master of Arts Jazz/Contemporary Music Studies from New York University and also studied at Indiana University. Brian Kirk spent ten years in New York City performing Jazz drums locally and on several European tours with Lou Donaldson, Jack McDuff, and Little Jimmy Scott, in addition to accompanying Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hutcherson, The Lionel Hampton Orchestra, and The Count Basie Orchestra (under the direction of Grover Mitchell). He was also first call on New York's Broadway show scene performing in Ain't Misbehavin' (featuring The Pointer Sisters), Five Guys Named Moe, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, and other shows. He has made numerous recordings including the soundtracks from "Philadelphia" starring Tom Hanks, "The Money Train" "A Rage in Harlem" starring Forrest Whitaker, and the original soundtracks of David Lynch's' "Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me", "Five Guys Named Moe" and The Pointer Sisters "Ain't Misbehavin" on Sony Records.
Trent Leurquin studied music at Olympic College and music performance at Western Washington University. He is an accomplished composer and bassist, and has performed with several different groups including Jazz Junkies and Chain Reaction. Trent performs most frequently in jazz, fusion and R&B styles.
Steve Luceno is a highly respected Northwest acoustic bassist for a number of regional artists, and has produced CDs of his own original jazz compositions. Steve's playing experience includes many trips to Mexico with the Jerry Michelsen Trio and working with a variety of artists in the Northwest, including Obrador, Kelley Johnson, Bert Wilson, Jack Perciful, John Stowell, Slim Galliard, Sonny Simmons, Mose Allison, Ocho Pies and Hadley Calliman.
Josh Mason has been performing as a jazz pianist in the Pacific Northwest for the past 20 years. During that time he has opened or performed with the Yellow Jackets, Diana Krall, Diane Shure, Joe Williams w/Louie Belson, and many well-known Seattleites such as Greta Matassa, Hadley Caliman and Jay Thomas. You can hear a mixture of influences in his sound from greats such as Gene Harris, McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Keith Jarrett, and the master of simplicity and space, Count Basie.
Robert Matthews has performed nationally and internationally with some of the top names in jazz. He was the original bass player with Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66, and in the Willie Bobo Band, the Woody Herman Band, and the Tex Beneke-Glen Miller Band, to name a few. Robert has performed in numerous major jazz festivals, and in venues such as Caesar's and Harrah's in Tahoe, Harrah's in Reno, and the Playboy Clubs in Chicago and Los Angeles. Robert has performed with a long list of famous musicians, including Duke Ellington, Errol Garner, Roger Kellaway, Shelly Manne, Lenny Breau, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and singers Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Al Jarreau, and Lou Rawls.
Barney McClure is one of the most respected jazz pianists in the Northwest. He has performed and/or recorded with too many jazz legends to mention, including Zoot Sims, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Larry Coryell, Milt Jackson and Gary Peacock, and backed such notables as Bob Hope, Bob Newhart and Steve Allen. He spends many hours a day in his studio composing original music from Reggae to jazz to classical to... He has written a popular book on jazz improvisation and is involved in managing a number of music festivals. You can also hear Barney in the movies "Officer and a Gentleman," and the soundtrack of "Mr. Holland's Opus."
Bob Merrihew is one of the Northwest's most tasteful and sensitive drummers. Bob and Mark started working together over 30 years ago, and their long association is obvious when you hear them perform together in a quartet.
Hal Merrill performs jazz on the pedal steel guitar, and has been playing music in the Seattle Area for more than 20 years. Hal has released two CD's under his own name, "Cloudy Mornings, Sunny Afternoons", and "Recipes from Another World," with the pedal steel as the featured instrument. Hal has performed with many groups in the Northwest, including the Swingin' Swami's, the Jump Ensemble, and most recently with his own "Hal Merrill Quartet."
Steve Nowak has been a well-respected guitarist in the Pacific Northwest for many years. After touring nationally in the 1970's and '80's, Steve has spent the past two decades in Seattle, honing his formidable jazz and rhythm and blues skills. Steve has played and recording with talented performers such as Lonnie Williams, Jay Thomas, Norm Bellas, Seattle Women in Rhythm & Blues, Jay Roberts, the Drifters and numerous others.
Ray Ohls teaches jazz piano at Olympic College and is retired from the US Navy Band where he was Chief Protocol Piano Player for Navy Band Washington DC and first call pianist for the vice-president under two administrations. Jazz artists Ray has performed with include Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Harrison, Bobby Shew, and Andy Martin.
Richard Person picked up his dad's trumpet at age five and was fronting dance bands by age thirteen. In his high school years he also studied saxophone and piano, and worked in bands playing all styles. Drafted after three years of college, he played in the army concert band and big band performing swing and jazz. After his time in the military he went on the road with several different types of groups, and played almost all fifty states. Finally landing in southern California, Richard hooked up with several influential players while fine-tuning his musical style. There he worked in the recording industry and in clubs. His credits include Hollywood studio stints with Billy May, Les Baxter and the Della Reese Big Band.
Milo Petersen is currently on the affiliate faculty at Seattle Central Community College and was recently honored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. In 1993 he was awarded a composition grant by the Seattle Art's Commission. Milo Petersen and the Jazz Disciples were featured in the Encyclopedia Of Northwest Music by James Bush. Milo has performed with a wide array of artists including Eartha Kitt, Ernestine Anderson, Julian Priester, Cedar Walton and Mose Allison. He has also played for a variety of shows including The Fifth Dimension, The Bob Hope Show, The Coasters and The Drifters.
Michael Powers graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle's prestigious Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Composition and Performance. One of the Northwest's most popular guitarists, Michael has performed with, recorded with or shared billings with Herbie Hancock, Eddie "Clean Head" Vinson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ray Charles, Diane Schuur, and R&B greats Gladys Knight and the Pips and Atlantic Starr, among others.
George Radebaugh holds a bachelor's degree in music composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara, but is currently most interested in the spontaneity of jazz improvisation. Originally from the East Coast, he now resides in Port Townsend and can be heard throughout the Northwest playing jazz, funk and other styles. He has worked with Chuck Easton, Pete Toyne, Rickey Kelly, Phil Sparks, Bud Shank, and many other Northwest jazz greats. George frequently plays solo piano and is a preferred accompanist for jazz singers.
Mikel Rollins, a multi-instrumentalist, will perform with Mark on bass - and maybe guitar, and maybe even some sax … Mikel has performed throughout the Western U.S. and Japan, and has shared his broad musical knowledge with children by teaching instrumental music classes at Seattle's Cooper Elementary and Stevens Elementary schools. Mikel currently leads his own Momentum Jazz Quartet, and has performed with a number of well-known Northwest jazz groups, including the Lonnie Williams Group, Clarence Acox Group and Hadley Caliman Ensemble.
Paul Sawyer, a Seattle guitarist, has played professionally for over 20 years and is on the adjunct music faculty at North Seattle Community College. He studied at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston and privately with master bassist Gary Peacock. His credits include performances with Petula Clark, Lonnie Williams, Sam Andrew (of Big Brother/Janis Joplin) and Steve Smith (Drummer for Journey and Vital Information).
Bud Schultz holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Puget Sound. Bud has played and recorded with such greats as Milt Hinton, Larry Bunker, and Martin Denny. He is the accompanist for Makini Magee, the former accompanist for Patti Suzuki, and has accompanied such jazz notables as Mel Torme, Johnny Desmond, Dorothy Dandridge, and Helen O'Connell.
Christina Shinkle is a keyboardist, composer, and improviser with strong roots in jazz and African American gospel music. After growing up in Bremerton, she trained as a jazz musician at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Miami. She moved back to Seattle and played in various local venues with various musicians in various permutations. She has played for jazz groups, avant-garde groups, improvisational theater groups, a variety pack of vocalists, blues bands, an Elvis impersonator, Latin bands, and a local African American gospel composer and psalmist. She has also toured and recorded as a side person.
Michael Stoican is an Emmy award-winning composer and performer. He studied music with jazz/fusion virtuoso Don Mock and legendary jazz guitarist Howard Roberts, and has been a guitar and electric bass instructor at Olympic College for more than 20 years. Michael has composed and recorded for numerous televised programs, many of which have won Emmy or International Telly awards for their musical scores. He can be heard on PBS productions such as "Over America," "America's Historic Trails with Tom Bodett," and Rick Steves' "Travels in Europe."
John Stowell is a highly acclaimed Portland-based jazz guitarist who tours, records and teaches internationally. He has been Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, and in the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer in Oregon Public Broadcasting's PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including "Downbeat", "Guitar Player" and Canadian Musician". His album, "Through the Listening Glass" with David Friesen, was chosen one of the "Ten Best Jazz Albums of the Decade" by the Los Angeles Examiner. John has performed or recorded with a number of famous jazz musicians, including Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, Herb Ellis and George Cables. "In the age of mediocrity and clones, John Stowell's uniqueness and originality are a breath of fresh air." - Paul Horn
Nelda Swiggett, pianist, is an active performer and composer on the Seattle music scene. She formed her first band in 1990, and has since performed at many of Seattle's leading clubs, concerts and festivals, including the Earshot Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot, and a KPLU-FM Summer Jazz Cruise. Her CD of original compositions, No Time for Daydreams, received extensive airplay on Seattle's jazz stations as well as national and international airplay. In 1998, her talent for composition was recognized by an Artist Trust Fellowship from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to performing and composing, Nelda keeps a busy schedule teaching jazz and classical piano.
Pete Toyne, guitarist, pianist, and vocalist, is a Northwest native who has played hundreds of venues all over the globe over a fifty year career. Pete has operated his own jazz clubs, the most recent in Port Townsend, WA. He has shared the stage with jazz luminaries Herb Ellis, Howard Roberts, Charlie Byrd, and others. He is presently involved in CD and DVD recordings of his own compositions.
Rick White is a classically trained composer and jazz bassist, which combine to make both his compositions and his playing truly unique. His first experiences as a bassist were in R&B bands playing clubs all over the Western U.S. giving him strong roots in groove oriented music. After this he chose to pursue a more formal music education and received a masters degree in Music Composition from Northern Illinois University, where his compositions received top awards each year he attended. While in school Rick maintained a busy schedule as a sideman as well as back up to many guest artists such as Tito Puente, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, and Bob Mintzer to name a few. Currently, Rick is the Director of Instrumental Music at Olympic College where he teaches music theory, jazz theory, bass lessons, and conducts both the Jazz and Wind ensembles.
Lonnie Williams is known in the Seattle music community as one of the leading tenor and alto saxophone players in the Northwest. Originally from Texas, Lonnie has performed with many blues legends including Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush and Robert Cray. Lonnie is the great saxophone player for whom Mark Lewis wrote the popular song "Lonnie Knows."
Ray Wood has played the guitar professionally for over half a century and has performed around the world. He plays everything from bebop to doo-wop and has toured with acts such as The Coasters, and the Louvin Brothers. As one of the most revered guitarists in the Northwest, Ray is a regular instructor at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and the Wintergrass Academy.