North Bend Jazz Walk April 20th 2019

Musician Profiles

Aria Prame
Since arriving in Seattle in 2002, vocalist Aria Prame has been sharing her pure sound with audiences around the Sound. Aria began seriously pursuing her passion for music in Boston, singing with local bands while studying vocal jazz with teachers from The New England Conservatory before moving to the Pacific Northwest. She is now consistently pleasing audiences with her soulful and distinctive style.

Every Wednesday night for five exciting years Aria Prame was the house singer at the popular Whisky Bar sessions with Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame legend, Ronnie Pierce. Here, she had the opportunity to play with top musicians from all over the country when they stopped by to sit in at what became a legendary jam session. Whether laying it down with the driving, kinetic and high-powered rhythm section and horn players at the late-night jams or playing the more intimate piano lounge at St. Clouds with pianist Tim Kennedy, Aria always brings her dynamic spirit, clear and smooth tone, and astute musicality.

In 2010, the Aria Prame Quartet headlined every Thursday at downtown Seattle's Cafe Amore. Along with a premiere Northwest rhythm section, Aria worked to develop a community of musicians and music lovers and garnered much attention, excitement, and positive reviews.

Aria released her first full-length album, Lost and Lookin', in November 2011. In addition to her work as a vocal soloist, Aria also performed regularly with the vocal trio Venus d'Bop (Aria Prame, Carrie Wicks, Kim Rushing) and with the exciting funk/soul band Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme, backing up powerhouse Eldridge Gravy.

Aria is now enjoying working out new material for an exciting duo project with vocalist Carrie Wicks as "Night-n-Gale" and is proud to have recorded the original title track song with Wicks for her new release "Maybe".

Carrie Wicks
Carrie Wicks... “a skilled vocalist, top-notch in her phrasing and intonation, but she also possesses an ineffable ‘something extra’ that’s both compelling and engaging in its delivery of the stories she has to tell . . .”
–All About Jazz

When Carrie Wicks steps up to sing, her shy, demure manner gives you the impression that she just came from her day job as a librarian. Then she counts her band off, closes her eyes, and proceeds to mellifluously swing her butt off, unassumingly drawing the audience in all the while. At ease and unhurried, she meanders in and out of a medium swing, taking notice of every detail, seemingly to lag a mile behind the beat to examine the intricacies of an embellished chord, only to magically appear right in time without missing a step.

Her early musical background included playing viola in Summit, New Jersey, singing harmonies during middle school in a church choir in Dorset, Vermont, and then playing cornet in jazz band in high school. But it wasn’t until the fall of 2001, while living out in the woods of Indianola, Washington, when she ferried across the Sound for her first jazz-singing workshop in Seattle, that she fell for the bright light of urban jazz. Since then Ms. Wicks has been focusing on jazz vocals and collaboratively composing songs with bassist Ken Nottingham for the Bushwick Book Club of Seattle and pianist Nick Allison; she also harmonizes with Aria Prame as Night-n-Gale and has assisted in producing eight variety shows called the Big Gig at the Triple Door with Billy Brandt. She’s gained notice for her lustrous, burnished tone; her uncanny sense of phrasing; and a delivery that’s both understated and passionate.

In 2010 her debut CD, I’ll Get Around to It, catapulted her to national acclaim, reaching to #26 in the JazzWeek charts. She followed it with Barely There in 2012, and her third album, Maybe, which released in October 2015. A Seattle resident, she has performed at Tula’s, the Triple Door, the Royal Room, the Sorrento Hotel, Vito’s, St. Clouds, Egan’s Ballard Jam House, and other area venues.

Ms. Wicks is a three-time nominee for Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award “Vocalist of the Year” for 2012, 2015, and 2016.

Bellevue High School Jazz Bands

Bernie Jacobs
Called a "triple threat," Bernie Jacobs sings and plays flute and as well as soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones. He is a self-taught musician who has performed professionally for more than 40 years, effortlessly transitioning through rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop landscapes. In addition to performing with his own group, BJQ, Bernie has sung with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and Full Circle Ensemble, and he is the front man for drummer André Thomas' Quiet Fire. He often performs as a guest artist or sideman with other Seattle area groups, including Clarence Acox’s Legacy Band as well as various ensembles led by drummer Greg Williamson.

Tony Foster
May 2009 marked the release of jazz pianist and composer Tony Foster's debut trio recording entitled "In Between Moods". The recording features Joe Poole on drums and Russell Botten on bass. The album showcases Foster's composing and arranging skills as well as tracks paying tribute to some of Foster's key influences including Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal. The album charted in the top 50 for jazz radio in the US and Canada and received many great reviews In April and May 2009 Foster completed a series of performances in Torino Italy and Nice France, followed by a return to Vancouver for featured shows with his trio at the June 2009 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Prior to his debut CD release, Foster has been featured with his own trio on CBC’s (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) nationally broadcast JAZZBEAT as well as the CBC program Hot Air produced by Neil Ritchie. Foster performs and tours frequently with his trio, as a solo pianist, as a sideman for many instrumentalists and vocalists, and sometimes at the Hammond B-3 organ.

Tony Foster was born and raised in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. He received his initial musical training early on, in the form of classical piano lessons privately. In school bands, his main instrument became the trumpet. His studies on the trumpet continued until college, and it was not until this time that his focus changed to piano. Foster began playing with various university ensembles on the piano (highlighted by performances with guests such as jazz saxophone legend Phil Woods), and graduated in 1996 from UBC (University of British Columbia) with a Commerce Degree. Eventually choosing to pursue a musical career, he was a 1998 recipient of the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship. Foster then participated in a residency at the Banff Jazz Workshop in 2000 where he studied jazz piano and performed with notable jazz artists including saxophonist David Liebman, multi-instrumentalist Don Thompson, pianist Kenny Werner, and bassist Ray Drummond.

Emmanuel del Casal
​Hi, my name is Emmanuel del Casal, and I am the Music and Events Maestro. It has taken me over 30 years to get to where I am as a professional musician and a professional in the Special Events industry. It has been a wonderful journey that has taken me around the world traveling to perform music, making original music in countless projects and bands, recording in studios, as well as learning the business of booking gigs and musical performance for special events.

Being the Music and Events Maestro is a hat I wear as an Events Professional when working with special private events. In my career spanning more than 30 years, I have done thousands of gigs and events of all types. I have focused upon playing for special private events for the last 20 years. Playing live music in a public venue such as a nightclub, bar, restaurant, tavern, or cafe is not the same thing as being hired to perform for a private event. These are two separate things....

Boxley Pro Am Big Band
The Boxley Pro-Am Big Band features a mix of professionals, band directors and students. The full 16-piece big band will perform and workshop arrangements from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones as well as some originals from within the band. Curated by Matso Limtiaco (arranger and bari sax, Emerald City Jazz Orchestra) and Greg Williamson (drums, Woody Herman alum), this will be part community band, part educational bring-them-up, and all hard-hitting, pro-quality, big band jazz. The Boxley Pro-Am Big Band hosts a special evening of music the third Thursday of the month for the past 2 years in North Bend.

Chris Fagan
Chris Fagan began his jazz education under the mentorship of Bobby Bradford in the early 80’s when he attended Pomona College in Claremont California, a once fertile jazz colony that boasted the likes of James Newton, Arthur Blythe, and David Murray. Shortly thereafter, Fagan began teaming up with heavyweight Los Angeles jazz talents such as Carl Burnett, Bob Maize, and Billy Childs. Fagan appeared at Claremont McKenna College’s Becket Jazz Festival with bassist Scott Colley and veteran drummer Dick Berk in 1984. Fagan also studied with modern post-bop vibes virtuoso, Charlie Shoemake and the noted avant-garde clarinetist John Carter, relationships that foreshadowed Fagan’s lifelong pursuit of jazz on all sides of the musical spectrum.

Fagan moved to New York City in 1986 after receiving an NEA jazz grant to study with tenor sax giant, David Murray. Fagan’s time with Murray included filling in at rehearsals for absent members of the David Murray Octet and Big Band, and reading through hand-copied original compositions from Murray’s extensive music library. A highpoint for Fagan was sitting in at the Village Vanguard with the David Murray Quartet which featured John Hicks, Ray Drummond and Ed Blackwell. Fagan’s freelance career in New York spanned nine years playing jazz and Latin music in small ensembles and big bands with names as diverse as Jack McDuff and Dave Douglas. As a member of the Bill Warfield Big Band, Fagan regularly appeared with Rich Perry, Andy Fusco, and a number of other alumni from the Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis and Woody Herman big bands.

Eli Meisner
Seattle native and resident Eli Meisner began playing the guitar at the age of 13. A few years later, inspired by a small collection of jazz records, Eli began to take a more intense interest in his instrument. Practicing and performing fervently throughout his years in high school, Eli received several awards in recognition of his talent at both local and international jazz festivals. Assured by the encouragement of his mentor, fellow guitarist Bobby Broom, Eli decided to further his musical understanding by attending New York University's renown jazz program in New York City. There Eli was afforded the privilege of studying with guitarists Peter Bernstein, John Scofield, and Randy Johnston as well as tenor saxophonist Richard Perry. Inspired by his peers as well as idols such as Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, Eli continues to search for his own voice on the guitar. Eli has performed at several venues throughout the New York City and Seattle areas.

Michael Barnett
Michael Barnett began studying double bass with his father, a fine musician and teacher during his high school years and was soon performing professionally in clubs in the Joplin, Missouri area. After attending Yale University, he was based for several years in Kansas City, Missouri where he worked with and learned from many of the great players from the classic era of Kansas City Jazz.

Mr. Barnett was a member of the house orchestra at the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Playboy Resort Hotel for nearly 20 years accompanying most of the great names in jazz and pop music. He has been invited to jazz festivals throughout the United States and Canada, performing with a long roster of notable musicians. Mr. Barnett toured extensively with the late Pearl Bailey and Louie Bellson, and in recent years toured even more extensively with Peter Nero.

Mr. Barnett has been Peter Nero's principal bassist for over 18 years.

Tracy Knoop
Tracy Knoop, alto sax; A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Tracy Knoop is one of the best-known jazz artists and teachers in the region. After graduating from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, he joined the world-famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and toured with them for ten years. Tracy has performed with such greats as Louis Bellson, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Buddy Rich, and Mel Torme. He also has performed with the Temptations, Four Tops, and the Seattle Symphony. He can be heard on commercial recordings by the Charlie May All-Star Big Band, Keith Henson, Octet, Pony Boy All-Star Big Band, and the Tracy Knoop Quartet. He continues to perform and teach extensively throughout the Northwest and across the country.

Danny Kolke
Danny Kolke is known for his aggressive technique, passionate voicings and hard swinging blues and gospel feel. As Jim Wilke (KNKX / Jazz After Hours Public Radio International) has said, “if you like trio’s like those of Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, you are going to like this trio.” Danny plays piano with his trio every Sunday at the Firehouse in North Bend and he has three CD’s on the Pony Boy Records label. His most recent CD, “Danny Kolke Trio +One Featuring Pete Christlieb”, add’s Pete’s amazing legendary Tenor sound to the dynamic group. It’s a must have to any Jazz fan’s collection. Danny’s other Trio recordings are “Sunday Nights, Live at Boxley’s” and “A New Meaning”.

In 2010, Danny founded the Boxley Music Fund (now JazzClubsNW), a nonprofit 501c3 based organization committed to helping support live music performance and Jazz education. JazzClubsNW is a membership based organization that pays musicians to host clinics and workshops, public performances as well as organize Jazz & Blues festivals. For more than 7 years JazzClubsNW is turning out to be a big success supporting efforts to promote Jazz education and performance across the Northwest. JazzClubsNW has also sponsored Jazz nonprofits in Bellingham and Tacoma Washington as well as launching Jazz Festivals in Tacoma, Olympia and North Bend. Danny continues to serve on the board of the organization and volunteer at numerous events. If you aren’t a member yet, you should be. In 2012, Danny founded the North Bend Jazz Walk and in 2013, the North Bend Blues Walk.

Greg Williamson
Greg Williamson is a jazz drummer, percussionist, composer, musical instigator, and keeper of a jazz flame. Early musical highlights include stints with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd (1988-89), The Glenn Miller Orchestra (1988) and The Harry James Orchestra. He toured many times with Steve Allen’s re-creation of the Tonight Show alongside classic entertainers like singers Joe Williams and Rosemary Clooney, pianist Paul Smith, comedians Louis Nye and Bill “Jose Jimenez” Dana, and others. Through the 1990’s Greg was seen often onstage leading and contracting with icons like Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, and Joan Rivers.

Williamson’s early influences included Count Basie and Thelonious Monk. Personal mentorships with jazz hero’s like Ray Brown, Mel Lewis, Buddy Catlett, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton and Red Kelley set him up for a long association with Grammy nominated vocalist Ernestine Anderson. Starting as her drummer of choice for many tours of the United States, Japan and South America, he eventually acted as her musical director.

Mid 1990’s also saw the formation of Pony Boy Records, an independent style record label made up of straight ahead jazz artists with a Northwest focus. PBR has over 60 releases to date, including CD’s by Williamson’s Big Bad Groove Society, GW Quartet, Pony Boy All-Star Big Band, Double Sax Quintet (listed in the Jazz Times Year in Review Critics Picks 2002), and many more. PBR is distributed worldwide by Burnside Distribution. Williamson produced the annual Jazz Picnic for 10 years, which won awards for contributions to the community by Earshot Jazz, and whose t-shirts still adorn the fans and musicians of the Northwest.

Williamson has been instrumental in the creation of a non-profit performance and education venue in North Bend, Washington, Boxley's and the Boxley's Music Fund – along with satellite venues, now collectively called JazzClubsNW. The non-profit venture has partnered with many community members, producing Jazz Walks, festivals, and public concerts. Many live recordings have been produced – Live at Boxley’s with the Danny Kolke Trio + Pete Christlieb is a favorite.

Williamson has also been an active educator and clinician, working at Green River College and Bellevue College, and recently as a graduate jazz and percussion assistant at the highly regarded Central Washington University.

Michael Glynn
Born in Seattle, Michael Glynn began playing bass at the age of 11. Beginning his jazz studies with former Count Basie and Louis Armstrong bassist Buddy Catlett, Michael starting working professionally while still a student at Garfield High School, where he played for four years in that school's renowned jazz band. After two years in engineering school at Columbia University in New York City, Michael returned to Seattle where he graduated summa cum laude in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Washington, where he studied under Doug Miller and Barry Lieberman.

Moving to Albuquerque in 2006, he quickly established himself as an integral part of the New Mexico music scene, performing and recording extensively, and also making time to earn his Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, studying with Mark Tatum. In 2012 Michael moved to the Palo Alto for a year where he worked with musicians all around the Bay Area and was on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

In addition to performing with countless local musicians throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, and New Mexico, Glynn has performed with jazz legends including Bud Shank, Jon Hendricks, Bobby Shew, Mark Levine, Dave Grusin, Geoffrey Keezer, Seamus Blake, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Benny Green, Gary Smulyan, Don Lanphere, Conte Candoli, Bob Florence, Doug Lawrence, William Parker, Kevin Hays, Kim Richmond, Aaron Parks, Madeline Eastman, Dena DeRose, and the Cab Calloway Orchestra. Michael has performed around the United States and in Canada, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Oman, and Trinidad and Tobago. On top of his jazz work, Michael performs in a variety of other genres, including classical work with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Opera Southwest, and Canticum Novum Santa Fe, calypso with steel drum legend Ray Holman, and a mix of Arabic and Western music with Iraqi-American oud virtuoso Rahim Al Haj.

Michael currently resides in Seattle, Washington.

Steve Messick
Steve Messick is a jazz and classical bassist and composer based in Seattle, Washington. He is the founder and band leader of the Endemic Ensemble and the Random Access Quartet, and he is a member of Orchestra Seattle.

Endemic Ensemble: Tangled

In 2016, Steve produced the Endemic Ensemble's second album, Tangled, released through Opus Funkus Music. This recording contains three of Steve's compositions: "Sugar Ant", "The Snort", and "Goodbye, Old Friend".

In collaboration with percussionist Christian Krehbiel in 2013, Steve founded the Random Access Quartet, an alternative jazz quartet that performs songs from rock and pop artists, such as Radiohead, Blondie, Portishead, Santana, and Led Zeppelin, along with hard-bop standards from jazz artists like Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver.

Endemic Ensemble: Lunar

In 2012, Steve produced the Endemic Ensemble's debut album, Lunar, released through Pony Boy Records. This recording contains six of Steve's compositions: "Lunar", "Return of the Pelicans", "March-Bop", "Solace", "A Short Walk with Many Stops", and "Spikenard". Lunar has received praise from Lucid Culture's review, Endemic Ensemble Delivers a Gorgeously Tuneful 2012 Album, and from Carol Banks Weber's review, Endemic Ensemble turns LUNAR into a swanky jazz club experience. Lunar made Lucid Culture's The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2012.

In 2010, Steve founded the Endemic Ensemble, a collaborative, modern jazz quintet with Travis Ranney on tenor and soprano saxophones, Matso Limtiaco on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, and Ken French on drums. The Endemic Ensemble's music is composed by Messick, Franklin, and Limtiaco. In 2016, Christian Krehbiel joined the Endemic Ensemble on drums.

Paul Gillespie

Paul Gillespie is a tenor saxophonist, composer, and music educator who performs improvised music throughout the Seattle area as a member of the Jazz Police, PGM Trio, Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, and Kevin McCarthy Quartet, and has recorded on recent CD releases PGM Trio (2013), Gimme Some Sugar, Baby! (2014), and Celebration (2015). Paul regularly appears with others as a freelance musician and was honored to join Daniel Barry’s Celestial Rhythm Orchestra in a 2014 Earshot Jazz Festival performance at the Seattle Art Museum. An upcoming debut recording featuring original compositions is forthcoming in 2016.

Matso Limtiaco
Matso Limtiaco majored in Music Education as an undergraduate. After a brief period teaching public school music, he earned his MA in music theory/composition at Washington State University in 1990. He spent six years teaching music at all levels from junior high band to university jazz ensembles, arranging music for his own groups and for a variety of local performers.

Although he no longer teaches music full-time, Matso continues to be active as a freelance composer, arranger, and performer in the Seattle area. His baritone saxophone work has anchored the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra saxophone section since 1994, and the band's two recordings (“Alive and Swinging” and “Come Rain or Come Shine”) feature his charts. He resides in Snohomish WA with his wife Melanie and sons Alex and A.J.

This year at the Jazz Walk Matso is performing with the Endemic Ensemble and directing the Boxley ProAm Big Band.

David Bush
Drummer Dave Bush has been a quiet but steady presence on the Seattle music scene since around 2002. He has performed and recorded with Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints, Surf Monk, and Brazil Novo, among countless others.

David Franklin
David Franklin, a product of the University of Oregon and University of Washington music programs, studied with Lois Lisez, Victor Steinhardt, and Marc Seales. At the University of Chicago, he was a founding member of the avant-garde Jazz X-Tet, directed by AACM chairman Mwata Bowden. In the early '90s, David toured Japan with vocal jazz group Soundsation, and in the 2000s he performed regularly in Seattle with rock band Three Shades of Gray (3SG).

Endemic Ensemble
ENDEMIC ENSEMBLE features Steve Messick, bass; Paul Gillespie, tenor sax; Matso Limtiaco, baritone sax; David Franklin, piano & Christian Krehbiel, drums

Founded by bassist Steve Messick in early 2010, the Endemic Ensemble is a modern, collaborative jazz quintet based in Seattle, Washington with Messick on double bass, Travis Ranney on tenor and soprano saxophones, Matso Limtiaco on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, David Franklin on piano, and Christian Krehbiel on drums. The music, composed by Messick, Franklin, and Limtiaco, is influenced by '60s hard bop, big band, and 19th and 20th century classical music, and is described as having “swinging rhythm, great tunes and purposeful playing - always in the service of the song, and usually anchored in the blues” (Lucid Culture). “Think hard-bop meets classical and big band horns” (Carol Banks Weber, AXS).

For more info, visit opusfunkus.com/endemicensemble

Greg Ruby
GREG RUBY & The Rhythm Runners
Greg Ruby, guitar; Julian Smedley, violin; Ryan Hoffman, rhythm guitar & Geoff Cooke, bass

Seattle-based guitarist and composer Greg Ruby plays diverse styles of vintage jazz. Described as “truly hot jazz” by Vintage Guitar Magazine, his CD, Look Both Ways, celebrating the 100th birthday of guitarist Django Reinhardt and featuring 12 original compositions, reached #1 on the Roots Music Review jazz chart. He leads The Greg Ruby Quartet, a Hot Club jazz group dedicated to all-original compositions; collaborates with New York and New Orleans musicians in The Rhythm Runners, a Prohibition-era dance band; plays Valse musette and European café jazz with Bric-a-brac Trio; and is a member of The Post Alley Ramblers, an old school New Orleans-style jazz quartet. A former member of Pearl Django, Greg has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and appeared at the prestigious Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-seine, France. As founding member of Hot Club Sandwich, Greg can be heard on all the band’s recordings and produced their 2010 release, And If Only, featuring legendary vocalist Dan Hicks. Greg’s compositions have been heard on television and documentaries including NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He’s published the Pearl Django Play-Along Book Vol.1 through Djangobooks.com and is completing a play-along CD/book on the swing guitar mastery of Oscar Aleman.

Jonathan Doyle
Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle recently relocated to Port Townsend WA in the Pacific Northwest. He still spends time in Chicago, Austin TX, and on the road.

Jonathan briefly attended Depaul’s School of Music in Chicago, where he studied under Mark Colby. He left school to pursue a full time career in music during the neo-swing movement of the mid-90s, playing with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four Charms. He has also worked with Chicago’s emerging improvisers such as Josh Berman, Jason Adasiewicz, and Design Flaw, and developed an interest in country blues and jug band music playing with the Wabash Jug Band. In 2004, Mr. Doyle moved to Austin to pursue his love of acoustic and roots music afresh. After a brief stint with the Asylum Street Spankers, he went on to freelance in Central Texas’ vibrant traditional jazz, swing, and western swing scene, playing with well-established acts such as Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, as well being a part of many fine local bands such as Thrift Set Orchestra, Albanie & her Fellas, Stan Smith and the Jazz Pharaohs, Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies, East Side Dandies, White Ghost Shivers, Whit Smith's Hot Jazz Caravan, The Giant Three and his own projects The Jonathan Doyle Quintet / Swingtet. His time in New Orleans introduced him to the hot jazz and traditional blues band, Tuba Skinny, whom he played and traveled with extensively from 2011-2015. 2016 to early 2017 had Jonathan spending a whole lot of time in Chicago playing with the amazing Fat Babies as well as guitar maestro, Joel Paterson. 2016 was also the start of playing more regularly with Naomi & Her Handsome Devils and Hal Smith's Swing Central!

Jonathan is committed to crafting original music as well studying the American musical traditions. He strives to organize and be a part of bands whose music is rooted, yet distinct. And to play for listeners and dancers anywhere they'll have him!

Ryan Hoffman has been part of the Seattle music scene for over 25 years and has performed extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Ryan grew up in Kansas City. He first picked up the guitar at age eleven and started playing in working rock bands as a teenager. He continued to play in rock, alt-rock and punk bands through college until he became interested in traditional American music styles; bluegrass, blues, folk and ragtime. His interest in roots music led him all over the country, touring and seeking opportunities to play and learn. A five month stay in New Orleans inspired him to take up swing jazz, and being a lover of acoustic music, the move to Gypsy jazz seemed natural. The style is so rich for the guitar.

In 2000, Ryan spent a year in France researching Gypsy Jazz music. After which he returned to the U.S. to start Zazou. Based in Seattle, Zazou has been a popular Gypsy Jazz band around the Puget Sound for over 10 years. The group has released three CDs: Zazou, Djangolotry and Merle Noir, has played in private and public venues all over the region, toured the West Coast, contributed original music to a movie soundtrack and had their music used for a series of local TV commercials. In 2004, Ryan returned to France and The Netherlands for an extended stay to study with guitarists Fapy Lafertin and Sammy Daussat. He also had the good fortune to play alongside outstanding guitarists, Angelo Debarre, David Reinhardt, Noe Reinhardt and Sebastien Giniaux at jazz jams in Paris.

In 2007, he joined the Northwest’s most well known Gypsy Jazz combo Pearl Django and began touring a gigging internationally. Ryan has shared the stage with many renowned artists, including Martin Taylor, Fapy Lafertin, Bucky Pizzarelli, Larry Coryell, Howard Alden, Andreas Oberg, Robin Nolan, Tcha Limberger, Olli Sokkeli, Ken Peplowski, Darol Anger, Connie Evingson, Dave Kelbie, Greta Matassa and Gail Pettis. He has also performed with the Seattle Musical Theatre and the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra. Ryan’s playing and compositions are featured on Pearl Django’s CDs, “Systeme D”, “Eleven” and “Time Flies”. In 2015, after eight incredible years, Ryan left Pearl Django to build his ever growing teaching business and to devote more time to his family.

Ryan continues to perform with his own combos, and work as a recording artist. He manages the Ryan Hoffman Trio, performs as a solo artist and sits in with other local bands such as Hot Club Sandwich, The Djangomatics and Bric-a-Brac on occasion. He maintains a busy teaching schedule teaching private lessons, clinics, school classes and online lessons. In his private life, he loves to spend time with his wife and young daughter or in the kitchen, cooking up something or other.

Janette West
Janette West, voice; Ed Weber, keys; Jeff Norwood, bass & Marty Tuttle, percussion

Seattle-based vocalist Janette West's multi-layered career spans four decades, and was nurtured in the fabric of Northwest music history. Her voice and style is a rich composite of dynamic jazz improvisation with the plush warmth of soulful R&B influences. Jazz Times writes, “West is a first rate swinger, comparable in style and gusto to Ernestine Anderson, though the warmth of her ballads is more reminiscent of Natalie Cole.” The Examiner writes: “Janette West is a lovely and mercurial vocalist, a local favorite.”

For more info, visit janettewest.com

Ed Weber
Ed Weber’s an in-demand jazz keyboardist with a divine touch that’s been likened to Bill Evans, one of his heroes. He started off as the organist for the Hawaii Islanders baseball team at Aloha Stadium, and soon gained favor with local and international artists as their go-to sideman and session player. He played in the orchestra pit of Jo Anne Worley’s musical, “They’re Playing Our Song,” in Hawaii, as well as Carole King’s Broadway musical, “Beautiful,” most recently in Seattle. Fluent in jazz, R&B, soul, and Top 40, he has also worked with Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, Pete Christlieb, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Watrous, Tiger Okoshi, Seawind’s Pauline Wilson, Jimmy Borges, Gabe Baltazar, Hawaiian Style Band, and many more. He is currently the musical director of Seattle’s premier Steely Dan tribute band, Nearly Dan.

Dan O'Brien
Dan O'Brien has been playing professionally for 51 years in various musical situations all over the world. He studied in Seattle with Nancy Griffin of the Seattle Symphony, and Gary Peacock. In Boston he studied with Miroslav Vitous at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1997 he moved to Seattle and currently lives in North Seattle with his wife and child.

Dan is currently teaching Upright Bass (Jazz and Classical) Electric Bass (All styles) at Music Works North West in Bellevue Washington.

He can be seen playing with Stephanie Porter, Bruce Staelens, Brian Nova, Susan Pascal, Jay Thomas and others around Seattle.

Dan has also performed with Sam Rivers, John Medeski, The Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Roberta Picket, Eddie Fisher, Regina Carter, Rachel Z, George Russell, Jackie Byard, Christopher Brooks, Cab Callaway, Allen Dawson, Charles McPherson, D. Sharpe, George Garzone, Rebecca Paris, Trudy Silver, Bill Lowe, Mose Allison, John Medeski, Bob Moses, Bill Frisell, Dorothy Donegon, Bill Pierce and others.

Marty Tuttle
Marty Tuttle is a veteran musician with a long history of credits, is the son of local treasure and icon trombonist Dave Tuttle. Growing up in a “jazz home,” Marty has lived music his entire life. Together, Janette and Marty formed their own groups. “Marty and I love playing music together. We know how lucky we are to share this dimension of life. We connect very well musically and this provides a solid core for the group.” For more info, visit janettewest.com

Jennifer Kienzle
Jennifer Kienzle is known for her purity of tone, her playfulness with song and her easy rapport with her audience. Jennifer has an attention to detail that employs both intuition and careful study and, whether performing her own arrangement of a song or singing on a standard form, her sound is evident to the listener. Singing out of sight and behind doors for much of her life, Jennifer Kienzle became interested in finding her voice in music ever since attending a workshop that took place close to her hometown of Ulm, Germany, hosted by the North Carolina-based singer, Melva Houston. Ms. Houston’s workshop sparked Jennifer’s desire to sing publicly. From that moment she began performing in various small and large ensembles around Germany and Switzerland.
Her activity has continued likewise since her arrival to Seattle in 2008.

Jennifer Kienzle enjoys actively contributing to the sonic landscape of Seattle’s jazz scene. She consistently performs in and out of town, both with her own quartet and The Easy Street Band. Regular venues include Tula’s, The Fireside Room, Vito’s, The Pink Door and Egan’s. A continuing student of music, Jennifer has taken lessons with Greta Matassa and Johnaye Kendrick and is currently studying under multi-instrumentalist Denney Goodhew.

Cole Schuster
A versatile guitar player with virtuosic technique, Cole Schuster has shared the stage with jazz greats including Wycliffe Gordon, the Clayton Brothers, Jeff Hamilton, and Wynton Marsalis.

Johnaye Kendrick
Johnaye is a vocalist & composer from San Diego, currently teaching Jazz Voice at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She’s traveled and performed with the Nicholas Payton Sextet, Ellis Marsalis Quartet, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and many others. While attending the Thelonious Monk Institute, Johnaye worked with many outstanding jazz musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Brian Blade. She received an Artist’s Diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from Loyola University in 2009. Johnaye currently performs her own original compositions as well as fresh interpretations of beloved jazz and blues compositions. She focuses on graceful renditions of jazz standards and composes music and lyrics where she often accompanies herself on harmonium, violin, viola and percussion. The legendary Jimmy Heath says that “Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears.”

Chris Symer
Chris Symer (bass) feels at home playing almost any type of music and has found a way to keep himself busy in a variety of musical situations. From the un-classifiable Southern California based group “Headless Household,” to his work with saxophonist Bennie Maupin, guitarists Charlie Byrd & Robben Ford and pianist Roger Kellaway to orchestral playing for film scores, Symer’s consistent sound and reliable sense of direction have not only helped him find work, but to get there on time as well. Since moving to Seattle from Los Angeles in 2002 he has become an integral part of the city’s jazz scene.

"Chis plays the bass and he's very good at it. "

Bill Anschell
Seattle native Bill Anschell returned to the Emerald City in 2002 after spending 25 years studying, composing, and performing across the country and around the world.

Anschell left Seattle after high school, studying for two years at Oberlin College (Ohio), then transferring to Wesleyan University (Connecticut), where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Music. At Wesleyan, Anschell worked closely with saxophone great Bill Barron. He also studied semi-privately with South Indian mridangum master T Ranganathan, kindling a passion for rhythmic experimentation that has driven Anschell’s music ever since.

After leading the life of a jazz vagabond for several years, Anschell settled in Atlanta in 1989. He was initially drawn there by the opportunity to serve as Jazz Coordinator for the Southern Arts Federation (SAF), the regional arts agency of the South. Firing up SAF’s jazz department virtually from scratch, Anschell launched a host of high-profile programs, published a book on grantswriting, and created JazzSouth, an internationally syndicated radio show. At night he dove headlong into the city’s thriving jazz scene, working as a sideman with various groups and leading his own trio.

By 1992, Anschell’s performing itinerary had grown to the point where it demanded his full attention. He left the SAF post, continuing to produce JazzSouth out of his home while focusing on playing and composing. Over the next ten years, Anschell ascended the jazz ranks in Atlanta, leading his trio at major festivals and becoming a first-call accompanist for visiting jazz greats. His trio’s highlights included the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the Montreux Atlanta Festival and four extensive tours of South America.

During the same period, Anschell enjoyed a lengthy association with vocalist Nnenna Freelon, serving as her pianist, arranger and musical director. Among their many performing highlights were the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and six European tours. Their concerts were broadcast on Radio France, French national television, and NPR’s JazzSet. Anschell’s piano work and arrangements were featured throughout Freelon’s 1996 Concord release Shaking Free, which was nominated for a Grammy as the year’s best jazz vocal recording.

Anschell’s own CDs have earned critical acclaim and widespread exposure, with several making Jazzweek’s national “Top 50” chart for radio airplay. Anschell’s 1998 release, a different note all together, was selected by United Press International (UPI) as one of the “10 Best” jazz releases of the year. His 2006 CD, More to the Ear than Meets the Eye, was chosen by numerous critics and radio stations across the country for their “10 Best of 2006” lists. His 2009 duo CD of spontaneous improvisations with saxophonist Brent Jensen was described by Cadence as “startlingly beautiful, surprising, and powerful…a transforming experience.” And his 2011 solo piano release, Figments was called “magical” in Thomas Conrad’s JazzTimes review.

In 2001, Anschell was selected by the American Composers Forum for its Composer-in-the-Schools program; his residency included a commissioned piece for chamber orchestra. Since 2003, his original compositions have received widespread cable and network exposure, appearing on programs including NBC’s The West Wing, NCIS: LA, HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire, and HBO’s Bessie Smith biopic, Bessie.

In 2008, Anschell's Atlanta trio reunited for a fifth South American tour, visiting the Colombian cities of Medellin, Pereira and Manizales; in 2012 the trio made its fourth visit to Peru, and in 2014 its third trip to Paraguay.

As a Seattleite, Anschell had the honor of playing a weekly gig with Northwest jazz legend Floyd Standifer for the two years before his passing. In 2005, Anschell received a Golden Ear Award as the “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year,” and in 2006 his trio was named the “Best Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble.” In 2010 and 2011 Anschell was again was named “Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year,” and in 2011 his CD Figments was named “Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year.” In 2013, he played several concerts with the Seattle Symphony. His 2013 CD, Impulses, took him into new territory, featuring twelve tracks of original electronica.

Anschell is also well known as a jazz humorist, writing jazz vignettes and a monthly jazz etiquette column. His satirical essay, Careers in Jazz, is the all-time most-read piece on leading jazz website allaboutjazz.com with more than 250,000 hits, and was prominently featured in a Wall Street Journal story on jazz audiences. In 2014 he was a winner of the inaugural Paul Desmond Award, allaboutjazz.com’s celebration of the funniest jazz artists.

Katy Bourne
Katy Bourne is a Seattle-based jazz vocalist and writer. Known for her playful approach and her hard-swingin’ band, Katy performs at nightspots and festivals throughout the Northwest. In his review of her CD “As the Fates Decide,” (Pony Boy, 2009) Christopher Loudon (JazzTimes) described Katy as “a vocalist who can swing as elegantly as Nancy Wilson while invading the lyric with both the insightfulness of Anita O’Day and the smolder of Julie London.”

Weirdo Simpatico is a head-on collision between flash fiction and free jazz. Using original short stories as a springboard, the band fuses quirky narratives with spirited improvisation to take audiences on an adventurous romp across unexpected musical landscapes. The band features Katy Bourne on vocals, Paul Gabrielson on bass, Rick Mandyck on tenor sax and Greg Campbell on percussion and drums.

Eugene was resolute. He would not pay for a third Rhinoplasty. “You already look like a duck,” he reasoned, “This freak show is breaking the bank.” But his wife begged and cajoled. She only wanted a few finishing touches. Tired of her endless haranguing, Eugene considered his options. He watched videos on YouTube and researched over-the-counter anesthetics. “How hard could this be?” he thought to himself, “It’s not like it’s brain surgery.”

Paul Gabrielson
Paul Gabrielson, a jazz bassist and educator has been playing professionally for over 30 years Recently relocating back to Seattle from New York City, Paul brings with him a performance roster of some of the finest jazz musicians on the scene today. Paul earned his Bachelors in Music at Central Washington University and a Masters of Arts in Music at City College in NYC studying with jazz bassist John Patitucci. He has also spent time studying with jazz greats Ray Brown, Cecil McBee, John Clayton and classical studies with Ron Simon of the Seattle Symphony. As an educator Paul has taught at Pacific Lutheran University, Central Washington University and City College of New York and numerous clinics and recitals nationwide. Paul is also the festival founder and director of the annual Pinehurst Jazz Festival in Pinehurst, NC. Paul has performed with Jeff Watts, Jeff Herschfield, Mark Ferber, Benny Green, Bob Florence, Bill Mays, Geoff Keezer, Larry Fuller, Arturo O’Farrill, Ron Affif, Paul Bollenbach, Corey Christianson, Randy Johnston, Don Mock,Ingrid Jensen, Duane Eubanks, Terrell Stafford, Jon Gordon, Mingus Big Band, Diane Shure, Jay Clayton, Mark Murphy and many more.

Rick Mandyck
Rick Mandyck has developed one of the most remarkable and distinctive tenor saxophone sounds to be heard anywhere: big, warm, expressive and exciting. His melodic and improvisational style is a mix of pieces assimilated from his heroes (John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderly, Michael Brecker) and his original touches drawn from his own roots in the blues. Born and raised in New York, Mandyck settled in Seattle in the early '80's where he soon became a top player in clubs, concerts and recording studios. He's performed and recorded with jazz greats Mark Murphy, Billy Hart, Lawrence Marable, and Carter Jefferson and was awarded "Best NW Instrumentalist" in the 1999 Earshot Jazz Awards. Because of health issues,he was recently forced to surrender his saxophone and turn his attention to the guitar.

Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell holds a doctorate in percussion performance with an emphasis on ethnomusicology from the University of Washington, and a masters degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. His doctoral work included a dissertation about the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and other free jazz collectives in the United States during the 1960s.

He plays drums and percussion in jazz, classical, and other musical contexts, including his long-standing membership in the Ghanaian traditional drumming group Anokye Agofomma. He teaches music courses at several colleges in the Puget Sound region.

Kelley Johnson
Kelley Johnson has twice been chosen to be a musical ambassador abroad. Her quartet auditioned live for Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center for lengthy tours for the US State Department in 2004 and 2008. Since her celebrated debut recording “Make Someone Happy” with Fred Hersch, she has achieved critical acclaim with every recording. “Music is the Magic” from which “Tea For Two” garnered her First-Place in the 2003 International Jazzconnect Vocal Competition was recorded in Brooklyn in 2002 and produced by the brilliant trumpeter, Brian Lynch. The Jazz Education Journal listed the ensuing “Live at Birdland”, taped in one special night at the historic New York City club, as a Blue Chip Jazz Vocal album of 2004. The Birdland evening featured reknown trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, the stellar John Hansen, beauteous Ugonna Okegwo and effervescent Jon Wikan, and the songs range from seductive intimacy to streetcorner jive to sophisticatedly reorganized Americana, all tell-tale signs of Kelley’s unique stamp.

“I heard Kelley Johnson live in NYC recently and was blown away. I had to buy the CD and it confirmed my impressions of this creative singer and her warm, glistening sound. Kelley is consistently inventive, improvising in soulful and unexpected ways; sometimes sounding like an instrument, other times playing creatively with lyrics. Her sense of rhythm is unerring and is accentuated by her excellent arrangements. She's a fabulous singer that anyone interested in vocal jazz should be aware of.” - Audrey Silver review, CD Baby

Kelly Eisenhour
Kelly Eisenhour is a prolific jazz vocalist, as well as a jazz educator. Her latest album, “Invitation,” is set to release in December 2016 on Pony Boy Records. Previously, her album "Seek and Find," featuring Bob Mintzer, reached #14 on the JazzWeek charts and received continuous airplay for 7 months after release. The 2010 winner of the Seattle-Kobe Vocal Jazz Competition at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, Kelly has performed in many jazz festivals all over the country. She has also toured as guest soloist with the Boston Pops and worked as a backup vocalist with Gladys Knight. On the 2006 Grammy award winning album, “Gladys Knight: One Voice,” Kelly is credited as songwriter, soloist, co-arranger, and assistant choir director of the gospel choir featured on the album. Kelly received her undergraduate degree from Berklee College of Music, and her master’s degree from the University of Utah in jazz studies, composition and performance. She is currently the choral director at Green River College in Auburn, Washington where she teaches a variety of music classes, including directing the Green River Jazz Voices.

Sage Eisenhour
Sage Eisenhour sang in public for the first time with her middle school jazz band a short 3 years ago. A year later at 14, she was gigging at the wineries/breweries in the area including Piccola Cellars, Sigillo, William Church, Woodhouse, William Grassie Wine Estates, No-Boat Brewery, Snoqualmie Brewery; and at various events such as Old Bellevue Wine and Chocolate Walk, North Bend Jazz Walk, and Olympia Jazz Walk, to name a few. Entering high school she became one of two freshmen that made it into the award-winning Mount Si High School Jazz I Ensemble. She has played trumpet since 5th grade. Now in her junior year, she has been fortunate to participate with Mount Si Jazz I as a finalist in the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington competition two years in a row, on trumpet and vocals, winning an honorable mention for vocals her freshmen year, and an outstanding award for vocals her sophomore year. She also sang and played with the band when they were featured performers at the largest music conference in the world, the Midwest Clinic, in Chicago. As a part-time running start student, Sage is also now singing with Green River College's Jazz Voices and won an outstanding soloist award at the DeMiero Jazz Fest in March. She was also runner-up in the Seattle-Kobe Vocal Jazz Competition, 2018.

John Hansen
John Hansen is of that rarest of breeds: An attentive, discreetly inventive accompanist.

John Hansen is regarded as one of the most in-demand jazz pianists in the Northwest. A studied and musical ensemble player with a strong melodic vocabulary, John has always been recognizable for a unique personal voice.

His performance history includes such venues as NYC's Birdland, The Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, DC's John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Seattle's Jazz Alley and Tula's, and international festivals and tours in France, Japan, Korea, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Russia and Central America. During his career, John Hansen has performed and recorded with many of the Northwest's premiere, award-winning bands including: the Jay Thomas Quartet, Jim Knapp Orchestra, Kelley Johnson, and The Bill Ramsay-Milt Kleeb Band with Pete Christlieb. He has been invited to perform with The Seattle Symphony, Rick Margitza, Randy Brecker, Ingrid Jensen, Ernestine Anderson, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, David 'Fathead' Newman, and more.

Wayne Bliss
A very active musician in the greater Seattle area for over 25 years, Wayne has established himself as an in-demand bassist and guitarist. Wayne has had the privilege of working with such musical and show business legends as The Four Tops, The Temptations, Joan Rivers, Wayne Newton, Jerry Lewis, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Doc Severinsen, The Captain and Tennille, and Rosemary Clooney. In addition to playing as a freelance bassist and guitarist, Wayne also gives clinics and lectures in schools and enjoys working with musical groups throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Wayne has been married to the same great woman for 25 years and has two really cool kids!

Mercer Island High School Jazz Bands

Milo Petersen
Making his home in Seattle, guitarist /drummer /composer /educator Milo Petersen's first music lesson was from his Danish grandfather who played the harmonica and the accordion. When Milo was 5 years old he asked his Grandfather if he could play his harmonica. His grandfather replied, "First you have to whistle a tune". Milo went on to study violin and sing in church choirs as a child. He later studied guitar with Mark Baker, Jim Kelleher, Dave Peterson, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow and Joe Pass. He currently enjoys a long term student/teacher relationship with 7-string guitar master Ron Eschete. Milo has also studied drums with Moyes Lucas Jr., Victor Lewis, Billy Hart, Mel Brown, Steve Ellington, Jeff Hamilton, Ignacio Berroa, Idris Muhammed, and Herlin Riley.

Milo has been active in the Pacific Northwest jazz community since the late 70's after studying for 3 years at Western Washington University under Bill Cole, Scott Reeves, and Americole Biasini. Milo spent 4 years in New York City (1987-1991) leading trios and quartets and then returned to Seattle. In addition to playing with the wide array of amazing musicians in Seattle he has performed with some of the world's finest including: Gary Steele, Ron Eschete, Julian Priester, Joe Sample, Ernestine Anderson, Herb Ellis, Nancy King, Cedar Walton (with the Composer's and Improviser's Orchestra), Mose Allison, Larry Coryell, Chip Jackson, Eliot Zigmund, Billy Hart and Phil Markowitz. Milo also had the great fortune, thanks to saxophonist/composer Steve Griggs, of recording 2 CDs with master drummer Elvin Jones (Jones for Elvin vols.1 & 2 - Hip City Music).

He has appeared on The Bob Hope Show, The Eartha Kitt show, the Broadway shows Ain't Misbehavin', Five Guy's Named Moe, Smokey Joe's Cafe, and performed with pop vocal groups The Coasters, The Drifters and The 5th Dimension.

Milo spent 4 years on the adjunct faculties of Western Washington University and Olympic Community College. He has also taught at The Cornish Institute For The Arts in Seattle and Friend's Seminary, NYC. He currently teaches privately and at Seattle Central Community College.

Steve Griggs
Born in New York City, Steve Griggs began playing saxophone through a 5th-grade public school band program in Columbia, Missouri. His first professional gig came during Junior High School where he and his friends jammed at a boat show. During High School, Steve sang lead vocals in a band covering funk, rock, and pop songs for proms in central Missouri. Two years of study with Lynn Clock at Interlochen Summer Music Camp led to Steve’s enrollment the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.

While earning a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance, Steve studied with Willis Coggins and Ron Dewar. Steve performed frequently with Ray Sasaki in a quintet that transcribed classic tunes from the Blue Note catalog. Steve also performed regularly at Nature’s Table in John Scott’s quintet. John was a classmate of Herbie Hancock and wrote “The Maze” on Herbie’s Blue Note debut record. Steve collaborated with guitarist Mark Dziuba, dancers Shelly Masar and Debbie Noble to present improvised dance/music concerts. Steve recorded a cassette album Five in the Sky with Mike Kocour, Dan Anderson, and Jeff Stitely playing all original compositions. Steve’s first gig in Chicago was with pianist Laurence Hobgood.

Tim Carey
Tim Carey is a Bassist, Composer, and Arranger from Seattle Washington. Since Tim started playing bass professionally in 2003 he has shared the stage with many local and international names in the world of music. Some highlights include; Jovino Santos-Neto, Dani and Debora Gurgel, Thiago Rabello, Eric Reed, Art Lande, Groove for Thought, Reptet, Samantha Boshnack, Jherek Bischoff, Owour Arunga, George Cables, Jay Thomas, Adam Rapa, the Brothers of Soul, and many more.

Most of the year, Tim is in Seattle WA where he teaches Jazz Theory at Cornish College of the Arts and directs and arranges for the jazz band at Holy Names Academy. He also teaches privately throughout the year, and stays busy as a composer with his groups Hardcoretet, and Septet of Darkness.

Tim has performed all over the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea, given clinics and performances at dozens of Colleges and high schools around the country, and has been on faculty at Jazz Camp West, the National Guitar Workshop, Cornish Summer program, Alaska Summer Arts fest, as well other nationally recognized music education programs.

Brad Boal
Brad picked up his first pair of sticks at age ten and hasn't stopped playing since! After much dedicated study of snare drum and drumset throughout middle and high school, he received a Jazz Studies Drumset Scholarship to The University of North Texas. During his four years at North Texas, Brad worked his way through the ranks playing for ensembles such as: The 2 O'Clock Lab Band, The UNT Jazz Singers, The Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Zebras and other individualized faculty led small groups.

Brad has performed, recorded or toured with: The Count Basie Big Band, Benny Green, Bob Brookmeyer, Sam Rivers, Anne Hampton Callaway, Nancy King, Vincent Herring, Lynn Seaton, Stephan Karllsson, Bobby Shew, Jamey Aebersold, Dan Haerle, Anthony Cole, Steve Gilmore, Tommy Walker, Othello & The Hipknotics, Blake Lewis, Tim Noah and Paris Rutherford.

Brad also keeps a busy schedule as a versatile freelance drummer based out of the greater Seattle area. Through his drumming, Brad has also gigged and traveled internationally as well as throughout the US. His superb musicianship and steadfast professionalism have made him one of the Northwest's most in demand musicians.

Mt Si High School Jazz Bands
Mt Si High School has a nationally recognized Jazz program. Mount Si Jazz I, under the direction of Matt Wenman and Bill Leather, has been selected to perform at the 2017 Midwest Clinic. The clinic for music professionals selects bands, orchestras, and ensembles from the universities, schools, and communities around the world, and it is an exceptional honor to be selected. Congratulations Mount Si!

Newport High School Jazz Bands

CWU Green Combo
Central Washington University Green Combo

Seattle JazzED Combo
SeattleJazzED Student Combo

Chief Kanim MS Jazz Combo
Chief Kanim MS Jazz Combo


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