Kate Olson is a Seattle-based saxophonist and composer. She can be heard performing with her own projects KO SOLO and KO ELECTRIC, and as a collaborator with Syrinx Effect, Ask the Ages, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble and Electric Circus (led by Wayne Horvitz), the Femme Fatales Trio and with such local staples as the Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses and cabaret producers Can Can Presents and Verlaine & McCann. She has appeared on stage with Terry Riley, Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros, Allison Miller, Bobby Previte, Patricia Barber and pop music icons Elvis Costello, Brandi Carlile, and Sir Mix-a-lot. Kate was nominated in 2011 and 2013 for the Earshot Golden Ear Award in the Emerging Artist category, and in 2014 and 2016, she was nominated for the Best NW Instrumentalist Category, and in 2016 her band KO Ensemble was also nominated as best NW Alternative Group. Kate currently works with music students in her private lesson studio, and through JazzED, SAAS, and the Northwest School. She has a BA in Music (Jazz Emphasis) from the University of Wyoming and an MM in Improvisation from the University of Michigan.



Jay Thomas, a native of Seattle, is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, flugelhorn, alto, tenor, soprano and flutes). His music is eclectic, drawing on all musical situations in his life. His music could be described as lyrical without losing touch with the blues. Jay can be heard on over 60 LPs and CDs, releasing eight as a leader. Jay's musical voice has matured over the last 20 years. His is a very personal and recognizable sound, characterized by warmth, lyricism and rhythmic authority. Readers of Earshot Magazine selected Jay as Musician of the Year for 1996 and 1998. Jay was also chosen as one of the top 10 players in the "Brass on Fire" search conducted by the national magazine, JAZZIZ.


Naomi Moon Siegel – “a trombonist and composer of great style and distinction” (Earshot Jazz) – is rooted in the Seattle music scene while keeping her home base in Missoula, MT. Fusing folk melodies with fantastical soundscapes and tight grooves, she is a model of creative self-expression inspired by the jazz tradition. In 2016 she released her critically acclaimed debut album Shoebox View – a 10 song travelogue featuring 13 musicians. A recipient of an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award, she is one half of the folk/punk/jazz duo Syrinx Effect, a member of Wayne Horvitz’s ensembles and an active part of the Seattle and Missoula music scenes, performing regionally and internationally. She has performed and collaborated with March Fourth Marching Band, Julian Priester, Allison Miller, Ahamefule J. Oluo, Stuart Dempster, Skerik, Jessica Lurie, Tata Dindin and the Salaam Band, and Thione Diop.Siegel is also a dedicated educator and the founder of Lakebottom Sound – a non-profit organization dedicated to nourishing the musical landscape of Missoula through concerts, workshops and jam sessions.


A noted pianist and composer, Marc Seales has shared the stage with many of the great players in the last two decades. For 18 years he was a mainstay in the bands of bop legend Don Lanphere, with whom he toured Europe and recorded half a dozen albums, most featuring Seales' compositions. In concerts, festivals & clubs, his band mates in recent years have included Benny Carter, Joe Henderson, Larry Coryell, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Art Farmer, Jackie McLean, Clark Terry, Art Pepper and Frank Morgan. Seales is today promoting jazz awareness & molding young talent as an Associate Professor of Music and head of the jazz department at the University of Washington. Seales is listed in the 1999 edition of Ira Gitler's Encyclopedia of Jazz and he was voted Northwest Instrumentalist of the Year 1999 by Earshot Jazz.


Paul Gabrielson, 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. He works with such luminaries as drummers Jeff Watts, Jeff Herschfield, Mark Ferber Pianists Benny Green, Bob Florence, Bill Mays, Geoff Keezer and Larry Fuller Guitarists Ron Affif, Paul Bollenbach, Corey Christianson, Randy Johnston, Don Mock and great horn players such as Ingrid Jensen, Duane Eubanks, Terrell Stafford, Jon Gordon and has worked with jazz artists such as the Mingus Big Band, Diane Shure and Ernestine Anderson, Jay Clayton and Mark Murphy Paul earned 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 and John Clayton. 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.


Seattle drummer, Steve Korn, is a musician's drummer. Always making the musical content and quality his first priority, Steve's versatile drumming and overall musicianship has made him an integral part of the Seattle jazz scene, and a favorite among its many fine players. Steve has released three CD's as a leader, each receiving rave reviews. A published author and composer, Steve has written articles for Down Beat, Percussive Notes, and Modern Drummer magazines. Steve holds a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Washington and is an active educator participating in music camps, festivals and clinics throughout the year.www.SteveKorn.com


Adjunct Professor Susan Palmer teaches jazz, blues, and rock guitar styles in Seattle and via webcam. Since 2006, she has been the guitar instructor at Seattle University. Palmer created and taught, �The Rock Project� at Cornish College of the Arts from 2010-15, and she was music instructor at Seattle Girls School for the 2016-17 school year. Palmer is the author of, The Guitar Lesson Companion Method Book Series which is used by teachers and students in over 10 countries, including faculty at Berklee College of Music. Her extensive collection of lesson videos and jam tracks are available for free on YouTube.

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