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STEVE TRESELER - SAXOPHONES

Steve Treseler holds a jazz saxophone performance degree from New England Conservatory where he studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, Geroge Garzone, and Steve Lacy and a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Washington. His most recent album Center Song featuring renowned NYC trumpeter Ingrid Jensen received a four-star review in DownBeat magazine and has been featured nationally on Jazz After Hours and NPR. Steve’s is the author of The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony which has been used in college improvisation classes across the country.

 

JAY THOMAS - TRUMPET / SAXOPHONES

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. www.JayThomasJazz.com

CHRIS AMEMIYA - TROMBONE

Chris Amemiya is originally from Hawaii and began playing the trombone in college but never studied formally, choosing instead a career path in science. Nevertheless, he never stopped playing music and learned to play jazz largely through self-study and the school of hard knocks. Chris' varied musical experiences run the gamut from gambling ships and salsa bands, to jingle recordings and R&B bands. He has played with many jazz, salsa and blues luminaries as a sideman and has performed and recorded with the "house" big bands of Ryles Jazz Club (Boston) and Tula's Jazz Club (Seattle). When he's not peering through a microscope or messing with test tubes he can be found playing in some of the top jazz groups in the Seattle area.

MARC SEALES - PIANO

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 - BASS

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.

STEVE KORN - DRUMSET

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. Steve is a faculty member at the University of Washington and Holy Names Academy.www.SteveKorn.com

CHRIS SPENCER - GUITAR

A native of Virginia, Chris grew up playing in rock and pop bands in the Washington D.C. area before heading off to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in jazz guitar from Berklee, Chris served for four years in the U.S. Air Force Band as guitarist and staff arranger. Since moving to Seattle in 1998, he has quickly established himself as an important member of Seattle’s vibrant music scene.

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