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MARK TAYLOR - SAXOPHONES

Mark Taylor is one of the most in demand saxophonists in the Pacific Northwest. A Seattle native and resident, Mark’s personal sound and style are a fixture on the local jazz scene and have given him opportunities to perform for audiences all over the United States and Japan. Widely respected as a unique and creative improviser, an impeccable ensemble player, and for his stylistic versatility, Mark was honored as “NW Jazz Instrumentalist of 2008” by Earshot Jazz Magazine. He has appeared with legends such as Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, and Ernestine Anderson, current headliners in jazz such as Sam Yahel and Maria Schneider, appearances with the Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet, and many more. Mark has a full studio of private students and is a highly sought after guest artist and clinician for festivals, workshops, and clinics throughout the region. He holds a BM from the University of Washington (1994), and MM from the Manhattan School of Music (2000) in New York City where his performance credentials include appearances with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

 

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

DAVID MARRIOTT - TROMBONE

David Marriott, Jr. is a jazz trombonist, composer/arranger, educator, and blogger. A two-time Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award recipient and winner of the 1999 National Jazz Trombone Competition, David is active in a variety of Seattle jazz groups, including the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Zubatto Syndicate and his own critically-acclaimed group Septology.

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

SUSAN PALMER - GUITAR

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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