Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most active players on the Los Angeles scene. With studio dates, International touring, jazz concerts, guest soloist appearances and clinics he has no intention of slowing down.
In 1986 Wayne landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band. He can be heard on such MF recordings as “Body & Soul”, Big Bop Nouveau” & “Brass Attitude.” Remarking on the talented trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson had this to say during a radio interview: “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had on my band.” Bergeron’s first solo Big Band CD entitled “You Call This A Living?” earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble as well as rave reviews from fans and press world wide.
Wayne is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America who is in the final stages of releasing the WB signature model custom trumpet. Wayne enjoys his work as a clinician/guest soloist and continues to tour in the US as well as abroad. In Oct. of 2004 Wayne had the honor of performing as a featured artist at Stratospheric, a 4 day festival honoring the legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson.
As a sideman Wayne has been involved with hundreds of CD projects that include Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Chicago, Bette Midler, Ray Charles, Diane Reeves, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, Mel Torme, Barry Manilow, Arturo Sandoval, Robbie Williams, Keeley Smith, Josh Groban, Ronnie Milsap, Lee Ann Womack, Lou Rawls, Green Day, The Offspring, Bobby Caldwell, Rosemary Cloony, Diane Schuur, Brian Setzer, Joe Cocker, Eric Marienthal, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Warren Hill, Tito Puente and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
A partial list of film credits include The Incredibles, Pink Panther, Mr & Mrs. Smith, Ice Princess, Team America, National Treasure, The Aquatic Life, Friday Night Lights, Tarzan 2, Spiderman 2, Anchorman, White Chicks, The Notebook, The Day After Tomorrow, 3 Musketeers, Starsky and Hutch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Paycheck, Hollywood Homicide, Legally Blonde 2, Drumline, Catch Me if You Can, Undercover Brother, Pluto Nash, John Q, Evolution, American Pie 1& 2, Analyze This, Scream 3, The Kid, South Park, Flubber and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
His trumpet solos can be heard on High Crimes, Rounders, Fled, Hey Arnold (the movie), The Mask, Drowning Mona, The Rat Pack, Child Star, Norma Jean and Marilyn, Aladdin King of Thieves, Return of Jafar, Foolproof and Two Days in the Valley.
Bergeron has worked on over 250 TV & motion picture soundtracks. Numerous TV credits include shows such as ESPN & TNT sports themes, Entertainment Tonight Theme, American Idol, Emmy Awards, 2005 Academy Awards, Latin Grammy’s, Frank Sinatra’s 80th B-Day Special, Tony Bennett TV Special, Jerry Lewis Telathon, Jeopardy, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Futurama, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules, Lloyd in Space, Hey Arnold and Promised Land.
In addition, his trumpet solos have been heard on music from King of the Hill, The Division, The Agency, Mouseworks, House of Mouse, Arrested Development and Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Bergeron has also played on hundreds of TV & radio jingles. Wayne’s passion for big bands finds himself seated in some of LA’s most well respected bands. He has recorded with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Tom Kubis, John La Barbara, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Florence, Frank Capp, Matt Cattingub, Bill Liston, Kim Richmond, Ray Anthony, Roger Neumann, Bill Perkins, Buddy Childers, Bill Elliott, Chris Walden, Gary Irwin, Bill Watrous and Bob Curnow.
Walt Fowler, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah was born into a legendary musical family led by his father, renowned jazz educator, Dr. William L. Fowler. He kicked off his professional career as a trumpet player at the age of 19, when he joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers in 1974. In 1975, Walt and his brothers, Bruce, Steve, Tom and Ed formed "The Fowler Brothers Band," and released two jazz albums to critical acclaim. Following their release, Walt’s musical career continued to escalate as he toured with prominent artists such as Billy Cobham, Johnny Guitar Watson, Ray Charles, Buddy Rich, George Benson and Diana Ross.
In the mid 1990’s, Walt began a new venture orchestrating major motion picture soundtracks. He is credited as an orchestrator and/or featured soloist on blockbuster films such as The Lion King, Backdraft, Gladiator, Shrek, Ocean’s 12 and 13, The Bourne Supremacy, The Da Vinci Code, Pirates of the Caribbean 1,2, 3 and 4, The Good Shepherd, Transformers 1, 2 and 3, The Simpsons Movie, and most recently, The Dark Knight , Angels and Demons and The Amazing Spiderman 2 to name a few.
In addition to orchestrating, Walt has been performing with James Taylor since joining his band in 2001 for the “Pullover” tour. Walt has also performed live and/or recorded with an illustrious list of artists which includes James Brown, Roberta Flack, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Yazawa, The Doors, Edgar Winter, Manhattan Transfer, Fishbone, Paula Abdul, Billy Childs, Banned From Utopia, Toto, Andy Summers, Allan Holdsworth and most recently Steve Gadd. The Steve Gadd Band has just finished recording their second studio album scheduled for release in 2015.
"Calling Till Brönner the new aspiring German trumpet talent is obsolete, since he has sold more records than any other German jazz musician. He plays big time now and is well known in the New York jazz circuit, which itself is top of the crop."
Born in 1971 and raised in Rome, Till experienced his outset with the help of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker: "Hearing Bebop for the first time, Charlie Parker; that set the whole thing off for me. I was 13 years old and it was an almost erotic sensation. I thought that it was indecent. The music was like a woman having a go at me."
Till stems from a family of musicians. After a well-protected childhood, he enjoyed a classical education followed by a study of the jazz trumpet at Cologne's Music Academy. After only three semesters he convinced the leader of Berlin's RIAS-Tanzorchester at an audition, taking his first hurdle at the age of 20.
Only two years later, he raised more than one eyebrow with "Generations of Jazz", being both a classic mainstream recording and his debut as a bandleader.
By the time he released "German Songs", his third album of old German film songs, arranged for jazz quartet and classical orchestra, he was the talk of the trade.
"Midnight", a fusion-jazz album recorded with legendary Dennis Chambers (dr) and Michael Brecker (sax), draws international attention to his music. His amazing variety of style is prolonged with "Love", a record of velveteen elegance, featuring Till's fragile voice for the first time. At the same time he prepares the production of "Chattin' with Chet", and he works for Germany's Grande Dame Hildegard Knef, producing her last record "17 Millimeter" (Warner Music)
"Music today seems to be a very narrow-minded business. If I were to lead the typical life of a musician: hotel-stage-coach, I would not care for it. I am in it for the music, not the cliché." In spite of all success, he has kept his feet firmly on the ground and his music open to everything, which by some is criticized. "There is no need for me to revolutionize music, since it has all been done before. Jazz for me boils down to be about the freedom to jump to new conclusions any minute, any second. We play a different concert every evening. Each song sounds incompatible every night, the solos are different, the DJ uses his turntables in a different way every single performance. That is improvisation, and it is important to me, no matter if it's jazz, pop, hip-hop or classical music."
"That Summer" was released in June 2004 and entered the German charts at number 15.
"A Night in Berlin" (SPV), his first DVD was released in September 2005.
"Oceana" (Verve/ Universal), his ninth solo album, will be released 28. April 2006.
Her father Jimmy Rowles accompanied many a legend on piano, and she seems to have acquired her own personal touch when it comes to playing the trumpet or Flugelhorn.
She frequently appears with fantastic musicians in smaller settings, as well as with several big bands.
Whether it is performing as a featured soloist with The Count Basie Orchestra in venues all over the world, playing muted solos behind legends Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, or Tony Bennett, appearing with pianist Marcus Roberts at Carnegie Hall, or leading his own quintet at major Jazz festivals and night clubs, musicians and critics alike have acknowledged the emergence of a new and original voice in the world of Jazz. Trumpeter, composer, clinician and arranger, Scotty Barnhart began receiving critical acclaim from his work with Marcus Roberts who featured him alongside Wynton Marsalis on the 1990 release of Deep In The Shed (RCA/Novus), and the accolades continue.
Now residing in Los Angeles, California, William Terrell "Scotty" Barnhart was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 27, 1964. His earliest exposure to music was hearing his mother sing in the choir at Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where he was christened by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and baptized by Dr. King, Sr. In addition to singing in the youth choir, Scotty began playing trumpet solos during regular Sunday morning worship services and special occasions.
"Scotty Barnhart........bears watching.....laid out assured melodic lines in a singing, silvery tone." -Jon Pareles, The New York Times
While in high school, Scotty was chosen first chair trumpet for the all-district, all-county, and all-state bands, and was chosen to attend the prestigious summer music camp at Northwestern University. He was also selected as first trumpet and soloist for the NFL's Atlanta Falcon Band and the Atlanta Community Orchestra. The Atlanta Branch of the NAACP selected him as one of the "Outstanding Young Person's Of The Year for 1981" and upon his high school graduation, Scotty was named a member of the Jazz Abroad program that toured Europe for three weeks.
The King family presented him with a music scholarship in honor of the mother of Dr. King, Jr., The Alberta Williams King Scholarship for Music and he was also the recipient of The Count Basie Scholarship from the estate of William "Count" Basie. These scholarships were used to attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he obtained a B.S. Degree in Music Education and was an active member of the music fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi and all music ensembles including the world renowned Marching 100.
Scott Steen has been the trumpeter for the Los Angeles based swing band Royal Crown Revue (RCR) for nearly a decade. The band is most noted for pioneering the swing revival. Scott has performed at many jazz festivals including Playboy, JVC New York, and Newport. He has recorded over 15 albums with RCR and artists such as Bette Midler, Phil Upchurch, and Sherman Ferguson. His film and television credits include The Mask, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Swingers, and The Today Show.
Scott is also a strong advocate for music education and has appeared on many news shows including CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and NPR's All Things Considered, where he recorded a version of that show's theme. Over the last decade he has toured the world, performed with artists that he grew up admiring, and most importantly, has taught, and helped nurture the talents of young performers.
Born into a musical family in 1958, the native Californian is a third generation musician (both maternally and paternally). A Musician's Union member since age 15, Ron studied music at Orange Coast College and Golden West College where he was the frequent recipient of "Best Soloist" awards from Jazz Festivals statewide.
Ron has also been involved with teaching Jazz Theory/Improvisation and Trumpet since 1978, both as a private instructor and in the role of clinician, drawing on his years of experience conducting seminars (at all levels) while traveling and playing with
The Woody Herman Orchestra ('84 through '90) ... first under the baton of the Maestro, Woody (3 yrs.), then under the leadership of the brilliant Frank Tiberi (3~ yrs.).
Since leaving the road in 1991, Ron teaches part-time, records, and performs in and around Los Angeles, traveling occasionally (primarily to Europe) when summoned.
His past experience in the commercial or "show music" world includes: The Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley, Jose Feliciano, Frankie Laine, Lou Rawls, Debbie Reynolds, Gloria Loring, Patti Page, Kay Starr, Maureen McGovern, Sue Raney, Bobby Short, Steve Lawrence/Edie Gorme, Little Anthony, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Spinners, and Colin Raye.
During his 6_ year stint with The Woody Herman Orchestra, Ron was honored to back up no less than Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Nancy Wilson, Diane Schuur, Roberta Flack, Anita O'Day, Jack Jones, Cab Calloway, The Mills Brothers, The Four Freshmen, The Dukes of Dixieland, Pete Barbutti, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Mel Torme, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, Richard Stoltzman, Buddy Defranco, Stan Getz, A1 Cohn, Scott Hamilton, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, and Dizzy Gillespie, to name a few!
Since then other big bands include Les Brown's Band of Renown, Frank Capp's "Juggernaut", The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Roger Newman's Rather Large Band, Bill Watrous' Refuge West, Glen Garrett's Brazilian Big Band, The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, and John Fedchock's New York Big Band.
Ron spent three seasons ('93-96) traveling and recording with the legendary Horace Silver in groups ranging from the classic quintet setting to the ten piece brass ensemble. Ron's other small group jazz work has been with: Saxophonists Karl Denson, Pepper Adams, and Supersax; Pianist Les Czimber; and some of the more unusual groups have been Poncho Sanchez, Matt Zebley's pianoless quintet, and David Berger's "Harlem Nutcracker Ballet".
Ron can be heard currently playing and recording locally, and occasionally traveling with the big bands of Bill Holman, Buddy Childers, Jack Sheldon, and The Bob Florence Limited Edition, as well as with the smaller groups: Dan St. Marseille Quintet, The Phil Norman Tentet, Bobby Redfield's Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Lennie Niehaus Octet, and Matt Zebley. Ron also currently leads his own modern quintet featuring Jerry Pinter on tenor saxophone. Their recently recorded material will soon be available.
Some of Ron's latest recordings include' Bill Holman Band - "Brilliant Corners" (JVC)
Bob Florence Limited Edition - "Serendipity 18" (MAMA) Phil Norman Tentet - "Yesterday's Gardenias" (Seabreeze) Matt Zebley - "Live at Moondog" (Vibrant) Tom Garling - "Maynard Ferguson Presents ..." (Concord)
Vic Lewis' West Coast All Stars (featuring Andy Martin) - "Me & You" (Candid) Barbara Morrison - "I'm Gettin' 'Long All Right" (Chartmaker Records) A complete discography is available on request.
If you can define the essence of cool jazz, then you can imagine the soft and sultry sounds of Rick Braun.
A busy session musician and producer, trumpeter/flügelhornist Braun has mapped out a diverse musical career. While studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester Braun formed the fusion band Auracle, who released two late 70s albums recorded with Miles Davis' producer Teo Macero. In the early 80s, Braun released a pop record in Japan before moving into songwriting and soundtrack work.
Braun co-wrote the Top 20 REO Speedwagon hit, "Here With Me", and played lead trumpet on the television show Night Caller. He also worked as a touring and recording session musician for several mainstream pop artists including Tina Turner, War, Crowded House, Glenn Frey, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty and Natalie Cole. In 1992 he was offered a contract by the small Californian label, Mesa/Bluemoon, and promoted as a smooth jazz artist.
Touring as a backup singer and soloist with Sade brought Braun to the attention of radio promoters, and his seductive blend of smooth instrumental jazz and urban-orientated R&B soon became a staple of adult contemporary stations. Beat Street was one of the strongest selling smooth jazz albums of 1995, and Braun has subsequently built on his success for Atlantic Records.
Intimate Secrets (Mesa 1992)**, Night Walker (Bluemoon 1994)***, Christmas Present: Music Of Warmth & Celebration (Bluemoon 1994)**, Beat Street (Bluemoon 1995)****, Body And Soul (Bluemoon 1996)***, South Of Midnight (Atlantic 1998)****, Full Stride (Atlantic 1998)***, with Boney James Shake It Up (Warners 2000)***, Kisses In The Rain (Warners 2001)***.
Take a listen to the show sample, and expose yourself to the silky sounds of of Rick Braun.
Nolan Shaheed is a very busy trumpet player in the LA area. He has appeared with Ray Armando, Al Williams, Louie Cruz Beltran, among many others
Nolan began to be noticed as a player when he was in the 'Sweet Baby Blues Band" of Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham. He then began playing in the band of Al Williams' "Jazz Society." The dexterity he displayed in playing the trumpet has made him a favorite playing with such artists as Ray Armando, and alongside Benn Clatworthy.
Born in Pasadena, CA
Musical Director for Marvin Gaye 1974-1976
Lead Trumpet with Count Basie Orchestra 1976-1979
Natalie Cole 1979-1981
Stevie Wonder 1981-1983
Diana Ross 1983-1985
Phil Collins 1985
Anita Baker 1986
He has also performed and toured with: Eddie Harris, Teddy Edwards, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham, Francisco Aquabea.
Nolan has been one of LA's top studio musicians since 1974 and is in great demand in the Jazz scene. He currently owns a recording studio and is a music producer.
Nate Birkey's quiet but intense demeanor typifies an artist restlessly pursuing the evolution of his own musical personality. As composer, trumpeter and vocalist, he imbues warmth and broiling energy into his music, as heard in the July, 2001 releases, The Mennonite and Ballads.
Birkey's subtle vocal and trumpet approach has often been compared to that of Chet Baker and Miles Davis respectively. A sound poised and assured, powerfully stark and spare, it creates an atmosphere at once solitary and electric.
The success of 1998's Indelibly You pushed Birkey and his quintet to the forefront of the West Coast Jazz scene, performing at clubs and festivals throughout the region. They returned to the studio in 2001 with cohesiveness and familiarity wrought by hundreds of live performances.
Hailing from various musical backgrounds, Jim Connoly again tackles stand up bass with poignant stability as drummer Cougar Estrada effectively propels the ensemble. Tenor saxophonist Justin Claveria and pianist Jamieson Trotter keep the quintet capable of quirk and combative with creativity.
Though a California resident for the past fifteen years, Nate was born in South Bend, Indiana where he spent his early childhood before moving to Colorado at age 10. He began studying piano at age seven and fell in love with his father's trumpet in the fifth grade.
"... it just felt more natural to me. I didn't mind practicing the trumpet, so I put the piano aside and started taking trumpet lessons."
After graduating from high school Birkey attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied Jazz performance and composition. Upon leaving Boston he moved to the opposite coast where he spent a short time at Seattle Pacific University and later went on to study classical trumpet and composition at U.C. Santa Barbara.
Nate has recently received awards from the Santa Barbara Arts Fund and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. As a studio musician he has appeared on over sixty recordings and has made television appearances on ABC's Good Morning America, KTLA's Morning Show, KEYT's Voice of Santa Barbara and KCOY's Morning Show. When not performing or composing Nate spends much of his time working with young musicians as both a private instructor and clinician.