Mike has quite a bit of experience playing piano, along with the trumpet, trombone, and acordion.
What can you say about a guy who smokes on percussion, blazes on trumpet, and
can sing like you've never heard - and can whistle like a bird! All you can say
That's Mark Ledford for you. After a long stint with guitar wizard Pat
Metheny, he is featured on some tunes with Sandro Albert recorded at the Baked Potato.
KRIS TINER is active on the West Coast jazz and creative music scene as a trumpet player, composer, and improviser. He has toured and performed his own music throughout North America and in West Africa, and has collaborated on numerous interdisciplinary projects involving dance, poetry and spoken word, visual art, film projection, and animation, as well as having written and performed music for TV, radio, and film.
Kris has performed and/or recorded with Vinny Golia, Leroy Jenkins, Gerry Hemingway, Wadada Leo Smith, Harris Eisenstadt, G.E. Stinson, Phillip Greenlief, Michael Vlatkovich, Joe LaBarbera, Steuart Liebig, Bill Horvitz, Brad Dutz, The Industrial Jazz Group, the Kreative Orchestra of Los Angeles (KOLA), The Jeff Kaiser Ockodektet, and the Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet.
His own recent musical projects include the Empty Cage (MTKJ) Quartet, the Unmentionables – an electro-acoustic improvisation trio, and a duo collaboration with New York guitarist Mike Baggetta. Originally from Wasco, California, Kris holds an MFA in African-American Improvisational Music from California Institute of the Arts where he worked closely with Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Vinny Golia, Charlie Haden, Kobla Ladzekpo, and Edward Carroll. He has lectured on both music and visual art, and currently teaches and directs the jazz program at Bakersfield College.
John Daversa is an active performer, composer, arranger, director, producer, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. After a three year world tour as the musical director of Holiday On Ice's "In Concert", John is pleased to be back home in LA announcing the release of his first CD, John Daversa Big Band "Live at Catalina's". Currently, John is the music director for singer Renee Olstead.
John has performed/recorded with:
Bobby Caldwell, Glen Campell, Dr. Dre, Paquito D'Rivera, Bob Florence, Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson, Andre Manga, Justin Morell, Renee Olstead, Bill Perkins, Kim Richmond, Lalo Schifrin, Jack Sheldon, Shogun Warrior, Solsonics, Andy Williams, and Gerald Wilson.
National Trumpet Competition Winner(1993),
International Trumpet Guild Jazz Soloist Competition Winner(1994).
International Trumpet Guild Carmine Caruso Jazz Soloist Competition Second (1998) Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz, Jazz Trumpet Competition Finalist(1998).
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Southern California (USC)
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Harrison School of Music
Contemporary Music Workshops
University of Southern California (in progress)
D.M.A.; Jazz Studies
California Institute of the Arts (2006)
M.F.A.; Jazz Studies
University of California, Los Angeles (2004)
B.A. in Music
Compositon and Performance concentrations
Hamilton Academy of Music (1991)
The global jazz community has credited Joey DeFrancesco and his recordings from the late 1980s and early 1990s as the singular sensation for rekindling a love for the Hammond B-3 organ. But the wunderkind turned legend didn’t simply catch his break when he performed with Miles Davis as a teenager; the organist has patterned his career after the trumpeter’s example of constantly pushing the creative envelope and bringing together new and disparate cohorts.
On the 2002 Concord Records release, Ballads and Blues, his sidemen included guitarist Pat Martino and saxophonist Gary Bartz. The all-star guest list keeps growing on Falling in Love Again (CCD-2160-2), with Martino, tenorman Red Holloway, drummer Jeff Hamilton (complementing DeFrancesco’s core trio member Byron Landham), and NBC’s Tonight Show bandleader Kevin Eubanks. Listeners of this new CD, Joey’s fifth for Concord Records, will also be falling in love with a lesser-known East Coast jazz singer named Joe Doggs, whose soulful vocals and fresh arrangements are at the swinging heart of the collection’s eleven cherished standards.
While DeFrancesco has peppered his recordings over the years with a handful of vocals he has sung himself, Falling in Love Again marks the first time he’s built an entire CD around the talents of a guest vocalist. “I’ve known and loved Joe as a performer and friend since I was a kid, and I’ve wanted to do a project with him for a long time,” DeFrancesco explains. “He’s a Jersey born gentleman who sings in the soulful style of his idol Jimmy Scott, and he’s been a big deal on the East Coast, in Philly, New York and Atlantic City for years.”
“I’m glad that my records have made people excited about the organ, and the best part of all this has been playing with so many great artists, being on the road and sharing the love for what I do with audiences who really get it,” he says. “I love bringing people in and making them happy. I think I’ve been able to keep a level head about everything because I’m always focused on the music first, and on the many ideas I have for every subsequent project. Sometimes, I’m just amazed by all this, and there are always great moments which remind me why I enjoy it so much.” Falling in Love Again is one of those moments.
t so much.” Falling in Love Again is one of those moments.
There's no slowing down Gilbert Castellanos. Since arriving in San Diego in the mid 1990s he's managed single-handedly (with some help of other talented players) to spark a major interest in jazz, more importantly local jazz. The only game in town when he showed up was Croce's. Now you can't walk a block in downtown San Diego without bumping into a new jazz club that's packed with attentive listeners, eagerly hanging onto every note. People are listening, and enjoying for the first time in quite awhile, music for what it is. Not just an excuse for a social gathering.
In addition to playing almost every single night and bringing people downtown from their safe little nests, Castellanos practices at least 6 hours a day. And it shows. Every year, every month, every week, every gig, Castellanos just keeps getting better. With a nod to the great Blue Note classics, mixed with a healthy dose of bop, Castellanos brings his own fresh ideas to jazz.
Jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos has to be one of the busiest musicians in San Diego. He plays on average six days a week. Sometimes he has gigs every day of the month, at times two or three in one day. The reason is simple, if you ask his fellow musicians: Castellanos is hot because he's very good.
Somewhat surprisingly in a business where big egos abound, none of this has gone to the young musician's head. Far from it. Polite and soft-spoken, Castellanos is the antithesis of the prima donna. He seeks a deeper meaning with his music and shares what he finds with his fans.
Doug Meeuwsen is part of the trumpet powerhouse playing for Big Time Operator.
Jazz listeners living in the Los Angeles area and musicians worldwide have long known that Carl Saunders is one of the great trumpet players around today. Now with the release of three remarkable recordings (Out Of The Blue, Eclecticism and Bebop Big Band), Saunders’ musical talents can be heard and enjoyed by a much wider audience. Carl Saunders was born on Aug. 2, 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana and his first five years were mostly spent on the road. His uncle, trumpeter-bandleader Bobby Sherwood, was riding high with the popular Sherwood Orchestra, having hits with “Elks Parade” and “Sherwood’s Forest.” Saunders’ mother Gail (Bobby’s sister) sang for the Sherwood Orchestra and Stan Kenton, among others.
When Carl was five, he and his mother settled in Los Angeles; living with Carl’s aunt Caroline and her husband, tenor-saxophonist Dave Pell. At the time, Saunders heard the records of the Dave Pell Octet and was influenced by the style and phrasing of trumpeter Don Fagerquist. Saunders began playing trumpet in the seventh grade and he quickly found that he had a natural ability, mostly learning to play by ear and never having any lessons. He played in school bands, and after he graduating high school, his mother helped get him a job with Stan Kenton’s Orchestra. Saunders auditioned for Kenton’s band and was given a choice: wait for the first opening in the trumpet section or join the band the following week as a member of the mellophonium section. He chose the latter and spent much of 1961-62 on the road with Stan Kenton. After spending part of 1962-63 traveling with Bobby Sherwood’s group (playing drums), Carl Saunders settled back in Las Vegas where during the next 20 years he played with a countless number of show bands, including lead with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, and Frank Sinatra.
Saunders also traveled as a lead player with Paul Anka and Robert Goulet and with such bandleaders as Si Zentner, Harry James, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnet. In 1984, Carl Saunders moved to Los Angeles where he was soon playing lead trumpet with Bill Holman’s Orchestra, a position he still holds. Saunders has also worked with Supersax, the big bands of Bob Florence and Gerald Wilson, and the Phil Norman Tentet. In 1994, he became a member of the Dave Pell Octet (in Don Fagerquist’s old chair.) In addition, he is often heard at the head of his own groups including the Carl Saunders Big Band, his sextet and a quartet.
Each of Saunders’ three CDs is a gem while being quite different from each other. Out Of The Blue has the trumpeter showcased in quartet and sextet settings. His warm tone and long melodic lines are featured on such numbers as a miraculous version of Chopin’s “Minute Waltz.” Eclecticism has Saunders joined by 25 strings and three French horns, and he overdubs sections with five trumpets. Many of his favorite arrangers (including Bill Holman, Bob Florence and Clare Fischer) contribute charts. The most recent set, Bebop Big Band (which is out on the Sea Breeze label), is most notable for the high musicianship of the band, the colorful originals, the hard swinging, and the arrangements of the late Herbie Phillips.
Carl Saunders, who enjoys working with kids and conducting clinics, plans to continue playing the straight ahead jazz that he loves most. His three recordings show that he is one of the finest jazz trumpeters of the 21st century.
Born December 16, 1967, Brian is a second generation trumpeter. His father, CMSgt Lawrence Swartz (d), was a 30 year trumpeter in the United States Air Force. Brian's early exposure to music made a profound influence on him and he started playing trumpet at the age of ten. As a teenager, his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended Armijo High School. He played all through his high school years and won many honors and accolades including Command Performances at the CMEA solo/ensemble festival and the Louis Armstrong and John Phillip Souza Awards. He graduated from Armijo in 1986 and began his music education at Solano Community College. In 1988, he moved to Los Angeles to attend California State University at Northridge where he played in the "A" jazz band, then led by Joel Leach. He also attended the University of Southern California. Brian has led his own jazz group since 1997 and has become an accomplished composer and arranger. He has burst onto the Los Angeles jazz scene and has become a much sought after asset. He can be heard on recordings with Jane Getz, Dale Fielder, Todd Hunter, Joe Henry, Michael Bublé, Keb Mo, The Faboulous Thunderbirds,Patti Labelle, Jackie Green, the Buddy Childers big band, Red and the Red Hots, Rebecca Kyler Downs, Teddy Thompson, Dave Sherr's Artmusic Ensemble, Josh Nelson and numerous other studio dates. He has also completed his debut CD as a leader, "There's Only Me" (Noir Records), which was released worldwide in May, 2000.
Brian has performed at most of the major jazz venues in Los Angeles leading his own quintet. Brian's quintet has featured some of L.A.'s top sidemen such as saxophonists Keith Fiddmont, George Harper or Zane Musa; pianists Brad Mehldau, Billy Childs, John Beasley or Bill Cunliffe; bassists Jeff Littleton or Darek Oles; and drummers Lorca Hart or Aaron Serfaty. Recently, Brian was the host of a series at Lunaria in Century City called "The Best of L.A.'s Trumpets" which featured his quintet backing up many of L.A.'s greatest jazz trumpeters.
As a sideman
Brian has performed with Tom Harrell, Jack Sheldon's Big Band, Diane Schuur, Canadian "crooner" Michael Bublé, The Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, Buddy Childers' Big Band, Ernie Andrews, Barbara Morrison, Bill Henderson, Jane Getz, Todd Hunter, Buddy Montgomery, Bob Florence's Limited Edition, Francisco Aguabella, Carmen Lundy, Dale Fielder, Black/Note, Don Rickles, Phil Vieux, Bruce Lofgren, Bobby White, Chuck Flores, Isaac Smith's Big Band, Jeff Goldblum, The Jazz Spot Orchestra, Rebecca Kyler Downs, Bruce Eskovitz's Jazz Orchestra and Dina Deluxe. Since 1996, Brian has been a core member with the critically acclaimed Jazzantiqua company, an ethnic dance troupe which performs live with a jazz quintet. For three years, Brian was a regular member of one of LA's most popular swing bands, Red and the Red Hots. Brian performed with and acted as the contractor for the Tom Harrell big band which performed music from Harrell's Grammy nominated CD, "Time's Mirror" (RCA/Victor), at the Jazz Bakery in December of 1999. In September of 2000, Brian again performed with the Tom Harrell big band at the Moneterey Jazz Festival. Tom Harrell's band included such jazz stars as Greg Osby, Ralph Moore, Ralph Peterson, Billy Childs, Warren Luening, Carl Saunders and Bob Sheppard. Brian's sextet performed in December of 2001 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Brian performed with ASCAP/IAJE Billy Taylor Commission winner Jason Goldman's Nonet at the 2002 IAJE Conference in Long Beach, California. Brian appears on Canadian crooner Michael Buble's DVD, "Come Fly With Me."
TV and Film Credits
"Everybody Loves Raymond" with Red and the Red Hots
"The Donnie and Marie Show" with Red and the Red Hots
"The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" with Michael Bublé
Polo/Ralph Lauren commercial 2004- Appears in commercial (hand double) and plays on soundtrack. Original music by John Leftwich.
"Jesus' Son" 1999 - Original music by Joe Henry.
"The Cooler" 2003 - Original song, "Love Me Like Candy" co-written by Brian Swartz and Rebecca Kyler Downs (also appears on movie soundtrack CD).
"10 Tricks" Release TBA - Original music by John Leftwich.
1999 Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl with Jeff Goldblum.
2000 Monterey Jazz Festival with the Tom Harrell big band.
2001 Playboy Jazz Festival in Pasadena with Bruce Lofgren's After Burner.
2004 Central Avenue Jazz Festival with Isaac Smith.
2004 Jazz at Drew University Festival with The Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars.
2004 Brownsville Jazz Festival (Texas) with The Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars.
For five years, Brian studied with trumpet guru Bobby Shew. Bobby showed him the importance of passing down the tradition of trumpet playing and Brian maintains a very busy schedule of private students in the L.A. area. Brian has also studied with John Coppola (San Francisco), Bill Bing (CSUN), John Thomas (LA) and L.A. studio legend Uan Rasey. He is currently teaching at Adam's Music in West LA. His dedication to mastering his craft and continually building upon his knowledge has brought him to prominence in the Los Angeles jazz scene.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bobby Shew began playing the guitar at the age of eight and switched to the trumpet at ten. By the time he was thirteen he was playing at local dances with a number of bands and by fifteen had put together his own group to play at dances, occasional concerts and in jazz coffee houses. He spent most of his high school days playing as many as six nights a week in a dinner club, giving him an early start to his professional career.
He then spent three years as the jazz trumpet soloist in the famed NORAD multi-service band. Shortly after leaving he joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Sam Donahue, which, among other things, gave him the chance to perform quite a bit with trumpet legend Charlie Shavers. After his stint with Tommy Dorsey, Bobby was asked to play with Woody Herman's band upon Bill Chase's recommendation. He then spent some time playing for Della Reese and Buddy Rich, who's big band had just been formed.
Many other similar situations followed and Bobby played lead trumpet for a number of pop stars. This brought Bobby to live in Las Vegas where he became prominent in various hotels and casinos. By this time Bobby was widely known for his strong lead playing rather than as a jazz soloist. So late in 1972 he decided to make a move to the Los Angeles area in order to get reinvolved in developing as a jazz player.
Once in Los Angeles, Bobby quickly found what he was looking for, and in the years to come he spent time with the groups of Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Horace Silver Quintet, and Frank Strazzeri-Sam Most, as well as numerous big bands such as Bill Holman, Louie Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin, Oliver Nelson, Bill Berry, Nat Pierce-Frank Capp Juggernaut, Ed Shaughnessy, Terry Gibbs, Benny Goodman, Maynard Ferguson, Neal Hefti, Don Menza, and Bob Florence.
In addition to being a sideman, Bobby also became a leader around this time, recording many of his own albums. Several of these received very high accolades from critics and high placement on the airplay charts. One of his albums, 'Outstanding In His Field' was nominated for a Grammy in 1980, while, 'Heavy Company' was awarded the Jazz Album Of The Year in 1983.
During this time Bobby also found a great deal of studio work, including TV shows like 'Hawaii 5-O', 'Streets Of San Francisco', 'Bob Newhart', 'Mary Tyler Moore', 'Midnight Specials', 'Don Kirschner Rock Concert', 'Happy Days', 'Laverne And Shirley', and 'Eight Is Enough.' His work on soundtracks includes 'Grease I and II', 'Rocky I and II', 'Six-Pack', 'The Muppet Movie', 'The Drivers', and 'Taxi'.
Today, in addition to a busy performing and private teaching schedule, Bobby spends a considerable amount of time actively involved in the educational system, conducting clinics and master classes at high schools and college campuses all over the world. Bobby has also been active on the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild, and has acted as National Trumpet Chairman for the International Association of Jazz Educator's for 16 years. He authors numerous articles of educational interest in various trade magazines, all translated into several languages for worldwide distribution. During a period of traveling to New Zealand, Bobby acted as host for a weekly TV show entitled 'Just Jazz' and has been in numerous artist-in-residence situations virtually all over the world. He has even had a few minor acting roles in movies and TV shows.
He continues to tour internationally and to produce and record excellent music. He has released several recent albums for the MAMA Foundation including Playing With Fire (w/Tom Harrell), Heavyweights (w/Carl Fontana), and Salsa Caliente. In addition, for other labels, Bobby has released the the highly regarded CD recorded with the The Metropole Orchestra, and a double-CD set for Seabreeze Records of The Music of John Harmon, plus other which can be seen on the Discography page.
Bobby has endorsed Yamaha equipment for years and the fact that they have recently been using him for advertisements is a further indication of his popularity.
Bobby Shew never stops using his remarkable insight, sensitivity and creativity to inspire the next generation of jazz players and teachers.