Jazz at Otter Crest

Holly Hofmann and Mike Wofford
August 14th, 2016 at 2pm

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The Jazz at Otter Crest season continues on Sunday August 14, 2016 at 2pm with a truly special afternoon concert featuring Holly Hofmann and Mike Wofford.

These musicians are true masters of their art who generously support Just Jazz’s educational endeavors by setting time aside time from their busy touring schedule to play for our enjoyment at Otter Crest.

Holly and Mike will be doing what they love the most, playing jazz together in the duo format, which they first previewed in March of 2016 at Mezzrow Jazz Club in New York.

Holly Hofmann
Holly smiling & fluteBorn near Cleveland, Ohio, Holly Hofmann began playing standards with her father, a jazz guitarist, when she was five years old. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Holly was encouraged by jazz flutist Frank Wess and trombonist Slide Hampton to pursue a career in jazz flute.

Hofmann began working with the legendary Ray Brown at New York’s Village Vanguard in the mid ‘90s and later toured throughout the United States and Europe with Brown’s trio as a guest artist.

Holly has toured extensively with pianist Bill Cunliffe and collaborated and performed with Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, John Clayton, Houston Person, Regina Carter, Terell Stafford and Kevin Mahogany, among many others. She also teaches jazz and flute and conducts master classes at schools and universities around the country. Holly is on the Board of Directors at Keynote Jazz Foundation which provides concerts and clinics in high schools and middle schools in the United States.

In 2000, Hofmann married Wofford, often working with him in a quartet setting. Currently residing in San Diego, Holly is the musical director for several jazz parties and festivals including the Oregon Coast Jazz Party (formerly Jazz at Newport) in Oregon, and Jazz in the City at the State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey and Jazz in North Park in San Diego.

Mike Wofford

wofford_r900x493Mike Wofford is a legendary jazz pianist, having long-time associations as music director for the two most prominent jazz singers in history–Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. Early in his career, his first professional performances were with the legendary Lighthouse All-Stars and the bands of Teddy Edwards, Red Norvo, Chet Baker, Bud Shank and Shorty Rogers. It was during this time that he appeared on his first jazz recordings, as well as recording his first albums as a leader.

By the late 1960s, Wofford was a busy free-lance session player in Los Angeles, playing on recording dates and motion picture and TV soundtracks. He was the staff pianist on TV series such as “The Bill Cosby Show,” and was first-call pianist for Oliver Nelson. He also became active as an arranger, writing for artists such as Sergio Mendes and the Mike Barone Big Band. Zoot Sims and the Benny Carter Orchestra. Wofford continues to be one of the most in-demand pianists in jazz, working with Charles McPherson, Kevin Mahogany, Houston Person, Phil Woods, and Kenny Burrell.

Jazz at Otter Crest – April 17th, 2016

Chuck Redd, Randy Porter, Tom Wakeling and Randy Porter

April 17th at 2PM
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Chuck Redd

Chuck-ReddChuck Redd is well known internationally as a performer on
drums and vibraphone. Chuck began recording and touring the globe when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. He also became a member of the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Byrd and Herb Ellis.) To his credit are 25 European tours and six tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski and the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli.

He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008. Chuck frequently appears leading groups at The Oregon Coast Jazz Party and has been a featured musician at The Oregon Festival Of American Music every year since 2007.
Chuck was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. While appearing in New York with Torme, Ira Gitler of Jazz Times said: “Redd’s vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness.”

In 2007 Chuck was feaindextured with the prestigious “Milt Jackson Tribute Band”. Other recent engagements include jazz cruises, stints with Bucky Pizzarelli and Ken Peplowski at Dizzy’s Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center), headlining at Smalls Club in New York City and jazz festivals around the US. He has toured and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Tommy Flanagan, Bill Mays, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Laurindo Almeida, Tal Farlow, Rebecca Kilgore, Scott Hamilton, Mickey Roker and Houston Person.

Redd is featured on over 80 recordings. Releases include his Arbors CD, “All This and Heaven Too”, featuring Gene Bertoncini and George Mraz, Chopin Jazz with Rossano Sportiello “You’re My Everything” with Dick Hyman and Jay Leonhart and “Nice N’ Easy” with Houston Person. He can also be heard on the sound track to the popular television series, “The Great Chefs”, and the NPR broadcast “Jazz Smithsonian.”

Randy Porter

RandyPBio taken from Randy’s website – www.randyporter.com
Jazz pianist, Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…”

Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. The Charles McPherson Quartet has re-created the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, performing with many orchestras nationwide. Porter has also toured with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their “Sing in Swing” tour.

Randy Porter has toured Europe with bassist David Friesen and has performed on several recordings with Friesen. Friesen’s 2001 Trio CD, Name of a Woman, received 4 stars from Downbeat in June of 2002 and featured Porter as pianist and composer. Porter has also recorded, performed, and toured worldwide with singer Gino Vannelli; Porter’s pianistic contributions can be heard on Vannelli’s CD’s, Yonder Tree, Slow Love and Canto.

Musical highlights include performing at Kimball’s with Art Farmer and Clifford Jordan, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center with Diane Schuur, Seattle’s Jazz Alley with New York Voices, Yoshi’s in San Francisco with Karrin Allyson and Rebecca Kilgore, The House of Blues in Chicago and BB King’s Blues Club in NYC with Gino Vannelli, the Monterey Jazz Festival with Madeline Eastman, the Chicago and Detroit Jazz Festivals with Charles McPherson.

Porter has been a performer and educator at the Port Townsend Jazz Festival for many years where he has coached many young jazz musicians. He has also worked several years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West with singer Madeline Eastman. Porter teaches master classes and adjudicates student combos and bands at highschool and college jazz festivals. Currently, Porter teaches jazz piano at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Tom Wakeling

Bio taken from Tom’s website – www.tomwakelingmusic.com
For over 40 years, Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work in concert halls, jazz nightclubs, recording studios, and at music festivals throughout North America and Europe.

TomTom’s bass versatility has supported a wide range of artists including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ernie Watts, Charles McPherson, Carl Fontana, Herb Geller, Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and many others in jazz and pop music alike. Tom’s work in “show biz” includes playing in the orchestras of national touring shows such as “Cats”, “A Chorus Line”, the Joffrey Ballet, “Grease”, and “Damn Yankees” (with Jerry Lewis).

An experienced and dynamic educator, Tom has served as a guest artist at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Stanford University Jazz Workshop, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, University of Nevada, Washburn University, University of British Columbia, Centrum/Pt. Townsend Jazz Workshop, Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, among others.
Wakeling recently retired from a longstanding tenure as Chair of the Music Department at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon. The college is known for its excellent Music and Music Technology programs.

Todd Strait

Bio taken from Todd’s website – www.toddstraitdrums.com

Todd was raised in Topeka, KS, and became involved in music in elementary school playing trumpet and drums. Eventually braces pushed the trumpet out of the picture and it’s been drums ever since.

TODDTodd began gigging locally while still in 7th grade, mainly with his father’s group. During his last year of high school he became involved in the 1979 “Louie Bellson/Slingerland National Drum Contest” where he eventually finished in second place at the Las Vegas finals. The scholarships gained from this experience enabled Todd to pursue his dream of moving to the NYC area and studing with Ed Soph in 1980.

Upon relocating to the east coast Todd free-lanced in and around NYC and the Tri-State area, then joined Marian McPartland’s trio in 1982 playing in New York City clubs and traveling occasionally with her across the country. In 1984 he also began playing with guitarists Tal Farlow and Barney Kessel. In ’86 he joined Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd for a 3 month cross-country stint before returning to NYC.

1990 found Todd relocated to Kansas City where a string of important connections were born. Besides gigging in KC and St. Louis with local favorites and visiting “stars”, Todd toured nationally and internationally with Kevin Mahogany from 1995 until 2000, with Karrin Allyson 1995 until 2009, and with Eldar from 1999 until 2008 (See the discography page for related recordings, 3 of which were Grammy Nominees).

In 2002 Todd relocated again, this time to Portland, OR. A typical year of travel consisted of between 200-250 days on the road (between tours with either Eldar or Karrin) so Todd was not around Portland much those first 7 and a half years. But in mid 2009 he finally decided to change gears and stay put for awhile.

Now he is enjoying being away from airplanes and playing with local greats such as PDXV, Greg Goebel’s Trio, Warren Rand, Dan Balmer, and Randy Porter, among many other wonderful musicians in Portland and Seattle. Todd is also building a student base here in Portland. Besides serving as adjunct drumset instructor for UMKC in Kansas City,MO, from 1990-2002, Todd has been a faculty member for several summer jazz camps across the country over the last 20 years and is looking forward to his 10th consecutive year at the KU Jazz Camp in Lawrence, Kansas, this summer. Last year he joined the staff of YMA (Young Musicians and Artists) which holds two week sessions on the campus of Willamette University in Salem, OR. He will continue to serve as one of several adjunct drumset instructors at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, OR, during the school year as he has since 2003.

 

Jazz at Otter Crest – February 14, 2016

Mike Horsfall, Haley Horsfall, Mike Winkle, Craig Snazelle and Mark Griffith

February 14 at 2pm Tickets Prices
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Mike Horsfall, Piano and Vibes

Bio from Mike’s website – www.mikehorsfall.com

Mike HIMG_1895 - Version 2orsfall has enjoyed a successful and diverse musical career for over 35 years, serving as a performer, educator, composer, arranger, recording artist and concert soloist on both piano and vibraphone. He has performed and recorded with a large number of world class musicians, including Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Leroy Vinegar, Chuck Redd, Holly Hofman, and Rebecca Kilgore, and has worked with such notable groups as Pink Martini, the Nu Shooz Orchestra, and the Portland Chamber Orchestra. In 1989 Mike co-founded the trio Tall Jazz, which went to perform, record, and educate for over 20 years. They became the first ensemble to be voted into the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall of Fame. Mike currently serves on the music faculty at Willamette University, Mt. Hood Community College, and Oregon Episcopal School.

Haley Horsfall, Vocalist

Haley’s website – www.haleyhorsfallmusic.com

Haley blue backgroundHaley Horsfall studied voice with Valerie Day, and percussion with Israel Annoh and Doug E Smith. She has been a member of the Gretchen Mitchell Band, who held it down at the Candlelight regularly for over 4 years. She has toured with Ben Darwish’s group Commotion singing and playing percussion. Haley also sang with Obo Addy’s group Okropong. She recently worked with the pop sensation, Nu Shooz. Singing, arranging, playing percussion alongside her dad and personal hero, Mike Horsfall, is something very special for Haley.

Mike Winkle, Vocalist

Bio taken from http://www.michaelwinkle.com

WinkleMike Winkle grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s and was surrounded by an incredible music scene. After over 20 years of performing with his dance band, Pressure Point, playing cover tunes and performing for private events, Mike started to find his own voice and style. Mike really likes the intimacy that small venues afford and enjoys working with a trio or quartet, and of course the opportunities to work the larger group with horns and percussion are always exciting! Mike is having the time of his life as a performer, and feels as though the best is yet to come.

 

Craig Snazelle, Bass

CraigSnazelleBassStudio_07Craig Snazelle’s jazz education includes lessons/study with SF Bay Area bassist Chuck Sher, (John Hendricks), Los Angeles bassist and former Portlander Jamie Faunt (Chick Corea, John Klemmer), and since moving to Oregon, with bassists Glen Moore (Oregon), Tom Wakeling and Larry Zgonc, (Principal Bass, Portland Opera Company). Notable Portland players Craig has worked with include; Pianists Gordon Lee, Bill Beach, Phil Goldberg, and George Mitchell. Singers Shirley Nannette, Karla Harris, and Victoria Corrigan. Saxophonists Bob Hernandez, Lee Wuthenow, and Pete Peterson. He has performed locally at the Portland Jazz Festival, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, Newport Coast Jazz Festival, and Cathedral Park Jazz Festival.

Mark Griffith, Drums

Bio from Mark’s website – www.markgriffith.com

MarkGriffithMark Griffith is the drummer with Heads Up/Concord Music Group recording artists the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. He has recorded two albums with the band for Heads Up, “Word of Mouth Revisited” and “The Word is Out”. The band has toured the world playing the major jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. They have toured Japan three times, and have played numerous other festivals and clubs around the country.

Mark resides in Portland Oregon where he performs regularly with the top musicians and artists on the Portland scene. Mark can be seen regularly performing with bluesman Lloyd Jones’ band, New Orleans saxophonist Devin Phillips, and the Scott Law Reunion Band. He also does many small group jazz gigs at the numerous local jazz venues in the Portland and Seattle areas. When not busy playing, he can be found in his recording studio teaching students, laying down drum tracks, recording bands, or mixing and mastering projects for other artists.

 

Holly Hofmann, Mike Wofford
and Essiet Okon Essiet

Holly Hofmann, Mike Wofford and Essiet Okon Essiet
August 23rd at 2pm
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Holly Hofmann

Bio taken from Holly’s website: www.hollyhofmann.com

Holly smiling & fluteBorn in Cleveland, Holly always had her head in music. Although jazz fans themselves, her parents insisted she have a solid foundation in classical technique. After high school at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, she gained her formal education through studies with the Cleveland Orchestra’s principal flutist Maurice Sharp. She then earned her bachelor’s in music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her graduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

During summers away from school, Hofmann would travel to New York to study with Frank Wess and Slide Hampton and began sitting in at jam sessions, learning the necessary jazz standard repertoire. It was their encouragement that convinced her to pursue a career in jazz flute.

Following graduate studies in Colorado, Hofmann moved to San Diego, California in the late-1980s and began working with pianist Mike Wofford and bassist Bob Magnusson, both long-time stalwarts of the California jazz scene. Her first CD Take Note was recorded with them and drummer Sherman Ferguson in 1989 for Capri Records.

It was during her early years in San Diego that Hofmann began booking a four-night-a-week national jazz program at the Horton Grand Hotel and other San Diego area venues, presenting hundreds of nationally acclaimed artists including Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson, Tommy Flanagan and Joe Henderson.

She also began performing nationally with pianist Bill Cunliffe, a partnership that led to several recordings in duo and other configurations for Cleveland-based Azica Records. They recorded Just Duet, Vol. 1 and 2 and Live at Birdland in a quartet with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Victor Lewis. The pair toured extensively playing festivals and chamber venues worldwide and performing both jazz and classical compositions in brilliantly seamless arrangements.

Hofmann began working with the legendary Ray Brown at New York’s Village Vanguard in the mid-‘90s and later toured throughout the United States and Europe with Brown’s trio as a guest artist. She credits Brown’s support as one of the major turning points in her career and recalls that each performance with him was a learning experience.

Hofmann and the highly respected pianist/arranger Wofford married in 2000 and the two toured in a quartet with Brown and Lewis. Besides her work with Slide Hampton and Frank Wess, Hofmann has collaborative with Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, John Clayton, Houston Person, Regina Carter, Terell Stafford and Kevin Mahogany, among many others.

Mike Wofford

Bio taken from www.caprirecords.com

MikeWofford.wideaHaving appeared on over two hundred recordings as a sideman, pianist Mike Wofford now continues to record and perform primarily as a leader.  He has received critical acclaim for his “Live at Maybeck” volume 18 in the Concord Records solo piano series, and his 2004 CD “Live at Athenaeum Jazz” on Capri Records features bassist Peter Washington and drummer Victor Lewis. In 2007, Capri released “Live at Athenaeum Jazz, Vol. 2”, a duo CD with flutist Holly Hofmann.

A native Texan, Wofford was raised in San Diego, California, where he resides currently. His mother was a professional singer, and he began studying piano at age seven. At eighteen, he moved to Los Angeles and entered the jazz scene there during the 1960s.

His first professional performances were with the legendary Lighthouse All-Stars and the bands of Teddy Edwards, Red Norvo, Chet Baker, Bud Shank, and Shorty Rogers. It was during this time that he appeared on his first jazz recordings, with Mel Torme, Gary Burton and Joe Pass.  He also subsequently recorded his first albums on Epic and Discovery under his own name.

By the late 1960s, Wofford became busy as a free-lance session player in Los Angeles on recording dates and motion picture and TV soundtracks. He was the staff pianist on such live TV series as “The Bill Cosby Show” with Quincy Jones, and was first-call pianist for Oliver Nelson at Universal Pictures. During this period, he also became active as an arranger, working at Capitol Records as well as writing for such artists as Sergio Mendes, and the Mike Barone Big Band.

Wofford also began his longtime association with drummer Shelly Manne, playing and recording with Manne’s various groups over the years. Mike toured Europe with the Shelly Manne/Lee Konitz Quartet, and later South America, Europe and Japan as pianist and music director for Sarah Vaughan. He returned to Japan for several tours with Shelly Manne, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and Zoot Sims, and subsequently with the Benny Carter Orchestra. He also traveled to Brazil with the Benny Carter Quartet.

In 1989, he became pianist and music director for Ella Fitzgerald until her retirement in 1992. He was also house pianist during this time at San Diego’s two national jazz clubs, Elario’s and the Horton Grand Hotel. At these venues he performed with many legendary jazz figures from Art Farmer and Charlie Haden to Slide Hampton and Ray Brown, among many others.

Wofford currently performs and tours with his own groups and as co-leader in a quartet with his wife, flutist Holly Hofmann. He is also now performing with and arranging for their string orchestra configuration focused on the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Ellington/Strayhorn. He continues to be one of the most in-demand pianists in jazz, working with such artists as Charles McPherson, Kevin Mahogany, Houston Person, James Moody, Phil Woods, Kenny Burrell and Benny Golson.

Essiet Okon Essiet

Bio taken from www.allaboutjazz.com

OkonEssietConsidered one of the top bassists in jazz today, Essiet Essiet first received critical acclaim over a decade ago in Bobby Watson’s group Horizon. Born in Nebraska to Nigerian parents, he began studying violin at age10 and switched to bass viol at 14. As a child, he traveled widely with his family and that early exposure to many cultures, folk- ways, languages, and religions fostered his world view of strength through diversity. 

Some musicians are purists, says Essiet, but I like to mix styles. Essiet was Art Blakey’s last bassist, playing with him for 2 years and on 3 CDs. He’s also performed with Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Benny Golson, and the Blue Note All-Stars, to name a few. Essiet also leads IBO, a Nigerian jazz project.

 

Jazz at Otter Crest

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Ken Peplowski with Tom Wakeling
Randy Porter and Todd Strait

Ken Peplowski with Tom Wakeling
Randy Porter and Todd Strait
May 30th at 7pm

All events will be held at the Lodge at Otter Crest unless otherwise noted
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This event will benefit the Oregon Coast Jazz Party
This event is co-sponsored by:
Just Jazz Inc and OCCA

Ken Peplowski
Ken Peplowski Saxophone 300dpi Bio taken from Ken’s website: www.kenpeplowski.com

By the time Ken was in his early teens, he was experimenting with jazz, playing in the school “stage” bands, and also by jamming with many of the local jazz musicians. “By the time I hit high school, I was teaching at the local music store, playing in our family band, and playing jazz gigs around town while still getting up early every day for school.”

After a year of college, Ken joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. In 1980, Ken moved to New York City, and was soon playing in a variety of settings, from Dixieland to avant-garde jazz.

“Everything’s a learning experience in jazz music – there’s always an element of the unpredictable.” In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band, hiring Ken on tenor saxophone. Peplowski wound up signing with Concord Records, under the tutelage of Carl Jefferson, the founder and president, and recorded close to 20 albums as a leader.

“What’s in the future? “Who knows? I love all kinds of music, and I’d like to find more opportunities to bridge the gaps between different musical styles – I consider myself an interpreter of material – if something interests me, I try to put my own spin on it, without thinking or worrying about playing in any particular style. Basically, I like a challenge, I’m a sucker for a good melody, and I love playing for audiences, big or small.” And he has certainly achieved these goals, be it in small clubs, the Hollywood Bowl, headlining in Las Vegas, the Newport Jazz Festival, pops concerts, European festivals´ clubs, or at home in NYC doing everything from playing on the soundtracks to Woody Allen movies, to taking on the role of music director for interactive French and Italian cookbooks.

The litany of musicians Ken has collaborated with includes Mel Torme, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna,Hank Jones,Dave Frishberg,Rosemary Clooney,Tom Harrell, James Moody,Cedar Walton,Houston Person, Steve Allen, Woody Allen, & Erich Kunzel.

Tom Wakeling

Bio taken from Tom’s websiteTom
www.tomwakelingmusic.com
For over 40 years, Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work in concert halls, jazz nightclubs, recording studios, and at music festivals throughout North America and Europe.

Tom’s bass versatility has supported a wide range of artists including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ernie Watts, Charles McPherson, Carl Fontana, Herb Geller, Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and many others in jazz and pop music alike.
Tom’s work in “show biz” includes playing in the orchestras of national touring shows such as “Cats”, “A Chorus Line”, the Joffrey Ballet, “Grease”, and “Damn Yankees” (with Jerry Lewis).

An experienced and dynamic educator, Tom has served as a guest artist at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Stanford University Jazz Workshop, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, University of Nevada, Washburn University, University of British Columbia, Centrum/Pt. Townsend Jazz Workshop, Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, among others.
Wakeling recently retired from a longstanding tenure as Chair of the Music Department at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon. The college is known for its excellent Music and Music Technology programs.

Randy Porter

RandyPBio taken from Randy’s website – www.randyporter.com
Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…”

Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. The Charles McPherson Quartet has re-created the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, performing with many orchestras nationwide. Porter has also toured with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their “Sing in Swing” tour.

Randy Porter has toured Europe with bassist David Friesen and has performed on several recordings with Friesen. Friesen’s 2001 Trio CD, Name of a Woman, received 4 stars from Downbeat in June of 2002 and featured Porter as pianist and composer. Porter has also recorded, performed, and toured worldwide with singer Gino Vannelli; Porter’s pianistic contributions can be heard on Vannelli’s CD’s, Yonder Tree, Slow Love and Canto.

Musical highlights include performing at Kimball’s with Art Farmer and Clifford Jordan, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center with Diane Schuur, Seattle’s Jazz Alley with New York Voices, Yoshi’s in San Francisco with Karrin Allyson and Rebecca Kilgore, The House of Blues in Chicago and BB King’s Blues Club in NYC with Gino Vannelli, the Monterey Jazz Festival with Madeline Eastman, the Chicago and Detroit Jazz Festivals with Charles McPherson.

Porter’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on his own recordings: Thirsty Soul, with John Wiitala on bass and Reinhardt Melz and Todd Strait on drums; Brio, also featuring John Wiitala and Reinhardt Melz; Modern Reflections with Nancy King on vocals, Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Mel Brown on drums; and Eight Little Feet with Bob Magnusson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums. Samples of Porter’s writing and playing can be found on Apple’s iLife jingles. Porter also composed the music for the 2009 documentary, Deep Green.

Porter has been a performer and educator at the Port Townsend Jazz Festival for many years where he has coached many young jazz musicians. He has also worked several years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West with singer Madeline Eastman. Porter teaches master classes and adjudicates student combos and bands at highschool and college jazz festivals. Currently, Porter teaches jazz piano at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Todd Strait

ToTODDdd was raised in Topeka, KS, and became involved in music in elementary school playing trumpet and drums. Eventually braces pushed the trumpet out of the picture and it’s been drums ever since.

Todd began gigging locally while still in 7th grade, mainly with his father’s group. During his last year of high school he became involved in the 1979 “Louie Bellson/Slingerland National Drum Contest” where he eventually finished in second place at the Las Vegas finals. The scholarships gained from this experience enabled Todd to pursue his dream of moving to the NYC area and studing with Ed Soph in 1980.

Upon relocating to the east coast Todd free-lanced in and around NYC and the Tri-State area, then joined Marian McPartland’s trio in 1982 playing in New York City clubs and traveling occasionally with her across the country. In 1984 he also began playing with guitarists Tal Farlow and Barney Kessel. In ’86 he joined Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd for a 3 month cross-country stint before returning to NYC.

1990 found Todd relocated to Kansas City where a string of important connections were born. Besides gigging in KC and St. Louis with local favorites and visiting “stars”, Todd toured nationally and internationally with Kevin Mahogany from 1995 until 2000, with Karrin Allyson 1995 until 2009, and with Eldar from 1999 until 2008 (See the discography page for related recordings, 3 of which were Grammy Nominees).

In 2002 Todd relocated again, this time to Portland, OR. A typical year of travel consisted of between 200-250 days on the road (between tours with either Eldar or Karrin) so Todd was not around Portland much those first 7 and a half years. But in mid 2009 he finally decided to change gears and stay put for awhile.

Now he is enjoying being away from airplanes and playing with local greats such as PDXV, Greg Goebel’s Trio, Warren Rand, Dan Balmer, and Randy Porter, among many other wonderful musicians in Portland and Seattle. Todd is also building a student base here in Portland. Besides serving as adjunct drumset instructor for UMKC in Kansas City,MO, from 1990-2002, Todd has been a faculty member for several summer jazz camps across the country over the last 20 years and is looking forward to his 10th consecutive year at the KU Jazz Camp in Lawrence, Kansas, this summer. Last year he joined the staff of YMA (Young Musicians and Artists) which holds two week sessions on the campus of Willamette University in Salem, OR. He will continue to serve as one of several adjunct drumset instructors at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, OR, during the school year as he has since 2003.

Chuck Redd

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Chuck is a Yamaha artist and his appearance at Otter Crest is made possible, in part, by a generous contribution by Yamaha whose efforts help music programs succeed. Chuck Redd supports jazz education and his performance on February 15th is structured to help Just Jazz raise funds for workshops and jazz camps. Chuck will be conducting a workshop as part of his visit to the Oregon Coast to promote jazz education in our schools.

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Chuck Redd is well known internationally as a performer on drums and vibraphone. Chuck began recording and touring the globe when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. He also became a member of the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Byrd and Herb Ellis.) To his credit are 25 European tours and six tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski and the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008. Chuck frequently appears leading groups at The Oregon Coast Jazz Party and has been a featured musician at The Oregon Festival Of American Music every year since 2007.
Chuck was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. While appearing in New York with Torme, Ira Gitler of Jazz Times said: “Redd’s vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness.”

Jazz Times praised Redd’s playing describing his vibes work as, “Exquisite! ”

The Washington Post and Hot House Magazine recently admired his “melodic sparkle.”

In 2007 Chuck was featured with the prestigious “Milt Jackson Tribute Band”. Other recent engagements include jazz cruises, stints with Bucky Pizzarelli and Ken Peplowski at Dizzy’s Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center), headlining at Smalls Club in New York City and jazz festivals around the US. He has toured and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Tommy Flanagan, Bill Mays, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Laurindo Almeida, Tal Farlow, Rebecca Kilgore, Scott Hamilton, Mickey Roker and Houston Person.

Redd is featured on over 80 recordings. Releases include his Arbors CD, “All This and Heaven Too”, featuring Gene Bertoncini and George Mraz, Chopin Jazz with Rossano Sportiello “You’re My Everything” with Dick Hyman and Jay Leonhart and “Nice N’ Easy” with Houston Person. He can also be heard on the sound track to the popular television series, “The Great Chefs”, and the NPR broadcast “Jazz Smithsonian.”

Chuck’s career highlights include a concert with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in Africa for the Namibian Independence Celebration, a recital at the White House with the Barney Kessel Trio, two concerts at Carnegie Hall with the Mel Torme Quintet, and The Tonight Show. In 2008, he was a featured soloist in the finale concert at The Lionel Hampton International Jazz festival with The Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. In February 2013, Chuck performed with the Dream Band co-leading with Jeff Hamilton in a salute to vibes legend Terry Gibbs. Chuck was the 2014 honoree at The Roswell Jazz Festival.

In addition to leading his own groups, Chuck was a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for 15 years. He frequently performs in New York City and is touring nationally at festivals and clubs. Chuck is on the faculty at The University of Maryland School of Music and presents master classes, workshops and lectures around the country.

His Arbors CD “Happy All The Time,” is a critically acclaimed tribute to his mentor, Barney Kessel and features Monty Alexander and Jeff Hamilton . Chuck’s Noteworthy CD, “When Redd is Blue” is a collaboration with his brother, pianist Robert Redd, featuring saxophonist Harry Allen. Chuck’s Arbors release, “The Common Thread” features Mickey Roker, Bob Cranshaw,Houston Person and Rossano Sportiello. Chuck produced and is featured on the brand new recording, “For George ,Cole and Duke”, lead by Harry Allen for Blue Heron Records.

Rebecca Kilgore and Dave Tull
with Tom Wakeling and Randy Porter

Rebecca Kilgore and Dave Tull
with Tom Wakeling and Randy Porter
April 12th, 2015

Music starts at 2pm

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Rebecca Kilgore is one of America’s leading song stylists who finds particular delight in preserving and interpreting the music of the Great American Songbook. She regularly performs worldwide at jazz festivals, jazz parties, and on jazz cruises.

She is a frequent guest on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross, has appeared at Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein, Lincoln Center, Birdland(NYC), and on Garrison Keilor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’. Rebecca has recorded with Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dave Frishberg, Harry Allen, and Jeff Hamilton, to name a few.

Rebecca is honored to have been invited to perform at New York’s Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention at Town Hall in NYC and to have been inducted to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and to the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall Of Fame, Her most recent recording, “I Like Men” with the Harry Allen Quartet (Arbors label), has garnered stellar reviews.

“….A pop-jazz singer whose fluent voice conjures sunlight glinting on running water, Ms. Kilgore infuses everything she performs with a sense of lighthearted enjoyment….” the New York Times
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Dave Tull
Bio taken from Dave’s website – www.davidtull.com
For twenty-five years Dave Tull has been known in the Los Angeles area as a world-class jazz drummer. In recent years, however, Dave has been making a name for himself as one of the country’s finest jazz vocalists. With his new CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid”, Dave cements that reputation, and adds songwriting to his list of talents.

Dave has toured the world since 2000 as drummer and lead vocalist for Chuck Mangione. Dave’s vocal on Mangione’s “The Children of Sanchez” and his bebop scat vocal on “Dizzymiles” has been featured at hundreds of concerts including The Playboy Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl and The Blue Note in New York City.

Dave’s many original songs are available on his new CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid”. The songs range from humorous to heartfelt. Put simply, they are future standards that are just being discovered! Many of Dave’s songs are tongue in cheek snap shots of moments familiar to the working musician. Dave wrote and arranged the hilarious “I Just Want To Get Paid” which he has performed with The Clare Fischer Big Band, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a47qzLB_7w , Buddy Childers Big Band, The Steve Huffsteter Big Band and the Ron Jones Influence Big Band. He also composed the wry “The Airplane Song” which he has performed live with the Les Brown Band.

Dave is on faculty at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, CA, teaching individual drum set lessons there. Dave has also been brought in by the jazz band director and even the jazz vocal professor at PCC to work with students on various aspects of playing and singing in the jazz style.
A Yamaha Performing Artist, Dave plays Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Heads and Vic Firth Sticks exclusively.

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Tom Wakeling
Bio taken from Tom’s website
www.tomwakelingmusic.com
For over 40 years, Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work in concert halls, jazz nightclubs, recording studios, and at music festivals throughout North America and Europe.

Tom’s bass versatility has supported a wide range of artists including Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Mel Torme, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Charlie Rouse, Houston Person, Ernie Watts, Charles McPherson, Carl Fontana, Herb Geller, Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, the Fifth Dimension, and many others in jazz and pop music alike.
Tom’s work in “show biz” includes playing in the orchestras of national touring shows such as “Cats”, “A Chorus Line”, the Joffrey Ballet, “Grease”, and “Damn Yankees” (with Jerry Lewis).

An experienced and dynamic educator, Tom has served as a guest artist at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Stanford University Jazz Workshop, University of Kansas, Arizona State University, University of Nevada, Washburn University, University of British Columbia, Centrum/Pt. Townsend Jazz Workshop, Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, among others.
Wakeling recently retired from a longstanding tenure as Chair of the Music Department at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon. The college is known for its excellent Music and Music Technology programs.

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Randy Porter
Bio taken from Randy’s website – www.randyporter.com
Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. Lynn Darroch of The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…”

Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, and Benny Golson. He has also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet throughout the US and in France, Italy, Greece, and China. The Charles McPherson Quartet has re-created the music from the classic recording Charlie Parker with Strings, performing with many orchestras nationwide. Porter has also toured with Diane Schuur and Bobby Caldwell, conducting the Jazz Orchestra for their “Sing in Swing” tour.

Randy Porter has toured Europe with bassist David Friesen and has performed on several recordings with Friesen. Friesen’s 2001 Trio CD, Name of a Woman, received 4 stars from Downbeat in June of 2002 and featured Porter as pianist and composer. Porter has also recorded, performed, and toured worldwide with singer Gino Vannelli; Porter’s pianistic contributions can be heard on Vannelli’s CD’s, Yonder Tree, Slow Love and Canto.

Musical highlights include performing at Kimball’s with Art Farmer and Clifford Jordan, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center with Diane Schuur, Seattle’s Jazz Alley with New York Voices, Yoshi’s in San Francisco with Karrin Allyson and Rebecca Kilgore, The House of Blues in Chicago and BB King’s Blues Club in NYC with Gino Vannelli, the Monterey Jazz Festival with Madeline Eastman, the Chicago and Detroit Jazz Festivals with Charles McPherson.

Porter’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on his own recordings: Thirsty Soul, with John Wiitala on bass and Reinhardt Melz and Todd Strait on drums; Brio, also featuring John Wiitala and Reinhardt Melz; Modern Reflections with Nancy King on vocals, Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Mel Brown on drums; and Eight Little Feet with Bob Magnusson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums. Samples of Porter’s writing and playing can be found on Apple’s iLife jingles. Porter also composed the music for the 2009 documentary, Deep Green.

Porter has been a performer and educator at the Port Townsend Jazz Festival for many years where he has coached many young jazz musicians. He has also worked several years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West with singer Madeline Eastman. Porter teaches master classes and adjudicates student combos and bands at highschool and college jazz festivals. Currently, Porter teaches jazz piano at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Mike Winkle

Bio taken from http://www.michaelwinkle.com

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, I was surrounded by an incredible music scene that offered such a diversity of musical genres that on any given weekend, you could see artists such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Tower Of Power, and Miles Davis, to name a few. Early on, I was absolutely knocked out by many of the British bands, particularly Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Animals, The Zombies, The Hollies, and of course, The Beatles.

Around 1968, an older friend turned me on to a radio station broadcasting from Oakland. I think the station was KSOL or something like that. It was all soul all the time and it just turned me inside out! I couldn’t hear enough Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Jerry Butler, The Impressions, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, and so many others. In the seventies, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rankin, and Bobby Caldwell were the guys that I tried to emulate. Stevie Wonder for sure and Bobby Caldwell to a certain extent were soulful, Kenny Rankin was almost folk like, but with a jazzy edge, and Lenny Williams singing ‘Soul Vaccination’, oh my gosh, so smooth! Al Green and Donny Hathaway were a couple of other singers that really impacted me.

It was during the 80’s that I first really listened to Frank Sinatra. It was like a revelation! I had heard all those songs before, but hadn’t really paid attention. Of course, I went through my Sinatra phase just like a million other singers, and found out quickly that I wasn’t ever going to be Frank Sinatra. I discovered Chet Baker about 10 years ago and dubbed him the ‘Anti Sinatra’; I really love his phrasing, wonderful pitch and the horn like quality of his voice. Another singer that I really enjoy is Johnny Hartman. As far as ballad singing goes, Johnny Hartman is it! As for contemporary artists I’m a huge fan of Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Shirley Horn and a Portland native, Rebecca Kilgore, who I think is as good as anyone. There is another great singer in Portland whom I really enjoy named Shirley Nannette, and she is wonderful.

After over 20 years of performing with my dance band, Pressure Point, playing cover tunes and performing for private events, I started to find my own voice and style. That is really just a synthesis of everything that I’ve listened to and loved. Some vocalists are fortunate enough to discover who they are early in their careers, and bypass the stage of trying to imitate others. It took me many years to develop the confidence to present myself as an artist and not just another ‘band guy’ trying to get over with someone else’s sound. I hope to continue recording and writing. I have done some club work here in Portland and love that. I really like the intimacy that small venues afford and enjoy working with a trio or quartet, and of course the opportunities to work the larger group with horns and percussion are always exciting! I am having the time of my life as a performer, and feel as though the best is yet to come.