Artists | 2018 Festival
Named “2010 Northwest Vocalist of the Year,” by Earshot Jazz Society. Gail’s rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing have been described as “deliciously soulful” by Cadence Magazine. After moving to Seattle, WA in 1996 she discovered a strong interest in West Coast Swing Dancing and Jazz. Gail has entertained audiences all over the world and has contributed vocals to Grammy-nominated CD collaborations, and she has song credits in major motion pictures.
Collin Provence Trio
Collin is a Seattle native, and has been experiencing the rich musical culture playing jazz in town for over ten years. Following his passion of Jazz from a young age Collin graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Jazz Studies. He is best known for leading the house jazz trio at Sullivan’s Steakhouse since May 2010. When he’s not traveling around playing at various events, you can see find him at Tula’s restaurant and Jazz Club with the Smith Staelens Big Band and the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra. His music is inspired and influenced by a wide variety of musicians from Monty Alexander and Oscar Peterson, to modern tunes like Esbjorn Svensson, Hiromi, and The Bad Plus. Reflecting Seattle’s diverse music culture, Collin brings his vibrant energy to the crowd every time. As a returning performer from Siren Song’s Summer Concert Series, Collin is excited to be back in Lake Chelan to kick off the Wine and Jazz Festival.
Lenny Price is an American jazz saxophonist, music educator, entrepreneur and performing arts activist. Best known for his 13 years touring and recording with Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh. He also has extensive credits as a soloist, bandleader, composer and record producer. Price was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the oldest son of Thelma (née Brown) and George Price, a career U.S. Air Force veteran. Raised mostly in suburban Detroit, he was exposed to jazz at an early age by his father's record collection and WJZZ radio. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984, Lenny earned a reputation as a creative and versatile performer on nearly 70 recordings with a wide variety of artists including Earl Klugh, David Peaston, Randy Crawford, The Temptations and many more. Since relocating to Ellensburg, WA in 2004, Price received his BA in Music from Central Washington University. He currently oversees the production and development of Jazz, Bites & Sips (a groundbreaking performing arts initiative).
Sonando was founded in 1990 by Fred Hoadley and Lary Barilleau to explore new directions in the blending of Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jazz. For over a decade, Sonando has performed original Latin Jazz at festivals, clubs & concerts throughout the Northwest. Their first two recordings, Sonando (1995) & La Rumba Esta Buena (1998), received airplay and critical acclaim throughout the country. Their third, Sonando Tres, was released May 16, 2006 on the Origin Arts label, and is currently being aired around the country. Sonando's repertoire includes traditional & modern interpretations of Afro-Cuban styles such as Son, Changui, Bata & Rumba, as well as our signature Latin Jazz. They perform on folkloric instruments such as bata, marimbula, tres, congas, & shekere, as well as modern jazz instruments including flute, sax, trombone, piano, bass, & drumset. Their current lineup includes some of Seattle's most experienced musicians, including: Fred Hoadley-piano, tres guitar, Tom Bergersen- congas, percussion, Ben Verdier-bass, Chris Stover-trombone, Jim Coile-saxophone, flute, Junior Medina-timbles, percussion. Sonando’s latest recording, Tres, was released May 16, 2006 and they were featured in the November 2008 issue of Earshot Jazz
Gretta Matassa is one of the most talented singers working in jazz today. She has been voted "Northwest Vocalist of the Year" by Earshot Jazz seven times in 15 years! She was voted again, Vocalist of the Year in 2014 and honored with a lifetime achievement award and inducted into the Earshot Jazz Hall of Fame in 2014. Greta has been a mainstay on Seattle's Jazz stages for many years and with her recent successful dates at New York's Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, tours of Russia, Singapore and Hawaii, Japan and New Orleans, Greta's sound is now reaching new audiences. Greta has released 10 CD's on the respected jazz label Origin Records and a DVD live concert with guitarist Mimi Fox. Her latest CD, "I Wanna be Loved" (Resonance Records) was critically acclaimed. Greta has appeared with many notable jazz musicians including: John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Houston Person, Russell Malone, Mike Stern, Tamir Hendelman,
Bruce Foreman, Josh Nelson,John Pizzerelli, Mike Wofford, Holly Hoffman,David Frishberg, Mimi Fox, Peter Bernstein. Greta is also a respected and generous teacher. She has been on faculty at Jazz Camp West, Drayton Harbor Jazz Festival and The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. She has a thriving private teaching practice a new CD is coming in 2016.
With a performance history spanning more than two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.
Kobie Watkins grouptet
Kobie Watkins is a professional drummer and percussionist in jazz, latin, and gospel music genres, and a music educator. Pursuing his true passion and enhancing his talent through education, Kobie attended Vandercook College of Music studying all forms and genres of the percussion family with Marc “Max” Jacoby (vibraphonist/ mallet) and Kevin Lepper (percussionist), both teachers igniting him to reach greater achievements and goals. While learning percussion and all other instruments, Kobie’s extra curricular time was spent playing jazz standards and trading solo-s with alto saxophonist Dennis Winslett. Kobie could also be found playing in local theatre and cabaret shows. In 1998, Kobie played in the Walt Disney World American All- Star Band in Magic Kingdom (Orlando, FL). He became a public school band director. At night, he played gigs around the Chicago area and throughout the United States. Watkins developed the nickname the Swing Master of Chicago. He was depicted in a front-page article in the Joliet, Illinois’- Herald, -a local newspaper titled, "Teacher has Alter Ego as Jazz Musician.
The Kobie Watkins Grouptet is a Surge of musical groove and melody. Drawing on years of artistry performing and recording internationally with jazz legend Sonny Rollins and many many others Kobie Watkins is taking the music in an exciting personal direction. Between them, Kobie, Ryan, Aaron and Justin have toured internationally performing classical and jazz music. They teach students of all levels, adolescents to university students and professional.
From the Northwest United States, a region long known for producing energetic and fresh musical talent, blazes the Emerald City's latest sensation. Seattle's own DoctorfunK. DoctorfunK was established in 1995 and has set the standard for new soul music in the Pacific Northwest. Echoing the legendary passion of famed horn band Tower of Power and that "Bay Area Sound," this 10-piece ensemble has maintained the tradition and more. With their first national release,"Prescription for Soul." on the Oakland-based label, Strokeland Records, DoctorfunK joins other standouts such as Glenn Waters and Fred Ross, as well as Doc Kupka's own Strokeland Superband.
Eugenie Jones is described as a performer that makes audiences feel jazz. Vocally described as possessing, “A voice that covers words like pieces of silk covering precious stones,” Jones is an emotive, engaging song stylist that entertains, dazzles and decisively wins over audiences. (Charles Mudede) Reminiscent of style and sophistication of iconic vocalists of the past, Jones sings and scats her way vivaciously through mainstream jazz, but also draws listeners inside contemporary storylines, sharing original tunes that have earned her recognition as a cleverly gifted lyricist. Born and raised in West Virginia to parents who loved jazz and soul, and growing up with a mother who sang lead in their church choir, exposed Jones to a variety of musical foundations before making her professional debut as a singer/songwriter in Seattle, WA. With an MBA and a career in marketing, however, it wasn’t until she lost her mother to cancer that she felt drawn into the world of music. “I can only describe my beginnings in jazz as a time of missing my mom, missing hearing her voice singing around the house and wondering within myself if I could do that – if I could sing and carry on that part of her?” With her original “A Good Day” downloaded more than 9,000 times critics and fans answer Jones query with a resounding, YES! As a national recording artist, Jones has self-produced two primarily original vocal jazz projects earning her ranking on Jazz Week Review Top-50, #1 spots on CMJ charts, favorable reviews from Down Beat, Jazziz, All About Jazz, and numerous other industry mediums. “In that overcrowded arena known as “female jazz singers”, Seattle-based Eugenie Jones manages to stand apart from the crowd. Ms. Jones has filled both of her outstanding albums with her own engaging compositions. This fact alone differentiates her as she is one of the very few African-American women singer-songwriters in jazz today. And finally, the lady can sing as well as she can write. She is an intelligent, thoughtful composer in the tradition of Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone. Fans of true jazz singing, it’s time for you to sit up and take notice.” (C. Davenport/Curt’s Jazz).
Lake Chelan Jazz Band
The Lake Chelan Jazz Band featuring Susan House on vocals/harmonica; John Duff on the Keys; Bob Soost playing the Sax/Clarinet; and Steve Sanders on Bass. See band videos on Facebook.
Terry Hunt Trio
Terry Hunt received his MA in music in 1988 from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Terry has won awards for his music compositions which include works for choir and orchestra, a violin sonata, a piano trio, a guitar concerto and tunes for jazz combo. He and his wife founded a successful non-profit music school. He has produced several documentary films and runs a video website featuring happenings in the small community where he lives.
Laura Love and the Terry Hunt Trio
Laura Love is an award winning "folk-funk" singer/songwriter/bassist who has been touring throughout the world since the early 1990s. Laura has released 11 CDs on major and minor labels, she has performed at nearly every great music festival in North America and Australia, she has composed commissioned music for dance and theater productions and she’s a published author. Laura is currently recording a new CD of original songs which will be released late Winter/early Spring of 2018.
Four on Six
Four on Six is a Seattle-based group specializing in 50's and 60's jazz from the likes of Miles, Herbie, & Horace, as well as more modern sounds.
Justin began performing with his dad’s Top 40 band, Kaleidoscope. That’s where Justin honed his live show performances over 20 shows per month with as many as 5 performances each weekend. Success for Justin came in 2007 after releasing his debut album On The Way. He moved to Los Angeles, and began performing with his band at various Jazz festivals.The Detroit bred saxophonist earned his place on the jazz stage after an impressive win at the 2007 Capital Jazz New Artist Challenge in Columbia, Maryland. Following his win, Young played at the six-day Capital Jazz Super Cruise alongside Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Kim Waters and other jazz stars.
With his 2007 release, On The Way, which featured collaborations with Grammy award winning guitarist Paul Brown, Tim Bowman, and keyboardist Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra. He was a frequent headliner at Detroit casinos while attending Michigan State University, and acquired a taste for R&B/soul inspired jazz. He rose into the smooth jazz world by obtaining radio spins from respected jazz radio stations across the country.
With his 2008 releases “Nothin’ But Love” and “Home for the Holidays”, Justin enjoyed airplay from The Weather Channel and Delta Airlines along with radio stations across the U.S. Since then, Justin has become a budding new star waiting to be launched into commercial success.
Justin’s newest album is all about getting back to the basics of real instruments, analog equipment and unique saxophone rhythms. Live musicians performed in the recording studio which gives the songs a distinct uniqueness. No sequencers were used in the making of this album adding to the realness of music. The songs have a lot of raw feel and emotion without the aid of a computer changing the rhythm. The melodies on the saxophone have an undeniable old school feel with a unique twist of Gospel, Funk and R&B.
Ellensburg Big Band
Founded in 2011, the Ellensburg Big Band is an 18 member classic Swing Jazz Band in the tradition of the wonderful dance bands of the 1940’s and 50’s. Featuring favorites from the Glen Miller and Count Basie Bands, they also play a wide variety of jazz standards and modern styles. The musicians hail from the Ellensburg community and beyond, and include many regional music educators, CWU music students, and a colorful bunch of professionals all of whom treasure the opportunity to make terrific music together.