Marina Christopher is rapidly gaining notoriety as a bassist, vocalist, educator and composer. After graduating from CWU, she toured the world playing in cruise ship bands. Once back in Seattle, she became a sought-after bassist for artists such as Eugenie Jones, Jacqueline Tabor and Ethiopian jazz musician Meklit Hadero. Marina was also a founding player for the popular jam “Mo’ Jam Mondays” at the Nectar Lounge. In addition to jazz, Marina also plays in rock and pop music groups Scarlet Parke, The Bad News Botanists, Maluhia, and her own neo-soul project: Marina and the Dreamboats. Marina has also performed on numerous occasions with the Seattle Rock Orchestra. She has performed on a growing number of albums, including two of her own. Her projects have been featured on the television show Band in Seattle, and on-air sessions on KNKX and KVRU. NPR described Marina as “a hip cat”. In addition to teaching her private bass studio, Marina currently teaches after-school music programs at Washington Middle School and Kamiak High School. Last year, she joined the faculty of Seattle JazzEd where she teaches workshops and jazz ensembles.
Dan Taylor is the Director of Bands at Twin Falls Middle School in North Bend, Washington, where he directs two jazz bands and three concert bands. Before becoming a public school teacher Dan worked as a private instructor for Prosser Piano and conducted the community orchestra at the Northwest Music Hall in Everett. He was also on staff at the Northwest School in Seattle where he taught 6th grade beginning band and middle school and high school jazz bands. Dan has appeared with many of Seattle’s greatest players and jazz ensembles, and is often found playing around the Northwest. In growing demand as a clinician and guest artist, Dan often works with music students from all over the state in multiple styles and genres. Dan received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Central Washington University where he studied as a pianist with Dr. John Pickett and was a member of the nationally recognized CWU Wind Ensemble and the award winning Jazz Band I under the direction of Chris Bruya.
Frank Seeberger, guitarist, has been teaching and playing professionally for over 35 years. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, he also holds a bachelor's degree from Central Washington University in both Classical Guitar Performance, and Music Education. Frank has performed with jazz greats such as George Russell, Curtis Fuller, Gunther Schuller, and Ernestine Anderson, contemporary Jazz artists Jeff Kashiwa, Jackie Joyner, and Darren Motamedy, as well as stars Steve Allen, Joan Rivers, and Seth MacFarlane. As a studio musician, Frank has performed on over 24 movie scores, commercials, and video games. He recently played several pops concerts with the Seattle Symphony, and can currently be heard live in the Seattle area with several groups, most notably the Full Circle Jazz Ensemble, and the Steely Dan tribute band Nearly Dan. Frank also teaches instrumental music for Seattle Schools.
Garey Williams: Multi-dimensional is a good word to describe the depth of Garey’s musicianship. He has played the drums for over 40 years and has performed with such jazz greats as Diana Krall, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Eddie Daniels, Barney McClure, Howard Roberts and others. Garey has also performed with many local jazz artists and big bands including The Jazz Police, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Roadside Attraction and recorded with the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra and the Full Circle Jazz Ensemble. As an educator, Garey has been teaching over 30 years, has studied with some of the world’s greatest drummers and has amassed countless hours of performing and recording time as both a band leader and sideman. Garey has been reviewed and published in Modern Drummer, Rhythm Magazine, Percussive Notes and numerous regional and local newspapers. Garey endorses and conducts clinics for Ludwig drums, Paiste cymbals, Innovative Percussion sticks, Remo drumheads and Latin Percussion, and is the author of The Hi-Hat Foot and Drummer's Guide to Big Band distributed by Alfred publishing. For more information you can visit Garey on the web at gareywilliams.com and drumsetartistry.com.
John Harbaugh’s history and experience in the jazz idiom is extensive. He has studied jazz improvisation with Rich Matteson, Ashley Alexander, and David Baker. His professional career includes a US and British Isles tour with Buddy Rich, two years touring the US, Japan, and Europe with Paul Anka, two years touring the US, Canada, and Britain with Tom Jones, as well as working most of the shows in Las Vegas during the mid 1980’s. He has performed in groups backing up artists like, Mel Torme, Gerry Mulligan, Anita ODay, Sammy Davis Jr. Bob Newhart, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, and Lionel Hampton to name only a few. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience when working as a clinician, an adjudicator, and or performer. He is currently a faculty member at Central Washington University teaching applied trumpet, coaching trumpet choir, and directing the second jazz band. He served as a faculty member at various jazz camps for the last 25+ years, a clinician for Conn /Selmer Corporation, and as a member of the advisory committee for the National Trumpet Competition. He recently released his first jazz CD “Chillaxin with the John Harbaugh Jazz Trio”.
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Hailing from Taipei, Taiwan, Jeff Chang started his music career at 14 when he first started playing the alto saxophone. He holds a BA from Cal State Hayward and after taking a year of graduate-level coursework at the Berklee School of Music, obtained his MM at the New England Conservatory and subsequently completed his teaching certification at the Peabody Conservatory. During his time in Boston he was active in the local scene, playing with George Garzone, Hiromi, Walter Smith III and more. Jeff relocated to Washington State, first as Band Director at White Swan High School and presently at Decatur High School since 2012. His students exude professionalism and exceptional musicality, which he builds on by regularly inviting professional musicians in on a regular basis. He also has an active professional career as a saxophonist and regularly performs in the Seattle area and in 2009 completed his debut album, It’s Not What You Think, available on iTunes.
Jeff Sizer started performing in Seattle area R&B Bands while still a high school student in 1971. He experienced four years of road life with Jim Brady and the Sonics and played some “hot and savage swing” in the New Deal Rhythm Band. Venues included Vegas, Lake Tahoe, the Bahamas and the LA Playboy Club. A published composer, Jeff won the National Association of Jazz Educators composition contest in 1981 for his big band chart Samba These Days. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at the NAJE Conference, the International Trombone Convention and at many Jazz Festivals. Jeff has been a music educator for 33 years in public schools and at Shoreline Community College. He continues to be an active performer, having played in the “Seahawks Band” and backing up many artists including Dionne Warwick, Julio Iglesias, The Ojays, Buddy DeFranco and Clark Terry on either trombone or piano. He currently performs with 10-piece funk band, The Depot Street Syncopators, the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra, and in the Rock Creek Jazz Quartet.
Steve Treseler is a Seattle-based saxophonist and author. DownBeat calls his music "beautifully crafted ensemble pieces—whether free, through-composed, or somewhere in between." He is the founder of the Game Symphony Workshop which helps musicians collaboratively create and perform original music. Steve is on faculty at Seattle Pacific University and is the author of Creativity Triggers for Musicians and The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony. He maintains an active and well-received blog called Creative Music Blog at stevetres.com/blog/. He has performed or recorded with Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas, Ingrid Jensen, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike Stern, Bob Brookmeyer, and Kenny Wheeler. Hi latest recorded outing, Center Song, features deep collaborations with Ingrid Jensen and is available on both Amazon and iTunes. Photo credit: ©Daniel Sheehan danielsheehan.com
Chris Bruya has been at the forefront of jazz education for over 30 years, currently as Director of Jazz Studies at Central Washington University. His groups have performed at the Montreux, North Sea and the 2008 Next Generation (Monterey) jazz festivals, and at the 2012 JEN Conference in Kentucky, as well as numerous appearances at state and Northwest conferences. In March 2015 the band placed first at the Next Generation Festival, which included a performance at the illustrious Monterey Jazz Festival. In April 2015 jazz organist Barney McClure released his Origin Records CD Show Me! featuring the CWU Jazz Band as the backing ensemble, garnering a 5-star review at allaboutjazz.com. Another CD by the band, the 2008 Seabreeze Records release In A Mellow Tone was cited by Jazz Times critic Scott Yanow as “consistently impressive and well worth hearing”. He has shared the stage with some true heavyweights of today, including Dick Oatts, Bobby Shew, Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Gary Hobbs, Ingrid Jensen, Nancy King, Dave Pietro, Mike Longo, David Friesen, and more.
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