Skerik - saxophones; Andy Coe - guitar; Joe Doria - Hammond B3 organ; Tarik Abouzied - drums
As a performer Tarik Abouzied has played and traveled with a vast array of incredible musicians. His groups have collectively produced six original albums: two from Pocket Change, an instrumental funk septet in the vein of Tower of Power, three from Hardcoretet, a more modern instrumental jazz quartet, and one from McTuff, an incredible funk/jazz Hammond organ trio. His current project, Happy Orchestra, was awarded 4Culture's 2015 Arts Project Grant and is in the process of recording its first full-length album. Aside from these performing groups Tarik has played with local and national greats including Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Skerik, Brian Haas, Jessica Lurie, Nigel Hall, Mike Stern, and many others.
Neil Welch - saxophone; Luke Bergman - bass; Jaques Willis - vibes; Simon Henneman - guitar; Gregg Keplinger - drums
Drummer Gregg Keplinger enjoys legendary status among aficionados of Northwest music for his powerful, individualistic percussion style.
Gregg began his musical career with various rock and jazz projects in the 1960s and was a key member of the free-thinking musical community that formed around late 60s coffeehouse The Llanghaelhyn, the crucible of Seattle’s modern-jazz movement. In addition to Stackpole, Gregg’s musical resume includes work in such disparate contexts as Soundgarden, his ongoing duo with jazz saxophonist Rick Mandyck, and the Ringling Brothers Circus band. He is known internationally for his unique, handmade Keplinger snare drums, used by his major inspiration, Elvin Jones, among other luminaries. He has also toured extensively as a drum technician with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Our Lady Peace, and others.
"Bishop's drumming is unfailingly imaginative and fervid."
- CODA MAGAZINE
As a drummer, educator, record label owner, graphic designer, publisher, and festival presenter, John Bishop has been one of the primary voices in Northwest Jazz for over 30 years. He has performed in concerts and clubs with Bobby McFerrin, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, Benny Golson, George Cables, Kenny Werner, Bobby Hutcherson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Julian Priester, Herb Ellis, Buddy DeFranco, Pete Christlieb, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Kenny Rankin, and countless others. He's appeared on more than 100 albums, and was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008.
Presently, Bishop is a member of New York pianist Hal Galper's Trio, along with other ongoing projects, including Scenes with John Stowell & Jeff Johnson, and the Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters Group, a Belgian/American project.
The Ballard Jazz Festival now has 501(c)(3) Non-Profit status as an associated program of Shunpike.
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