Here is who performed in 2018:
Thomas Marriott - trumpet; Jeremy Bacon - piano; Paul Gabrielson - bass; Stefan Schatz - drums
STEFAN SCHATZ was born in New York City and recently moved to Seattle. After training early on as a classical percussionist, Stefan went on to study jazz at the New School in New York. Stefan has worked with jazz greats Dakota Staton, Jon Hendricks, Arnie Lawrence, Herman Foster, Teddy Charles, and Freddie Redd, and has toured internationally with the Chris Byars/Ari Roland Quartet, Manhattan Tap, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. He has played on television and film soundtracks, commercials, numerous albums, and most recently in the Broadway show “After Midnight. ” Stefan was a three-time recipient of the prestigious “Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad” program, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the US State Department, which sends musicians all over the world to represent the US by playing jazz. Stefan participated in the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for his work on the album "High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project," by Loudon Wainwright III.
Gregg Keplinger - drums; Neil Welch - saxophone; Levi Gillis - saxophone, Brandon Herzberg - guitar; Aaron Otheim - keyboards
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
Lucas Winter - guitar; Gus Carns - piano; Ben Feldman - bass; Xavier Lecouturier - drums
Xavier found music at a young age through the guitar. His parents are both immigrants from France and Mexico and brought their music to the house in which he grew up. This had a lasting effect on his musical experience. As a young boy he begged and begged for a guitar and lessons. Once he had a guitar he was off to the races and began his life as a musician. He went to an arts high school, Marin School of the Arts, where he really started to push forward in his craft. Now Xavier is currently in school at Cornish College of the Arts earning his BA in music performance. He has studied with drummers Ted Poor, Mark Ivester and John Bishop. Through all of his training his cultural identity has remained a strong part of his art. He uses his identity to push the boundaries of his music into new places.
Lecouturier performs frequently with his group the DXL Quartet. Beyond that he is active in the Seattle music scene where he can be found playing with some of Seattle’s best players, Jay Thomas, Thomas Marriott, Dawn Clement and Mark Taylor to name a few.
Nathan Breedlove - trumpet; Phil Sparks - bass; Brian Kirk - drums
Brian Kirk is from Indianapolis where he attended Indiana University under the tutelage of David Baker. The son of drummer and educator Dr. Willis Kirk, Brian was raised in San Francisco where he performed with Joe Henderson, Bishop Norman Williams, Jessica Williams, Gladys Knight, Marlene Shaw.
Brian spent ten years in NYC where he was a member of the Lou Donaldson, Jack McDuff and Little Jimmy Scott bands. He also performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Locke, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra and many others. Kirk has also appeared with the St. Louis Symphony, The Philadelphia Pops and the Miami Symphony. Brian was also first call on New York’s Broadway show scene for over ten years making numerous recordings and soundtracks during this period.
Mr. Kirk is currently professor of Jazz, Percussion and Music Theory at Seattle Central Community College. He is a member of the Washington Music Educators Association and the first call drummer in the Seattle area.
The Ballard Jazz Festival now has 501(c)(3) Non-Profit status as an associated program of Shunpike.
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