Peter Bernstein - guitar; Chuck Deardorf - bass; Matt Jorgensen - drums
"He is the most impressive guitarist I've heard. He plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste."
- JIM HALL
Peter Bernstein has played on over 80 recordings and countless festival, concert and club performances around the world with musicians from all generations.
His first break was while attending the New School after meeting the legendary guitarist Jim Hall. Hall asked him to participate in his Invitational Concert as part of the 1990 JVC Jazz Festival along with others including John Scofield and Pat Metheny. The concert was released as Live at Town Hall Vol. 2. Soon after, he was discovered by Lou Donaldson, becoming a regular member of his group throughout the 1990s and recording 4 albums.
Peter was also a member of Joshua Redman's band, toured with Diana Krall's quartet, and Dr. Lonnie Smith in the late ‘90s. He's appeared in groups led by Nicholas Payton, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, and Eric Alexander.
Peter has enjoyed long musical associations with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb, as well as organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart. The New York Times has called them "the best organ trio of the last decade."
John Stowell - guitar; Jeff Johnson - bass; John Bishop - drums
"John Stowell plays jazz, but he doesn't use any of the cliches; he has an incredible originality. John is a master creator."
- LARRY CORYELL
John Stowell began his successful career with guitar lessons in his native Connecticut from guitarist Linc Chamberlind, and from John Mehegan, pianist and respected jazz educator at the Juilliard School of Music and Yale University. Several years later he met noted bassist David Friesen in NYC and launched a critically acclaimed touring and recording association that lasted 7 years, included 6 albums, and performances in Europe, Canada, USA and Australia. During that time, John also moved to Oregon. Paul Horn, John, David Friesen and Robin Horn were invited to perform in the Soviet Union. It was the first time in 40 years that American jazz musicians had been invited to play public performances in Russia, paving the way for many others to follow. John Stowell is an in-demand teacher and clinician of jazz guitar. He has taught at the country's most prestigious schools of music, and frequently is invited to present "Artist in Residence" series.
Jerry Hahn - guitar; Phil Sparks - bass; Todd Strait - drums
"Jerry Hahn is my favorite guitarist"
- HOWARD ROBERTS
Jerry Hahn is one of the most celebrated jazz guitarists of his generation. Raised in Wichita, Jerry moved to San Francisco at 21 where he joined the John Handy Quintet, recording two albums for Columbia Records including the acclaimed "Live at Monterey." In 1967 he recorded his first solo album, "Jerry Hahn & His Quintet," with Jack DeJohnette on drums and soon after joined the Gary Burton Quartet with Roy Haynes and Steve Swallow, recording three albums and touring the world.
In 1970, he signed a deal with Columbia Records for his newly formed "Jerry Hahn Brotherhood." In his book "The Jazz Book," Joachim Berendt noted the Brotherhood as being one of the "trailblazers of rock-jazz integration."
Other highlights include recording Paul Simon's first solo album, "Paul Simon," and touring and recording with drummer Ginger Baker's band.
Jerry received his Doctorate and developed jazz guitar programs while teaching at Wichita State University, Colorado Institute of the Arts and Portland State University. His formidable book and CD "Complete Jerry Hahn Method for Jazz Guitar" for Mel Bay Publications has been in publication since 1986.
The Ballard Jazz Festival now has 501(c)(3) Non-Profit status as an associated program of Shunpike.
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