Here is who performed in 2016:
Corey Christiansen - guitar; Jeremy Allen - bass; Matt Jorgensen - drums
"... Corey Christiansen lights a rhythmic fire that never flickers, punctuating chords with precision and soloing with zeal..." - Downbeat
Corey Christiansen has a number of publications with Mel Bay and has conducted countless guitar clinics and concerts across the country and beyond including Europe, South Africa and Australia. He has also performed at many notable festivals and venues including John Pisano's Guitar Night in Los Angeles, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Clearwater Jazz Festival, the Daytona Beach Jazz Festival, the Classic American Guitar Show, and the St. Louis Jazz Festival. He has also performed and/or recorded with many outstanding jazz artists including Jimmy Bruno, John Pisano, James Moody, Joe Negri, Willie Akins, Chuck Redd, Sid Jacobs, Jack Wilkins, Christian McBride, George Duke, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danny Gottlieb, and many, many others.
Corey's latest recording for Origin Records, Lone Prairie, spent many weeks on the Jazz airplay charts in 2013 and is available on CD and vinyl. His new CD, Factory Girl, will be available at the Ballard Jazz Festival.
John Stowell - guitar; Dave Peterson - guitar; Jeff Johnson - bass; John Bishop - drums
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.
A Northwest jazz icon for 40 years, Dave Peterson has flown under the radar in most notable jazz circles. He’s a musician's musician who has always been about the art and craft of composition and guitar playing, having composed a hundred works for his own bands or larger pieces for groups like the Seattle Composers and Improvisors Orchestra. He was a core faculty member at the Cornish College of the Arts 1977-2012, and he's performed with Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Dave Liebman, Bob Moses, Dave Friesen, Paul Motion, Benny Wallace, Gary Peacock, Chuck Israels, Chet Baker, Bud Shank, Esther Phillips, Eddie Harris, Buddy DeFranco, Big Joe Turner, Eddie Vinson, Julian Priester, and many others.
Tim Volpicella - guitar; Lucien La Motte - steel pedal & guitar; Dennis Staskowski - bass; Don Alan Berman - drums
"Nothing retro here, just good old-fashioned individuality."
- John Abercrombie
Nominated for a GRAMMY Award for his production work on The PapaHugs Band release "Are We There Yet?," guitarist Tim Volpicella has been active as a sound designer and engineer for many years through his company, Harmonic Fox Sound Design.
As a guitarist, Tim attended the Berklee School of Music where he studied with John Abercrombie, John Scofield, David Liebman and John Stowell, and has performed around the United States, Europe, Japan and South America. His resume includes appearances at Earshot Jazz, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and the Lennie Tristano Jazz Festival (Naples, Italy). Tim has performed with artists including Russell Ferrante, Chet Baker, Hafez Modirzadeh and John Carlos Perea, and has appeared on numerous studio recordings. Tim’s original compositions can be heard on his own CDs, "Many Places" and "Unspoken Words."
As Music Coordinator for San Jose Jazz (1998-2002), Tim brought music education to local children through the Community Youth Outreach Program and has taught guitar workshops at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazzschool. He has been a frequent clinician at colleges in the western US.
The Ballard Jazz Festival now has 501(c)(3) Non-Profit status as an associated program of Shunpike.
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