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Artistes in the ‘Hommage A Dave Brubeck’ Production

Fritz Renold Musical Director

Fritz Renold | Jazzaar Festival In 1984, a 24 year old Renold received the Quincy Jones Full Scholarship Award at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he achieved his B.A in Jazz Performance in 1987 and was voted into the college’s faculty immediately. Since 1997, ‘Fritz Renold and the Bostonian Friends’ have been signed to the label SONY – BMG Music – Columbia Records in New York. His Quintet has consisted of players such as Randy Brecker, Christian Jacob, Miroslav Vitous und Adam Nussbaum in the national and international scene. In the past 30 years he has worked with Cecil Bridgewater, Benny Golson, Buster Williams, Britt Woodman, Bob Berg, Victor Lewis, Harvie S, Jerry Bergonzi, Benny Bailey, Mark Soskin, Bill Pierce, Billy Cobham, Michael Baker, Reggie Hamilton and many more. With over 500 compositions and premiers and numerous recordings to his name, the composer, saxophonist and arranger from Aargau belongs to one of the few music entrepreneurs in Switzerland. Two of his latest compositions made it once again into the Grammy pre-nominations.
Together with his wife Helen Savari he is a co-founder of this Bandstand Learning with Role Models program at Jazzaar Festival that is now 25 years in operation.
Fritz Renold contributed compositions & arrangements for the Jazzaar 2017 Blues and the Brubeck productions.

Ryan Quigley Lead Trumpeter

Bobby Watson Alto Saxophonist

Bobby Watson (born August 23, 1953, in Lawrence, Kansas) is an American saxophonist, composer, and educator. Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. He attended the University of Miami at the same time as Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, and Bruce Hornsby. He graduated in 1975, moved to New York City, and became music director for the Jazz Messengers from 1977–1981. After leaving the band, he was productive as a session musician, recording with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Max Roach, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Lou Rawls, Betty Carter, and Carmen Lundy.
He formed the band Bobby Watson & Horizon with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Victor Lewis, with whom he played throughout the 1980s and ’90s.[1] In addition to his work as leader of Horizon, Watson led a group known as the High Court of Swing (a tribute to the music of Johnny Hodges), the Tailor-Made Big Band (16 pieces), and is a founding member of the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, an all-horn, four-piece group with alto saxophonist Ed Jackson, tenor saxophonist Rich Rothenberg, and baritone saxophonist Jim Hartog. Watson also composed an original song for the soundtrack of the movie A Bronx Tale (1993).
A resident of New York for most of his professional life, Watson served as a member of the adjunct faculty and taught saxophone privately at William Paterson University from 1985 to 1986 and the Manhattan School of Music from 1996 to 1999.[1] He is also involved with the Thelonious Monk Institute’s annual “Jazz in America” high school outreach program.
In 2000, he was approached to return to his native midwestern surroundings on the Kansas-Missouri border. Watson was selected as the first William D. and Mary Grant/Missouri, Distinguished Professorship in Jazz Studies.[2] The past fifteen years[when?] he has served as the director of jazz studies at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory of Music, although he still manages to balance concert engagements around the world with his teaching responsibilities. Watson’s ensembles at UMKC have garnered several awards and national recognition.

Marques Young Trombonist

IMG_9229  Since moving to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2009, Former Principal Trombone of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Marques Young has profoundly contributed to the development of the growing jazz culture in Southeast Asia. Through his bands ‘Q Sound’ and the ‘Bassment Syndicate’, he has led numerous performances at jazz venues throughout the region, including sold-out performances at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas as part of DFP’s Happy Hour Series.
In 2003, Marques began his studies at the Juilliard School under Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic. At Juilliard, he was a member of the award winning Trombone Ensemble “Dease Bones” and The Lionshead Brass Quintet. During his time in New York, Marques was also invited to perform with the American Brass Quintet, Buffalo Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic. He has also had the honor and privilege of performing and sharing the stage with a wide range of jazz legends, including Paquito D’ Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Morrison, Wycliffe Gordon, Chris Botti and Lala Hathaway.

Jeremy Monteiro Pianist

Jeremy Monteiro (pianist, vocalist, composer, jazz educator) has performed all over the World in addition to numerous occasions at home in Singapore, where he has been dubbed “Singapore’s King Of Swing” by the local press.
Jeremy has more than 20 albums to his credit. He has performed and/or recorded with the likes of James Moody, Michael Brecker, Bobby McFerrin, Lee Ritenour, Herbie Mann, Paulinho DaCosta, Ernie Watts, Charlie Haden, Leroy Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Vanessa Rubin, Carmen Bradford, Matt Monro and Simon & Garfunkel to name a few.
As a composer, Jeremy has been awarded a Silver Medal at the 1991 International Radio Festival of New York, as well as finalist awards at the 1990 and 1991 London International Advertising Awards for best original music score (radio, T.V. and Cinema). He has composed or produced over 700 pieces of music and is listed in the year 2000 edition of Who’s Who of The World.

Rudi Engel Double Bassist

– Engel studied classical bass in Wu?rzburg and Frankfurt got the diploma in 1984.He took lessons with RON CARTER, RON McCLURE, RUFUS REID and BARRE PHILLIPS. Since 1984 he’s been a freelancing bassist and playing with notable jazzplayers like BOB MINTZER, BOBBY SHEW, ACK VAN ROYEN, DEBORAH BROWN, BENNY BAILEY, CHARLIE MARIANO, RED HOLLOWAY, SCOTT HAMILTON, DUSKO GOYKOVICH, KEITH COPELAND etc. In 1990 he began teaching at the Hochschule fu?r Musik in Wu?rzburg
and since 2003 he’s been engaged there as a Professor for Jazzbass. In 1999 he began his gigs with ERNIE WATTS and since then has been playing with the ERNIE WATTS EUROPEAN QUARTET all over GERMANY and abroad in LONDON, MOSKOW, ISTANBUL, KIEW, BUDAPEST, WARSCHAU, RIGA, Australia, Paris, Spain etc. He met Jeremy Monteiro in 2012 while gigging and recording in Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Since 2016 he’s been playing with Jeremy Monteiro feat. Eugene Pao and Dale Barlow in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Billy Cobham Drummer

bcpromo Ever since his breakthrough in the early 1970s-as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and as a drummer/leader whose recordings (such as Spectrum) and powerful, complex style of play exerted a strong influence on the course of jazz and jazz-fusion-Billy Cobham has remained a tireless musical explorer.
Panamanian by birth, a New Yorker by upbringing, and a resident of Switzerland for more than 25 years, Cobham has pursued an ever-broadening, ever-deepening engagement with the world not only as a master drummer and percussionist but as a composer, producer, educator, and clinician who gives service through music even as he constantly expands his personal creative expression.

In 1969 Cobham co-founded the fusion group Dreams, which also featured Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Don Grolnick, Barry Rodgers, and Will Lee. The following year he was invited to join Miles Davis’s group and contributed to four pivotal recordings by the trumpeter, including Bitches Brew (where he collaborated with guitarist John McLaughlin) and Tribute to Jack Johnson.

Mahavishnu Orchestra was formed by McLaughlin in 1971 with Cobham, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, and Rick Laird. They released three acclaimed albums (beginning with Inner Mounting Flame) before the band was dissolved and Cobham chose to launch his solo career with Spectrum, one of the definitive albums of the jazz-rock era.

During the 1970s and ’80s, he recorded steadily as a leader in collaborating with artists ranging from George Duke, John Scofield, and Tony Williams to Jack Bruce and the Grateful Dead, both on stage and in the studio.
In ’93 Cobham performed, recorded, and produced at the WOMAD Festival (World of Music, Arts and Dance) with Peter Gabriel, Nigeria’s Okuta Percussion, and Farafina from Burkina Faso.

By the start of the 2000s Cobham had introduced “The Art of Jazz” series, recording and touring extensively first with the Art of 3 (Kenny Barron, Ron Carter), then the Art of 4 (Carter, Donald Harrison, James Williams) and the Art of 5 (Harrison, Guy Barker, Eric Reed or Julian Joseph, Orlando Le Fleming). He also worked with Culture Mix, recording two albums with them and in 2003 reactivated Spectrum as a band that revisits the music of that genre-reinventing album.

Of late, Billy had working on a series of recordings that are a tribute to his parents and his roots. The project is call “Fruit From The Loom”. The first CD, of the same name, was released in 2009. The second CD – “Palindrome” was released in 2010. In 2013 was released the third recording entitled “Tales From The Skeleton Coast”.
Billy was concentrating upon recording entitled “Billy Cobham Spectrum 40 Live” and released this project at the beginning of 2015.

Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra

_DSC1610 The Swiss Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1995 and is now part of the collective Swiss Youth Ensembles (SYE) at Jazzaar Festival, comprising of musically gifted youth between the ages of 16 – 26 years striving towards a music career. The SYE belongs to the ‘Bandstand Learning with Role Models’ platform, with international artists in the role of colleagues and role models for the young players. The youth in the SYE could spend up to 10 years in this community of music practitioners, mastering a wide spectrum of genres and styles of music to be versatile in the music industry. These youth musicians work on premiering productions together with international artists from the jazz to classical and world music genres to perform and record at a high level. The SYE have released 2 albums on CDs and DVDs since 2013, both of which were pre-nominated for the Grammy awards in up to 10 categories.
Among the alumni of the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra are Mathias Künzli AG (drums/perc), Tobias Preisig ZH (vl), Simon Jeker AG – (ts), Claudio Strüby SZ – (pn), Adrian Pflugshaupt LU -(as), Phil Hilfiker AG – (as) and many more leading professional musicians in the current Swiss and international music scene.
The Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra has since won raving reviews for its latest CD „Heaven Help Us All“ in 2016 that achieved the „Highest Debut“ in the US Jazz radio circuit in January 2017 und rose up to the 23rd rank in the Top 50 Jazz Week Charts.
This year the SYJO will explore the music of Dave Brubeck to showcase his compositions and standards in all their intricacies.


Composers & Arrangers for Jazzaar Festival 2017

Bob Freedman

Bob Freedman : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival Having Bob Freedman on the Team is truly an Honor for Jazzaar Festival. Bob is a composer, songwriter, conductor, saxophonist and arranger. After his high school education, he became a saxophonist in the dance orchestras of Serge Chaloff, Vido Musso, Woody Herman, Herb Pomeroy and Maynard Ferguson. He joined ASCAP in 1958, and his popular-song compositions include “And We Listened”. Throughout his life Bob worked for Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Wynton Marsalis, Grover Washington, Miles Davis, Arther Blythe, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Herbie Mann, Michael Brecker, Billy Joel, Renee Rosnes, Dianne Reeves, won a Grammy together with Quincy Jones for The Wiz and conducted hundreds of Productions around the Globe. He also taught at the Berklee School of Music and was the chairman of their Arranging department until his retirement while being the music director at a Boston recording studio. In 2010 Bob wrote the arrangements and directed the recording sessions for this truly GREAT Big Band led by master bassist Ron Carter. It was released on Sunnyside Records on Sept 13, 2011 and worldwide in November 2011. The Japanese release (March 2011) is on EMI-Toshiba. Visit for more information and audio clips.

Bob Freedman contributed arrangements for the Hommage A Dave Brubeck production.

Ned Wilkinson

Ned Wilkinson graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1987 with a degree in Commercial Arranging and an emphasis in trumpet performance. He soon found himself in Branson, Missouri, a tourist destination where few musicians read music and fewer trumpet jobs existed. Undaunted, Ned established himself first as a multi-instrumentalist, playing brass, woodwinds, strings, keyboards, and drums at the Silver Dollar City theme park; he moved from there into show production and musical direction at the park, while arranging for shows on the “76 Strip” such as The Osmonds. He is most proud of his work with The Haygoods, fellow SDC alumni and current stars of a cable TV reality series. Ned recently moved to Orlando, Florida to continue production work, to explore comedy, and to launch his original stage musicals; his newest work, “Fosgate: Ferret Loan Officer”, will premier at the Orlando International Fringe Festival in May.

Ned Wilkinson contributed arrangements and transcriptions for ‘A Funky Blues Night’ production.

Corey Allen

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Corey’s professional background covers the entire range of the music business. Corey’s vocal and orchestra arrangements can be heard on recordings by The Manhattan Transfer with the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel and with the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Corey himself! He has arranged for “New Age” pioneer Suzanne Ciani, television star David Hasselhoff, vocalists Erin Boehm, Kevin Mahogany, American Idol’s sentimental favorite, Sherman Pore, the Japanese vocal group “Suite Voice” and “Spain”, the centerpiece of the latest Manhattan Transfer recording – “The Chick Corea Songbook”.

Corey Allen contributed Arrangements for the ‘A Funky Blues Night’ production.

Gil Goldstein

Jamshied Sharifi

jamshied18 Jamshied Sharifi was born in Topeka, Kansas. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in humanities, Sharifi studied Jazz Piano and Composition as well as Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Later he led the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble while teaching in the Music Synthesis and Ensemble Departments at Berklee.
Sharifi also writes for film soundtracks. He’s worked with Michael Gibbs scoring feature films and one-hour television shows. He composed the soundtracks to many major studio and independent films including the Paramount/Nickelodeon film Clockstoppers and contributed to the scores of The Thomas Crown Affair. Sharifi’s infusions of elements from the Middle East and Africa makes his music distinctive.
As an accomplished pianist and synthesizer player Sharifi aims to play the synthesizer with the richness of articulation associated to an acoustic instrumentalist.
Sharifi arranged and produced albums for many artists, including Yungchen Lhamo, Mamak Khadem, Mo Boma. His first solo album, A Prayer for the Soul of Layla, received much critical acclaim as Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 1st Annual New Age Voice Music Awards. He arranged and conducted for orchestral instruments, including strings and horns for Dream Theater’s album Octavarium.

Jamshied Sharifi contributed compositions and arrangements for ‘A Funky Blues Night’ production.

Manuel Kaufmann

Manuel Kaufmann’s music has been performed by Greg Hopkins, Herb Pomeroy, Jerry Bergonzi, Adam Nussbaum, Claudio Roditi, Chuck Marohnic, Bob Gullotti, Franco Ambrosetti, Mike Richmond, Tommy Campbell, Christian Jacob, Jeff Galindo, Sam Pilafian, Tim Ray, Phil Grenadier as well as jazz ensembles from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Eastman Jazz Ensembles and the Berklee Jazz Orchestra.
He has sold over two hundred of his self-published charts for large and medium-sized jazz ensembles. His compositions and arrangements have appeared in concerts in the US, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Israel, China, Mexico, Italy, Canada, Germany and Finland.
Manuel is currently a professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production Department at Berklee College of Music.

Manuel Kaufmann contributed arrangements for the Hommage A Dave Brubeck production.


Artistes in ‘A Funky Blues Night’ Production

A.T.N. Stadwijk Musical Director, Keyboardist

Etienne Stadwijk

Etienne Stadwijk

Etienne (A.T.N.) Stadwijk was born in The Netherlands where he was exposed to music at a very early age. When he was in his early teens his family relocated to Suriname in South America, where both his parents were born. He quickly established himself as one of the premiere keyboard players on the scene, and with his broad interest in styles, work was never in short supply. At age 20 he went to Boston to go study music at the prestigious Berklee Music College. His major was contemporary arranging.
After a few successful years in Boston A.T.N. moved to New York, which has been his home since. He divides his time between recording/producing and performing live, and has had the privilege to have worked with such greats as Kenny Garrett, Richard Bona, Harry Belafonte, Maxwell, Patty Labelle, Paul Simon, and Marcus Miller, to name a few.

A.T.N. contributed compositions and arrangements for ‘A Funky Blues Night’ production.

Tom Walsh Lead Trumpeter

 Tom Walsh, aged 25, is based in London, where he graduated from the Jazz Course at the Royal Academy Of Music with 1st Class Honours in 2013. In his first year at college, Tom was the inaugural recipient of the Humphrey Lyttelton Jazz Prize, an award for outstanding jazz performance. Upon leaving college Tom had also received other awards including the Wolfson Prize (2012) and the Alumni Development Award (2013).

Shortly after graduating, in September 2013, Tom was appointed the lead trumpet chair in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Within the band, he has worked with international jazz luminaries such as Benny Golson, Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Kurt Elling & Bob Mintzer. In December 2016 Tom performed with Vince Mendoza & The WDR Big Band – and was the first lead trumpet deputy to play with the band for over 30 years. Tom has also played with some of the UK’S top big bands including: The BBC Big Band, The Stan Sulzmann Neon Orchestra, The Laurence Cottle Big Band, The Gareth Lockrane Big Band, The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, NYJO and The Mark Nightingale Big Band.

In light orchestral work Tom has played principal trumpet with John Wilson, The RTE Concert Orchestra , The Philharmonia and has played with the RPO, English National Ballet Orchestra and the English Session Orchestra. In the West End, Tom has played on Wicked, Sinatra: Live On Stage, Dirty Dancing and The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas. In 2013 and 2014 Tom played lead trumpet live on the UK X Factor Big Band shows, in addition to the BBC Proms in 2014, and the ongoing BBC TV series Bruce’s Hall Of Fame. In pop and commercial music Tom has played and recorded with the likes of Van Morrison, Blur, Mark Knopfler, Jessie J, Jamie Cullum, Gary Barlow and Shirley Bassey. In February 2014 Tom co-produced and played a series of concerts with Al Jarreau at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

Tom is a visiting professor of jazz trumpet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Having recently studied with trumpeters Jerry Hey & Gary Grant in Los Angeles, Tom is currently working from his home studio recording, composing and arranging for multiple projects including his own horn section.

Birch Johnson Trombonist

Birch Johnson is a first call studio trombonist and five time Emmy nominated composer based in New York City. Born in Dublin, Georgia, Birch studied music performance, focusing on the trombone. He toured for several months with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, then went on to earn a Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He was the lead trombonist with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. He performed regularly with such jazz greats as Gerry Mulligan, Gil Evans, Tito Puente and Lionel Hampton. With “Wired,” his post punk jazz/rock trio, he began to find his voice as an instrumentalist and as a singer/songwriter/composer. In the 1990’s, Birch joined the Original Blues Brothers Band, was immediately dubbed the “Crimson Slide” by Alan “Mr. Fabulous” Rubin, and eventually appeared as an actor in the “Blues Brothers 2000” film.

Birch has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, Donald Fagen, Sting, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Tony Bennett, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, David Byrne, George Michael, Jimmy Buffet, Elvis Costello, Bono, Queen Latifah, John Legend, Sinead O’Conner, Garth Brooks, K. D. Lang, Harry Connick, Jr., Natalie Merchant, Anne Murray, Nelly McKay, Marianne Faithfull, David Bromberg, Rupert Holmes, Mica Paris, Phyllis Hyman, Diana Krall, Sutton Foster, Train, Dr. John, Tom Wopat, Jack Hues (Wang Chung), Linda Eder, Deborah Cox, Aaron Neville, Michael Franks, Dave Koz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Steve Tyrell, Jane Monheit, Dina Carroll, Ray Simpson, Manhattan Transfer, Woody Herman, Chuck Mangione, Earl Klugh, Ghostface Killah, Dave Sanborn, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Enrico Pieranunzi, the Blues Brothers Band and many others.

His other credits include playing on hundreds of commercial recordings and television shows (including Smash, Royal Pains, Grey’s Anatomy, Fringe, Privileged, Wise Guys, Saturday Night Live, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Tony Awards and Late Show With David Letterman), many dozens of feature film soundtracks (including Third Degree Burn [featured soloist], the Pink Panther [2006], Old School, Aladdin, the Untouchables, Shaft [2000], Mambo Kings, Manchurian Candidate [2004], Hercules [Disney], Beauty and the Beast [Disney], Cotton Club, Sleepless in Seattle, the Alamo [Disney], Pocahontas [Disney]), and many Broadway shows (including Book of Mormon, On the Town, Hairspray, Memphis, 42nd Street, Annie, Cats and Saturday Night Fever).
As a composer, Birch has written extensively for CBS Sports, CNN, Headline News, Guiding Light, the Turbocharged Thunderbirds and As the World Turns. He currently performs with David Bromberg’s band; a special treat.

Charles McNeal Alto, Tenor, Soprano Saxophones, EWI

Charles McNeal

McNeal studied extensively in Denver Co. privately and at the college level with teachers that include: Walt Fowler, Willie Hill, Rich Charluce, Keith Oxman, Ron Miles, Javon Jackson, Nelson Rangell, Brad Leali, Walter Barr.
He has been a featured performer at many national and international festivals including: Monterey Jazz Festival (CA), San Jose Jazz Festival (CA), San Francisco Jazz Festival (CA), Stanford Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival(CA), Telluride Jazz Festival (CO), Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), Porretta Soul Festival (Italy).
He Performed, recorded and/or toured with Lyle Lovett Large Band, The Headhunters w/Mike Clark and Bill Summers, Jimmy Scott, Charlie Mussellwhite, Keb Mo, John Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, James Carter, Steve Turre, Leslie Drayton, McCoy Tyner, Ray Obiedo, Dave Garabaldi, RAD, Steve Turre, James Carter, Brenda Boykin, Claire Dee, Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Barbara Morrison, Jackie Ryan, Tribut to Ray Charles featring (Take 6, Kirk Whalum, Nneenna Freelon, Barbara Dennerlein), Jr. Mance, Bruce Forman, Mark Elf, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, Ollie Woodson, Norman Conners, Jean Carne, Curtis Olson, Peter Horvath, Jaz Sawyer, Boz Scaggs, Nicolas Bearde…”
In addition to being a world class saxophonist his website “” is the #1 source for jazz saxophone transcriptions and related educational resources on the web.

Tim Akers Keyboardist

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  Tim Akers is an arranger/conductor, keyboard player, songwriter, and producer living in Nashville, TN. His work as a studio session player has landed him on recordings for Kid Rock, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald (including the Platinum selling “Motown” record), Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Megadeth, Michael Bolton, Rascal Flatts, SHeDAISY, Jewel, LeAnn Rimes, Trace Adkins, Glen Campbell, Barry Manilow, actor Jeff Bridges, Pam Tillis, Patti LaBelle, Joss Stone, Wynonna, Josh Gracin (of American Idol fame), and many others too numerous to mention. He has also performed on the movie soundtracks for “Chicken Little”, “Evan Almighty”, “Herbie Fully Loaded”, “The Prince of Egypt”, “We Were Soldiers”, “Kissing Jessica Stein”, and “Anastasia”. For 3 years (from 1997 through 1999) Tim was the Music Director for TNN’s flagship music/talkshow “Prime Time Country” starring Gary Chapman. He performed with literally hundreds of artists from all genre’s including Dolly Parton, SHeDAISY, many of the founding stars of country music, as well as Bruce Hornsby, Paul Williams, Jimmy Webb, Lou Rawls, and actor/performer Kevin Bacon. As a conductor/arranger/bandleader, Tim has directed countless “all-star” shows with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti LaBelle, Donna Summer, Gino Vanelli, Isaac Slade (The Fray), Jamie Cullum, John Legend, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, Alan Parsons, and many, many others too numerous to mention. His songs have been played on such television shows as “Lois and Clark”, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”. Tim is currently touring with Capitol recording artist Vince Gill.

Tim Akers contributed Arrangements for ‘A Funky Blues Night’ production.

Dean Brown Guitarist

Dean Brown’s music defies boundaries to combine Rock, Latin, Jazz, Funk, and Fusion into a joyful, soulful, dynamic and intense groove. He is well known in the global jazz/fusion scene for his powerful virtuosic rhythm guitar work and his passionate melodic soloing. Those who have seen and heard Dean perform are immediately pulled in by the energy he puts into each and every note.
Dean has released four critically acclaimed solo CD’s worldwide and has just released his fifth solo recording.
Since starting to play professionally at the age of 13, Dean has toured all over the world with his own projects and performed and recorded alongside legendary artists such as: Marcus Miller, The Brecker Brothers, Billy Cobham, David Sanborn, Bob James, George Duke, Roberta Flack, Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Victor Bailey, Joe Zawinul, Simon Phillips, Lenny White, Chris Minh Doky, Kirk Whalum, and Steve Smith’s Vital Information, just to name a few.
Dean also plays on well over 200 recordings which include numerous GRAMMY® nominations and four GRAMMY® Award winners.

Dennis Montgomery III Hammond Nord B3 & Singer

Professor Dennis Montgomery III has been leading Berklee’s gospel ensembles since 1983, when he was still a student. The nine-member gospel ensemble Overjoyed has a local and international following having raised hundreds of audience members to their feet at the Berklee Performance Center, at venues in Switzerland, and the Blue Note clubs in Japan. Having worked with the choir for more than 18 years, Montgomery has seen the fruits of his labors in the careers of those who have sung with the choir. Among those who have passed through and gone on to successful careers are Paula Cole ’90, Lalah Hathaway ’90, and Susan Tedeschi ’91. Guitarist Mark Whitfield ’87 who has recorded for the Warner, Polygram, and Transparent labels, used to play with the choir when he was a student. Another, Rob Lewis 86, went on to become music director for Brian McKnight and has toured with several other name artists.

Danny Gottlieb Drummer

Danny became known initially as a member of the Gary Burton band in the mid 1970s. Later he left to join Pat Metheney to become one of the first members of the Pat Metheney Group (with Mark Egan and Lyle Mays) until 1984. He was also with the ‘Colours’ tour led by Eberhard Weber in 1978. Danny belongs in the who’s who list of Jazz as the record shows him as a member of so many prestigous bands such as Stan Getz (1980s), Gil Evans Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra (1984), Eddie Gomez, Al DiMeola (1985), and other individuals such as Sting. Danny Gottlieb also teaches regularly at Jazz clinics throughout the globe. He has released many educational DVDs among which, are collaborations with his own teacher Joe Morello.

Beth Gottlieb Percussionist

Beth Gottlieb, percussion, is a performer, teacher, clinician, and soloist, whose experience covers the entire musical spectrum. She is a member of the Lt. Dan Band with actor Gary Sinise, Principal Percussionist with the Walt Disney World Candlelight Orchestra, Percussion and Percussionist with many touring artists, shows, and recording projects. She has performed and/or recorded with the Disney Company (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and hundreds of sessions of theme park music and a former member of Future Corps, Future World Brass, World Dancers Show Band), Amy Grant, Andy Williams, Henry Mancini, Peabo Byrson, Celine Dion, Sammy Davis Jr., Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Natalie Cole, Shirley Jones, Sandi Patty, Roger Williams, Carol Channing, Kansas, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Victor Wooten, Muriel Anderson, Johnny Mathis, Steven Curtis Chapman, Gil Evans Orchestra, Eddy Arnold, Donny Osmond, Pat Boone, Petula Clark, Chuck Owen’s Jazz Surge, Jeff Berlin, Lennon Sisters, Mitzi Gaynor, Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlisch, Tony Bennett, Kansas, Bobby McFerrin, the Irish Tenors, Regis Philbin, Pat Coil and Randy Brecker.
Beth and husband Danny, “The Gottlieb Duo,” perform many concerts and clinics all over the world including Latvia, UK, Norway, Sweden, US, Italy, Germany, Vietnam, Africa and more. They also love performing for children with their educational program, “The Rhythms of Music and Life.” Both, as members of the Lt. Dan Band have traveled to Afghanistan, North and South Korea, Japan, Europe, Canada, the UK, Guantanamo Bay, throughout Europe and all over the United States for the USO, including performances at the Pentagon, a Memorial Day television performance and a movie, Lt. Dan Band, For the Common Good.
Beth has had experience in the world of total percussion, including classical percussion, hand percussion, show percussion, jazz/rock, and rudimental snare drum (She was a snare drummer in Tom Float’s award winning Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps). She has also had an extensive teaching career, running the percussion studios at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL), Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) and Interlochen Arts Camp, (Interlochen, MI). She holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with John Beck, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama, where she studied with Larry Mathis. Active in music education, Beth has held many offices in the PAS, MENC, MTNA, and FBA organizations, and hosted the PASIC 98 convention in Orlando. Beth also wrote “Masterworks for Mallets” (Row-Loff Productions).
Residing in Nashville, TN, Beth is on the executive board of the Nashville Musician’s Association and along with her touring schedule with the Lt. Dan Band, has been active in the studio and live music scene in “Music City”. She is a clinician/endorser for Ludwig/Musser Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Grover Pro Percussion, Offworld Percussion, and the Remo Corporation. Beth is an avid runner, having been featured in Runner’s World, Glamour, and Woman’s Day magazines.

Swiss Youth Blues Band

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The SYBB is an off-shoot of the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO). It is formed to give the selected young talents the opportunity to play and experience the music of other cultures around the world from a jazz fusion perspective. This year ‘A Funky Blues Night’ production is dedicated to the electric Blues era, R&B und Funk.


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