Saxophonist Joe Manis released his debut album, Evidence, featuring bassist Dave Captein and drummer Kevin Congleton in January 2009 on the NYC based 8bells label. Manis received a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies-Performance with Academic Honor from New England Conservatory in 2007, working with Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone, and completed additional graduate work at the Eastman School of Music. In Boston and Rochester, he performed at the Beantown Jazz Festival, and played with the Temptations, the Ken Schaphorst Big Band featuring trombonist Andre Hayward, and the many incarnations of the Joe Manis Trio. Manis earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon in 2005. As both a leader and a sideman, he has presented performances and jazz masterclasses at Whitman College, Bates College, University of Oregon, Columbia University Teachers College, and high schools throughout Oregon.
Manis has played with Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited and appears on their album Rise Up! on Real World Records. He currently shouts background vocals and plays alto saxophone and baritone saxophone with the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, with whom he recently completed a month-long tour of Europe, performing sold-out shows in the major cities of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the UK. With the Daddies, Manis released Susquehanna in 2008.
Dave Captein is an accomplished performer on both string bass and bass guitar, having worked as a professional musician for over 35 years in the Pacific Northwest. A music graduate of Western Washington University and the University of Washington, where he was awarded a composition scholarship, Dave has performed in a broad range of situations, from symphonic performances to studio and club work, as well as many jazz concerts and festivals around the country and in Europe.
He has worked with many well known jazz artists. He freelances in the Portland area, and is a very active member of the music community there, frequently appearing in the city's many clubs and concert venues, as well as recording studios. He is a favorite choice for the region's many bandleaders and always in demand for his solid sound, time and feel, as well as his soloing abilities. He has played on numerous local artists' CD's, as well as nationally distributed releases by Tom Grant and Jessica Williams. He has also been a long time instructor, having taught at the University of Oregon for 10 years, he now teaches privately from his home in S.E. Portland and at Lewis and Clark College.
He has appeared with Mose Allison, Richie Cole, Tal Farlow, Art Lande, Red Holloway, Ernestine Anderson, Jack Sheldon, Nu Shooz, Marlena Shaw, Frankie Avalon, Jeff Clayton, Paul McCandless, Larry Coryell, Andy Narell, Jerry Hahn, Dave Frishberg, Randy Brecker, Steve Million, Ron Miles, Rick Braun, Kenny Drew Jr., Jessica Williams (appearing on 10 of her CD's), Joey De Francesco, Eric Alexander, Pete Christlieb, Gary Smulyan, Ron Eschete, Bud Shank, Ingrid Jensen, Jackie Naylor, Bobby Shew, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, Steve Allen and Paul Smith, Bill Mays, Jeff Lorber, Benny Green and local luminaries such as Ron Steen, Mel Brown, Dan Balmer, Gary Hobbs and Rebecca Kilgore.
Originally from Eugene, OR, Kevin Congleton is a freelance drummer living in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the University of North Texas where he recorded and toured with the famed One O'Clock Lab Band and is featured on their album "Lab 2005". At home in a variety of musical styles, Congleton can be heard in performances and/or recordings with various jazz groups as well as rock bands including "Ambulance Ltd." and neo-swing band "The Cherry Poppin' Daddies".