"..Tom Wakeling is a fine, fine bassist; I recommend that everybody check him out!...." Leroy Vinnegar
Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work in a 30+ year career throughout North America and Europe that has seen him in recording studios, night clubs, and on concert stages large and small. His bass versatility has supported a wide range of musical artists including Arturo Sandoval, Mel Torme, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Diane Schuur, Della Reese, and many others in jazz and pop music alike.
Wakeling has played in the orchestras of national touring shows such as "Cats," "A Chorus Line," "Damn Yankees" (with Jerry Lewis), and the Joffrey Ballet. His bass can be heard on recordings with the Bridge Quartet (with Phil Dwyer, Darell Grant, Alan Jones), New York pianist Lynne Arriale, Juno award winners Hugh Fraser and Brad Turner, award winning singer Nancy King, composer/pianist Steve Christofferson, and many soundtracks and jingles.
His work as a jazz educator has put him in demand as a guest artist and clinician at numerous educational jazz festivals including the Stanford Jazz Workshop, University of Kansas, Port Townsend Jazz Workshop, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and the Mel Brown Jazz Workshop. Wakeling is Chair of the Music Department at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon. The college is known for its excellent Music and Music Technology programs.
Juno Award-winning artist Brad Turner (co-leader of the popular band, Metalwood) has become one of Canada's most prominent jazz artists. Brad is known mainly for his trumpet playing, but is actually proficient on three instruments (trumpet, piano and drums). Brad has performed with such artists as Joe Williams, Freddie Hubbard, Oliver Jones,Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Renee Rosnes, Steve Allen, Marvin Stamm, Jimmy Cobb, Ingrid Jensen, Mike Murley, P.J. Perry, Pat LaBarbara, Phil Nimmons, Dee Daniels, and his groups have opened for such artists as McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Clarke Terry,Randy Brecker and John Scofield.
Winner of Jazz Report Magazine's Composer of the Year Award for 1998, Brad can be heard leading a number of different groups, including the Brad Turner Trio, the Brad Turner Quartet, nominated for the Georgia Straight's National Jazz Act of the Year for 1998, and co-leading Metalwood, Juno- winners for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year in both 1997 and 1998, winners of the West Coast Music Award for jazz album of the year for 1997 and 1998, and Jazz Report magazine's winner for Electric Jazz Group of the Year for 1998. Brad was nominated for 1999's Musician of the Year by the Pacific Coast Music Industry Association.
.... Turner has clearly got something going... - Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star
John Gross (saxophone) is a dynamic and creative saxophonist who until recently was based in Los Angeles. Gross has toured and recorded with the bands of Woody Herman, Toshiko Akioshi/Lew Tabackin, Stan Kenton, Harry James, and Lionel Hampton among others. He also was a member of the Shelly Manne group for 5 years, appearing on 3 recordings with "Manne and his Men". In addition, Gross's recording entitled THREEPLAY (with Putter Smith and Larry Koonse) received a Grammy Nomination.
John Gross's recent appearances have included several tours of Europe, Jazz at Port Townsend Festival, DuMaurier Festivals in Vancouver and Edmonton, and an appearance on CBC's Jazz Beat. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon and teaches on the faculties of Portland State and Oregon State Universities.
Drummer/composer William Thomas has performed with Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Tom Harrell, Richard Groove Holmes, Charlie Rouse, Leroy Vinnegar, Tomas Svoboda, Allan Silva, and many others. Thomas has performed throughout North America and toured extensively throughout Europe, recently completing a tour of Spain. His discography includes a recent CD featuring his original compositions as well as recordings with cutting edge northwest saxophonist Rich Halley. He continues to be actively involved in Jazz education as a guest artist and clinician.