What do you get with ZZAJ? You get ZZAJ Jazz!
Seriously, ZZAJ is a Contemporary Jazz Fusion Band, and consists of:
*Rich Sumner - Guitars
*Roger Gillespie - Drums & Percussion
*Tom Barnett - Bass
*Joel Paat - Keyboards
Featuring *DiAne Gillespie - Vocal (on track 4)
The music for "In A Lifetime" draws from a vast array of influences including:
Chick Corea Elektric/Akoustic Bands
Tony Williams (Title song is dedicated to Tony)
We sincerely hope you enjoy "In A Lifetime" We had a wonderful time putting it together.
The Members of ZZAJ
ZZAJ is a contemporary music group offering a blend of Jazz, R & B and Latin styles. The group was originally formed in 1992 by guitarist Rich Sumner and drummer Roger Gillespie and was soon joined by bassist Tom Barnett and vocalist DiAne Gillespie.
1996 marked the release of the group's first album "Passing Glance". The title song was a nod to the passing of the late, great Joe Pass. Passing Glance included the guest artistry of upright bassist Ernie Nunez, keyboardist Mark Kinney and Latin percussionist Adrian "Chico" Hernandez.
Soon after this release Joel Paat joined the group on keyboards as a permanent member. With the addition of Joel, the current sound of ZZAJ began to take form. All the members of the group contribute to the writing and arranging of the music.
2003 saw the release of their second album "In a Lifetime". The title song is dedicated to the great Jazz drummer Tony Williams and his band Lifetime.
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Rich graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in 1986 where he studied with Joe Diorio, Ron Eschete and Joe Pass. He is currently the guitar instructor at Victor Valley Community College and has been since 1989. He keeps busy running his own piano tuning business and a full performance schedule.
Joel received his B.M. from Cal State Fullerton in 1990. He has studied privately with Tom Ranier, Billy Childs and Steve Dancz. He maintains a full teaching schedule at Alta Loma Music and keeps a busy studio and live performance schedule.
DiAne has performed professionally for more than 25 years in studio and live dates. Currently, she is in demand as a vocal instructor and choir director. DiAne is also a very talented artist. She has contributed her artwork to the covers of both ZZAJ albums.
Tom plays the bass.
Roger has been a professional drummer for almost 30 years. He has many recording and live credits. He is now a busy drum instructor and maintains a busy performing schedule.