Rebecca Kilgore â€“ Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
One of America's leading song stylists, Rebecca Kilgore finds particular delight in preserving and interpreting the great vocal jazz of the â€˜30s and â€˜40s, an era noted for high-quality songwriting and heartfelt lyrics.
Rebecca has over 30 recordings in her discography, most notably with Dave Frishberg on piano, with whom she has also teamed on longstanding engagements in Portland, Oregon, where they both live. She also records and performs with the popular group BEDâ€”"Becky, Eddie (Erickson), and Dan (Barrett)"â€”noted for its eclectic repertoire of classic jazz.
Rebecca regularly performs worldwide for jazz festivals, parties, and cruises. She is a frequent guest on NPRâ€™s â€œFresh Airâ€ with Terry Gross, and has been featured with pianist Butch Thompson and others on Garrison Keilorâ€™s â€œA Prairie Home Companionâ€ and with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall. Sheâ€™s been invited to perform with the Statesmen of Jazz and, for two consecutive years, at New York's Mabel Mercer Cabaret Conventionâ€”at Town Hall and Lincoln Center.
Rebecca has been inducted in to the Portland Jazz Society's Hall Of Fame.
Lyle Ritz â€“ Ukulele
Undisputedly the worldâ€™s most revered jazz ukulele player, Lyle recorded two jazz ukulele albums on Verve Records in the â€˜50s, but then set the ukulele aside.
Starting in the early â€˜60s as part of the legendary "Wrecking Crew" of the Hollywood studio scene, he became one of the most sought-after studio bass players in Los Angeles, hired for over 5,000 individual recording sessions. From the â€˜60s through the â€˜80s, Lyle contributed to well-known jazz, rock, and pop hits, including "You've Lost That Lovinâ€™ Feeling," "Good Vibrations," "I Got You Babe, " and "A Taste of Honey." He is heard behind many of the top voices of the era: Sinatra, Ronstadt, The Righteous Brothers, The Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, and Johnny Mathis. In the â€˜70s, he scored and recorded soundtracks for two feature films. He picked up the uke to play for Steve Martinâ€™s â€œThe Jerk,â€ and hasnâ€™t set it down since.
Lyle has recorded four CDs and authored three ukulele song books (www.fleamarketmusic.com). He was inducted into the Ukulele Hall of Fame in June 2007, the 50th anniversary of his first ukulele album.
Dave Captein â€“ Bass
Dave Captein, an accomplished performer on both string bass and bass guitar, has worked as a professional musician for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. A Portland native, Dave has performed in a broad range of venues, from symphonies to studios to clubs, as well as in many jazz concerts and festivals. He has appeared with such diverse artists as Mose Allison, Frankie Avalon, Mel Brown, Jeff Clayton, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg, and Bud Shank. A long-time instructor of music at the University of Oregon, he currently teaches privately from his home in Portland.