Band Members

David M. Jones was the driving force that pulled this ensemble together. David played guitar in a bluegrass band in the 1970’s, but says he was raised on radio and jazz was his first love. He’s been a home builder by trade for years, but playing jazz guitar has become his passion during the last decade. So, he became involved in the Jazz Festival, and met some other musicians, like Neal Staufenbeil, with whom he started rehearsing…

Neal Staufenbeil learned to play the saxophone when he was 13, and bought the tenor sax he plays now when he was 14. He’s retired, and enjoys refinishing furniture 
with his wife Sandee. Neal played in many rock and roll bands in California and has enjoyed getting into jazz since he moved to the Oregon Coast. 

Curtis Colt has been playing drums since he was sixteen. Curtis enjoys learning and playing the unconventional beats in this music. He carries a metronome in his lunch box.  Curtis was lured in with the promise of fame and fortune.

Steve Driver has been playing since he and his brother shared a bass when he was 12 years old.  Now he's enjoying the advanced education that he is getting playing jazz.

Akia Woods (vocals) loves to sing! A vocalist trained at the University of Illinois, Akia has sung almost all genres of music including opera, chamber music, choral and oratorio chorus, musical theater, folk, pop, blues, rock, country, big band, and gospel. At this time, her favorites to sing are jazz standards and classical Turkish music.


Follow the links to find out more about their music calendar, or contact David for more information or to make bookings.

Past Forward can also be heard on their new CD, available for $10 (plus postage).

Akia Woods,
Jul 13, 2017, 7:24 PM