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REUEL LUBAG - About the man behind the music

Reuel Lubag is one of the well established jazz artists in the Pacific Northwest jazz scene. He wears a lot of hats as a pianist, drummer, bassist, arranger, recording engineer, producer, and videographer. Reuel  is a graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts(Theory & Composition) degree in Music.

His resume of performances over the years have included: John Birks(Dizzy) Gillespie, Joe Williams, Doc Severinsen, Pete Barbutti, Steve Allen, Bud Shank, Glenn Miller Orchestra. Terry Gibbs, Mills Brothers, Buddy Greco, Barbara McNair, Fran Jeffries, Peanuts Hucko, Louise Tobin, Herb Jeffries, Ernestine Anderson, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Wayne Newton, Bruce Forman, Steve Lippia, Dee Daniels, Ron Eschete, Native Jazz Quartet, Winard Harper, Jason Marsalis, Edward Littlefield , Michael Glynn, Julian MacDonough, Christian Fabian, Floyd Standifer, Buddy Catlett, Kelley Johnson, Kelly Eisenhour, John Hansen, Jay Thomas, Bill Ramsay, Clarence Acox, Greg Williamson, Danny Kolke, and many others.

As one of the members of the Native Jazz Quartet/Trio/Duo, Reuel serves as a music ambassador for the U.S as part of the American Music Abroad/U.S. Department of State Program. The group did extensive work in Latin America in the 2013-2014 years and most recently, Reuel and creator of the Native Jazz Quartet, Edward Littlefield  were commissioned to do a short work to be distributed to U.S. Embassies throughout the world for the 2021 Earth Day celebration.

One of his many projects was a transcription of piano solos for Hal Leonard Publications of pianist Cedar Walton's music. 

Reuel teaches extensively and served on faculty at Seattle Pacific University directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and teaching jazz piano for 6 years. He has worked as a consultant for the jazz program at his alma mater, Central Washington University as well as the University of Idaho and Washington State University. Reuel has also worked as an adjudicator at many regional/national jazz festivals. 

The last several years have included several albums that have been very well received including:

Karen Shivers - "Live At Boxley's"

Christian Fabian - "West Coast Sessions" featuring Jason Marsalis, vibes

Edward Littlefield - "Walk Between Worlds" featuring Jason Marsalis, vibes

Native Jazz Quartet(DVD) - "Live In Sitka"

Native Jazz Quartet - "Stories"

Reuel Lubag Trio - "Premiere"

You may access Reuel's music education materials at his Sibelius Music website at jazzpiano.rlubag.com. Many of these resources are freely available for download. Feel free to also email Reuel directly via the email at the top left of this page.


Group Members' Bios 

Michael Glynn

Born in Seattle, Michael Glynn began playing bass at the age of 11. Beginning his jazz studies with former Count Basie and Louis Armstrong bassist Buddy Catlett, Michael starting working professionally while still a student at Garfield High School, where he played for four years in that school's renowned jazz band. After two years in engineering school at Columbia University in New York City, Michael returned to Seattle where he graduated summa cum laude in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Washington, where he studied under Doug Miller and Barry Lieberman. 

Moving to Albuquerque in 2006, he quickly established himself as an integral part of the New Mexico music scene, performing and recording extensively, and also making time to earn his Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, studying with Mark Tatum.  In 2012 Michael moved to the Palo Alto for a year where he worked with musicians all around the Bay Area and was on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

In addition to performing with countless local musicians throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, and New Mexico, Glynn has performed with jazz legends including Bud Shank, Jon Hendricks, Bobby Shew, Mark Levine, Dave Grusin, Geoffrey Keezer, Seamus Blake, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Benny Green, Gary Smulyan, Don Lanphere, Conte Candoli, Bob Florence, Doug Lawrence, William Parker, Kevin Hays, Kim Richmond, Aaron Parks, Madeline Eastman, Dena DeRose, and the Cab Calloway Orchestra. Michael has performed around the United States and in Canada, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Oman, and Trinidad and Tobago. On top of his jazz work, Michael performs in a variety of other genres, including classical work with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Opera Southwest, and Canticum Novum Santa Fe, calypso with steel drum legend Ray Holman, and a mix of Arabic and Western music with Iraqi-American oud virtuoso Rahim Al Haj. 

Michael currently resides in Seattle, Washington. 

Ed Littlefield

Ed Littlefield is a freelance percussionist, educator and composer living in Seattle, WA. He performs in many ensembles of different genres the internationally known ensemble The Dallas Brass, Juxtapercussion, and the Native Jazz Quartet. As a Tlingit Native, originally from Sitka, Alaska, Ed has drawn from traditional music and melodies of his heritage to progress a genre that combines jazz stylings with Tlingit folkloric music. His group the Native Jazz Quartet has extensively toured South America at the behest of the U.S State department.

Julian MacDonough

Julian MacDonough is an American jazz musician, studio drummer, and educator based out of Bellingham, Washington, USA. Since 2002, Julian has performed throughout North America with such notable musicians as Jimmy Heath, Harold Mabern, Joey DeFranscesco, Terell Stafford, Peter Bernstein, Joe Magnarelli, Gary Smulyan, Marcus Printup, Walter Banding Jr., Dr. Lonnie Smith, and many more.

In addition to performing, Julian is an active studio drummer and percussionist, having recorded on over 150 albums to date. Some of the more notable records Julian is on include the top selling album,  Live At Frankie’s Jazz Club featuring Harold Mabern and the Cory Weeds Quintet, The Promise by Jay Thomas,  Aaron Parks’ First Romance, Mike Allen Quartet’s A Hip Cosmos,  Go To Hell by Star Anna, Idyl Wild by Jon Hamar and featuring Rich Perry, Kasey Anderson’s Nowhere Nights, and the Miles Black Trio featuring Grant Stewart. Julian has been a member of orchestras for the musicals Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Wizard of Oz, Falsettos, and 1940’s Radio Hour. 

Julian is a passionate music educator and proud teacher of the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band in Seattle Washington. These hard working students took first place during the 2019 Essentially Ellington competition, regarded as the most prestigious competition in high school jazz. Julian is available for private instruction on a limited basis. 

In 2014, Julian opened the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center in downtown Bellingham. Known colloquially as WJMAC, the 501(c)3 organization presents weekly concerts with the best regional and national names in jazz today in an intimate listening environment. Each October, the organization hosts the annual WJMAC Jazz Walk, featuring the Pacific Northwest's hottest jazz artists.

Andrew Glynn

Andrew, like his brother bassist Michael Glynn, is a graduate of Clarence Acox's fine program at Garfield High School in Seattle, WA. He has worked as a saxophonist on both alto and tenor in various groups in the Seattle area including the Reuel Lubag Hardbop Quartet, the Glynn Brothers Quartet, the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra to name but a few. An aggressive improviser, he demonstrates the great saxophone tradition with a wide range of influences from Prez to Coltrane, and from Coleman Hawkins to Sonny Rollins.

Ben Feldman

Ben Feldman is a bassist from Seattle, currently living in New York City. He began playing bass at the age of 13, inspired by his band director at Hamilton International Middle School, Dan Rowe. While in 8th grade, he and guitarist Owen Boxwell formed their first group together, which continues to perform frequently at local jazz clubs and festivals. He continued on to Garfield High School where he joined the top jazz band and orchestra, as well as the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. While in High School, he has received numerous honors including being selected as a member of the 2017 Grammy Jazz Band and the 2017 Vail Jazz Workshop. 

He is an active musician on the Seattle jazz scene, and has performed and/or recorded as a leader and sideman with such musicians as Jay Thomas, Stuart MacDonald, Mark Taylor, Dawn Clement, David Marriott, Kareem Kandi, Alex Dugdale, Reuel Lubag, and many others. He has also performed with nationally recognized musicians Dave Liebman, Joey Alexander, and Matt Wilson. 

In addition to performing, he teaches music to students at schools including Garfield High School, Nathan Hale High School, and Jane Addams Middle School. His mentors include bassists Buster Williams, John Clayton, Harish Raghavan, Ben Wolfe, and Sam Minaie. He is currently attending Manhattan School of Music.

Matt Page  

Matt is one of the newest rising stars on the Seattle Jazz scene. He attended college at Olympic College in Bremerton and spent two years in Los Angeles studying at the Musicians Institute with Joe Porcaro, Chuck Flores and others. His main mentor is the great Jeff Hamilton and Matt studied very extensively with him while there in L.A. Matt has worked as the drummer for Groove For Thought, the Chris Morton Trio and has his own group as well. He maintains a busy schedule as a teacher and freelance drummer in the Seattle scene doing everything from jazz to indie rock to worship music. Matt plays Garcia Drums and Bosphorus Cymbals

Gary Gibson

Gary Gibson career represents a musician who has done everything at the professional level. He is a celebrated performer on drum set, percussion, vibes, and especially steel pan but is a well regarded educator, composer, recording engineer/producer and copyist. He has also been on faculty at the Cornish College of The Arts in Seattle, artist in residence at the University of Maine, and has worked as a clinician and judge for numerous festivals. If you'd like more info on Gary, please go to his website.