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Group Members' Bios
A bassist from Seattle, Ben Feldman began playing bass at the age thirteen, inspired by his band director Dan Rowe at Hamilton Middle School. He has performed and recorded with Seattle jazz luminaries Jay Thomas, Mark Taylor, Dawn Clement, Reuel Lubag, Stuart MacDonald, and many others. He has also performed with nationally recognized musicians Dave Liebman, Joey Alexander, and Matt Wilson. He was a member of the 2017 Grammy Jazz Band and 2017 Vail Jazz Workshop. Ben is in his senior year at Garfield High School where he is member of the top jazz band directed by Clarence Acox. In addition to performing, he teaches students at Nathan Hale High School and Jane Addams Middle School. His mentors include Ben Wolfe, John Clayton, Sam Minaie, Chuck Deardorf, and Joe Kaufman.
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.
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.
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.
Julian MacDonough is a Bellingham Washington based drummer. Over the past twelve years he has been a full time member of the Mike Allen Quartet/Trio (Vancouver BC), the genre-bending “funk” band Megatron (Bellingham Washington) the Monday Night Project, and alt-country singer songwriter Kasey Anderson (Portland Oregon).
In addition to those bands, Julian has been very active as a freelance musician. Primarily hired as a jazz drummer up and down the west coast, he has also spent a lot of time in recording studios with over 40 CDs under his belt. Some of his favorites are Mike Allen’s 2003 award winning album “Dialectic,” “Fearless,” (2004) and “A Hip Cosmos” (2012), Kasey Anderson’s “Nowhere Nights” Havilah Rand’s 2009 “Bengalese Butterflys” Jenni Potts’s “Take This and Go” and New York jazz pianist Aaron Parks “First Romance.” Julian also enjoys his teaching position at Western Washington University as part of the Faculty Jazz Collective which includes the other members of the Mike Allen Quartet.
He has had the pleasure of performing with such notables as Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Shew, Julian Preister, Aaron Parks, Grant Stewart and Brian Lynch.
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.
Nate is one of the most in demand bassists on the Seattle Jazz Scene. He has built a reputation as a solid, swingin' timekeeper and is an adventurous and melodic soloist. Nate spent several years dedicating himself to the old school, no amp, just moving air approach to bass playing to build his tone and technique and the results have really shown in his playing. His humor and wit also make him a valuable asset in any ensemble and he is well regarded and respected as a serious professional.
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.