Meet Our Bandmembers
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We perform some of the charts of Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis & Gil Evans and Dave Pell. Most of what we are playing is the West Coast movement in the period which was around the late 1940s and early 1950s.
This music of Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Shorty Rodgers, Shelly Mann and others helped in cooling down for a minute the Hot Jazz played all over the country in the early 1940s and late 30s.
This was a great time to live in, the music was changing and players were getting their pens out and putting great ideas down on paper, then forming groups to perform their works. The music we are playing is the results of those ideas, plus some ideas of Pete Petersen, Slide Hampton and my own.
Re-Birthing the Cool:
Bebop & Beyond
Contact: David Watson
Left to right, first row: David Kim, Pete Petersen and David Watson. Second row: Lee Wuthenow, Ed Bennett, Mary-Sue Tobin and Alyssa Schwary. Standing: Tim Rap, Mark Vehrencamp, Paul Mazzio and Stan Bock. This was shot at Alyssa's home in Camas, Washington.
Alyssa Schwary, vocals
Alyssa Schwary, singer/song writer and bandleader from the Pacific Northwest, recorded her first CD "Another Chance" was released in 1993 with Seattle musicians, John Bishop, Mark Seales and Doug Miller. "Another Chance" was voted one of the 10 best CD's in the 1994 Seattle's Earshot Jazz Magazine. KPLU and PBS DJ, Jim Wilke, featured Alyssa's CD regularly on his jazz program. Alyssa has also received national radio airplay on PBS and College Radio stations around the country. Virgin Atlantic Airline used the title cut "Another Chance", Alyssa"s original composition, as part of their in-flight entertainment programming.
For the past 20 years, Alyssa has been living on a remote island in the middle of the Bering Sea, in the port town of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Without the influence of much outside interference, she has had ample time to develop her own sound and style!
Now, after a 20 year, reprieve from the rigors of touring and nightly performances, she has returned to her roots in the Pacific Northwest's. Alyssa's music education went from Cornish College of the Arts In Seattle, to 11an year world tour that took her overseas to perform in 28 countries and all 50 of the United States of America.
Alyssa has opened for Tito Puente, Kenny Barron, The Yellow Jackets, and the Oregon Symphony, featuring Kathleen Battle. Alyssa has recorded with or performed with notables such as Gino Vanelli, Patrick Lamb, John Bishop and Pete Christlieb. Alyssa has headlined and performed extensively in both pubic and private concert events with all of the jazz greats
David Kim, piano
David Kim was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and began his musical studies at age 10. As the first place winner of the Oregon Symphony's Corbett Competition, he was featured as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1.
David discovered jazz while attending the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan. David then went on to study classical music at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston. Since then, David has made jazz his passion and profession for more than 10 years.
David style of playing has been greatly influenced by Pianist Oscar Peterson, Red Garland, Erroll Garner, Bill Charlap, and Robert Glasper among numerous others. David continues to compose music and perform around the Portland area, playing gigs, accompanying choirs while teaching privately.
Ed Bennet, bass
Ed Bennett has long been considered one of the West Coast's premiere string bass players. Currently living in Portland, Oregon since 1990, Ed's work has taken him virtually everywhere in the world.
He has worked with, toured internationally, or recorded with many legendary jazz figures, including: Dizzy Gillespie, Curtis Fuller, Terell Stafford, Claudio Roditi, Jeremy Pelt, Joe Henderson, Sonny Stitt, Benny Golson, Frank Morgan, Richie Cole, Pete Christlieb, Bud Shank, Charles McPherson, Hadley Caliman, Bobby Watson, Pete Jolly, Don Abney, Joe Albany, James Williams, Mike Wofford, Pete Malinverni, Bill Mays, Dick Berk, Larance Marable, Joey Baron, Chuck Redd, Bill Henderson, Anita O'Day, Ernistine Anderson, Marlena Shaw, Nancy King, Karrin Allyson, Mary Stallings, Dee Daniels, The Modernaires, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin Big Band and the Gerald Wilson Orchestra.
In 1974, Ed toured with Jimmy Witherspoon. From 1976 to 1979 he backed Carmen McRae, making his recording debut on "Carmen McRae at the Great American Music Hall" in San Francisco which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1977. In 1981, he worked with the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band, recording the Grammy- nominated "Tanuki's Night Out
David Leshare Watson, bandleader, vocals
David Leshare Watson (Doc), Jazz vocalist, leader of "Re-Birthing The Cool, Bebop N Beyond". David is a new resident of the Portland area, relocating here from Hawaii and via the Bay Area in CA. and before that his hometown of Philadelphia, PA. In the Bay Area David had the honor of playing and singing with some of the best Jazz musicians in the country, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Eddie Henderson, Shirley Scott, Mark Murphy, Pony Pondexter, Joe Henderson, Eddie Moore, Mickey Roker (his cousin) Bob Cranshaw, Michael LeDonne, Jamie Davis, Pee Wee Elis, Michele Hendricks, Mike White, James Leary, Mark Isham, Mel Martin, Tee Carsen, Buddy Montgomery, Johnny Coles, Joyce Cooling, Hadley Caliman, Donald (Duck) Bailey, Dick Berk, Richie Cole, George Cables and many, many more great musicians.
Also In the Bay Area, David booked Jazz in festivals, winerys and was one of the two founders of the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society, now in their 27th or 28th year. David was also one of three founders a non- profit call, Sonoma Valley Jazz Art & Wine that gave over $70,000 to the arts in the Sonoma Valley Schools Districts Art and Music Programs in three years. David booked music into and played in these Winery's, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Bartholomew Park winery, Glen Ellen winery, Matanzas Creek winery, Buena Vista, Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves and Vineyards, Robert Mondavi Winery, Kendall Jackson winery, BR Cohn winery, Copia The American Center For Wine & Arts and other local events. David for 17 years booked the Jazz stage for the Napa Valley Mustard Festival.
David recorded five CD's which can be viewed on his website Re-Birthingthecool.com or www.sonomajazz.com and played on a number of TV shows.
David Watson's 'Re-Birthing The Cool, Bebop N Beyond' has some of Portland premier player, Alyssa Schwary-McDonald, Lee Wuthernow, Pete Petersen, Mary-Sue Tobin, Stan Bock, Paul Mazzio, Mark Vehrencamp, , Tim Rap, Ed Bennett and David Kim. 'The Birth Of The Cool'.
Stan Bock, trombone
Born into a musical family, Stan began his professional musical career at the age of 15, playing "tailgate" trombone in his father's Dixieland band. In college he studied music at Fort Hays State (Kansas), receiving his B.M.E., and then his M.M.in solo performance from the University of Northern Iowa. Stan then entered the U.S. Air Force Band program where he served as trombone soloist and lead player with various groups for over 19 years. During his Air Force career, Stan performed on radio, television, and on recordings throughout the United States and Europe. Stan arrived on the Portland, Oregon scene in the mid '90s and has become one of the most active jazz trombonists in the area, performing with a full spectrum of musical groups throughout the United States.
Stan currently lives in Vancouver, WA and is on the music faculty at Willamette University where he teaches low brass, and coaches brass ensembles and jazz combos. In the Fall term of '05, Stan joined the jazz faculty at Mt. Hood Community College where he directs Jazz Band II and Jazz Combos. Stan Bock is an endorsing artist for C.G. Conn, Inc. and he appears throughout the Northwest as a Clinician and adjudicator.
Paul Mazzio, trumpet
Portland native Paul Mazzio has been a top call trumpet player in the area for nearly 25 years. His early training included performing with the renowned North Texas St 1:00 lab band, and international touring and recording with the Woody Herman Orchestra. Recording credits include work with such artists as Gino Vannelli, Tom Grant, Chuck Israels, Alan Jones, Ben Wolfe, and many others.
Live performances include work with Terrence Blanchard, Natalie Cole, Diane Reeves, Arturo Sandoval, Manhattan Transfer, and many others. Along with his own jazz quartet, Paul currently plays with Re-Birthing the cool, the Ed Bennett Quintet, Sabroso, Art Abrams Swing Machine, Dick Titteringtons 3 Trumpet Band, and Nushooz.
Pete Petersen, saxophone
Pete Petersen first became hooked on Jazz & Blues music as a teenager in Boise, Idaho, where he heard pianist Gene Harris playing in a local club. Pete was much too young to get into the club, so he would sit in the restaurant section and listen from behind the partition.
A few years later in Pete earn a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Pete would go out at night to sit in with the area's jazz heavyweights, notables like Keith Oxman, Bruno Carr, Ron Miles, and Stefan Karlsson. Pete was a member of groups that were finalists in the Hennessey™ Jazz Search Competitions 2 years in a row. Pete played in the band 'Page IV' with vocalist Kevin Mahogany on NPR's nationally syndicated JazzSet program.
Relocating home to his birthplace of Portland, Oregon in 1994, Pete worked his way to the top of Portland's music scene. Pete has performed and/or toured with The Harry James Orchestra, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Mitch Woods, Lily Wilde, the Portland Jazz Orchestra, Patrick Lamb, Solomon Douglas, Ellen Whyte, and a small stint in the horn section of southern rock legend Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pete arranged and performed on a recording co-produced by Howard Crosby, the nephew of legendary crooner Bing Crosby. As a leader, his band "Porkpie" hit the national stage, playing jazz and swing festivals in Chicago, Denver, Seattle, and beyond. Pete has also been featured in jazz festivals throughout the region. His CD "Keep Your Hat On" was released internationally on Pony Boy Records. Pete Petersen is a proud endorser of Audix™ Microphones and sound equipment. Pete plays RPC Mouthpieces.
Timothy Rap, drums
Timothy Rap has been an active member of the vibrant jazz scene in the Northwest for more than 25 years. He's played and or toured with nearly all of the regional greats, including Nancy King, Greta Matassa, John Stowell, David Friesen, Glen Moore, Randy Porter, Darrell Grant, and Obo Addy.
Nationally, Timothy has performed with iconic jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, pianist Dick Hyman, saxophonists Herb Geller and Charles Pillow, trumpeter Dmitri Matheny, and New York Voices vocalist Lauren Kinhan.
Timothy performs regularly with the Tony Pacini Trio, which includes bassist Ed Bennett, as well as the Re-Birthing The Cool Nonet, featuring David Watson, and saxophonist/arranger Pete Petersen's trio.
Mary-Sue Tobin, soprano/alto sax
Mary-Sue Tobin received a Masters of Music in Saxophone Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Portland State University where she served as the graduate teaching assistant for the jazz studies department. She has played and studied with many of the Portland jazz luminaries (including: Glen Moore, Darrell Grant, Thara Memory, Alan Jones, Rob Scheps and many others) in addition to leading her own groups.
MST is a busy professional musician and performs regularly with: Andrew Oliver Sextet, Portland Jazz Orchestra, Soul Vaccination, Art Abrams Swing Machine, Paxselin Quartet, Lily Wilde Orchestra, Portland Jazz Composers' Ensemble, Quadraphonnes, PDX Saxophone Quartet, Chamber of Commerce and Sound for the Organization of Society. She also appears on recent recordings with many of these groups. She performs regularly with The Oregon Symphony Pops (Pointer Sisters, Johnny Mathis) and has performed at numerous Jazz Festivals (Portland Jazz Festival, The Mount Hood Jazz Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, The Vancouver Wine and Cheese Jazz Festival, The Banff International Jazz Festival) and has shared the stage with international jazz and R&B stars such as Dave Douglas, The Temptations, James Moody and Esperanza Spalding. She appears in the movie "Hear No Evil" with the group Dub Squad and has toured internationally with the groups Flatland and Dub Squad, opening up for legends like Herbie Hancock, Steel Pulse and Third World. She has recorded and performed with numerous Regional and International artists.
MST maintains a full studio of students through Beacock's Music Education Center where she also directs band and teaches jazz improvisation seminars. She also serves as an adjudicator for NW solo/ensemble festivals and a clinician for school seminars. She has performed classical concerts with her saxophone quartets multiple times at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference and also performs with the Portland Center Stage Orchestra for their musical productions.
Mark Vehrencamp, tuba
A renowned tuba player in the Portland area, Mark has been the featured guest bassist with most jazz groups and was a member of the Stumptown Jazz Band, One of Mark's latest ventures is teaming up with legendary pianist Dick Hyman performing Jelly Roll Morton's music. In addition to trad music, Mark's musicial training includes concert band, symphonic experience and now Re-Birthing The Cool, Bebop N Beyond.
Lee Wuthenow, tenor sax
Lee Wuthenow, is without a doubt the leading tenor saxophone player in the metropolitan Portland area, which actually reaches into Southern Washington south and as far as Eugene Oregon.
Born in Seattle Washington in 1946, Lee says, "There was always music in our home. I grew up in both Jazz and Classical music. Lee's mother played piano. His first connection to jazz was hearing Benny Goodman's 'Sing, Sing, Sing.' Lee bugged his folks to take lessons and began learning the clarinet. Lee said, "After two years, I heard a Stan Getz record and everything changed after that. Lee was playing alto saxophone, not tenor at that time. Lee went to the University of Washington, where he played in the concert band. Also Lee studied briefly at the Cornish Institute with Seattle trumpet and tenor sax player Floyd Standifer and tenor sax Bob Winn, who were influenced by noted '50s pianist Lennie Tristano. Standifer and Winn were instrumental in helping Lee get a solid and varied jazz background. Lee found the Seattle scene quite cliquish but jobs did develop including, Lee's first gig on the road in Yakima. The Yakima job wanted a tenor player, that's when Lee changed from alto to tenor.
Lee was playing with the popular 70s jazz group Mini-Macs and another group Three-Play, playing club around Portland. Lee has been featured on some two dozen, recordings of: Art Abrams Swing Machine, Tall Jazz, Ed Bennett, Phil Goldberg, Jean Ronne, Kacy Colleen, Mary Kadderly, Ellen Vanerslice, John Gilmore, David Cooley, Tom Grant and nationally recognized Dave Frishberg. Some of the great musicians that Lee has played with are: David Friesen, Anita O'Day, Diane Shuur, Howard Roberts, Walter Bridges, Woody Hite, Art Brams, Rebecca Kilgore, Phil Goldberg, Tom Grant, Mel Brown and many others.
Left to right: Ed Bennett, Paul Mazzio, Alyssa Schwary, Shayna Waldman, Stan Bock, Lee Wuthenow, Pete Petersen, David Watson, Mary-Sue Tobin, Tim Rap and David Kim.
Bandleader David Watson leads the Rebitrh of the Cool rehearsal.
Alyssa Schwary and David Leshare Watson confer.
Alyssa Schwary sings while David Leshare Watson holds the mic.
Stan Bock, Paul Mazzio, Mary Sue Tobin and Lee Wuthenow
David Kim on piano, Tim Rap on drums.
Lee Wuthenow and Pete Petersen.
David Kim on piano.
Ed Bennett on bass.
Pete Petersen on sax.
Paul Mazzio, Mary-Sue Tobin, Lee Wuthenow, and Pete Petersen.
David Kim on piano, Ed Bennett on bass and Tim Rap on drums.