THE SPIN QUARTET
with Geof Bradfield (sax); Clark Sommers (bass); Kobie Watkins (drums)
Four modern jazz artists coming together to weave their stories, intertwine their art and push forward in new directions. The Spin Quartet is a vehicle for these musicians to come together, seamlessly blending their work as composers and instrumentalists of the highest caliber. Their debut album In Circles was released to wide critical acclaim, as was the follow-up live album, Starting from Zero.
with Ben Dietschi (sax); Andrew Oliver (piano); Brian Seligman (guitar); Jesse Dietschi (bass); Tyson Stubeleck (drums)
Made up of six musicians from all over North America, Tunnel Six has been touring since its inception in 2009. The members met while attending the Jazz Workshop at the Banff Centre and have recorded and toured several times. The groups debut record Lake Superior was acclaimed for the group interplay, compositional style and musicianship. Subsequent tours and recordings have seen the group mature in many directions. While we don’t tour that often, when we do it’s always incredible and I hope you can catch this group in action!
THE KORA BAND
with Kane Mathis (kora); Andrew Oliver (piano); Brady Millard-Kish (bass); Mark DiFlorio (drums)
Blending West African grooves with modern jazz, the Kora Band has been an incredible journey. Led by Andrew Oliver, the group has performed at jazz festivals, world music stages, and released Cascades (the group’s debut album, which won Earshot Jazz Magazine’s ‘2010 NW Recording of the Year’). Recently, the Kora Band was awarded a New Works Grant from Chamber Music America and released, New Cities, on London-based Whirlwind Records in the Spring of 2015.
CHAD MCCULLOUGH & BRAM WEIJTERS QUARTET
with Bram Weijters (piano); Piet Verbist (bass); John Bishop (drums)
One of my very favorite musical collaborations has been with the Antwerp-based pianist Bram Weijters. Bram’s lyrical playing and song-like compositional style has been the driving force for our three records. I couldn’t be more proud of our work together, and it’s been well received throughout the world. While the logistics of living on opposite sides of the globe can be a bit heavy, we’ve managed to play many, many times throughout the last six years – and each time I don’t think it can be better then the last time – and each time I’m wrong!
One of the most special musicians I’ve ever come in contact with. One of those people who you instantly know to be deep and meaningful with everything they do. Our projects together span the depth of human emotion… stay tuned for lots more from this collaboration, and check out our record together, The Sky Cries.
When I’m not leading my own bands, I’m very proud to have been a part of several great ensembles. As much as I am able, I love performing with:
Luke Malewicz’s Heritage Quartet
East Hubbard Jazz Orchestra
James Davis’ Beveled
The New Standard Jazz Orchestra
Shawn Maxwell’s New Tomorrow