Entertainers

 

Joe Bagg – Piano

Joe BaggJoe Bagg is an in-demand pianist and Hammond B3 player in Los Angeles who’s performed and toured with Bobby Hutcherson, Larry Coryell, Madeleine Peyroux, Anthony Wilson, Pete Christlieb, Bill Holman and Jack Sheldon among others.

Joe earned his Masters Degree from Rutgers University, studying with the great jazz pianist Kenny Barron.

In 1997, Joe started playing the Hammond B-3 organ, earning several appearances in Downbeat magazine’s Critic’s and Reader’s Polls (in the Organ rising star category).

Joe has appeared and played on screen in the Clint Eastwood movies J. Edgar,  and Jersey Boys. He’s toured extensively across the globe, performing in such far-flung places as Dubai, Japan, Germany, Greece and all over the US.  He teaches in the Bachelor Degree department at Musicians Institute in Hollywood.

Born in Ohio, Joe is currently the regular pianist for “The Jack Sheldon California Cool Quartet.” Joe also headlines his own trio. Joe is equally adept on the Hammond B-3.

Glenn Cashman – Saxophone

GlenGlenn Cashmann is a gifted performer, composer and educator. He is currently bi-coastal, serving as Associate Professor of Music at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and spending more than 3 months per year in Southern, CA, performing and recording. He previously held positions as Director of Jazz Studies at Cal State Fullerton and Towson University in Baltimore.

In 2005, Glenn was named Founding Artistic Director of the Muckenthaler Jazz Festival in Fullerton, CA, presenting six concerts in an outdoor summer series.

He has appeared in jazz club and concert venues across the US, in Japan, Russia, Sweden, Australia, and in such Southern California jazz spots as the Orange County Center for The Performing Arts, Newport Beach Jazz Party, LACMA Jazz Series, The Lighthouse Cafe, The Jazz Bakery, Steamers Jazz Cafe, Charlie O’s, Sangria, and in a live concert broadcast on San Diego’s KSDS. Glenn has twice been named Artist in Residence at the famed St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. He has also performed with the Central New York Jazz Orchestra alongside such notables as Rob McConnell, Eddie Daniels, Buddy DeFranco, Benny Golson, Robin Eubanks, Carmen Bradford, Barbara Morrison, Howard Johnson, Kevin Mahogany and Byron Stripling

 

Bruce Forman – Guitar

A hecticBruce Forman touring schedule; seventeen recordings as a leader; countless sideman recording dates–including a featured role on one of jazz great Ray Brown’s last albums; soundtrack performances on three of Clint Eastwood’s distinguished films—including Academy Award winning Million Dollar Baby; producer, arranger, and acclaimed educator; in residence at USC’s Thornton School of Music Studio/Jazz Guitar Dept.—when does Bruce Forman rest?

Bruce is a seasoned jazz player with top-level skills as a leader, entertainer and sideman. He creates soulful, lyrical melodies, inventive harmonies, and solid accompaniment. Though he can shred bebop at blistering tempos with the best of ‘em, he is no urban snob. Cow Bop, Forman’s unique “western bebop” band, hit four separate charts with its CDs, Swingin’ Out West, Route 66, Too Hick for the Room and Cowlifornia Swing. Having won the Route 66 Challenge three times with Cow Bop, he created a linear music festival in 2013 with USC’s Thornton School of Music, called Music Licks on 66, establishing a new paradigm for touring and the use of social media, included in a mentoring model that is both innovative and collaborative.

Bruce also has long-standing experience as a distinguished music educator and in-kind philanthropist. His national music-mentoring program, JazzMasters Workshop, provided over 2,500 sessions for young students.  Always free of charge, JazzMasters’ sessions occurred during after-school hours, and the program enriched lives and helped develop numerous musicians who have gone on to promising careers.

Dave Tull – Drums

You’ve probDave Tullably heard a lot more from Dave Tull than you realize.  The veteran Southland drummer, vocalist and songwriter has played on four of Michael Bublé’s albums and five of Cheryl Bentyne’s (and raised his voice alongside hers on two tracks from her 2003 disc Moonlight Serenade, including one Bentyne insisted be titled “Tull Tales” because she was so knocked out by Tull’s scatting).

Dave has toured, as drummer and lead singer, with Chuck Mangione (if you’ve ever thrilled to Mangione’s boplicious “Dizzymiles,” that’s Dave you heard scatting up a storm).  He’s also toured and recorded with Jack Sheldon, the Page Cavanaugh Trio, the Paul Smith Trio and Les Brown’s Band of Renown.

Dave is also a great composer and has added the one thing that’s been missing from his sterling, twenty-five year resume: a full-length vocal album of his own.

Dave’s many original songs are available on his new CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid”.  The songs range from humorous to heartfelt.  Put simply, they are future standards that are just being discovered! Many of Dave’s songs are tongue in cheek snap shots of moments familiar to the working musician.

Ken Wild – Bass

Ken WildKen Wild is perhaps best known in jazz circles for the albums he made with Seawind, the Hawaiian jazz fusion group he helped to found in 1972. Besides live performances with heavyweights such as Quincy Jones, Johnny Mathis, Andrea Bocelli, Buddy Rich, David Foster and Neil Young, Ken was also a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (1992-2006) and a member of Natalie Cole’s touring band (2002 – 2004).

Ken also became a very active studio musician starting in 1976, working in TV, film, and records. That active schedule continues today.

He has been tapped for movie scores, including Scream II and III, Snow Day, The Tigger Movie, Men in Black, South Park, 24 Days, Lion King, Scorpion King, Ice Age, Jarhead, Sideways, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Dreamgirls, My Life in Idlewild, Zathura, Ted, Up in the Air, A Thousand Words ….

A few of the numerous television projects that featured Wild’s bass include Star Trek Voyager, King of the Hill, Boston Legal, Futurama, Chicago Hope, Castle and, since 1990, The Simpsons — the last regular TV series to utilize a live orchestra for its musical score.

Debbi Ebert – Vocalist

“Debbi EbertDebbi Ebert puts over a song not just with the rich sound of her voice- a luscious and rangy instrument – but with every glance of her eyes and every fiber of her body…” says Jan Herman of the Los Angeles Times.

She is entertainment personified. Her repertoire is a wonderful blend of classic jazz standards: a dash of blues, a sprinkle of pop – the perfect recipe for any musical appetite. She is at home in a variety of musical environments from concert hall to Big Band sounds to a classic jazzy combo.

Debbi applies her unique style of scatting to her three-octave range and is sometimes reminiscent of jazz legends Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McCrae and Nancy Wilson. She gathered rave reviews for her theatrical portrayal of Billie Holiday in and Orange County Black Actors’ Theatre production of Lady Day at Emerson”s Bar and Grill at South Coast Repertory Theatre.

She was a founding member of the Orange County Black Actors’ Theatre and has appeared in their touring productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’. Eubie and Movin’ On. Debbi’s most recent theatrical roles include Showboat, 1940’s Radio Hour, Nunsense and Ain’t Misbehavin’ for Fullerton Civic Light Opera. To add to her list of accomplishments, she wrote the original score and served as musical director and producer for ADP Productions all star cast creation of Black Woman’s Blues at The Regency Theatre in Los Angeles.

Debbi’s medley of musical styles and sultry stage personality will dazzle and entertain all who come to hear her. She is in a spotlight all her own.