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Jazz at Apple Computer's Halloween Party (ATOJ Sextet)

A Taste of Jazz - Sextet
  Harry - Guitar           Nick - Bass               Mike - Drums                   Kris - Keyboard                 Tom - Saxophone        Bob - Trumpet


Vocalist (Auditioning)

 


Bob Griffith - Trumpet / Flugelhorn

Bob on TrumpetRobert Griffith started music with Trumpet at age 8, and by age 16 played Saxophone and Trumpet in Rock and Roll bands in Silicon Valley. Bob continued his music until age 22 when he "hung up the horns" to raise a family as an Electronic Engineer. Bob picked up the horns again about 8 years ago and has been playing and studying Jazz composition ever since.

Favorite Trumpet Players include:

  • Bobby Hackett
  • Chris Botti
  • Rick Braun
  • Clifford Brown

 


Harry on GuitarHarry Muttart - Jazz Guitar

Harry Muttart started his musical journey on alto saxophone at age 12 and discovered guitar a few years later. His early guitar influences included Jimmy Raney, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Byrd, and Howard Roberts. The saxophone players who shaped his musical sensibilities included:

  • Stan Getz
  • Paul Desmond
  • Stanley Turrentine
  • John Klemmer.

He has played in rock, dance, and big bands and is currently playing contemporary worship music and with “A Taste of Jazz”. He has studied guitar with Rick Vandivier, Andre Bush, Mimi Fox, Tuck Andress, Ricardo Peixoto, and Danny Caron.


George Alfs - Bass
George Alfs

George fell in love with bass, guitar and piano in LA as folk music was giving way to acid rock. His high school band wowed the eighth grade graduation parties and parent fundraisers. George has always been in a band, and his rock/folk foundation expanded to include combo and big band jazz when he moved to the Bay Area to attend Santa Clara University to study business and of course music. After graduation, George played with the venerable Rear Entry Band (now The Garage Band), and recorded with top LA studio musicians while aspiring to a record contract. Even while he spent 27 years working at Intel, George always played music and explored new genres, such as musical theater and jazz fusion. 

Now that he has left the tech world, George has gone into high gear with studies in piano, guitar, composition and is a regular attendee at Living Jazz's famous summer retreat in La Honda. George currently plays with rock cover band Chubby's All Stars and the jazz combo Jazz Synergy. Thursday nights you will find him playing jazz guitar with al big band and Sundays he supports local churches by laying down heavy bass lines. George has done extensive studio work, and has his own studio in his beloved hills above Santa Cruz. During the day George has become an expert on coastal mountain forestry and loves to swim, hike and ski. He can be reached at georgealfs@gmail.com

Joe Quintal - Bass

Joe QUintalJoe Quintal Playing Double Bass again (hopefully the sequel is better) in jazzband and concertbands.  The first block of time was for 7 years through high school and college.  I had studied with Merlin Escott, Dr Krolick, and Dr Lucas Drew in college.  I then stopped playing, but still enjoyed listening. My son got me to start playing again. I currently have played with the San Jose Metro Band since 2005, and have played with A Taste Of Jazz for a year. Our family has been in the Bay Area for over 25 years I have worked in electronics/software design, teaching, and application engineering.

My Favorite bass artists;

  • Gary Karr
  • Ray Brown
  • John Patitucci
  • Jimmy Johnson
  • Kristen Korb

Other interests are:

  • amateur audio recording
  • speaker building.

Kris Stephens - Keyboards Kris Stephens

 

BA Music, Humboldt Status University, 1975.  I've played small group  jazz since the late '60s and with guitarist Harry Muttart since the  late '70s. 

I'm amazed at the piano playing of Art Tatum, Herby  Hancock, Chick Corea, and McCoy Tyner. 

I am a past classical brass  player in ensembles and orchestras and was the conductor of the 
Gabrieli Brass Ensemble for five years in the '90s

 

 


Peter Wallack - Percussion Peter

 

I have been playing drums since 4th grade, covering a range of styles including jazz, pop, rock, musical theater, and even a little punk rock. My playing is heavily influenced by my two main teachers Gary Chester ('Brown Eyed Girl' by Van Morrison - Gary is the drummer, along with 100's of other hits) and Bay Area first-call drummer Jason Lewis. Other favorite drummers include Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Carter Beauford and Manu Katche. Over the years I have had the great pleasure of playing with some amazing professional musicians including Burr Johnson and Brian Ho, and I have performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival several times with The Poblano Project.

 


 

Sunday Jazz at the Palo Alto Elk's Club (South Bay Traditional Jazz Society)

South Bay Jazz Society

 

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