Michael van Bebber
Michael was raised in Seattle, graduated from the University of Washington and then earned two M.A. degrees in classical trumpet and composition. He earned his doctorate in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he was a member of the renowned Eastman Jazz Ensemble. He has shared the stage with many notable jazz artists including Lee Konitz, Walt Weiskopf, The Who, The Four Tops, Johnny Mathis, John Pizzarelli, the Woody Herman Band, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Beal, John Fedchock, Pat LaBarbara, Marvin Stamm, and Bill Dobbins. He also directs two jazz bands at Roosevelt High School. In addition to SRJO, he is a member of the Jay Thomas Quintet and the 5th Avenue Theatre pit orchestra, and regularly posts full transcriptions of a variety of genres of music, under the YouTube channel name Michael Van Bebber.
Jay is among the leading jazz soloists in Seattle, appearing with his own group and as a member of groups far and wide. Jay’s career spans decades beginning with a recording in NYC with James Moody In 1970 and his most recent with Down Beat Poll winner Gary Smulyan in 2015. He has recorded with and performed alongside numerous luminaries of the jazz world, among them George Cables, Charles McPherson, Machito Latin Jazz Orchestra, Billy Higgins, and Herb Ellis. He recorded with Slim Gaillard in London on a record featuring Jay McShann and Buddy Tate. Jay also travels regularly to Japan to perform and teach. As Nat Hentoff said in the Wall Street Journal “Thomas improvises with the joyous élan of his vintage progenitors”
Brad began playing professionally when he was 19 years old as lead trumpet on tour with the Jimmy Dorsey “ghost band” directed by Lee Castle. He was then hired to play the split-lead trumpet book at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, and quickly moved to the first trumpet position in the Hilton Hotel Orchestra, then spent two years touring with Tom Jones. Since moving back to the Northwest in 1986, he has performed in the bands of Count Basie and Woody Herman, toured with the Glen Miller Orchestra, and for over 25 years has played lead trumpet in the Pt. Townsend Jazz Festival Big Band. He is the first call trumpet player at both the Fifth Avenue and Paramount Theaters. Brad also teaches Elementary school band in the Edmonds School District.
Nathan was born in Tacoma and raised in Memphis. He studied classical piano and began playing trumpet at age twelve. He is a sixteen-year veteran of the NYC music scene and has been nominated twice for a Grammy award after recording and performing around the world with jazz legends that include the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Lester Bowie, Monty Alexander, David Murray, Skatalites, Roy Hargrove, Frank Morgan, and many others. He currently resides in the Seattle area and leads "The nu Trio" which features SRJO bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Brian Kirk.
Mike is a graduate of Central Washington University and has taught Band and Jazz Band at Valley Middle School in Snohomish since 1985. His concert and jazz bands are known for their consistent excellence throughout the Puget Sound region and have won numerous awards. He was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) “Hall of Fame” in 2014. You can see Mike performing throughout the region with the Jazz Police, The Pony Boy All Stars, Orquestra Nueva Era, and the Alex Dugdale Big Band. He has played lead trumpet in several Paramount Theatre productions and has appeared with touring artists such as The Temptations, Bobby Shew, Ingrid Jensen, Tito Puente, Jr., and many others.