“Linda is an emerging talent with a captivating smile in her voice.” Tom D’Antoni, The Oregonian A&E, October 19, 2007, and KMHD Radio Host * * * * “
Linda has a pure clear voice and a fine appreciation for the melodic and lyrical end of the jazz spectrum. Excellent timing and intonation are her currency, and her jazziness comes from direct interpretation and communication, with little or no theatrics. She is sincere and her powerful voice is relaxed and welcoming. She is the epitome of the natural singer.” Jim Corcoran, Newland Jazz, and former President of the Jazz Society of Oregon * * * * Currently singing with the Art Abrams Swing Machine, Jazz Express Big Band, DeNardo/Daiber Duo and other trios, quartets, etc. * * * * Love the standards, as well as the more obscure treasures written and recorded in the 30's and 40's.
Mike Horsfall has enjoyed a successful and diverse musical career for over 35 years, serving as an educator, composer, arranger, recording artist and concert soloist on both piano and vibraphone. He was educated at Central Washington University and the University of Washington, earning a Bachelors in Piano degree from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. He has also studied with Gary Burton, Joe Locke, Mal Waldron and Hal Galper. Mike began his musical career in the 70’s, perform in venues across the country. He settled
down in Portland with his wife and two daughters in 1980, and went to work establishing his music career. In 1989 he co-founded the trio Tall Jazz, playing vibes and piano and serving as musical director. The trio started a record company, PHD Music, which represents jazz artists in the Portland area, and currently has 15 titles on the market, including Mike’s solo piano CD recorded in 1998 ("I Thought About You" PHD-1008). His acclaimed composing and arranging skills can by heard on any of the eight recordings that Tall Jazz has on the PHD label. In 1994 Mike designed a program giving piano students a chance to perform in a professional setting, and earned wide acclaim from the National Music Teachers Association. In 2002 he won First Place (Jazz) in the USA Songwriting Contest for his work on the tune, "Moonshadow Dance" ("Once In A Blue Moon" PHD-1013). Besides being in demand as a concert soloist, both on piano and vibes, Mike is an avid music educator, serving on the faculty at Mt. Hood Community College and Oregon Episcopal School. An accomplished, wellrounded musician, Mike has performed with a large number of world class musicians, including Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Leroy Vinegar, Chuck Redd, Rebecca Kilgore, Pete Rugolo, and Norman Leyden. He has also worked with such notable groups as Pink Martini, the Nu Shooz Orchestra, and the Portland Chamber Orchestra. You can reach Mike at: [email protected]
Kevin Dietz is an active, acoustic and electric bassist, composer/arranger, educator, clinician and adjudicator. He currently teaches Music Theory, Aural Skills, Music Fundamentals, Music and
the Media, and History of Rock and Roll at Clackamas Community College near Portland, Oregon.
As a classical bassist, Kevin has performed with the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Festival of American Music, Portland Ballet Orchestra, Portland Opera Orchestra, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Symphonia Concertante, American Strauss Orchestra and with many regional symphonic choirs.
As a cellist, Kevin has performed with the Portland Summer Festival Orchestra, Collage Trio, the Nu Shooz Orchestra, Skyline String Quartet, with Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and with talk show host Regis Philbin.
Jazz bass performances include concerts with Mose Allison, Terrence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Herb Ellis, Dave Frishberg, Benny Golson, and Diane Shurr. Pop and smooth jazz performances include concerts with the Oregon Symphony, Sheena Easton, Robert Goulet, Tom Grant, Marvin Hamlisch, Jeff Kashiwa, The Moody Blues World Orchestra, Kenny Rankin, Dan Siegal, Toni Tenille, and Mason Williams.
Kevin is a veteran of the Portland studio scene, appearing on 20 album projects to date and on numerous recordings for commercial clients like Roland Musical Instruments, OFC Foods and Nike.
Kevin’s critically acclaimed CD of original jazz compositions, Skylines,” was released on June 16th, 2009 on the Origin Arts label. http://www.origin-records.com/. Jazzweek Magazine ranked it in the top 50 jazz recordings receiving national radio airplay during July of 2009. “La Contessa,” from that CD was used on NPR’s Morning Edition as segue music between stories.
Kevin is an artist/clinician for Conklin basses and Conklin Sidewinder strings.
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