Andy Martin is an L.A. based recording and performing trombonist. Coming from a musical family, Andy developed his technique and virtuosity on the trombone as a teen, and has gone on to influence countless young players and appear at many colleges and universities as a guest artist and clinician. A world class musician, Martin has recorded 12 albums as a leader/co-leader, appeared on 300+ recordings as a sideman, has been heard on 150 major motion picture soundtracks, and continues to be the paramount trombonist in L. A. today. As a world class educator, Andy teaches at his own private studio and gives personal insights on the technical mastery of the trombone, and perspective on the entertainment industry, improvisation, recording techniques, and much more. Martin has collaborated with Carl Fontana,
Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, Eric Marienthal, Stanley Turrentine, Horace Silver, Vic Lewis, Gordon Goodwin, Tom Kubis, Bill Holman, Jack Sheldon, Louie Bellson, Quincy Jones, Matt Cattingub, Bob Curnow, Patrick Williams, Sammy Nestico, Frank Capp, among others. Andy has played with pop artists like the Pussycat Dolls, ColdPlay, and Michael Buble. Martin’s T. V. credits include the Grammys, Emmys, Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Screen Actor Guild Awards, “Dancing with the Stars”, “American Idol”, “Family Guy”, “American Dad”, and “King of the Hill”.
Trombonist Alex Iles is an in demand performer, recording artist, and teacher at the California Institute of the Arts, Cal State University, Northridge, and Azusa Pacific. Alex has played or recorded with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Tom Kubis, Bob Florence, Gordon Goodwin, and multiple dozens of diverse musical artists. Iles has played in numerous Broadway Show Orchestras, at the Academy Awards, the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Peoples’ Choice Awards. Alex has played on 100’s of T.V. and Film Soundtracks, dozens of recordings, and has played with the N.Y. Philharmonic, the Long Beach Symphony, the L.A. Philharmonic, the L.A. Chamber Orchestra, the Opera Pacifica, the Pacific Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Iles has appeared at many schools and organizations as a recitalist, guest soloist, and clinician. Grammy award winning pianist, composer, arranger, and educator Bill Cunliffe has recorded 25 albums, and is a versatile artist, writing and playing in trios, small groups, his own Latin Band, big bands, composing classical, pop, jazz music, choral music, and playing and conducting chamber and orchestral music, and for wind ensemble. Bill has worked with Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, James Moody, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, the Clayton Brothers, Joe LaBarbera, Holly Hofmann, and Ray Brown. Cunliffe wrote the score for Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s film “On The Shoulders Of Giants”, a homage to the Harlem Rens, a basketball team of the 1920’s and 30’s. The movie received an NAACP Image Award for best documentary, and Bill Cunliffe’s soundtrack was nominated for best album. Cunliffe has authored 5 instructional books, and two of them , “Jazz Keyboard Toolbox”, and “Jazz Inventions For Keyboard” have become standard reference works. Bill has received 5 Grammy nominations, is a two-time Emmy nominee. In 2010 Bill received the Best Composer/Arranger Award from The L.A. Jazz Society, and in the same year was named a Distinguished Faculty Member of the College of Arts at Cal State Fullerton, where he is a Jazz Studies Professor. Cunliffe also teaches at Skidmore Jazz Institute, and Vail Jazz Workshop. Bill studied with pianist Mary Lou Williams at Duke University, and received his Masters degree from Eastman School of Music. In 1989 Cunliffe won the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Bill grew up liking the music of the Fifth Dimension, Burt Bacharach, and Herb Alpert. He was most influenced by Oscar Peterson to play jazz music.
Bassist Dave Stone has played with dozens of well known jazz artists, pop and jazz vocalists, big bands, and on over 250 recordings. Dave has played studios, clubs, festivals, Broadway shows, Disneyland, on film and t.v. soundtracks, and is a busy and active free lance player.
Drummer Dave Tull is a gifted jazz singer, song writer, and teacher who is known for his humorous songs. Dave has recorded 2 CDs as a leader and is active on the local jazz scene, at jazz festivals, and jazz series. Tull has toured with Barbara Streisand, Chuck Mangione, Maynard Ferguson, and played with Micheal Buble, Seth McFarlane, Ron Jones, Cheryl Bentyne, Jack Sheldon, Richie Cole, and as a busy sideman with small and big jazz bands.