The Dave Tull/Rebecca Kilgore Quartet includes Dave Tull on drums and vocals, Rebecca Kilgore-vocals, Randy Porter-piano, Tom Wakeling-bass. Dave Tull is a world-class drummer who has been performing in the LA area for over 25 years. Dave has toured with Chuck Mangione, and played with the likes of Claire Fisher, Buddy Childers, Steve Huffstetter, Ron Jones, Les Brown, Cheryl Bentyne, Michael Buble, Richie Cole, Jack Sheldon, Steve Allen, and many others. Dave has also performed on the soundtrack of the TV show “Family Guy”, and at the Playboy and Blue Note Jazz Festivals. Dave currently teaches drums and vocals at Pasadena City College.
Vocalist and guitarist Rebecca Kilgore has been performing and recording over the last 35 years, appearing on over 50 recordings. She is considered the quintessential jazz singer and stylist interpreting the “Great American Song Book” with a deep connection with every song. Rebecca has a beautiful, clear voice, and a great sense of timing and swing, delivering lyrics with a heart-felt and unpretentious style. She loves to revive popular songs of the 30’s and 40’s, considered the yesteryear of mid-era jazz. Rebecca has played and recorded with dozens of jazz artists, performed at jazz festivals, parties, and cruises, and has performed at dozens of venues across the nation. Rebecca has appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, performed on “Prairie Home Companion”, with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall, and at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Rebecca was inducted in the Oregon’s Music Hall of Fame, and the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall of Fame. Rebecca has performed at the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention, has been a guest of honor at the New Mexico Jazz Festival, and honored as a jazz legend at the San Diego Jazz Party. Rebecca has worked with Harry Allen, Dan Barret, Warren Vache, Scott Robinson, John & Bucky Pizzarelli, Jeff Hamilton, Dave Frishberg, Tom Grant, and many others. Rebecca has recorded albums dedicated to the music of Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser, Jimmy Van Heusen, Maxine Sullivan, Fats Waller, Bossa Nova, and South Pacific. Rebecca was complimented as being a perfect fit for the Benny Goodman’s Band. Rebecca currently teaches jazz vocal coaching, and group vocal jazz classes.
Pianist Randy Porter is a Steinway artist, and is considered a musicians musician. He has all the skills for improvisation, spontaneous communication, music knowledge, inventiveness, and sophistication. He plays with a remarkable sense of time, and possesses a complete keyboard facility. Randy has performed with dozens of jazz greats including Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Clifford Jordan, Charles McPherson, Diane Schurr, Bobby Caldwell, David Friesen, Gino Vannelli, The New York Voices, Madeline Eastman, Karyn Allyson, and many others. Randy has performed at the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, the Monterey, Chicago, Detroit, Port Townsend, and Reno jazz festivals. Randy has played at most of the big jazz venues across the country, and has taught master classes at University of Nevada-Reno, University of Oregon, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Louis & Clark College, and at High Schools and Colleges around the north-west. Randy performs with super technique handling tricky meters and clever cross rhythms with grace and grit. Randy plays with a subtle touch and a remarkable independence with his left and right hand. Randy makes the most of musical opportunities with a soulful, intelligent, effortless execution, and a confidence that allows the music to breath deeply. Randy has performed with over 30 jazz groups, making over 30 jazz recordings. Randy has performed with the Cleveland, Louisville, Oregon, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras.
Bassist Tom Wakeling has been performing for over 40 years at jazz festivals, halls, and clubs throughout the world. Tom has performed on TV shows with entertainers Della Reese, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Mickey Rooney, and the Fifth Dimension. Tom has played in the musicals “Cats”, “Chorus Line”, “The Joffrey Ballet”, “Grease”, and “Damn Yankees”. Tom has taught at over a dozen universities, workshops, jazz camps, and festivals. Tom created Oregon’s first state approved professional technical center; in music technology. Tom oversaw the design and construction of Clackamas Community Colleges first performing arts building on behalf of the music department. C.C.C’s Niemeyer College for the Arts is a model for other institutions planning their own facility. Tom’s book on “Arts Facility Planning” is helpful for music and arts people involved in the construction or renovation of their facilities. Tom has appeared on 16 recordings in his career.