The trio includes Glenn Cashman on saxophones and organ, Ron Eschete on guitar, and Kendall Kay on drums. Glenn Cashman is a jazz saxophonist & organist, composer, arranger, and educator who leads the world-class Southland Nonet Jazz Ensemble that consists of several Kenton alumni woodwind and brass musicians. This group is a reminder of the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool Band, and Gerry Mulligans Tentet. Glenn also leads the Southland Big Band, and has made recordings with both groups. Cashman’s free-wheeling, compositional approach to the saxophone and improvisation is inspired by Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, and John Coltrane. Glenn’s compositions are influenced by Coltrane, Shorter, Ivan Lins, Gil Evans, Igor Stravinski, Bob Brookmeyer, Bela Bartok, and Burt Bacharach. Cashman is bi-costal, teaching as an associate professor of music at Colgate University, and performs and records in the Southern California area as well. Glenn has taught at Cal State Fullerton and Towson University. In 2017 Cashman will have served 10 years as the Artistic Director with friend and producer Eric Fetterer of the Muckenthaler Jazz Festival in Fullerton. Glenn has recorded with Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Ben Riley, Tom Ranier, Bob Sheppard, Bob McChesney, and has appeared on 4 recordings as a member of the Luther Hughes’ Cannonball/Coltrane Project. Cashman has performed or recorded with over 60 major artists in jazz clubs and concert venues across the U.S. and internationally.
Ron Eschete is a consummate master of the seven string jazz guitar. As one of the finest guitarists of main-stream jazz Ron was influenced by blues greats B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Reed, as well as jazz greats Jim Hall, Howard Roberts, and Wes Montgomery. Eschete has recorded 13 albums as a leader, and was a member of the Gene Harris quartet for 16 years, appearing on 12 recordings. Ron has appeared on a total of 70 recordings in his esteemed career. Eschete is at home with be-bop, ballads, and blues with a sophistication, grace, dignity, and deft nimbleness that has been compared to the sound of Bill Evans on the guitar. Playing professionally since high school, Ron has played with Buddy Greco, Dave Pike, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Diana Krall, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, and Ray Brown. Eschete has recorded 4 CD’s with his own trio plus a solo guitar recording. Eschete has played and toured major venues from N.Y. to S.F., and has taught at colleges and universities for over 25 years, plus authoring 3 guitar books. Ron plays melodic ideas with cool efficiency and beauty, accompanies, solos, and leads the band, going from musical master to musical mentor. Eschete is one of the best traditional, melodic jazz guitarists, a keeper of the flame.
Drummer Kendall Kay, a native of South Africa, studied at North Texas State University, and has performed or recorded with dozens of jazz artists like Theo Saunders, Pancho Sanchez, Cecelia Coleman, Steve Huffstetter, Bob Sheppard, Kenny Burrell, Phil Upchurch, Alan Broadbent, John Faddis, Rich Mathewson, Kenny Drew Jr., Kyle Eastwood, Mundell Lowe, Ricky Lee Jones, and is a member of the Peak Experience Jazz Ensemble. Kendall swings with a great sense of time, always playing with a solid, tasteful, calm style. Kendall has appeared on over 70 recordings.