Our House Jazz Quartet is live jazz, an American art form. Jazz is a word which evokes any number of meanings to people: the smooth sounds of Paul Desmond, the sugar and spice of Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong, or the hard bop of Charlie Parker. There are the salsa rhythms of Tito Puente and the frenetic harmonies of Charles Mingus or Thelonius Monk. It may be time to relax with the wispy ballad "My One and Only Love", liven up the evening with the Latin feel of "Blue Bossa" or really get things swinging with a "Straight No Chaser". Whatever the need, Our House Jazz Quartet will tastefully supply the auditory ambience to fulfill your event's needs and adapt to a great variety of situations from background dinner music to biting, energetic party music. Let us know what you're interested in.
Barbara Hubers-Drake, saxophones
Barbara's credentials include assembling and fronting jazz duos, trios and quartets. She has appeared with NW jazz professionals such as Don Lanphere, Gary Fukushima, Sue Orfield, Reuel Lubag, Jeff Johnson, Doug Miller, and Carmen Staaf, and plays alto with Brian Kirk's Jazz Orchestra. Barbara is the co-founder and operations manager of the 17-piece jazz orchestra The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra ("SWOJO") comprised of some of the Pacific Northwest's most talented female jazz players.
Chris Spencer, guitar
A relative newcomer to the Pacific NW, Chris is already in great demand as a player, composer and teacher. After studying music performance at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Chris spent four years with the Air Force Band. His formidable background includes work with jazz saxophonist Ernie Watts and country recording artist Lori White.
Lance Haslund, bass
A veteran of the Northwest rock & roll, swing and jazz music scenes, Lance's credits include 60's nostalgia band Boomerang, country swing band Metro Luna, and swing dance band SwingJam.
Mark Drake, drums
A versatile drummer in great demand for performances and studio work. Mark has collaborated on recordings with Pearl Django ("Mystery Pacific") and Michelle Dedman ("Meet Me Where They Play the Blues"). He was a frequent performer on the nationally syndicated radio program, Sandy Bradley's Potluck, on which he performed with The Bobs, Ernestine Anderson, Denny Goodhew, and Barney McClure. Mark currently performs with ThorNton Creek ,a folk rock band, and the MJ Bishop band, a country rock band and subs for a variety of jazz bands in the area.
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Our House Jazz, 4120 Woodland Pk Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, (206) 634-1179