Alex has been accompanying well known jazz vocalists and playing in jazz ensembles around the Bay Area for many decades. Alex’s passion for the art of accompaniment informs his arranging as well as his playing. Changing from the 6 string to the 7 string guitar about 10 years ago enabled him to perform as solo accompanist for both singers & other instrumentalists. He’s been Lady D’s bandleader /producer for the last 15 years.
Jack has worked and recorded with a wide array of artists including pioneer rocker Bobby Freeman, Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington, singers Dionne Warwick and Buddy Greco as well as comedians Jerry Lewis and Phyllis Diller. Inspired by the great bassists, jazz giants Ron Carter and Ray Brown, Motown legend James Jamerson and Beatles bassist Paul McCartney, Jack became a student of the bass role in jazz and all forms of popular music. Jack is an in- demand player and began recording at age 19.
Noel is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz music. Noel has recorded with John Hendricks, Wesla Whitfield, Mary Stallings, Paula West, Mike Greensill, Lavay Smith, Bill Bell, Mimi Fox, Graham Bruce, Bobbe Norris, Larry Dunlap, Larry Vuckovich, Pat Yankee and Jerry Hahn, as well as his own ensembles.
“Noel Jewkes is the best mainstream reedman in the Bay Area.... I don’t know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere.”
— PHIL ELWOOD, MUSIC CRITIC OF THE S. F. EXAMINER
“... It’s criminal that music like this isn’t widely available...”
— CARL BRAUER, CADENCE MAGAZINE
“...Dr. Legato has created a style and reputation that distinguishes him among west coast musicians...”
— JAZZ IN FLIGHT
“...One day, I prey, we’ll have (another) recording in commercial release that truly demonstrates the complete musical genius of NOEL JEWKES....”
· MEL MARTIN, SAXOPHONE JOURNAL
Jimmy has several gold & platinum records on his resume (Celine Dion, Hall & Oates) and has toured and played with a long list of luminaries including Maria Muldaur, Billy Preston, John Sebastion, Joan Baez, Dorothy Morrison, Chris Issak, The Sundogs, Bishop Norman Williams. He also runs Marin West Studio, a great local recording studio.
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