Tom Garvin, piano
Henry Franklin, bass
Rob Lockart, sax
Rich Eames, piano
Dave Scott, piano, trumpet
Louis Durra, piano
Tom Warrington, bass
Leslie Lewis, vocals
Kate McGarry, vocals
Dominic Genova, bass
Kirk Smith, bass
Wayne Jones, piano
Dave Enos, bass
Scott Breadman, percussion
DAVID DUNAWAY (Bass) from San Francisco, California, grew up playing a wide variety of music ranging from rock to jazz and classical. Since 1979, David has lived in New York City where he has recorded numerous albums ranging from folk/new age to jazz. David has toured worldwide with Cleo Laine & John Dankworth, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and has performed with Chet Baker, pianist Fred Hersch, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Ethnic music is also a big interest, and he has worked with Brazilian, Trinidadian, African and Turkish musicians. David has performed many seasons with JTE at the Joyce Theater, New York City, and toured Africa in 2012 teaching and performing in Kinshasa, Maputo, Bulawayo, and Harare.
THEO SAUNDERS, piano, is featured on disc 1 and 2, especially in Monk repertory.
KEITH TERRY, percussion/drums, is co-founder of JTPE, where from 1979 -1983 he created several original body percussion works with the dancers and musicians including “Tune for KB”(excerpt, disc 2) and “Hey Rube.”(complete, disc 2). Keith originated the term “body music” to describe his new inventions.
TOM DANNENBERG, bass, co-founder of JTPE, created many original duets with his partner, Camden Richman, in addition to providing solid musical backing for the many adventures of the entire Ensemble. (disc 1)
PAUL ARSLANIAN, piano, is co-founder of Jazz Tap Percussion Ensemble with colleagues Tom Dannenberg and Keith Terry. As Musical Director he created many original tunes for the Ensemble including “To Be Continued,” “Tone Poem,” “After Hours,” and “Jam with Honi,”. (disc 1, 2, 3)
DOUG WALTER (Pianist/Saxophonist), a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. is a published composer/ arranger, orchestrator, conductor and performer. A master of keyboards and woodwinds (saxophone, clarinet and flute), Walter has performed and/or recorded with such jazz artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Phil Woods, Chuck Mangione, Gerry Mulligan, Chuck Israels, Jon Faddis, and Joe Williams, the big bands of Gordon Goodwin, Toshiko Akiyoshi/ Lew Tabackin, Bill Watrous, Les Brown, Ray Anthony, and Roger Neumann, as well as Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Michael Crawford, Barry Manilow, Wyclef Jean, Wynonna, Smokey Robinson, Michael Feinstein, Cher, Marvin Hamlisch, Ashford and Simpson, and Chaka Khan. He is a music director and arranger of Broadway shows for artists as diverse as Sally Kellerman, Connie Francis, Rita Moreno, Suzanne Somers and Carol Burnett. He also orchestrates and composes for network television, cable, videos and theatrical films. As instrumentalist and arranger, his contribution to JTE over the years has been immeasurable. Doug’s most recent tour with JTE was the unforgettable Tour in Africa, 2012.
ERIC AJAYE, bass, attended Columbia University in NY and Cal Arts in Valencia. He has toured nationally and internationally with Freddie Hubbard, Taj Mahal, the Doug Macleod Band, Barry White, Osamu Kitajama, the Pointer Sisters, Nancy Wilson, Della Reese, performing at Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and numerous jazz festivals worldwide. He now lives, performs, and teaches in Melbourne, Australia.
JEFF COLELLA, piano, studied at Berklee in Boston and with Dr. Guy Duckworth at U of Colorado where he graduated with a BA in Music. Special studies with noted jazz pianists Jimmy Rowles, Lou Levy, Alan Broadbent and more round out his versatility as pianist, composer, teacher in classical, contemporary, film and theater. Jeff joined JTE in 1984 and toured extensively, both nationally and internationally. He later joined Lou Rawls for many, many years.
STACY ROWLES, trumpet/fluegelhorn/vocals, daughter of celebrated pianist Jimmy Rowles, joined Jazz Tap Ensemble in 1989, toured the US and Europe, beloved for her compelling musicianship, her vocals, and her striking finale shim sham. (RIP Stacy 2009)