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Greg Gordon, piano

After earning a Master's in Jazz Studies and Composition at DePaul
University, Greg honed his skills as a jazz pianist on Chicago's diverse and
vibrant jazz scene. At the same time he was making waves as a writer and
producer for powerhouse Chicago vocalists sprung from deep roots in gospel
and R&B. After touring throughout the US, France and Singapore as a pianist
with Chicago's Mighty Blue Kings and jazz vocalist Eden Atwood, Greg
relocated to Los Angeles in 2000.

Since his move to LA Greg has been honored to perform and record with such
jazz greats as Alphonso Johnson and Walfredo Reyes, Jr as well as pop
artists Eloise Laws and Rhian Benson. In addition he has joined forces
with veteran Hollywood film composer Patrick Williams to form Threshold
Music, a commercial and film music company serving clients such as Aspect
Group and J. Walter Thompson.

In addition to playing piano on It's Just the Rain, Greg also helped produced the album and arranged It's Just the Rain, September in the Rain, and Tomorrow.


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Joe Bagg, organ

Born and raised in Southern California, Joe started playing by ear on a toy xylophone at an early age. His parents quickly got him a piano teacher, and Joe took piano lessons for a few years after that. He discovered jazz while in college and immediately changed his major from computer science to music. Upon hearing that jazz pianist Kenny Barron was teaching at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Joe enrolled in the graduate program there and obtained his Masters degree, studying with Barron for two years. After a couple of years in the Army as a Russian linguist stationed in Germany, Joe moved back to the states to California, where he has been a fixture on the Los Angeles jazz scene. In 1997, Joe started playing the Hammond B-3 organ and has quickly become one of the most in-demand organists on the west coast.

Since arriving in L.A., Joe has played and/or recorded with most of the jazz musicians in Southern California, as well as a number of visiting musicians including: Bobby Hutcherson, Charles McPherson, Anthony Wilson, Seamus Blake, Brian Lynch, Arthur Blythe, Ernie Watts, Joe LaBarbara, Ralph Moore, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Jeff Hamilton, Andy Simpkins, Pete Christlieb, Billy Higgins, Roy McCurdy, Ralph Penland, Tony Dumas, Dave Pike, Larry Koonse, Steve Tavaglione and many more.

 

 

Richard Shaw, bass

Rick graduated from Eastman School of Music and moved to Los Angeles in the early 80s. He began touring with Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson, and in 1987 began working with Johnny Mathis, who he continues to tour with.

The majority of his work now it playing electric and acoustic basses for recording sessions for shows like JAG, The Simpsons, and King of the Hill. Some of his recent movie soundtracks include Freaky Friday and Legally Blonde 2. He has also played on CD recordings for Willy Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Taproot, and Beck.

Jazz-wise hecan be heard with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band live and on the band's new CD, "XXL".

The main instrument Rick uses was made in Baltimore, MD in 1996 by Rumano Solano. It is styled after the Panormo-style bass, which is a large, broad-shouldered Italian bass design. Rick uses a Stenholm "C" extension on the bass (known for it's accuracy of intonation). Designed for classical playing, this extension lowers chromatically the E string to a C.

 


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Jamey Tate, drums

Jamey graduated from Rollins College in Florida before moving to Los Angeles, where he received a masters in music from the University of Southern California. He studied privately with Peter Erskine for six years, and also studied with Beth Gottlieb, Chuck Archard, and Danny Gottlieb.

Jamey has performed live with Al Jarreau, Melissa Manchester, Kurt Elling, Quincy Jones, Tierny Sutton, Buddy Childers, Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter, Wayne Bergeron, Shelly Berg, John Clayton, Anthony Wilson, Sal Marquez, Clairdee, Merv Griffin, "Swingerhead," and The Platters. Jamey is currently touring with Verve Records artist Mindi Abair, as well as Peak Records artist David Benoit.

Jamey uses Yahama Drums, Grip Peddler, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, and Evans Drumheads.

 


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Karen Hammack, piano

Karen is a highly respected Los Angeles based pianist. She has performed with established jazz artists such as Joe Labarbera, Eric Marienthal, Larry Koonse, Stephanie Haynes and Scott Colley, to name a few. And what she brings to the jazz are the elements of classic American roots-soul and pop that she also loves. She has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with various popular recording artists such as Tim Weisberg, Niki Haris, Perla Batalla and Melissa Manchester.

She has recorded and collaborated with a varied collection of artists like Kate McGarry, Julie Christensen, The Missiles of October and Greg Leisz. She is also active in jazz education for youth, performing at schools throughout the L.A. area with the Bobby Rodriguez' Jazz Adventure Series.

The piano played on My Ideal is a hand-built Shigeru Kawai, a rare and highly valued instrument. It is owned by Studio 47.

 

 

Barry Zweig, guitar

Barry has been playing music since his parents gave him a ukelele on his fifth birthday. He fell in love with the sound of the jazz guitar just before his fifteenth birthday and studied with the incredible guitarist Johnny Smith. He broke in with the Buddy Rich Band in 1966 and subsequently recorded with Buddy and Sammy Davis Jr., touring with Sammy for over a year.

He has also toured and/or recorded with Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole, Willie Bobo, Herb Alpert, Doc Severinson, Ray Conniff, Henry Mancini, Andy Williams, Bill Holman, Keely Smith, and many others. He played in the Dinah Shore Show for five years from 1976 until 1981.

Barry uses Polytone Amplifiers, Thomastik-Infeld strings and a Greg Brandt nylon string guitar.