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Jazz-Infused Rock & Blues

About the Band

We escape the studio on occasion, unleashing the wizardry of Vancouver’s Jack Stafford on sax and flute, and Camano Island’s Andy Carr on keyboards; with veteran Bellingham bassist Walt Burkett, Stanwood’s rock-solid Don Kellogg on drums, and Mount Vernon's Mark Dodge on guitars. The repertoire is eclectic, including songs by The Beatles, Steely Dan, Little Feat, Bob Dylan, Quincy Jones, Leonard Cohen, Hoyt Axton, and Bill Withers. We all play in several bands, so weekend gigs are rare. The Monday midday gigs at Angel of the Winds are awesome! We keep dancers busy for 4 hours at a time in the casino, and we've also entertained listening crowds at the Skagit County Fair and Sedro-Woolley Summer Concert Series. We've done a little of both at private events. We love working with sound engineers, but can also deploy self-contained, armed with a small but mighty PA system sufficient to accommodate small to medium venues. ,

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About the Band

The band started in 2014 as a recording project; something that musicians could do in the afternoon without interfering with gigs.

About the Musicians

Jack Stafford (tenor & alto sax, flute): Jack is a first-call veteran on the Vancouver, BC music scene, and has backed up some of the greats, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Diana Krall, Colin James, and OMG, Red Skelton! Jack also performs locally with The Seabreeze Jazz Band and Swingnuts Jazz. Andy Carr (keys, vocals): Keyboardist, vocalist, one of the finest accompanists on the planet, Andy is a musical director and arranger for vocalists, choirs, and musical theater, a first-call Seattle-area jazz pianist, and performs with Seabreeze Jazz Band, Swingnuts Jazz, the A’Town Big Band, TimE3 Jazz, and is a founding member of Tangoheart, the Northwest’s premier tango ensemble. Don Kellogg (drums, vocals): former member of the U.S. Navy Band and the Cascade Symphony, Don has played everywhere, man. He performs solo; plays bass, guitar, and harmonica in Cascadiacs; plays bass in Cookie and the Cutters; and plays all of the above (plus keys) on his original recordings, many of which have been played on radio and TV. Walt Burkett (bass) a stalwart of the greater Bellingham music scene, Walt is a classically-trained guitarist who swings effortlessly between bass and guitar; playing fingertyle jazz, swing, Brazilian, funk, pop, and glam-rock! He performs with the Jasmine Greene Band, Scary Monster & the Super Creeps, a David Bowie tribute band, and is a veteran member of The Walrus. Mark Dodge (guitars, vocals): A veteran multi-instrumentalist, Mark was a full-time touring musician in the 70s and 80s, playing guitar and keyboards in MTV rock and classic country bands, in clubs from Deadwood to Honolulu. These days, he produces recordings in his home studio, plays bass in Swingnuts Jazz, and plays guitar and bass in Cascadiacs.
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