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Tim Ray: Featured on To Whom It May Concern (3) , You've Changed (6),
My Baby Just Cares for Me (11)

Perhaps best known as pianist for Lyle Lovett and Jane Siberry, Tim Ray’s wide-ranging skills as a soloist and accompanist have afforded him the opportunity to perform with legendary performers from all walks of music. Appearing on over 60 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Rickie Lee Jones, Willie Nelson, kd lang and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Gary Burton, Scott Hamilton, Eddie Daniels, Bucky Pizzarelli, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid, and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Classical Orchestra.

Tim’s busy schedule has included frequent tours throughout the Americas, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center and the 1992 Presidential Inauguration. Tim has also performed repeatedly on “The Tonight Show” (Johnny Carson, Jay Leno), “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Conan O’Brien Show,” “Austin City Limits” and various other national TV and radio broadcasts.

A sought-after arranger and composer, Tim has penned numerous original works for his trio Tre Corda, for solo piano, big band, string orchestra, and an extensive body of writing for jazz trio and quartet, some of which appear on Tim’s own Ideas & Opinions, released in 1997 on Gunther Schuller’s GM Recordings label. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and taught jazz piano and improvisation for 8 years while on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music. Tim is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, and conducts workshops and clinics at colleges and high schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. ∞Tim's Site∞
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Marshall Wood: Featured on Best Thing for You (7)

Marshall Wood
has enjoyed a comprehensive jazz career working with true jazz masters for over thirty-eight years. An example of this would include multiple performances, tours and recordings with: Big Joe Turner, Anita O'Day, Tony Bennett, Joe Pass,Gene Bertoncini, Gray Sargent, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Ruby Braff, Urbie Green, Phil Wilson, George Masso, Al Cohn, Bud Freeman, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Randy Brecker, Tommy Flanaghan, Monty Alexander, John Bunch, Makoto Ozone, Nelson Riddle, Ralph Sharon, Phil Woods, Joe Williams, Dorothy Donegan, Marian McPartland and a host of others. Marshall Wood's recording credits include CDs with Carol Sloane, Anita O'Day, ScottHamilton, Dave McKenna, Tommy Flanagan, Bucky Pizzarelli, Michael Moore, George Masso and Donna Byrne. For three years he has been Tony Bennett's bassist and is featured on Bennett's Double Platinum Grammy Award winning album Duets II, as well as concert appearances around the world and multiple TV show appearances.
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Les Harris Jr.: Featured on I Want to Be Happy (4), Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (8)

Les Harris Jr.
is a 1983 graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Les is a music faculty member at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Southern Maine, Phillips Exeter Academy and the Amesbury Public Schools, teaching drums and ensembles. Les is the son of retired Berklee College of Music professor and jazz drummer Les Harris Sr.

Les Harris Jr. began playing the drums at a young age under the tutelage of his father. He was sitting in with jazz greats Herb Pomeroy, Bob Wilber, Dave McKennna, John LaPorta, and Teddy Wilson by the time he was 14 and began playing professionally at the age of 15, working weekends with pianist/vocalist Annie Bosteels and her trio. While attending Berklee, Les studied with Joe Hunt and Robert Kaufman and upon graduation, he studied extensively with legendary drummer and educator Alan Dawson. From 1983-1995, Les was the drummer with the jazz vocal group, "The Ritz", appearing on seven recordings,(five on the Denon label, two on Pausa). As a member of The Ritz, Les performed at The Sea Jazz Festival in Finland, The Blue Note Jazz Clubs in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Jakarta and NYC, The New Morning Club in Paris, George Wein's "Newport Jazz Festival in Japan" as well as engagements in Singapore, Italy, Germany, Morrocco, Vienna, and throughout the United States and Canada. Les has toured with the Artie Shaw Orchestra,(under the direction of Dick Johnson), and with tenor saxophone great Scott Hamilton, including performances with Scott at The Subway Club in Cologne and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

In the early 90's, Les worked with Diana Krall and her trio in Boston and in 2001 he toured with "Moxie" featuring Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Seigel and Laurel Masse' of The Manhattan Transfer which included performances at the famed Birdland jazz club in NYC. Les was a longtime member of Seacoast Jazz great Tommy Gallant's Trio and has had the opportunity to play with some of the best known artists in jazz, including Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Annie Ross, Teddy Wilson, Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, Ray Brown, Marian McPartland, Jimmy Heath, Ken Peplowski, Al Grey, Marshall Royal, Buddy DeFranco, Bud Shank, Harry Allen, and Charlie Mariano.

Along with his busy teaching schedule, Les is one of New England's first call drummers performing with many of the areas top jazz artists including Herb Pomeroy, Donna Byrne, Gray Sargent, Dick Johnson, Ray Santisi, Rebecca Parris and Marshall Wood. He is also a regular member of the Paul Broadnax Quintet, the Jim Howe Trio and the Mark Kleinhaut Trio. Les also participates in many recording projects with Boston jazz artists and some of his latest recordings include; "FRIENDS" with the Paul Broadnax Quintet, "STERLING!" with the Jim Howe Trio and Herb Pomeroy, "A BALANCE OF LIGHT" with the Mark Kleinhaut Trio and Bobby Watson,"TRIO 2000" with the Jim Howe Trio and Fred Haas, "THE DREAMER" with Kathleen Kolman, "TRUMPET 101" with Trent Austin, "BABY, I'M FINE" with Wendee Glick and Ken Peplowski, and "TOMMY GALLANT AND FRIENDS, LIVE AT THE PRESSROOM", with jazz greats Al Cohn, Jimmy Mosher, Al Grey and Bud Freeman. ∞Les's Site∞
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Gray Sargent: Featured on Amazing Love (1), I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry (10)

Gray Sargent a guitarist based in New England, has worked with Illinois Jacquet, Ruby Braff, and George Wein's Newport All-Stars but gained national recognition for his recordings with Dave McKenna and Scott Hamilton. A talented swing/bop player, he continues his long time contributions on stage and in the studio with American legend Tony Bennett.
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Joe Barbato: Featured on That's All (12)

Joe “Sonny” Barbato is a pioneering voice in jazz accordion. He is one of Boston's and New York City's finest musicians, which is evident on Sonny's exhilarating, charming and fresh release “Crackerjack.”

Born and raised in Boston, MA, at nine years of age, Joe began taking weekly lessons with accordion master Louis Bregoli. Sonny played the accordion until he was about thirteen years old, and then decided to begin studying the piano instead. He studied with jazz pianist Mike Marra and later attended Berklee College of Music, as well as the New England Conservatory. Joe then decided to become serious about playing the accordion again. He began to take the instrument on certain gigs and projects that called for the sound. He was beginning to find his voice on the accordion. He broadened his range of experience playing the instrument in pop, rock, [and] country, as well as jazz, this helped him to become diverse on the accordion and find his own sound.

Sonny has toured Europe as well as the United States, and he continues to work as a freelance musician and teacher in New York City as well as Boston. He has performed at festivals and concerts with Ravi Coltrane, Eddie Harris, Stanley Turrentine, Donald Harrison, Joe Locke, Jerry Bergonzi, Jeff “Tain” Watts, David Sanchez, and Larry Coryell. Joe has played accordion on over 30 recordings that range in style from country to jazz. Some of the artists he has recorded alongside with are Luciana Souza, Lori Mckenna, Kenny Barron, Duke Levine, George Schuller, David Budway, Bobby Previt, Jenifer Jackson, Ben Sher, Marvin Sewell, and many more. ∞Joe's Site∞

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Mark Poniatowski: Featured on Black Coffee (5)

Mark Poniatowski
Bassist, arranger, and composer Mark Poniatowski is an assistant professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production department at Berklee College of Music. His extensive performing experience includes the Bruce Katz Band, Kenny Hadley Big Band, Soul Kitchen, Floyd Dixon, Junior Watson, Janiva Magness, and Kid Ramos. His performances throughout the United States and Europe include the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Orange County Blues Festival, The River Festival, The Natt Jazz Festival in Norway, and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria. His recordings include Mississippi Moan, Something Like That, It's About the Blues, Radio Fusion Radio, and More Than Live. Poniatowski holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music from New England Conservatory. ∞Mark's Site∞
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Marty Ballou: Featured on Honeysuckle Rose (2)

Marty Ballou is a sought after session man in all genres of jazz, blues, folk, and pop. His performing and recording credits include Jay McShann, Jimmy Witherspoon, Scott Hamilton, Herb Ellis, John Hammond, Garth Hudson, Duke Robillard, Dave Maxwell, Greg Piccolo, Jerry Portnoy and Bruce Katz.
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Tom Hall: Featured on Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You (9)

Tom Hall
has toured throughout the US and Europe performing and recording in a wide variety of musical styles, with bands such as The Bruce Katz Band, Club d'Elf, Bob Nieske's Wolf Soup, and Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet (of which he is a founding member). Hall has appeared on over 30 CD's and has played at many festivals like The Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Moers Music Festival (Germany), Bang on a Can New Music Festival (NYC). Nottendon Blues Festival (Norway), and Mellon Jazz Festival (Philadelphia). He has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians, including John Medeski, D.J. Logic, Reeves Gabrels, Joe Maneri, Dave Tronzo, and Jacques Morelenbaum. He is an instructor at Brandeis University, and is the author of "Free Improvisation: A Practical Guide". Hall is the host and creator of ImprovLive 365.
∞Tom's Site∞