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Western Rebellion

Tom Bergeron
Keller Coker
and friends

upc# 6 36362 20042 2

Duration: 59 min.

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Western Rebellion (See review: www.jazzreview.com) is a collaboration by six of the Pacific Northwest's most exciting jazz artists. Together since 2002, they entrance audiences with their intricate compositions and brilliant performances -- from rambunctious to sublime, and all flavors in between.

Featuring all original compositions, this CD offers a delightful mix of genres, including Coker's Art Blakey-inspired Don Juayne; Schulte's lyrical and soulful Room 6104; Woitach's quircky, good-humored Twa Sisters; Lee's straight-ahead Insomnia; and Bergeron's Rich's Tango.


Tom Bergeron - alto & soprano saxes
With a doctoral degree in saxophone, Tom Bergeron has played in just about every situation one might reasonably expect of a saxophonist. He has performed throughout the United States, and in Europe and Central America; and has appeared with internationally-renowned artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Anthony Braxton, Robert Cray, Natalie Cole, Glen Moore, Bobby Shew, Mason Williams, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadiens, The Temptations, and Marin Alsop's String Fever. Bergeron performs and records with Western Rebellion, Clovis People, Hagberg/Bergeron Quartet, the chamber trio, SoundMoves, the European quartet, Labirynt, and his own Whirled Jazz.

Keller Coker - trombone
Native Oregonian Keller Coker is an accomplished performer, producer and musical scholar, as well as a commissioned composer for stage, television, and film. He began playing trombone at the age of fourteen, and immediately took to performing as a jazz and classical trombone player. He has performed with such notable musicians and ensembles as Bobby Bradford, The Clayton/Hamilton Big Band, The Jack Sheldon Big Band, The Fabulous Dorsey Orchestra, Freddie Hubbard, Milcho Leviev, Vince Mendoza, Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, The Coasters, The Four Tops, Glenn Moore, Bill Watrous, Mel Brown, and Snooky Young. He is currently active in the Art Abrams Swing Machine, Whirled Jazz, Soundmoves, and has played recently with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Christopher Woitach - guitar
Christopher Woitach is a jazz guitarist and composer, currently residing in Portland, OR. Mr. Woitach studied composition with David Borden and Bob Keefe in Ithaca, NY, and jazz guitar with Jim Hall in New York, NY. He has had a twenty four year career of composition, performance and teaching, working with many innovative players, including guitarist John Stowell and cellist Hank Roberts. He has received two "Meet the composer" grants from the New York State Council for the Arts, one artist grant from the Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, and a grant from the Washington Arts Commission for his pieces celebrating Bellingham, WA. His works include a commissioned elegy on the death of composer John Huggler numerous compositions for jazz ensemble, and "The Big Sleep," a vocal piece based on the words of Raymond Chandler.

Gordon Lee - piano
Gordon Lee is a composer, jazz pianist, arranger, conductor, and music educator well known throughout the Pacific Northwest for work in many musical styles. Currently a member of the Mel Brown Sextet, he has also played with Jim Pepper, an originator of jazz-rock fusion, as well as such jazz and pop stars as Don Cherry, Bill Frizzell, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Temptations. More recently Lee has worked with Bobby Hutcherson, Dewey Redman, Houston Person, Frank Foster, and Javon Jackson. Lee's compositions and arrangements won the 1989 international Hennessy Jazz Search. His 1990 recording, Gordon Bleu, won "Best Jazz Recording" from the Northwest Music Association. Currently headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Lee has performed all over the world, including Paris, Vienna, Germany, Tokyo, Lima, and Istanbul. Lee continues his intention of presenting the highest quality original music while educating the public about the many potentials that music can be.

Dan Schulte - bass
Bassist Dan Schulte, residing in Portland, Oregon, has appeared on recordings with the likes of Blue Note pianist Andrew Hill, guitarists Jerry Hahn and John Stowell, vocalist Nancy King, Bert Wilson, Gordon Lee, Alan Jones Sextet, and Christopher Woitach. He has appeared at the Monterey, Earshot and Mount Hood Jazz festivals. He has also appeared with the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera. His first project as a leader, "Strange Pilgrims", features legendary vocalist Nancy King, New Orleans pianist Matt Lemmler, and saxophonists Dave Evans and Dave Valdez.

Mel Brown - drums
Mel Brown, an Oregon icon in jazz, has been labeled the "Gentleman of Jazz" with a career that has spanned over 40 years. Born in Oregon, Brown began his career as a drummer for Earl Grant, recording with Capitol Records. He went on to become the staff drummer for the Motown Music Corporation, working with The Temptations and The Supremes, among others. He spent ten years as the drummer for Diana Ross, Suzanne Somers, Hal Linden, Connie Francis, Pat Boone and many more. His band, The Mel Brown Sextet, have received numerous Skanner Northwest Music Awards, and The City of Portland proclaimed June 22, 1989 Mel Brown Day in recognition of his accomplishments. He also serves as Artistic Director of the WOU/Mel Brown Jazz Workshop.

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[ 1 ]   Don Juayne   LISTEN
[ 2 ]   Mr. Saturday Dance   LISTEN
[ 3 ]   Antares   LISTEN
[ 4 ]   Insomnia   LISTEN
[ 5 ]   Stange Pilgrims   LISTEN
[ 6 ]   Technophobia   LISTEN
[ 7 ]   Twa Sisters   LISTEN
[ 8 ]   Rich's Tango   LISTEN
[ 9 ]   Room 6104   LISTEN