BIOGRAPHY

Laura Klein (piano/composer): Laura grew up in New York City, and studied music at SUNY Buffalo and at the Berklee College of Music. She has co-led and produced recordings of Triceratops, the Laura Klein-Ted Wolff duo, and FivePlay. Laura has performed extensively with her own trios (including the great drummers Joe Hunt and Benny Barth), accompanied many vocalists including Ed Reed, Jenny Ferris, Frankeye Kelly, and Kay Kostopoulos. appears with horn players Noel Jewkes, Dave Rocha and Bryan Girard, and played with the Montclair Women’s Big Band, Rudy Salvini Big Band, John Dankworth and the San Francisco Symphony, and many others. She freelances in the Bay Area, has taught at UC Berkeley, and is Associate Professor of the Alexander Technique at the Jazz Institute in Berkeley.

Tony Corman (guitar/composer): Tony comes from the Boston area. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a B.A. in saxophone performance. He appeared and recorded with Full Faith and Credit big band, the  Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Bay Area Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, and Celia Malheiros. He played on, and was an arranger/composer for the recordings Triceratops, Three Tenors No Opera, and vocalist Jenny Ferris’s Day In, Day Out. He switched to playing guitar in 2002. Since then he has been played and recorded with his own trio, Crotty, Corman and Phipps, and is the leader/composer/arranger of his big band, the Morchestra.

Dave Tidball (woodwinds/composer): Born in Cardiff, Wales, Dave  played and recorded in London with Turning Point. Upon moving to Boston, MA, he formed the group Minotaur, which featured his own compositions.  Since relocating to the Bay Area, he has played and recorded with Triceratops, Three Tenors No Opera, the great vocalist Paula West, and his own trio, Threedom. Dave teaches music in the Oakland public schools and has a busy freelance playing schedule.

Paul Smith (bass): Paul has been playing professionally since his teens. In 1970, he joined the acclaimed Moacir Santos group, where he met his future wife, percussionist and vocalist Sheila Smith. Paul and Sheila had a group for many years, and recorded four CD’s together. Paul has performed and recorded with Mark Levine, Willie Bobo, and toured nationally with Dan Hicks.

 

Greg German (drums): Greg grew up in Hawaii and discovered the drums at the unlikely age of 23 when he suddenly found himself drumming in a rock band on a dare. He had previously played tenor sax, guitar, piano and marimba, but knew that he had found his home when he started drumming. His newfound instrument and his burgeoning love of jazz combined to launch him on a journey of discovery that continues to this day. He credits most of what he knows to just listening to the jazz masters: Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Jack DeJohnette and Art Blakey to name a few. He has also studied with Eddie Marshall, Pete Magadini and Alan Hall.