Alexey Nikolaev, tenor saxophonist, has earned a reputation in the Seattle music scene as a "monster saxman." Alexey graduated in 1993 from Gnesin's Music Academy of Russia with a B.A. in saxophone and arrangement. In 1994, he completed his studies in Dublin, Ireland with saxophonist Dave Liebman.
Meet the Band
Randy Halberstadt has been a major figure on the Pacific Northwest jazz scene for many years. A multi-dimensional pianist, he is equally at home playing be-bop, Latin, down-home blues, mainstream, free and eclectic jazz. He has performed with Herb Ellis, Terry Gibbs, Buddy de Franco, Matt Wilson, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, Joe LaBarbera, and many others. In 1990, Randy performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with drummer Mel Brown. Randy has performed with the Seattle Symphony and is the pianist for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.
Ken French’s career as a professional drummer began in 1980 when he auditioned for the United States Air Force band program. Upon passing his audition, Ken entered the Air Force and was assigned to the USAF Band of the Golden Gate, Travis AFB, CA. Subsequent assignments for Ken included working with the USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott AFB, IL and the USAF Academy Band, Colorado Springs, CO.
Mark Ivester is a versatile drummer and percussionist with extensive experience playing a variety of musical genres from rock to jazz to orchestral music. Ivester has performed with numerous jazz artists of international stature including Larry Coryell, Freddie Hubbard, Diane Schuur, Mose Allison, Charlie Byrd and Eartha Kitt.He currently performs and records with the Jovino Santos Neto Quartet, Greta Matassa and Susan Pasca. Ivester has also performed with the Honolulu, Spokane and Walla Walla symphony orchestras.
Hans Brehmer, Piano, vocals. Has been playing professionally for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest in a wide variety of contexts, whether with a big band, small combo, or as a solo artist.
Bassist Clipper Anderson is a musician who defies labels. Equally comfortable with straight-ahead, traditional, free jazz or bebop, he plays with genuine reverence for the music and an unassuming mastery that speaks for itself. He is a virtuosic improviser, known for creating intelligent lines, which are often executed with stunning speed and precision. He is the quintessential support player who steadily holds the pocket and creates a solid foundation for whomever he shares the bandstand with. He is also a well-respected vocalist. Earshot Jazz has aptly described Clipper as “ a player for the connoisseur to savor,” and rightly so.
With his impeccable time, extraordinary versatility, veteran chops and steady-as-she- blows sensibility, it is no wonder that bassist Larry Holloway is one of the busiest musicians working the Northwest scene today. Be it backing up big name performers in high-profile venues, laying down tracks in the recording studio or playing with a small combo in a nightclub setting, Larry is the go-to bassist for many regional and national artists and bandleaders.