LOREE

Jon Papenbrook
Bobby Burns
Bob Summers
Barbara Laronga
Alan Kaplan
Nick Daley
Juliane Gralle

FRAZIER

Kim Richmond
Jeremy Lappit
Charles Owens
Rickey Woodard
Lee Secard
Mike Alvidrez
Mel Lee

PETER MYERS ;   
His unflagging work ethic and flexible imagination launched his career powerfully in the late ‘60s, and he has been steadily involved in groundbreaking projects with renowned artists, directors and musicians ever since. He partnered on 12 films with Oscar®-winning composer Bill Conti, who hired him to provide orchestrations for Rocky III, For Your Eyes Only, The Formula and others. He has also worked on celebrated television programs and specials, including, The Carol Burnett Show, The Sonny and Cher Show and The Academy Awards, arranging dance numbers with choregraphers and writing for stars like Cannonball Adderly, Buddy Rich, Della Reese, Dizzy Gillesoie, Gladys Knight, Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae,Tom Jones, Natalie Cole, Steve Lawrence, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Tony Randall. For 30 years, he composed for Aaron Spelling, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Viacom providing scores for Dynasty, Falcon Crest and Jake and the Fatman. Myers has also written numerous symphonic works that have been performed and recorded by world-class musicians, including Doc Severinsen, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras. At this time Myers is dedicated to the preservation of American music through the Peter Myers Orchestra performing his spectacular arrangements of works by a diverse number of composers which includes, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Horace Silver, Michael Jackson, Henry Mancini, Mike Stoller, Cedar Walton, Bill Monroe and Thelonius Monk.  

LOREE FRAZIERLoree’s early life was spent in St. Louis, the city which produced such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Oliver Nelson and the infamous Josephine Baker. Loree moved to San Francisco where she became a top John Robert Powers model, a move which soon launched her singing career. She performed in Las Vegas at the Stardust with Don Cherry, The Frontier with Vic Damone and Harolds Club in Reno with Jan Murray. In Hollywood, she appeared in many episodes of “Get Smart” with Don Adams, “Police Woman” with Angie Dickinson and “Rockford Files” with James Garner. She also made many appearances on the “Tonite Show” and the “Merv Griffin Show.” At this time, Loree performs regularly with the Peter Myers Orchestra at venues in and around Los Angeles.  Loree is a true professional, beautifully gowned and accompanied by sophisticated musical arrangements. Her personality puts audiences at ease immediately, while thrilling them with her artistry.                                        


MIKE ALVIDREZ (bass)  was born and raised in East Los Angeles, and began studying the bass while in high school.  He continued his education at Pasadena City College and later completed a Bachelor of Music degree at California State University, Northridge.  He has studied with Putter Smith, Bobby Bradford, Gary Pratt, and Darek Oles.  Michael has performed/recorded with: Isla Eckinger, Riner Scivally, Javier Vergara, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Chuck Manning, Bill Barrett, Ramon Banda, Barbara Morrison, Donald Dean, Mike Barone Big Band, Vinny Golia, Wayne Kramer, Phil Ranelin, Mike Garson, Bert Karl, Dan Clucas, and Michael Vlatkovich.  He has been the house bassist at the World Stage jam session for several years now, and in that time has gained experience playing with Rose Gales, Jerrell Ballard, Daryl Darden, Dwight Trible, Richard Grant, and Azar Lawrence. He has played at many venues around town, notably the Ford Amphitheater, Central Avenue Jazz Festival, Los Angeles County Fair, Valley Performing Arts Center, Vibrato, and Catalina's Jazz Club. 

 

BOBBY BURNS (trumpet) Bobby Burns Jr. was born in Gary, IN and received a Bachelor’s in Music in trumpet performance from Indiana University. Upon graduating, Bobby moved to LA and began performing, teaching, and touring with a variety of different artists. Bobby joined Earth Wind and Fire in March of 2004. His performance credits with the band include the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award show, American Idol, a performance for President Barack Obama at the White House, two Super Bowl shows, the Grammy Awards show, and countless others. Presently, Bobby continues to tour with Earth Wind and Fire performing and traveling over 200 days a year. Besides his work with Earth Wind and Fire, Bobby continues to freelance and teach whenever possible

NICK DALEY (trombone) regularly performs and records with a diverse collection of ensembles ranging from orchestras to jazz, salsa and pop bands. Notable performances include playing with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Bill Holman, Arturo Sandoval, Tim Davies and Les Hooper big bands as well as Mudbug Brass Band, 10,000 Maniacs, The Lions and numerous small movie scores.

JULIANE GRALLE (bass trombone)

Born and raised in Germany, Juliane moved to The Netherlands to receive her degrees at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and eventually made her way to Los Angeles in the summer of 2012.

Here she can be found on trombones (bass, tenor and contrabass) and tuba, playing concerts on open air stages and in tucked away places... jazz clubs, theatres, beautiful halls, live music establishments and exclusive studios are her home.

It is certainly rewarding to try and make it in a city that creates and burries dreams as regularly as the sun disappears behind Mulholland Drive. Juliane got to play with artists like the Dutch Metropole Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Sammy Nestico, Johnny Mandel, Kurt Elling, Vince Mendoza, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Andrea Bocelli, the LA Philharmonic, Diana Krall, Bob Brookmeyer's New Art Orchestra, Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra and is working in some of the famous LA studios with many of their infamous players... She has also performed on the Voice 2016, with Lady Gaga and Nile Rogers at the Grammys 2016 and with Adele.

ALAN KAPLAN (lead trombone) at the age of nineteen was on the road with Buddy Rich. He was the youngest trombonist ever to play lead with that band. The next few years found him playing with big band legends such as Harry James, Louis Bellson, Don Ellis, and Lionel Hampton. By the late 70's he was being compared to trombone greats like Carl Fontana and Frank Rosolino.   Recent years have found Kaplan settled back in his hometown. His skills honed on the road, he now enjoys his position as one of the top studio trombone players in Los Angeles. His recording credits vary vastly from Marvin Gaye to Johnny Mathis to Madonna to Placido Domingo to Sarah Vaughan to Oingo Boingo to Whitney Houston to the Hollywood Bowl orchestra, Josh Grobin, Michael Buble, Bob Dylan, Metallica, Muse, Paul  Mc Cartney  and countless more.  Kaplan's TV credits include such shows as Hawaii 5-0, Dynasty, Voyager, Star Trek, Home Front, Buddy Faro and hundreds of others. He has been the featured trombone soloist on more than 1000 cartoons such as Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Tazmania, Pinky and the Brain, 101 Dalmations, Timon and Pumbaa and many others. He is currently working on The Simpsons, Penny Dreadful, Family Guy, American Dad, Revenge, Agent Carter, and Galavant. He was a regular member of the staff bands on the Merv Griffin, Joan Rivers, and Star Search Shows. For several years, Alan has been in the orchestra on the Academy Awards. He also was in the band for the Jerry Lewis Telethon for many years.   In 1994 and again in 2000 Kaplan performed and recorded with Barbra Streisand on her concert tour. His movie credits are perhaps most impressive of all, a list of some 900 plus films including "Animal House", "Airplane", "Dances with Wolves", "Out of Africa", "Sleepless in Seattle", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hercules", "Apollo 13", "The Lion King", "Con-Air", "Batman and Robin", "Silverado", "Godzilla", "Zorro", "Planet of the Apes", "Spiderman 1,2, and 3", and "Men in Black 2", "Pirates of the Carribean 1,2, and 3","Star Trek XI","The Incredibles","Up", "Transformers 1&2" , “Annie”, “Mission Impossible 1,2,3, and 4”, “Alice in Wonderland”, ”Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”,” Star Trek Beyond”, “Jungle Book” , “Storks”  and “Moana” to name just a few.  In January of 2002 Alan released his first solo album. It is a beautiful collection of standard ballads arranged for a thirty piece orchestra called Lonely Town. It was nominated  for a Grammy that year.
 


JEREMY LAPPITT (alto, flute, clarinet, piccolo) achieved his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University. During his time at ASU, Lappitt received the prestigious Special Talent Award and JazzBird scholarships. He studied under the direction of pianist Michael Kocour and Sam Pilafian, along with associated ASU jazz faculty. In 2010, Jeremy was awarded a DownBeat Jazz Magazine award in the category of Best Jazz Arrangement for “Um Segundo”. Later in the year, Lappitt was selected as Lead Alto in the 2010 Disneyland All-American College Band.

Upon relocating to Los Angeles in 2012, Jeremy has performed or recorded with Benny Golson, Jeff Coffin, David Liebman, Bob Sheppard, Doug Webb, Dan Higgins, Greg Huckins, Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Carl Saunders, Ricky Woodard, Gary Foster, Gene Cipriano, Sal Lozano, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Mintzer, Bobby Shew, Brice Winston, John Clayton, Steve Wilson, Roy McCurdy, and many more. He’s a member of orchestras, big bands and ensembles led by the GRAMMY Award Winning Brian Setzer Orchestra, Laura Dickinson, Elliot Deutsch, Frank Stallone, Pete Christlieb, Bill Holman, Steve Huffsteter, Peter Myers, Steve Spiegl, Tim Gill, Gary Herbig and ska big band Western Standard Time. Special performances and appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC’s THE VOICE, Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys”, Don Rickles, Hustler’s 40th Birthday Bash, Kris Jenner’s 60th Birthday Party and more.

 

BARBARA LARONGA,    (Trumpet),    hails    from    Massachusetts    and    has    performed    extensively    throughout    the    country    and    internationally.    As    a    member    of    “Sherrie    Maricle    and    the    Diva    Jazz    Orchestra”    she    performed    with    such    jazz    giants    as    Dave    Brubeck,    Clark    Terry,    Joe    Williams,    Nancy    Wilson,    Herbie    Mann,    Slide    Hampton,    The    New    York    Pops,    Marian    McPartland,    Dr.    Lonnie    Smith,    and    Diane    Schuur.    She    also    recorded    4    records    with    DIVA,    and    is    part    of    the    acclaimed    show    “Maurice    Hines’    Tappin’    Thru    Life”.    As    a    freelancer,    she    has    performed    with    Aretha    Franklin,    Mark    Wahlberg,    Donnie    Wahlberg,    Dee    Dee    Bridgewater    and    at    renowned    venues    like    Carnegie    Hall,    Lincoln    Center,    The    Blue    Note,    Birdland,    The    Apollo    Theater,    and    The    Montreal    Jazz    Festival    among    others.        Her    studio    work    includes    “The    Tonight    Show    with    Jay    Leno”,    “What    Happens    in    Vegas”,    “7th    Heaven”,    and    “Jeopardy”,    as    well    as    various    recordings    and    live    broadcasts. 

 

MEL LEE (drums) has contributed his talents to every type of music, i.e. classical, jazz, rock ‘n roll, rhythm and blues, country western, reggae, rap, Latin and pop. Venues include television, motion pictures, radio, night clubs, Broadway shows, and concert halls. Mr. Lee has also toured throughout the world with artists such as The Fifth Dimension, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and organist Jimmy Smith, just to name a few. Mel Lee has performed various Broadway shows, including Forty-Second Street, Les Miserables, Music Man, The King and I, Bye, Bye, Birdie, and The Sound of Music, among many others.  Mel Lee’s work on television includes The Ed Sullivan Show, The Nancy Wilson Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show, Playboy After Dark, and he was house percussionist for Solid Gold Show, starring Dionne Warwick, in addition to other TV shows.Mel’s classical experience includes regular service with the Los Angeles Opera and the Beach Cities Symphony. For many years, Mel has performed in school districts throughout Southern California under the auspices of the Inter-group Cultural Awareness Program (ICAP) for LAUSD, Performing Tree, and the Henry Mancini Institute, all in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  Currently, Mr. Lee’s services are in high demand throughout Southern California and Las Vegas, as both a classical musician and a commercial artist. He also has private students throughout Southern California. Mr. Lee was also the Percussion Instructor for the Saturday Conservatory of Music located in Pasadena

CHARLES OWENS (tenor, flute, clarinet) has toured with the Buddy Rich Orchestra from 1967-68 and was with Mongo Santarmaria for the following two years. Settling in Los Angeles, Charlesbecame a busy studio musician; he played virtually all the reed instruments, including oboe and English horn. Among his more significant jazz associations since moving to L.A. have been Bobby Bryant, Henry Franklin, Patrice Rushen, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, James Newton,  John Carter, Horace Tapscott, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz orchestra and his own groups.

 

 

 

 

 

JON PAPENBROOK (lead trumpet)  has played Lead Trumpet with Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Avalon, Paul Anka and Michael Bolton to name just a few. He has also played lead with the Harry James Orchestra, the Louis Bellson Big Band, the Tim Davies Big Band, the Buddy Rich Big Band and is busy playing TV shows, film dates and recordings. Jon has recently toured the world with Mike Brecker, Steve Smith, Diane Shurr, his own band, and is an Artist in Residence at the New Zealand Performing Arts University (Massey).

JON PAPENBROOK has played Lead Trumpet with Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Avalon, Paul Anka and Michael Bolton to name just a few. He has also played lead with the Harry James Orchestra, the Louis Bellson Big Band, the Tim Davies Big Band, the Buddy Rich Big Band and is busy playing TV shows, film dates and recordings. Jon has recently toured the world with Mike Brecker, Steve Smith, Diane Shurr, his own band, and is an Artist in Residence at the New Zealand Performing Arts University (Massey).

 

 

KIM RICHMOND. (lead alto, soprano, flute, clarinet) is based in Los Angeles and works as a freelance musician, doing studio work, shows, and various jazz venues. He has an on-going composing career, having written underscore for many TV shows, chamber works, compositions for symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra. He has also been actively involved in writing for the musical stage. Kim has been a member of the orchestras of Stan Kenton (on the road and one album), Bob Florence (on 12 albums), Vinny Golia (2 albums), Clare Fischer (one album), Louis Bellson, Bill Holman, and many others. His most recent CD is “Inner Spirit” by the 7-piece Kim Richmond/Clay Jenkins Ensemble. The recording “Live at Café Metropol,” captures an exciting night of improvisation and ensemble of his current version of the sextet. Released before that was "CrossWeave," co-led with trumpeter Clay Jenkins with a sextet also featuring tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and pianist Harold Danko. "Ballads" (on Chase Music Group label), released Summer 2001, is a collection of Kim's favorite standards in a jazz setting featuring his own solo alto and soprano saxophone styles. In spite of his busy schedule in the professional music world, Kim enjoys keeping in touch with the educational music field by serving as guest lecturer, conductor and soloist (his primary Jazz voice is on alto saxophone) at college music festivals and workshops around the country, touring several times a year. For 10 years Kim was on the jazz faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) where he taught ensembles, composition and saxophone. He has also taught at California Institute of the Arts and Cal State Fullerton. For the past year he has taught at California Institute of the Arts. He is a Selmer artist, a Vandoren Woodwind Artist and a clinician/artist-in-residence at the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps held at the University of Nebraska, Omaha and the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He runs the Northwoods Jazz Camp in northern Wisconsin. In Los Angeles, he was Music Director and conductor for the Los Angeles Music Center's Spotlight Awards (spotlighting Southern California's top student talent), for 11 years.

LEE SECARD (Baritone, bass clarinet, clarinet) has performed with the bands of Pete Myers, Maynard Ferguson, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Buddy Collette, Charles Owens, Bill Watrous, Jack Sheldon, Les Hooper, Bobby Caldwell, Brian Setzer, Ladd McIntosh, Tim Davies, Steve Hufstetter and many others.  He has performed extensively for film and television recordings on a variety of woodwinds.  
 Lee is the director of jazz studies and instructor of saxophone at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.  Professional and university jazz groups and big bands perform his compositions and arrangements.  From Palo Alto, California Lee attended USC, where he studied saxophone and composition. He lives with his wife, flutist Karen Lundgren, in North Hollywood, California.
 Lee’s recordings Radio Improved and Modern Art are available on iTunes.

BOB SUMMERS (trumpet) Bob studied at the Naval School of Music in the early 1960’s. Then he went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied with Herb Pomeroy, Charlie Mariano and Phil Wilson. After that Bob was called to play with the Woody Herman Orchestra in 1971 followed by 3 years with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra. Then Bob moved to LA in 1975 where he joined the Bill Holman Orchestra, Roger Newmann’s Rather Large Big Band, Ed Shaunessey's Energy Force Big Band, and the Chuck Flores Nine-piece Band. Next Bob joined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1980 for 5 years. After that Bob was called to play with the Horace Silver Ensemble for 2 years. Then Bob joined Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Lanny Morgan's Sextet , Doug MacDonald's Brass and Woodwind Coalition, Ron Jones Big Band, and Mike Barone 's Big Band. Bob currently plays with Emil Richards, Pete Myers, Johnny Mandel and plays on TV shows like “The Simpsons" (music by Alf Clausen), "Family Guy" - (music by Ron Jones & Walter Murphy), "American Dad"- (music by Walter Murphy). Bob has played in many theater productions here in LA and is on many recordings with the above bands. He has recorded an LP _ "Inside Out" and CD - "Joy Spring-A Tribute to Clifford Brown".

RICKEY WOODARD (tenor, flute, clarinet)

was born in Nashville, Tennessee, where he played in a family band with his brothers and sisters, playing Blues and R'n'B around the Nashville area. At an early age, Rickey came up listening to such greats as Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, and Sonny Stitt. Rickey's favorite saxophone players are Hank Mobley and George Coleman, two of the all-time great players. After leaving Nashville, Rickey went to California and joined the Ray Charles Band where he was a member for eight years. After eight great years with Ray Charles, Rickey decided to pursue a solo career and recorded both as a leader and as a sideman for Concord Records. Currently, he performs live frequently leading his own quartet and quintet as well as performing and recording with The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Frank Capp Juggernaut Band. Rickey also has worked in theater productions such as Ain't Misbehavin' and The Color Purple at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Los Angeles Music Center. Other artists he's performed and recorded with are Ernestine Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble, Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Charles Aznavour, Diana Krall, O'Jays, Horace Silver, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Smith, The Temptations, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, and many others. Rickey plays tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones; also flute, clarinet, and guitar. He has over 200 original compositions with extensive experience arranging for quartets and quintets.