Mark Lewis is a Seattle area native and well-traveled saxophonist / flutist who has created a large body of jazz music over the past four decades, including over 1,700 compositions. He's been a part of jazz scenes from Seattle and San Francisco to Rotterdam and Paris. Mark recently won #2 for alto sax and #3 for flute for his album The New York Session in the 39th Annual Jazz Station Awards out of Los Angeles. The album was recorded in NYC with veteran players George Cables, Victor Lewis and Essiet Essiet.
"Mark's sound is the truth" - Bobby Watson, jazz saxophonist
"A Northwest treasure" - Jim Wilke, Jazz Northwest on KNKX, Seattle
John JB Butler is a Fulbright Scholar in music with extensive experience performing and teaching guitar nationally and internationally. He has lived and worked as a professional musician in New York, Holland and Peru. John has recorded albums of original jazz compositions, and was the guitarist on the 1987 Audio Daddio album featuring Art Foxall, Art's Back in Town, recorded in Holland and produced by Mark Lewis. John has performed with Jack McDuff, Jim Pepper, Wilbur Little, David Friesen, Essiet Essiet, and many others.
Ed Bennett is one of the West Coast's premiere string bass players. Ed's work has taken him virtually everywhere in the world. He has worked with many legendary jazz figures, including Dizzy Gillespie, Terrell Stafford, Sonny Stitt, Benny Golson, Bobby Watson and Carmen McRae. Ed has performed at major jazz clubs and festivals worldwide, and in Portland, has been a member of the Mel Brown Quartet for the last 15 years. Ed also performs with his Quintet focusing on his original compositions.
Drummer Michael Raynor is often called upon to perform with visiting jazz greats. He came to Portland from the Chicago jazz scene and worked with vocalist Kurt Elling, saxophonist Von Freeman and others. Michael toured with Kurt Elling throughout North America, Europe and Australia. He toured Southeast Asia as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador in a program co-sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Michael has performed at jazz festivals throughout Europe and Canada, and at the Chicago Jazz Festival. He has worked with a host of New York and internationally based musicians such as Johnny Griffin, Freddie Hubbard, Sam Rivers and Arturo Sandoval.