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Nick Rolfe, piano

Nick Rolfe was born in Philadelphia and raised in Seattle. At six, he studied piano, learning classical and modern pop repertoire. In Seattle, Nick started his collegiate studies at Cornish College of the Arts, then moved to New York City and completed his B.F.A in music performance at the New School for Social Research's Mannes Conservatory.

Nick has played piano and/or keyboards for numerous musicians, including Aretha Franklin, Sting, Annie Lennox, Debra Harry, Run DMC, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Idina Menzel, trumpeter Chris Botti, Hip-Hop luminary Busta Rhymes, Earth, Wind and Fire legend Verdine White, vocal sensation Ledisi; and many others.

Nick's award-winning (SESAC National Performance Award) debut as a leader, "The Persuader" (Blue Jay Records), was the number five instrumental jazz record in the United States on multiple charts in 2001. 

Nick has toured both as a leader and a sideman extensively nationally and internationally. He has received critical acclaim for performances in support of his albums "The Remedy"[2003], "The Mind Of An Evolutionary"[2005], and "A History of Things To Come" [T.A.C.S. Records 2010], and his work as a highly sought-after piano player/keyboardist for other artists.
Dave Captein, bass

Dave Captein is an accomplished performer on both string bass and bass guitar, having worked as a professional musician for over 50 years in the Pacific Northwest. A Portland native, he studied with Alice Leyden (Portland Opera Orchestra), Herman Jobelmann (Principal, Oregon Symphony), Ring Warner, James Harnett (Principal, Seattle Symphony), and Chuck Deardorf (Seattle Jazz Bassist). He has attended master classes of greats like Ray Brown, Edgar Meyer, John Clayton, Christian McBride, and Dave Holland.

A music graduate of Western Washington University and the University of Washington, where he was awarded a composition scholarship, Dave has performed in a broad range of situations, from symphonic performances and Broadway tours to studio and club work, as well as many jazz concerts and festivals around the country and in Europe. He has played on numerous local artists' CDs and nationally distributed releases in many styles. Dave was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall Of Fame in 2015.
Noah Simpson, trumpet

Energetic, dynamic, and attentive describe Noah Simpson's modern approach to trumpet playing. Simpson is celebrated as a performer, composer, and forward-thinking improviser who has performed with artists like George Benson, Bernard Purdie, and Ron Artis II.
Christopher Brown, drums

Christopher Brown is an acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, and educator who seeks to be a voice within the advocacy of jazz music and American culture. Through the expansive range of groups that he has assembled and/or performed with—which span from duos to jazz big bands to military marching bands and orchestras—his musical and personal experiences have led him toward an interest in synthesizing the principles of jazz with the day-to-day practicalities of life and leadership.

A native of Portland, Christopher's experiences include 20 years of service between the US Marines and Army National Guard, two Jazz Studies degrees from Rutgers University, a four-year appointment as a professor of jazz history and theory at Rutgers, several international tours with Grammy Award–winning artists such as Roy Hargrove, Artist in Residence appointments at jazz workshops around the country and abroad, music videos with artists such as Beyonce and Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard, as well as brief stints with acting and modeling between print and tv commercials for companies like Mastercard to extra work on big budget movies with actors such as Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, and Richard Dreyfuss.

Christopher currently serves as the professor of jazz drums at Portland State University and the jazz director for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS). Other activities include the communications lead for Habitat for Humanity's Ambassador Council (Portland Metro/East Region) and the artistic coordinator for TASTE: United for Equity.
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