Nathan East, Grammy nominated bassist and founding member of jazz super group, Fourplay, with more than 2,000 recordings, East is considered one of the most recorded bass players in the history of music. He has recorded, performed, and co-written songs with performers such as Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Joe Satriani, Peter Gabriel, George Harrison, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Toto, Kenny Loggins, Daft Punk, and Herbie Hancock.
Harvey Mason is not only one of the most recorded and in-demand drummers of all time, but he’s also one of the founders of the award-winning contemporary jazz group Fourplay. His precise, soul-filled drumming has knocked out fans of sophisticated groove playing for more than forty years, on such seminal albums as Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters, Charles Earland’s Leaving This Planet, the Brecker Brothers’ eponymous debut, Donald Byrd’s Street Lady, Grover Washington Jr.’s Mister Magic, Lee Ritenour’s First Course and Captain Fingers, and Chick Corea’s The Mad Hatter.
The career of Bob James is long, varied and continues to evolve at every turn. From his first days of piano recital in Marshall, Missouri to his own trio while at the University of Michigan to New York City and beyond, the music of Bob James has captivated audiences throughout the world. On April 7, Bob was awarded the George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. The award and tribute were presented in Toronto to Bob By his longtime friend and musical colleague, Alexander Zonjic.
Drummer Land Richards grew up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and later moved to Houston, Texas. He was born into a musical family—his father being co-writer of the famous hit “When A Man Loves A Woman”—and started performing on drums at age seven, moving on to the local club circuit by age twelve. He studied music formally at Howard University. Over his long career in the music industry, Richards has performed with some of the best-known acts in the world.
Donna Deussen’s singing has been praised for her “agile musicianship and wise good taste.” (John McDonough, writer for Downbeat). A magna cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Donna began performing and recording with various pop/rock bands when she first moved to Los Angeles after graduation, before committing herself to the “art of jazz.” She studied privately with Tierney Sutton, one of her many influences (along with Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, and Nancy Wilson, to name a few).
Guitarist, composer, Jim Fox, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music (Cum Laude, Distinguished Performance Faculty Award), has toured the world and recorded with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Jr., Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Patrick Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Jack Jones, Debby Boone, Rod Stewart, Michael Feinstein, Kenny Rankin, Laurendo Almeida, Steve Lawrence, Gordon Lightfoot, James Darren, The Temptations, Bill Conti and with symphonies including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, symphony orchestras of most major U.S. cities