Chuck Deardorf has been an integral member of the Northwest jazz scene for over two decades. A respected acoustic and electric bassist, his dynamic performances have been a part of countless festivals, nightclubs, and recording sessions, touring the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia with such jazz greats as saxophonists Bud Shank and Don Lanphere; pianists George Cables, Bill Mays, and Kenny Barron; and guitarists Larry Coryell and Bruce Forman. As a first call bassist in Seattle over the last twenty-five years, he has been chosen to perform with a long list of legendary artists such as Chet Baker, Kenny Werner, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Eric Alexander, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Pete Christlieb, Joe LaBarbara, Jeff Hamilton, Victor Lewis, Joe Williams and Mark Murphy among others.
Chuck’s latest solo release on Origin records, Transparence demonstrates his performing, producing and arranging abilities with a host of great musicians. He is currently a member of the Deardorf/Peterson Group (whose 2004 Origin release Portal won critical acclaim), the Jovino Santos Neto Quartet, the Susan Pascal Quartet along with the Bill Ramsay Big Band. An accomplished studio musician, Chuck’s bass has been heard on many first run movie soundtracks, dozens of albums and CD projects, and numerous Broadway touring shows. Chuck also has performed on numerous occasions with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Dave Peterson attended Western Washington University where he directed the lab band and graduated with a degree in Music Composition in 1977. Dave has been teaching at Cornish College of the Arts since 1977 and is a core Jazz Faculty Member. Over the years, Dave has performed with Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Dave Liebman, Bob Moses, Dave Friesen, Paul Motion, Benny Wallace, Gary Peacock, Chuck Israels, Chet Baker, Bud Shank, Esther Phillips, Eddie Harris, Buddy DeFranco, Big Joe Turner, Eddie Vinson, Julian Priester, Ethel Ennis, Don Lanphere and the John Clayton/Jeff Hamilton Big Band. As part of the Seattle Composers and Improvisers Orchestra, Dave has performed with: Dave Holland, Gil Evans, Carla Bley, Anthony Braxton, Karl Berger, Bob Brookmeyer and Sam Rivers. Dave has performed on many CDs with various artists including a solo release, After Image, on the Nebula label.
A native New Yorker, saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon was born into a musical family and began playing at age ten. In his mid- teens Jon’s love for Jazz was sparked after a friend played him a Phil Woods record. He began sitting in regularly with Eddie Chamblee at Sweet Basil and started lessons with Phil Woods. From 1984-88 he attended Manhattan School of Music. During this time Jon began sitting in with Charles McPherson, Doc Cheatham, Phil Woods, Mike Stern, Jacky Terrason, and others, as well as working professionally with Red Rodney, Roy Eldridge, Barney Kessel, Al Grey, Eddie Locke, Mike LeDonne, Mel Lewis, Doc Cheatham, Larry Goldings, Ben Monder, Peter Bernstein, Leon Parker et al.
Since that time, he has worked with Maria Schneider, Ron McClure, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Phil Woods, T.S. Monk, Tana Reid, Bill Mays, The Vanguard Orchestra, Bill Charlap, Ray Barreto, Mark Turner, George Colligan, Chico Hamilton, Jimmy Cobb, Ben Riley, Harry Connick Jr., Bob Mintzer, Bill Mobley, and the NY Pops Orchestra, among many others. Jon also appears regularly as a member of the Jazz Nativity. In 1996, Jon won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.
Pianist, composer, and arranger Bill Mays’s professional life began at age 17 as a bandsman in the U. S. Navy. In 1969 Bill moved to Los Angeles and continued his piano studies with Victor Aller. He was a long-time member of the Bobby Shew Quintet, led a piano-bass- guitar trio featuring Putter Smith and Danny Embrey, did some two-piano recordings with Alan Broadbent and had a working band that featured Ernie Watts & Abe Laboriel. Fusion was in its heyday and Mays worked some noteworthy gigs in that genre as well: Tom Scott’s L.A. Express, Indian electric-violinist Dr. L. Subramanian, and Frank Zappa (a large ensemble in which he played clavinet). Bill has also played with Sarah Vaughan, Dionne Warwick, Anita O’Day, Al Jarreau, and Frank Sinatra. Bill moved to New York in 1984 where he worked with Ron Carter, Al Cohn, Eddie Daniels, Ray Drummond, Benny Golson, Mel Lewis, Charles McPherson, Bob Mintzer, Gerry Mulligan, Rufus Reid, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Marvin Stamm, Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Paul Winter, and Phil Woods. He has played such notable New York venues as Birdland, the Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, Guggenheim Museum, Iridium, Jazz Standard, Lincoln Center, MOMA, Smoke, the Village Gate, and the Village Vanguard.
Currently, Bill Mays tours and records in many varied configurations: duo with trumpeter Marvin Stamm, the Inventions Trio, solo piano, his trio (featuring Matt Wilson & Martin Wind), duo with Bud Shank, and a sextet. Each Christmas he is music director and tours with the Holiday Chamber Jazz Septet.
One of the primary voices in Northwest Jazz for over 25 years, John Bishop has performed in concerts and clubs with Bobby McFerrin, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, Benny Golson, George Cables, Kenny Werner, Sonny Fortune, Bobby Hutcherson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Herb Ellis, Buddy DeFranco, Joanne Brackeen, Jon Faddis, Charles McPherson, Carla Bley, Joe Locke, Hal Galper, and Jessica Williams. Along with numerous jingle, film-score, demo & multi-media recording sessions, he’s appeared on more than 80 albums including sessions involving Rudy Van Gelder & Teo Macero, and a Grammy-nominated recording on RCA with singer Mark Murphy. Bishop was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008. Besides his jazz work, Bishop has toured nationally and internationally with Buddy Greco, the McGuire Sisters, and the Harry James Orchestra, and has performed with Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Bob Newhart, Rich Little, The Hi-Los, Frankie Avalon, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Platters, Pete Barbutti, the Seattle Symphony and many others.
In 1997, Bishop started Origin Records (which was in 2009, named Jazzweek’s “Label Of The Year”) and OriginArts, a graphic design & CD production company, to help further the exposure of creative artists and their music. In partnership with Matt Jorgensen, they have released over 270 recordings by 140 different artists. In 2002, they added another jazz label, OA2 Records, a classical imprint (Origin Classical) in 2008, and in 2003 began Seattle’s annual Ballard Jazz Festival.