JAVATOWN SWING ORCHESTRA
Jake Bergevin vocals/trumpet
Jake Bergevin has been an active player in the vibrant Seattle Jazz
Scene since he was in high school. Accomplishments include a Downbeat award for vocal jazz quartet at age 17, numerous recordings and live
performances around the Northwest for the past 20 years as both a
leader and sideman. Jake holds a Masters degree in trumpet performance
from Central Washington University (Cum Laude) where he was a Theodore
Presser Scholarship Recipient as well as Graduate Assistant.
As an educator, Jake has led the Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz
Ensemble to participate in Essentially Ellington Contest in New York
twice as well as winning several categories at the Lionel Hampton Jazz
Festival in Moscow Idaho. Edmonds-Woodway has been recognized as a
Signature School by the Grammy Foundation, and several students
participate in their prestigious Honor Jazz Bands and Choirs. Jake is
also serving his sixth year as Vice President of the Washington
Chapter of International Association for Jazz Eduacation.
A partial list of credits include working with Ernestine Anderson,
Phil Woods, Bill Watrous, Jeff Hamilton, Eric Alexander, Manhattan
Transfer, Bobby McFerrin, Pete Christleib, Marcus Printup, Cuong Vu,
Allen Vizzutti, Chris Speed, Annette Funicello, Bob Newhart, Mark
Murphy, Colin Raye, the Kingsmen. Jay Thomas and many, many more.
RJ Whitlow bass
R.J. Whitlow is a graduate of Central Washington University. He began
his musical training at Mount Hood Community College where he performed
with the award winning groups Genesis and Jazz Ensemble 1. R.J. has toured
extensively throughout the world as a professional bassist and is currently
living in the Seattle area.
Greg Fulton guitar
Greg has been a member of numerous ensembles including the 1998 Port Townsend
All-Star Jazz Orchestra with Maria Schneider, the Jazz Police, Red Fish
Blue Fish, and his own trio, Nudge-Nudge. At home in several styles he
has also recorded with a myriad of non-jazz genres including guest spots
with Jill Cohen, Northwest Girls Choir, Chris Gross Ensemble and Cowboy-Up.
A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, he currently teaches privately
Jim Sisko trumpet
After spending a number of years away from the Seattle jazz scene, trumpeter
and band leader Jim Sisko has returned to make it his home. While away,
Jim spent fourteen months touring Japan, Europe, Central America, and
the US as a featured soloist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Jim holds
a Masters in Trumpet Performance from Central Washington University. He
can be heard in Seattle groups such as Roadside Attraction Big Band, the
Edmonia Jarrett Quintet and his own group, the Downtown Sound.
Travis Ranney tenor saxophone
Travis is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Music.
He has performed at the Port Townsend Centrum Jazz Festival for the last
two years with such artists as Pete Christieb, Gary Smulyan, Bob Florence
and Kim Richmond. He recently worked with the Seattle Symphony backing
up Tommy Tune, and other gigs have included many years in the Fabulous
Roadstars Dixieland Band and five years on the Queen of the West Sternwheeler.
Saul Cline tenor saxophone
Saul Cline comes to the Puget Sound area by way of Boston, Massachusetts, where he spent four years at the Berklee College of Music. After
of touring the US and Canada with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Saul returned
Washington to pursue a Masters Degree in classical saxophone. After
receiving his degree in 1998, Saul spent three years on the faculty of
Pacific Lutheran University where he taught applied saxophone and jazz
studies. He has appeared with many nationally-known artists such
as the Ink
Spots, Mills Brothers, Drifters, Jennifer Holliday, Maureen McGovern,
Ray Charles. Saul performs locally with Lower Monumental and most
importantly, Jake Bergevin and the Javatown Swing Orchestra.
Dan Haeck trombone
A partial list of performance credits include playing with Wayne Newton,
Engelbert Humperdink, Tammy Wynette, Joe Williams, Harry Connick, Jr.,
and the Harry James Orchestra. Mr. Haeck is a member of the Jazz Police
and No Bones About It trombone quartet.
Mark Yeend drums
Mark studied music at Central Washington University and ethnomusicology
at the University of Washington. He has kept a busy calendar playing and
producing on many recording projects. In addition to playing drums, Mark
is an accomplished song writer. He has been a staff engineer at Triad
studios and now composes music and does sound design for Amaze Entertainment.
Brad Boal drums
Brad picked up his first pair of sticks at age ten and hasn't stopped
since! After much dedicated study of snare drum and drumset throughout
middle school and high school, he received a Jazz Studies Drumset
Scholarship to The University of North Texas. While attending North
Texas, Brad worked his was through the ranks playing for ensembles
such as: The 2 O'clock Lab Band, The UNT Jazz Singers, The Jazz
Repertory Ensemble, Zebras and other individualized faculty led small
While at UNT and throughout his years of playing, Brad has received
invaluable private drumset instruction from: Jeff Hamilton, Ed Soph,
Clyde Stubblefield, Ignacio Berroa, Steve Davis, Gary Chaffee, Steve
Houghton, Mark Ivester, Chris Monroe and Doug Spencer. In addition to
his drumset instruction, he has studied both in ensembles and
privately with: Gideon Alorwoyie (West African perc.), Poorvalur
Srinivasan (South Indian perc.), Jose' Aponte (Latin hand perc.) and
Paul Rennick (Orchestral Snare).
Brad has performed, recorded or toured with: The Count Basie Big Band,
Benny Green, Bob Brookmeyer, Sam Rivers, Anne Hampton Callaway, Nancy
King, Vincent Herring, Lynn Seaton, Stephan Karllsson, Bobby Shew,
Jamey Aebersold, Dan Haerle, Anthony Cole, Steve Gilmore, Tommy
Walker, Othello & The Hipknotics, Tim Noah and Paris Rutherford.
Brad has been teaching private lessons since 1995 to students ranging
from ages 8 to 55. He has also worked on staff or as a clinician at
several music workshops and colleges throughout the country. They
include: Jamey Aebersold's Summer Jazz Workshops, Day Jams Rock Music
Camps and Cornish College Of The Arts.
Brad also keeps a busy schedule as a versatile freelance drummer based
out of the greater Seattle area. His superb musicianship and steadfast
professionalism have made him one of the Northwest's most in demand
musicians. Stay tuned for more from Brad Boal!