7/21/2013 SEE WHO CAME TO THE REUNION!!
Skip & Jane Ahern,
Linda (Sloven) & Rick Albert,
Carl & Pat Amburgh,
Pat (Bagstad) & Ted Wong,
Jess & Barbara Barmatz,
Tess (Barmatz) & Jeff Freedman,
John & Jac
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9/17/2012 Sponsors of the 50th Reunion
We are deeply grateful to the following classmates and friends who have made generous pledges to launch our Fund:
Skip Ahern, Rick Albert & Linda Sloven Albert, Bank of the West*
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I started playing professionally at the age of 14 years old. Raised in Denver,Colorado played in club and lounges till joining the Navy in August of 1964 - 1968. Spent four years playing drums all over the South Pacific and far East. Backing up major recording artist in USO shows such as: Vicki Carr, Danny Kaye, Martha Rae and Joe Vento of the “Three Suns”.
1968 - 1979 After completing his time in the service, I moved to San Francisco where he played in various jazz clubs and concerts. Was one of the founding members of the Tony Lewis Trio, which opened the night club “The Reunion”. This Jazz night club became home for many top jazz players living in San Francisco area (i.e., Michael White, and Chet Baker) who use to come in on the Sunday jam session.
1979 - Moved to Southern California and continued to play in clubs, concerts, and shows and participated in extensive studio work in LA.
1980 - 81 - Worked for the Princess Cruise Line as musician/Leader with his own group “Evening News” playing top 40 music for dancing. Returned to play local night clubs and park concerts.
1982 - 89 - Teamed up with best friend Eddy Ambrose (keyboards/B-3 organ) to back up local vocalists living in Orange County and forming there own jazz trio till they both got an offer to join the Lido Jazz All Stars in Newport Beach.
1984 - 1986 - Preforming under the Lido Jazz All Stars in Newport Beach, Ca. and played at the club of the same name for two years.
1987 - Played with the Tony Gerreuro fusion Band all around Orange County, Ca.
1990 - 1992 - Once again teaming up with Eddy Ambrose I had the good fortune to become the drummer for “The Incredible Miss Judy Bell Show”. We appeared in several local show clubs including The Playboy Club (Century City, Ca & Columbus, Oh), The Del Ray (Fullerton, Ca), Lakeside Restaurant, (Newport Beach, Ca) (now the Pacific Club), Barnaby’s (Redondo Beach, Ca) to name a few. Judy has since become one of the headliners of “The Follies” in Palm Springs, Ca for the last 11 seasons.
1994 -1995 Playing at the Revere House in Santa Ana, Ca. four nights a week with his own group. Started a Sunday Jam Session which became very successful bring in talent all the way from LA to San Diego. At that time I had the pleasure to back up Miss Dee Dee McNeil, one of the finest jazz and blues singers in Southern California.
During this period I had the pleasure with some of the finest jazz musicians around Max Bennett, Rob Mullins, Brian Bromberg and Robert Conti to name as few.
1996 - 2002 - I was called to start working for God through my music and started playing at “Saddleback Church” in Lake Forest, Ca for the “Celebrtae Recovery Band”. This was one of the best times I had playing drums for such a respected organization. I received more out of that than the people we where playing for.
2002 - 2004 - Moved back Denver and have been playing in various clubs and Lounges with such artist as Bud Poindexter ( one of Denver finest jazz pianist).
2004 - 2008 - I formed the “Big City Trio”. We played at the Westin hotel, Westminster. Co.
2009-2011 - Formed Vision Jazz a Contemporary smooth jazz band. Recorded and released “Distant Visions” CD. Reseved great reviews and is stil being played all over the world on Internet Smooth Jazz Stations.
2012 to Present - Playing, touring and recording with Louis Colaiannia of Denver, CO
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