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Brooklyn Street Jazz / Bio

BROOKLYN STREET JAZZ Consists of

BOB SAUNDERS – Guitar
CHUCK BARNARD - Tenor Sax
NOAH MERRITT - Trumpet,Flugelhorn
MATTHEW JONES – Bass
TIMOTHY HORST - Drums

CHUCK BARNARD - Tenor Sax
Chuck grew up in western Massachusetts. His father owned a record/band instrument store and played trumpet in local swing bands of the 1960's. Chuck’s allowance was 1 record album per week and could try out any instrument in the store. Got hooked on Charlie Parker in high school and started playing along on alto sax. Switched to tenor sax in the 1970’s because he heard Coltrane play "Why was I born" with Kenny Burrell. Came to love the sound of Stan Getz and Scott Hamilton. Loves to play ballads. Some other favorites are Harry Allen and Eric Alexander. Locally, he loves the sound of David Evans and Lee Wuthenow. Previous bands Chuck played in include The Jazzmanian Devils Trio--with Rod Furlot and Wayne Milstead both on guitar, The Brooklyn Street Jazz Quartet--with Les Furnanz, Marc Carleton, and Tim Horst, The Robert Carson Swingset—with Robert Carson, Jeff Soule, Nathan Beck, and Mary Burgin

NOAH MERRITT - Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Noah grew up in Corvallis Oregon. At 26 He is co-owner of his own software company by day and at night plays in several bands including the Tualatin Valley Big Band.

BOB SAUNDERS – Guitar

Born in Eugene, Oregon Bob comes from a musical family. His father was a third generation piano technician, mother a piano and violin teacher and all six kids played an instrument. Bob’s “baby sitter” was often the Eugene Symphony in rehearsal were mother was a violinist. Began piano studies at age five and took up guitar at thirteen and by fifteen was playing lead guitar in a local blues band. While at South Eugene High Bob joined the Musicians Union and played popular music with various local musicians. While in high school friends introduced him to recordings of John and Alice Coltrane, Roland Kirk and Pharoah Sanders and he developed a love of jazz, it’s spirituality and sense of community. After a year as a music major at the University of Oregon Bob moved to the Bay Area where he was able to see some of his guitar heroes: Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, George Benson, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Doc Watson, and Andres Segovia. Avid supporter of the local jazz scene. Currently studying with jazz guitarist and author Anson Wright.

MATTHEW JONES – Bass

Matthew Jones grew up in the Portland area, working summers on local farms and playing music in local rock & roll bands. In 1974, at the age of 13 he played his first paid gig as the rhythm guitar player for Rock & Roll Revival. While Matthew studied music in school on clarinet and then bassoon, He took up bass at 14 at the urging of his school band teacher who needed a bass player for the high school jazz band. Matthew played in rock bands throughout high school and college, playing such venerable old Portland institutions as the Euphoria Tavern, Hayloft and the Cave in Vancouver. He first started his study of jazz with Jeff Lorber at Clark Community College in the heyday of fusion, and has since become a fascinated student of the Great American Songbook. Early influences on bass included Geezer Butler, Geddy Lee and Stanley Clarke and more recent influences are Ray Brown, Paul chambers and Ron Carter. A graduate of Western Washington University with a degree in arts management, Matthew has spent his career in the non-profit sector.

TIMOTHY HORST - Drums

Tim grew up in Texas. He started singing at 5 years old and joined his first band at 15 singing rock/pop and R&B. At 18 he took up drums and played with several bands from Austin Texas to Oakland California. His rock bands achieved success playing at clubs like Yoshi's in San Francisco. In the 1970's Tim got listened to a lot of Fusion which led an interest in Jazz. He hs been playing in oregon bands for the last 6 years.

General Info

Band Members
Chuck Barnard, Bob Saunders, Matthew Jones Noah Merrit, Tim Horst
Artist Name
Brooklyn Street Jazz
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/brooklynstreetjazz
Active Since
09/08
Genres
Jazz / Bossa Nova / Lounge

Contact Info

Location
Portland, OR