Esto Jazz is a group of musicians who enjoy playing a variety of familiar music especially Jazz and Instrumental Pop. The goal of our group is to play music that is recognizable but is pliable enough to be stretched in various ways.
Bob Esterle, Saxophones, has performed in a wide variety of musical groups from symphony orchestras to Jazz big bands throughout the Midwest. He has backed up such artists as The Rat Pack (Las Vegas Tribute Group), Michael Cavanaugh (from the Broadway Production of "Movin' Out"), Frankie Avalon, Bobby Caldwell, Olivia Newton-John, Sandy Duncan, Ray Charles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Platters, The Fifth Dimension, Rich Little, Joan Rivers, Hal Linden and Red Skelton. He has also performed for Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. His recording credits include the Theme "Cleveland's Got It All" for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Italian Bassist Stefano Capomagi, Summit Toy Company, jingles for the Cleveland Indians Franchise's cable sports program "Tribe TV," the Prudential Insurance Company (National Advertisement), Geauga Lake Amusement Park, The Deacons, The Dave Banks Big Band, and various local radio stations.
Domnic Reto, Piano/Keyboards, has enjoyed music for many years. He has a great ear and a real knack for making people stop and listen to his talent for tickling the ivories! Dominic began playing the piano when he was ten years old. He started taking lessons in Warren, Ohio and studied music through the next ten years with a variety of teachers covering technique, theory, style and history. Dominic was able to develop a truly appealing style of his own playing genres ranging from Smooth Jazz, Jazz Standards and Jazz Fusion to contemporary Blues, Motown and Classic Rock. He has written and performed several songs and over the years has enhanced ensembles including Traces, Cruise Control, John Morton & Friends and The Steve Cipriano Band.
James “J.R.” Richley, Drums, has performed internationally as both a drummer and percussionist in a wide variety of musical styles. From his early days as a staff studio musician for Walt Disney Productions in Los Angeles, he has gone on to record albums for numerous record labels including Universal Records (with producer John Simon), MCA, Atlantic, Koch Jazz, 1201 Music, Seismic and Blaster records. His Radio, DVD and Television credits include performances on PBS, Michael Feldman’s National Public Radio (NPR) show “WhadYa’ Know?,” “A Christmas Spectacular” for Dish Network, and numerous others.