Jazz vibraphonist Susan Pascal has played four tours of Singapore and concerts, workshops and clinics across the United States. Her Pacific Northwest performances include the Earshot Jazz Festival, Centrum Jazz Port Townsend, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Vern Sielert Dektet, Steve Griggs Ensemble, Pearl Django, Greta Matassa, and many others.
Pascal is heard on film soundtracks including “The Wedding Planner”, “Office Space”, ”Eulogy” and “Mirror, Mirror”, and on recordings by the Steve Griggs Ensemble, vocalist Greta Matassa, the Vern Sielert Dektet, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Pascal’s eclectic interests are represented in her diverse projects: the Soul Sauce Quintet, a tribute to Latin jazz legend Cal Tjader; the Brazil Project, featuring the rhythmic and melodic traditions of Brazil; Straight Up and Down, highlighting compositions of Chick Corea, and The Journey Home, presenting music of Keith Jarrett in a quintet format. A graduate of the University of Washington, Pascal resides in Seattle, Washington.
“an impressive, four-mallet jazz player… sizzling” —Seattle Times
“breathtaking” —All About Jazz
Originally from New England, Fred studied music at Hampshire College and Berklee College of Music where his teachers included Jaki Byard, Vishnu Wood, and Charlie Banacos. He founded the Seattle salsa band Bochinche in 1983, produced the band’s first album, and founded the Seattle based Afro-Cuban Jazz band, Sonando, whose 1994, 1998, & 2006 releases received critical acclaim around the country. He also plays piano and tres in Sonando, Charanga Danzón, Wesito & Friends, The Susan Carr Ensemble, and Sexteto Tradicuba.
Jeff studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, the University of Washington in Seattle, and privately with George Morrow, Howard Roberts, Kai Eckhardt, Bruce Gertz, and Dan Dean. Performing throughout Boston, Florida, and the Pacific Northwest, he has played with top local and regional artists including: Bob Hope, Andy Williams, Tal Farlow, Howard Roberts, Dianne Schuur, Merrilee Rush, Ernestine Anderson, Tom Scott, Michael Feinstein, Mark Whitfield, Pete Christleib, Zakir Hussain, Karl Perazzo (Santana), Munyungo Jackson (Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Steve Weingart (Dave Weckl band), George Whitty (Brecker Brothers), Alan Mallet (Paul Simon band), Steve Kindler (Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck), Joaquin Leivano (Jean Luc Ponty, Gino Vanelli), and many others.
Steve has been playing in the Pacific NW since 1990 when he performed for the first time with the band La Clave, formed La Mayor Salsa Orchestra in Portland, OR and released his first production “Canto mi Corazon”. Moved to Seattle and in 1996 formed Orchestra Nueva Era and the band Guaschará a few years later. From Puerto Rico, Steve has been a staple of the Pacific NW Seattle music scene and his the owner of Salsaneo Records a Seattle based salsa music Record label.
Steve Smith (bongo) is a native of Seattle and a long-time admirer of Cuban music. He began to study Afrocuban percussion, music and dance in the mid-70’s at Washington State University while earning a degree in Spanish language and literature. Since then Steve has continued his studies in the history and execution of Cuban based musics, traveling to California and Santiago de Cuba to study with masters of the genre. He currently performs traditional dance music with Supersones and Trovadoro, and more contemporary sounds with Orchestra Zarabanda and with Joe de Jesus & BuenaVibra Sextet .
Joshuah De Jesus
Puertorrican Joshuah “Joe” De Jesus is a seasoned singer, guided by is parents from an early age to follow their lead. Joe’s father introduced him to salsa and drumming while his mother was a professional singer in her native Venezuela. Joe started his music career when he joined Steve Guasch y su Orquesta Nueva Era as a substitute conga player and soon after became one of the bands lead singers. Joe recorded and received international acclaim for his work in the band Guaschará CD “Influencias” were he was featured as its lead singer.