Born in Albany, Oregon in 1953 and raised in Salem by jazz-loving parents, Warren Rand studied saxophone after high school with Sonny king, Rich Halley and Jim Pepper. Later teachers include Marc Copeland, Lee Konitz, Bob Newman and Gary Peacock. He has performed extensively with regional and national musicians in jazz and R&B: Denney Goodhew, Sonny King, James Knapp, Jay Thomas, Ron Steen, Gordon Lee, Mel Brown Sextet, Nancy King and Glen Moore, Dave Storrs, Robert Cray, Jimmy Witherspoon, Albert King, Lloyd Jones and D. K. Stewart.
Tim Gilson has been a mainstay in the Northwest for many years. In 1985 he joined the Mel Brown Quintet with which he recorded the award winning ‘Gordon Bleu’ CD. During this time Tim had the opportunity to play with many nationally acclaimed artists including Mose Allison, Ritchie Cole, Bud Shank, Herb Ellis, Julian Priester, John Handy, Ernestine Anderson and many others. In 1988 Tim won 2nd place in an international bass competition in Los Angeles and shortly thereafter substituted for John Clayton with ‘Slide Hampton and the New Jazz Masters’ in a concert in Sacramento. He toured Japan in 1993 with the Mel Brown Quintet with special guest artist Chuck Findley on trumpet; then in 1994 he moved to Madison Wisconsin where he served as Principal Bassist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and substituted on a regular basis with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Since returning to Portland in 2002 Tim plays regularly with the Oregon Symphony backing guest artist such as Dee Daniels, Byron Stripling and Herbie Hancock. Tim has also accompanied several guest artists including Wycliff Gordon, Antonio Hart, Matt Wilson, Ingrid Jensen and Wynton Marsalis during their tours of the Pacific Northwest.
Dave Averre is an accomplished jazz drummer whose career spans more than three decades. After college, Dave moved to NYC and began making inroads into the jazz scene, doing performances and studio work on the east coast in upstate New York and Connecticut. In 1981, Dave had the opportunity to travel to Norway and performed steadily throughout Scandinavia playing the Molde and Voss Jazz festivals each year with European and American musicians. In 1996 moved to the Northwest where he performs and teaches in the Portland Metro area. In 2010 he was inducted into The Oregon Jazz Society Hall of Fame with the long-standing group Tall Jazz.
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