John Wiitala lives and performs in San Fransisco, CA. He has been a frequent performer in the Oregon Coast Jazz Party and other Just Jazz sponsored concerts and events. John has worked with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Joe Henderson, Junior Cool, Charlie Rouse, James Moody, Bud Shank, and Cecil Payne. He has toured with Richie Cole, Arturo Sandoval, Shorty Rogers and Jessica Williams and has played jazz festivals around the world, including, North Sea, Montreux, Detroit and JVC Concord. His recording credits include work with Scott Hamilton, Jessica Williams, Marl Levine as well as Antin Schwartz.
Saxophonist David Evans began playing professionally around the Southeast in his early teens. A scholarship to Loyola University brought him to New Orleans in 1984, where he played with national acts like Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, The Temptations and many others. From 1986 to 1994, David was musical director on board the National Historic Landmark steamboat Delta Queen, performing as well as preparing special programs on different periods of American music for groups from The Smithsonian, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and backing special guests like B. B. King and Mose Allison. A resident of Portland, Oregon since 1994, he has performed or recorded with Dan Balmer, Mel Brown, Steve Christofferson, Dave Frishberg, Tom Grant, Rebecca Kilgore, Nancy King, Joe La Barbera, Glen Moore, Randy Porter, Todd Strait, Jay Thomas, The Chuck Israels Orchestra, Portland Chamber Orchestra and many others.
Jazz pianist Randy Porter has a refined understanding of improvisation and the spontaneous communication between musicians. As a Steinway Artist, Randy Porter draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depths of the piano. The Oregonian states, “Porter has built a reputation as a musician’s musician, a knowledgeable, inventive, and sophisticated player with a remarkable sense of time and gorgeous keyboard facility…” Randy Porter has performed with many jazz greats, recorded, performed and toured worldwide. Currently, Porter teaches jazz piano at Lewis and Clark College. Randy has been a festival artist for several Oregon Coast Jazz Parties. http://www.randyporter.co
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