Members

Trumpets: Erik Jakobsen, Mario Guarneri, Doug Morton, Mike Olmos, David Len Scott
Rhythm Section: Aaron  Germain – Bass, Dan Zemelman – Piano, Jeff Marrs – Drums
Special Guest Star: Mark Inouye
Other Guests: Adam Shulman, Marcus Shelby, Alan Hall, Rich Armstrong, Chris Barnes, many others.

ERIK JEKABSON, TRUMPET

Erik is a Bay Area Musician, currently living in North Berkeley. He graduated in May 2006 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a master’s degree in composition and is now working as a freelance composer, arranger and trumpeter, leading his own bands as well as playing with bands like the Realistic Orchestra, Mitch Marcus Quintet +13 and the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. Erik also teaches at The Jazzschool, Berkeley City College, Los Medanos Junior College, Chabot College, Cal-State East Bay and the Waldorf Middle School in San Francisco, and has given clinics at Santa Rosa Junior College and Loyola College of New Orleans.

Erik moved to San Francisco in July 2003 after spending the last five years in Brooklyn, New York, and putting out his debut solo CD “Intersection” on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. His groups performed in venues such as The Knitting Factory, the Cornelia Street Cafe, HERE Performing Arts Space, and Jazz at Detour. He also was a member of the Howard Fishman Quartet, which performed their music in such venues as the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Joes Pub at the Public Theater, and the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, as well as touring throughout the northeast. Erik also played with singer/songwriter Amy Kohn, Justin Mullen’s Delphian Jazz Orchestra, jazz singer Vanessa Trouble, the Sean Smith Quartet, the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, in the Off-Broadway show “The Jazz Singer” , and spent a year on the road with pop singer John Mayer.
As a composer, Erik graduated with honors in orchestration from the conservatory, and also won the Conservatory’s 2004 Kris Getz award (for composing for young musicians) and won 3rd place in the SFCM art song competition. He’s scored music for the award-winning documentary “Radio Grito” and orchestrated for the Trinity Lyric Opera Company. While in NY, Erik presented concerts of his chamber music at the Knitting Factory, Cornelia Street Café, and was commissioned to write compositions for the 2001 and 2002 HERE Arts Centers “American Living Room” Festival, as well as being composer-in-residence for the modern dance company Tapfusion for 2001.

Growing up in Berkeley, CA, Erik began playing recorder at age 7, and at age 10 also began studying clarinet and trumpet. He played in the Berkeley High School Jazz Band, which won a number of high school competitions including the Reno and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and was able to tour Japan with the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Big Band in 1991. That same year, Erik moved to Ohio, where he studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. While at Oberlin, he went on two tours of the southern U.S., playing in major cities in order to bring attention to Oberlin’s jazz program. It was on these tours that Erik discovered New Orleans, where he settled in 1994, after getting his bachelors degree.
Erik spent the next four years in New Orleans, playing in a myriad of musical settings, learning from the rich history of jazz musicians (particularly brass players), and becoming one of the most in-demand musicians in the city. He co-led the New World Funk Ensemble, which released a CD on the Turnipseed label and performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and led his own small-jazz groups in venues such as Snug Harbor. He composed and played with the funk band Galactic, toured France with legendary French organist Eddy Louiss, and played with the Woody Herman, Kermit Ruffins, Al Belleto and New Orleans All-Star Big Bands.

MARIO GUARNERI, TRUMPET

Trumpeter Mario Guarneri brings a fresh creative voice, amazing technical ease, and an intense desire to touch people with his music to the group’s performances. His career has encompassed everything from playing with Louis Armstrong at the age of 13 to fifteen seasons with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Guarneri has recorded solo albums on the Crystal and Nonesuch labels, played principal trumpet with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra for ten seasons, and appeared on over 300 T.V. and motion picture soundtracks, most notably as soloist on Godfather III. He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet; New York Philharmonic; American Ballet Theater and Radio City Music Hall orchestras. His teachers include James Stamp, Lester Remsen (University of Southern California) and William Vacchiano (Juilliard). Mr. Guarneri has lectured and performed at clinics and workshops across the United States, Europe and Asia. Since his return to the Bay Area, where he was born and raised, he has concentrated his energies on the Guarneri Jazz Quartet. He teaches trumpet and improvisation at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is the inventor of the B.E.R.P., a learning tool for brass instruments which is sold all over the world (BERP.com). He has performed over the years with a diverse list of creative musicians including Earl “Fatha” Hines, Frank Zappa, Sarah Vaughn, Cleo Lane, and Roger Kellaway.

MIKE OLMOS, TRUMPET

Mike Olmos has become one the most in demand jazz musicians since his arrival to the San Francisco Bay Area 10 years ago. A versatile trumpet player, Mike has been performing with various bands such as the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Realistic Orchestra, Brass Mafia, The Shotgun Wedding Hip-Hop Symphony, John Calloway, Joe Bagale. Mr. Olmos can frequently be seen performing at such Bay Area venues as: The Grant and Green, Bruno’s, Jazz at Pearl’s, The Boom Boom Room, Yoshi’s SF and Oakland, Rassela’s, Club Deluxe, Mojito, The Great American Music Hall, The Jazzschool, Jupiter, The Agenda Lounge, etc. Festivals Performed: San Francisco Jazz Festival Monterey Jazz Festival New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Play Boy Jazz Festival San Jose Jazz Festival San Francisco Blues Festival Monterey Blues Festival Downtown Berkeley Festival Healdsburg Jazz Festival Carnival SF Día de San Juan North Beach Jazz Festival Fillmore Jazz Festival April Jazz (Espoo Finland) Stuttgart Jazz Open His performing/recording credits include: Etta James, Rosemary Clooney, The Glide Ensemble, Mary Stallings, Lavay Smith, Marcus Shelby, Paul Hanson, Joe Bagale, Cachao, John Calloway, Jesús Diaz y Su QBA, Zion I, Orestes Vilato, Tito Nieves, Pete Escovedo, Josh Jones, Thomas Dolby, Lyrics Born, Leo Nocentelli, Michael Feinstein, Realistic Orchestra, Cannonball, Brass Mafia, Akira Tana, Zigaboo Modeliste, Will Bernard, Peter Apfelbaum, Stanton Moore, Kirk Joseph, Andrew Speight, Brad Leali, Charles McNeal, Jeff Chambers, Dave Eshelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band, The Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Travis Sullivan’s Björkestra, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Evan Francis, Robert Stewart, David Berger’s Big Band, Howard Wiley, Dayna Stephens, Noel Jewkes, Mel Martin, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow, Michael Brecker, Mingus Amungus, Madeline Eastman, Howard Tate, the list goes on and on. He currently tours with the legendary Blues/R&B singer Etta James.

DAVE LEN SCOTT, TRUMPET

Dave is the founder of TRUMPETSUPERGROUP and is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has performed on three Grammy-nominated albums (Rosemary Clooney, “Sentimental Journey”; Doug Beavers, “Jazz, Baby!”; Rosemary Clooney, “The Last Concert”), and maintains a teaching presence in the San Francisco Bay Area (Trumpet Instructor and Lecturer at Sonoma State University since 2012). Dave Len Scott studied jazz trumpet with Louis Smith, and has toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, TOTO, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Tommy Igoe, the Realistic Orchestra, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Brass Monkey Brass Band, the Dave Scott Jazz Quartet, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He studied instrumental music education at the University of Michigan and attended Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado where he worked as both a classical and jazz teaching assistant. As a classical trumpeter, he has recorded and/or performed with the San Francisco Symphony Pops, Honolulu Symphony, and the Santa Rosa Symphony, and performed as guest soloist with the San Francisco Sinfonietta Orchestra. Dave is also a pianist. From 2004 to 2008, Dave could be seen playing keyboards and trumpet, sometimes simultaneously, in the Boz Scaggs Band. His jazz piano accompanying skills are also an important part of his approach to teaching jazz. As a jazz teacher and History of Jazz lecturer, Mr. Scott currently works as Adjunct Faculty for the JazzSchool and the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley CA, and taught Jazz History and Jazz Improvisation at San Francisco State University 2014-2015. Dave is also a private trumpet instructor who studied with Armando Ghitalla, former principal trumpeter of the Boston Symphony.

DOUG MORTON, TRUMPET

Originally from the Midwest, Doug Morton began playing trumpet at the age of 7. In his teens he attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, played with the World Youth Symphony, Michigan Youth Orchestra and was soloist with the Dun Scotus Bach Festivals. He received his bachelor’s degree in trumpet (Phi Beta Kappa honorary) from the New England Conservatory, studying with Armando Ghitala, Gunther Schuller, and Daniel Pinkham. He founded and directed the Scholarship Brass Quintet, and was principal in many of Schuller’s ensembles and Boston area groups.

Since moving to the Bay Area, Morton has performed with the Sacramento, Berkeley, Monterey, and California symphonies, among others, including being featured with the Santa Rosa, Monterey, Bay Area Concerto and Concord Pavilion orchestras as soloist, and has been invited to perform at many summer music festivals. He has been principal trumpet in Santa Rosa Symphony since 1992. Morton continues to pursue his interests in music of all kinds, performing with such diverse groups as the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, CARMA, Mental Floss, The Grateful Dudes, the Clubfoot Orchestra, SF Mime Troupe, Beach Blanket Babylon, and the Bohemian Club Jinks Band. Morton also composes and arranges. His works have been commissioned and performed by the California Shakespeare Festival, ACT, SF Chamber Singers, Napa Valley Chorale, Santa Rosa Chamber Players and KQED. He currently performs with Orient Express, a world-music group, CJQ, a cross-over jazz combo, the Paradigm Brass (http://www.paradigmbrass.com) and the Epiphoné Brass ensemble.

AARON  GERMAIN, BASS

Spending 20 years as a busy hired gun bass player, Aaron Germain has traveled the world and learned from the masters. Growing up in Massachusetts and studying at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts (with Yusef Lateef), he cut his teeth on upright and electric bass in bands playing jazz, blues, funk, reggae, Senegalese mbalax, and more, while traveling all around the northeast.  Since moving to the Bay Area in 2000, his calendar has always been full, and he’s expanded his repertoire to include salsa and Afro-Cuban music, Brazilian forro music, Caribbean steel pan music, Indian kathak dance, calypso, and dense odd-meter jazz.

Over the years, Aaron has performed with artists such as: Yusef Lateef, Stanley Jordon, Andy Narell, Michael Wolff, Tommy Igoe, Bonnie Raitt, Francisco Aquabella, Nguyen Le, Paul McCandless, Scott Hamilton, Alex de Grassi, John Handy, Melba Moore, Mary Wilson, Paula West, Kenny Washington.

“The Bay Area’s Aaron Germain has carved out a solid career as one of the busiest bassists on the jazz scene. His debut CD, “Before You Go,” shows off not only his sublime proficiency on stand-up and electric bass, but also his dazzling compositional skills.” San Francisco Chronicle (David Weigand)

Mr. Germain has performed at venues and in events such as the Blue Note (NYC), Scullers (Boston), The House of Blues (Boston), Blues Alley (Washington DC), Zanzibar Blue (Philadelphia), Yoshi’s (SF), Yoshi’s (Oakland), The Jazz School (Berkeley), Humphrey’s by the Bay (San Diego), The Fillmore (SF), Dakotas (Minneapolis), The Iron Horse (Northampton), Herbst Theatre (SF), Kuumbwa (Santa Cruz), Le Club Jazz (Kyoto), Cafe Yorozuya (Kobe), Z Imagine (Tokyo), Donfan (Tokyo), MEG (Tokyo), Bar T.T. Funk (Tokyo), The San Francisco Jazz Festival, The North Beach Jazz Festival, The Fillmore Jazz Festival, The San Jose Jazz Festival, and the Drumming in the New Millenium Festival in front of the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

DAN ZEMELMAN, PIANO

Dan Zemelman is a leader and innovator of jazz music in the San Francisco bay area scene.  In 1998 Dan participated in theKennedy Center’s prestigious Jazz Ambassadors program and toured India and Sri Lanka sponsored by the US State Department, representing America’s jazz tradition through teaching and performances.  After moving from Chicago to the San Francisco area in 2001, Dan contributed to blues legend John Lee Hooker’s final studio album Face to Face and toured with daughter and blues vocalist, Zakiya Hooker.  Dan studied under the tutelage of legendary jazz bassist Richard Davis at theUniversity of Wisconsin and along with winning an award there as Best Jazz Artist in 1998.

In recent times Dan has been performing with acclaimed bassist Jeff Denson and his quartet featuring alto sax jazz legend Lee Konitz.  The group released a CD in February, 2015 and did a tour in Europe in October, 2015.  This summer, the Jeff Denson Quartet will release another CD, this time featuring bassoonist Paul Hansen (formerly with Bela Fleck) and is looking to tour again.  Dan also plays regularly with grammy-award winning violinist Mads Tolling (of Turtle Island Quartet), as well as with former Cirque De Soleil MD & vibraphonist, Christian Tamburr.

In the past few years, Dan has had major accomplishments including playing with Lee Konitz,playing for a highly successful Eva Cassidy tribute concert at the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, MD and playing regularly for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.

Dan’s debut 2009 CD release One Way or Another featuring trumpeter Erik Jekabson received rave reviews from jazz critic Andy Gilbert as well as SF bay area publications like the East Bay Express and the SF Weekly.

Dan is currently a successful bandleader, having performed at the acclaimed Yoshi’s Jazz Clubthree times as a leader as well as at festivals such as the Angra Jazz Festival, the Filmore Jazz Festival, the SF Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival and many more.  As an in-demand jazz pianist in the SF bay area, he plays regularly with top bay area jazz icons like Marcus Shelby and Adam Theis as well as his own trio featuring Giulio Cetto on bass and Alan Hall on drums.   As a teacher and clinician, Dan has been on the faculty at several major jazz institutions including Jazz Camp West, The Jazzschool and Lafayette Jazz Camp.

“While Zemelman possesses a lovely touch and fertile harmonic imagination, what stands out most on One Way Or Another is the probing lyricism that undergirds his group concept.  He gives his formidable collaborators plenty of space, but the improvisation is always tightly bound to the melodic line.  The resulting music is playful, tender, celebratory and consistently engaging, a rare project that compels a second, third and fourth spin.” -Andy Gilbert, SF/bay area jazz critic, on Dan Z’s debut CD One Way or Another.

JEFF MARRS, DRUMS

Jeff Marrs has become one of the top call drummers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since moving back in 2001, Marrs works regularly with the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra (MSJO), The Eaton-Barics Quintet, The Mel Martin Quartet, The Mitch Marcus Quintet, The “Dynamic” Ms. Faye Carol, Sista Kee and IOP, Natasha Miller, and The Collective West Jazz Orchestra. He has also worked with, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dayna Stephens, Ambrose Akinmuseri, Josh Nelson, Rodger Kellaway, and Jakie Ryan. Others that Jeff Has played with are, Steffon Harris, Marc Cary, Ledisi, Kim Nally, Jason Palmer, Bob Reynolds, Mark Small, Bob Brookmeyer, George Russell, John McNeil, Geroge Garzone and Danilo Perez.

In 2001 Marrs recorded a film soundtrack for a PBS documentry on Ralph Ellison. In 2002 He played for the Oakland Ballet. Marrs has also played at the Fillmore Jazz festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Montclaire Jazz Festival, the Sonoma Jazz Festival, the Belvedere Jazz Festival and the Concord Jazz Festival. In July 2008, Marrs will be performed with Marcus Shelby at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Jeff Marrs received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, in jazz performance, from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. There he had the opportunity to study with John McNeil, Danilo Perez, Bob Brookmeyer, George Russell, Fred Buda, Gary Chaffee and Goerge Garzone. Besides being a free lance musician in the Bay Area, Jeff is now teaching privately. Jeff is also part time faculty at Los Medanos College, Diablo Valley College and The Jazzschool, and UC Berkeley.

MARK INOUYE, TRUMPET

Mark J Inouye is one of a very select group of trumpeters equally at home in the worlds of jazz and classical music. Inouye is the principal trumpeter (starting Sept. 2008) of the San Francisco Symphony, but has also held principal trumpet positions with the Houston and Charleston Symphonies. He has performed under the baton of Kurt Masur with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta with The Israel Phil-harmonic. As a soloist, he performed the Tartini Violin Concerto, arranged for trumpet, with the Houston Symphony and the Haydn and Tomasi Concerti with the New World Symphony. He has also appeared with the Tanglewood Wind Ensemble under Seiji Ozawa in volumes 3 and 4 of the video production, Marsalis on Music, performing the Carnival of Venice Variations and the Hummel Trumpet Concerto. An active composer, Inouye has premiered two of his jazz compositions, Find the Cheese and The Bull Behind the Horns – Jazz Suite on the San Francisco Symphony’s Chamber Music Series; both of which are featured on his debut album The Trumpet & The Bull. In addition to his appearances on the San Francisco Symphony’s chamber music series, Inouye has toured internationally with the Empire Brass and Toccatas & Flourishes, an acclaimed organ and trumpet duo. After attending The University of California, at Davis as a civil engineer, Inouye transferred and graduated from the Juilliard School, where he was a founding member of the Juilliard Jazz Sextet at Lincoln Center. He has also appeared as a guest artist at the Playboy Jazz Festival and with The Who at Carnegie Hall.