Known throughout the Carolinas (and beyond) as a talented composer, arranger, producer, performer, conductor and educator, Dick is perhaps most visible as a performing musician. He has performed with world-class artists and ensembles including Natalie Cole, Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Billy Taylor, Teddy Wilson, Peter Yarrow, Rich Little, Henry Mancini, Isaac Hayes, Gregory Hines, Jerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie, Marian McPartland, Warren Covington (the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra), Toni Tennille, Jimmy Durante, Carol Burnett, and even the Ringling Brothers Circus. (Full Bio)
Bruce is an active performer, arranger, conductor and clinician. Born in Georgia and growing up in Cheraw, SC, he earned a Commercial Music degree from University of Tennessee and a Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina. He has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbia Lyric Opera, the Augusta Opera and The Palmetto Brass Quintet. Commercial credits include appearances with Olivia Newton-John, Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Rich Little, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Toni Tenille, The Platters, The O’Jays, The Spinners, The Four Tops and The Temptations. Jazz notables include Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, Louie Bellson, Lew Tabakin, Marian McPartland, Marvin Stamm, Jon Faddis, Carl Fontana, Slide Hampton and the late Dizzy Gillespie. He has also performed with the big bands of Cab Calloway, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Nelson Riddle, Larry Elgart, Guy Lombardo, Harry Connick, Jr. and the Dick Goodwin Big Band.
Jay is a versatile trumpeter who is well-known in the Piedmont Triad and throughout the Carolinas. He was a featured soloist with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory for ten years, and can be heard on recordings released by that organization. In addition to his talent and passion for traditional jazz, Jay also has a fondness for jazz from the big band era. Jay's collection of the music of Harry James is perhaps one of the world's largest, comprising well over 120 hours of material.
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Doug is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music - University of South Carolina School of Music.
Princess Riley delivers extraordinary excitement and lyrical authenticity to VJJB traditional jazz performances; captivating audiaces with her bold, earthy sound and magnificent stage presence. Known for her gusty, rousing "make-yo-hair-stand-on-yo-head vocals, Princess has studied and performed with legendary jazz and blues Artists for over 20 years.
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Raised in the Chicago area, Dave was influenced by and performed with many great jazz musicians, including the Bill Russo Band and the Chez Paree Orchestra. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music from Northwestern University and, upon graduation, accepted a band teaching position in the Fairfax County, VA School system where he led his school jazz bands to outstanding success. While in the DC area, Dave performed with many of the great service band musicians, including Sammy Nestico, Dave Wolpe and Dave Steinmeyer. Upon retirement from teaching, he settled in the Winston-Salem, NC area where he performs with many jazz groups including the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra.
For nearly 25 years, John has been exploring his love for music in bars, clubs, concert halls and recording studios. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from The North Carolina School of the Arts and a Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. John has been featured with top bands like Glenn Miller Orchestra and As-Is Ensemble and regularly performs with local/regional groups including Four for One, Ken Rhodes Trio, Muddy River Band, The Matt Kendrick Unit, Lean In, and The Carolina Chamber Symphony. John has taught music at institutions including Davidson College, Pfeiffer University, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and the John Coltrane Jazz Workshop. He also operates a recording studio, Spot Studio, along with engineering partner, Chris Peck, and has recorded a variety of artists including The Martha Bassett Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Luminescent Orchestrii, The StoryLine Project and Will and Deni Films featuring David Holt. Since 1998 John has found a creative home as an accompanist in the UNCSA Dance Department and is inspired daily through his work with students and faculty. John lives in downtown Winston-Salem with the love of his life, Dr. T. Sharee Fowler, their dog Henry, and two cats Scout and Aslan.
Jim is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music and former coordinator of the Percussion program at University of South Carolina’s School of Music. He earned his Masters of Music Education degree from The University of North Texas. He has performed with Bob Hope, Barbara Eden, Red Skelton and jazz artists Marian McPartland, Tom Scott, Billy Eckstine, the Dick Goodwin Quintet and the Dick Goodwin Big Band.