Dr. Boyd Phelps, Leader and Alto Saxophone

Dan Wickham, Alto Saxophone

Ken Kassover, Piano

Michael Marcus, Bass

Nonda Trimis, Drums

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Dr. Boyd Phelps, DMA

Boyd is a performer and music educator who began his career as a jazz saxophonist in Sacramento and San Francisco, California during the 1960's. Boyd was lead alto saxophonist and featured jazz soloist in the highly acclaimed Stan Kenton Orchestra. He also toured as saxophonist in the Oliver Nelson, Anson Weeks, and Ray Price orchestras. Boyd has performed with many fine musicians, including: pianists Earl “Fatha” Hines, Jessica Williams, Liberace; organist Jimmy Smith; saxophonists Richie Cole, Willie Maiden, Mel Martin; trumpeters Tom Marriott, Mike Vaxx; vocalists Lou Rawls, Tina Turner, Ernestine Anderson, Diahann Carroll, Vickie Carrr, The Mills Brothers; guitarists Kenny Burrell, Jose Feliciano, Steve Homan; drummers Matt Marucci, Vince Lateano, Dottie Dodgion; bassists Monk Montgomery, Buddy Catlett, Jeff Johnson.

Boyd was the first person to earn a doctorate in music with emphasis in saxophone performance & literature at the University of Washington in Seattle. As a private teacher, Boyd specializes in jazz & classical saxophone, jazz theory & improvisation. In the classroom setting, Boyd has taught instrumental music at California State University Sacramento, Southwestern Community College in Iowa, Bainbridge High School in Washington, Sacramento High School Visual and Performing Arts Center (magnet school for the arts) in California.

A prolific author, Boyd has published numerous articles in the Saxophone Journal, Jazz Player Magazine, and Downbeat Magazine. He has written several multi-volume method books: “Linear Jazz Improvisation”; “Bebop Exercises Based on the Jazz Harmonic Theories of Barry Harris”; and “Jazz Etudes Based on the Modes”. Boyd’s academic publications, “A Thesis on the Altissimo Register of the Saxophone” and “A Dissertation on Saxophone Multiphonics” are among the foremost resources available on those respective topics. More information about Boyd can be found at his website:  www.SeattleSaxLessons.net

 

Dan Wickham

A graduate of the University Of Washington School Of Music and the University Of Puget Sound, Saxophonist/Clarinetist Dan Wickham has studied with William O. Smith, Don Lanphere, Michael Brockman, and is one of the premier performers in the Seattle area. Since 1999, Dan has worked as a music teacher in the Highline School District at Mount View Elementary. Over his 25 year career as a musician Dan has played with such luminaries as James Ingram, The Temptations, Clint Holmes, Frank Sinatra Jr., and the Seattle Symphony. Dan has shared the stage with Carlos Santana. As one of the top call saxphonists for jazz, rock and soul music in Seattle, Dan performs regularly with Type A!, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Fred Radke and the Harry James Orchestra, Shameless Hussie, Jay Thomas and The Usual Suspects, and every Sunday night at the Ballard Elks with Eddy Fukano.

 

Ken Kassover

Ken comes from a musical family and studied classical and jazz piano in the New York City area where he began performing professionally when he was 15.  Before moving to Seattle, he made his home in Colorado where he recently retired from his neuropsychology practice to focus on music full-time.  As a pianist he was in high demand in Colorado playing several times a week for seven years at the Garden of the Gods Club as well as performing regularly at world class resorts and restaurants such as the Broadmoor Hotel, the Keystone Lodge and the Keystone Ranch.  In addition to leading his own trio he worked regularly with The Summit Jazz Consort, Dick Cunico’s Little Big Band, the Springs Band and Rocky Mountain Jazz.  He was an original member of Orquesta Sabroso, a Latin Salsa group and a frequent guest with the Tommy Shreve Band which specializes in Blues and Rock “n” Roll. 

Ken enjoys playing a variety of music including everything from Jazz to Salsa, to Rock “n” Roll, Blues, Swing and Country.  In 2006 when he released his “At Home” solo piano CD Lewis Mock, the current leader of the Tavern Band at the Broadmoor Hotel, wrote, “I have played with Ken for many years, and I am absolutely Ken’s biggest fan.  His playing, besides being technically great, is so full of passion and personality that I found myself chuckling out loud numerous times throughout the record.” 

Ken has taught and presented in both music and psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado College and Purdue University.  He also served as a musician board member for the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society.  He now plays around the Seattle area with a variety of ensembles including Boyd Phelps Sax Attack!, The Good Times Swing Band, The Illuzionz Jazz Ensemble, and the Critical Mass Big Band.         

 

Michael Marcus

Michael comes from a musical family. He grew up in Northern California playing bass in traditional, swing and jazz bands with his Father Marc (reeds) and Brother Dan (brass). His first band experience was with drummer Nonda Trimis and his brother Ed Trimis on Piano in 1975. Upon graduating from Berkeley High school in 1981, Michael received the first Jazz scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, while performing as bassist for the All-star High School big band at the Monterey Jazz Festival. While a student at NEC he studiedwith many great musicians and educators including Dave Holland, Miroslav Vitous, George Russell, Bob Moses, Geri Allen and Jimmy Giuffre. Michael received a Bachelor degree in Jazz Studies with academic honors. Michael has travelled to over 20 countries as a performer and educator. He has played and recorded with many great musicians including Ray Charles, Mose Allison, Benny Green, Thomas McClung, Mike Stern, Tootie Heath.

 

Nonda Trimis

Epaminondas “Nonda” Antonis Trimis comes from an extensive background in percussion and drums. As a 1980 graduate of California State University with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, Nonda studied during his developing years with several renown players including Steve Mitchell, Gary Nash, Ed Shaughnessy, Steve Schaeffer, and Jerry Steinholtz. He has appeared on over 60 CDs with local and national artists including Michael Powers, Phil Sheeran, and Tony Gable. His live performances include backing Eddie Daniels, Ben Vareen, Greta Metassa, Jovino Santos, Harry Blackstone Jr., Snooky Young, Kathy Lee Gifford, Carl Saunders, Marc Seals, Jessica Williams and performances at the Seattle Jazz Festival, Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, Jazz Port Townsend, and a live video appearance at the Moore Theater. Nonda has an extensive Northwest big band jazz resume including Jazz Police, Mojo, Swing Session, Pete Leinonen, Daniel Barry, the Jim Cutler big band, and Critical Mass.

In 1998 Nonda was invited to perform with Gary Stroutsos music he co-composed for the Ken Burns movie “Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery” for President Clinton at the White House. Music on the CD Winds of Honor, from which the selections were chosen, has been heard internationally on different NPR syndicated programs including Hearts of Space and Echoes. Songs from the 1998 album continue to be aired on PBS, NPR and Sirus satellite radio.

As a percussion instrument maker, his instruments have been played internationally in groups and institutions in the classical genre including Julliard and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to groups in the pop realm including Madonna, Yanni, Kenny G, and Phil Collins. Nonda is passionate about exploring the connection between, traditional drumming, world music, sonic experimentation, and nature. He applies this sensibility to many different types of music in an effort to create an intimate “journey of sound” for the listener.