Bill Carter - Pianist, Composer
This is all his idea: to gather some of the world's great jazz musicians and take them to church. Not all the time, of course; they play on concert stages and clubs, too. But Bill Carter discovered that he loved to play with jazzers who stretch his imagination and bring him to deep laughter.
Along the way, he discovered that he also enjoys writing notes for them to play. Not that any of them stick to the printed page for very long... but as Bill is fond of saying, "The great fun of this music is seeing what happens when you start to play it."
Al Hamme - Saxophones
The elegant Mr. Hamme is a seasoned educator, having taught jazz studies at Binghamton (NY) University for over thirty years. He was also banned from the practice rooms of his undergraduate school for syncopating his scales. Therein lies his fate.
Al loves fine saxophones and expensive shoes. He brings much class to this performing ensemble, and has often been our chauffeur to many gigs. Never known to play out of tune, he blanches when the piano is a bit sharp.
Tony Marino - Bassist
He is a genius. Pure and simple. When Tony plays his bass, people shake their heads in disbelief. He makes creativity look so easy. He sets the eighth notes on fire. The music is an extension of the man.
A veteran of legendary jazz bands, Tony Marino is at the bottom of things, always with a strong beat, always moving the music forward with energy and power. We are always surprised by what he does. And he's a really nice guy to be around.
Ron Vincent - Drums
Everybody loves a comedian. Especially if he has a couple of swift sticks and a quick wit! That's our Ron. This dynamic drummer is always interacting with the band, insisting on swing, keeping the improvised conversation on track. He knows how to keep the chatter going. And he is always listening to what's going on.
Ron Vincent is a vital part of the New York jazz scene. He has played with some heavy dudes, most notably Gerry Mulligan, but he is one of the funniest, most accessible people we know. Always amiable, always the advocate for a good time and a positive environment, we love making music with Ron Vincent!
Jan Thyren - Tour Assistant
Jan Thyren is our very capable Tour Assistant. We are thrilled to have her on our team. She handles all kinds of things for Presbybop Music, including:
- bookings and contracts,
- venue relations,
- travel details,
- merchandise and shipping.
To reach her, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Jeff Kellam - Visionary Filmologist
Jeff Kellam has a pretty voice, but he is so much more than that. He is an imaginative and insightful friend who often accompanies us (or just shows up) wherever we are playing. He has worked as an announcer, a jazz radio show host, a photographer, a copy editor, a music critic, a liturgist, a film editor, and a Presbyterian minister.
Jeff has offered his considerable talent to our major DVD project, Jazz Belongs in Church. He shot the footage on one of our tours, added his voice to the conversation, and brought good humor to everything we do.
He's a lot of fun and we like having him around. Even when he whistles while we play.
To learn about Bill's long-standing friendship with Jeff, read Jeff's version of it on his blog.