With a diverse background in music performance, conducting, music education, composing/arranging, and other art forms, Clark Chaffee has been widely recognized for innovation and excellence. He is an effective and beloved leader of musical ensembles and music education programs from beginners through professional ensembles. His performances (from school 'cafetoriums' to Orchestra Hall and Ravinia in Chicago, Carnegie Hall in New York, and numerous venues in Europe) have delighted audiences and inspired performers.
Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Edwin was exposed to music early in his life. He was in the choir and played saxophone in the symphonic band in his adolescence and joined the orchestra in high school. He studied with Roger Fratena (assistant principal double bass) of the Dallas Symphony and Dr. Mark Foley.
After receiving his BM in music performance, he relocated several times in pursuit of new musical terrain. In his various travels he has played and recorded with many notable artists and masters. Edwin has performed and recorded with The Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Ellis, Delfeayo, Jason Marsalis, The Headhunters, Los Hombres Calientes (Grammy nominated Latin Jazz album), Bill Summers, Munyungo Jackson, Donald Harrison Jr., Alvin Batiste, Ronnie, Eloise and Debra Laws, Javier Vercher, DJ Logic, David "Fathead" Newman, John Beasley, Deron Johnson, Otmara Ruiz, Mike Garson, Justo Almario, Leni Stern, Kevin Toney of the Blackbyrds, Will Kennedy, Peter Erskine, Vince Wilburn Jr., Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Jimmy Branly, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Roy McCurdy, Ndugu Chancler, Tootie Heath, Joe LaBarbera, Dave Weckl, Mike Clark, Les McCann, Wayne Henderson, Hot Buttered Rhythm, Gecko Turner, Henry Butler, James Clay, Barbara Morrison, Queen Latifah, The Benjamin Wright Orchestra, Russell Ferrante, A Race of Angels, Disney, Bob Mintzer, Arthur Verocai, Stanley Jordan, Richard Marx, Billy Vera, WILL.I.AM, Justin Timberlake, Aloe Blacc, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Natalie Cole and may others.
In addition to a full playing, touring and recording career, he is also on the faculty at USC (University of Southern California) teaching bass & combos in the jazz studies department.
Edwin has also appeared in several feature films including Ray and Dreamgirls and has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly and the A&E show, "Private Sessions" with Queen Latifah and Programa do Jo in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Kevin has found great success working with many of the world's top recording artists, entertainers, musicians, and is involved in a myriad of events within the music, entertainment, television, multimedia, web designing and film industries. In 2007 he was awarded by the National Association of Recording Arts and Science Double Grammy 's for his musicianship and participation on the 2007 Grammy Nominated "Album of the Year " and "Best Pop Vocal Album" Justin Timberlake "FutureSex/LoveSounds", 2006 Best R&B Album of the Year "Breakthrough" by Mary J Blige, 2005 Beyonce and Stevie Wonder" So Amazing" single and the 2004 Grammy Album Of The Year, Best Rap Album, "OUTKAST ".
Kevin performs with the Andreas Eastman VB305
"I love this bass. It sounds incredible. I never thought a new bass could sound this tremendous. I have used it with Robbie Krieger, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Luther Vandross and many more. It’s changed my whole approach to playing bass! Try an Eastman bass today and you will buy one."
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Patrick Clark is a multi-instrumentalist with a specialty in violin and fiddle. He is a full time faculty member of the Nevada School of The Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada where he teaches Suzuki violin and fiddling. He is also the Violin Program Coordinator at the Rainbow Dreams Academy, in Las Vegas. His accomplishments in the music business are numerous, as he has toured with some of Country Music’s biggest artists, including a three and a half year stint playing for Darius Rucker. He is the author of the book “Fiddling, The Basics and Beyond.” The book is a fiddle methods book that focuses on proper playing technique while playing an alternative style. In addition to his country career, Patrick has maintained a presence in the classical world. He performs as a substitute violinist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and has also performed with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. He was also a featured soloist with both orchestras and arranged pieces played by TSO.
Ryan Joseph has been performing since he was 2 ½ years old. Born in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA in 1985, Ryan began with his Grandfather (who was also a fiddler) and his family’s polka band. Ryan was featured in this band, and he was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 with them. In fact, Ryan was even noted as an “incredible fiddler” in USA Today by former President and CEO of NARAS Michael Greene stating his wish for more time in the Grammy broadcast to feature talented young artists such as Ryan. Today, Ryan can be heard singing and playing on hundreds of tracks on numerous recordings. Ryan appeared on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee when he was 11 years old singing and playing several instruments including fiddle, sax, guitar, bass, and piano. He has kept a busy touring and performance schedule throughout the country through the years performing across the United States, in Europe, and on Caribbean Cruises. Ryan is not afraid of hard work as he also graduated with a 4.0 average and a Music Education degree in 3 ½ years from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA).
Ryan plays a Jonathan Li violin (VL503)
"I absolutely love my Jonathan Li violin! Its dark, rich, and warm tone makes it the perfect instrument for me to play on stage. Thank you Eastman Strings for making such high quality instruments for both students and professional musicians!"
The young trio of Glen McDaniel, Zack Clark, and Nicholas Villalobos, together known as Simply Three, has garnered stirring success with their unique transformation of string music. With old school training but a new school sound, Simply Three is re-shaping convention with its original works and innovative arrangements that blend classical style with popular songs of today. Since its inception in 2010, the group has been praised as “having what it takes” (Boston Philharmonic) for its ability to impress audiences with a multitude of genres, being equally at home with performing works by composers such as Puccini and Gershwin to artists like Adele, Coldplay, and Michael Jackson. Simply Three continues to capture the true essence of the classical crossover field by combing their technical virtuosity and captivating musicality with an openness to genre hopping.
Chuck Israels is a composer/arranger/bassist who has worked with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, and many others. He is best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio from 1961 through 1966 and for his pioneering accomplishments in Jazz Repertory as Director of the National Jazz Ensemble from 1973 to 1981.Among Chuck's many recordings as a bassist, some outstanding ones include: Coltrane Time, with John Coltrane; My Point of View, with Herbie Hancock; Getz au Go-Go, with Stan Getz; and many recordings with the Bill Evans Trio, including The Town Hall Concert; The Second Trio; Trio '65; Live at the Trident; Time Remembered; and Live at Shelley's Manne Hole. Recently retired from directing the jazz studies program at Western Washington University, Chuck has moved to Portland, OR to work in its vibrant jazz community and participate in his favorite Northwest city’s cultural life.