Picture features: Jim Cameron, Carl Pehrsson, Dave Umstead, James "Bat" Kaddy, Wayne Mogel, and Ben Lovell on bass.
Meet the Band
Wayne Mogel- trombone
Wayne Mogel's music career began in elementary school the day the band teacher was looking for a sixth grader with arms long enough to play the trombone. He played all through his school years, discovered jazz at 16, and learned the art of playing it through friends and teachers, and by playing with local bands.
He was accepted at Berklee School of Music in Boston, studying trombone under Phil Wilson. While there, he played in numerous Motown-style R&B bands which backed touring singers including Patty LaBelle, The Platters and The Three Degrees.
In 1969 Wayne was invited to tour with the Glenn Miller Band under the direction of Buddy Defranco. That was followed by four years of service with the Air Force Band based in Colorado. After the service, San Francisco beckoned and for the next 12 years he played mainly Big-Band Swing and with Salsa Bands. Since 1987 he has lived in New Hampshire and stays busy playing Top 40 Rock, Dixieland, Big Band Swing, Jazz, Musical Theater , and writing arrangements for a variety of groups.
Dave Umstead - trumpet
Dave Umstead is presently the Unified Arts Department Chair at Hollis-Brookline High School in Hollis, NH. Previously, Dave directed jazz bands at Plymouth State University, the University of Louisville, and Southern New Hampshire University. Dave has acted as an adjudicator and clinician/festival conductor for NHBDA, NHMEA and MMEA. As a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Dave has performed with myriad ensembles of various styles at venues from the Monterey Jazz Festival in California to The House of Blues Foundation Room in Boston. Notable jazz musicians Dave has played with include: Bobby Watson, Marcus Printup, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Denis DiBlasio, Lew Soloff, Jim Rotundi, Delfeayo Marsalis, Cecil Bridgewater, Antonio Hart, Jamey Aebersold, Harry Connick, Sr., and Steve Davis.
Jim Cameron - saxophone
Saxophonist Jim Cameron studied with Lee Konitz and Jackie McLean. He has performed in Italy, France, Portugal, England, Japan Hawaii, and Canada. He can be heard on recordings from labels such as Brownstone, GMRecords, ARecords and SeaBreeze Jazz. A duo recording with guitarist Gary Wittner on which Jim plays soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxes was released in Spring 2011.11
James “Bat” Kaddy - drums
Bat studied at the Ramsdell Drum School. Bat has played with Patti Labelle, Little Richard, The Spinners, Johnny Nash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, among other national performers. In the 1960's, Bat was the drummer in Al Rubin's 'Mix Media Light Show' band, which opened for The Who, Richie Havens, The Blues Project, and The Rascals at the Village Theater.
Over the years, Bat has worked locally with Sweet Roy Jones, Sharon Jones, Unlimited Blues Band, The Dave Berry Band, Ray DeMarco Band, Richard Gardzina Trio, TJ Wheeler Kan-Tu Blues Band, and many other musicians. Bat has also been involved in theater bands in Boston and Maine and done numerous recording session in Boston and New Mexico.
Carl Pehrsson - keyboards
Carl studied accordion with Eric Olzen from age 9-16, then moved on to piano exploration.
Carl has performed with numerous bands in New England such as Crosswinds Jazz Quintet (PrescottPark, Ceres St. Fair); The Beach Cowboys (Market Square Day); The Busters (Cocheco Arts Festival); The Del Rays; The Freddy Dame Band; The Fabulous Spellbounds Reunion Band (Portsmouth Blues Festival); The Jennifer Thayer Project.
Recordings: Testing the Waters, 3D -Take 1 ... as sideman and brass section arranger: The Original Believers - Freddy Dame, Jennifer Thayer
Mike Pellecchia - bass
Mike has performed hundreds if not thousands of gigs for jazz, pop, blues, country, rock, ethnic, gospel, classical and ambient music. He studied clarinet at Texas Christian University and is self taught on guitar, bass, saxophone and flute. He also writes his own songs, arranges and sings them, most recently on his album Boston Nashville, featuring several members of Chronic Jazz Syndrome. He traces his early interest in live performance to playing 3 nights a week with Robert Ealey and the Drifting Heartbreaks in Texas.
Please Contact Wayne Mogel, Band Leader firstname.lastname@example.org (603) 330-5104 (home phone) (603) 781-8384 (text and message)