Bryan Bowman Quintet

Photo by Ravi Abcarian.

Drummer and composer Bryan Bowman has performed with Eric Reed, Mary Stallings, Matt Penman, Paul McCandless, Donald “Duck” Bailey, Ratzo Harris, Matt Clark, Art Hirahara, Mark Levine, Larry Vuckovich, Noel Jewkes, Sam Bevan, Peter Horvath, Keith Saunders, Peter Barshay, John Wiitala, Gary Brown, Jeff Chambers, Bob Kenmotsu, Sheldon Brown, Jeff Massanari, Randy Vincent, Grant Levin, Ben Stolorow, Leonard Thompson, Scott Foster, Fred Randolph, Michael Wilcox, Adam Shulman, John Wiitala, Hafez Modirzadeh, Dean Reilly, Masaru Koga, Harvey Wainapel, Steve Heckman, Mike Abraham, Dave Creamer, and John Shifflet.

Bryan studied music at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, CSU Long Beach, CSU Chico, and the Ali Akbar College of Music.

His CD "Like Minds", featuring this ensemble, was released in 2015.

He appeared here previously with Steve Lockwood, Michael Wilcox, Mandala, Homespun Trio, Noel Jewkes, Charlie McCarthy, and Harvey Wainapel.

Tenor saxophonist Bob Kenmotsu was born in Stockton, CA, and graduated from San Jose State University.

While in New York, Bob was a member of the Jack McDuff organ combo, and the Ruth Brown Band. He recorded ‘The Spark’, with Billy Hart and Ira Coleman, and ‘Bronx Tale’, with Pat Martino and Jack McDuff. Bob also played on Pat Martino’s ‘Nightwings’, with Bill Stewart and Marc Johnson.

In 1994, Bob went to Japan on a Japan/US Fellowship cultural exchange grant, and lived there until 1997. While there, he played many clubs, concerts, festivals, and toured the country several times.

In 1997, Bob returned to the US, this time to the San Francisco Bay Area. He recorded ‘Looking at Air’, with Bill Stewart, Essiet Okun Essiet and Joel Weiskopf. His latest recording, ‘I'm in Love with You’ features David Hazeltine, David Wong, and Billy Drummond.

Classical trumpet studies at the University of Nevada in Reno gave Ian Carey the opportunity to play with Eddie Daniels and Ernie Watts. Transferring to The New School, he studied with Cecil Bridgewater, Charles Tolliver, Laurie Frink, John McNeil, Bill Kirchner, Maria Schneider, Joanne Brackeen, Andrew Cyrille, Billy Harper, and Reggie Workman.

During the next seven years in NYC he performed with Ravi Coltrane, Ted Curson, Eddie Bert, Gregoire Maret, Loren Schoenberg, Rory Stuart, Marion Brown, and Ali Jackson.

Relocating to the Bay Area, Carey performed with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, 8 Legged Monster, Realistic Orchestra, Matt Small, Rob Reich, Fred Randolph, Nathan Clevenger, Adam Shulman, Ed Reed, Ben Stolorow, Don Alberts, B.J. Papa, Dayna Stephens, Noel Jewkes, Bob Kenmotsu, Matt Clark, Doug Miller, and Bryan Bowman.

Since 2005, Ian has released four CDs featuring his compositions. The latest is "Interview Music".

He appeared here previously with the Ian Carey Quintet + 1.

Guitarist Luke Westbrook currently divides his time between Northern California and New York City.

Early exposure to jazz through educational programs (b.1979 San Francisco, CA)allowed him to participate in the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Grammy in the Schools programs as part of the San Francisco Jazz Festival. In pursuit of his musical vision, he has also studied privately with William A. Mathieu, Dušan Bogdanovic,and Kevin R. Gallagher.

He recorded and performed with drum legend Donald “Duck” Bailey. He also curated and participated in the “Listening Hut”, a weekly creative music series in San Francisco that featured artists such as Matthew Goodheart, Gino Robair, Phillip Greenlief, Damon Smith, Sheldon Brown and Jon Raskin.

He has also scored a series of short videos for the Wall Street Journal.

He appeared here previously with the Jazz Guitar Summit.

Bassist Eric Vogler studied as a youth with Los Angeles guitarists Pete Snell and G. G. Bobues, and at UC Berkeley with Bevan Manson and Steve Coleman.

Eric performs regularly in the Bay Area on both bass and guitar. Notable collaborators include Howard Wiley, Mitch Marcus, Vidya, Ambrose Akinmusire, Joshi Marshall, Sam Ospovat, Bryan Bowman, Geechi Taylor, Lorin Benedict, and Kasey Knudsen.

Current projects that perform Eric's music are Bleeding Vector, The Holly Martins, and Blenderhead.