Bryan Dickerson has been playing professionally since 1980 and teaching since 1983. He earned his Music Performance degree from North Texas State University in 1986 and studied further in Boston with renowned saxophonists Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Viola and James Moody.
An active Portland musician, Bryan has played with many of the local greats including Randy Porter, Mel Brown, Ron Steen, Andrew Hill, Art Abrams' Swing Machine, the Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band, Lily Wilde and Duffy Bishop among others. A major career highlight was a year-long stint with the late great bassist Leroy Vinnegar in a trio along with guitarist Dan Faehnle.
From 1987 to 1990 he toured internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and has backed up jazz luminaries such as Cab Calloway, Billy Ekstine, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Tormé, Buddy DeFranco, and Ernie Andrews. He has also performed with national acts The Spinners, The Four Tops, and The O'Jays.
Along with the Portland Jazz Orchestra, Bryan is a member of the swing band Porkpie and the funk group Soul Vaccination.
MARY SUE TOBIN
Mary Sue received both her B.M. in Jazz Studies and her M.M. in Saxophone Performance from Portland State University, where she also served as the graduate assistant in Jazz Studies. She has played and studied with many
of Portland's leading jazz artists, including Glen Moore, Darrell Grant, Thara Memory, Rob Scheps and Alan Jones. She performs regularly with the Oregon
Symphony Pops and Portland Center Stage, and has appeared at regional and international jazz festivals, sharing the stage with reknowned jazz and R & B acts such as Dave Douglas and The Temptations. She has toured internationally with the groups Dub Squad and Flatland, opening for legends like Herbie Hancock, Steel Pulse and
Third World, and can be heard on numerous CDs, including her own quartet's latest album, released by Diatic records in the fall of 2007.
As an educator she runs a full studio of students in addition to leading improvisation seminars and adjudicating Solo & Ensemble festivals around the Northwest.
Currently, Mary Sue's other performing ensembles include the Andrew Oliver Sextet, Paxselin Quartet, Lily Wilde Orchestra, Pete Peterson Big Band, Music Population Orchestra, Xevi Nova, Cubaneo, Quadraphonnes, Swamp Cactus, and The Groove.
Tim Jensen is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and band leader. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he earned his bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University, and shortly thereafter traveled the U.S. with the national touring companies of Cats, Aspects of Love, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables.
After freelancing in New York City from 1992-1995, Tim moved to Portland, Oregon where he has appeared on over twenty five recordings, including Gino Vannelli's Canto, Pink Martini's Hang on Little Tomato and Gary Hobbs' Of My Times. He performs with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, The Bobby Torres Ensemble and several big bands in addition to leading his own various ensembles, and has also backed up many artists including Julie Andrews, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Natalie Cole, The Manhattan Transfer, The Ojays, Mary Wilson, Dianna Reeves, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Bobby Vinton, Frankie Vallie and Wayne Newton.
In 2001 Tim released his self-titled debut CD to excellent reviews. A Mind For the Scenery (Origin Records) followed, also to rave reviews. He is currently recording his third CD.
From Portland, Oregon, Scott Hall is a saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator, and winner of the 1994 North American Saxophone Alliance Young Jazz Artist competition. He has performed and recorded with a myriad of renowned musicians on both the local and international scene, including Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, Peter Erskine, Jessica Williams, the Temptations, Jane Montheit the Oregon Symphony, Bobby Torres, Pepé and the Bottle Blondes, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Alan Jones, Randy Porter and David Friesen. With 15 years of teaching experience at grade school through college levels, Scott has been on the jazz faculty at Portland State University since 1997. He maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the Northwest.
With his innovative style, Tim continues to gain notable recognition as one of the premier saxophone players in the Pacific Northwest, mastering the baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones. Tim began his professional career after receiving the Outstanding Soloist Award at the Berkley Jazz Festival in 1982, writing and arranging for the northwest R & B funk band The Linn Sisters, and co-leading the ten-piece powerhouse Body and Soul, a popular Motown cover band with whom he stayed until 1996. From then until 1999, Tim worked with the blues and R & B band Linda Hornbuckle, and has since shifted focus to his solo endeavors. He performs with The Swingline Cubs & Portland's premier soul and horn band, The Sandin Wilson Group, and also serves as the Jazz Band Instructor for the Riverdale High School and woodwind instructor for the Riverdale School District. He resides with his wife in Portland, Oregon.