Born in Chico, California, trumpeter Rich Cooper attended Sacramento and San Fernando State Colleges. While in Los Angeles, he studied with Dalton Smith, who introduced him to Stan Kenton, an event which served to spark Rich's professional career. In addition to the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Rich performed with Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Harry James, Louis Bellson and Toshiko Akiyoshi, and subbed with the Terry Gibbs Big Band and Bill Holman Band.
After moving to Las Vegas and back, Rich worked extensively as a studio musician, recording for television shows (including Scooby Doo and several other Hanna Barbera cartoons), performing with Broadway shows, and traveling as lead trumpet for Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Bette Midler, and Helen Reddy. He has also traveled in the backup bands for Johnny Mathis and Elvis Presley, and can be heard on recordings by Prince and Jermain Jackson. Rich has resided in Portland since 1985.
For the past 17 years Paul Mazzio has been an active freelance trumpet
player in the Portland area. His early training was with the
University of North Texas One O'Clock Band and international touring with
the Woody Herman Orchestra, playing the jazz chair in both bands. In
1986 he toured internationally with blues legend Delbert McClinton.
Paul has numerous credits in the areas of recording, show work and
jazz events, plus recording credits which include Gino Vinelli, Tom Grant, Randy
Porter, Gary Hobbs, Alan Jones, Ben Wolfe and many more. Show
credits include Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Tony Bennett and
numerous national touring broadway productions. He has also been
active as a private instructor, clinician and adjudicator for the past 25
Trumpeter Matt Carr received both his B.A. and M.M. from University of Nevada at Las Vegas , where he later joined the faculty as an adjunct professor and taught Jazz History and History of Rock and Roll. He spent three years performing with the Lou Elias Relief Orchestra at the Tropicana, MGM Grand and Bally's, and spent thirteen years as the house trumpet player at the Imperial Palace Hotel.
Matt has played with Trip Tonight, Latin Project, and Latin Persuasion, and currently performs with 5 Guys Named Moe, the Bobby Torres Ensemble and Ramsey Embick and Los Montunos.
Born in Miami, composer and trumpeter Farnell Newton attended Philadelphia's High School of Creative and Performing Arts as well as the Denver School of the Arts. He is the nephew of both saxophonist/arranger Conny Murray and Sunny Murray, "the father of avant-garde drumming."
Farnell later attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied music performance with an emphasis in jazz with Wendell Logan and trumpeter Kenny Davis. While there, Farnell performed with musicians like Aretha Franklin, James Moody, Muhal Richard Abrams and Hugh Ragin.
Now residing in Portland, Oregon, Farnell performs regularly with Klezmocracy, Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Cana Son, Conjunto Allegre and Darrell Grant to name a few. Farnell has recently recorded his debut CD, co-led with pianist Marcus Reynolds.
Bio coming soon.