“Vince  Bartels’ Best of Swing Quintet”

Featured band at the 2012 Medford Jazz Festival -- Oct. 12-14, 2012


VINCE BARTELS- DRUMS    http://www.vincebartels.com/

Vince Bartels has been a prominent member of the West Coast Jazz scene since 1977 when he joined the Fulton Street Jazz band. Vince has been exposed since birth to classic swing jazz by his father, Hank Bartels, a renowned bass player New Orleans native and founding member of the original “Dukes of Dixieland” with clarinetist Pete Fountain.

Vince has come a long way, performing with some of the greatest names in classic jazz today: Abe Most, Wild Bill Davison, Bob Haggart, Tommy Newsome, Eddie Miller, Gene Estes, Maxine Sullivan, Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Tom Saunders, Bill and John Allred, Chuck Hedges, Randy Reinhart, John Sheridan, Paul Keller, Pete Christlieb, John Cocuzzi and many, more. In 2004, Vince organized his first all-star band “The Migrant Jazz Workers” Eddie Higgins, Dan Barrett, Allan Vaché, Russ Phillips, Dave Stone, and Jennifer Leitham Vince continues to work with various combinations of world-class jazz musicians at festival in the U.S. and Abroad. This group “Vince Bartels’ Best of Swing Quintet” is his latest endeavor to bring great talent together to spontaneously combust in truly improvisational Classic Jazz.

JOHN COCUZZI-VIBES    http://www.johncocuzzimusic.com/

Jazz journalist Cam Miller wrote: "His command of a vibraphone and piano, as well as being a fine 'shy-guy' vocalist, make him a triple-threat musician whose enthusiasm and engaging personality brighten any room in which he performs."  John performs alongside jazz and blues greats at festivals across the United States and in Europe. With dynamic style and diverse rhythms, John's innovation breathes new life into familiar tunes, from swingin' and burnin' jazz and blues to lush and sultry ballads.

JENNIFER LEITHAM-BASS    http://www.jenniferleitham.com/

Jennifer has been referred to by noted jazz critic Leonard Feather as the "left-handed virtuoso of the upright bass." Jennifer is best known for her decade long stints with both Mel Tormé and Doc Severinsen. She has appeared with many distinguished artists including Woody Herman, George Shearing, Gerry Mulligan, Peggy Lee, Joe Pass, Cleo Laine, Louie Bellson, Pete Rugolo, Bill Watrous, and numerous others. She has also been a member of the Tonight Show All-Stars, The Woody Herman Thundering Herd, Benny Carter Quintet, Bob Cooper Quartet, DIVA, and more.

HARRY ALLEN-SAX    http://www.harryallenjazz.com/ 

Gene Lees writes, "Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, 'My technique, Al Cohn's ideas, and Zoot's time.' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen."

Harry was born in Washington D.C. in 1966, and was raised in Los Angeles, CA and Burrillville, RI. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1988 from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and currently resides in New York City. Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others.

ROSSANO SPORTIELLO-PIANO    http://www.rossanosportiello.com/

Award-winning jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello hails from Vigevano, Italy and currently resided in New York City. Stylistically international critics consider Rossano a follower of Ralph Sutton, Dave McKenna and Barry Harris, the influence of other great masters can also be heard in his playing, such as Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Earl Hines, Ellis Larkins and Bill Evans, to name a few. Rossano has performed with the world’s finest jazz luminaries, such as Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Barry Harris, Dan Barrett, Kenny Davern, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bob Wilber, Warren Vache, Bob Cranshaw, Mickey Roker, Harry Allen, Howard Alden, Joe Wilder, Eddie Locke, Joe La Barbera, Scott Hamilton, Jake Hanna, Houston Person, Bill Charlap, Dick Hyman and many others.