Vince  Bartels’ Best of Swing Quartet

Featured band at the 2012 Sacramento Music Festival -- May 25-28, 2012


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 performed 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, with Eddie Higgins, Dan Barrett, Allan Vaché, Russ Phillips, Dave Stone (later Jennifer Leitham). Vince continues to work with various combinations of world-class jazz musicians at festivals in the U.S. and abroad. This group, Vince Bartels’ Best of Swing Quartet, is his latest endeavor to bring great talent together to spontaneously combust in truly improvisational classic jazz.


Jennifer has been referred to by noted jazz critic Leonard Feather as the "left-handed virtuoso of the upright bass." Jennifer has been a featured artist at at many of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals and clubs. Recently she has appeared with her trio at some of the finest venues in the world, including The Blue Note, Iridium, Small's, and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York, The Toronto Pride Fest, The Bohem Festival in Budapest and The Louis Armstrong Jazz Festival in Bank, Hungary, Mammoth Lakes, Sacramento, and Sweet and Hot Jazz Festivals in California, Blues Alley in Washington DC, Catalina's, Charlie O’s, Cafe 322, The Lighthouse, The Warner Grand Theater in Los Angeles, “KSDS Jazz Live” at the Savile Theater in San Diego, Milford Center for the Arts, Connecticut, The Black Box Theater at Centenary College and Shanghai Jazz in New Jersey, the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Pa, the Deer Head Inn in the Delaware Water Gap, Pa and a host of others. 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.


Nicolas Montier was born in 1955 in Paris. A self taught jazzman, his curiosity made him try almost every instrument. Around the age of 20, it became clear that saxophone and guitar were, without a doubt, the way to go. L’Académie du Jazz de Paris awarded him the “Prix Sidney Bechet” in 1984 and 1985 and the “Prix Mainstream” in 1992. In 1996 he received the “Django D’Or” for his participation in the ensemble Saxomania.  Nicolas Montier has recorded and performed with musicians such as Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Phil Woods, Johnny Griffin, Lavelle, Spike Robinson, Butch Miles, Duffy Jackson, Eddy Jones, and many more .  He has recorded more than forty CDs, five of those in his own name. 

1990 Trio Colas, 1991 Back to Live, 1991 Lullaby (commande du Japon), 1994 Pluie de Jazz, 2002 Nicolas Montier 5tet, 2004 “Interdit d’écouter” (Partenariat TSF / CD de la semaine Jazz à FIP / Monde de la Musique : 4 étoiles.), en 2007 CD en public “Eclipse” (Partenariat TSF). He is asked to play regularly at the festivals throughout Europe this will be his first appearance in the United States.


Larry Vuckovich has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences for his deeply imaginative style and repertoire heard at prestigious North American and European jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals. He is equally at home in world music/classically influenced modal jazz as he is with hard-swinging bebop, post-bop, contemporary jazz, and down-home blues. The New York Times notes that his unique outlook and collection of influences “set him apart from most pianists who are heard regularly in New York”. The Village Voice comments on his “book of piano gems that will keep you guessing.” The Toronto Globe and Mail calls him “a musician who sits apart from the rest by virtue...of his taste for both the exotic and the exquisite.”

Cited by piano legend Barry Harris as “one of the premier West Coast pianists, Mr. Vuckovich brought his Jazz-Latin Trio/Quartet, featured on his two current piano trio/quartet CDs, to Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club in New York on a recent East Coast tour. On the same tour, he performed with Marian McPartland on her Piano Jazz show, broadcast to national and global NPR affiliates. Mr. Vuckovich has appeared as soloist at the Fazioli piano series in San Francisco, New York and Chicago, and also leads an 18-piece band that sold out the 600-seat 2007 Jazz at Filoli show in Woodside, CA. 

His two latest recordings, High Wall: Real Life Film Noir and Street Scene, on his Tetrachord Music label, placed in the Top 10 of the JazzWeek national radio reporting charts, and are heard regularly on XM Satellite Radio. They have won praise from top critics: