The Nashville Jazz Orchestra members are among the elite of Nashville’s studio, touring, and club musicians. Their résumés read like an encyclopedia of modern American music.

Jim Williamson, trumpet, flugelhorn, leader
George Tidwell, trumpet, flugelhorn
Mike Casteel, trumpet, flugelhorn
Steve Patrick, trumpet, flugelhorn
Barry Green, trombone
Chris Dunn, trombone
Roy Agee, trombone
Cole Burgess, alto sax (lead), soprano sax, flute
Matt Davich, alto sax
Denis Solee, tenor sax
Doug Moffet, tenor sax
Robby Shankle, baritone sax
Steve Kummer, piano
Todd Parks, bass
Bob Mater, drums
Annie Sellick, guest vocalist

Jim Williamson, trumpet, flugelhorn, leader
University of Tennessee instructor and member of faculty brass quintet. Head of Roane State Community College Music Dept. Founded jazz programs at Seigel High and Oakland High. Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University and writes music for high school & college bands. Performances with Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer,
Marvin Stamm, Jim McNeely, Ed Shaughnessy, Bobby Shew, Buddy Morrow, Donald Brown, Four Tops, The Temptations, The O’Jays, Dinah Shore, Andy Williams, and Nashville, Knoxville & Chattanooga symphonies. Recorded and/or toured with B.B.King, Bobby Blue Bland, Aretha Franklin, Michael McDonald, Delbert McClinton, The Mavericks, Boots Randolph.

George Tidwell, trumpet, flugelhorn
Played thousands of recording sessions, television shows, and live performances of all kinds. Client sample includes Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Stan Getz, Jewel, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Ron Carter, and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Leader and arranger of many jazz groups, including Orchestra 12, The Natural Seven, Earwitness, The Be-Bop Co-op, and was leader of Nashville Jazz
Machine big band for 4 years.

Mike Casteel, trumpet, flugelhorn
Played with artists ranging from Boots Randolph to Natalie Cole, and prepared music for orchestras and artists internationally including Tony Bennett, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, The Los Angeles Philharmonic and The National Symphony. Also operates successful music preparation business.

Steve Patrick, trumpet, flugelhorn
Been on over 1700 recording sessions including albums, film scores, and TV. Client sample includes Elton John, Larry Carlton, Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson. Performed live with Maynard Ferguson, Paul Simon, Arethra Franklin, Randy Brecker, Kenny Loggins, The Temptations, Michael McDonald, and many more. Also performs with the Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga Symphonies, and teaches at Travecca Nazarene and Belmont Universities in Nashville.

Barry Green, trombone
Presently Touring with Larry Carlton. Album credits include Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Andy Williams, Kenny Rogers, Tony Bennett, Brooks & Dunn, The Neville Brothers, Pete Fountain, Shirley Caesar, Ray Stevens, Bela Fleck, Garth Brooks, Michael Crawford, and many others. Jingle clients include Ford Motor Company, Budweiser, HGTV, CNN, Coke-Cola, WTBS, and Shoneys. Live shows include Michael
McDonald, James Ingram, Temptations, O’Jays, Four Tops, Steve Allen, Lena Horne, and Prairie Home Companion. Symphonic work includes Nashville, Huntsville, and Chattanooga Symphony, and Nashville Chamber Brass Society. Jazz festival appearances include Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, JVC Jazz Festival, Parliament Jazz Festival Moscow, Blue Note Jazz Clubs, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Eric Clapton Blues Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, and North Sea Jazz Festival. Educational clinician.

Chris Dunn, trombone
Graduate University of Arizona with a degree in Jazz Studies. Recorded with acts ranging from Pete Fountain to Garth Brooks, The Mavericks to Larry Carlton, and Matchbox 20 to Aaron Neville. Also performs live in a variety of ensembles and musical styles, including the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

Roy Agee, trombone
Played with Glenn Miller, Lyle Lovett, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Lovelace, Bill Mobley, John Eckert, and others.
Prentiss Hobbs, bass trombone
Graduate of LSU, 1st trombone in all ensembles. 1st trombone with the Huntsville sym. 2nd trombone with the Chattanooga sym. Seven years of session work mostly on bass trombone. Tours with Vince Gill and Amy Grant and played with many symphony orchestras in the southeast.

Cole Burgess, alto sax (lead), soprano sax, flute
B. A. in Saxophone, Illinois State University, 1978. Recording sessions and live gigs for local and traveling artists. Appears on albums with Tony White, Carman, Dion & The Belmonts, Dave Williamson Big Band, Chris McDonald Orchestra, and movie soundtrack for Patsy Cline story – Sweet Dreams. TV credits include “Prime Time Cuntry w/
Gary Chapman”, B.B. King All-Stars, Memphis Rhythm Kings, and American Big Band at B.B. King’s.

Matt Davich, alto sax
Performances and recordings with Nashville Symphony, Nashville Jazz Machine, Chris McDonald Orchestra, and many others including Broadway shows for Tennessee Repertory Theater and Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Hundreds of concerts, shows, and corporate events with name entertainers and chamber groups. Founder Nashville Saxophone Quartet. Educational work as adjunct with Austin Peay State, Tennessee State, and Middle Tenneesse State Universites. Private instruction.

Denis Solee, tenor sax
Credits include military bands, symphony orchestras, Broadway shows, big bands, and combos on radio, TV, films, and recordings for a multitude of artists including Ray Stevens, Ray Charles, Mel Tillis, Mel Torme, Louis Bellson, Sammy Davis Jr., Sarah Vaughn, Amy Grant, Liberace, Aretha Franklin, and many others. Staff teacher with The
Nashville Jazz Workshop. Four albums as a leader on the Green Hill Music label, plus latest CD – Sinatra on Sax for Village Square Productions.

Doug Moffet, tenor sax
Graduate of Interlochen Arts Acadamy and University of Miami. Recorded with many artists, including Michael McDonald, Larry Carlton, Tony Bennett, Robert Cray, Lynard Skynard, Bobby Blue Bland, Lou Rawls, Cece Winans, Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, The Mavericks, Faith Hill, and Take Six. Live concert work includes Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Randy Newman, and Eric Claptons Crossroads DVD, to name a few.

Robby Shankle, baritone sax
Performances with Aretha Franklin, Branford Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, The Nashville Symphony, The Four Tops, Barry Manilow, Rod Steward, Ray Charles, Ann Hampton Callaway, Patti Austin, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Oliva Newton John, and others. Recorded with Nashville Symphony, Matchbox 20, The Temptations and Lorrie Morgan. TV and radio work with Nashville Saxophone Quartet, Nashville Chamber Players, Alan Jackson, and Three Dog Night. Teaching credits include Trevecca Nazarene University, Cumberland University & Arts Academy, David Lipscomb University.

Steve Kummer, piano
Graduate of Western Illinois University with a degree in theory/comp and piano performance. Music director for Celebrity cruise ship entertainment. Recent Christmas album with the Steve Kummer Trio for the Green Hills label. Currently working on another album for that label.

Todd Parks, bass
Master’s in Music from University of Tennessee. Served as adjunct faculty at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. Armed Forces Entertainment tour of the Middle East with Doug Shock, Carnegie Hall performance with UTK Wind Ensemble, and Merle Fest 2005 performance with Daybreak. Co-manager of the Jamasium.

Bob Mater, drums
Recorded with Chet Atkins, Alabama, Ray Price, New Grass Revival, Michael Martin Murphy, Boots Randolph/Richie Cole, Maura O’Connell, Mark O’Connor, Tracy Nelson, Chris McDonald Big Band, the Nashville Jazz Machine, Modern Jazz Tuba Project, and many others. Recent projects include two Grammy award winning Children’s Albums for The Riders in the Sky, the Grammy nominated Lynn Anderson “Bluegrass Sessions” in 2004, and Dolly Parton’s “Those Were the Days” (2005). Performed with jazzers Randy Brecker, Eddie Harris, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, Jimmy Raney, Gene Bertincini, Bill Watrous, Conte Candoli, Cal Collins, Earl Klugh, and large ensembles like the Nashville
Symphony Pops Orchestra, and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

Annie Sellick, guest vocalist
Sang with Roland Gresham Trio for four years, honed her skills at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. and won a devoted following at Nashville jazz venues. Sold out performance with Nashville Symphony. Has three recordings on her own label. “Stardust On My Sleeve” (2000), “No Greater Thrill” (2003) with Joey DeFrancesco, and a 2004 Live in LA CD (release TBA). She performs regularly in Nashville, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and Montreal.