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At our next concert (March 12, 2017):

Steve Horowitz Quintet

Trumpeter and flugelhornist Steve Horowitz has long been one of the regulars at the Swingtime jam sessions. A computer geek by day, Steve has been gigging here, there and everywhere for over 30 years. Born and raised on Long Island, Steve obtained his bachelor’s degree in computer science at SUNY Albany, during which time he worked with a number of area musicians including Doc Scanlon and pianist Ray Rettig.

Comfortable in both jazz and classical settings, Steve’s extensive experience as a freelancer has taken him all over the tri-state area, playing church services, college graduations and in countless jazz settings, from duos to big bands. In addition, he has worked steadily as a member of the horn section with many wedding bands and agencies including Steven Scott Orchestras, Heartbeat Entertainment, Avenue K Entertainment and locally with the New York Players.  During his many years in the Poughkeepsie area, he performed with many area musicians including saxophonist Hugh Brodie, guitarist Steve Raleigh and pianists John Esposito and Peter Tomlinson He can be heard on Pete’s studio recording "Time Lines."

Now living in the Capital Region with his wife and son, Steve has most recently spent two years as a member of the Al Haugen Trio.

Jack Speraw has been playing trombone in the Capital District for the past 14 years after not having played since high school. He has been a regular at the Swingtime Jazz Society concerts and open jam sessions for several years. He has attended the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops at the University of Louisville, and he currently plays with the Burnt Hills Melody Makers Big Band and the Swing Docs, and has subbed with the Georgie Wonders Orchestra.

Peter Tomlinson has been an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University since 1990. In 2006 Peter became an associate professor of jazz piano at Vassar College and is also on the music faculty of Poughkeepsie Day School.

Recent recordings include “Indigo Moods” with Judi Silvano, “Confluence” with Keith Pray, “A Little Dream” and “Journey” with Bar Scott and “So In Love," “Bewitched” and “’SWonderful” with the Perry Beekman Trio. Of Peter’s own albums, “Momentum,” on the Compose label, featured musicians include Dick Oatts, Dave Douglas and Jimmy Cobb. Rhodes Spedale of Jazz Times Magazine says, “He’s talented, lyrical, imaginative and swinging - all the necessary attributes of a fine pianist.” “For Evans’ Sake” is a duo with guitarist Peter Einhorn. Jim Hall wrote “It’s amazing… I loved it!” Other musicians he has worked with include Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Laurel Massé, jazz tap legend Honi Coles, Sheila Jordan and singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant.

Peter is constantly in demand as a leader and sideman for small jazz combos.

Bassist Lou Pappas’ career encompasses both jazz and classical music. After beginning with orchestras in Colorado and Oklahoma, he moved to New York to accept a position as bassist with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, from which he retired in 2006. Since then, Lou has kept a steady pace of performance with many groups in the New York area, such as the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Taconic Opera Company and the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. His jazz work includes freelancing with a number of groups from Albany to Woodstock, New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey, including performances with such jazz greats as David Liebman, Byron Stripling, Randy Brecker, Steve Turre, James Williams, Claire Fischer, Harold Arlen, Dennis Mackrel, Billy Cobham and fellow bassist John Clayton. In addition to his playing schedule, Lou teaches double bass at Vassar College and the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Tim Coakley was born in Utica and grew up listening to the best of the area’s musicians, including tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose, trumpeter Sal Amico, bassist Sam Mancuso and drummer Ronnie Zito. He listened especially raptly to the local drummers. Mostly self-taught, he had his first gig on a set of borrowed drums, and thereafter he began playing throughout Utica, often with tenor saxophonist Chick Esposito.

In 1974 he moved to Schenectady, and was asked by promoter Bob Rosenblum to join the rhythm section of swing trumpeter Doc Cheatham. His experiences with Cheatham led to appearances with tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate, pianist Dill Jones and trombonist Vic Dickenson, performances at the Van Dyck Restaurant in Schenectady with guitarist Herb Ellis, and engagements with pianist Benny Harris.

In the later ‘70s he joined reeds player Skip Parsons and his Riverboat Jazz Band, with whom he still works. Since then he’s had freelance jobs with trumpeter Mike Canonico, guitarist Jack Fragomeni, tenor saxophonist Leo Russo and a score of others, and led a trio with Parsons and Rennie Crain at Leesa’s, the Glen Sanders Mansion and Jazz on Jay Street in Schenectady, and 9 Maple in Saratoga Springs.

In addition to his drumming prowess, he is a jazz historian and WAMC radio personality who has been on the air (Saturday nights at 11 pm) for 30 years. He is a board member of Swingtime Jazz Society and president of A Place for Jazz. For his involvement in and contributions to the local jazz scene, Tim was chosen as the 2013 local recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Hero award.