Theresa Demarest & Good Company:
Adding sizzle and spice to Theresa’s stellar musical story-telling talent is her band, Good Company. Comprised of some of Portland’s finest and most gifted musicians, Good Company provides the auditory tapistry, upon which Theresa spins her magical tales.
Janice Scroggin, Piano
I met Janice Scroggins after the release of my CD BEIN’ WHO YOU ARE. The piano player in my band couldn’t do this fantastic concert with us at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, and on short notice, recommended a new keyboardist in town, Janice Scroggins. With Janice, I re-discovered first hand that music can create psychic connection between both musician and audience. She has learned to read other musicians and if you trust her, she can take you to an unexpected place. Ever since I met and performed with her, I have been bathed in a long fantastic moment of music’s creative grace. Janice Scroggins is a world traveler and brings to her sessions with other musicians a classic mix of the universal; from ragtime to jazz, folk to funk, blues to country. Her credits include opening for Bill Cosby, BB King, Ray Charles; performing and recording with Eddie Harris, Bennie Maupin, and Javon Jackson.
Tim Ellis, Lead Guitar (Keiko’s Vocals)
Tim Ellis has been a professional musician since 1974 performing/recording with various artists including Mac Davis, Spencer Davis, Charles Grey of the Ink Spots, Larry Gatlin, and Jim Pike of The Letterman. His own groups have shared the stage with several national acts including Tom Petty, Michael MacDonald, Robben Ford, Los Lobos, The Yellowjackets, Toad The Wet Sproket, Jefferson Starship and Karla Bonoff. Tim Ellis weaves his way through Theresa’s music in pure `Ellis signature’ fashion. His performance on both this CD and in LIVE CONCERTS will visit with you long after the song is over.
Chata Addy, Congas/ Talking Drum
Chata, Percussion & Talking Drum, is a “professional drummer, composer, dancer, teacher and choreographer from Ghana, West Africa and is a member of the world renown ADDY family of musicians and dancers.
He has been performing in front of audiences for over thirty years. His personal rhythms, ” which come from inside”, says Chata…”adds his own special African touch.” Chata has three self-produced recordings titled “SHI DAH”, “THE CHILDREN”, AND “THIS IS WHAT I FEEL”, and has provided tracks on numerous others including King Sunny Ade, “E DIDE.”
Since 1996 Chata has been performing in Regional Concert performances with THERESA DEMAREST & GOOD COMPANY as both a featured solo artist and member.
Dennis Springer, Saxaphone
Dennis Springer’s, commanding technique and eloquent style has earned him the recognition and respect of the like of Brandford Marsalis and Jeff Lorber. His love of traditional Jazz combines with his ability to display versatility in his performance history from Acoustic Jazz and Funk, to Neo-Folk and Blues. His contribution on these compositions is an exquisite feast of smooth and delicate to all out “Sizzlin”.
Linda Hornbuckle, Vocals
Linda Hornbuckle has been thrilling audiences with her incredible vocal talent in the NW, Europe, Canada and across the U.S.A. Her list of credits include appearances at the Mt Hood International Festival of Jazz (Or), Bumpershoot (Wa), opening for the Temptations & Four Tops, & guest of the Today Show NBC. She is currently launching her own career as a Solo Act, while continuing to lend her outstanding vocal talent in support of her fellow musicians. Her appearance on this CD is pure joy, adding new meaning to Theresa’s version of FOLK FUSION in a way only Linda Hornbuckle could.
Myrtle Brown, Vocals
Myrtle Brown has injected life and humor into our sessions, and hence the almost title of this CD “FUNKY FOLK/BLUES DIVAS” WITH JAZZ CATS FACING NORTHEAST. Her vocal performance and talent Myrtle Brown, Linda Hornbuckle, Theresa Demarestis no accident. Myrtle Brown has been fronting her own band and performing in the Pacific Northwestsince 1969. Her style of singing ranges from soft Jazz and Blues ballads to funky R&B.