MUSICIANS


Theresa Demarest – Writer/ Producer, Guitar/Piano   theresacd.com>
As a songwriter, Theresa demonstrates her ability to spin a tale – behind which she masterfully creates a mood and a presence that can alternately send shivers down your spine or make you tap your feet. (MUSICIAN’S NETWORK MUSIC MAGAZINE, SEATTLE WA) Theresa mixes Folk, R&B, Rock, and touches of jazz. The Portland Tribune, A&E Staff Writer Janine Robben writes: “Theresa Demarest has been a nun, wife, mother, single parent, Critical Care RN, cancer survivor, motorcycle mama. But, most important, she’s a singer with a bluesy-folksy-jazzy voice that picks up the high and low notes of each of her experiences and reproduces them with perfect clarity – like a really great sound system.”

Theresa performs with 3 – 8 musicians from her band Good Company depending on venue, sound requirements, and performance budget. The band is able travel. Band members have been performing with Theresa for over 10 years.



Tim Ellis-Movie SoundtrackTim Ellis- Lead Guitar JVA Music>
Tim has been a professional musician since the age of thirteen. He has performed and/or recorded with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Spencer Davis, The Platters, The Ink Spots, 80’s popster Tommy Tutone, country stars Mac Davis and Larry Gatlin, and others. He’s performed with award-winning composer Fred Karlin at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with Bill Conte and the Academy Awards Orchestra, the Beach Boys featuring Al Jardine, Wilson Phillips, and Dennis Dragun of The Captain and Tennille. Tim currently works with Polygram Recording artists Val Gardena and Windham Hill Recording artists Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning.

Tim records and performs regularly with Jim Walker as well as local favorites Craig Carothers, Tom Grant, Mary Kadderly, Michael Allen Harrison, and John Nilsen. He’s shared the stage with Tom Petty, Robben Ford, Jefferson Starship, Paula Cole, Jonathan Brooke, Michael MacDonald, and Robert Cray.

Tim also composes music for film and video. His work includes a PBS/Frontline documentary THE EXECUTION, National advertising spots for Microsoft, Intel, Nike, and long form video work with CMDevelopment.

As a producer, Tim has worked with Jesus Presley, The Countrypolitans, Toni Land, Lilith Fair performer Stephanie Schneiderman and keyboardist Robert O’Hearn.

Tim is a partner in the new, music recording facility Kung Fu Bakery Recording located in Portland.


Renato Caranto Saxophone more info>Renato Caranto
Renato Caranto is one of the finest Sax players in the Pacific Northwest. His awards record alone only hints at the incredible talent of this stellar musician. Over 1,000 CBA members participate in the Muddy Awards process, making it one of the most prestigious blues awards in the world.
Awards: 1994 Best Horns (Tied w/ Patrick Lamb); 1995 Best Horns; 1997 Best Horns; 1998 Best Horns; 1999 Best Horns; 1999 Inducted into the Cascade Blues Association, A Hall of Fame for Best Horns; 2000 Best Horns 


Jamin Swenson, Bass- Music for the DocumentaryJamin Swenson – Bass Guitar
Jamin Swenson has played bass for 13 years. Largely self-taught, his solid, reliable playing has kept him busy both onstage and in the studio in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. 

He has been on to be a sideman in many groups, playing such diverse styles as reggae, swing, rock, blues, jazz, R&B, country, and funk. He has done regular session work at studios like Kung Fu Bakery, Dead Aunt Thelma’s and 8 Ball Studio. He plays with Portland musicians and bands such as Aaron Meyer, John Nilsen and Swimfish, A New Groove, Tim Ellis and Jim Walker, the Southlake Band, Cloverdayle, the Jacob Merlin Band and Holding Out.


Jean-Pierre_GarauJean-Pierre Garau – Piano, Keyboards more info>
Jean-Pierre Garau enjoys an active artistic vocation playing piano, keyboards and singing – among other music related endeavors.  He’s performed as a soloist and with many acts over many years – currently performing in various ensembles with singer Ellen Whyte (including our new trio with bassist/vocalist Gene Houck), Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer, guitarist/producer Tim Ellis, the SouthLake Church Band, and with more than a few regional singer/songwriters.  JP’s played keyboards on many album projects, documentaries, industrials, regional and national TV and radio spots.  In addition, he’s a composer, music adaptor, chart writer and music educator. 


Reinhardt Melz -DrumsReinhardt_Melz more info>
Drummer Reinhardt Melz has been on the North West professional music scene since 1987. He is a consummate musician and teacher. He is also Bobby Torres eldest son.

Reinhardt prefers not to categorize music. Instead, he strives to play what the music calls for. He is a versatile drummer that is recognized for his talent in creating sophisticated rhythmic conversations. He is a “top-call” drummer who is in demand for work with artists of many different genres ranging from Jazz and Afro-Cuban to R&B, Rock-n Roll, Funk and Klezmer.