@Jazz is a six piece jazz band that performs a wide range of contemporary jazz styles. The core group has been playing together for over 10 years.
They have produced 2 CDs (About Time & Hang Time) both of which are available on both iTunes and CD Baby. The band was also featured on a compilation CD produced by the Santa Cruz Jazz Society. Their 3rd CD is scheduled to be released summer 2016.
The band performs a wide repertoire of original and standard contemporary jazz music that ranges from straight-ahead, to fusion, acid jazz and more acoustic-oriented Brazilian compositions. The band's instrumentation features trumpet, sax, bass, (electric/acoustic) and guitar, drums as well as keyboards allowing them to perform with a variety of different feels and sounds to keep the music interesting and entertaining.
@Jazz has performed at:
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Savannah Chanelle Winery
Del Dotto Winery (Napa Valley)
Saratoga Art & Wine Festival
Hofman's Bistro (Santa Cruz)
Theatre on San Pedro Square
Pete Escovedo's Jazz Club
Members of the band:
Luis Lenzi – saxophone
Richard Conway – trumpet & flugelhorn
Randy Whiting – bass
Martin Manley – piano and keyboards
Lee Donnelly – guitar
Michael Dunn – drums
Luis Lenzi, saxophone. Luis is a multi-talented and gifted jazz and gospel performer and producer with a wide range of abilities and insight in the realm of music and composition. His professionalism, musicianship, and passion for music have made him a rarity within today's music scene.
He's performed with John Clayton, Peter Erskine, Wayne Bergeron, Bob Florence, Gerald Wilson, and Toshiko Akiyoshi. He has been featured headliner at the Bakersfield Jazz festival 3 times and has contributed to over a dozen contemporary jazz and gospel CDs as well as producing 3 of his own CDs and having his own Pandora channel.
Martin Manley, piano & keyboards. Martin has played piano and keyboards since college and has performed with bands both here and in Europe. He contributed session keyboard work on a variety of independent label albums while living in London.
After moving to the US, he studied jazz piano for several years with his near-namesake Martan Mann. He has played with @Jazz for the past 13 years, and has contributed many original compositions to the band's repertoire which are featured on the band's 2 CDs
Randy Whiting, bass. Randy was one of the founders of @Jazz. He has played bass for over 30 years. He studied jazz at the University of Nebraska under Reggie Shive. He studied with studio and 6-string bass recording artist, Todd Johnson. He worked closely with Azola Basses on the design of their unique 5-string Acoustic Baby bass and was an endorsing artist for the company. In addition to @Jazz, he worked with contemporary classical and jazz composer and recording artist, Bill Susman. He played acoustic bass on the Bill Susman Trio CD “Christmas Cool” with Bill and Grant Smith. He has also had the privilege of performing with jazz guitar recording artists David Becker and Mimi Fox.
Lee Donnelly, guitar. Lee is one of the original founders of @Jazz. He started working with Randy Whiting in the early 90s in a jazz trio that eventually developed into the current band. He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied with the legendary Mick Goodrick and the Brazilian guitarist Celia Vaz. In addition to @Jazz, he's worked with a number of bay area bands including the Eddie Gale Quartet. He has also played with such notable jazz players as Al DiMeola, Jeff Richman, Jerry Miller, Tim Volpicella, Curt Moore, Rick Vandevier and Russ Ferrante.
Richard Conway, trumpet. Richard actively performs with numerous jazz big bands and small groups in the San Jose and peninsula area. His musical career includes performances with several highly acclaimed musicians, including Gordon Goodwin, Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Eric Marienthal, Geoffrey Keezer, Bobby Shew, Peter Erskine, Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, and Bob Sheppard. Richard spent his formative years as a musician playing in jazz big bands and combos at UC Berkeley, Chabot College, and CSU Hayward. During that time, he played in many groups instructed by well-known jazz educators such as Dave Eshelman, Dann Zinn, Ted Moore, Steve Campos, Frank Martin, and Jon Palacio. He also played on European and Japanese tours.