Musicians' Bios for the Benny Goodman/Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert

(Friday. Oct. 12, 7:00 PM)

Seattle jazz vibraphonist Susan Pascal has taken her music through four tours of Singapore and concerts, workshops and clinics across the United States. Her Pacific Northwest  appearances include the Earshot Jazz Festival and Centrum Jazz Port Townsend, and as a special guest artist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the and Seattle’s Gypsy jazz group,

Pascal’s eclectic musical interests are reflected in her own projects. Susan Pascal’s SOUL SAUCE quintet is a tribute to Latin jazz icon Cal Tjader, and her new BRAZIL PROJECT band features the rich rhythmic and melodic traditions of Brazil.  Her straight-ahead jazz group, the SUSAN PASCAL QUARTET has been nominated twice for Best Acoustic Group by Seattle’s Earshot Jazz.

Pascal is heard on motion picture soundtracks including “The Wedding Planner”, “Office Space”, ”Eulogy” and “Mirror, Mirror” and is a guest artist on recordings by vocalist Greta Matassa, “All This and Heaven Too,” "And to All a Good Night," and "The Smiling Hour"; the Vern Sielert’s Dektet recording, "From There to Here"; slide guitarist Orville Johnson’s “Slide and Joy”; and many others.

"Fluid stick work and coherent, compact solos
make this vibraphonist a delight."
—The Stranger, Seattle

"breathtaking"

—All About Jazz

“blazing 4-mallet technique”
—Earshot Jazz

 

Canadian clarinetist Liam Hockley is a versatile musician, equally at home in the standard classical canon as in new music, jazz, and improvisation. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance at the University of British Columbia. Hockley’s dissertation, “Performing Complexity,” examines performer agency in works that feature musical/physical aporia, hyper-extended instrumental techniques, and complex notational systems.

In addition to the classical canon, Hockley’s repertoire encompasses major works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and his advocacy for new repertoire leads him to regular collaborations with Canadian and international composers on innovative new works. Recent performances include premieres of new works by Ray Evanoff, Thanos Chrysakis, and Joan Arnau Pàmies, as well as the North American premieres of works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Jürg Frey. Hockley has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including an interpretation prize at the 16th Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten in 2015.

Hockley maintains an active schedule of performances as a freelancer with diverse chamber ensembles, and has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, and Vancouver New Music. He has appeared as a soloist with the the University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble (2016), the Victoria Symphony (2011), and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra (2009)

Hockley holds a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria, graduating with distinction in clarinet performance. His teachers have included François Houle, Cris Inguanti, Patricia Kostek, Earl Thomas, and Christian Gossart

Ron Hadley: Ron is originally from the Boston area, where he took private lessons at the New England Conservatory with jazz piano legend Jaki Byard while studying theory and jazz improvisation at Berklee College of Music. He has performed throughout North America and Japan, and his lifelong professional involvement in the latter country (In addition to ongoing concert and workshop tours in Japan, Ron also works as a translator and interpreter.) led to his relocation to the Pacific Northwest.

 

After touring for two and a half years with the Glenn Miller Orchestra as bassist and arranger, Joey Smith was married in Victoria and moved to Rochester, N.Y. to pursue graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. For the past 18 years he has been bassist for many local groups and has collaborated with various artists during their stops in Victoria. Joey has written numerous arrangements for such groups as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony, also arranging some of the music for the Commonwealth Games in 1994.

Currently, several of his arrangements appear on recordings by The Bills and The Marc Atkinson Trio. Joey plays with the Marc Atkinson Trio, the Karel Roessingh Trio, the CanUS traditional jazz band and many other groups in town. He has been a faculty member at the VCM in the Jazz Studies Department since 2004 and has been involved with the Conservatory’s Summer Jazz program since 2006.


Don Leppard - A retired military band leader and arranger, after 25 years in Canada's RCAF, Don settled down to live in Victoria as a musician and contractor. He recorded for CBC and CTV and received his certificate of arranging from the Berklee School of Music. His professionalism is evident in the variety of styles he confidently performs. He is also well known for his jazz oriented DON LEPPARD BIG BAND and for such projects as recording sound tracks for TV shows currently filming in Vancouver and Victoria.