Born and raised in San Francisco, Mikel Paul has played since he was six years old. Self taught and always in love with the process of writing tunes, he honed his skills playing bass, piano and guitar. He toured and played bass in Santa Esmeralda during their popular run with the hit single "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" opening for the likes of Barry White, Styx, Edgar Winter and Santana among many others.
His lifelong passion as a singer/songwriter led him to release in Feb 2014 his first CD "It's Raining In New York", from which the first single "The Way A Woman's Body Goes" reached #25 nationally (America's Music Charts "Smooth Jazz' category).
Craig Snazelle's jazz education includes lessons/study with SF Bay Area bassist Chuck Sher, (John Hendricks), Los Angeles bassist and former Portlander Jamie Faunt (Chick Corea, John Klemmer), and since moving to Oregon, with bassists Glen Moore (Oregon), Tom Wakeling and Larry Zgonc, (Principal Bass, Portland Opera Company). Notable Portland players Craig has worked with include; Pianists Gordon Lee, Bill Beach, Phil Goldberg, and George Mitchell. Singers Shirley Nannette, Karla Harris, and Victoria Corrigan. Saxophonists Bob Hernandez, Lee Wuthenow, and Pete Peterson. He has performed locally at the Portland Jazz Festival, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, Newport Coast Jazz Festival, and Cathedral Park Jazz Festival.
Dave Averre is an American jazz drummer and educator whose career spans more than three decades. In addition to performing, Dave is committed to jazz education. He teaches privately, conducts clinics and workshops focusing on rhythm section development and techniques for secondary schools and colleges.