Primary Instrument: Piano
Reuel Lubag is one of the well established jazz artists in the Pacific Northwest jazz scene. He is a graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.
Reuel's playing resume includes: John Birks(Dizzy) Gillespie, Joe Williams, Doc Severinsen, Pete Barbutti, Steve Allen, Bud Shank, Terry Gibbs, the Mills Brothers, Buddy Greco, Barbara McNair, Fran Jeffries, Peanuts Hucko, Louise Tobin, Herb Jeffries, John Clayton, Ron Eschete', Jay Clayton, Joe LaBarbera, Bill Ramsay, Bobby Mitchell, Bruce Forman, Hilary Gardner, Christian Fabian, Christian Howes, Ed Littlefield, Todd Strait, Jay Thomas and many others.
Reuel teaches privately and has worked with Skagit Valley College, the Edmonds School District, University Of Washington's Elliot Bay Jazz Festival, The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Bellevue Jazz Festival, Jazz In The Valley, and Musicworks Northwest organization as a clinician. He also has done special clinics for Bellevue, Juanita, Roosevelt, Newport and Edmonds- Woodway high school band programs in the Seattle area. He served on faculty at The Centrum Jazz Workshop, Seattle Pacific University directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and teaching jazz piano, and for 12 years worked with Evergreen Christian Fellowship in Issaquah as a staff accompanist.
Most recently he recorded two projects with a group called the Native Jazz Quartet. This group has recorded two albums under the names of two of the members. Christian Fabian(former Lionel Hampton Bassist) has a 2011 release called West Coast Sessions avaialble thru Consolidated Artists Productions(www.jazzbeat.com) and Edward Littlefield - Walk Between Worlds available on Pony Boy Records(www.ponyboyrecords.com). The group also has a live DVD called The Native Jazz Quartet - Live in Sitka 2011. The group features on vibes, Jason Marsalis.
Currently in the works are a new trio album with Geoff Harper and Matt Page, and an album with Steel Pan master Gary Gibson influenced by Monty Alexander's Ivory and Steel. He is also working as a drummer in various groups as needed in both jazz and worship music settings.
You may access Reuel's music education materials at his Sibelius Music website at www.jazzpiano.rlubag.com. Many of these resources are freely available for download.
Willing to teach:
BA Music, Central Washington University Adjunct Faculty - Centrum Jazz Workshop 1988-1998 Adjunct Faculty - Skagit Valley College 1993-1994 Adjunct Faculty - Seattle Pacific University 2000-2006 Education Department - Experience Music Project 2003-2004 $60/50 min lesson. TBA.
Have taught clinics on jazz composition, arranging, piano techniques and pedagogy. Emphasis on rhythmic awareness and utilization in the jazz idiom based on Dizzy Gillespie's "Universal Rhythm Concept". Importance of the understanding and usage of the "guide tones" in harmony and improvisation.