Born: April 1 Primary Instrument: Piano
Bob Ravenscroft (piano)
Leader and pianist Bob Ravenscroft has long been a man in pursuit of sonic perfection. His family literally has music in its blood, traceable all the way back to Thomas Ravenscroft, composer of the Whole Booke of Psalms in 1621. Four centuries later, Bob continues to bring a spiritual element and meditative reverence for the environment to his music, but he draws upon an extensive jazz writing, arranging and performing background to create live compositions, enabling his audiences to virtually become part of the creative process. As a performer, Bob Ravenscroft has worked with countless fine musicians, both in his own combos and with others, for more than 20 years. His Jazzbird Studio played a pivotal role in the Phoenix music community for almost two decades, offering jazz instruction, audio production, and numerous concert series. An able and avid teacher, he has served on several jazz studies faculties over the years and has helped to shape scores of up-and-coming performers. Bob currently performs in concerts internationally and throughout the United States, and had recent gigs with Joe Labarbera (drums) and Tom Warrington (bass). He is an Artist in Residence at Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale, Arizona, serves on the board of the Sanctuary Jazz Foundation with friend Chuck Marohnic, and devotes a great deal of his time to other causes benefiting humanity, often through music. Among other fine works released by Bob Ravenscroft over the years are Phantasmagoria, Vol. 2, a solo piano work that demonstrates Bob's complete abandonment to the pure creative spirit, plus Organic Synthesis, The Gift of Piano, Christmas Improvisations, Journeys for Disciples and others. In addition to his love for the acoustic piano (especially some acoustic pianos!), Bob has a special feel for creating textures with electronic keyboards. For a full catalog of Bob Ravenscroft's recordings, visit his website at www.bobravenscroft.com.
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Steve Millhouse (bass)
Steve Millhouse has performed with jazz artists James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Shelly Berg, Lewis Nash, Mike Wofford, Steve Houghton, Ronnie Cuber, Joshua Breakstone and popular and Broadway artists Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Steve & Eydie, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers and Jim Brickman to name a few. Steve can be heard on recordings such as the Grammy Nominated Fourth World and Inner Voices with R. Carlos Nakai, Rights of Seclusion with saxophonist Jeff Morrison and others. He has played on national radio and TV commercials for Peter Piper Pizza and Realty Executives, regional radio and TV commercials for The Arizona Lottery, Salt River Project, Fort McDowell Casino, Horseshoe Casino in Missouri , Pechanga Hotel and Casino in California, as well as all of the television broadcast music for AZ TV and the Arizona Diamondback's games. He has also played the Phoenix area performances of the National Broadway tours of The Producers, Kiss Me Kate, Cinderella, Scarlet Pimpernel, Ragtime, Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz, Victor Victoria, Annie, Big, Peter Pan, Grease, Al Jolson Story, A Chorus Line, and Hello Dolly. Steve teaches double bass and electric bass at Mesa Community College, Phoenix College, Grand Canyon University and privately.
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Rob Schuh (drums)
Drummer Rob Schuh has played in a wide variety of styles over his 20-year career. A virtual high school prodigy on the skins (in 1980-81 he was first chair for the All-State Jazz Band in Florida), Rob went on to formal music studies at the University of Miami and Arizona State University. At ASU, he linked up with another outstanding young player, trombonist-keyboarder Joey Sellars, forming quite the unusual group for a bunch of progressive-minded collegians. Before they knew it, they were making a name for themselves playing Dixieland jazz, of all things. In fact, they quickly gained so much notoriety for Dixieland that Disneyland came a-calling, and hired them for the ultimate day gig as the theme park's popular Side Street Strutters. They worked the streets of Disneyland for several years while quietly plotting forays back into modern, all-original jazz. Speaking of which, Rob Schuh has played with progressive musicians from all over the world, including: Jaco Pastorius, Ernie Watts, Joe Henderson, John Medeski, Frank Vignola, Tony Malaby and Ira Sullivan as well as Bob Ravenscroft. At the height of his growing success, Schuh suffered renal failure in January of 1991 and was on dialysis for more than eight years. He received a kidney transplant in October of 1998 and continues to pursue his jazz endeavors with a special flair and fire.