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Mary-Sue Tobin

Ms. Tobin grew up in Eugene, OR where she studied piano, oboe and saxophone as a child. She started her own jazz group (whose first gig was at the legendary WOW Hall with then locals Andre St. James, Don Latarski Carl Woideck and writer Ken Kesey,) as a teenager. After stints at Berklee and University of Oregon MST left Eugene to tour with world beat group Dub Squad before settling in Portland, OR where she worked as an accompanist for The Jefferson Dancers and Mary Oslund in addition to considerable work as a sideperson and band leader. She has played with a wide variety of bands and musicians including: Glen Moore's Oregon Ensemble, Darrell Grant, Flatland, the Inquisition Ensemble, The Temptations, Jonas Tauber, Esperanza Spalding, the Matt Wayne Band, Surf Jazz, James Jazz Orchestra, The Midnight 7, Israel Annoh, Thara Memory, David Valdez, Andre St. James, Chris Newman, Miss Mona's Caberet House Band, Carlton Jackson Big Band, DK Stewart, George Reinmiller Big Band, Border Patrol Big Band, Art Abrams Big Band, Dub Squad, Snow Bud and the Flower People, the Oblivion Seekers, Johnny Legend, the Stragglers, I and I, Instigators and literally hundreds of others. She has toured with and opened for legends like Herbie Hancock, James Moody, Billy Mintz, Wayne Horvitz, Third World, Steel Pulse and many others. She led two previous groups, Loud Sistah and MST and the A-List, playing both saxophone and keyboards in addition to fronting the groups and writing much of the material

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