Leader, Vocals, and Trombone
Born: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite Food: Bagels/Lox, Chinese Food, Pizza -- could live on these if necessary.
Favorite place to buy vintage clothes: Savers
Ken has been involved in the Las Vegas entertainment scene since the early 90's. Before that, nobody really knows what he did. He create the band after a local bandleader advised him to start his own band. The details behind this advice are still sketchy at this time, but one this is certain; without question, Ken has founded the permier Swing band in Vegas.
Trumpet, Vocals, and Johnny Carson
First Appeared: Santa Fe, NM
Resides at: Ze Tejas Grill, Las Vegas, NV
Distinction: Arguably the world's most prolific emptier of liquor miniatures.
Chief is the son of virtuoso musician parents and has been a working professional since the age of ten, playing with a Who's Who of industry giants. Perfectly at home in his electric purple suits, Chief has become an A-list Vegas performer, who's talents are showcased in JJW's on-stage antics.
Lead Trumpet, Vocals
Born: Omaha, NE
Nickname: Da Gooch
Favorite Drink: Dirty Martini -- light on the Dirty, heavy on the Martini.
Gooch's resume of performances include Stan Kenton, Glen Miller Orchestra, and Guy Lombardo. For several years, Gooch ran and conducted the big band at Clint Eastwood's place in Monterey, CA, before moving to Las Vegas as a much in demand hair model.
Natural Habitat: Pacific Northwest
Life's Work: To be the premier Swing Native American Flautist
Haunting Question: Why don't they make black and white Birkenstocks?
Classically trained on the Peruvian Bass Mediation flute, Bill spent several years as a musician and composer/arranger for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida. His professional background includes many notable performances in the jazz and "new-age" world.
Alto and Baritone Saxophone
Hails from: Queensland, Australia
FAQ: Can you quote "Crocodile Dundee" for me?
Motto: Born to dance
Little is known about Scotty before he missed his plane back home and lost his job with the troupe Thunder from Down Under. Discovered among "Thunder's" many talents was his ability to use the baritone saxophone as a percussion instrument. It has proved invaluable in Latin numbers, and the chicks love it.
Guitar and Vocals
Birthplace: Waco, TX
Indulgences: $1,000 haircuts
Alibi: "Who's David Koresh?"
Richard comes from a long tradition of Texas blues and Cajun swamp music. The latter of which he is considered among the finest practitioners of the infamous "Gator-tail Stomp" dance. He keeps a busy schedule including work with his own trio and mysterious disappearances during fire-alarms.
Born: Henderson, NV (No, really...he was!)
Education: English Major (Honest folks!)
Aliases: Brent Alvarado, a distinguished Cuban émigré
All joking aside, Brent's career has included stints as musical director for "HAIR", head of the bass department at Dick Grove School of Music, extensive studio work, and a founding member of the seminal rock group Chase. Ever the scholar, Brent enjoys compiling lists of musical quotes from jazz solos throughout history, and categorizing according to appropriateness.
Drums and Percussion
Born and Bred in: Lincoln, NE
Hobbies: Collects vintage drumsticks
Kinks: Prefers the company of small stuffed hares
Todd's versatility, musicianship, knowledge of East Indian tunings, and often mistaken sibling relationship to Chief Sanchez have made him a natural and valued addition to the band. Among his wide-ranging experiences as a session player in the Northwest and Midwest, Todd discovered the lost art of "stick-balancing," as taught to the masters on the plains of his native Nebraska.