the Ocular Proof
This is my newest musical adventure. Original music that is both jazz and not jazz. Heavily influenced by the beautiful Yusef Lateef and Adam Rudolph projects, Jim Black and Chris Speed, and John Hollenbeck, the Ocular Proof dives into world rhythms, textures and exploratory improvisations. Features the great musicians Walter White (bass), Matt McCluskey (keys), Steve Kirk (trombone), and Greg Campbell (drums)!
**Winner of a Jack Straw Artist Grant! Recording underway!**

  An absolutely wonderful band - you ain't heard anything like this!  Sporting a lineup of effected woodwinds,electric violin, guitar, bass and drums, Moraine explores sound vistas that will leave the audience gasping.  Featuring original music by Dennis Rea, Alicia DeJoie, and myself, Moraine runs the gambit between sheer, raw musical power juxtaposed with genuine quiet pathos.  

Market Street Dixieland Jass Band
  This is a very hot Dixieland band with a true New Orleans sound.  Cornet, clarinet, trombone, banjo, tuba and drums.  Be sure to check this band out - it's a fun time every time!  (And yes, there are two s's in the name.)

Fundamental Forces
  Fundamental Forces is fronted by electric guitarist Rik Wright and longtime co-conspirator James DeJoie, who utilizes an impressive variety of instruments with great facility, including alto and baritone saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute. The two are joined by the adept and adventurous backline of esteemed double-bassist Geoff Harper and celebrated drummer and percussionist Greg Campbell. Their collective musical presence is hauntingly beautiful, thoughtful and evocative. Each original composition is a deliberation of a cycle of changes underneath group improvisation that collectively builds intensity, forming vivid and evocative soundscapes along the way. Their performances are often a dichotomy of complexity within simplicity, effectively pulling together the two extremes of acoustic and electric jazz without sacrificing the crystalline character of either.

Super Z Attack Team!
Stick Bass, Drums and Baritone Sax on hyper-overdrive. We can rip speakers! We can fuzz
you out! We can attack with little or no provocation!

Jim Knapp Jazz Orchestra

"Jim Knapp's music is full of intensity, emotion, and creative textures with many varied influences. His music should be more known. It's among the best of orchestral jazz being written these days. Refreshing..." –Maria Schneider, jazz composer

The Jim Knapp Orchestra is a 13-piece jazz ensemble that has achieved a unique and original sound through the compositions and arrangements of Jim Knapp. The orchestra features many of the finest jazz soloists in the Northwest.

Tom Varner Nonet
Featuring the eclectic writing of the great Tom Varner and some of the
best musicians around (and me, too)!