JOHN L. WORLEY JR. is an accomplished trumpet/flugelhorn/post-horn artist and leader of the bands Mo-Chi Quartet, WorlView and Bari Bari.
John has played in many of the San Francisco Bay Area's creative music
ensembles, as well as on over 70 recordings and videos. Being adept at a
multitude of styles, John has played with and backed up national and
international artists in North America, Europe, and Central America such as Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Don Byron, Wayne Shorter with the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Carla Bley and Steve Swallow Big Band, Wayne Wallace, Jon Jang, the Asian American Orchestra, Dave Pell Octet, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Malo, and Lila Downs.
WorlView, Bari Bari, and the Mo-Chi Quartet have participated in several music series and festivals, including the San Jose Jazz Summerfest and Winterfest, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Project in Bellingham, WA, SF Jazz “Hotplate” and "Clock Tower" series, Stanford Jazz Festival, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Pacifica Performances series, the “Jazz Katsu” fundraiser for tsunami aid in Japan, Yoshi’s Night Club, Intersection for The Arts, and the Sonoma Jazz Festival.
John is a member of the music faculty at :
Stanford University in Stanford, CA; Hope St. Music Studios in Mountain View,
CA; and a faculty member of the San Jose Summer Jazz Camp.
He is a member of San Jose Jazz, BMI, American Federation of Musicians Local 6 and the International Trumpet Guild. In 2013, John was included in David Hickman’s book, Trumpet
Greats, a biography of 2,200 trumpet players from the year 1600 to the present.
Sebastien Lanson arrived in the United States in 1998 from his hometown of Paris, France, and within a short half decade has become a highly active guitarist on the Bay Area jazz scene, playing regularly with the jazz legend Louie Bellson, and other well established artists. He is a versatile performer with a guitar style that adapts readily to both ends of the jazz spectrum — from traditional to contemporary.
Taking up the guitar at age 14, he began formal training one year later with his aunt, Marie-Nonne Lanson, a professional classical performer and teacher. His musical education continued at the American School of Modern Music in Paris, an affiliate of The Berklee College of Music in Boston, spending four years studying composition, improvisation, and arranging. He attended master classes with such jazz greats as Gary Burton, Randy Brecker, and Steve Swallow, and studied for several years with jazz guitar master Philippe Petit.
Sebastien's arrival in America in 1998 was a pivotal point in his musical career. Meeting Fred Berry, the director of the Stanford University Jazz Orchestra, changed his life. While a part of The Stanford Jazz Orchestra, he toured Europe, playing at The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz festival in Holland, and the Luxembourg Garden in Paris.
WALLY SCHNALLE has been playing drums almost 50 years and has a long history of working with San Jose Jazz. For the past 25 years he’s been sharing his knowledge and experience as a teacher, bandleader, recording artist, and sideman to Phil Woods, Ernie Watts, Med Flory, Dave Pell, Bill Henderson, Mary Wilson as well as many great Bay Area bands. He performs and teaches in many genres, including Latin, funk, and rock and blues, but the bulk of his work is in Jazz and fusion.
His own ensembles have performed widely, including gigs at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Monterey Jazz Festival, Hong Kong Jazz Festival, Beishan China Jazz Festival , Portland Jazz Festival and San Francisco’s Jazz in the City series. Schnalle has ten CDs of original compositions in release and was also awarded a compositional commission from the Santa Clara University School of Music and Dance as well as an Artist In Residence Grant fro The California Arts Council. In addition, he has worked with DRUM! Magazine as Music Editor at large and columnist for over 20 years.
Doug Pohorski has been performing on the Acoustic and electric Bass in the Bay Area for over 25 years with a host of instrumentalists and vocalists, including recording artists Michelle Hendricks, John Stowell,
and Sylvia Cuenca. He has played at several jazz festivals including Monterey, San Jose, and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Doug is a versatile artist whose background includes Pop, Funk, a variety of jazz styles including Bebop, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian styles, and can be seen playing at many Bay Area Jazz clubs, Hotels and Restaurants.
Doug also owns and operates his own recording Studio where he records and produces a variety projects from Rock to Jazz.