dave chamberlain

Raised in Buffalo, Dave Chamberlain began playing trombone at the age of ten, inspired by watching his four cousins playing in a brass quartet on the Ed Sullivan Show.  He began doubling on flute in high school, going on to earn a B.S. degree in flute, and later an M.S. in trombone.  His primary teachers have been Anthony Gorruso,  John Wummer, Carmine Caruso, John Swallow, and John Rojak.

Since coming to New York, Dave has added the bass trombone, tuba, euphonium, and bass trumpet to his arsenal.  Band of Bones is his fourth CD as a leader.  Dave's other projects are the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble (www.horadecima.com, Summit Records) and the Afro-Caribbean group Direct Latin Influence (www.directlatininfluence.com, two self-produced CDs.)

Dave has played with Jaki Byard's Apollo Stompers, Dean Pratt, Mike Longo, Gary Morgan's Pan Americana, Bill Whited, and Sam Rivers.  Best known for his work in the Latin field, Dave has performed and recorded with Tambo, Conjunto Melao, Wayne Gorbea, Cruz Control, Dave Santiago, the Mambo Legends Orchestra, and Direct Latin Influence (DLI.)  Other performances with Tito Puente, Rafael Cortijo, Kako, Mon Rivera, the Lebron Brothers, and the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra. Dave toured with the National Company of Cats, and was the Latin band leader (with Direct Latin Influence) for six years at the prestigious Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center.

Max Seigel

Bass trombonist Max Seigel has lived and worked in New York City since 2000. During that time, he has established himself as both a powerful soloist and a sought-after ensemble player. He has been featured by legendary trombonist Slide Hampton alongside Bob Brookmeyer, Benny Powell, Bill Watrous and Steve Davis as a member of the Trombone All Stars on stage at the Blue Note.

Max is a member of Roy Hargrove’s Big Band, the Fat Cat Big Band, Justin Mullens’ Delphian Jazz Orchestra, and the Andy Farber Jazz Orchestra. In addition, Max performs frequently with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and the Mingus Big Band. He has also performed with Carla Bley, Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis, and Toshiko Akyoshi at such venues as Birdland and the Iridium. Mr. Seigel is featured on Slide Hampton's "Spirit of the Horn" recording as well as appearing on recordings with Nancy Wilson, the Fresh Sound Jazz Orchestra, Frances, and Kendrick Oliver's New Life Jazz Orchestra.

Sara Jacovino

Sara Jacovino is an ambitious trombonist, composer, and arranger who has drawn the recognition of many of her peers nationwide. Hailed by the likes of David Baker as having a completely unique voice, she has been recognized with various awards from the BMI Foundation, Downbeat Magazine, the Airmen of Note, The International Trombone Association and other festivals and residencies.

Sara can be heard performing as a bandleader of her own quartet as well as member of several well respected NYC institutions including: The Birdland Big Band, The Diva Jazz Orchestra, David Berger and the Sultans of Swing, Band of Bones, The Manhattan Bridges Orchestra, The Afro-Bop Alliance as well as countless composers' orchestras. Throughout her time in NYC, Sara has performed along side and developed an association with many jazz and pop greats such as:The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Michael Feinstein, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Johnny Mandel, Lou Marini, Claudio Roditi, Steve Davis, Dafnis Prieto, Idina Menzel, Adele, Aretha Franklin, and Frank Ocean, amongst others.

Sara has established herself as an active musician in the Broadway scene. She currently holds the tenor/bass trombone chair in "Tina, The Tina Turner Musical" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Past musical theater chairs held include tenor trombones in King Kong at the Broadway Theater, bass/tenor trombones in Hercules at the Delacorte Theatre, jazz tenor in the 2016 Maurice Hines musical Tappin’ Thru Life and the tenor/bass trombone chair in the 2018 production of Elf, The Musical at Madison Square Garden. She has subbed on and made television appearances as a part of numerous other Broadway productions.

Sara is a sought after session musician as both a lead/section trombonist and soloist, credits including among others, The Macy's 4th of July Firework Show and the The Met Gala. Sara's playing can be heard as a past member of the Grammy Winning Jazz fusion ensemble Snarky Puppy on albums including: "Bring Us the Bright," "The Only Constant," "The World is Getting Smaller" and "Real to Reel."

Her writing and playing is often featured by the Birdland Big Band, The Diva Jazz Orchestra, and can be heard on numerous albums by the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band including: "Lab 2008," "Lab 2007," "Lab 2006" and "Live at Blues Alley, and by the award winning UTubes Jazz ensemble. She is sought after for commissioned works of music in various styles and ensemble configurations by her peers as well as university and festival ensembles. Sara was a featured artist and commissioned composer at the International Women in Brass Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Sara earned both a BMus and MMus degree from UNT while studying composition with Neil Slater and Paris Rutherford and trombone with Steve Wiest and Tony Baker. She enjoys working as a guest artist and clinician for University and High school jazz programs. Sara will be a guest performer and clinician at both the International Trombone Festival in 2021 and IWBC Festival in 2022.

Mark Patterson

Mark Patterson, from Evergreen, Colorado, was taught early on by his father, trombonist and bassist Dick Patterson, whose associates Spike Robinson and Dale Bruning adopted Mark as an apprentice of sorts. After graduating from the University of Denver, Mark sharpened his pencils in New York with Bob Brookmeyer, Manny Albam, and Jim McNeely in the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop.

Mark has played and written for the sextet Convergence for two decades, collaborating along the way with Jimmy Heath, Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, and Christian McBride; he is a member of John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble and the New York Pops Orchestra. His own Modern Quintet, Group Stories, and Brass Symbiotica sometimes travel across city and state lines, and he has toured internationally (and to Greenwich Village) with Hollenbeck, Steely Dan, Maria Schneider, Barbra Streisand, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra. Mark also enjoys playing for musical theater, having held chairs at three Lincoln Center Theater productions.

Mark wrote commissions for recordings by the Gotham Wind Symphony and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra. His recordings include Convergence's Modern Man and I Can Be There, Donald Fagen's Morph the Cat, Mike Holober's Balancing Act and Hiding Out, Hollenbeck's All Can Work, Houston Person's So Nice, JC Sanford's Views From the Inside and Edge of the Mind, Anita Brown's 21 East, and, with Dale Bruning, Tomorrow’s Reflections, Mellow Mood, and Thanks for the Memory…Jim Hall. Mark has recorded a new Quartet album due out within days weeks soon.

Mark is part of the faculty at Temple University and the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts ‘Jazz in the Sangres’ Camp.

Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards came to New York by way of West Palm Beach, Florida. Following his graduation from New Jersey City University in 2008, he obtained his Masters at The Juilliard School in 2010. He is the winner of the 2018 Detroit Jazz Festival’s Curtis Fuller Low Brass/Trombone Competition, where was awarded a performance slot on its Main Stage.

Other professional highlights include tours with the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band and Roy Hargrove's Big Band. He currently leads the Robert Edwards Big Band and Quintet around New York at clubs clubs such as Smalls, the Django, and Swing 46. He is currently professor of trombone and arranging at New Jersey City University and Queens College. As a leader/coleader, he has 2 albums to his name, including “Sound Business” (2010) and “Play Date” (2019).

Charley Gordon

Born and raised in NYC, Charley Gordon has performed and recorded in a list of musical settings ranging from pop (Stevie Wonder, Joe Jackson, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Shakira, Marc Anthony) to jazz (Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra, Gil Evans, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Mingus Jazz Orchestra, Andrew Hill, and Maria Schneider’s Orchestra).

Charley is an active member of the Ed Palermo Big Band and Howard Williams Big Band among others.

Matt McDonald

Trombonist Matthew McDonald has performed at numerous jazz festivals and conferences, including the Spoleto Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and IAJE.  Since moving to New York in 2003, he has performed with many different ensembles including the Max Weinberg Big Band, Smoke Big Band, Birdland Big Band, Fat Cat Big Band, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Ken Peplowski’s Kingdom of Swing. In 2007, he was invited to perform with his own quartet in Manizales and Medellin, Colombia as one of the “Promising Artists of the 21st Century.”

He received his Bachelor of music at DePaul University in Chicago, his Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, as well as receiving his Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, studying with Wycliffe Gordon.  He maintains a busy schedule as a sideman for many of New York’s finest bands and ensembles.

Chris Rinaman

Chris Rinaman is a freelance trombonist in the NYC area whose work encompasses jazz, rock, Broadway, and classical performances.

He toured with the legendary Artie Shaw Orchestra as lead and solo trombonist, and performed all over the US and Canada with the National Companies of “In the Heights” and “Memphis”.

He attended the University of North Florida and the Manhattan School of Music.

Chris enjoys a second career as a composer and arranger (Band of Bones has played many of his excellent arrangements and transcriptions.)

He has written scores for vocalists Deana Martin, Michael Castaldo, Giada Valenti, and Stephen Maglio, as well as commercials for Western Union and Staybridge Suites, and the theme music for the travel series “Let’s Vacation” on PAX-TV.

Dale Turk

Dale Turk, bass trombonist, is a native of Cleveland where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.  After college he played behind many name entertainers with the Front Row Theater Orchestra and occasionally filled in with the Cleveland Orchestra.  After two tours with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra based in Pittsburgh, he moved to New York City, where his flexibility has enabled him to play with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, New York Pops Orchestra, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra, record with artists such as Ray Barretto and David Byrne, and tour with the shows Les Miserables and Nunsense as well as the bands of Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, and Larry Elgart.  Big bands Dale played and recorded with are the Lew Anderson All-American Band, the Fitzko-Kinslow Big Band, the Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra, the Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble, and the Birdland Big Band.

Antoinette Montague

Antoinette Montague, "Jazz Woman to the Rescue", is an esteemed award-winning jazz, blues, and more singer and entertainer who has performed at major clubs and concert halls from New York to Russia, South Korea, and beyond. She is a radio host for WHCR, a jazz and blues educator/professor at The New School, Marymount College, Newark School of the Arts, and Jazz Power Initiative, a master vocal instructor for Music on the Inside, a music clinician and artist for Jazzmobile, and co-producer & host of Music While We're Inside, early on "Zoom Jazz". Antoinette is the owner of the developing Jazz Woman to the Rescue radio station, host on Heat FM radio, and a member of WBGO's Community Advisory Board. She is a lover of and encourager of our jazz and general music community.

In addition to Band of Bones, Antoinette Montague's recordings include Pretty Blues, Behind the Smile (Mulgrew Miller, Peter Washington, Kenny Washington, and Bill Easley), and her re-release of World Peace in the Key of Jazz (Danny Mixon, Paul Beaudry, Winard Harper, Jay Hoggard, and King Solomon Hicks).

Mercedes Ellington

Dancer and choreographer Mercedes Ellington first came to prominence as a member of the June Taylor Dancers, featured performers on The Jackie Gleason Show. A graduate of Juilliard, she has performed on Broadway in No No Nanette, The Night That Made America Famous, The Grand Tour, and Happy New Year. She starred in Sophisticated Ladies alongside her father, Mercer Ellington, who conducted the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, which she founded in 2004, is a non-profit organization dedicated to scholarship, education, and performance connected to the legacy of Duke Ellington. In 2016 she co-authored, with Stephen Brower, a tribute to her grandfather Duke Ellington: An American Composer and Icon. Band of Bones is proud to include her in our performances and recordings as the narrator of Duke's poems set to music.

Chembo Corniel

GRAMMY NOMINATED Percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel studied music at The Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York City, Pastore Music in New Jersey, and also attended La Escuela National de Arte (ENA) in Havana, Cuba in 1997 and 1999 under the direction of Chucho Valdez.  Chembo is a member of the faculty at Purchase College and also teaches percussion privately. Chembo had the pleasure of working/touring and or recording with many artists such as Chucho Valdez, Larry Harlow, Tito Puente, Machito, Celia Cruz, Grady Tate, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin, Willie Colon, Angela Bofill, Steve Wilson, Ray Vega, Buddy Montogmery, Bob Baldwin, Chico Freeman and many more.  Chembo now leads his own Latin Jazz quintet “Grupo Chaworo” since October 2001 and also started his record company “Chemboro Records, Inc.” in 2004. Chembo Corniel has landed a nomination from the 52nd NARAS GRAMMY AWARDS for his latest cd “Things I Wanted To Do” for "BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM" 2009.

Mike Campenni

Mike Campenni is a native New Yorker. He began playing drums at a very young age and comes from a musical family. In high school he was selected for the all-state jazz ensemble. Some artists Mike has played with are Gil Coggins (former pianist with Miles Davis), Bob Mintzer, Ted Curson, Gordon Edwards and Stuff, Frank Wess, Houston Person and many others. He holds a degree from Manhattan School of Music and a masters degree in music education from Lehman College.

Kenny Ascher

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Atlanta, keyboardist Kenny Ascher earned Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees in composition from Columbia University. He has recorded for/with (as keyboard player and/or arranger-orchestrator-conductor) John Lennon, Barbra Streisand, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Billy Joel, Paul Williams, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Morgana King, Bette Midler, Woody Herman, Patti LaBelle, Johnny Hartman, Stephanie Mills, Dave Matthews, Marvin Stamm, Scott Whitfield, Jane Monheit, and many more.

Accolades for his work with Paul Williams include a Grammy nomination for Best Song of the Year ("You and Me Against The World") and a Golden Globe award for the 5 songs they wrote for Streisand's A Star Is Born, and they were nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Score and Best Song- "The Rainbow Connection") for The Muppet Movie, for which they wrote all of the songs.

He has performed with Woody Herman, The Thad Jones- Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Zoot Sims, Ruby Braff, Maxine Sullivan, Jimmy Rushing, Anita O'Day, to name a few, and his songs have been recorded by Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Frankie Valli,  Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jerry Butler, Jack Jones, Carmen McRae, Judy Collins, Paul Williams, Ben Vereen, The Muppets, Helen Reddy, Lena Horne, Cleo Laine, Teddy Pendergrass, Willie Nelson, The Moments, Matt Monro, among others.

Dick Sarpola

Dick Sarpola was raised in Seaside Oregon  He  has an extensive background in recording and performing with such Jazz notables as George Shearing, Mel Torme, Susannah McCorkle, Peggy Lee, Chris Connor, Marian McPartland, Fred Hersch , John Fedchock, Howard Alden, and many others . His studio experience includes work with such diverse artists as: Lenny Kravitz, Wyclef Jean, Sting, Celine Dion, Nellie McKay, Judy Collins, Rufus Wainwright  and nearly 100 Major Films.

He toured internationally with Liza Minnelli for more than 9 years and performed with Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. Mr. Sarpola has had the pleasure of working with Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein, Barbara Cook, Maureen McGovern, Rebecca Luker  Karen Akers, and Charles Aznavour. Throughout his career he has played at numerous jazz and pop festivals around the world including The Newport, JVC and Kool Jazz Fests.