Musicians

Art Bouton, Leader and Saxophone
Art plays with everybody around; Wil Swindler's Elevenet, with Tom Myer and JIm Gray on way too many Broadway shows, and on Steve Wiest's performance projects; Phröntrange and Vinyl Hampdin. The CJRO is a complete labor of love, and Art is honored to share the stage with these dear friends.  Read more...

Saxophones

Sam Williams
Sam plays 2nd alto, but he really could play lead, or any other CJRO sax chair. During the summer, Sam is saxophonist with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra. Read more...

 

Tom Myer
Tom is one of the finest musicians I know. Check out his YouTube video where he plays a very difficult classical sax work – while riding a unicycle. Read more...

 

Eric Erhardt
Eric plays jazz tenor in the CJRO. He has to stand for so many solos, that we’re worried his knees will give out. Read more...

 

Wil Swindler
Wil writes much of the music for the CJRO. He won the Gil Evans Fellowship for his composition, but you should hear him play baritone sax. Read more...

 

Trumpets

Greg Gisbert
Greg plays both lead and jazz trumpet at an international level. If you don’t see him on a CJRO concert, its because he’s playing that night with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Read more...

 

Jake Boldman
Jake played lead trumpet with the University of North Texas 1 O’Clock band as an undergraduate. That’s just not done.

 

Al Hood     
Al is an expert on trumpeter Clifford Brown – and you can hear that in his playing. Read more...


 

Dawn Kramer
Dawn can play anything; classical, jazz, salsa, you name it. You can also catch her playing for silent films with the Mont Alto Orchestra. Read more...

 

Trombones

Scott Bean
Scott is a world-class trombonist, performing at the highest levels as a chamber musician around the globe. He leaves all that behind him when he plays with the CJRO. Read more...

 

Paul Mckee
Paul played with the Woody Herman Orchestra and is Professor of Jazz Trombone at the University of Colorado at Boulder, moving here from Florida. He swears he won’t go back. Read more...

 

Steve Wiest
Steve played with Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinson, and the UNT One O’Clock Band, and then directed the One O'Clock for eight years. Wow. Read more...

 

Jim Gray
Jim has toured with Broadway shows for the last twenty years. But what he really wants you to know is that he has a very nice sail boat. Read more...

 

Rhythm

Eric Gunnison, Piano
 Eric played piano with Carmen MacRae, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band, Roberta Gambarini, and many others. He should be in New York, but don’t tell him. He’s fine right here. Read more...

 

Bijoux Barbosa, Bass
Bijoux is from Brazil, but seems to have picked up this American jazz thing with no problem. Read more...

 

Mike Marlier, Drums
Mike played bass in his college orchestra, also plays trumpet, and has perfect pitch. He plays drum set. Go figure. Read more...

 

 

Mike Abbott, Guitar
Big bands don’t always use guitar, but I don’t know what we would do without him. Read more...

 

Heidi Schmidt, Vocals
Heidi went to high school in Saudi Arabia, did volunteer work in Romania - and sings like an angel. Read more...