A long time musical collaborator with vocalist and world-renowned Lindy hop champion, Naomi Uyama, Jake both plays guitar and arranges for her swing outfit, Naomi & Her Handsome Devils. Sanders has recorded with the great stride and ragtime piano player Paul Asaro, and has been featured on record and stage with the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet.
Long an institution in the Chicago jazz scene, tenor-saxophonist Eric Schneider is an unsung jazz talent who, without garnering headlines, has been playing top-notch jazz for 30 years Along the way he has performed with Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney and Billy Eckstine, Earl Hines, & Count Basie.
"Mr. Asaro at the piano is a one man orchestra, his left hand often representing reeds and strings, the right hand a Sousa-influenced brass band.” -Alvin Klein, New York Times
"Paul Asaro has a rich honky tonk flair and a stride technique that recalls Fats Waller in his prime.” -Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Reader
STEVE PIKAL & PHIL HEY
Joining our jazzmen from out of town are the Twin Cities's own local jazz heroes, Steve Pikal on bass and Phil Hey on drums. We are super happy to have these gentlemen bringing their talents to our event - we are lucky to have them!