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The Chuck & Sandon Project: Crusaders Edition

Chuck & Sandon Project

Part of Club Night Concerts

Thursday, April 6 from 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

“The Chuck and Sandon Project: Crusaders Edition” performs the music and style of the seminal jazz fusion group “The Crusaders” at this year’s Gene Harris Jazz Festival. The Crusaders music developed from hard bop in the early 60’s to a rock-solid fusion of jazz and funk that has influenced musicians for 3 generations. Assembled by Chuck Smith and Sandon Mayhew, the “Crusaders Edition” features Boise-based all-star musicians that have roots from all over the country, who have come together to revisit and revitalize this unstoppable groove.

Chuck Smith | Keys | Co-founder
Sandon Mayhew | Tenor Sax | Co-founder
Kyle Baas | Bass
Quinn Van Paepeghem | Guitar
Scott Reusser | Drums & Percussion
Tom Frazee | Trombone & Arrangements

Kyle Baas / Bass
Kyle is a Des Moines, Iowa native. He stayed in Des Moines to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Drake University where he studied under Eva Brauninger and Steve Charlson. He has performed through most of the U.S. and world as a bassist with many hats, playing with anything from rock bands, cruise ships, and Broadway tours. Kyle moved to Boise in 2012 and has since partnered up with local jazz artists like Chuck Smith, Clay Moore, and many others.  When Kyle isn’t wielding a bass he is the Beer Director for Idaho Wine Merchant in Boise.

Sandon Mayhew, Saxophonist
Sandon Mayhew is an Idaho native, born in McCall and raised and educated in the Boise area, where he currently lives with his wife, Erika. Sandon started playing saxophone at the age of nine, and started improvising soon after that. He studied saxophone performance with a jazz emphasis throughout high school and college at Boise State University. He had eight years of private classical instruction with the legendary Bill Rankin. As a performer, Sandon has played in every conceivable format, style, and size of group, but most frequently in jazz trios and quartets. He currently leads a ‘rehearsal’ big band that meets weekly, and freelances 10-20 dates every month. He is a member of the jazz saxophone quartet called FOUR. His working jazz group, THE NEW TRIO PLUS has been together for 16.  As an educator, Sandon is in his twenty-fifth year as adjunct saxophone professor and Jazz Ensemble Director at The College of Idaho.

 Chuck Smith, Pianist
Boise, Idaho resident Chuck Smith is active throughout the Northwest as both a jazz pianist and a music educator. Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, he completed his Masters degree at New York’s Lehman College. His teaching experience includes adjunct jazz piano faculty at Boise State University and as a music educator in the Boise schools. From 1997 through 2000 he also served on staff at the Frank DeMeiro Summer Jazz Camp in Seattle while participating in the Bud Shank Jazz Camp in Port Townsend, Washington. Smith was Paul Anka’s musical director for eight years and has performed with Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, Gary Foster, Bob Mintzer and a host of jazz artists and clinicians, including Jan Faddis, Bobby Mintzer, Dave Weckl, Gary Burton, Don Menza, Gary Foster, Bill Watrous, Pete Christlieb, Jeff Jarvis, Bobby Shew, Arturo Sandoval, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Billy Cobham, Lew Soloff, and Ray Charles.

Tom Frazee, Trombonist and Arranger
Born in Glastonbury, Connecticut, Tom started playing trombone in the Glastonbury music education system in 3rd grade. Tom graduated in 1972 and studied trombone with John Swallow, principal with the New York Brass Quintet at Hartt College of Music. In 1973, Tom enrolled at Berklee School of Music and studied trombone with Tony Lada and Phil Wilson as well as arranging with Dick Lowell, Ted Pease and Herb Pomeroy. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with his dual degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging as well as Music Education. Tom has performed and arranged for Gloria Gaynor, Ike and Tina Turner, Willie Nelson, Joe Pesci, Wayne Cochran & The C.C. Riders, Don Vincent / Al Alvarez Orchestra-Las Vegas, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Smothers Brothers as well as several club touring show and dance bands. Tom recently scored a full orchestral arrangement for the Boise Philharmonic of the National Anthem as they accompanied his wife, Nancy Roché on vocals. Frazee returned to Berklee as full time faculty where he taught in the Core Department, Professional Writing, Harmony, Ear Training and Ensemble departments. During his tenure at Berklee, Tom was added to the Senior Curriculum Development Team where he, along with fellow professor Pat Pattison, wrote the entire 4-year degree program in Songwriting which is now the most earned degree at Berklee, graduating up to 250 students annually. He has also taught at UNLV as adjunct to the music department. Tom currently resides in Meridian where he and his wife own a fully digital production studio as well as consults and beta tests for top music software companies.

Quinn Van Paepeghem / Guitar
Quinn is enjoying his 37th year in Music Education. He currently directs the Boise State University Vocal Jazz Ensemble, coaches one of three Jazz Combos, and assists in the music education program at Boise State University. He has also conducted University Singers, and the student composers’ reading choir. He received his Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Oregon, and his undergraduate degree from Boise State University. Quinn serves as the Vocal Jazz R & S chair for Idaho ACDA, and is Past President of Idaho ACDA. He was selected Idaho’s “Outstanding Choral Director” by Idaho ACDA in 2014, for “distinguished service to choral music in the state of Idaho”. He was the organizing chair for the 2017 and 2015 NAfME Northwest Honor Jazz Choir. Mr. Van Paepeghem is co-founder of the Treasure Valley Vocal Jazz Camp, held each summer in the Boise valley. Prior to coming to Boise State, he was director of choirs and at Mountain View High School (11 years) in the West Ada School District. Prior to MVHS, Quinn directed the choirs at Bend Senior High School in Bend, Oregon for 19 years, and at Meridian High School. Quinn is an avid jazz guitarist, and heads his own jazz sextet with his wife, Shirley. He has performed with the Cascade Festival of Music All-Star Big Band, (Bend, OR), and played for Karrin Alyson, Pete Cristlieb, Alyssa Schwary, Bobby Shew, Rob Verdi and others.

Scott Reusser is a professional freelance musician for 30 years and has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Rob McConnell, Ritchie Cole, Carl Fontana, Don Shelton, The Airmen of Note, Mark Levine, Phil Mattson, and the PM singers.  He has performed at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Quebeck City Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Scott is a regular performer at Boise’s premier Steakhouse and jazz club, Chandlers with several of Boise’s best jazz musicians and singers. He is also the tour drummer for Hughes River “Middle Fork of the Salmon Jazz Trip”, noted as one of the most unique river rafting trips in the US. Is a 6 day Middle Fork of the Salmon River and every night, when the crew sets up the camp ground, out comes a small jazz trio set and they play great jazz on the river bank.