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Directory Welcome Back! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Contributors & Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Musical Lineup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Jazz Legend of 2022: Chuck Redd . . . . 8-9 Musician Bios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-16 Musician Sponsors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 SDJP Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Scholarship Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22-23 Jazz Party History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Johnny Varro Donation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Weekend Schedule: FRIDAY February 25 4:00 pm. - 5:30 pm Get the Party Started Sessions 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Cocktail Party (Located in Jazz Party Reception Area) 7:00 pm. - 10:30 pm Evening Sessions

SATURDAY February 26

SUNDAY February 27

10:30 am - Noon SDJP Jazz Brunch

9:00 am - 4:45 pm Sunday Sessions

10:30 am - 1:00 pm Morning Sessions

5:30 – 7:00 pm Musicians & Musician Sponsors Dinner in Derby Room

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Afternoon Sessions 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm Evening Sessions

7:00 - ??? – Jam Session in Hotel Lobby

11:00 PM - 2:00 AM Late Night

See complete Musical Lineup on pages 6-7


Sandi Joyce, Russell King, Don Fall, Deborah Morrison, Jennifer Reid, Janet Fall


Welcome to the Party Welcome Back! On behalf of our Board of Directors, we are pleased that the 33rd annual San Diego Jazz Party is happening. Due to Covid restrictions last year, sadly, we were unable to proceed with the party. Being back is a gift, and we are excited about this year’s party and your opportunity to enjoy some of the best musicians in the world. We value your continued support to keep Mainstream Jazz alive in San Diego. How fortunate we are to have our event at the beautiful Hilton Hotel in Del Mar. We appreciate how the hotel has worked with us to help make the concert venue comfortable and enjoyable. The hotel restaurant, Coastal Kitchen, has a new chef with some tasty new dining choices. In addition, in a first for the SD Jazz Party, overhead cameras will capture the artistry of our musicians on large video screens, showcasing their performances to bring the music alive for everyone to experience. We are thrilled to welcome our repeat attendees as well as many new guests. Our Jazz Party is kept alive by our talented musicians, our wonderful guests, our trusted volunteers, and your generous donations. Without you, the Jazz Party would not be possible. This is YOUR Jazz Party, your musicians, your music, and your scholarship program. A surprise addition this year is a Saturday Late Night performance by Lizzy and the Triggermen. Not only will you be entertained by them, but swing dancing is encouraged, and we expect some energetic dancers and lots of fun. We are proud to continue our scholarship program that was established by late president, Dan Reid. The SDJP organization awards scholarships to promising young musicians in pursuit of their dreams of furthering mainstream jazz to the world. Donations to the scholarship program are tax deductible. See page 20-21 for details on this year’s recipients. We also have a unique opportunity for you. You may sponsor a musician of your choice. Sponsors receive a personal photo with their musician(s), an invitation to the Musicians’ Dinner Party on Sunday evening at the Del Mar Hilton, and recognition in the program and on the San Diego Jazz Party website. See page 17 for more details. On a sad note, we lost some dear friends these past two years including musician, Dave Stone in 2021, former president, Dave Cooper, and late president, Dan Reid, both in 2020. They were strong supporters and lovers of the San Diego Jazz Party. They will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to those who loved them. Please help us to continue making each new Jazz Party better each year. A survey is included in the program packet, and we encourage your input. Please complete the survey and leave it at the check-in table in the survey/suggestion box when you depart. Sit back, relax, enjoy, and reflect on the timeless music of Mainstream Jazz at its finest. Mark your calendars for next year’s Jazz Party, February 24-26, 2023. Sincerely,


Sandi Joyce, President San Diego Jazz Party

Contributors & Sponsors As a non-profit and tax exempt organization, the San Diego Jazz Party appreciates the support from local businesses and individuals, including friends of Classic Jazz throughout the country. We are especially grateful to those who have made tax-deductible contributions for our 2022 Jazz Party.

CONTRIBUTORS Edward & Nancy Arrieta Donald Boone Jim and Libby Branson Irl and Dina Cramer Katheryn Crossin Don and Janet Fall John & Marsha French Joe & Linda Galetovic John Grubenhoff

The Hervey Family Fund Cindi Hill Sandra Joyce Carol Laveroni Phil Moody Herman Moreno Deborah Morrison Dave & Janet McLaughlin Gregg & Debbie Oppenheimer

Dan & Jan Ostrom Dan Reid Jeannette Roberts Patrick Scull John & Darby Tanko Terence & Alice Tran Robert & Lola Willams Mike & Donna Wolsted

SPONSORS Bertrand’s Music 9906 Carmel Mountain Road San Diego, CA 92129 (858) 780-1812 Sales, rentals, and lessons since 1983 Fall Advertising P.O. Box 130548 Carlsbad, CA 92013 (619) 742-9977 Greene Music 7480 Miramar Road San Diego, CA 92126 (858) 586-7000 Selling the finest pianos for over 40 years.

John Hall Hall Enterprises 1930 McKinnon Avenue Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007 (760) 753-0456

Power Plus Sound & Lighting, Inc. 220 Bingham Drive, Suite 100 San Marcos, CA 92069 (760) 744-8555

Hilton San Diego - Del Mar 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, CA 92014-1901 (858) 792-5200

Syncopated Times 1809 Whitesboro Street Utica, NY 13502

Mark E. Leinenweber, CPA Leinenweber & Associates, CPAs, Inc.

David Whitman Music 2658 Covington Road San Diego, CA 92104 (619) 998-0363

Meritage Wine Market 162 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd Encinitas, CA 92024 760/479-2500

On Friday, February 25, 2022, a number of our musicians graciously donated their time to hold master classes at the Hilton Del Mar Hotel for area high school musicians. On Monday, February 28, 2022, several musicians will donate their time and perform a concert at School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego. This event is underwritten by the San Diego Jazz Party and The Hervey Family Fund.


Music Sets FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25 4:00 – 4:25: Arntzen- Kellso; Wanner; Parrott; Metz COCKTAIL PARTY 4:30 - 5:30 4:30 – 4:55: Coots; Barrett; Heitger; Raniolo; Simon 5:00 – 5:30: Allen – Allred; Sportiello; Washington; Redd DINNER BREAK 5:30 - 7:00 Let’s Hit It! 7pm – 7:25: Heitger; Allred; Peps; Wanner; Simon; Metz Rossano and Friends 7:30 – 8:10: Sportiello; Kellso; Barrett; Arntzen; Washington; Coots; Special guest appearance by 2022 San Diego Jazz Party Scholarship Recipient Christian Rodriguez

Deep Conversation 8:15 – 8:40: Allen – Raniolo; Parrott Lady K and Her Court Cats 8:45 – 9:10: Kilgore; Peps; Washington; Sportiello; Redd Houston Express 9:15 – 10:00: Person; Simon; Wanner; Metz Excuse Me: Haven’t We Metz? 10:05 – 10:30: Metz; Allred; Sportiello; Parrott Last Train to Pepsville 10:35 –11:00: Peps; Heitger; Barrett; Wanner; Washington; Coots

SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 26 Patrons’ Brunch 10:30 – 12:00

Licorice Sticks and Hot Licks 1:30 – 1:55: Peps & Arntzen,; Wanner; Simon; Metz

Morning with Coots 10:30 – 10:55: Coots; Sportiello; Raniolo; Washington; Heitger; Barrett; Arntzen

Harry and His Del Mar Derelicts 2:00 – 2:40: Allen; Heitger; Allred; Wanner; Washington; Rodriguez; Coots Harry introduces the 2022 San Diego Jazz Party Scholarship Student, Christian Rodriguez

Jason’s Favorites 11:00 – 11:25: Wanner Peps Steps Out 11:30 – 12:00: Peps; Redd (vibes); Parrott; Metz John’s Choice 12:00 – 12:25: Allred; Kellso; Allen; Wanner; Washington; Redd Becky Visits the Great Lyricists 12:30 – 12:55: Kilgore; Raniolo; Parrott; Arntzen A Tribute to My Favorite Pianists 1:00 – 1:25: Sportiello


A Study in Blue 2:45 – 3:20: Person; Sportiello; Washington; Redd Swingin’ at the Billabong 3:25 – 3:50: Parrott; Sportiello; Metz Pick a Wanner 3:55 – 4:30: Wanner; Kellso; Barrett; Arntzen; Raniolo; Simon; Coots

DINNER BREAK 4:30 - 7:00

The first name(s) listed and underlined at each of the sets is/ are the “designated leader(s)” of that set. Set content and musician(s) subject to change.

Music Sets SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 26 continued The ‘Redd – Allen’ Set 7:00 – 7:25: Redd; Allen; Raniolo; Washington; Metz

Accent On the Blues 9:00 – 9:25: Person; Wanner; Washington; Metz

Put Up Your Dukes Duke Presents a few Ellington Favorites 7:30 – 7:55: Heitger; Barrett; Arntzen; Sportiello; Parrott; Coots

Remembering A Few of My Favorite Trumpet Players 9:30 – 9:55: Kellso; Peps; Sportiello; Simon; Redd

Ain’t We Got Pun? 8:00 – 8:25: Simon; Allred; Peps; Wanner; Redd

Evan’s Closing Set Swingsters 10:00 – 10:30: Arntzen; Heitger; Barrett; Allen; Parrott; Wanner; Metz

Trio Internationale, with special guest, Rebecca Kilgore 8:30- 8:55: Sportiello; Parrott; Metz; Kilgore

Late Night! 11:00 - 2:00 AM Lizzy & the Triggermen Late-Night Swing Dance! SUNDAY - FEBRUARY 27

Sleepy Time Down South 9:00 – 9:30: Barrett; Sportiello Waking Up Is Hard To Do 9:35 – 10:05: Arntzen; Wanner Two Bass Hit 10:10 – 10:40: Simon & Parrott; Heitger Ken Peplowski’s Famous Orchestra, featuring Vinny Rainolo 10:45 – 11:25: Peps & Raniolo Winner Of the ‘Person Of the Year’ Award 11:30 – 12:00: Person; Sportiello; Washington LUNCH BREAK 12:00 - 1:00 Two Songbirds and Three Cats 1:00 – 1:25: Kilgore – Parrott; Allen; Sportiello; Redd Bone Ami 1:30 – 1:55: Allred - Barrett; Wanner; Simon; Coots The Art of the Bossa Nova 2:00 – 2:45: Redd; Sportiello; Parrott; Metz

Big Apple Style 2:50 – 3:20: Washington; Kellso; Allred; Peps; Wanner; Metz Special guest appearance by 2022 San Diego Jazz Party Scholarship Recipient Christian Rodriguez 3:25 – 3:50: SPECIAL PRESENTATION Tenors, Anyone? 3:55 – 4:15: Peps; Allen; Arntzen; Raniolo; Simon; Redd Great American Songwriters 4:20 – 4:30: Simon; Heitger; Barrett; Sportiello; Coots ’Til We Meet Again 4:30 – 4:45: Kilgore, Rainolo: two songs, then: ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR THE BIG FINISH! WAIL, MAN! 4:45: Please meet with Musicians for Sponsor Photos 5:30 – 7:00: Musicians & Sponsors Dinner in Derby Room 7:00 - ??? – Jam Session in Hotel Lobby


Chuck Redd CHUCK REDD: A Drummer’s Odyssey Chuck Redd has a growing reputation as one of the top performers on the jazz circuit today and is equally adept on the drums and vibraphone.He had the good fortune to have been influenced, mentored, and to have performed with some of the true masters of his craft. His parents were not musicians, but loved music, so Chuck and his brother heard a lot of music around the house. “Growing up in the 1960s, I always associated music with joy and fun, and after hearing Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, there wasn’t any question that I wanted to play the drums. I took lessons on the snare drum at age 10, played in school bands, and began to dabble on the vibes while in high school.” It was while attending Montgomery Community College that he came under the tutelage of pianist/ composer/arranger Bill Potts. “Bill really taught me about music, and he took me on my first trip to New York City to hear some real jazz. I sat in with Al Cohn at the 1976 Manassas Jazz Festival when I was 18 as the youngest musician in that year’s lineup.” Chuck free-lanced around the Washington, D.C. metro area, taking advantage of any and all opportunities to gain experience. His first big break came when he was 21, and he began touring the globe as one-third of the Charlie Byrd Trio. That led to joining up with the Great Guitars, a group that included Byrd, Barney Kessel, and Herb Ellis. Chuck was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996 which included two concerts at Carnegie Hall. While appearing in New York with Torme, Ira Gitler of Jazz Times said, “Redd’s vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness.” Jazz Times praised Redd’s playing describing his vibes work as, “Exquisite! “ The Washington Post admired his “melodic sparkle”, For two consecutive years, Chuck was awarded “Best Vibist” in New York City’s Hot House Jazz Magazine 2015 and 2016 Fans’ Decision Award. He has made over 25 European tours and six tours of Japan with artists such as Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs, Conte Candoli, and the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra. He performed at the White House with the Barney Kessel Trio, has appeared on The Tonight Show, and traveled to Africa with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet to celebrate the Namibian Independence. Gunther Schuller hired Redd to become a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, an assignment that lasted for 15 years. He is currently the Artistic Director of The Oregon Festival of American Music. Chuck served as artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Jazz Café (2004-2008) and was the featured soloist in the finale concert at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He calls a 2007 appearance with the Milt Jackson Tribute Band “one of my greatest honors.” Chuck was the 2013 Los Angeles Jazz Society’s Vibes Summit honoree, the 2014 honoree at The Roswell Jazz Festival, and 2019 Honored Musician at the Colorado Springs Jazz Party. In 2021, Chuck could be heard in concerts with Monty Alexander and The Harlem Kingston Express and has recently recorded with Ken Peplowski and John Pizzarelli.


Jazz Legend 2022 Chuck acknowledges that he was profoundly influenced by drummers like Jake Hanna, Shelly Manne, Grady Tate, and Mel Lewis who, in his words, “had exquisite taste and technique and kept great time. Jake Hanna told me, ‘Taste is something you learn.’ The music comes first; the drumming is second. It is important to respect the melody and have the ability to swing.” His recording of “When Redd is Blue” that included his younger brother, Robert (who is an established pianist in the D.C. area and a current member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Wolf Trap Jazz Trio), and featuring saxophonist Harry Allen, is just one of 85 recordings that feature Chuck’s musical talents. His Arbors CD, “Happy All The Time”, is a critically acclaimed tribute to his mentor, Barney Kessel, and features Monty Alexander and Jeff Hamilton. He can also be heard on the soundtracks of “The Great Chefs” television series and the NPR broadcast of Jazz Smithsonian. Chuck was on the faculty at The University of Maryland School of Music for 12 years and presented master classes, workshops, and lectures around the country. Asked what advice he gives young students, he tells them, “I believe the best approach is to identify the music and musicians who move you, do your best to imitate them, and then move deeper to a level where you play your own way. The greatest artists have always done this.” In stating his view of jazz today, he observed, “The outlook is mixed, but I stay optimistic. Because of the Pandemic, there are fewer concerts and performing opportunities than before, but hopefully this may lead to a more intimate setting and a closer relationship between audience and performer. The bottom line is we want people to smile, tap their toes, and be moved. Musicians can achieve this as long as they are playing with sincerity and passion.” The promo for an appearance at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center summed up Chuck’s career very succinctly, stating: “There are things you can always count on when Chuck Redd is performing: a top-notch band and “swinging takes” on timeless standards in the jazz, blues and American popular song idioms.” Thanks to Lew Shaw and The Syncopated Times

SAN DIEGO JAZZ PARTY LEGENDS 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Barney Kessel Joe Wilder Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham Dick Hyman Ed Polcer Jake Hanna Bucky Pizzarelli Houston Person Johnny Varro

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022 2022 2022

Mundell Lowe Butch Miles Rebecca Kilgore Eddie Erikson Dan Barrett Eddie Metz Jr. Richard Simon Dave Cooper Dan Reid Chuck Redd

CHUCK REDD ACCOLADES While appearing in New York with Torme, Ira Gitler of Jazz Times said, “Redd’s vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness.” Jazz Times praised Redd’s playing describing his vibes work as, “Exquisite!“ The Washington Post admired his “melodic sparkle.” For two consecutive years, Chuck was awarded “Best Vibist” in New York City’s Hot House Jazz Magazine 2015 and 2016 Fans’ Decision award.


Musicians Harry Allen Sax

John Allred Trombone

Harry was born in Washington, D.C., in 1966 and was raised in Los Angeles, CA and Burrillville, RI. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1988 from Rutgers University in New Jersey and currently resides in New York City. Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, and has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Barron, Dave McKenna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Goldings, George Mraz, Jake Hanna, and Al Foster, among others. Harry is featured on many of John Pizzarelli’s recordings including the soundtrack and an onscreen cameo in the feature film, “The Out of Towners”, starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has also done a series of commercials for ESPN starring Robert Goulet. John Allred hails from a musical family. His grandfather played jazz piano and banjo on Mississippi River boats; his father is well-known trombonist, Bill Allred. John plays traditional jazz, swing and bebop. He has played in the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Woody Herman Band, Toshiko Akioshi’s Big Band, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks and Harry Connick, Jr.’s Band. He plays in festivals here and abroad. He has new CD releases with Harry Allen and Warren Vaché and has recorded with Wycliffe Gordon. He lives in the New York City area.

Evan Arntzen Sax, Clarinet


Evan Arntzen is a saxophonist, clarinetist and vocalist from Vancouver, British Colombia. From the age of seven, Evan studied New Orleans jazz under the instruction of his grandfather, Lloyd Arntzen. After earning his B.A. in Saxophone Performance, Evan performed extensively with many of Canada’s most prominent musicians. Since moving to New York City in 2014, Evan has taken part in the city’s vibrant traditional jazz scene, performing with such groups as Vince Giodano’s Nighthawks, Terry Waldo’s Gotham City Band and Jon-Erik Kellso’s Earregulars. Evan has received several awards for his music and has played in jazz festivals all over the world.

Musicians Dan Barrett Trombone

Danny Coots Drums

Duke Heitger Trumpet

Born in Pasadena in 1955, Dan switched from piano to trombone in the fifth grade. He performs at festivals worldwide and is on many recordings. He has led his own bands and has arranged and composed for others. He was featured in Benny Goodman’s last band and has played in many movies, including “Cotton Club” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He has traveled extensively to play in Europe and is part of the Lizzy and the Triggermen group. Dan’s sense of humor, organization, and musical talents add much to the San Diego Jazz Party. We thank him for being an integral part of scheduling the musicians in their sets and for his tremendous support over the years. He lives in Costa Mesa, CA. Dan was recognized in 2018 as a SDJP Legend. It was 1964 in upstate New York when Danny Coots began playing drums at the tender age of six years old. Since then, he has studied percussion with Nick Baffaro, Rich Holly, Alan Koffman and Jim Petercsak. Danny attended The Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University. He eventually served as adjunct faculty at St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and Potsdam State University from the 1970s into the 1990s. He continued traveling and performing with David Amram, Ray Shiner, Daniel Pinkham, Herb Ellis, Will Alger, Jack Mayhue, Speigle Wilcox, Mimi Hines, Phil Ford, Bob Darch, Pearl Kaufman and Arthur Duncan. In 1996, Danny moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and has lived there ever since. Danny has recorded extensively in Nashville, New York, and L.A. and has appeared in over 100 countries. He has played on over 100 recordings, one of which won a Grammy in 2005. Duke Heitger, one of the best classic jazz trumpet players today, is known worldwide for his warm sound, virtuosity, and unwavering devotion to early jazz styles. While in demand as an international soloist and recording artist, he reigns as one of the longest tenured bandleaders in New Orleans performing regularly on the Steamboat Natchez. Michael Steinman (Jazz Lives, NYC), says “Duke Heitger-playing or singing-makes special music, lyrical and hot.” Curt Beard (Jazz Soundings, Seattle) stated, “A rare combination of musical characteristics. He plays hot... he plays sweet...he plays the blues as though there is a touch of pathos dripping from every note…” His trumpet-playing and arranging is a highlight of the million selling Squirrel Nut Zippers recording, Hot, earning him both gold and platinum records. This is his first year with the San Diego Jazz Party, and we are honored to have him join us.

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Musicians Jon-Erik Kellso Trumpet

Rebecca Kilgore Vocals

Lizzy & the Triggermen

Born in Detroit in 1964, Jon began early, playing in a big band at age 11, in the International Youth Symphony at age 13, and in concert alongside Wild Bill Davidson at 17. He also played with the J.C. Heard Orchestra. After moving to New York in 1989 to join Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, he has played with Ralph Sutton, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Milt Hinton, Dick Hyman and many others. He plays in festivals and concerts and with bands around the globe, and he is on the soundtracks of several movies. He lives in New York.

Rebecca Kilgore is one of America’s leading song stylists intent on preserving the vocal jazz of the 30s and 40s. Rebecca has performed with a number of small and large bands over the years and brings warmth and vibrancy to the music wherever she goes. In 2002, Rebecca joined musical forces with Eddie Erickson and Dan Barrett, to form her new band, BED (an acronym for members Becky, Eddie and Dan). Their audience-friendly humor, combined with jazzy, jivey swing, makes BED a favorite with listeners of all ages. Rebecca was recognized in 2016 as a SDJP Legend.

Dubbed “10-piece jazz sensations” (LA Weekly) and “one of the hottest swing bands in LA” (Good Day LA), Lizzy & the Triggermen have been making waves since they burst onto the SoCal scene. True to their speakeasy vibe, the band first began performing in a legendary, secret club in LA. Word-of-mouth about their incredible live shows quickly spread, and soon they were headlining some of the top venues in town (the Wiltern, the El Rey, the Troubadour) before they’d even released any music. With wailing horns, killer vocals, and a lethal rhythm section, the band channels the electrifying swagger of ‘20s and ‘30s big band and makes it feel new and modern through a mixture of originals and re-imagined vintage gems. From sultry songs about getting high to jubilant dance tunes about the world ending, to even an obscure Ellington masterpiece written for an opera singer, their bold debut album, “Good Songs for Bad Times,” (released May 2020) quickly rose to #3 on iTunes Jazz charts (alongside jazz luminaries: Miles Davis and Kamasi Washington).


Musicians Eddie Metz, Jr. Drums

Eddie, who was born in Allentown, PA, and grew up in Ann Arbor, MI, was three when the drummer in his father’s Dixieland band gave him his first drumsticks. He played his first professional gig at the age of 12. Since then, he has played with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Chick Corea, Clark Terry, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Ralph Sutton and many others. He has recorded on many labels, including Arbors, Fantasy, and Nagel-Heyer. He has lived in the Orlando area for the past 24 years, 14 of which he was a full-time staff musician at Disney World. He travels the world playing at concerts, festivals and tours. Eddie was recognized in 2019 as a SDJP Legend.

Nicki Parrott

Bass and Vocals Born in Australia in 1970, Nicki began her musical training on piano at the age of four and soon took up the flute as well. She switched to double bass at 15 because her sister, alto sax player Lisa, wanted a bass in her group. She moved to New York in 1994, and has since performed at the Newport, Lionel Hampton, and Berlin jazz festivals, among many others. She plays at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC and many other venues in the New York area and overseas. In addition to being an outstanding bass player, she is a talented singer who brings the standard classics alive.

Did You Know?

According to Wikipedia, Mainstream Jazz (that you are fortunate enough to experience at this exclusive San Diego Jazz Party) is the popular jazz music of an era. Mainstream Jazz is the term that was established in the 1950s by music journalist, Stanley Dance, who considered anything within the popular jazz music of the Swing Era, “mainstream”.


Musicians Ken Peplowski Sax and Clarinet

“When you grow up in Cleveland, Ohio, playing in a Polish polka band, you learn to think fast on your feet,” says Ken Peplowski, who played his first pro engagement when he was still in elementary school. “From my first time performing in public, I knew I wanted to play music for a living.” In 1980, Ken moved to New York City and was soon playing in all kinds of settings, from Dixieland to avant-garde jazz. In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band, hiring Ken on tenor saxophone. Ken Peplowski is a Buffet-Crampon artist, and plays the R-13 clarinet, with a Portnoy mouthpiece and Van Doren Germancut reeds. He also plays a Yamaha tenor sax with a Berg Larsen mouthpiece.

Houston Person, Jr.

Houston has recorded over 75 albums under his own name, and has also appeared on recordings with Etta Jones, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Dakota Staton and Horace Silver. He is a recipient of the Eubie Blake Jazz Award. Two recent recordings on the HighNote label are “Dialogues” with bassist Ron Carter and “Sentimental Journey.” He has played at Lincoln Center and at many festivals here and in Europe. Born in 1934, Houston grew up in Florence, SC, and lives in Nyack, NY. Houston was recognized in 2012 as a SDJP Legend.

Tenor Sax

Vinny Raniolo Guitar


As a touring guitar musician, performer, and educator, Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has brought him to 14 countries on three continents – and still growing – having performed in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center, and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy. While keeping a busy touring schedule in a variety of musical settings, Vinny has also become a familiar figure on Public Television. He was featured previously on three popular shows. One included the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends. Another was Frank Vignola’s Four Generations of Guitar where he was the youngest generation in the lineage of jazz guitarists with veteran Bucky Pizzarelli, and he performed in the Music Gone Public series. Recording credits include soundtracks for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Woody Allen’s film, Café Society.

Musicians Chuck Redd

Drums and Vibes

Chuck Redd is noted for his tasteful playing on both drums and vibes, He was born in 1958 in Takoma Park, MD, where he lives today. Chuck joined the Charlie Byrd Trio in 1980 at the age of 21. He has played on tour many times in Europe and Japan. He has toured and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Flanagan, Marian McPartland, Scott Hamilton, Bucky Pizzarelli and many other jazz greats. He was a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for 15 years and is currently the Artistic Director of the Oregon Festival of American Music. Chuck was on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Music for 12 years and presented master classes, workshops, and lectures for aspiring students around the country. Chuck is being recognized as the San Diego Jazz Party Legend this year.

Richard Simon

Richard is one of the busiest bass players in the Los Angeles area. Born in Kansas City, he moved to Los Angeles in 1977. He has performed at festivals, concerts, and nightclubs. He has recorded with Rosemary Clooney, Plas Johnson, Buddy Collette, Al Viola, Gerald Wiggins, and others. In 1995, he founded the UFO-BASS recording label to document the music of often-overlooked West Coast musicians.


He has toured in Japan and performed a live recording with the Ken Peplowski Big Band; two jams with Eubie Green alongside the jazz-loving King of Thailand; festival appearances with Eddie Higgins, Lalo Schifrin, Harold Arlen, Chico Hamilton, Britt Woodman, Pete Fountain, and Jake Hanna.

Rossano Sportiello Piano

A widely acclaimed talent, Rossano graduated from the Italian Conservatory and began his musical career at the age of 18. He was born in 1974 and lives in New York. In 2002 and 2003, he played at the Ascona Festival in Switzerland with Dan Barrett’s International Swing Party band. He has been a pupil of Barry Harris, and his piano hero is the late Ralph Sutton. Rossano has performed at New York’s Town Hall and Lincoln Center and at the United Nations. He has played with a host of jazz notables, including Harry Allen, Scott Hamilton, Becky Kilgore, Warren Vaché, Howard Alden and Joe Wilder. He has recorded solo piano albums for the Blue Swing and Arbors labels.


Musicians Jason Wanner Piano

Jason was born in 1978 in Sacramento and began playing and taking piano lessons at age six. Even at such a young age, he was constantly exposed to many different kinds of music. Although neither of his parents were musicians, they were obvious fans of many musical styles, and so this love was of course bestowed upon their son everyday. Before he could even walk and talk, he received many daily doses of everything from classic country, to folk, classic rock, doowop, big band, ragtime, modern jazz, Sousa marches, Strauss waltzes, polka, motown; and the list goes on and on. One day at school, the students were required to get their fingerprints taken, and the woman taking Jason’s commented on how he had “the fingers of a piano player.” Well, Jason already knew that he loved the piano, so he went home and told his parents. They asked if he was interested in taking lessons, to which he replied, “Yeah, I wanna play.” Later, he played classical music and ragtime, adding jazz in his teens. Johnny Varro took him under his wing at a music camp. Since then he has played with trad bands at the Sun Valley Swing and Dixie Jamboree, at Mammoth Lakes with the Sister Swing band, and at numerous festivals. He now makes his home in San Diego.

Peter Washington Bass


Perhaps the most recorded bassist of his generation, Peter Washington has a discography of more than 500 recordings. Born in Los Angeles, he played classical bass as a teen and majored in English literature at UC Berkeley, where he became interested in jazz. In 1986, he was invited by Art Blakey to join the Jazz Messengers in New York. From there, he became part of two of the most celebrated trios in jazz: The Tommy Flanagan Trio (10 years) and, for the past 19 years, the Bill Charlap Trio. Mr. Washington’s work roster includes Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Burrell, Hank Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Don Grolnick, The Brecker Brothers, Tony Bennett, Freddie Cole, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. In 2009 he was part of The Blue Note 7, a septet formed in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. This is his first year with the San Diego Jazz Party, and we are honored to have him join us.

Musician Sponsorships Friends and attendees of the San Jazz Party have the opportunity to sponsor musicians. We appreciate your contributions to further the cause of the San Diego Jazz Party. The cost is $500, which qualifies as a contribution and is fully tax-deductible. Sponsors receive a beautiful photo with their musician(s), an invitation to the Musician’s Dinner Party on Sunday evening, and recognition in the program and on the San Diego Jazz Party website. If you would like to participate in this rewarding program, please contact Sandi Joyce, President of the San Diego Jazz Party at 619.787.8792 or via email at:

Our Sincere Thank You to the following 2022 Musician Sponsors: John Grubenhoff

Phil Moody

Don and Janet Fall

Deborah Morrison

Cindi Hill

Dan & Jan Ostrom

Sandi Joyce

Don Reid

Bill & Terri Jones

Jennifer Reid

Carol Laveroni

Thelma Ruegg

Deborah Love

Patrick Scull

Patricia McKay

John & Darby Tanko


Board of Directors The San Diego Jazz Party organization Board of Directors are the people who work hard behind the scenes to make the San Diego Jazz Party the very best.

Sandi Joyce President

Don Fall

Treasurer - Marketing


Russell King

Vice President

Jennifer Reid

Volunteer Coordinator

Deborah Morrison Secretary

Janet Fall

Member at Large

Jazz Party Legacy Ways You Can Help Keep the Party Going! The San Diego Jazz Party is a non-profit organization that relies on attendees and people who are passionate about the music to keep it going. To support stability and long-range planning, the San Diego Jazz Party needs a reliable stream of operating income. We could use your help and would appreciate it if you could consider making an endowment gift. Please consider supporting the San Diego Jazz Party and the San Diego Education programs. Your suppport of the San Diego Jazz Party will help us continue for years to come. Supporting the San Diego Jazz Party Education program enables the Jazz Party to provide in-school Jazz programs, master classes and college scholarship funds to jazz musicians in the San Diego area. Contributions are fully tax-deductible. The San Diego Jazz Party is a non-profi 501C(3) organization chartered under Federal and California Law. If you would like more information about how to participate, please talk to Sandi Joyce or Russell King at the party, or reach out to: Sandi Joyce at 619.787.8792 or email at

Thank You from The Board of Directors of the San Diego Jazz Party

Don’t Miss the 2023 Party Thank you for attending our 2022 Party, and don’t forget to sign up for the 2023 San Diego Jazz Party. Our three-day party will again be held in the ballroom of the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar - a desirable location for a fun, relaxing weekend of outstanding classical jazz. Those who purchase Patron badges for the three-day weekend will be Jazz Party guests on Friday afternoon for a Cocktail Party and for brunch on Saturday morning. See the check in desk in the Jazz Party reception area for the ticket order form and details. Sign up before March 31, 2022, to save on your 2023 Patron Tickets. Dates for 2023 are: February 24-26 , 2023 Details are available at:


San Diego Jazz Please consider supporting the San Diego Jazz Party Scholarship Program The San Diego Jazz Party Scholarship Fund was established in 2017 by Dan Reid. It was Dan’s vision to create a Scholarship Fund to encourage young jazz musicians to pursue higher education to expand their talents and follow their dreams of furthering mainstream jazz to the world. This scholarship program was the first of its kind for the SDJP in the years of entertaining patrons and other guests with mainstream jazz in San Diego. Being able to observe young people succeed in the world of jazz was near and dear to his heart. The San Diego Jazz Party Scholarship Fund will be his lasting legacy. As finances permit, The San Diego Jazz Party awards scholarships to students who attended High School in the San Diego area and are enrolled as full time undergraduates studying Jazz at any College or University in the United States. Evaluation criteria include: Musical ability and stage presence

Financial need

Academic achievement

Scholarships will be awarded to new or continuing students as funds are available. Children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews of San Diego Jazz Party Board Members are not eligible for the scholarships. San Diego Jazz Party is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization chartered under federal and California law. Contributions are fully tax-deductible. San Diego Jazz Party Scholarships are derived from donations, grants, bequests and fundraising activities of the San Diego Jazz Party Thank You from The Board of Directors of the San Diego Jazz Party

The San Diego Jazz Party organization awards scholarships to promising young musicians to allow them to pursue their dreams of furthering world-class jazz to the world. This year’s recipients have shown great musical talents at young ages in guitar, saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, trumpet, violin, and vocals.

Christian Rodriguez Christian Rodriguez attended Mission Bay High School. He started playing guitar at the beginning of his freshman year when he was 14. He also played the violin in middle school, and banjo in high school. Rodriguez studied with Jaier Batiz in the beginning and later on studied with Martinez Castro before he died. He later joined Young Lions’ Jazz Conservatory and studied with Ian Buss and Gilbert Castillnos. He also studied with Mark Dresser at the UCSD Jazz Camp in 2018, and most recently, with Tommy Collins and Endea Owens. He is currently attending two colleges to pursue two majors.


Party Scholarships

Tiger Diep

Sam Kredich

Tiger Diep, a graduate of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, has been playing the saxophone since the age of 11. Aside from the saxophone, he doubles on other instruments as well such as the clarinet, flute, EWI (electronic wind instrument), and the piano. Tiger is grateful to have had amazing teachers and mentors such as Jeffrey Benedict, Gilbert Castellanos, Julius Tolentino, and John Reynolds who have helped him up to this point. In the fall, Tiger will be attending New York University to study privately and receive instruction from Mark Turner, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, and Dave Pietro.

Sam Kredich attended Del Norte High school and played four years in their music program. He has been playing the trumpet since he was ten, but has also played and taken lessons for piano, guitar and vocals.

Although his passion lies in jazz, Tiger has played and appreciates other genres such as Rock, Indie, and R&B which, according to him, has been extremely helpful in his development. He loves all kinds of jazz from the big bands of Duke Ellington to Maria Schneider, the seminal small groups of John Coltrane and Oscar Peterson, the free jazz movement of Ornette Coleman, and fusion of the Brecker Brothers and Pat Metheny Group. He also appreciates jazz in the light that it is in today, moved in a different direction by Robert Glasper and Braxton Cook. Some saxophone players who have been most influential to him include Dick Oatts, Seamus Blake, Kenny Garrett, Cannonball Adderley, and Charlie Parker.

Outside high school, he participated in the International academy of Jazz as well as the Young Lions Conversatory under the direction of Gilbert Castellanos. Through his association with Castellanos, he was part of the opening group for a tribute to Mongo Santamaria and Jack Costanzo at Bayside Summer Nights at Embarcadeo Marina in July of 2019. He also was part of the opening group for the Roots of Rhythm concert at Copley Symphony Hall as part of the Jazz at Jacobs Series. Under the direction of Andy Geib, Kredich was in the Ambasadors of Soul, a high school funk group that travels around gigging in areas like Ocean beach and Balboa Park. He also attended the 88.3 Francis Parker Summer Jazz Workshop for five years, the Jazz Workshop at the University of North Texas in 2017, and the Berklee Brass Camp in 2018. He studied under local musicians including Andy Geib, Michael Timson, Derek Cannon, Tim Saeger, Robert Totty and Gilbert Castellanos. He also was influenced by musicians from around the country including Mike Steinel, Rodney Booth, Billy Buss, Ed Soph, Charlie Lewis and Norman Bolter. His music influences include Jacob Collier, Snarky Puppy, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Kamasi Washington.


In Memoriam Daniel J. Reid 1939-2020 Dan Reid filled the lives of so many with his wisdom, his wit, his generosity and his love Daniel J. Reid, Jazz aficionado, true friend, loving father, long-time partner, retired successful businessman, and President and respected leader of the San Diego Jazz Party since 2016, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020.

Dan had many strengths and liked to tell stories. One of his favorites was about growing up in Chicago, Illinois. In his senior year of high school, he won the Illinois State Wrestling Championship. Shortly after high school Dan joined the U.S. Navy and was eventually stationed in San Diego. Once he was in the paradise that is San Diego, he made it his home from 1961 until his passing. Dan held various jobs throughout his young life, working from the ground up in many industries before being hired to work in the Planning Department for San Diego Gas & Electric in the late 1960’s. After working for San Diego Gas & Electric, he began a life-long career in Commercial Real Estate Development. He spent 45 years working for various developers; his last position of 20 years was that of Vice President, Western Devcon, Inc. before retiring at 76. In that role, he managed the construction of massive industrial and office buildings, primarily for the U.S. Government, throughout the United States. He considered his major accomplishment the role of father/mother to his lovely daughter, Jennifer. He taught her to be independent, and she has inherited her dad’s heart, sense of humor and sincerity. Dan was a man of high integrity, coupled with an amazing sense of humor, generosity, a passion for life, and jazz music. An avid reader, and first edition mystery novel collector, his literary collection is 90% signed by the author. However, his most profound collection was his wine. Dan shared his love of wine with friends and family in the most adoring way. Twenty-five years ago, he met and fell in love with his long-time partner, Sandi. She would be the love of his life. They shared an amazing life together. No matter how difficult things got, they always found time to laugh and love each other. Dan’s generosity in promoting and contributing to the San Diego Jazz Party took on even more meaning when he created and significantly contributed to the San Diego Jazz Party Scholarship Fund starting in 2017. It was Dan’s vision to create a Scholarship Fund to encourage young jazz musicians in perpetuating their musical jazz talents in higher education. This was a first of its kind for the SDJP in years of entertaining patrons and other guests with mainstream jazz in San Diego. Being able to observe young people succeed in the world of jazz was near and dear to his heart. The San Diego Jazz Party Scholarship Fund will be his lasting legacy. Dan leaves this world a much better place, and his memory will live on in the world of Jazz. His San Diego Jazz Party legacy will be carried on by the SDJP Board and all those who attend the annual festive and world class event. He will be greatly missed.


David (Dave) B. Cooper May 15, 1933 - August 15, 2020 David Cooper of La Jolla, a retired newspaper editor and the former president of the San Diego jazz party, died August 15, 2020, at his home in La Jolla, CA. He was 87 years old. Dave loved the San Diego Jazz Party and was passionate about continuing the non-profit Party that was designed to keep classic, mainstream jazz alive. His lifelong interest in jazz found him in Akron from 1994 to 1999, hosting a weekly hour-long jazz radio program over WAPS-FM, owned by the Akron Public Schools. During the program he played music from his record collection and discussed jazz and the musicians. He covered ten national political conventions, serving as Knight Ridder’s office manager and was an opinion columnist at eight of the conventions. He helped to organize and support a convention staff of 100 to 120 reporters and editors. He was a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the National Conference of Editorial Writers. David (Dave) R. Stone July 14, 1955 - June 14, 2021 Dave Stone, an epic bassist and Jazz Party favorite, died June 14, 2021. Both his father and uncle were bass players and played in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His dad also played with Barney Bigard, toured with Harry James for three years, and worked on I love Lucy and the The Lucy Show over 17 years. Dave referred to his father as “his best friend who made a huge impact on my life.” So it‘s natural that he would want to follow in his dad’s footsteps. Growing up in Glendale, California, Dave had a newspaper route as a kid and attended Eagle Rock High School where he played in the school band directed by Johnny Rinaldo, who would one day become his father-in-law. By his 20s, Dave was touring with the bands of Ray Anthony, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Harry James and later, Nancy Wilson. Much in demand on the West Coast, he recorded with singers Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Paul McCartney and Natalie Cole. He performed on many movie soundtracks, including “Up” and “Mission Impossible III.” He also worked on Broadway shows such as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Les Miserables”, and “Fiddler on the Roof” and on many movies. Dave had a positive influence on everyone he played with; his commitment to excellence was infectious. Beyond the beauty of his bass playing and the depth of his musicianship, anyone lucky enough to have known Dave will remember his kindness, his gentle spirit, humility, and especially his laughter, which will be remembered on every concert and sound stage for eternity. He lived in Huntington Beach, California.


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Jazz Party History Ever wonder how this party got started? We need to thank Dick and Maddie Gibson.

The Concept of a Jazz Party The concept of a Jazz Party originated in the 60s when Dick Gibson, a long time jazz aficionado, along with his wife Maddie, created what he called his annual Jazz Party. Gibson ran his Jazz Party for some 30 years, starting in 1963, usually on Labor Day weekend. Each year he brought musicians he liked to Colorado, including Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs and Denver, along with critics and fans. For three days different formats of musicians played. Those events pulled together musicians who had not seen one another in years, and the spontaneous nature of the festivities created a casual sort of brilliance, where the musicians were playing for themselves and friends. The parties were also important because they were held during a period in which jazz had fallen out of favor in American culture. While Mr. Gibson strove to break even, bringing in up to 500 paying guests at a time, they were in a sense underground events, where the overlooked idiom of mainstream jazz had its yearly reunion in front of its fans. Out of each party inevitably came other parties, along with recording and club dates. From The Mississippi Rag on Dick Gibson: “The (jazz party) concept … reinvigorated the jazz scene and led to the creation of jazz parties elsewhere.” Mr. Gibson had a widely varied career. An expert on Oriental rugs and Cloisonné, he also wrote fiction, worked as an investment banker and made a fortune by forming the Water Pik company, which he sold in 1967. He was also a jazz entrepreneur, having formed the World’s Greatest Jazz Band in 1968. It included Bob Haggart on bass, Yank Lawson on trumpet, Bob Wilber on reeds, Ralph Sutton on piano and Gus Johnson on drums.


The San Diego Jazz Party In 1988, following the Dick Gibson format, Bill and Beverly Muchnic launched San Diego Jazz Party in Downtown San Diego. Their first festival included such jazz giants as Flip Philips, Buddy Tate, Bob Haggart, Jake Hanna, Ralph Sutton and Milt Hinton. After Bill’s death some years later, Beverly kept San Diego Jazz Party going until health issues caused her to give it up. It was taken over by Herb Kratze, who moved it to the Hilton in Del Mar. Kratze stopped running the party after 2003, and it was taken over in 2004 by La Jollans Dave and Joanne Cooper, and Poo Wyer and John Amberg. Wyer and Amberg stepped aside after the 2004 Party and the Coopers continued through 2015. Enter jazz lover, Dan Reid, who took over the leadership of the party in 2016. The current officers and board members are: Sandi Joyce, president, Russell King, vice-president, Deborah Morrison, secretary, Jennifer Reid, volunteer coordinator, Don Fall, treasurer & marketing, and Janet Fall, memberat-large. The San Diego Jazz Party continues the tradition of presenting classic, mainstream jazz to the public on an annual basis in a weekend-long party featuring outstanding musicians in a relaxed, intimate setting at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar.

For more details on Dick Gibson and his Jazz Party, please go to YouTube and search. You’ll find a documentary video that explains the Gibson format with music from one of his first Colorado festivals. Thanks to the New York Times for details on Dick Gibson.

In this entertaining Jazz themed crossword puzzle we’ve listed some popular names of interesting people, places and instruments. Find the answers on page 30.

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Down Describes SDJP music rating Name of sets What the SDJP is Three day SDJP pass Woodwind instrument Group playing for enthusiasts Awarded to Jazz students Name of Jazz Party hotel Name of great wine store in ad Enthusiastic and knowledgeable about jazz 2022 SDJP legend Describes person’s life

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Johnny Varro Donation Johnny Varro has graciously agreed to donate many of his musical arrangements to the San Diego Jazz Party. These terrific “charts” were written by Johnny himself, and recorded by his Swing 7 in a series of four CDs made for Arbors Records. The recordings feature several musicians appearing at the SDJP. What an incredible gift for aspiring students and all those who have enjoyed his music over the years. We will be posting his treasures on our website. Johnny Varro, born in 1930, was the 2013 San Diego Jazz Party Legend. He started performing at the age of 16 and is an accomplished international pianist. His first professional job was with Bobby Hackett. He then went on to perform at Eddie Condon’s with such great jazzmen as Buck Clayton, Pee Wee Russell, Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Lou McGarity, Peanuts Hucko and others. Johnny has worked most of the jazz rooms around New York including The Embers, Tavern on the Green, Hanratty’s, The Metropole, and Jimmy Ryan’s. He has numerous recordings to his credit and has toured all over the world with groups such as the Dukes of Dixieland, Wild Bill Davison All Stars, and Peanuts Hucko Tour - Tribute to Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong. He also played with the Jackie Gleason Show. Johnny has toured Italy, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Yugoslavia, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, and was on a TV special in Stuttgart, Germany. He currently resides in Palm Harbor, Florida, and plays many clubs and jazz festivals all over the world.


The Legends’ Wall features images and biographies of San Diego Jazz Party Honorees.


Dan Reid, Sandi Joyce, Don Reid, Jennifer Reid 2020 Party Thanks for the Memories Crossword Puzzle Answers