E. Doctor Smith - Acoustic, Electronic and Chordal Drums

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E. Doctor Smith began his musical journey as a teenager playing percussion in the District of Columbia Youth Orchestra and in Maryland’s Montgomery County Youth Orchestra. Inspired by the Miles Davis fusion bands of the mid-70s, he continued his studies with Paul Sears, drummer of the Muffins. His first group, Oranus Rey, featured guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist Ed Howard, and saxophonist Tim Chambers. In 1980 Doc moved to New York where he met fellow Music Building tenants Madonna and her co-writer, Stephen Bray. With Bray, Doc performed in the Breakfast Club and The Same. The Same was produced by Brian Eno and featured keyboardist Carter Burwell, guitarist Chip Johannsen, singer Clodagh Simmons, bassist Stanley Adler, and the motto "Semper Mutants."

Following Bray and Madonna to Los Angeles, Doc assisted on many of Madonna's biggest albums as well as other of Bray's projects including Nick Kamen, Gladys Knight, The Breakfast Club, Brian Ferry, and Steel Pulse. In L.A. Doc’s sound engineering skills were honed in sessions working alongside Michael Verdick and Tony Shepperd. Back on the East Coast, Doc performed with the New England groups K2, Flash to Bangtime, and Feat of Clay using a Simmons kit he called the “Beast." Inspired by that of British drummer Bill Bruford, Doc’s 12-piece kit was the first embodiment of his love of digital drums.

In 1995, as a member of the trio Between The Lines, Doc designed and built the Drummstick, a percussion controller consisting rather humbly of a 2x6 piece of wood with 16 finger-pads. Borne of a desire to walk on stage, plug in and play like a guitarist, while accessing his beloved and virtually infinite world of digital sounds, Doc’s Drummstick developed a life of its own.

In 2000 Doc debuted his first CD of original music, The Drummstick, with his band of the same name, which featured core members Jack Wright on guitar, Neil Mezebish on horns, and Celia DuBose on bass. That year he also performed using the Drummstick with guitar legends including Bon Lozago of Gongzilla, Tom Principato, Bill Kirchen, Paul Bollenback, as well as bansurist John Wubbenhorst, tabla master Sandip Burman, and the famed Flecktone, Howard Levy.

Now living in and loving San Francisco, Doc performed at the Edgetone New Music Summit of 2006 with horn player Eric Dahlman. The summer of 2007 saw the release of a new Drummstick 2 CD, a long-distance collaboration with the original Drummstick band and other musical friends (and the re-release of his first Drummstick CD) on Edgetone Records. Doc also produced and performed on an Edgetone release entitled Robert Anbian and UFQ: the Unidentified Flying Quartet. This timely and troubling work of jazz and poetry features poet Robert Anbian, saxophonist Charles Unger, keyboardist Sam Peoples, and bassist Mike Shea.

In the winter of 2007, Doc began playing his signature series Zendrum ZX and continued collaborating with the 7 string bass virtuoso Edo Castro. In June of 2008, Doc released his fourth album on Edgetone, “K2”, with long time partners Seth Elgart, Neil Mezebish and Castro, followed by "Live", also on Edgetone with Castro. Doc also continues to perform with Castro, as well as a variety of jazz groups, including the Maki-Smith Duo, with Nora Maki, the UFQ, the Wilbur Rehmann Quartet, the UF2 with Sam Peoples, and the McQuarry, Kleinman & Smith Trio featuring keyboardist Steve McQuarry and bassist Craig Kleinman.

"Quantum" is Doc's latest work and his sixth album on the Edgetone Records label. Quantum reunites Smith with his former Drummstick band mate, guitarist Jack Wright (Quantum Kids, Temporal Chaos Project) and features Quantum Kids' bassist, Tom Shiben, and Smith's Feat of Clay co-founder, trumpeter Eric Dahlman. In this collaboration, Smith’s unique fusion approach to the new Zendrum EXP MIDI percussion controller (the first commercially sold EXP, designed by David Haney of the Zendrum Corporation), splash blends with Wright's inspired guitar work and looping mastery to create music swirling between the subtle, the beautiful, the incendiary. The result is Quantum, a mix of progressive rock and jazz with ambient and otherworldly sounds. Doc's latest projects are with bansurist John Wubbenhorst and his group Facing East, "FutureJazz" with guitarist Peter McKibben, and with Steve McQuarry's Electric Quartet featuring bassist Ted Burik and violinist Michele Walther of McQuarry's Resonance Jazz octet.


Steve McQuarry
- Keyboards

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Steve grew up in a home filled with his Mom’s piano playing, in Denver Colorado.  He studied at the Eastman School of Music, University of Colorado at Denver, Berklee School Of Music, University Of California San Diego and Alexander University. He is an active member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the performance rights organization, Broadcast Musicians, Inc. (BMI), the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF), the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), the Society For Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) and Chamber Music America (CMA).
Steve has performed with distinguished artists such as the late Dizzy Gillespie, Clare Fischer, Louie Bellson, Red Rodney (Charlie Parker), Tom Scott, the late John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa), Nathan East (Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Bob James), Bill Rich(Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Taj Mahal) and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Today, Steve is composing and recording on his indie label, Mandala Records and working on orchestration projects in the film community, but someday you might find him on a pink sand beach with Sherre eating a conch salad.


Georgianna Krieger - Saxophones

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In the fabled jazz town of Denton Texas, Georgianna began playing saxophone at age 9 and just kept playing. Influenced by college radio, Gerry Mulligan and a North Texas State University philosophy professor, Georgianna sees a connection between jazz improvisation and drawing but is unlikely to ever bring it up. While studying figurative sculpture, she earned a bachelors degree in Jazz and Commercial music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Today, Georgianna teaches saxophone,  plays with Resonance Jazz Ensemble and is a professional visual artist. Her small works in glass are available on Etsy. When she’s not playing saxophone, sculpting or parenting Georgianna dreams of summer and loose leaf tea.

Ted Burik - Acoustic and Electric Basses

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Ted grew up back east and moved to the west coast 25 years ago. He has performed jazz, blues, and classical music for over 30 years in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area. To best capture the deep sonic possibilities found in the bass, he focuses on performing modern and traditional jazz on both upright bass and electric fretted and fretless basses.
While in New York, he studied and performed with Rick Petrone, bassist with Maynard Ferguson’s big band, and has studied with Naim Satya in the Bay Area. In Seattle’s thriving jazz scene, he performed extensively with the Dave Anderson Quartet (Pony Boy Records), the Gilbert Garcia Group, and Black Lab Music.
Today, Ted is quite busy playing jazz in the Bay Area, performing regularly with Resonance and Milestones. He is also a founding member of Jumping the Shark, an original blues rock ensemble that is currently recording its first album. Someday he’d like to have his very own home recording studio, and we’re all hoping he’ll invite us over to jam.