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Tamara Garlett

Tamara Garlett is an experienced vocalist, and grew up studying violin, piano, flute, piccolo, and voice. She is originally from Texas, and while she was growing up, split her time between the Pacific Northwest and Texas. Tamara was accepted into a performing arts high school in Dallas, Texas, where she studied theater and music.

Tamara studied classical voice, music, blues, and jazz at Portland State University, and performs jingles and voiceovers on a national basis. You may have heard her voice on the radio, as she has sung jingles and performed voiceovers for clients such as Dr. Pepper, The National Milk Producers of America, and GlaxoSmithKline. While studying at Portland State University, Tamara had the privilege of studying jazz piano with Darrell Grant.

Tamara has been singing in various jazz, funk and soul bands in Texas and Portland for many years. She has had the opportunity to sit in with artists such as The Gatlin Brothers, Dave Brubeck, and Darrell Grant. When not performing with TBone, Tamara enjoys camping, hiking, snowshoeing, rock climbing, and white water rafting with her husband. She is also an avid science fiction reader and fan, and is not ashamed to say that she has read every book that Robert Heinlein has ever written.

Wes Luttrell

Wes Luttrell is an experienced musician who has been playing music since childhood; he feels that  he didn’t choose music, music chose him. Wes’ instrument of choice is the trumpet, and he enjoys performing, arranging, composing, and recording jazz, funk, and soul. Wes grew up in a musical family; many of his relatives were professional jazz, funk, and soul musicians. He honed his musical skills at an early age by singing and playing in his church in Fresno, California. He began playing jazz music in junior high school, and then went on to study Music Education at Fresno State University.

 

Wes moved to Portland in 2003, and also plays with The Bleeding Hearts. His most recent musical projects include: Manimal House, a funk and soul band, The Dirty Syncopators, a funk band, and Los Hooligans, a ska band.

 

Wes counts The Beatles, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, The Roots, and James Brown as his greatest musical influences. When not playing music, Wes enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife and his two children.

Charles Neal

Charles Neal is an accomplished musician who performs, composes, produces, and engineers music. He has been intense and passionate about music since early childhood. At the age of six, he began his musical journey by learning piano and being influenced by gospel and jazz music. Later, he expanded into the world of drums and percussion. Moving into his teens, Charles was starting to engage in many musical activities and performed in many groups in high school. He played in (by audition only) the All Northwest jazz band, was a featured soloist in the group on vibraphone, and he played in the All State Concert Band for two years. After high school, Charles studied and performed around the Inland Northwest until the late 90’s, when Charles accepted a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music and moved to Boston. While at Berklee, Charles was awarded the Elvin Jones Scholarship and in May of 2000, Charles graduated "Cum Laude" in his class at the Berklee College of Music.

 

For the last decade and a half, Charles has lived in Portland Oregon performing, writing, producing, recording, and teaching music. “To me Music=Life.” Charles has played with many musicians in the Northwest and continues to be an active musician in the Portland area. Furthermore, he is constantly working and producing numerous music projects. Charles is passionate about producing and loves working on both sides of the glass in the recording studio. Collaborating with diverse music styles allows him to continually broaden and perfect his true love of performing and composing music of all kinds.

 

"I'm always on a quest to surround my life with music and live my passion for music." - Charles Neal

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson is a consummate, skilled musician who began playing music as a very young child. He is originally from Wisconsin, and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. His father was a professional musician (Drummer), and Dan began reading music before he ever read any book. He began playing the accordion at age five, and then switched to the saxophone right before entering the fifth grade. Dan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Jazz Performance from the University of Utah, and then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Music and Jazz Studies from the University of Utah.

Dan has eclectic musical taste, and counts his major musical influences as Sonny Rollins, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, The Police, Fishbone, Oingo Boingo, Sly and The Family Stone, Maceo Parker, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles.

When not playing with TBone, you can find Dan playing around Portland with Mr. Musu, his Jazz/Funk/Fusion group. Dan’s prior musical projects include The Chickens, an Afro-Beat Band. He also enjoys photographing many different subjects, with a focus on black and white photography.

Ryan Bley

Ryan Bley, AKA “Captain Bassie,” is an experienced musician, and his musical journey began at age four when his mother bought him a 45 turntable and a Beatles 45. He is a Pacific Northwest Native, began playing in jazz band and choir in junior high school, and was later attended the Mount Hood Community College music program before setting his sights on touring and recording.

When not playing with TBone, Ryan plays Bass for The Sentiments, Katt-Eye and Roots Revolution, and Anahata Sacred Sound Current. Other past musical projects include playing and touring with: Escort Service, Uprite Dub Orchestra, and Alcyon Massive. He counts his major musical influences as: Sly and the Family Stone, Augustus Pablo, Aston "Family man" Barrett, Thelonious Monk, and Fat Freddy's Drop.

Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, camping, and attending live music shows and festivals.

Kyle Molitor

Kyle Molitor is an accomplished, professional musician. Kyle is a Portland native, and was exposed to music from birth, as his father had a professional Barbershop Quartet (The Peanut Butter Conspiracy). Kyle knew from a very young age that he wanted to make a career out of music. He began playing jazz in middle school and toured with two National Jazz Ensembles: The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, who played with Artists in Residence Wynton Marsalis and Kurt Elling at The Monterrey Jazz Festival, and The Grammy Jazz Ensemble, which gave him the opportunity to play at The Grammys and participate in many clinics with master musicians.

After high school, Kyle attended The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, where he lived, studied, and played music for two years. He left music school after being offered lucrative performance opportunities.

Kyle counts his major musical influences as: J.J. Johnson, Glenn Miller, George Clinton, Elliot Mason, and  Stevie Ray Vaughn.

When not playing with TBone, Kyle tours as a member (Trombone) of Bootsy Collins’ band, The World Wide Funk Drive Band, and plays in Farnell Newton’s band named The Othership Connection. 

Dustin Hunley

Dustin Hunley is a skillful, experienced jazz pianist. Dustin grew up in Denver, Colorado, and has been singing and playing music since he was a young child. One of his earliest memories is trying to figure out how to play (by ear) Chicago songs on the family piano. He began studying music as a child and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz, Piano, and Commercial Music Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. Dustin moved to Portland in 2010, and he teaches general music at Dorothy Fox Elementary School in Vancouver, WA.

Although Dustin enjoys playing a wide variety of music, he counts his greatest musical influences as Billy Joel, Chicago, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, and Jimmy Smith. When not playing music with TBone, you can find Dustin playing around Portland with his Jazz Duo. Prior musical projects include playing keyboard for the house band at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, and as a Swing Band Leader for Carnival Cruise Lines.

When not playing music, Dustin enjoys yoga, hiking, mountaineering, cooking, attending Portland Timbers games, and spending time with his girlfriend and two children.

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