Tenor saxophonist, Jerry Bergonzi, is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and educator. His music is renowned for its innovation, mastery, and integrity. Bergonzi's music has been applauded throughout the world at festivals, concert halls, and jazz venues and his dedication to jazz music has been well documented by an extensive discography.
Billy Peterson is one of the premier bass players in the world, as well as being a successful producer and arranger, having worked with Ben Sidran, Eddie Harris, Leo Kottke, Bob Dylan and Steve Miller, to name a few. Billy was the bassist for the Steve Miller band for 23 years, and is part-owner of the Artist's Quarter, St. Paul's premiere place to see live jazz.
Joe Pulice, jazz drummer and show player, has been an active, in-demand drummer/percussionist in the Twin Cities since 1980. Joe has worked with such jazz greats as Stan Getz, Slide Hampton, Dave Liebman and Jack McDuff. As a show player, he has performed with many artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Harry Connick Jr.
Peter Schimke is among the very elite of Twin Cities' keyboardists. Starting out with rock bands as a drummer and vocalist in the late 70s, Peter moved on to play Hammond B-3 with Charlie Musselwhite at Blue Max on Maui. Working in New York, he graduated from the William Paterson University. He also plays with How Birds Work, the Bruce Henry Sextet, and the Irv Williams Quartet.