This Seattle sextet does it all: it grooves, it rocks, it squawks - occasionally, it even talks. Mostly, it sounds like a New Orleans jazz band on crystal meth.
- Jazziz Magazine
Reptet is one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Seattles new music scene. In their creative plea they take on the vitality of traditional jazz, the rigorous perspective of post bop, the expressive enthusiasm of Latin music, the energetic certainty of the indie rock, the academic rigors of contemporary classical music, the exotic brashness of European folk music and the insatiable search of the free improvisation.
July 29 Victoria, BC - Hermanns Jazz Club
July 30 Vancouver, BC - The Libra Room
July 31 Kelowna, BC - The Habitat
August 1 Kaslo, BC - The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Festival
August 3 Nelson, BC - The Royal
Seattles Reptet (Monktail Records) will be touring British Columbia in July and August to promote their new, internationally acclaimed record, Chicken or Beef? This will be their first trip to Canada, and it includes shows in Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Kaslo and Nelson. Winners of two 2007 Earshot Golden Ear Awards, this genre bending band is comprised of six multi-instrumentalists who have an expansive approach to music, performing original compositions that incorporate jazz, rock, ska, punk, modern classical, avant garde, eastern European folk influences and more. Their critically acclaimed 2006 release, Do This!" won numerous accolades, appeared on the year-end top-10 lists of many jazz critics and was chosen the number one Jazz CD of the Year by Jazziz Magazine's Alex Gelfand.
Their latest disc, Chicken or Beef? (Monktail Records) released in June 2008, was chosen finalist for Jazz Record of the Year by the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards and has been lauded by luminary Simpsons creator, Matt Groening. Their live performances have been described as, arresting, compelling and just plain cranked-up! with stage shows evolving into transformative performance art pieces using costumes, story telling, dance routines and absurdist humor. Reptet have proven themselves to be a unique and utterly enthralling multi-leveled experience, leaving an indelible mark on the memories of their audiences. This internationally touring ensemble will be releasing their first 7" vinyl single in the fall of 2009, recording their next CD in the winter and launching a European tour in the spring of 2010.
Samantha Boshnack (Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Slide Trumpet) grew up in upstate New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts in music from Bard College where she studied jazz trumpet and composition with Erica Lindsay and Thurman Barker. She has also studied with Jerry Sabatini and Baikida Carroll. She moved to Seattle in 2003 and joined the Monktail Collective. Today her career consists of teaching private lessons and gigging around the Northwest. She is also a member of Picoso. Boshnack has received commissioning support from 4Culture and Jack Straw Productions.
Chris Credit (Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute) moved from Anchorage Alaska to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts where he received a Bachelor of Music in 1998. There he studied with Julian Priester, Hadley Caliman, Chuck Deardorf, Jim Knapp and met the legendary Izaak Mills. After a short stint traveling around the world performing music on cruise ships, Credit returned to Seattle to focus on new projects and teaching. In addition to Reptet, he is also a member of Motel 5, the Cocktet, and founder of c2 music.
Izaak Mills (Saxophones, Flute, Bass Clarinet) grew up in Olympia, WA. In 1998 he made the long trek to Seattle to attend Cornish College where he studied for two years with Hadley Caliman, Jim Knapp, Julian Priester, Denney Goodhew, Jovino Santos Neto, Paul Taub and Dave Peck. He is a regular member of Picoso, the Boogie Brown Band and a founding member of Floss and Bacteria. His favorite food is the carrot.
Nelson Bell (Trombone and Tuba) graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in music history and music theory. Although the bass trombone is his main axe, he is also proficient on the tenor trombone, euphonium, tuba, piano, and percussion instruments. He takes great pride in being the finest egg shaker-er in the Northwest region. Nelson has performed with the Jazz Police, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Banda Vagos, the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Emerald City Jazz, and the North West Prevailing Winds to name a few. He has also done much studio work, with credits ranging from elevator music to movie soundtracks. Check out Nelson on the Grammy nominated album Convergence Zone" featuring compositions and arrangements by Phil Kelly.
John Ewing (Drums, Percussion) is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He studied jazz and classical percussion at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey and has studied with Robert Brosh and John Bishop. His current work includes jazz based improvisation and free sound explorations as well as film scores and studio work. He has had the honor of performing with legendary jazz trombonist Julian Priester and saxophonist Bert Wilson. John is also a jazz writer (Earshot Jazz and Signal to Noise among others) and a member of the Jazz Journalist Association. Besides being Reptet's founding member and co-leader, he is an integral member of Monktail Creative Music Concern.
Tim Carey (Bass) grew up playing electric bass in beautiful Seabeck, WA. Tim attended Olympic College where he was able to tour the world playing with some of Kitsap County's most notable jazz musicians, including Gary Williams, Ray Ohls, Andy Omdhal, and Nancy King. Tim earned a Bachelors of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington in May 2006. While at Cornish Tim quickly became one of Seattles first call electric bassists as well as an accomplished acoustic bassist and guitarist. Tim is currently teaching bass, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and piano full time as well as performing in and around the Seattle area on a regular basis. Projects include: the Mack Grout Quartet, Owour Arunga and the Young Lions, Banda Aricrin, Jovino Santos-Neto Trio, Reptet, the Jeff Busch Quintet, Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.