MUSICIAN BIOS

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DAVID BOLEN - DRUMS/PERCUSSION

Mr. Bolen is the brainchild behind Tobago Breeze.  He was born in Washington D.C. and as a youngster he lived in Germany (FDR & GDR), Ghana, Botswana. and Serbia. He is an internationally twice published award-winning author, speaker and former corporate business consultant.  Although he holds a degree in International Affairs, his unique background allows him to  approach his instrument with the ear of a producer and not just a drummer.  As a result, he has performed at notable venues in Las Vegas and at the Monterey Blues Festival to name just a few.  He performs with some of the world's finest musicians across multiple genres.  David has had the pleasure of playing with:

            Gene Black (Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart)-Guitar

            Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship) - Grammy nominated - Guitar

            Dr. Joel Clift - World-renown & Award-Winning Keyboardist 

            Dandara (Brazilian Singer & Pop Star - Montreaux Jazz  Festival)          

            Nokie Edwards  (The Ventures) - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

            Brandon Fields   (Tower of Power, Rippingtons) Grammy-Award winning saxist.

            Don Harriss (Billboard Charting Artist, Ronnie Hawkins, Pat Travers Band ) - Keyboards

            Jack Johnson ( Singer-Songwriter)  Grammy nominated.  

            Kenny Mazur (Robert Palmer, The O'Jays) - Award-winning musician and producer.

            Jeff Pevar (David Foster, Ray Charles, David Crosby, Kenny Loggins and many more)

            Jon Woodhead (Dave Koz, Leon Russell, Ace, Maria Muldaur and others)            

            Sandy Stein (John Legend, Gloria Estefan, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick & more)

            Dr. Kriby Shaw (Award-winning and Top selling Choral Arranger)

            John Taylor  (Rick Astley, DeBarge, Cirque Du Soleil) - Musical Director & keyboardist.    

            As an opener, David has also shared the stage with:

            Earth,Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Maceo Parker, Rick Springfield & Peter Frampton.  

                                                                          BolenOnDrums.com

Donnie Yance - Bass Guitar

Originally from New York city, Donnie started playing the bass and studying privately at age 14.  While being internationally recognized for developing a unique approach to health and healing, Donnie’s longstanding interest is his music.  Donnie Yance contributes flavors from a jazz tradition.  Donnie describes his playing as, "...a melding of styles which encompass funk, R & B, soul, jazz and classical."   He has studied the greats and especially continues to be inspired by close friends; Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Stanley Clark and Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, Gino Vinnelli.

 

He is honored to have toured with many popular bands on the East Coast, including Moment’s Notice, Suspect, Touchdown, Funkestra, Encore, and two Gospel bands, His Own, and First Love.  He has played and composed original music with the Tobago Breeze and also with Infusion (InfusionUSA.com), which in 2012 produced  the CD, "Under the Sun". The group opened for Earth, Wind, and Fire.  Presently, he is the bassist in the bands, Jeff K and Overtones and R&B supergroup, Souliverse.  

Furthermore, Donnie's extraordinary talents as a master herbalist and healer have landed him multiple appearances on nationally televised shows such as, Martha Stewart. 

                                                            Donnieyance.com

REED BENTLEY - STEEL PAN & PERCUSSIONIST

Percussion director/coach of Maraval Road Steel Pan Band.

Professional Ensembles: Rogue Valley Symphony, North State Symphony, Britt Orchestra, global commissions and international performances with Left Edge chamber percussion ensemble. Member of many music ensembles including Hawaiian, Zimbabwean, AfroCuban, Caribbean and jazz groups.  In addition, he is principal percussionist for the Oregon Shakespere Festival and a world traveled photographer!

Education: Master of Music Performance, Southern Oregon University; BA in Music–Business, SOU.

   

Al Dinardi - Guitar

 

Originally from Northern California, Mr. Dinardi began playing guitar in his early teens in bands throughout the Bay area.  As a college music major, Al discovered a love for jazz, and performed in numerous college bands, combos, and stage bands.  His interest in jazz guitar styles included workshop study with legendary jazz guitarist Howard Roberts.  Al became an instructor – opening his first music studio and retail space in Southern California.  After moving to Oregon, he nurtured his passion and harnessed his business acumen resulting in him becoming a co-founder/owner and President of the country's largest direct-response retailer of musical instruments, Musician's Friend.  His company  merged with retail giant and competitor, Guitar Center in 1999.

Al has played in numerous Jazz, R&B, Smooth Jazz, Blues, Fusion groups in Southern Oregon, and performed in various productions at the Camelot Theater's  musical "Spotlight Series" focusing on The Mills Brothers, Nat King Cole, Willie Nelson, and Neil Diamond. As a prolific songwriter, Al enjoys recording, as well as playing at his church on Sundays.  He serves on the board of Use Your Gift foundation, and enjoys mentoring aspiring young musicians whenever the opportunity arises.  He is the creator and host of musictheoryforum.com – and invites anyone interested in music theory to join the conversation!   He brings an uplifting Spirit to the Tobago Breeze shows.

JOEL CLIFFT - KEYBOARD

 

Joel Clifft earned his doctoral degree from the University of Southern California.  He was chosen as the “Most Outstanding Graduate” at both the Master’s and Doctoral levels and in addition, was a recipient of the Gwendolyn Koldofsky scholarship. 

    As an active collaborative pianist, Dr. Joel Clifft has performed in concert with many world-class musicians, including violinist Midori, erhu player, Ma Xiao Hui and clarinetist, Ken Grant. He has extensive international performance experience, appearing in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Brazil, Korea, China and Singapore. He also performed a solo and collaborative program at the United Nations in New York. 

    Dr. Clifft is Director of Keyboard Studies at Azusa Pacific University, where he teaches piano, music theory, accompanying and ear training courses. He is also an adjunct faculty member at USC where he teaches collaborative piano.  In addition, he has served as a judge for many competitions, including MTAC and MTNA, local, regional and state competitions. 

     As a software developer, Dr. Clifft created Music Theory Pro, an iPhone app for music education. The app teaches Music Theory and Ear Training using cutting-edge technology. To date, the app has received more than 120,000 downloads. In 2013 Music Theory Pro was expanded to mac computers and iPads and a second app, Jazz Chords Pro, was released during the same year. A third app, Music Theory Professor, is expected to release later this year.  

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