Erik Applegate has been called “a top-notch acoustic bass performer” (Jazz Review.com), and he has appeared with the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Nnenna Freelon, Milt Jackson, Jeff Coffin, Eddie Daniels, Ingrid Jensen, George Garzone, Tom Harrell, Marlena Shaw, and others. He toured with James Williams and in a trio with Harold Mabern and Ed Thigpen, and has performed throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Dr. John Davis is Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Music. He is an active clinician, performer and guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada. He has taught courses in jazz history, jazz administration and pedagogy, big band, combo, vocal jazz, and jazz techniques. Prior to his appointment at CU, he served as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, where he was also Festival Coordinator for the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival.
In demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, John has presented at numerous festivals and campuses, including the College of Music SUNY-Fredonia, University of Kansas, University of Toronto, Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival, the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) Conference, and the Colorado Music Educators Conference. Dr. Davis has served as guest conductor for honor and all-state vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles in Wyoming, Colorado, Toronto, Indiana, and Oklahoma, and Kansas. In October of 2003 he served as trumpet faculty for the SAYOWE project in Thailand, performing with the faculty brass quintet and conducting master classes.
Wil Swindler, saxophonist, composer and winner of the 2008 Gil Evans Fellowship, is based near Denver, CO. You can hear him both as a composer and performer with numerous groups including his Elevenet, GoorRattle, 9th+Lincoln, the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, Manny Lopez's Latin Jazz Project, Red Sylvester, the Legacy Jazz Orchestra, and vocalist Barron Steffen. Wil has received commissions from West Point's Jazz Knights, The USAF Falconaires, Denver University, Colorado State University, and has composed original music for Steve Wilson and Steve Weist among others. As a performer, he has played with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Cuong Vu, John Fedchock, Steve Wilson, Bill Warfield, Greg Gisbert, and many others.
In the Fall of 2009, Mr. Swindler joined the music faculty at Colorado State University as Associate Director of Jazz Studies where he teaches jazz theory, jazz composition/arranging, improvisation and directs Jazz Ensemble II. Wil has served as an Adjunct Saxophone Teacher at Denver University, composition teacher for the Colorado Conservatory of the Jazz Arts, faculty at the Yellowstone Jazz Camp as well as the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Camp, and maintains an active private studio of saxophone and composition students. Mr. Swindler holds a B.M. from the University of North Texas in Jazz Studies graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.