© 2019 by The Zonky Jazz Band

BIOGRAPHY

"I would bet a dime against a donut, other bands may come and go, but when you hear the Zonky you will want it to stay!"
"Zonky" is a late-1920s song by Fats Waller and Andy Razaf that's all about a dance and a party where people "shake their feet aplenty" and "let their feelings run wild."
The Zonky Jazz Band is a community of jazz musicians in Spokane, WA that loves to play hot jazz and swing from the 1920s to the 1940s, music perfect for dances, parties, concerts, festivals, and more. We've been playing together in various combos since 2007.
 
The Zonky Jazz Band usually performs as an 8-piece band with a singer, 3 horns, 2 guitars, bass, and drums. However, we can create a variety of combos for any occasion.
 

We're really excited about music. Especially this music, the music of the pre-War jazz era. We want to share it with as many people as possible, and along the way, we want to introduce you to (or re-acqaint you with) the music of our hometown heroes, the Crosbys (Bing and Bob), Mildred Bailey, and Al Rinker. Yeah, they're from right here in little ol' Spokaloo!

But we don't stop there! We love to play everything from Louis Armstrong to Mary Lou Williams to Slim and Slam to Nat King Cole to Benny Goodman Sextet to Django Reinhardt to the Kansas City 5, 6, and 7s to Fats Waller and beyond. (Did we mention? "Zonky" is a song written by Fats Waller and Andy Razaf!)

We perform a monthly live show at The Bartlett music venue in Spokane, WA. It's called "Zonky Night." We're also available for concerts, dances, weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, and more. We love to perform for concert-goers as much as we do for lindy hoppers and swing dancers. 

For questions about booking, please contact our bandleader, Garrin Hertel, at zonkyjazzband@gmail.com.

ROSTER

OLIVIA

BROWNLEE

LEAD VOCALS

Olivia grew up in a highly musical environment, and at the age of seven was shocked to learn that most other families did not sing “Happy Birthday” in four-part harmony. Although music has always been a constant, she has been cheerfully diverted many times – aspired and studied towards art, illustrating, writing fiction, swing dancing, voice acting, theatre for social change, stunt work and special effects for film. Check out Olivia's Songography and other projects online at www.oliviabrownlee.com.

SARAH

BERENTSON

LEAD VOCALS

Sarah .... When she's not singing her heart out with Zonky, she's leading her own indie project called Mama Doll....

RACHEL

ALDRIDGE

LEAD VOCALS

Rachel began her career in Spokane singing with the Whitworth University Jazz Band where she also received a degree in Music Ministry. Since her entrance into the world of vocal jazz, she has been a member of the Master Class Big Band, and she has sung with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra and Hot Club of Spokane. She is currently one of the singers for the Zonky Jazz Band. Outside of her performing, she works at Whitworth University as a psychology lecturer and the women’s head tennis coach.

BEN

KLEIN

LEAD VOCALS

Ben started his music career as an award-winning Elvis tribute artist, and has now broadened both his range and repertoire to include music from the Great American Songbook. His charming stage presence recalls the humor and "happy-go-lucky" attitude of the golden age of crooners. Learn more about Ben online at benklein.net

MICHAEL HARRISON

TRUMPET

Michael is an accomplished music educator and performer, and currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy. He has played trumpet as a member of the Disney College All-Star Band, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Jazz Orchestra, Arizona Theatre Company, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Broadway productions of Chicago, Legally Blonde, High School Musical, The Rat Pack and Full Monty. Michael has performed across the United States, Europe, and Japan and was featured on the 2009 and 2010 Jerry Lewis MDA National Telethon. Michael has performed on-stage with such musical legends as Jerry Lewis, Linda Rondstadt, Art Garfunkel, Wayne Newton, Bernadette Peters, Doc Severinson, Marvin Hamlisch, The Smothers Brothers, The Lettermen, and The Temptations.

ROBERT

FOLIE

ALTO & BARI SAX

Robert is co-founder of Zonky, and an accomplished reed player. After graduating from the University of Washington, Robert played lead alto in various big bands in upstate New York before returning to the Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, WA, Robert played in big bands at Jazz Alley, most notably with Al Vizzuti. Just prior to Zonky, Robert played for 12 years in Hot Club of Spokane and 6' Swing, and helped kick off the hot jazz and swing revival in Spokane.

DAVID

LARSEN

TENOR &

CLARINET

& ARRANGER

David is currently the Instrumental Music Director for Spokane Falls Community College and works as an adjudicator and clinician for educational festivals all around the Northwest. In addition to playing in the horn section for Zonky, David is the band's head arranger. Groups all around the globe, including the WSU and University of Oregon Big Bands, have performed David’s compositions. David’s most recent big band works, published by Dapper Page Music, have garnered great praise, and the piece, “Applied Physics,” was chosen as an Editor’s Choice Award winner from J.W. Pepper.

Dr. STEVE

BAUER

LEAD GUITAR

Steve studied theory and composition at Ohio State University, and toured with various bands as a lead guitar player for ten years, opening for Emmy Lou Harris, Doc Watson, New Grass Revival, and Roy Clark. More recently, Steve was lead guitar player for Spokane band 6' Swing, winner of Inland Northwest Best Band award five years in a row, and for Hot Club of Spokane. Steve won the Inland Northwest Regional flat picking competition in 2013. Steve is also a trusted and in-demand Spokane-area veterinarian.

ANDY

BENNETT

DRUMS

Andy sends goats and monkeys into space when he's not making faces playing the drums.

PATRICK

MORGAN

BASS

Patrick received his bachelor’s degree in String Bass Performance from EWU where he studied with Roma Vayspapir and Eugene Jablonsky. From 2001 to 2005, Patrick was the principal bass player in the Air Force Band at Travis Air Force Base, CA, during which time he studied with Tom Derthick, principal bassist of the Sacramento Symphony. Patrick has had the great privilege of performing with outstanding artists such as Steve Smith, Frank Gambale, Tom Coster, Jamie Farr, and James Avery. Upon returning to Spokane in 2005, Patrick played bass with the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest until it was deactivated in 2013. He was the bass player for the award winning band “6 Foot Swing” for 5 years and has been a member of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony since 2006. 

SCOTT

STEED

BASS

Scott was one of the top calls for bass players in the San Francisco Jazz scene in the 1980s, playing with many of the top local jazz musicians and players from out of town. In 1985, Scott won the bass chair in the Horace Silver Quintet. He traveled with the group that year. In 1990, Scott became the Bass clinician for the Monterey Jazz Festivals traveling clinician program, and in 1993, Scott began to work with the legendary singer Joe Williams, which he continued to do until Joe's death in 1998. In 2001, Scott became the bass player and Musical Director for the Diane Schuur group, a position he held for more than 10 years. He is on many recordings, and can also be seen at many of the Jazz Festivals around the world. 

GARRIN

HERTEL

RHYTHM GUITAR

& BANDLEADER

Garrin began teaching himself swing rhythm guitar after a fateful trip to New Orleans, specifically to Frenchmen Street and a jazz club called The Spotted Cat. Since that time, he has taken a few private lessons with luminaries like Howard Alden, Henry Johnson, and Mark Cally of Royal Crown Revue through the Spokane Jazz Guitar Society. Garrin didn’t begin his musical journey on guitar, however. As an aspiring young musician in Spokane, he studied classical piano under Spokane Symphony pianist Joseph Klice at Gonzaga University. Garrin is also the publisher of a local history publication called Nostalgia Magazine.