Kit Eakle - violin
"Jazz violinist Kit Eakle delivers ..." Andrew Gilbert
The leader of DjangoSphere, Kit Eakle is known as one of the most original improvising violinists on the West Coast. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he studied violin with Detlev Ohlshausen. He attended the University of California at Davis where he studied art, but also took a course with the great composer, John Cage. After moving to Canada he toured British Columbia with Blackfish Sound and Roadside Attraction - 2 legendary Canadian rock bands.
Kit is equally at home both in Northern California, and Vancouver, British Columbia. In the SF Bay area he has been a a member of the 'Hot Club of Marin,' the rock-a-billy band 'The Sons of Emperor Norton,' Jerry Garcia bands' guitarist Peter Harris' 'Obscura,' his own 'FiddleJazz,' which performs "A Brief History of Jazz Violin" a survey of the role of the violin in jazz from its beginnings to the present, and 'The Eakle Brothers' with his flute playing brother, Matt Eakle, a regular member of the David Grisman Quintet. He has also shared a stage with Dan Hicks, Martín Fierro, Joe Craven, Mads Tolling, David LaFlame and Paul Mehling.
In Vancouver, British Columbia, where he played and taught music for many years, he has appeared with groups as diverse as vintage country rock band Blue Northern, Cam Malloy's Gang, and Michael Dunn's pioneering Gjypsy Jazz group 'Mystery Pacific,' and with such outstanding Vancouver musicians as Gary Comeau, Miles Black, and Hugh Fraser; Michael Creber, Rene Worst, and Marc Atkinson; Chris Sigerson, Blaine Dunaway, and Elmer Gill.
Kit graduated from the Vancouver Community College music program where he studied violin with Gwen Thompson, and jazz improvisation with guitarist Bruce Clausen and the late Elmer Gill, a veteran of the Lionel Hampton band.
As well as being a performer, Kit Eakle has developed a high profile in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has established a new concert series uniquely featuring many of the finest jazz violinists in the world called Point Richmond Jazz (http://prjazz.org), and is listed on the faculty of the California Jazz Conservatory — teaching a course in the history of Jazz violin.
Mark Holzinger - guitar
Mark Holzinger is a recent inductee to the Westrern Swing Hall of Fame!
Over the years Mark Holzinger has lived, recorded and toured out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville and Boston. He has also performed in New York City, 50 U.S. States, Paris, Amsterdam, Canada, Mexico and Jamaica.
Mark's performances have included concerts, festivals, major music venues, weddings, bars and restaurants, church, T.V., radio, music videos, musicals, LP's and CDs.
Since returning to his San Francisco Bay Area roots in 1994 he has been recording and performing regularly at venues including The Fillmore Auditorium, the Warfield Theatre, the Chronicle Pavilion, and the Masonic Auditorium, festivals including the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Strawberry, Hog Farm, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Fat Fry, Two-Day Town, Earth Dance, and Kaleidoscope.
In addition to performing concerts and festivals, he was the lead guitarist in the musical "Cumberland Blues" featuring music by Jerry GarciaI/Robert Hunter which culminated in the 2000 major label release "Stolen Roses" along with artists like Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, David Grisman, Widespread Panic, Leftover Salmon, The Bobs, and many more doing versions of Grateful Dead music. He also played guitar and acted in the role of Tommy Allsup in San Jose Stage Co's musical "Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story".
Recently Mark brings a unique western twang to the DjangoSphere Project.
Alex Baum - bass
Baum began his illustrious career by playing in Top 40, R&B bands while a high school student in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His musical talents have since lead him to performances throughout the U.S., Japan, Europe and Canada.
Baum has lent his unconventional string bass techniques to a variety of groups over the years, including stints with: Zero, Pine Top Perkins, Johnny Adams, Lockjaw Davis, Sweets Edison, Brenda Boykin, Dan Hicks and a regular in the Johnny Nocturne Band. A man of many talents, Baum also continues to crank out the greats and wannabe greats at his Particles recording studio in Berkeley. If you have a recording project in mind, even humming along with the ocean, call Alex. He is reasonable and takes on everyone’s musical endeavors with serious and artistic integrity.
John Waller - drums
John Waller teaches and plays drum set and hand drums. He plays jazz, blues, rock & world music. He recently had the opportunity and honor of playing with Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdez. John's creative rhythmic touch has received the attention of master musicians and composers like Habib Khan, David Correa & Cascada, Viviana Guzman, Brian Kelly, Rebbesoul, Ya Elah, James Robinson, Moh Alilech, Tim Campbell, The Dunes, Flowtilla, Vince Welnick, Mark Holzinger, Saul Kaye, Michael Smollens and shows his diverse musical universe.