A native of Boston Massachusetts, has been playing piano since the age of six. No stranger to Jazz growing up in a very musical family. His grandfather lead a big band in the Boston area during the 20’s and 30’s, and his father lead a jazz band as well. Bob played piano/organ for more than 20 years with Sounds Unlimited (Boston, MA). He has also performed on piano with The Dixie All Stars (Providence, RI), The Smugtown Stompers (Rochester, New York), the Fort Worth Classic Jazz Orchestra (Fort Worth, TX) the Alamo City Jazz Band (San Antonio, TX) the award winning Moslah Shrine Dance and Dixieland Bands (Fort Worth, TX) and the Southlake Swing Band (Southlake, TX). Bob has worked for more than 50 years at keeping the classic Jazz style of music alive.
Lynn PutnamFlute/Alto Flute/Percussion
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, has been playing flute with the group Just Jazz since its inception. She has been playing for her personal enjoyment for most of her adult life. Her background is in Classical music, but was highly influenced by her Dad at a young age. Even though jazz was not her first love at that the time (Rock n’ Roll prevailed), she still appreciated the type of music her Dad played with his jazz band, the “Stardust Four”. Lynn had stopped playing by the time she left college. In 1984 she met her future husband, Bob. When they started dating, Bob got her to start playing again. He mentored her to the Jazz genre and she has been honing her jazz improvising skills since. She has a great love for jazz and enjoys listening to the music of Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra and Diana Krall.
Gannon Phillips, a lifelong musician, has worked professionally in the music industry as a performer, educator, composer, clinician, technician, product expert, and leader. Gannon holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Howard Payne University, and a master’s degree in Trombone Performance from Hardin Simmons University. He has performed internationally on Trombone and Bass (electric and upright) in venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, International IAJE convention in NYC, and at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Gannon has been seen on stage with names including Bill Watrous, Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Wayne Bergeron, Ed Shaughnessy, Eddie Daniels, Eric Marienthal, Randy Brecker, as well as leading members of Broadway and American Idol. Throughout his career, Gannon has continually been involved in music education by teaching at public schools across Texas, maintaining a private lesson studio, and serving as Professor of Low Brass at Howard Payne University. Gannon spent 5 years at sea as a Musical Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, which involves leading the onboard ship orchestra as well as managing an international team of all of the live musicians on a cruise ship. Gannon has a deep-seated love for music, and is excited to share that passion and excitement with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Doug BrownSoprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, and Clarinet
A native of Buffalo, New York, has been playing reed instruments over 50 years. He enjoys playing a wide range of music from Trad Jazz, swing, big band jazz, 50’s rock-n-roll, rockabilly, to jump blues. He has recorded on an album with Pat Green produced by Grammy winning producer Lloyd Maines, and backed up Rock and Roll legends Roddy Jackson and Lloyd Price at Viva Las Vegas. In addition to Just Jazz, Doug currently plays in the Maxwell Hall Jazz band and freelances with other groups in the DFW area.
Byron SwannTrumpet, Flugelhorn
Byron Swann has been playing trumpet since the 6th grade after seeing the film "Hello Dolly" which featured Louis Armstrong. After earning his Bachelor of Music Education at Angelo State University, he began his career as Band Director. Byron has performed in bands of all genres including Gospel, Latin, Blues, R&B,Top 40 Cover, and of course Jazz Ensembles of various sizes. He played in and was also the Adjunct Director of the Waco Jazz Orchestra at McLennan Community College. His travel experience came while he played in the Temple Jazz Orchestra. TJO toured Europe in 2009 and again in 2012. While there, the band performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and also the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Getting to perform on stage with such jazz greats as: Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, Bill Watrous, Eddie Daniels, Brian Lynch, Ed Calle, Eric Marienthal, Lew Solof, Allen Vazzutti, Wayne Bergeron, and Randy Brecker have been some of the great experiences of his life. While in education, (38 years) Byron has been an Adjudicator, Clinician, and featured Artist for many TXMA Region 8 Middle and High School jazz bands including ATSSB, and TAPPS organizations. He also served as the Choir Director at Second Missionary Baptist Church for many years while living in Waco, TX. Having relocated to the Ft. Worth area, he is now sharing his gifts and/talents locally and meeting new friends.
Tom Halbouty, a native Texan from Houston, started drums in middle school and continued in high school playing with the Houston All City Orchestra and later playing in several house bands at AstroWorld (a Six Flags Park). Tom studied percussion with David Wulliger of the Houston Symphony, and drum set with Joe Raynor and Jack Dudney. His favorite drummers include Joe Morello, Buddy Rich, and Bobby Colomby. Tom currently plays in the Southlake Swing Band, the Maxwell Hall Jazz band and played for years with the East Fort Worth Jazz band and the TCC NE Campus Jazz Band.
A native of Goffstown, New Hampshire, began jazz studies in high school and began performing with big bands as a teenager. Studied jazz at UNT with Jack Petersen, Rich Matteson, Lou Marini, and Dan Hearle. After college played the “chitlin” circuit with little Joe Blue, Charlie Robinson, Greg Smith and others. In addition to Just Jazz, currently performs with various vocalist, The Jazz Monsters, and Buddy's Big Band. Currently teaches at Cross Church, in North Richland Hills, in Music Ministry and private instruction.