Dick Max was raised in San Jose, California where he started piano lessons at age 5. He began playing the String Bass in the 8th grade and has been at it ever since. He studied music and bass at San Jose State College for two and a half years before joining the Marine Corps. His music studies included lessons from Charles Siani, a bassist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He started doing dance band gigs in high school with the “Naturals”, a local high school band. Since then he has continued in the Dance Band and Jazz genre as well as Big Band and Light Opera Orchestras. In the Dallas Ft. Worth area he played for 18 years with Pinky Purinton’s Big Band as well as for Musicals put on by TWU, TCJC and Stage West. He has also played with the “Nobles of Note”, a Dallas Shrine Big Band and the Lockheed Big Band. While summering in Minnesota he plays in the Northern Light Opera Company’s pit orchestra (“Oliver”, “Oklahoma”, “Into the Woods”, “Music Man” and “Sound of Music”), The Upper Mississippians, a 15 piece swing band, a Lutheran Church’s Praise Band and various other small groups. The opportunity to play with “JUST JAZZ” allows Dick to continue his lifetime of playing great music.
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Bob Putnam, a native of Boston Massachusetts, has been playing piano since the age of 6. 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 … Continue reading
Lynn, 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 … Continue reading
Ron Latimer has been playing trumpet and flugelhorn for more than 40 years. He began playing jazz in middle school and played in several big bands and jazz combos throughout high school in Temple, Texas, at Eastfield College and Stephen … Continue reading
Gary Strother began playing music at a young age becoming proficient at both piano and tenor sax. While attending college at the University of Texas at Arlington he played in the highly regarded jazz orchestra. Over the past several years … Continue reading
Michael Scoma, a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments, grew up and lived in the Mid Cities area all his life. He Graduated from Trinity High in Euless, TX in 1984 and has a BBA from The University of North … Continue reading
Chris was born in Detroit, Michigan and transplanted to Texas in 1983. He started playing the drums in 6th grade and took private lessons for three years. Once he began performing in school bands he started to accumulate a wide … Continue reading