About the DJQ
Charlie started his musical career playing the clarinet at the
age of twelve while living in Pittsburg, Kansas. He studied privately with
the woodwind professor in residence at Kansas State College of Pittsburg.
After high school, Charlie received his degree in music from the
Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, Missouri. While attending college,
Charlie trained himself to play both the Alto and Tenor Saxophones and began
playing in some of the night clubs in K.C.
In 1967 Charlie joined the
Air Force Concert Band in Washington D.C. For the next four years, he
performed for U.S. Presidents and dignitaries both nationally and
internationally. Finally in 1974, Charlie made his home in Denver, Colorado
and has lived there since.
Over the years, Charlie has performed with
such jazz notables as Roseanna Vitro, Dick Hindman, Richy Cole, Dave Zoller,
Eric Gunnison, Bruce Forman, Paul Warburton, and many others. He has toured
with Doc Severinson and Red Skelton.
As a producer, "Z" and his
company Zanichelli Productions brought some of the finest names in Jazz to
Denver and presented them in concert with their recording and touring
groups. Such notables included Milt Jackson, Herb Ellis, Stanley Turrentine,
Phil Woods, Ray Brown, Monte Alexander, Gene Harris, Tito Puente, Buddy Rich
Orchestra and the Woody Herman Orchestra among many others. The Woody Herman
concert at Mammath Event Center also was declared 'Woody Herman Day" by
Mayor Frederico Pena. It was Woody's 50th anniversary tour.
is now concentrating his time as both a soloist in the Denver Jazz Quartet
as well as general manager and promotions director for the DJQ. He has also
started another company, Zanichelli Entertainment, which will focus on
promoting both local and national jazz artists in concerts and club dates
both in Colorado and nationally.
has over 30 years of experience as a professional freelance pianist,
specializing in jazz. He studied with pianists Bobby Timmons and Herbie
Hancock in high school, joined the Navy Show Band (’71-’75), and then
majored in jazz studies at North Texas State. International tours
followed with The Lettermen (’78-’81). Coming to Denver in the mid-80’s,
he played the exclusive Moulin Rouge room at the Denver Fairmont Hotel
backing such national acts as Kenny Rankin, The Mills Brothers, The
Modernaires, Lanie Kazan, Johnny Otis, Carol Lawrence and Red Skelton.
In the San Francisco Bay area (’88-’90), he performed with the Full
Faith and Credit Big Band.
Since making Denver his permanent home
in 1990, Doug has performed with a cavalcade of jazz icons, including
Buddy De Franco, Joe Farrell, Nick Brignola, Teddy Edwards, Terry Gibbs,
Red Holloway, Eddie Harris, Richie Cole, Lew Tabakin, and Bobby Shew to
name a few. 1993 and 1996 found him backing Roseanna Vitro and Giacamo
Gates, respectively, at the Telluride Jazz Celebration (broadcast on
NPR). Also in 1996, Doug served as pianist and assistant musical
director for "It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues" at the Cleveland Playhouse
in conjunction with the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Currently, Doug teaches jazz piano and theory and is an integral
part of both the Lou Malandra Trio, which blends Poetry and Jazz into "PoeJazz"
and the Denver Jazz Quartet. CD’s for both groups have been recorded and
produced in his state-of-the-art digital recording studio "Studio By the
has been a professional musician for over 30 years, playing virtually all
styles of music in every setting from concert hall to theatre to the
recording studio. At home performing on both the electric and double basses,
Ron also has a particular fondness for teaching which he does at the
University of Colorado at Denver, Colorado Christian University, and
Metropolitan State College of Denver. Being a big softie when it comes to
kids, Ron is part of the Junior Symphony Guild’s "Inside the Orchestra" and
"Tiny Tots" programs as well as Denver Public School’s music mentoring
Ron has performed with many jazz greats including Dizzy
Gillespie, George Benson, Eddie Daniels, Billy Taylor, Bill Watrous, Tom
Scott, Bobby McFerrin, Red Rodney, Phil Wilson, Byron Stripling, Clare
Fischer, Diane Schuur and Doc Severinson. He has appeared with the Colorado
Symphony and Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestras as well as numerous
festival orchestras. Recent show work includes the national companies of
"Blood Brothers", "Grease" and "Big" at Denver’s Buell Theatre as well as
performances with Pavarotti, Bob Hope, Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlisch, Linda
Ronstadt, Maureen McGovern, Rosemary Clooney, Billy Crystal, Buddy Greco,
Pete Barbutti and Steve Allen (his last performance).
Along with his
work as part of the Denver Jazz Quartet, Ron regularly performs with the Pan
Jumbies steel drum band, Moment’s Notice, and The Olstad/Montgomery Big
Band. With the Lou Malandra Trio he creates the bass stylings for "PoeJazz",
an exciting blend of spoken word, jazz piano and bass.
A Colorado native, Don has performed professionally for over 30
years. Although he prefers jazz and blues today, he took a tour of the west
coast in the early 70’s long enough to perform with The Doobie Brothers
(’70-’71) and record with Six Penny Opera (’72-’73). Don has also
successfully ventured into the field of musical composition - his score for
the movie "Let There Be Rain" helped make it a Cannes Film Festival winner
Sought after by the best, Don has worked with a long list of
top professionals including Clark Terry, Herb Alpert, Spike Robinson, Richie
Cole, Rob Mullins, Harry Allen, Frank Tate, Rickey Woodard, Carl Fontana,
Keeter Betts, Plaz Johnson, Bucky Pizzarelli, Warren Vache Jr., Rebecca
Kilgore, Barbara Morrison and many others. Part of his later career has
taken him into the musical promotions business and, as part of that work,
Don put together the early foundations of what was to grow in to the Denver
Jazz Quartet. Along with his steady work with the DJQ, he is seen regularly
every year with numerous .feature’ groups at jazz, blues, and "traditional
jazz" festivals in the western U.S.