John Christensen began his bass studies with Chris Wood and continued his formal education by attending Berklee College of Music summer sessions and finally attending University of North Texas music program. After deciding on a more personalized education program John moved to San Francisco to begin gigging and study with renowned educator Dick Hindman. In the Bay Area John played and recorded with numerous bands including his own band Dam East, Mark Levine, Victoria Williams, Slide Five, Scott Amendola, Hal Stein, and The New Morty Show among others.
Since Moving to Madison in 1999 John has played with numerous local groups including Alison Margaret, Jan Wheaton, Harmonious Wail, Patrick Breiner, Dave Stoler, Kyle Henderson, Paul Hastil, Anders Svanoe and Gerri DeMaggio.
John continues learning and growing in 2017 through Recording and performing collaborations with Louka Patenaude, Anthony Deutsch, Jamie Breiwick, Devin Drobka, Tony Barba and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Maria Schnieder, Brian Lynch, Gilad Hekselman, and Russ Johnson. John's Atlas project with Johannes Wallmann, Dave Miller and Andrew Green is scheduled to release an album at the end of 2017.
My name is Devin Drobka and I am a milwaukee native that has been playing drums for the past 20 years. I received my BMA in Jazz Drumming Performance from Berklee College of Music in 09' where I had the chance to study with Terri Lynn Carrington, Bob Tamigni, Skip Hadden, Jamey Haddad, Kenwood Dennard, Jon Hazilla, Ralph Peterson Jr, Ian Froman, and the master drummer Bob Moses. While at Berklee I performed with legends of the Jazz world such as Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Osby, Cecil McBee, Dave Santoro, Ed Tomassi, Geraldine Bergonzi and Phil Grenadier. While in my year at Berklee I was asked to be apart of the world famous Jerry Bergonzi Quartet which featured Bruce Barth on Piano and Dave Santoro on Bass. I had the privilege of playing in this band for 3 years where we played 4 sold out nights at the Kitano Jazz club in Manhattan.
I have been living in Brooklyn, NY the past 2 years where I continued to hone my skills. While in New York Ive had the chance of playing at Kitano's, Douglass St. Music Collective, Sycamore, Setai, Way Station, Branded Saloon and many more. Ive also completed 15 diy tours which have taken me all over the US and into Canada. I have lead my own group and continue to be busy composing new music for this ensemble which is a rotating cast of improvisers. I have had the pleasure of playing the Tanglewood Jazz Fest, Eastside Jazz Fest, and Salem Jazz Fest. Currently studying with the great Nasheet Waits (www.nasheetwaits.com). I've had the pleasure of playing with Bruce Barth, Jerry Bergonzi, Tony Malaby, Joe Solomon, Dave Santoro, Mario Pavone, Matt WIlson, Tadataka Unno, Dan Tepfer, Joe Martin, Tom Chang, Michael Attias, Quison Nachoff, Frank LoCrasto, Chris Tordini, Mike Moreno, Lena Bloch, Kyle Wilson, Ben Wendall, Jorge Roeder, Dan Blake, Tyler Blanton, Dmitry Ishenko, Sean Conly.
A life-long native of South-Eastern Wisconsin, Jamie is an active trumpet player, educator, and composer. He has shared the stage with many wonderful musicians including: Arturo O’ Farrill, Dan Nimmer, Joe Sanders, Matt Ulery, Francios Moutin, Pete Zimmer, Rob Wilkerson, Rick Germanson, John Fedchock, David Hazeltine, Jon Faddis, David Bixler, and Dan Kinzelman. Jamie has performed with Grammy nominated R & B artist Eric Benet, and was featured live in his recent music videos, “The Hunger” & “You’re the Only One”. He has also performed with the Barcelona-based band Brazzaville led by David Brown (Beck), and comedian Bob Newhart. In 2005, Jamie was the featured artist on the nationally-syndicated NPR show “Says You!”. Jamie’s current projects include Dreamland (The Music of Thelonious Monk), Choir Fight, the SPIRITS Quartet (with Tony Barba, Tim Ipsen, and Andrew Green), the Breiwick/Davis Duo, and the Lesser Lakes Trio (with John Christensen and Devin Drobka).