by the big band and bebop sounds of forties and fifties, The Joel Penner
Sextet plays unique original arrangements of some of the most famous
standard tunes and jazz classics. The music is extremely "listenable"and
is easily accessible to all levels of jazz audiences.
The band's debut CD, DragonJazz,
has been extremely well received and is currently being played on numerous
Jazz radio stations across the country.
They have played at many of Los Angeles
finest Jazz Clubs, including: The Jazz Bakery, The Jazz Spot, Spazio's,
Jax and The Baked Potato. The band was also featured at
the 2001 Monterey Hills Jazz Festival. They have also been
featured performers at many of the areas municipal concert series', including:
Beverly Hills, La Canada/Flintridge, Palm Desert, LA's Pershing Square,
Manhattan Beach and Oxnard's Heritage Square. The band has also
performed for private functions and public performances at many of the
local colleges and universities in the area, including U.C. Riverside,
Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Scripps College, Claremont,
McKenna College and Woodbury University.
In April of 2003, the band was featured
on KSDS FM 88.3's Jazz Live program in San Diego.
They performed a concert at the Saville Theater which was broadcast live
over KSDS FM to more than 40,000 listeners.
The musicians in
the band are some of L.A.'s finest.
Joel Penner, Trumpet/Flugelhorn -
Joel is from Los Angeles, California. He began playing trumpet
at eight years old. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree
in Music from the University of California at Berkeley and
has been playing professionally ever since. He has backed
up many famous artists, such as, The Temptations, Glenn Campbell,
Florence Henderson and Stevie Wonder. He has primarily
been a band leader and has led groups which have played clubs
all over the U.S. and Canada. His present project, The "Joel
Penner Sextet"; has been together since 1999 and has
performed all over Southern California at numerous venues including
Clubs, Colleges and Universities, Festivals, Fairs and Concerts.
His 2001 CD, DragonJazz was very well received, getting
airplay on jazz stations throughout the country. His latest
CD, The Church of the Little Black Dog on the Sea
Breeze labelwas released in October, 2005.
Joel plays a Stomvi Master Series trumpet and a Courtois
||Bill von Ravensberg,
Bass - Bill is also from Los Angeles. He started
studying guitar and bass at eight years old. At eleven, he
took up woodwinds which he played all through college. Towards
the end of his college career, he started playing bass exclusively.
Bill has recorded and toured with numerous stars including, Tom
Jones, Pat Boone, Frieda Payne, Thelma Houston, Helen Reddy, Johnny
Rivers, Jennifer Warnes, John Guerin, Bill Watrous, Ray Anthony
and more. Bill is a founding member of The Joel Penner
Sextet and has been with the band since 1999.
Bill plays a 1962 Fender Precision bass through a Walter
Woods amplifier and a Goss Speaker.
Doug MacDonald, Guitar - Doug was born in Philadelphia
and raised in Honolulu. He is one of the most respected
guitar players in the business. He is a well known sideman
and leader with many recordings under his own name. He has
performed and recorded with Stan Getz, George Shearing, Joe
Williams, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich, Dave McKenna, Groove Holmes,
Jack McDuff, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis,
Hank Jones, Jack Sheldon and many others. Doug
has been playing with the band sine 2000. He plays a
John Buscarino guitar through an Acoustic Image amplifier
and a Rich Rezor speaker.
||Cengiz Yaltkaya, Piano
- Cengiz is from Istanbul. His father was an accomplished
pianist and one of the founders of The Istanbul Philharmonic. Cengiz,
studied music in Geneva before he moved to New York.
He has a Bachelor's Degree from NYU and has attended The
New School, Julliard and graduated from The Berklee School
of Music in Boston. Cengiz has studied privately with
Herb Pomeroy, Gary Burton, Mike Gibbs, Steve Swallow, Johnny
Bowden, Jimmy Giuffre and Sir Roland Hannah. He worked
for Atlantic Records until 1995 when he moved permanently
to Los Angeles. Since that time he has been an active jazz
pianist playing and recording all over Southern California.
He frequently tours Europe and has performed at jazz festivals in
France, The Czech Republic, Cuba, Morocco, Rumania and Scotland.
Cengiz is a founding member of The Joel Penner Sextet. Cengiz prefers
Yamaha and Baldwin pianos and plays Roland electric pianos.
Michael Rose, Tenor/Soprano Saxophones - Michael
was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He started studying saxophone
at age eleven and was playing professionally by age fifteen.
In 1980, Michael moved to Los Angeles to study with the great
Joe Farrell. He has also studied with David Schnitter,
Archie Schepp and David Murray of The World Saxophone Quartet.
Michael has extensive film and recording work including, "Honeymoon
in Vegas"with Nicholas Cage and "Stanley's
Gig" with Faye Dunaway. He has performed
and recorded with Freddy Fender, Charlie Rich, James Intveld,
Karen Black and Jules Aiken. Michael has been with the
band since 2000. He plays a Selmer Mark VI tenor
and an Oleg soprano.
Jerry Redmond, Drums - Jerry has been in the
Los Angeles music scene for years. He has worked with such
great artists as Buddy Rich and Florence Henderson. He
has been a mainstay in the . A. Recording scene, having worked
on numerous albums, films and television shows. Jerry is
also past vice president of A.F.M. local 47.
Rick Hils, Arranger - Rick Hils has shared his
time between playing piano and writing music. His love of writing
was established when he was a boy through listening to records
which covered a wide range of style. Whether it was "Sheherazade",
Percy Faith's "A Summer Place" or "The Beatles",
it all was valuable as creative inspiration. At five years of
age, Rick was given music lessons. His piano and theory teacher
had to teach him the alphabet, or at least "A" through
"G". Rick will always be grateful for his parent's interest
in seeing him study music, and both of his parents were musicians
themselves. Rick has worked as a piano player and arranger in
the Los Angeles area most of his life. He spent three years
on the road with Sam Butera and has written arrangements for many
of the top bands in town including The Joel Penner's Sextet. Rick
considers his arrangements for Joel's band some of his most inspired