Joel Penner Sextet
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, jazz classics, Latin, funk and pop related jazz. The music
is extremely listenable and is easily accessible to all levels of jazz
Because of his lengthy experience in the
popular music field, Joel knows how to relate to an audience. He
has a large following and is usually able to fill a room and keep it jumping.
Joel's first CD, DragonJazz, which
was released in 2001 has been extremely well received and has been played
on more than forty full time jazz radio stations across the country.
After hearing the Sextet's new CD
The Church of The Little Black Dog, Sea Breeze
Records has invited them to join their artist roster, which
includes such luminaries as Bobby Shew, Nick Brignola, Bob Florence,
Rob McConnell, Carl Saunders and many more.
The band has 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
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 label
was do to be released in October, 2005. Joel plays a
Stomvi Master Series trumpet and a Courtois flugelhorn.
||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
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.
Steve Pemberton, Drums - A graduate of Berklee
College of Music, Steve is one of the most active, prolific
and eclectic performers on the scene today. For sixteen years
Steve played with Peter Nero. He was the drummer for The
Boston Pops for three years and has performed and recorded
with such luminaries as Patti Page, Count Basie, Quincy Jones,
Mel Torme, Grover Washington Jr., Doc Severenson, Patti Austin,
Jeffrey Osborne, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, John Pizzarelli,
The Smothers Brothers and many more. Steve joined the
band in 2004 and has added an exciting dimension to an already
excellent group. Steve plays Yamaha drums and endorses
Zildjian Cymbals, REMO Percussion Products and Vic Firth Drum
Sticks and Mallets.