Little Black Dog Band
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 audiences.
Joel is a veteran of the Los Angeles and
San Francisco music scenes. He has performed with such varied artists
as Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Glen Campbell and Florence Henderson.
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
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 L.A.'s finest. The band features guitarist Doug MacDonald,
one of the world's best. Doug has recorded numerous CDs under his
own name featuring performers such as Plas Johnson, Ray Brown, and
Jake Hannah. He has also recorded with Bill Holman, Ernie
Andrews, Jack Sheldon and the Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra. The drummer
is Steve Pemberton, one of the finest drummers in the world.
He spent almost five years as the drummer with the Boston Pops
and more than fifteen years with Peter Nero. He has numerous
television and recording credits and has performed with many of the jazz
greats including Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Mel Torme, Grover Washington
and many others.
Also featured in the band is bass player
Bill von Ravensberg, who has played with Tom Jones,
Thelma Houston, Della Reese, Ray Anthony, Jennifer
Warnes and many more. The band includes Cengiz Yaltkaya on
piano and saxophonist Michael Rose.
These musicians also have varied backgrounds
having performed with such artists as Doc Severenson, Freddy Fender,
Buddy Rich, Joanie Sommers and many others.
For more information about the
Joel Penner Sextet, please call 818-632-4435, or fax 818-840-2728.
You may also reach him by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to listen to a sample of DragonJazz and The Church
of The Little Black Dog please hit the button Sound Samples.
order the CDs, please hit the button Order.
The musicians in the band are some of
Joel Penner, Trumpet/Flugelhorn -
Joel is from Los Angeles, California. He began playing trumpet
at eight years old. He graduated with a Bachelor; 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 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 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.
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.
M.B. Gordy, Percussion - M.B. Gordy is a percussionist
who has quite a musical background, and most of you reading this
have probably heard some of his work in either movie sound tracks,
TV sound tracks, or from a wide variety of recordings and performances.
His performance work with the Doobie Brothers began in
the summer of 2001, and some of you have already had a chance
to appreciate his incredible energy and musical abilities firsthand.
A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, M.B. has
performed with the LA Philharmonic, The National Symphony,
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, The Long Beach Opera, and the
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. His versatility becomes apparent
when you add his work with such varied artists as Frank Zappa,
Three Dog Night, Green Day, John Tesh, Loggins and Messina, Wilco,
Bill Withers, Anna Visi, REO Speedwagon, Jaguares, Juan Gabriel,
and Neil Diamond. In addition to all his recording and
performance work, for the past 15 years M.B. has been involved
with the Yamaha Education Division as a clinician and education
consultant. He is a member of the Doobie Brothers Band.
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 work.