Pianist Eric Verlinde has excited audiences worldwide with his energetic and passionate performances. His music touches the very soul of the listener. He has played with Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Terell Stafford, Mark Murphy, Luis Conte, Thelma Huston, Don Lamphere, Jay Thomas, Buddy Cattlet, Greta Matassa, Luis Peralta, Bryan Lynch, Hadley Caliman, Francine Reed, and Bobby Medina. He is in high demand and is constantly performing, refining the sound and creating new music. His different groups create music that is pure, creative, spontaneous, superbly structured and melodic.
Dean Schmidt is an electric bassist currently based in the Pacific Northwest. Dean studied music in Los Angeles at the prestigious Musicians Institute of Technology and through the many world class musicians at MIT he was exposed to different idioms such as jazz, Latin, Brazilian and world music.
After spending six years in Los Angeles playing with different bands, he was hired by the legendary James Burton (Elvis Presley's guitarist) for a year stint in Waikiki, Hawaii playing with his son Jeff Burton. After that successful show, he relocated to Seattle where he established a career as a freelance and studio bassist.
He has since traveled the world playing in Turkey, South East Asia, Mexico and Japan. He also spent six years on and off performing with singer Jane Powell on Norwegian Cruise Line. In the last two years he has performed live with Grammy award winning singer Melissa Manchester and LA based jazz group The David Becker Tribune.
\In addition to his extensive live performance schedule Dean can also be heard on the on the soundtracks to the Academy Award Winner "The Blind Side" as well as on "The Great Buck Howard" starring John Malcovich.
Dean's solo record "I Know Nothing" was released by Origin Records in 2006.
Jeff Busch is an exuberant drummer/percussionist, vocalist, and composer whose passion for soulful music of varied traditions has led him to perform with jazz, blues, and gospel groups--as well as calypso, samba, and Cuban jazz ensembles. Between 1988-96, Jeff studied fine art, and music in Leeds, England. He studied percussion and drum set with Dave Hassel, calypso with steel drum master Dudley Nesbitt, and later Brazilian percussion with Jesse Bannister. In Leeds he first worked as a percussion accompanist for dancers at the Northern Contemporary Dance School; The Phoenix Dance Company and The Northern Ballet. Now based in Seattle, Jeff continues this work for the Cornish College of the Arts, and for Janelle Keane's Afro-Brazilian dance classes at the University of Washington Experimental College.
In 1997, Jeff spent six months in Brazil and studied with a variety of percussionists including Edmilson Costa Teixeira, Gilo do Pandeiro, and Mestres Memeu and Lazaro from Olodum. In 1998 Jeff returned to Brazil and had the opportunity to play and perform with the Jovino Santos Neto group which included drummer Marcio Bahia, bassist Arismar do Espirito Santo, and saxophonist Hans Teuber.
Currently Jeff continues to perform with a variety of groups in the Seattle area including the Jovino Santos Neto quinteto; Cuban jazz groups Rumba Abierta, and Tumbao led by pianist Julio Jauregui; and Cuban dance band Mango Son, led by Roberto Sanchez. He is the drummer at First AME church, and also plays for pianist Kent Stevenson, and gospel singer Patrinell Wright.
Jeff continues to teach percussion to people of all ages both privately and in schools and universities. He is currently the recipient of a King County Arts grant for a recording project entitled 'Drums and Voices - Contemporary Spirituals' which is a collaborative effort with gospel singer Patrinell Wright.