April 12, 2011
By Darla Martin Tucker
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – (www.lasierra.edu) It seems jazz saxophonist Doug Webb, a Berklee College of Music grad, plays about every type of woodwind instrument known to man.
But the long-time jazz musician is not only skilled in his craft. His accomplishments include playing with numerous famous acts and soloing on major Hollywood film scores. Webb is featured on more than 500 recordings for myriad artists including Stanley Clark, Quincy Jones, Mat Marucci, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Queen Latifah and Freddie Hubbard. For 15 years he played with the Doc Severinsen Tonight Show Big Band and has recorded music for numerous movies and television shows including solos on soundtracks for Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino, his biography says. His latest album, “Renovations,” came out in January on Posi-Tone Records.
On April 20, Webb will showcase his skill in a concert at La Sierra University’s Alumni Center for the Pierce Street Jazz series. The Doug Webb Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. The center is located at 11500 Pierce Street. Admission is free. Further information is available at 951-785-2148. A campus map is at http://www.lasierra.edu/resources/campusmap/.
Webb’s quartet will consist of players who possess their own lengthy resumes of impressive work. The group includes Joe Bagg on piano, Ramon Banda on drums and Henry “the Skipper” Franklin on bass.
Webb was born in Chicago and moved to California at the age of three. He began playing the clarinet at age eight and added saxophone and flute at 15. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Webb lives in Los Angeles with his wife Alex and his son, Ryan. Over the years he has learned to play a plethora of saxophone types including alto, tenor, soprano, slide soprano, saxello, stritch, bass and contrabass. His menagerie of woodwind skills includes playing renaissance and baroque woodwinds, 14 sizes of clarinets, various flutes, and “ethnic woodwinds from every region of the world,” his biography states.
Franklin has performed on more than 150 albums and compact discs including gold releases since 1970, many of which he produced. In March he released his 24th album, “Soul of the World,” recorded with his band. He’s played his upright bass with numerous jazz and pop greats including Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Count Basie, Freddie Hubbard and Milt Jackson, and was part of the legendary Hugh Masekela’s band during the late 1960s. When not on tour in various parts of the United States and the world, Franklin performs at The Historic Mission Inn in Riverside, Calif.
Drummer Banda performed 24 yeas with the Grammy award-winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. He grew up in Norwalk, Calif., part of a large musical family. When Banda was a boy, the family performance group, The Latin Boys, played at parties and weddings around Southern California. Banda started out on the guitar but switched to drums in 1967 when his cousin Mike Chavarria Jr. was called to serve in Vietnam. Banda and his electric bass-playing brother, Tony Banda, performed weekend gigs during their grade school years with several bands including with Poncho Sanchez.
Bagg, born and raised in Southern California, took piano lessons at an early age and discovered jazz during college. At that point he changed his major from computer science to music. He later enrolled in a master’s program at Rutgers University in New Jersey and studied with jazz pianist Kenny Barron. After serving two years in the military as a Russian linguist in Germany, Bagg returned to the United States and entered the Los Angeles jazz scene. In 1997 he began playing the Hammond B3 organ. Since arriving in Los Angeles he has played on stage and in recording studios with numerous Southern California jazz musicians and visiting artists including Bobby Hutcherson, Madeleine Peyroux, Larry Goldings, Charles McPherson, Anthony Wilson, Seamus Blake, Billy Higgins, Arthur Blythe, Plas Johnson and Jack Sheldon. He has toured in several countries and around the United States.
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