- Jeff Cressman, Mike Rinta, Derek James, Jamie Dubberly
Cressman is a unique talent who is equally in demand as a trombonist and as a sound engineer. Jeff is a native of San Francisco who began playing trombone in the same Berkeley Public School Jazz Project that encouraged such contemporaries as Peter Apfelbaum, Benny Green and Joshua Redman.
In 2000, Jeff began working with Carlos Santana, playing on the sold-out "Supernatural" tour with him in the U.S. and Europe, as well as world tours from 2002 through 2009. During his professional career, Jeff has performed a wide variety of musical styles, with such artists as:
Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Carlos Santana, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Don Cherry, Peter Apfelbaum and the Hieroglyphics Ensemble, The New York Composer's Orchestra West, Jon Jang and the Pan-Asian Arkestra, Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra.
Mike Rinta, a trombonist & arranger is native to the San Francisco Bay Area and has been freelancing for over 25 years. He has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia with many bands such as Sly & The Family Stone, Howard Tate, John Lee Hooker Jr. and many others. In addition he has performed or recorded with many greats such as Herbie Hancock, Fred Wesley, Arturo Sandoval, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop & Santana. His Latin credits include Eddie Santiago, Hector Rey, Larry Harlow, Maelo Ruiz, Lalo Rodriguez, La India, as well as countless others and the list keeps growing!
James ( Jamie) Dubberly is a lecturer at CSU Stanislaus in low brass. He holds a Bachelors degree in music from the University of Georgia, and a Masters degree in music from The Hartt School of Music ( University of Hartford), where he also participated in a doctoral program, and was on the faculty as an adjunct, part time instructor. James is a versatile performer, teacher, and composer and has enjoyed a performing and teaching career that spans many styles and genres.
James has toured four continents, and over 20 countries with ensembles ranging from chamber music, symphony orchestras, broadway style “pit” orchestras, to salsa and latin jazz. He performed on national and international tours of several broadway productions, including “Five Guys named Moe”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “How to succeed in business without really trying”, “Grease”, “West Side Story”, and “ A Chorus Line”. Having recently become enamored with latin jazz, James has formed his own band -“Orquesta Dharma” , which showcases his writing and arranging talents, and is currently in the recording process for a soon to be released CD. James has also recently started a jazz vespers concert series at the First United Methodist Church of Modesto, of which he is also a member.
Lead trombonist Derek James began playing with Pacific Mambo Orchestra upon its inception. He performs with Mazacote, Avance, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, innumerable local and touring bands of every genre, as well as on Broadway shows, giving him the well deserved reputation of being a consummate all rounder and highly regarded studio session player. Derek was classically trained at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and played in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra before moving to San Francisco in 1993. His very first gig in his new town was with a salsa band, and he hasn’t stopped since!