About Jazz SketchesTim Atherton (trombone) and Doug MacMillan (guitar) found a lovely simpatico during a weekly Thursday night engagement at Chandler’s Tavern in South Deerfield, MA. Enjoying the same tunes and developing a thoughtful, sensitive conversational style together, the two musicians conceived Jazz Sketches. Another weekly engagement of Friday nights followed soon after, where Doug and Tim were joined by many fine musicians, among them Chris Brashear (fiddle/mandolin), John Van Eps (vibes) and Marty Jaffe (bass).
Doug MacMillan – GuitarFounder of Jazz Sketches, Doug studied composition and guitar at Berklee College of Music and with Mick Goodrick, Bret Wilmott, Lance Gundersen, and Phillip deFremery. He has taught and performed throughout the northeast for the past 20 years.
Tim Atherton – TromboneTim has performed, recorded and toured nationally and internationally. His many associations over the years include: The Amherst Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Holmes Big Band, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Herb Pomeroy, Donn Trenner, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, and the Silk Road Project with Yo-Yo Ma. He is a Senior Lecturer in music at Dartmouth College and an Instructor in Low Brass and Jazz History at Westfield State College.
Chris Brashear – Violin, Mandolin and GuitarChris has toured extensively in the folk and bluegrass world, most recently as a member of Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group. He toured and recorded as a swing violinist with the Maurizio Geri Swingtet (Italy). He has also collaborated with the jazz guitarists Matt Mitchell and John Stewart, as well as the vocalist, John Ronstadt.
Eshu Bumpus – VocalsEshu learned to sing before he learned to speak. He is a storyteller, jazz vocalist, artist and educator who travels throughout the US performing in schools and conducting workshops in storytelling and creative writing. As a jazz vocalist, Eshu has performed with great musicians such as Archie Shepp, Vishnu Wood, and Billy Arnold.
Bob Weiner – Drums and PercussionBob has toured and performed with Harry Belafonte, Itzhak Perlman, Betty Buckley, Jon Lucien, Dianne Reeves, Andy Statman, Rebecca Paris, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses and many others. He has taught at the Drummers Collective (New York, NY), New England Conservatory (Boston, MA) and Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), as well as hundreds of private students.
Bob has co-authored two important percussion books, “Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drumset” with Frank Malabe and “Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset” with Duduka da Fonseca (Alfred Publications). He holds an Undergraduate degree in History (University of MA, Boston) and a Masters’ degree from Lesley University in Music and Human Development.