Honk: Epic

May 17, 2007

Epic

Honk: Epic

HONK on Epic Records (1974)

This LP was released to coincide with HONK’s “Beach Boys” tour, and it captures the excitement of a major rock concert. Producer Henry Lewy (Joni Mitchell) chose A & M Studios (Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass) in order to achieve the finest sound quality possible. I transferred the LP to CD in response to over 100 requests.  For a time, i stopped sending out the CDs, because the effort was consuming too much of my time.  If you are interested in hearing what HONK sounds like today, please click here.

In response to overwhelming demand, i have once again begun to burn the Epic LP onto CDs (with the original artwork) for $25 plus postage.   Click here to order.

You can also order an mp3 download of the album from FastSpring for $6.99.  This package includes several classic HONK photos from various eras in the band’s history.  Click here to order the mp3 download.

Musicians:

Beth Fitchet (Wood);  vocals & guitar
Craig Buhler;  sax, clarinet, flute
Richard Stekol;  guitar & vocals
Steve Wood;  keyboard & vocals
Will Brady;  bass
Tris Imboden;  drums

Tracks 

Move Me
Home
All My Time is Free
Hesitation
You Better Do Something
Gimme That Wine
Dog at Your Door
Where is Love
Oh Daddy
Mademoiselle
There is a River



Honk: 20th Century

May 17, 2007

20th Century

Honk: 20th Century

HONK on 20th Century Records (1972).

20th Century Records released this LP when “HONK” began selling out concerts throughout California. This recording features the great songwriting, singing, & playing of the band. Our audiences continue to ask for these songs.

In 2005, the original masters were found by Thane Tierney, along with the masters for another 20th Century album Honk recorded but never released. The whole collection was carefully remastered by Gavin Lurssen at the Mastering Lab in Hollywood. This new package features a wonderful booklet with pictures and stories of HONK.

Professionally glass-mastered, pressed, & printed (not burned).

CD – $20.00

Buy It Now!

Tracks

I Wanna Do For You
So Much Easier
Don’t Let Your Goodbye Stand
Circles in Sand
Caught on a Greyhound
Another Light
We’re on Wheels
Hidin’ Out
I Wanna Stay
Money Slips Through My Fingers
Buckeyed Jim
Pipeline Sequence
Fortune Wheel
Dog at Your Door
All My Time is Free
There is a River
(Love is Like a) Heatwave
Love Ain’t So Common
Please Remember
No One is Waiting


Cut A Rug!

May 17, 2007

Cut A Rug!

Cut a Rug!

Perfectly designed for dancing! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, this collection of all brand-new, original swing tunes – featuring a 10-piece dance band – is sure to get your feet tapping!

CD – $15.00

Buy it Now!

Tracks

Catalina Dancin’ Shoes
Jimmy Key
Dancin’ Soda Jerk
J.C.
Beyond The Bay
Avalon Swing
Wise Guy
City By The Sound
’74 Corona
Harlem River Strut
Fog On The Sound


Capistrano Sessions

May 17, 2007

Capistrano Sessions

Jazz impressions of the Pacific Coast

11 original compositions depicting a jazz journey along the Pacific West Coast from Capistrano Beach, CA to Port Angeles, WA.

Reviews and track-by-track descriptions

Hear audio clips

Purchase via secure link to CCNow

The all-star lineup of jazz musicians features:

Drummer Paul Kreibich spent 4 years with Ray Charles.  He has played & recorded with Gene Harris, Carmen McRae, and many others.  www.paulkreibich.com

Pianist Dave Witham is Music Director for George Benson.  He has produced & recorded with Tom Scott, Grover Washington, Michael Brecker, Chick Corea, and many more.  www.davidwitham.com 

Trumpet & vibes player Brian Atkinson is on staff with the Disneyland Band.  He has performed with Lou Rawls, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and other fine artists.

Bassist Joel Hamilton played with Phil Woods and the Bill Holman Orchestra before becoming a first-call L.A. studio player.

Producer Richard Stekol is a charter member of the HONK Band.  His compositions have been recorded by Kenny Loggins, Kim Carnes, Ricky Nelson, etc.   www.richardstekol.com


Events

May 17, 2007

2014 Schedule

Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb 23, 2014:  Four Sunday evening dance concerts with the 17-piece Stardust Big Band at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, Sequim, 5:30-8:30.  This venue features a wonderful dance floor.  All ages.  $5 admission.

2013 Schedule

Saturday, December 28 – 5:30-8:30 – The Stardust Big Band will appear for your dining and dancing pleasure at the Oasis Sports Bar & Grill, Creamery Square, 301 E. Washington St., Sequim, WA. 98382.  No cover charge!  But PLEASE PURCHASE SOMETHING…A DRINK AND / OR FOOD, so we can keep this going!

Saturday, December 14,  6:30-8:30, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim, with pianist Linda Dowdell and bassist Ted Enderle.  We’ll feature music from our CD Ripples as well as some special Christmas jazz.

Saturday, November 23 – 5:30-8:30 – The Stardust Big Band will appear for your dining and dancing pleasure at the Oasis Sports Bar & Grill, Creamery Square, 301 E. Washington St., Sequim, WA. 98382  No cover charge!  But PLEASE PURCHASE SOMETHING…A DRINK AND / OR FOOD, so we can keep this going!

Sunday, October 27 –  5:30-9:00, The Stardust Big Band at the Sequim Prairie Grange, macleay hall, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim, WA.   $5 cover charge per person covers the rent on the hall and gas money for the musicians.

Saturday, October 19 – 6:00-9:00, Sequim High School Dining Room:  A gala dinner / dance to benefit the Sequim HS Band Boosters, featuring the Stardust Big Band and the Sequim High School Jazz Band under the direction of Vern Foskett.

Saturday, October 12,  6:30-8:30, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim, with Linda Dowdell

Saturday, October 12, 2:45-3:45, Port Angeles Crab Festival with Sarah Shea

Sunday, Sept. 29 – 5:30-9:00, The Stardust Big Band at the Sequim Prairie Grange, macleay hall, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim, WA.  $5 cover charge per person covers the rent on the hall and gas money for the musicians.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 6:00-8:00, Benefit for Friends of the Fields with Linda Dowdell at Sunland Golf Clubhouse, Sequim.

Saturday, September 14,  Wind Rose Cellars with Sarah Shea and Al Harris

Friday, September 13, 6:30-8:30, Camaraderie Cellars with the stunningly talented Linda Dowdell on piano, direct from New York.  No cover charge.

Saturday, September 7,  Wind Rose Cellars with Sarah Shea and Al Harris

Friday, September 6, 6:30-8:30, Wind Rose Cellars with virtuoso guitarist Chuck Easton and fine young bassist Taylor Ackley.  No cover charge.

Saturday, August 31, 6:30-8:30  Wind Rose Cellars :   This will be a first time appearance for a unique combination of musicians.  The excellent pianist George Radebaugh along with a “new discovery” (for me, that is), the unique styling of  guitarist / singer Trevor Hanson .  No cover charge.

Sunday, August 25, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band.  Our final appearance in this venue.

Saturday, August 24,  Wind Rose Cellars with Sarah Shea and Al Harris

Friday, August 16,  Wind Rose Cellars with Sarah Shea and Al Harris

Tuesday, August 13, 6:00-8:00, Sequim Band Shell with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, August 11, Jefferson County Fair, with The Cat’s Meow Jazz Band

Saturday, August 10, The Stardust Big Band appears at the FORT DISCOVERY UNITY OF EFFORT ON SHORES OF DISCOVERY BAY, WASHINGTON.

Friday, August 9,  Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim, with the very unique pianist Bob Woll from Seattle and Taylor Ackley (bass)

Sunday, July 28, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Friday, July 26:  The Second Annual Jazz at the Schoolhouse, with Linda Dowdell, Ted Enderle, Terry Smith, and special guest, from New York, the fabulous singer Elinor O’Connel.

Friday & Saturday, July 19 & 20:  Lavender Festival with Sarah Shea:  Friday at Sequim Band Shell, Saturday at Lost Mountain Lavender

Saturday July 6,  Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim

Monday – Friday, July 1-5:  Teaching at Camp Heebie Jeebies, Lake Crescent, WA

Sunday, June 30, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, June 29, Krush, Sequim, with Sarah Shea & George Lindamood

Friday, June 14, Next Door Gastropub with Linda Dowdell, Taylor Ackley, and Terry Smith

Friday and Saturday, May 31 & June 1:  The legendary HONK Band reunites with all original members, including “Chicago” drummer Tris Imboden for 2 California shows.  Friday at the Coach House, Saturday at San Marino High School.

Saturday, May 25, San Juan de Fuca Festival with Sarah Chez:  1:30 – Vern Burton, 4:30 P.A. Elks

Friday, May 24, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim, with Linda Dowdell

Saturday, May 18, 7:30-10:00 PM, Wine on the Waterfront with Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz

Friday, May 17, Sequim Community Church, Dinner / Dance with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, May 12, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Friday, May 10, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim, with Linda Dowdell

May 3, 7:30-9:30, Two complete 17-piece big bands play for your dancing & listening pleasure at the Port Townsend American Legion Hall (as part of the  Northwest Big Band Workshop  )

April 28 – May 3:  Teaching improvisation and directing big band at Northwest Big Band Workshop

Sunday, April 21, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, April 21, 2:00-4:00, Port Angeles Library, Adventures in Music, with Al Harris & Chuck Easton

Saturday, April 20, Harbinger Winery, with Sarah Shea

Friday, April 19, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim, with Linda Dowdell

Sunday, April 14, 5:00-7:00, Next Door Gastropub, with Sarah Shea

Friday, April 12, 7:30, Wine on the Waterfront, with Linda Dowdell

Sunday, March 31, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, February 24, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Tuesday, February 13, The Lodge, Sequim, with Al Harris

Saturday, February 9, Benefit for Port Angeles Symphony, with Al Harris

Wednesday, February 6, Private House Party, Diamond Point, with Sarah Shea and Al Harris

Sunday, January 27,, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Friday, January 25, Wine on the Waterfront, with Linda Dowdell

2012 Schedule

Sunday, October 28, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, October 20, 6:00-9:00 PM, Sequim High School Cafeteria, with the Stardust Big Band in a dinner dance to benefit the Sequim High School Band Boosters’ Association.

Friday, October 12, 7:30-10:00 PM, Wine on the Waterfront with Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz

Sunday, October 7, 5:00-7:00 PM, Next Door Gastropub with Sarah Shea and Al Harris (Chez Jazz)

Saturday, October 6, 12:00-2:00 PM, Port Angeles Pier:  Statewide Defence of Marriage rally

October 2,3,4,9, & 10:  Educational programs at various Clallam County schools with Al Harris, Chuck Easton, and Tom Svornich

Sunday, September 30, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, September 22, 5:00-8:00 PM, Sunland Club House, Sequim with Linda Dowdell and Taylor Ackley for Friends of the Fields

Thursday, September 20, 4:30-5:30 PM, Peninsula College, Port Angeles with Professor David Jones (piano), Ted Enderle (bass), and Terry Smith (drums) to welcome the new college president

Saturday, September 15, 7:30-10:30 PM, Manresa Castle, Port Townsend, WA with Linda Dowdell (on a REAL piano), Ted Enderle (bass), and Tom Svornich (drums).  This is the group which recorded Craig’s brand new CD “Ripples.”

Tuesday, August 28, 6:00-8:00 PM, Carrie Blake Park, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band.

Sunday, August 26, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, August 25, 7:30-10:00 PM, Manresa Castle, Port Townsend, WA with Sarah Shea & Al Harris (on a real piano!)

Tuesday, August 14, LAX Jazz Club, Crowne Plaza, LA Int. Airport, 5985 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles 90045, 310.642.7500 :  The long-anticipated reunion of “Storyville.”  Please RSVP at the Storyville Facebook page.   This most unique ensemble is comprised of HONK member Craig Buhler along with bassist Jack Prather, trumpet & vibes man Brian Atkinson (Disneyland Band), popular trombonist Dan Barrett, and first call L.A. session players Karen Hammack (piano) and drummer Paul Kreibich (Ray Charles Band).  Their repertoire is amazingly diverse spanning jazz history from Louis Armstrong to Wayne Shorter, pop icons from Benny Goodman & Nat King Cole to Bob Marley & Steely Dan (hear sample recordings here).

Saturday, August 11, 5:15-6:15 PM (subject to schedule slippage), Doheny Beach State Park, Dana Point, CA with HONK.  “Chicago” drummer Tris Imboden will play with the group on this special reunion (with all original members).

Sunday, August 5, 1:00-2:00, McComb Gardens Concert Series, Sequim, WA with pianist Linda Dowdell, bassist Ted Enderle, and drummer Tom Svornich.  This concert celebrates the release of Craig’s 9th jazz CD recently recorded by this same ensemble.

Sunday, July 29, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, July 28, 7:30-10:00 PM, Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles, WA with pianist Linda Dowdell & bassist Taylor Ackley.   A CD release party for Craig’s 9th album “Ripples.”

Friday, July 20, 7:30-10:30 PM, Dungeness School House, Sequim, WA with pianist Linda Dowdell, bassist Ted Enderle, and guest vocalist from New York Elinore O’Connell.  A CD release party for Craig’s 9th album “Ripples.”

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, July 20-22, 2:00-5:00 PM, Port Williams Lavender Farm, Sequim WA, as part of the Sequim Lavender Festival, with pianist Al Harris & bassist Ted Enderle.

July 1-July 6:  Saxophone & Improvisation Teacher at Camp Heebie Jeebies, Camp David Jr., Port Angeles, WA.  The final concert will feature 3 big bands & numerous small groups, is free, and open to the public.  Parking & seating are limited, so plan to arrive early for the 6:00 PM downbeat.

Sunday, June 24, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Monday, June 4, Marine Room, Laguna Beach, CA:  The long-anticipated reunion of “Storyville.”  Please RSVP at the Storyville Facebook page.   This most unique ensemble is comprised of HONK members Craig Buhler & Will Brady along with bassist Jack Prather, trumpet & vibes man Brian Atkinson (Disneyland Band), and first call L.A. session players Karen Hammack (piano) and drummer Paul Kreibich (Ray Charles Band).  Their repertoire is amazingly diverse spanning jazz history from Louis Armstrong to Wayne Shorter, pop icons from Benny Goodman & Nat King Cole to Bob Marley & Steely Dan (hear sample recordings here).

Saturday, June 2, 2012, revised date 7:30-11:00 PM: HONK  will return to the Coach House in Capistrano, CA.    Tris Imboden hopes to appear with HONK for this special reunion concert, if his schedule with “Chicago” permits.

Sunday, May 20, 5:30-9:00 PM,  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Monday, April 23:  Stardust will appear with the U.S. Air Force Falconaires.   Details to follow.

Sunday, April 22, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM, Pt. Angeles Library, with Al Harris (piano) and Chuck Easton (bass), Educational Program:  Interaction Between Jazz, Culture, and Society

Friday, March 30:   CANCELLED:  Sarah Shea is under the weather.

Sunday, March 25, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, March 24, 7:30-10:00 PM, Manresa Castle, Port Townsend, WA with Sarah Shea & Al Harris (on a real piano!)

Saturday, March 17, 5:45-7:00 PM, benefit for Pt. Angeles Symphony.  Click here to purchase tickets.

Sunday, February 26, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Friday, February 17, 7:30-10:00 PM, Wine on the Waterfront, Pt. Angeles, WA with Linda Dowdell & Ted Enderle

Tuesday, February 14, 5:30-9:00 PM  Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the 5-piece Chez Jazz dance group

Saturday, February 11, 7:00-10:00 PM, Port Angeles Elks Lodge, Valentine’s Day dance with the 5-piece Chez Jazz dance group

Saturday, February 4, 7:30-10:00 PM, Wine on the Waterfront, Pt. Angeles with Sarah Shea & Al Harris

Friday, February 3, 5:30-7:30 PM, Sequim Library (First Friday Art Walk) with Sarah Shea & Al Harris

Sunday, January 29, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Friday, January 27, 2012, 6:00-9:00 PM, Stymie’s Golf Course, Sequim, WA,  with Al Harris (piano) and Ted Enderle (bass)

Sunday, January 15, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Little Brown Church of Blyn, Leading the music and preaching the sermon

Friday, January 13, 7:30-9:30-10:00 PM,  Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles, WA with pianist Linda Dowdell & bassist Taylor Ackley.  SEE THE WRITEUP.

Friday, January 13, 2012, 1:00-2:00 PM, Interview with Karen Hanan on her talk show “Art Beat” on KONP Radio AM 1450 or 102.1 FM, Pt. Angeles, WA

2011 Schedule 

Saturday, December 10, 7:30-9:30 PM, Wine on the Waterfront, Pt. Angeles, WA, with Sarah Shea and George Lindamood (Chez Jazz Trio)

Sunday, November 27, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, November 13, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with Chez Jazz Dance Quintet

Friday, November 11, 6:00-9:00 PM, Styme’s Grill (Golf Course), with Al Harris & Ted Enderle

Saturday, November 5, 7:30-9:30 PM, Wine on the Waterfront, Pt. Angeles, with Chez Jazz Trio

Sunday, October 30, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, October 22, 6:00-9:00 PM, Sequim High School cafeteria with Stardust Big Band in a gala fundraiser banquet & dance for the Sequim High music department

Saturday, October 15, 2:00-4:00 PM, Joyce Grange Hall, Memorial concert for Roger Baller, with Stardust Big Band

Saturday, October 8, 6:00-9:00 PM, Sunland Golf Club, Chez Jazz Dance Quintet, Benefit for KSQM FM

Friday, October 7, 5:30-7:30 PM, Sequim Library with Chez Jazz as part of “First Friday Art Walk

Sunday, September 25, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Friday, September 16, Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles, WA with pianist Linda Dowdell.  SEE THE WRITEUP.

Saturday, September 3, 7:30-10:30 PM, Manresa Castle, Port Townsend, WA with singer/guitarist/author Skip Morris

Tuesday, August 30, 6:00-9:00 PM, Sequim Band Shell with the Stardust Big Band.  There will be dance instruction with Carol Hathaway and a feature length move as well.

Sunday, August 28, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, August 21, 1:00-2:00 PM, McComb Gardens with Linda Dowdell (piano) and Ted Enderle (bass) as part of the McComb Summer Concert Series

Friday, August 19th, 7:00-10:00 PM, Stymie’s Golf Course, Sequim with Al Harris (piano) and Ted Enderle (bass)

Sunday, August 14, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with Chez Jazz Quintet (DANCING)

Friday, August 5, 5:30-7:30 PM, Sequim Library with Chez Jazz as part of “First Friday Art Walk”

Saturday, July 30, 7:00-10:00 PM Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles with Chez JazzCD RELEASE PARTY FOR THE BRAND NEW DEBUT CD OF SARAH SHEA!

Sunday, July 24, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band.  THIS IS A REVISED DATE.

Friday, July 15, 7:00-9:30 PM, Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles with pianist Linda Dowdell

Friday thru Sunday, July 15-17, 2:00-5:30 PM & Saturday 7:00-9:30 PM:  Port Williams Lavender Farm, Sequim, WA, as part of the Sequim Lavender Festival.  We celebrate our seventh season with Mike & Sue Shirkey at their wonderful farm, always a highlight of the year.

Wednesday, July 13, Port Angeles Pier with  Chez Jazz for Concerts on the Pier

Saturday, July 9, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA with HONK

July 3-9:  Teaching at Camp Heebie Jeebies, Camp David Jr., Lake Crescent, WA.  There will be a gala concert — open to the public — on Friday, July 8 at 6:30 PM.

Sunday, June 26, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Friday, June 3, 7:30-10:30 PM, Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles with pianist Linda Dowdell

Monday, May 30, 11:30AM-12:30PM, Juan de Fuca Festival, Vern Burton Center, Port Angeles with Chez Jazz

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30-8:30 PM, Oasis, Sequim, WA with Chez Jazz

Sunday, May 22, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, May 21, 7:30-10:00 PM, Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles with Sarah Shea (vocal) and Al Harris (piano)

May 1-7:  Teaching improv at the NW Big Band Workshop.  A gala concert and dance will be open to the public and will feature the 2 outstanding big bands from the workshop.  This event will take place at the American Legion Hall in Port Townsend, WA on Friday, May 6.

Sunday, April 24, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, April 3, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Friday, April 1, 5:30-7:30 PM, Sequim Library with Sarah Shea and Al Harris

Saturday, March 5, 7:30-??? PM, Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles, WA in a duo setting with piano virtuoso Linda Dowdell

Sunday, February 20, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Thursday, February 10, 6:30-8:30 PM, Sunland Golf Club, Sequim, WA with Sarah Shea, George Radebaugh, and Chuck Eastin

Sunday, January 30, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, January 29, 7:30-10:00 PM, Wine on the Waterfront, Pt. Angeles, WA with virtuoso pianist Linda Dowdell

 
 2010 Schedule 

New Years Eve, Friday, December 31, 8:00 PM to midnight, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, December 26, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, November 28, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, October 31, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, October 23, 7:00-10:00 PM, Sequim Elks Club, Benefit for KSQM Radio

Sunday & Monday, September 26 & 27, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, August 29, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, August 29, 1:00-2:00 PM, McComb Gardens, Sequim, WA;  with Chez Jazz featuring Sarah Shea (vocals) and Al Harris (piano)  featuring selections from our new CD “Quiet Nights”

Sunday, August 15, 1:00-2:00 PM, McComb Gardens, Sequim, WA;  with Jazz 101, featuring Ed Donohue (trumpet) and Al Harris (piano)

Sunday, July 25, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Monday-Saturday, July 12-17, Orchestra of the  Balalaika and Domra Association of America  annual convention, Minneapolis, MINN;  guest clarinetist & flutist.

Saturday, July 10, 8:00 PM, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. with HONK

Monday-Friday, July 5-9, Camp David Jr. (west of Pt. Angeles on Lake Crescent) teaching at Camp Heebie Jeebies Jazz Camp.  Final concert is Friday, July 9, 6:30 PM.

Sunday & Monday, June 27 & June 28, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday & Monday, May 30 & 31, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, May 29, 8:30 PM, Port Angeles Elks Club Ballroom, Juan de Fuca Festival with the Stardust Big Band

Monday-Friday, May 17-21, Teaching at the Northwest Big Band Workshop.    The Northwest Big Band Workshop concert and dance will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 21 at Fort Worden  in Port Townsend, WA

Friday & Saturday, April 30-May 1, Music team for the Sequim Aglow conference, Trinity Methodist Church, Sequim

Sunday, April 25, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Friday-Sunday, April 23-25, Fort Flagler, WA:  Worship music team for the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship men’s weekend gathering “Staying the Course

 Saturday, April 3, 7:30-10:30, Wine on the Waterfront with Skip Morris (guitar / vocal) and Ted Enderle (bass)

Sunday & Monday, March 28 & 29, 2010, 5:30-9:00;  Seven Cedars, Sequim, with the Stardust Big Band featuring the acclaimed recording artist  Jenny Davis as our guest vocalist

Sunday, March 21, 2010, 5:30-9:00, Seven Cedars Casino, Chez Jazz 5-piece dance band

Saturday, March 6, 2010, 7:30-10:00, Wine on the Waterfront, Chez Jazz (Sarah Shea, Al Harris)

Friday, February 26, 2010, 7:00-10:00, Styme’s Grill, Sequim, with Chez Jazz (Sarah Shea, Al Harris)

Sunday, February 14, 2010, 8:00, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA with HONK 

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 6:00-9:00, Sunland Golf Club, Sequim with Al Harris & Sarah Shea

Friday, February 5, 2010, 6:00-11:00 PM, Maui, Hawaii with Steve Grimes & “Mojo Gumbo”  See their video here.

Sunday, January 31, 2010, 5:30-9:00, Seven Cedars Casino with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, January 24, 2010, 5:30-9:00, Seven Cedars Casino with Sarah Shea (vocals), Al Harris (piano), Ted Enderle (bass), & Tom Svornich (drums)

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 1:00-4:00 PM, Swisher Hall, Sequim, WA;  Clarinet Clinic with Sean Osborn(classical), Craig Buhler (jazz), and Signe Crawford (fundamentals)

Friday, January 8, 2010, 6:00-9:00, Styme’s Bar & Grill, Sequim, with Sarah Shea & Al Harris.

Saturday, January 2, 2010, 7:30-9:30 PM Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles with Sarah Shea (vocal) & Al Harris (piano)

2009 Schedule  

THE NEW DREAM TRIO

Thursday, December 31, New Years Eve, 8:30-Midnight, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Tuesday, December 29, 5:45-8:45, Olympic Theatre Arts (OTA), Sequim, for the Eonological Society with Al Harris (piano)

Sunday, December 27, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Saturday, December 12, 6:30 PM, Sequim High School auditorium, with the Sequim Vineyard worship team led by Jonathan Simonson in a benefit for Dominican Republic village drinking water purification systme

Friday, December 4, 5:30-8:30, Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese, Sequim,  with Al Harris (piano)

Sunday, November 29 & Monday, Nov. 30, 5:30-9:00, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, November 22, 5:30-9:00, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA, with Craig Buhler’s Dream Band: Sarah Shea (vocals), Craig (woodwinds & vocals), Al Harris (piano), Todd Fisher (bass), and Howard Gilbert (drums)

SARAH SHEA

Sarah Shea

Saturday, November 14, 7:30-9:30 PM Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles with Sarah Shea (vocal) & Al Harris (piano)

Friday, November 6, 5:30-8:30, Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese, Sequim,  with Chuck Eastin (guitar)

Wednesday, November 4, 7:00-9:30, Lyar’s Club, Pt. Angeles, with Sarah Shea, Al Harris, & Ron Newton

Sunday, October 25, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Friday, October 23, Sequim Community Church, with Sarah Shea, Al Harris, and Todd Fisher

Wednesday, October 21, The Lyar’s Club, Port Angeles, 7:30-9:30, with Al Harris & Sarah Shea

Saturday, October 17, Sequim High School with the Stardust Big Band & the SHS Jazz Band

Tuesday, October 13, 7:30-9:30 PM Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles with Sarah Shea (vocal) & Al Harris (piano)

Sunday, September 27, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Friday, September 25, Golden Bear Reunion Concert  with the HONK Band, Huntington Beach, CA

Sunday, Sepetember 13, 3:00-6:00, Sequim Band Shell with the Sequim Vineyard worship team

Friday & Saturday, September 11 & 12, with Steve Grimes & MoJo Gumbo at the Upstatge, Pt. Townsend, WA

Tuesday, September 1, 6:00-8:00, The Band Shell, Carrie Blake Park, Sequim with the Stardust Big Band, free admission

Sunday, August 30 & Monday, August 31, 5:30-9:00, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, August 30, 1:00-2:00, McComb Gardens, Sequim, WA with my trio, the Jazz 101 Trio including: Rickey Kelly (vibes), Al Harris (piano)

Sunday, August 16, 1:00-2:00, McComb Gardens, Sequim, WA with my combo, the Jazz 101 Quintet including:  Ed Donohue (trumpet), Al Harris (piano), Clive Collins (bass), Howard Gilbert (drums)

Friday, August 14, 7:00-10:00, Manressa Castle, Port Townsend, WA with Skip Morris (guitar / vocal), Clive Collins (bass)

Sunday, July 26, 5:30-9:00, Seven Cedars Casino with the Stardust Big Band

Sunday, July 19, 2:00-5:00, Dana Point, CA with the HONK Band http://www.danapoint.org/index.aspx?page=68&recordid=2136&returnURL=/index.aspx?page=173 (CLICK ON “flier”.

Saturday, July 18, 7:00-10:00, Newport Beach, CA with the HONK Band  http://www.surffest09.com/

Friday, July 17, 2:00-5:00, Port Williams Lavender Farm with my combo “Jazz 101″ including: Sarah Shea (vocals), Rickey Kelly (vibes), Al Harris (piano), Clive Collins (bass), Howard Gilbert (drums)

July 5-11, Teaching & performing at Camp Heebie Jeebies, Port Angeles, WA

Sunday, June 21 & Monday, June 29, 5:30-9:00, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band.

Saturday, June 13, 7:00-10:00, Valley Tavern, Hadlock, WA with the Dukes of Dabob (Dixieland).

2008 Schedule

  • Fri., May 2 & May 9, 2008 with virtuoso guitarist Mike Hamilton at Savannah Steak & Chop House, Dana Point, CA, 7:00-11:00 PM.
  • Wed., May 7, 2008, Live recording / concert with Mark Turnbull (guitar), Brian Atkinson (tpt & vibes), Anders Swanson (bass), and Paul Kreibich (drums).   7:30-10:30 PM, Renaissance, Dana Point, CA
  • Sat., May 10, 2008, with HONK at the Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA.  Opening act: The Missles of October.

 2007 ScheduleThe Stardust Big Band, 2006

  • Fri. & Sat., July 20 & 21, 2:30-5:30 PM and Sun., July 22, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Port Williams Lavender Farm, Sequim – The new Craig Buhler Quintet featuring Ed Donohue (tpt), George Radebaugh (pno), Robert Matthews (bass), Tom Sovornich (dms).  On Friday, we will feature Bob Woll (piano) & Jim Fink (bass) from Seattle and Howard Gilbert (drums) from Quilcene along with Ed & Craig.
  • Fri & Sat., July 20 & 21, 8:00 PM to Midnight, Back Stage, Port Townsend – Dance / concert with Steve Grimes’ wonderful band from Hawaii featuring Cliff Collins on bass & vocals.
  • Thurs., July 26, 4:00-7:00 PM Port Gamble, Concert on the Green with an all-star band
  • The Stardust Big Band, 2006Sun. & Mon., July 29 & 30, 5:30 to 9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino – with the Stardust Big Band
  • Thurs., Aug. 2, 7:00 PM - The Honk Band in concert with Ziggy Marley, Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Sun., Aug. 5, Big Bear Lake, CA – Big Bear Jazz Festival with singer Nancy Walker, Karen Hammack (piano), Paul Kreibich (drums), and Paul Gormley (bass)
  • Sun., Aug. 12, 1:00 to 2:00 PM, McComb Road Nursery, Sequim with the new Craig Buhler Quintet introducing a very special guest: Compser / Guitarist / Vocalist Mark Turnbull from Laguna Beach, CA will join us for a one-time-only wonderful reunion concert. Mark & Craig have played together for 40 years. Don’t miss this one! Also featuring Ed Donohue (tpt), Robert Matthews (bass), Tom Sovornich (dms)
  • Sun., Aug. 19, 1:00 to 2:00 PM, McComb Road Nursery, Sequim with the new Craig Buhler Quintet featuring Ed Donohue (tpt), George Radebaugh (pno), Robert Matthews (bass), Tom Sovornich (dms)
  • Sat., September 15, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA with the HONK Band. 
  • Sat., November 3, Balboa Pavillian, Balboa, CA – With HONK for the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital (CHOC) benefit.

 2006 Events Calendar

  • Sat., July 15, 2:00-4:00 PM, Carrie Blake Park band shell with Strardust Big Band
  • Sat., July 29, 2:00-4:00 PM, Carrie Blake Park band shell with George Snyder’s Oly Jazz Band
  • Sun. & Mon., July 30 & 31, 5:30-9:00 PM, 7 Cedars Casino, Club 7 room with Stardust Big Band
  • Fri., Aug. 4, 1:00-2:00 PM, live interview with Karen Hanan, KONP Radio, 1450 AM http://www.konp.com/hosts/index.html
  • Sun., Aug. 6, 1:00-2:00 PM, McComb Road Nursery, Sequim in a special duo setting with guitarist Skip Morris as part of McComb’s Summer Concert Series
  • Tues., Aug. 8, Noon-1:00 PM, Richmond Beach Park, Shoreline, WA with “Jazz for Youth” as part of the City of Shoreline Summer Cultural Arts Series
  • Wed., Aug. 9, 6:00-8:00 PM, Port Angeles pier with Stardust Big Band as part of the “Concerts on the Pier” series
  • Sun., Aug. 20, 1:00-2:00 PM, McComb Road Nursery, Sequim with Craig Buhler’s Dream Trio (George Radebaugh, piano & Chuck Easton, guitar) as part of McComb’s Summer Concert SeriesSun.,
  • Aug. 27, 5:30-9:00 PM, 7 Cedars Casino, Club 7 room with Stardust Big Band
2011 Schedule

Personal Instruction Resume

May 17, 2007
  • Official Improv Coach for the annual NW Big Band Workshop, the award-winning Sequim High School Jazz Band, the award-winning NW Winds Homeschool Jazz Band, and the Jazz in the Olympics (JITOS) Youth Band. 
  • Taught woodwinds at Mills Music Stores in Bothell, Redmond & Lynnwood, WA to students of all ages & abilities.
  • Develop sound fundamentals, productive practice habits, jazz improvisation skills, and a joyful attitude toward music.
  • Produced a book & CD collection of 54 jazz etudes designed to teach students to play with a more musical approach & creative self expression.
  • Studied music at UCLA & the University of Redlands and privately with Mitchell Lurie (clarinet), Bill Green (saxophone & flute), and Al Learned (ear training).
  • Artist / Clinician for Buffet Clarinets (formerly The Music Group, Inc. and Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.).
  • Lead “Jazz for Youth” school assembly featured in over 100 schools throughout western Washington.
  • Developed “New Ears Resolution“ ear training method for individual students & group classes (book & CD).
  • Former junior high band & science teacher.
  • Self-produced 6 CD recordings.
  • Charter member of the band “HONK!”, with 5 LP & C.D. recordings during its 25-year life. Toured with the Beach Boys, Loggins & Messina, Chicago, Santana, and others before audiences of 10,000+. We still perform reunion concerts for 500+ fans.
  • Appear on 15 other LP’s and CD’s.
  • Perform throughout Washington at churches, restaurants, weddings, corporate events, etc.
  • Serve as church music director, played for international church conferences as well as 70+ NW congregations, appear on CD’s by Andy Park, Kevin Prosch, Brian Doerksen, and other Vineyard recording artists.
  • M.Sc., University of Washington

Location

May 17, 2007

Lessons take place at my professional sound studio in Sequim, WA.  Contact me for more information.
I am also available to teach classes at other locations.  I bring sound equipment, a dry erase board, and a computer with Band in a Box.


Curriculum

May 17, 2007

Each student receives a personalized notebook. Each week, I give the student 1 or more compositions which are appropriate for his or her ability & goals. Students can choose from classical, jazz, rock, or other styles. Periodically, the student will receive a play-along CD to use in practice. If you desire, the student will also receive my “New Ears Resolution” ear training course. All these materials are included in your tuition. If the student requests, I am happy to help with school band music, upcoming audition materials, or any other music of interest to the student. I expect each student to practice 20 minutes per day, 5 days per week. One or more student recitals will be produced each year, and we will offer students the opportunity to perform in small groups as well.


History of Honk

May 17, 2007

The Honk Band began in Laguna Beach in 1970. I joined in 1972. That year, we produced the music for a very popular film on surfing called “Five Summer Stories.” One of the songs on that sound track LP – “Pipeline Sequence” – became a #1 hit in Hawaii and climbed the charts in Australia. We later headlined a concert in Honolulu.

From 1972 to 1975, Honk was featured at high school and college concerts all over California, as well as at LA hot spots such as the Whiskey Au Go Go and the Troubadour. We recorded with producers known for their work with Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, the Beach Boys, and Ike & Tina Turner.

In 1974 & ’75, we toured the U.S. with the Beach Boys and also opened several concerts for Loggins & Messina, Chicago, Jesse Colin Young, Jackson Browne, and many others.

Amazingly, in Honk’s 30-year life span, there has been only 1 change in personnel! This may be a record for a rock band. The members are: Beth Fitchet Wood (vocals & guitar) www.bethfitchetwood.com, Steve Wood (vocals & keyboard), Richard Stekol (vocals & guitar), Craig Buhler (sax, clarinet, flute), Will Brady (bass & vocals) www.willbrady.com, and Tris Imboden (drums).

All of us are in music more-or-less full time. Tris has been the drummer for the band “Chicago” for over 10 years & has played with almost everyone else. Steve has played with a lot of people & has produced IMAX sound tracks. Richard produced 3 of my CD’s in addition to a bundle of his own, has played with scads of bands, and is a noted golf pro. Beth’s and Willy’s web sites (see above) attest to their musical triumphs.

Since 1983, Honk has been offering yearly “reunion” concerts to sold out venues in Southern California. The band has an uncanny way of retaining the freshness of its material & execution. These concerts are loads of fun! We are often featured at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA, (949) 496-8930. If you would like to check for upcoming dates please see my event calendar.


Welcome!

May 17, 2007

Welcome to my site!

If you want to learn how to play by ear and improvise jazz solos OR get started playing clarinet, saxophone, or flute OR hear the latest from the HONK Band OR discuss issues faced by Christian worship leaders OR schedule a Jazz for Youth workshop in your school, then we have something to talk about!  It would be my pleasure to get to know you.


Teaching

May 17, 2007

“My lifetime of teaching insturmental music in the public schools of Pennsylvania and Arizona has afforded me a reliable source of what works and what doesn’t. Craig Buhler’s group and private teaching instruction take the students from where they are to an incredibly higher level in a short period of time. I have seen him perform small miracles with his teaching methods. Would I send my own children to Craig for lessons? Yes, at least twice a week.”
                –  Sanford Feibus, Director of the 60-piece Sequim City Band

Click Here For Information on Workshops & Clinics

The Craig Buhler Music StudioIndividual instruction in:

 

My Mission: To lead music students into a richer, more enjoyable, more artistically expressive hands-on musical experience.

Start where you are … grow from there.

Your individual lessons will be tailored to your abilities, interests, & goals. I teach sound fundamentals and conventional sight reading technique, but we will also explore the exciting world of ear training, in which your fingers learn to play exactly what your ear is hearing.

Learn to Improvise If you are interested, I will also teach you how to “improvise,” that is, to compose & perform a brand new piece of music, which you create on the spur of the moment. You will enjoy the experience of “jamming” with other musicians – gathering together to spontaneously conceive of new sounds.

PERSONAL INSTRUCTION RESUME

CURRICULUM

RATES

MISSED LESSONS

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DISCONTINUING LESSONS 

Keys To Music
Check out the link above for great resources!

Feature Article from the “Sequim Gazette”, 2009

Sequim High Jazz Ensemble thank you card

Shown here are 2 thank you cards from the Sequim High School Jazz Ensemble. We have spent several wonderful years together studying improvisation.

Sequim High School Jazz Band 2009

 

 


Honk

May 17, 2007

The Honk Band in 1975

the Honk Band in 2003

HONK AT CRITERION

HONK News

Here is a brand new video retrospective of Honk:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTV8cMZBXWg

History of Honk

The Honk Band began in Laguna Beach in 1970. I joined in 1972. That year, we produced the music for a very popular film on surfing called “Five Summer Stories.” One of the songs on that sound track LP – “Pipeline Sequence” – became a #1 hit in Hawaii and climbed the charts in Australia. We later headlined a concert in Honolulu.

From 1972 to 1975, Honk was featured at high school and college concerts all over California, as well as at LA hot spots such as the Whiskey Au Go Go and the Troubadour. We recorded with producers known for their work with Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, the Beach Boys, and Ike & Tina Turner.

In 1974 & ’75, we toured the U.S. with the Beach Boys and also opened several concerts for Loggins & Messina, Chicago, Jesse Colin Young, Jackson Browne, and many others.

Amazingly, in Honk’s 40-year life span, there have been only 2 changes in personnel! This may be a record for a rock band. The members are: Beth Fitchet Wood (vocals & guitar), Steve Wood (vocals & keyboard), Richard Stekol (vocals & guitar), Craig on saxes, clarinet, & flute, Will Brady (bass & vocals), and Tris Imboden (drums).

All of us are still full-time musicians.    Steve has played with Kenny Loggins, The Pointer Sisters, etc. & has produced IMAX sound tracks.  Richard produced 3 of my CD’s in addition to a bundle of his own, has played with scads of bands, has written songs for Kenny Loggins, Ricky Nelson, and Kim Carnes, and is a noted golf pro. Beth and Willy have made some great CDs and perform in various all-star settings.   Tris has been the drummer for the band “Chicago” for 20 years & has played with almost everyone else.   Since the “Chicago” touring schedule has grown increasingly busy, Tris has had to send in a sub for several recent HONK concerts.  He chose the incredible young drummer Nate Wood (who just happens to be the son of Steve & Beth).  The wonderful Frank Cotinola, (formerly of the Righteous Brothers and now with the Missles and known as “The Truck”) has also appeared with Honk.

Since 1983, Honk has been offering yearly “reunion” concerts to sold out venues in Southern California. The band has an uncanny way of retaining the freshness of its material & execution. These concerts are loads of fun! We are often featured at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA, (949) 496-8930.

The members of HONK (with Nate again substituting for touring Tris) graciously consented to perform on my CD “Renewed Hope.”   HONK’s Steve Wood produced this effort.

While HONK took its 8-year “vacation,” Willy & i formed the jazz group “Storyville,” which released 1 of the several albums we recorded, played all over California, and opened for Dizzy Gillespie and the Crusaders. The Storyville trio featured  the wonderful Jack Prather on bass, from whom we learned so much about music.  Other Storyville alumnae include John Ferraro (drums with Larry Carlton, Rod Stewart, etc.), Paul Kreibich (drums with Ray Charles, James Moody, Woody Herman, Gene Harris, etc.), Karen Hammack (LA first-call studio pianist), Brian Atkinson (Disneyland Band, Lou Rawles, Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, etc.), and Dan Barrett (trombone with Benny Goodman, Concord All-stars, etc.)   Dan, Brian, Karen, & Paul all appear on my latest jazz CD “Skykomish,” a collection of popular songs from artists such as the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Doobie Brothers, etc. transformed onto fresh new jazz arrangements.

To purchase HONK CDs:
For the “Clay Figures” LP on 20th Century Records, click here.  This is an EXCELLENT re-issue, fully endorsed by all the members of HONK.  The original tapes were completely re-mastered by a well-respected mastering artist.  In addition to the original LP, a second set of 20th Century recordings never before released has been included.  There is also a beautiful booklet with photos of the band and essays on our history.

For the soundtrack to “Five Summer Stories”, click here.

In response to overwhelming demand, i have again begun offering a burned CD copy of the 1974 HONK LP on Epic Records (the “orange LP”).  You can download the mp3 collection along with various HONK photos for $6.99 by clicking here to order the download.  Or, to order the physical CD for $25 plus postage,  Click here to order the physical CD.

Here is a cool article about HONK written by the world-famous surfer Corky Carroll. 

Here is a poster of a Linda Rondstadt concert for which HONK was the opening act.  I was late to this one, because i was attending my grandmother’s funeral, so Dan Hicks had to go on before HONK.  I hope he has since forgiven me.

Check the Events Calendar for Concert Dates.    New photos of the band will appear here soon.  If you have any photos of HONK, please contact me.

HONK in 2008, Irvine, CA, photo by Joe Truxaw P8024086


Bio

May 17, 2007

Storyville, 1976: Craig, Jack Prather, Will Brady

Craig Buhler is Director & first tenor sax with Sequim’s Stardust Big Band Among his 30 recording credits are 9 CD’s under his own name. Craig is a charter member of the acclaimed California rock band HONK, which toured nationally with the Beach Boys, Loggins & Messina, Chicago, Santana, and others before audiences of 10,000+. HONK has released 5 CDs, and continues to sell out San Juan Capistrano’s Coach House as well as other California venues.

Craig with sisters, Thanksgiving, 2006

4 Buhler siblings: then and now

Craig is the author of 2 books on music. “New Ears Resolution” is a revolutionary new ear training method which has proven effective with scores of students on many instruments. “Keys to Music” is a complete course in jazz woodwind technique which includes 54 original etudes. Each collection come with an accompanying CD.

Craig is featured on the wonderful debut CD by Sarah Shea and her quintet.  Pianist Al Harris (pictured above) produced the recording.   Chez Jazz – featuring Craig on woodwinds and Al Harris on piano — appears regularly around Western Washington.

Craig serves as Worship Director for the Little Brown Church of Blyn and is former Worship Director for the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Seattle. He has played for international church conferences as well as 70+ NW congregations, for whom he was occasionally invited to also preach. In addition to Craig’s three original worship recordings, he appears on CD’s by Vineyard artists Andy Park, Kevin Prosch, & Brian Doerksen. Craig has presented his 2-day “Total Immersion” seminar for worship musicians to churches in five states. Craig’s “Jazz For Youth” band has performed at over a hundred school assemblies, religious conferences, and civic functions.

He is former Woodwind Instructor for Mills Music stores in Bothell, Redmond & Lynnwood, WA, and now offers private instruction in clarinet, saxophone, flute, ear training, and improvisation. Craig is also Improvisation Coach for NW Big Band Workshop, Sequim High School Jazz Band, Camp Heebie Jeebies, Northwinds Home School Jazz Band, and Jazz in the Olympics Society (JITOS) Youth Band. He represents Buffet clarinets & Keilwerth saxophones as an artist /clinician.

Craig swimming west of Port AngelesIn 1979, Craig toured & recorded with British singer Ian Matthews. Before this, he spent 3 years with the jazz group “Storyville,” which released an LP and appeared all over California, including concerts with Dizzy Gillespie and the Crusaders. As a UCLA music major, he studied clarinet with Mitchell Lurie, saxophone & flute with Bill Green, ear training with Alvin Learned, and composition with Paul Chihara & Doug Leedy. In 1987, he earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Washington.

Craig Buhler lives in Sequim, WA with his bride Faye (pictured below).  His late wife Molly raised therir 4 cats and trained Benny Good Dog to be a great dog.   In addition to daily music practice, he continues with his favorite hobbies:   hiking, swimming, Bible study, and reading.

   

A photo journey of Craig’s early musical life

as reported by Perucci Ferraiuolo in the “NW Christian Journal” 2001

A popular mainstream artist with his own jazz group and with the successful rock band, “Honk!”, as well as an in demand Christian music minister, Craig Buhler’s mastery with wind instruments has garnered for him a reputation as one of the Pacific Northwest’s premiere artists – a label he quickly denounces.

“My music is a gift from God,” he says. “Since it’s from Him, it’s for His glory, not mine. Music is intended as a tool to advance the Kingdom of Jesus, not for ‘the cause of Craig Buhler.’ Whatever musical expertise I have, I know God gave it to me for the benefit of others. I get great satisfaction in knowing that my music pleases someone, but I get more fulfillment realizing that it has helped someone come to know and love Jesus.”

Can a Person Do Both?

Some would say, however, that Buhler is compromising. After all, he plays both Christian AND jazz music and enjoys a solid reputation with both Christian and jazz musicians.

Can a person do both? Buhler philosophizes. “What makes music (especially instrumental jazz) ‘Christian’?” he asks. “J.S. Bach’s work was commissioned by the church – that’s how he made his living. In fact, that’s how most composers up until about 1700 made their livings. After the Reformation, the secular nobility gained greater influence, and the great composers were hired by them. But many of these musicians were still Christians, and their music still radiates the love of Christ.”

“I try, with everything in me, to glorify God with every note … regardless of what band I’m playing with or what sort of audience is before us.”

Early Years

The Downbeats 1963Buhler grew up in Newport Beach, California, becoming a professional musician at the wise old age of 13. His first clarinet ‘gig’ was with “The Downbeats” serving up New Orleans Dixieland at school dances and luaus. From there, Craig took up saxophones and contracted surf fever with “The Viscaynes.” But R&B grabbed his ear, and he joined “Yes Indeed,” playing Hollywood’s hottest haunts – like the Whiskey a Go Go – and recording with “Jackson 5” engineer David Hassenger.YES INDEED 1970

While majoring in musical composition at the University of Redlands and UCLA, Craig gained a deep appreciation for such diverse forms as Gregorian chant, baroque organ music, Twentieth Century twelve tone, and serious electronic music.

Mr. Bill Green, saxophone virtuoso and teacherIt was during the UCLA years that Craig was profoundly impacted by the strong, resonant tone of his saxophone teacher William Green.  Mr. Green was a virtuoso woodwind player who, while running from studio to studio participating in many of the major motion picture soundtracks of the 60′s still found time to offer weekly lessons to LA’s young musicians for a whopping $8.00 per hour

Shepheard, 1971Two years on the road with a top-40 group called “Shepherd” constituted a “musical boot camp”.  They travelled the West Coast, playing 2 weeks in Phoenix, 4 weeks in Boise, to service men and secretaries seeking friendship in back alley taverns.

Honk! Craig Buhler, HONK publicity photo, 1975However, it was joining the Laguna Beach based “Honk!” band that gave Buhler a taste of the success and recognition that were waiting for him. “We really hit it off,” he remembers. “We toured nationally with ‘the Beach Boys’ and other major acts and headlined all over California and in Hawaii. My musicianship got more professional, and my mind focused completely on music. In the past twenty plus years, ‘HONK!’ has released four albums (for Epic Records, Twentieth Century Records, and Restless Records), and we continue to play 1 or 2 concerts per year.”

Storyville Jazz Group LP back cover“Honk!” was just the spring board Buhler needed. He recorded with several California bands, and spent 4 years working with the jazz group ”Storyville.”  In 1979, he recorded and toured internationally with Ian Matthews. But it wasn’t until 1982 that he discovered God’s plan for his talent.

Born Again “I had attended Episcopalian grammar school,” he says. “I studied the Bible and sang in church choir throughout high school. But Christ touched my heart in ‘82 in a way that previous ‘head knowledge’ had only hinted at. Jesus gave me a direction and a purpose I had sought after my whole life. Since then, He has been teaching me about vision – that inner sense of His purpose for ones life and ministry.”

Peaks and Valleys As with most artists turned Christian, Buhler went through a series of peaks and valleys in his career – some that shook the foundations of his faith. The valleys taught him. “For one thing, you learn trust,” he mentions of the lean times. “Those hard places have given me humility and fear of the Lord. Prayer has become a lifestyle, whether I’m on top or hovering just off the ground. Prayer is what a Christian does – it’s what his life is about. I used to be cocky – but God has a way of humbling one. An interesting paradox is that when God humbles a person, He does it not to tear down but to build character.”

And what if lean times plague him again? He shrugs. “The Bible says we must decrease if Christ is to increase. It also counsels us that if we seek God’s kingdom first, everything we need will be added to us. A full commitment to Him influences the way you react to trials and how you use them for the glory of God. Jesus said that in this life, we’ll have tribulation, but he also said not to fear, because He has overcome the world. What else could you possibly need?”

Craig’s 3rd Worship CD
“Renewed Hope”

Christian Recordings In keeping with his total dependence on God, Buhler recorded his first solo C.D., “Peace Like A River,” which gave a foretaste of his ministry side. With songs like “Abba Father,” he reached out to those who have lost their earthly fathers, telling of a Heavenly Father who loves us and wants to embrace us. And tunes like “Fixed On You” addressed discouragement, despair and depression with the promise that fixing our mind and eyes on God will see us through our calamities. The album, which was critically acclaimed, garnered lots of regional airplay, and gave Buhler the reputation of being not only an exceptional musician, but also a gifted arranger, producer, and songwriter.

“My initial motivation for writing songs was to help me memorize and immerse myself in God’s Word, so all the lyrics in those early songs came from Scripture.”

Ministry on the Road “I led a 5-piece band which traveled to Washington State churches for 3 years, and it was a great experience. However, the band tended to isolate me from the local church family, and building lasting relationships is really central to this ministry. So now Molly [Craig’s wife] and I lodge with church members wherever we go, and I use the local worship team as my band. Hopefully, Molly and I can minister to them, and we are definitely blessed in the process.

“Our attitude is that we are guests in our hosts’ church home. Accordingly, we try to show respect for the customs and values which they value. As Christians, we are called on not to ‘argue about disputable matters,’ but to stick to the basics: the Lordship of Christ and the authority of His Word.”

Tools of the Trade Among his arsenal of wind instruments are soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, clarinet, harmonicas, and flute. Listeners take notice when Craig plays 2 saxes at once!

In addition to regional concerts, Craig travels with other Christian artists and has ministered at conferences in Germany, Canada, and throughout the U.S.

With the Clouds of Heaven His second solo C.D., “Clouds of Heaven,” has received radio play on several stations. “The emphasis is on encouraging the discouraged. I also try to resist the trend toward isolation and alienation – promoting unity within the Church and a renewal of marriage vows and family commitments. ‘A cord of several strands is not easily broken’.”

The “Total Immersion” Worship Seminar In addition to recordings, touring, and a commitment to his home church, he has developed a workshop for worship musicians. “I call the 2-day seminar ‘Total Immersion,’ because I believe that worship is too important for us merely to wade around in it. When a musician gives his life to Christ and decides to serve Him through music, he becomes hungry for more knowledge, direction, and a clear vision.”

The seminar focuses on the five major relational challenges faced by a worshipping musician – learning to listen to God, developing communication & teamwork skills, musical expertise, ministry, and capturing the spirit of a worship song.

Jazz For Youth Recently, Craig has begun to bring jazz to school children. “Of course, we are not allowed to preach Jesus in the public schools. However, I seek to present the young people with a positive adult male role model, a thing which some of them have never experienced and which all children need.”

Teaching in Christian Schools In September 1997, Craig dawned yet another hat, this time as a science and band teacher at local Christian schools. “I need to stay in touch with today’s young people. Hopefully, I can be a positive adult role model to them, while, at the same time, learning many important lessons from them.

“After a year in the classroom, I realized that the most effective way for me to reach young people is one-on-one. Accordingly, I am now teaching woodwinds privately, and I love it! Private instruction is the best vehicle for me to mentor and encourage aspiring musicians.”

Musician, singer, producer, writer, and teacher – Craig Buhler has been given the tools to build an enduring ministry. But he continually eschews the values of the world as his focus echoes the sentiments of celebrated hymn writer, Charles Wesley – “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise.”


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