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1. Lookear was composed during a long walk up the beach at Westport, WA, Molly’s favorite “peace refuge.” Often, the wind blows such that if you lean into it, it holds you up. Though I did not know it at the time, Lookear turned out to be a tribute to Thelonious Monk, one of my favorite composers, who I was privileged to hear live in 1964.
2. Capistrano is one of many beaches perfect for a long swim. This song attempts to capture the invigorating feel of surf, sun, and warm breezes, as you gaze back at the palms and cliffs from out beyond the breakers.
3. Rivers – everyone has their favorite. Mine is the Dungeness – the second steepest river in the U.S. – where Molly and I hike each week. The ferns, moss, cedar, and fir speak a love language as clear as the roar of the rapids along the upper Dungeness. This song pays homage to Herbie Hancock’s epic LP “Maiden Voyage,” which wiped us all out in 1965.
4. October is the earliest composition on “Capistrano Sessions.” It was written in 1978 to honor Stan Getz’s fabulous “Getz Au Go Go” band, which I had been thrilled to hear live ten years earlier. “October” emerged during an idyllic period for me. I was swimming daily in the ocean at Laguna Beach and playing in a band called “Storyville,” which boasted both Paul and Brian among its ranks. (Other veterans of that group include John Ferraro, Dan Barrett, and Karen Hammack.) This is the third recording of “October,” and it is fascinating to hear how a song evolves over the years.
5. Paris Buffet is a double entendre, recalling both French jazz of the 1950’s and the wonderful clarinet I play, which Buffet hand-crafted in Paris.
6. Himalayan – which some call my finest melody – was actually given as a gift to me while showering and listening to Canadian news radio. “Himalayan” was written in under fifteen minutes as an étude for my fascinating student from India. But I just could not get the chords right. They were a gift from the talented pianist, George Radebaugh, who plays in my “Dream Band” in Port Townsend, WA. Joel’s bass solo on this cut really knocks me out.
7. Migration: A listener from Alabama asked if this song was inspired by John Coltrane’s classic “Giant Steps” LP. I wrote it as an audition piece for John Clayton’s Centrum Jazz Workshop. Traversing all twelve minor keys within its forty-measure chorus, this is the most technically-demanding piece on “Capistrano Sessions.” Though it took me months to master, Brian sight-read the piece in the studio, a fete that both awed and irked me!
8. Molly Ann is fast becoming our band’s “flag waiver,” because of Brian’s brilliant trumpet unison to my altissimo tenor melody. Named after my wife, “Molly Ann” was inspired by her joyful, exuberant smile. The piece was originally intended as an étude to help students experience the excitement of the Ray Charles performance I caught in 1982. Paul was Ray’s drummer for several years, and he perfectly nails the now-Latin-now-swing groove which makes “Molly Ann” an infectious dance number at our gigs.
9. Quiet Passion was written as a birthday gift for my Canadian road manager Neil, whose incomparable sense of humor conceals a man of great sensitivity and depth. This piece is a riddle whose solution involves finding a smoothly-flowing melody to fit over the labyrinthine harmonic structure. The challenge is akin to the way the canvas of a circus tent creates a smooth curved surface over the jagged tent poles beneath it. As usual, Brian’s effortlessly silky mallet work on the vibes belies the tune’s conundrum.
10. Well, I’ve never been to Spain, but Madrid Session is my tribute to that wonderful Phrygian language, which I discovered in the Miles Davis / Gil Evans collaboration “Sketches of Spain.” The tune took three years to write; incorrigible complexity evolves only grudgingly toward the desired elegant simplicity. I am pleased with the arrangement on this one, which allows each player to shine alone as well as in the ensemble. Dave, in particular, sparkles during his much-deserved alone time.
11. With Harbor Cafe Blues we come to the end of our Pacific Coast jazz journey, arriving home at the fabled bistro opposite the Black Ball Ferry terminal in Port Angeles, Washington. My octet spent a memorable year in residence at the café – now called Rick’s Place – where this blues became our nightly closing theme. Note the juxtaposition of a West Coast dialog followed by a New Orleans collective improv. section.
What drew you to saxophone as a primary instrument?
At my mother’s insistence, I unwillingly began playing clarinet in the 7th grade school band. Because of a life-long visual disability, I do not excel in team sports, so band became my “team sport,” my primary social outlet. Many musicians assert that jazz saved their teenage years from shipwreck in the doldrums, and this was true in spades for me.
I determined to be prepared to play with anyone, anywhere, anytime. In 8th grade, I borrowed my friend’s alto sax and taught myself the fingerings. By 9th grade, newspaper money bought me an old tenor, and by 10th grade, I had appropriated a girlfriend’s flute. I joined every band in sight, be it Dixieland, surf, R&B, or bebop. Without knowing it – I was morphing into a “doubler.” (The grand-daddy of “doublers” is Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who I heard perform in 1968.)
While stylists such as Cannonball or Desmond are known for their alto sound, I hope my “sound” comes through on all the reeds. The proper instrument for a song is determined by the nature of the composition. For example, the tenor sings “Younger than Springtime,” but we need Ezio Pinza to pull off “Some Enchanted Evening” and “This Nearly Was Mine.” In the same way, each horn is an actor in the drama of portraying a set of songs, and I attempt to select the horn which will best tell the story at hand.
Who has been your biggest influence in your career?
While I have become a disciple of many master musicians (described in #4), the people who really set me straight are:
- My junior high band teacher, Richard Watts, was the first musician to believe in me. He led by his example, teaching me about perseverance, teamwork, and the potential of experiencing joy through music.
- My ear training teacher, Al Learned, founder of the Westlake School of Jazz in L.A., taught me to seek out all of the harmonic nuance of a piece.
- My saxophone teacher, Bill Green, one of the foremost Hollywood studio players & a member of Oliver Nelson’s legendary band, taught the importance of tone, that the number one goal of a great player is to produce a great sound.
- My wife, Molly, encourages me daily to rise to a level of excellence, while maintaining a healthy balance in life.
- My producer, Richard Stekol, himself a much-respected composer, singer, & instrumentalist, continues to mentor me regarding the qualities needed for effective leadership.
- Most of all, it is the Will of God Almighty that determines my path & priorities.
What led you to create New Ears Resolution and Jazz for Youth?
“New Ears Resolution” is an outgrowth of the ear training I received from Al Learned (see above). Al was trained at Stanford before founding the fabled Westlake School of Jazz in L.A., a school which trained many of the key players in the 1950’s West Coast Jazz School. Al was frustrated at the pedantic way harmony was taught in college classrooms. He showed me how my ear could become a precious tool in mining the riches of a song. More and more, students are seeking me out not only to learn the mechanics of playing an instrument, but also to impart that wonderful gift, the ability to improvise. “New Ears Resolution” teaches them the “how to do it,” while our study of improvisation shows them the “what to play” of producing a wonderful solo.
“Jazz for Youth” grew out of my frustration with MTV. Young people will be drawn to jazz only if they are exposed to it. TV shows them only screaming guitar players. They need positive adult role models who will demonstrate – in the flesh – the joy and excitement of jazz wind instruments. The first concert I produced at the request of a fourth grade teacher. Later, I was approached by band directors, who used our workshops as recruitment vehicles. We have been blessed by the thousands of kids we have met through this program, and the feedback has been thrilling.
Describe what jazz is to you?
Jazz is early spring, when you finally are able to open the windows, the fresh breeze replaces the stale air of winter, the newborn sun plays on your face, and life begins again.
Jazz is the transformation of “Fiddler on the Roof” by Cannonball, or “Favorite Things” by Coltrane or “It Never Entered” by Miles.
Jazz is the rebirth of Gospel in Herbie’s “Watermelon Man” or Mobley’s solo on “Elijah” (“A New Perspective” by Donald Byrd) or “A Closer Walk” by Pete Fountain.
Jazz is you remember the moment when you first heard Ellington’s original records of “A Train” & “Cottontail.”
Jazz is hope, possibility, candor, honesty, stretching, grooving, growing, resting.
What inspires you when creating compositions?
I believe that compositions are meant to be played, to be listened to, to dance to, to inspire, to open up communication & new possibilities, to enhance awareness of our surroundings. As the seed of an idea matures, I test drive it on my horn and on the piano, I woodshed on it with my students, I use it as a vehicle for hornsmanship, for discussion, for generating excitement, for philosophizing.
How did you choose the players for Capistrano Sessions to properly convey your message?
Richard Stekol has been my producer and mentor for fifteen years. He has been my best friend a lot longer than that. Even so, I auditioned several producers before choosing him. He was totally focused every step of the way, from tune selection through mixing.
Brian Atkinson is simply an amazing human being and a remarkable musician. He has been one of my closest friends for forty years. Every song he touches improves with his touch. And he is Mr. Serenity on the bandstand.
Paul Kreibich played in my band “Storyville” for a couple of years before he joined Ray Charles. He is that rare bebop musician who flourishes in every other milieu as well. I mean, how many players could burn through a straight-ahead song like “Migration,” turn around & chill on “Himalayan,” and then grab the Latin groove on “Molly Ann”? This CD called for versatility. And most of the recordings were done in one or two takes.
Dave Witham has played on two of my previous CDs. He also understands every style from Mozart to Mose. He is a picture of peace on the bandstand, but his playing burns like crazy.
I had never met Joel Hamilton before the record date. But, if Richard says “He’s the man,” then he’s the man. The first take made me a believer.
What does the future hold for Craig Buhler?
Fame and fortune are not big on my list. What this boy longs for is to play with great musicians. Man, whenever I get the chance to share the stage with some of those fine players, that’s one memorable evening. I play better, the whole thing sounds better, and we at least have a fighting chance of inspiring the audience to get excited about life once more.
The second big interest for me is inspiring the youth through workshops and guest appearances with high school big bands. When you see twenty teenagers working as a tight-knit team, man that’s something. I want to be a positive adult male role model in a world where they have way too few. To interact one-on-one with kids and make a difference in their lives, the way my junior high band teacher made all the difference in my young life, that would fulfill a life-long dream.
A photo journey of Craig’s early musical life
Among the best are “October”, a relaxing song with Craig and Brian sharing the melody (sax & vibes) and “Molly Ann” with its festive Latin spirit. We also like “Madrid Session with its retro big band sound. These are soothing songs with lots of character.”
Kudos to Craig Buhler for putting together an exciting and engaging set of music with Capistrano Sessions. Of course one would expect nothing less from the talented Buhler.
This is an album that will appeal to both the serious jazz aficionado and those new to the art.”
“Seattle-based Craig Buhler is an educator and professional musician who has been around for more than twenty years. A composer, arranger and multi-reed player, he is a charter member of the band “Honk” and currently holds the first tenor Chair in Sequim’s 19-piece Stardust Big Band. Capistrano Sessions is Buhler’s latest project containing eleven original tunes of straight-ahead swinging jazz featuring the leader’s talents on the tenor, alto and clarinet.
For this album he assembled an exceptionally talented group of musicians making for one very tight quintet. Joining Buhler are much in demand drummer Paul Kreibich, pianist Dave Witham, Joel Hamilton on the bass and the versatile Brian Atkinson playing the trumpet, flugelhorn and the vibes.
Opening the program here is the very hip and lively “Lookear”, which provides ample solo space for every member of the band. From the obligatory solo by the leader to Witham’s piano run, Atkinson on the trumpet and respectable showings from the bassist and Kreibich. The tune “Capistrano,” finds Buhler playing the clarinet laying down some real slithering notes in front of Atkinson’s appreciable phrasings on the vibes.
I have a favorite piece of music on this album and it is “October” which happens to contain beautiful light choruses by the pianist and Atkinson on the vibes once again in a delicious classy number. The group swings away on the percussive “Molly Ann”, featuring Buhler on the alto accompanied by Atkinson on an expressive trumpet voicing.
Other notable tracks include the mellow sounds of “Quiet Passion,” the jumpy rhythms of “Madrid Sessions” and the old swing style sounds of “Paris Buffet.” Kudos to Craig Buhler for putting together an exciting and engaging set of music with Capistrano Sessions. Of course one would expect nothing less from the talented Buhler. This is an album that will appeal to the serious jazz audience and aficionados alike.”
A blind spin of Capistrano Sessions immediately evokes the recordings Shorty Rogers made in the 1950s. The sound, the swing, the je ne quoi is a vintage West Coast jazz vibe. One of the hallmarks of the West Coast sound is the facile ability for small combos to sound like a much larger band. This ability is a function of the musical arrangement, the West Coast having a stable full of such talent. Multi-instrumentalist leader Craig Buhler provides eleven original compositions which perfectly capture this vintage sound, without the attic smell.
The disc kicks off with the West Coast bebop of “Lookear.” Buhler shows off his Stan Getz tenor chops in this jagged swinging piece, and he allows pianist Dave Witham and brass man Brian Atkinson to show off theirs. The piece is a swinging throwback blues that has a momentum all its own. Momentum is the musical undercurrent at work here.
“Capistrano” has a Pacific island theme accentuated by Atkinson’s precise vibraphone and Buhler’s swerving clarinet. “Molly Ann” extrapolates this island sound in jaunty blues clothing with a loping 4/4 interlude. The entire collection of original compositions reeks of freshness and invention.
Capistrano Sessions is a well-conceived project of mainstream jazz with a Left Coast bent. Buhler is a consummate educator and performer who has made this writer’s end-of-the-year list.
Track listing: Lookear; Capistrano; Rivers; October; Paris Buffet; Himalayan; Migration; Molly Ann; Quiet Passion; Madrid Session; Harbor Cafe Blues.
Personnel: Craig Buhler: clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax; Brian Atkinson: trumpet, flugelhorn, vibes; Dave Witham: piano; Joel Hamilton: bass; Paul Kreibich: drums, percussion.
“Seattle area multi-woodwind artist Craig Buhler is known for his work with the band Honk!, while also working with big bands, amid his purveyance of the Jazz for Youth concerts. And he’s written two music books, one of which is titled Keys to Music (54 original jazz etudes). So, with all of that under his hat, it should be quite discernible that he possesses a broad jazz vernacular. Along with his quintet, Buhler doesn’t bombard the listener with technical gymnastics. Sure, these folks can play, but it’s more about the leader’s strong compositions that are designed with finesse and memorable hooks.
Buhler and trumpeter/flugelhornist/vibist Brian Atkinson trade zesty fours amid an abundance of appealing harmonic interludes, also featuring pianist Dave Witham’s rhythmic comping and fluent solos. For example on “Capistrano,” Buhler (clarinet) and Atkinson (vibes) execute an airy and jubilant theme atop a medium-tempo Latin vamp. And in other movements, the band generates perky swing grooves, often enamored by Buhler’s vocal-like phrasings, largely engineered with lyrically-rich content. One of my favorite tracks is the work titled “Himalayan,” which oddly enough, seems to draw upon a solemn, American Civil War era type folk motif. Then again, it’s up to the listener’s imagination and of course, that’s the beauty of it all.
Buhler and Witham engage for a sweet melody during the lightly-swinging “Quiet Passion,” whereas the quintet ventures into New Orleans-based trad jazz for the finale “Harbor Café Blues.” In sum, Buhler shines first and foremost as a composer who zooms in on the notion that sustainable melodies and nicely-coordinated dynamics are sometimes more important than high-impact soloing exhibitions. To that end, good taste and clarity of execution rules the roost here. “
“Craig Buhler is a clarinetist and saxophonist from the Seattle, Washington area. Each song on Capistrano Sessions is an original that shows off Buhler’s ability to write in a variety of jazz styles. The leader also generously shares the melody chores with each of his band mates, and creates arrangements that allow each song to have its own stamp of individuality. area, who has assembled a strong quintet for his latest release.
“Lookear” is a boppish line, that strikes the ears like something by Horace Silver, or maybe a slower version of Jimmy Heath’s “CTA.” After a fine solo by pianist Witham, Buhler picks up his alto for his first outing on this CD. The leader employs a smoky tone, and intriguing use of rhythmic sequences, finally bring his ideas to completion. Atkinson, next on trumpet, explores the range of his horn with a finely developed, succinct solo. Finally, Hamilton and Kreibich trade fours‑each with a full sound and ear-catching phrases—the latter with particularly crisp drums.
Piano and vibes take the lead on the intro to “Capistrano,” and Buhler joins in on clarinet for the melody to this calypso tune. Buhler takes the first solo and has a beautiful tone, bringing to mind the nickname for this instrument: the “licorice stick.” Atkinson shows off his abilities on the vibes here, and it is obvious he could be equally successful on either instrument.
“Rivers” is taken at a medium slow tempo, and is more contemplative than the previous two songs. The piece has a flow similar to songs by Jarrett, Corea, or Swallow. Witham is first in the spotlight with free, lyrical phrasing. Buhler’s alto provides contrast with more bop-flavored lines. A shout chorus of sorts is included and finds the alto and trumpet in unison before a brief drum solo, a reprise of the shout chorus, tag, and fermata ending.
“October” might have also gone under the name “Somber Samba,” but that one is probably already taken. Buhler breaks out his tenor saxophone on this one, employing a lighter tone. In a colorful move, vibes take over the melody for a few measures before the tenor returns. The piano, vibes, and Buhler’s Wayne Shorter- flavored saxophone, all take brief turns at the mic, sustaining the light air of this tune.
Up next, “Paris Buffet” is a straight up swinger. Buhler and Atkinson are in unison like a modern-day Goodman and Hampton. Kreibich sticks to brushes on the head and throughout Witham’s charming piano solo.
“Himalayan” is a slow, quiet piece that finds Kreibich using mallets on his tom-toms, evoking the cloudy tops of this famous snowy mountain range. Hamilton then steps into the spotlight and is supported with lovely background harmony from trumpet and clarinet. Finally, clarinet and vibes take over with the melody as Kreibich splashes his cymbals, and this pretty piece comes to a close.
With its bouncy tempo and playful melody over shifting harmonies, “Migration” brings to mind similar efforts by Thelonious Monk. Buhler returns to the alto for this song.
“Molly Ann” is a blues with a rumba groove, that transitions to swing for the second melody, then back to rumba to set up Buhler’s slippery, gutsy alto solo. Trumpet arrives next, and not only can Atkinson get around the horn with ease, he does a great job of developing his solos. Smooth and easy transit.ions between the grooves on this song are in evidence as the piano and drums each take their turn.
“Quiet Passion” is a samba that distinguishes itself with a dreamy melody that showcases efforts from the vibes and clarinet, before leading unexpectedly to a duo section featuring the bass and piano.
After a solo piano introduction, and four-bar drum break, flugelhorn and alto share the old-timey swing melody to “Madrid Session.” Witham is by himself again on piano, before Hamilton steps forth with the rest of rhythm section in fine support. Following piano, alto and trumpet solos, the two horns feed off each other’s statements in a friendly exchange. In closing, a drum break brings us back to the melody,
“Harbor Cafe Blues” finds clarinet, trumpet and piano forming the front line for this melody. This piece is another easy-going, tribute to the swing era. In another demonstration of fine arranging, the next section trades unison lines in pairs of piano/bass and flugelhorn/clarinet, leading to Dixieland-style interplay in the frontline. The melody returns, and on the final reprise Buhler takes the line up an octave bringing the tune to a sweet finish.
This album provides a departure from barn-burning, head-cutting jazz. Here, the song is king and the succinct solos are fine explorations that keep the original lines in mind and ear.”
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.
Beth Fitchet (Wood); vocals & guitar
Craig Buhler; sax, clarinet, flute
Richard Stekol; guitar & vocals
Steve Wood; keyboard & vocals
Will Brady; bass
Tris Imboden; drums
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).
PLESE NOTE: This is an mp3 download, NOT a physical CD. The CD is unfortunately out of print.
I Wanna Do For You
So Much Easier
Don’t Let Your Goodbye Stand
Circles in Sand
Caught on a Greyhound
We’re on Wheels
I Wanna Stay
Money Slips Through My Fingers
Dog at Your Door
All My Time is Free
There is a River
(Love is Like a) Heatwave
Love Ain’t So Common
No One is Waiting
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
Catalina Dancin’ Shoes
Dancin’ Soda Jerk
Beyond The Bay
City By The Sound
Harlem River Strut
Fog On The Sound
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.
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
Saturday, September 24, 7:00-9:00 PM, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim. “The Craig Buhler 3” with pianist Mark Schecter and bassist Jim Charlier
Sunday, September 18, 2:00-6:00 PM, The Blue Beet (you got’ta read this hilarious story!), Newport Beach, CA with “The Class of ’66 All-stars”
Friday, September 16: With Honk in CA at a private function.
Sunday, August 28, 7:00-9:00 PM, The Metta Room, Port Angeles. “The Craig Buhler 3” with pianist Mark Schecter and bassist Jim Charlier
Thursday, August 25, 6:00-9:30 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim with The Stardust Dance Band
Tuesday, August 16, 6:00-8:00 PM, Sequim Band Shell, Music in the Park with the Stardust Dance Band.
Saturday, August 13, 10:00 AM to Noon, Fort Discovery, Gardner, WA, Unity of Effort with The Stardust Dance Band
Saturday, August 6, 7:30 PM and Sunday, August 7, 2:00 PM, Olympic Theater Arts, Sequim, with Friends of Brubeck and Elinore O’Connell
Saturday, July 30, Wind Rose Cellars with Linda Dowdell and Elinore O’Connell.
July 24-29: Camp David Jr., Port Angeles, WA: Directing 2 Camp Heebie Jeebies big bands. Final concert, Friday, July 29
Saturday, July 16, 7:30-9:30 PM, Wind Rose Cellars with Sarah Shea
Thursday, June 30, 6:00-9:30 PM, Seven Cedars Casino with Stardust
Saturday, June 18, 3:00-5:00 PM, Peninsula College Graduation with Dr. David Jones
Wednesday, June 8, 6:00-9:00 PM, Wind Rose Cellars
Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 PM, Sequim High School Auditorium with the SHS Jazz Band
Friday, June 3, 6:00-9:00 PM, Styme’s Grill with Al Harris
Wednesday, May 11, 6:00-8:00 PM, Wind Rose Cellars with Sarah Shea.
Thursday, April 28, Seven Cedars Casino with The Stardust Dance Band.
Saturday, April 2, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 8:00 PM: The annual reunion concert with “HONK.”
Tuesday, March 1 at noon in the Commons and Tues., March 8 at 6:00 PM in Meier Hall: Craig will be featured with the Peninsula College Jazz Band on the PC campus.
Sunday, February 28, 10:00 AM with the Dungeness Community Church worship team.
Saturday, February 13, 7:00-10:00 PM, Port Townsend American Legion Hall. The 17-piece Stardust Dance Band, directed by Craig Buhler will play for your dancing and listening pleasure. Sponsored by the PT USO.
Friday, February 12, 6:00-8:00 PM, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim with vocalist Sarah Shea, guitarist Chuck Easton, and bassist Ted Enderle.
February 5-17: The Port Angeles Symphony presents the “Adventures in Music” series, featuring Craig (sax, flute, clarinet), Al Harris (piano), Ted Enderle (bass), and Tom Svornich (drums). The quartet will appear in schools across Clallam and Jefferson Counties with an educational program entitled “Music and Moods.” This presentation shows how musicians throughout history elicit various emotional responses as musical styles continue to evolve.
Saturday, January 9, 6:00-8:00 PM, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim. Welcome the new year with great appetizers, superior local wine, and foot-tappin’ jazz featuring the fabulous pianist Linda Dowdell and Ted Enderle, “the finest bassist in the known universe.” (TIC-tongue in cheek!)
Saturday, December 19, 6:00-8:00 PM, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim. A special Christmas celebration with Sequim’s own Sarah Shea. Come enjoy great appetizers, superior local wine, and foot-tappin’ jazz featuring guitarist Chuck Easton and bassist Ted Enderle. Craig will bring an assortment of woodwinds.
Saturday, December 19, 1:30-3:00 PM, Corner of Sequim Ave. and WA St. Join Craig Buhler for the second annual all-Sequim Christmas carol sing along. Spread the joy!
Sunday, November 1, 6:00-6:20 PM, Sequim High School Auditorium: A 14-piece all-star big band will premier Craig’s brand new original arrangements of several beautiful hymns as part of Tim Richards’ 4-part series “The Faith Puzzle.” Check out the intriguing trailer video for a sneak preview of this exciting series.
Thursday, October 29, 6:00-9:30 PM, Seven Cedars Casino: With The Stardust Dance Band
Tuesday, October 20, Noon-12:30 PM, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Sequim: With Mark Schecter (piano) and Ted Enderle (bass) in a lunchtime concert of fine chamber jazz
October 4-9: I’ll be directing the Carmel Big Band Workshop sponsored by Road Scholar (formerly Elder Hostel). Join us for a week of stimulating big band music along with other interesting musicians in the enchanting Carmel Valley. The food is gourmet, the setting gorgeous, the company invigorating, the music swinging! On Thursday, Oct. 9, we will offer the public a banquet / dance / concert. Hope to see you there.
Sunday, September 27, 1:30-3:30 PM, Pioneer Park, Sequim: With Al Harris (piano) and Jessie Lee (vocals)
Sunday, September 20, 10:00 AM-Noon, Dungeness Community Church, Sequim: With the DCC worship team
Sunday, September 13, 3:00-4:30 PM, Bremerton Performing Arts Center, Bremerton High School, 1500 – 13TH ST., BREMERTON, WA: The Stardust Dance Band in concert
Saturday, September 12, 4:00-6:00 PM, The Cutting Gardens, Sequim: Chez Jazz, featuring Sarah Shea (vocals) and George Radebaugh (piano)
Friday, September 11, 7:00-9:00 PM, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim: Chez Jazz, featuring Sarah Shea (vocals) and George Radebaugh (piano)
Thursday, September 10, 7:00-10:00 PM, Cellar Door, Port Townsend: With Mark Schecter (piano), Ted Enderle (bass), and Tom Svornich (drums), an evening of fine jazz
Thursday, August 27, 6:00-9:30 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim: Stardust Dance Band
Saturday, August 15, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, Fort Discovery, Gardner, WA: With The Stardust Dance Band at the annual Unity of Effort celebration
Friday, August 7, Noon-1:00 PM, KPTZ Radio, Port Townsend: Interview and live performance with Al Harris
Thursday, August 6, 6:00-8:00 PM, Olympic Cellars Winery: With world-acclaimed jazz singer Greta Matassa and the Peninsula College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Elaine Gardner Morales.
Tuesday, August 4, 6:00-8:00 PM, Sequim Band Shell: with the Stardust Dance Band
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2, Olympic Theater Arts (OTA) Theater, Sequim, WA: Encore performance of the highly acclaimed “Friends of Brubeck” Quartet along with the extraordinary New York vocalist Elinore O’Connell, star of the original L.A. premiere of “Les Miserables.”
Friday, July 24, 6:00-9:00 PM, Camp David Jr., Port Angeles, WA: I’ll be directing the two big bands at the climax of the week-long Camp Heebie Jeebies final concert. Click here for more information, to register, to volunteer, or to contribute to this noble effort which has positively impacted the lives of countless young musicians.
Friday & Saturday, July 18 & 19: At the Lavender Festival, Sequim WA with Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz: Friday, 3:30-4:30 PM, Main Stage, Street Fair. Saturday, 4:30-7:30 PM, Jazz in the Alley.
Tuesday, June 23, The Royal Room, Seattle: Encore performance of the popular Friends of Dave Brubeck concert series.
Saturday, June 20, 7:00-9:00 PM, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim with the fabulous pianist Linda Dowdell
Saturday, June 13, 2:30-4:30 PM, Dedication of the new Sequim city hall.
Thursday, June 4, 7:00-9:30 PM, The Cellar Door, Port Townsend with a fine jazz quartet: Mark Schecter (piano), Dirk Anderson (bass), and Tom Svornich (drums)
Friday, May 29, 6:00-9:00 PM, Stymie’s Grill, Sequim in a duo with Rufus.
Thursday, May 28, 6:00-9:30 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA directing and playing with the 17-piece Stardust Big Band
Sunday, May 17, 2:30-3:30, Fifth Avenue , Sequim, WA: My trio will present a special concert open to the public.
Sunday, May 10, 10:00 AM, Dungeness Community Church, Sequim, WA: I’m arranging & conducting the 17-piece big band which will play a medley of hymns to open the service.
Friday, May 1, 7:00-9:00 PM, American Legion Hall, Port Townsend, WA: I’ll be directing one of the two 17-piece big bands as part of the Northwest Big Band Workshop
Friday, April 24, 7:00-9:00 PM: Dungeness Schoolhouse, Sequim, WA: The Peninsula Friends of Music Performance presents “Capistrano Sessions.” This will be a complete reenactment of Craig’s critically celebrated 2007 CD. Included in the 5-person ensemble will be Brian Atkinson (trumpet and vibes), a highly-respected virtuoso from Los Angeles who was staff musician at Disneyland for many years, former Seattle Symphony percussionist Howard Gilbert, Oakland transplant Mark Schecter bringing an energetic approach to the piano, and the wonderful Ted Enderle on bass. Also appearing will be the amazing husband/wife duo “Witherow.” The 100-year-old Schoolhouse is a picturesque historic landmark with great acoustics and a good piano.
Thursday, April 9, 6:00-9:30 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA directing and playing with the 17-piece Stardust Big Band
Friday, April 3, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA with the ORIGINAL HONK BAND. (We believe Tris will be there.)
Friday, March 27, Meier Hall, Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA: We have created a rigorously researched Dave Brubeck retrospective. This quartet project is led by the consummate New York pianist, Linda Dowdell and includes the wonderful Ted Enderle on bass and Peninsula favorite Terry Smith on drums. This is an excellent room with a good piano.
Thursday, March 26, 6:00-9:30 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA directing and playing with the 17-piece Stardust Big Band
Thursday, February 26, 6:00-9:30 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA directing and playing with the 17-piece Stardust Big Band
Sat., February 21, 7:00-9:00 PM, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim, WA: Craig will be leading a trio with a diverse and colorful repertoire. We will be introducing the innovative new pianist recently moved here from Oakland, Mark Schecter. Mark has roots in classical, jazz, and rock. Rounding out the trio is the superlative bassist, Ted Enderle.
Thursday, January 29, 6:00-9:30 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA directing and playing with the 17-piece Stardust Big Band
Friday, December 19, 7:00-9:00 PM, with Rufus at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Sequim, WA (360) 681-0690, 7:00-9:00 pm, http://www.windrosecellars.com/
Saturday, December 13, 7:00-10:00 PM, Rainforest Bar, Seven Cedars Casino, with Al Harris
Thursday, December 11, 7:00 PM, Little Theater, Peninsula College, Port Angeles: Jingle Jazz
Featuring: Al Harris, Piano; Craig Buhler, Saxophone; Ted Enderlee, Bass; Terry Smith, Drumset, Amanda Lynn Bacon, The Peninsula College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Elaine Gardner-Morales, Director, Producer Cost $15- available on Brown Paper Tickets, Broadcast on KNOP
Sponsored by The Peninsula College Foundation. Proceeds go to support student attendance at the 2015 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
Saturday, December 6, 7:00-9:00 PM, Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Sequim, WA (360) 681-0690, 7:00-9:00 pm, http://www.windrosecellars.com/
Thursday, November 13, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band
Tuesday, November 11, 6:00-9:00 PM, The Cellar Door, Port Townsend with guitarist Chuck Easton, bassist Ted Enderle, and drummer Tom Svornich. Please join us for a unique evening of fine jazz in our debut appearance with this quartet in Port Townsend.
Saturday, November 1, 6:00-8:00 PM: The fifth annual Sequim High School Band Boosters fundraiser banquet and dance. The 17-piece Stardust Dance Band and the Sequim High School Jazz Band under the direction of Vern Fosket, Sequim High School dining room.
Thursday, October 30, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band
Saturday, October 18, 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!
Friday, October 17, Wine on the Waterfront, Port Angeles, with Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz
Sunday through Friday, October 5-10: Craig will be directing the big band workshop in Carmel, CA. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP. For more information, CLICK HERE. Thursday night’s banquet / concert / dance will be open to the public by reservation.
Wednesday, Sept 24, 7:00-9:00, Wind Rose Cellars, Sequim with virtuoso cellist Jesse Ahmann and pianist Al Harris. One night only. Don’t miss hearing this exceptional young musician.
Thurs., Sept 25, Seven Cedars Casino, Club Seven, with the 17-piece Stardust Dance Band
Sun., Sept 21, The Next Door Gastro Pub, Port Angeles, with Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz
Friday, September 12, 6:00-9:00 PM at Styme’s Grill, Sequim with RUFUS, the uniquely talented singer, guitarist, and composer. You will enjoy his unique and varied musical menu from the Great American Songbook to favorites from the past 40 years.
Sat., Sept. 6, Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Sequim, WA (360) 681-0690, 7:00-9:00 pm, http://www.windrosecellars.com/ with Sarah Shea and Al Harris.
Friday, September 5, 6:00-9:00 PM at Styme’s Grill, Sequim with Al Harris (piano) and Chuck Easton (bass)
Stymie’s Bar & Grill, 1965 Woodcock Rd., Sequim, WA (360) 683-3331, 6:00-9:00pm, http://www.yelp.com/biz/stymies-bar-and-grill-sequim
- July 4 (with Al Harris)
- Aug 29 (with Rufus)
Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Sequim, WA (360) 681-0690, 7:00-9:00 pm, http://www.windrosecellars.com/
- July 5, With Sarah Shea
- July 12, with Taylor Ackley & Jesse Almond
- July 18, with Taylor Ackley & Chuck Easton
- July 26, with Linda Dowdell & Elinore O’Connell, star of Les Miserables http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL7YB2YC3-Y
- Aug. 2, with Rufus
- Aug 8, with Sarah Shea
THE THIRD ANNUAL “JAZZ AT THE SCHOOLHOUSE” CONCERT Craig joins Elinore O’Connell, star of Les Miserables http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmpsjtYgwHo, along with pianist Linda Dowdell, bassist Ted Enderle, and drummer Terry Smith
July 25: 7:00pm, Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, Sequim, WA. 360.683.2277
Craig will be Conducting the Camp Heebie Jeebies big bands, July 11: 6:00pm, Camp David Jr., 1452 Camp David Jr Rd, Port Angeles, WA (360) 928-3540 http://www.campheebiejeebies.us/Staff.aspx
Stardust Dance Band:
- July 31 and Aug 28: 6:00-10:00pm, Seven Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. 101, Sequim, WA 98382 (360) 683-7777 http://www.7cedarsresort.com/
- Aug 12: 6:00-8:00pm, Band Shell, 563 N. Rhodefer Road, Sequim, WA 360.683.2277 http://www.sequimwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=232
- Aug 23: 10:00am-noon, Fort Discovery, 3501 Old Gardiner Rd., Sequim, WA 1-877-876-4750
The HONK Band had 3 wonderful opportunities to perform so far in 2014:
- February 2 for the USMC Superbowl party in Newport Beach, CA
- March 7 for the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
- May 31 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano
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.
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, 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.
Friday, September 13, 6:30-8:30, Camaraderie Cellars with the stunningly talented Linda Dowdell on piano, direct from New York. No cover charge.
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.
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
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
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.”
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, 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
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
Sunday, September 25, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band
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
Friday, August 19th, 7:00-10:00 PM, Stymie’s Golf Course, Sequim with Al Harris (piano) and Ted Enderle (bass)
Friday, August 5, 5:30-7:30 PM, Sequim Library with Chez Jazz as part of “First Friday Art Walk”
Sunday, July 24, 5:30-9:00 PM, Seven Cedars Casino, Sequim, WA with the Stardust Big Band. THIS IS A REVISED DATE.
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.
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
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
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.
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”
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)
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)
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
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).
- 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.
- 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
- Sun. & 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
- 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
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.
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.
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 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.
“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
Individual instruction in:
- “New Ears Resolution” – the revolutionary new
ear training method
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.
Keys To Music
Check out the link above for great resources!
Shown here are 2 thank you cards from the Sequim High School Jazz Ensemble. We have spent several wonderful years together studying improvisation.
Have you seen the video retrospective of Honk? Check it out!
The 2 albums on 20th Century are now available as a download. The first HONK LP was released by Twentieth Century Records in 1973. The cover showed clay figures of the band. A second LP was recorded by 20th Century but never released as an LP. In 2004, both albums were remastered and released on a single CD. This package includes all 20 selections as well as the cover art and the booklet.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN MP3 DOWNLOAD. THE PHYSICAL CD IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
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.
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 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.
Craig Buhler is Director & first tenor sax with Sequim’s Stardust Big Band and the Carmel Big Band Workshop. He is co-director of the Northwest Big Band Workshop and director of the 2 big bands at Camp Heebie Jeebies. 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 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 comes with an accompanying CD.
Craig is featured on the wonderful debut CD by Sarah Shea and her quintet. Pianist Al Harris (pictured below, right) produced the recording. Chez Jazz — featuring Craig on woodwinds — appears regularly around Western Washington as a trio, quartet, or quintet. Sarah offers a wide variety of compositions from the Great American Songbook, including songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, and Richard Rodgers. Upcoming performances are listed on our “events” page.
Craig is former Worship Director for the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Seattle. He has played for international Vineyard worship 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. After serving for eight years as Worship Leader at The Little Brown Church of Blyn, Craig is now a member of the worship team at Dungeness Community Church.
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 at his studio in Sequim, WA and via Skype.
In 1979, Craig toured & recorded with British singer Ian Matthews. Before this, he spent four 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 in forest resources from the University of Washington.
Craig Buhler lives in Sequim, WA with his bride Faye (pictured below). His late wife Molly raised their 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.”
Buhler 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.
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.
It 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
Two 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 and large dance halls.
Honk! However, 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.”
“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?”
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.”