Danielle has been part of the Olympia music scene for over 30 years. Her early days were spent playing trumpet in symphonies, orchestra pits, or alongside her dad at his piano bar. Today, she plays and sings with numerous groups including frequent stints with the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, South Sound Swing Orchestra, The Pine Hearts, Luna Melt, and Bevy. One of her greatest passions is teaching youth trumpet players with Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, which she did for 8 years.
James began his professional music career in Austin, Texas touring with a punk band, which of course, transformed into a decade of work as a bluegrass and Western swing banjo player. He is the founding upright bass member of the gypsy jazz group Hot Club Sandwich, and part of several top 20 CMJ Jazz Charts recordings, including collaborations with David Grisman and Dan Hicks. His banjo work with The Tune Stranglers was part of a syndicated radio show produced for Public Radio International. These days James performs with groups whose styles range from Brazilian choro, funk, R&B, and jazz. He is also a Professor of Humanities at South Puget Sound Community College where he directs the SPSCC Jazz Big Band.
Nick grew up in Olympia, Washington and began playing the double bass in public school orchestras. He’s studied as an undergraduate at Berklee College of Music and the Evergreen State College, and graduated at Evergreen in the spring of 2018 with a B.A. in Music. He also plays in the funk group Hot Cabbie as well as in a variety of jazz combos.
Theo Ragan is an upcoming star on the Olympia music scene. His achievements as an accomplished jazz pianist at 22 are remarkable. Theo currently plays in a host of Olympia bands including Luna Melt and Monkflower. He also teaches jazz piano.