THE BAND

Ivy (Stella) Nugent - Keyboards

Born and raised in  Brooklyn, Ivy has performed all over the US, and  in parts of Canada and Mexico. After going to Woodstock in 1969 she moved to San Francisco and then eventually Seattle where she created several bands each performing different styles of music. She gathers inspiration from Monk, Jobim, Herbie Hancock, The Grateful Dead and bands of the 70's.

Jamie Nugent - Clarinet

Originally from Washington state, Jamie graduated from last chair clarinet to first chair in only 50 years. Benny Goodman came to him in a dream and told him to pick up that licorice stick and blow, man, blow. Since then he has performed in the US, Canada and Mexico. He's also our resident sea captain and blacksmith (but not into heavy metal). 

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Martin Budde - Guitar

Melissa discovered singing when she started taking guitar lessons around the age of 12. She began writing songs as a way to avoid practicing playing scales on the guitar. Her first performance was playing and singing an original tune to her mother’s bridge club for which she received critical acclaim. Melissa has performed at Seattle Jazz venues such as North City Bistro, Tulas and Pink Salt.

Melissa Brewer - Vocals

Julian Weisman - Bass

Julian has performed with Don Branden, Jason Palmer, Yaron Israel, Jacob Collier, etc.   He was was drawn to the upright bass for its thump and vital rhythmic role in music. He studied at Litchfield Jazz Camp, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, New England Conservatory, and with his beloved private teachers Joe Salamone, Dave Santoro and Cecil  McBee. He has student taught at Litchfield Jazz Camp and Harvard University. 

P.S. He came to Seattle for the pandemic and never left.

Martino Goldstein - Percussion

Mexico Musicians

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Jorge Díaz - Bass

Jorge Díaz, was born in Mexico. His first contact with the electric bass was at the age of 12, from there he began to be part of various styles in music such as rock, blues and jazz. He also has a career in circus that makes a perfect match with music and performing arts! 

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Titillo García - Drums

Titillo lives in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico where he plays in different musical projects such as Cucumber Salsa from Argentina, Saoko Salsa Mexico, Roots Paradise Reggae, and Jazz Pancho Quartet. He has performed in important festivals and stages in Mexico City as well as the Vallarta Mezcal festival.