The Basic Quartet
Piano, Clarinet, Drums, Bass
Herb Greenlee - Piano
Herb has been playing solo and small group jazz piano in
Mike Ritter - Bass, Clarinet, Cornet, Soprano Sax
Mike Ritter played clarinet and cornet in high school and in the army,
taking second place to Count Basie's drummer in the All-Army entertainment
contest. In the seventies he started playing bass and continued again in
the eighties, touring nationally and internationally with the pop-folk Hard
Travelers. Today he plays bass or whatever is needed, but has rekindled his
Ernie Buck- Bass Viol, Tuba and others (Alphorn, Accordion, Electric Bass)
Ernie began performing professionally at age 14.
Originally trained by J. Paul Freeman of the US Army
Band, he studied music at
Chip Kelly - Guitar, Banjo
A talented guitarist and banjo player who has become a regular at our Westlawn gig and many others. He retired from the Post Office and raising a daughter, and now teaches guitar and tenor banjo., but is always ready to play a gig when he can.
Steve Watson - Drums
The Plus: Our Associates
At any given time our associate musicians become our regulars. They are all accomplished musicians in their own right and play with us to extend the size of the band or substitute.
Jimmy Hamilton - Baritone Sax, Clarinet
Jimmy plays in the style of his mentor, Peewee Russell. As an extra musician, he uses his baritone sax to provide the bass line. He has been playing on the jazz scene for nearly 50 years. He is a regular at St. Elmo’s, and always ready to play another gig.
Joe Shepherd - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Joe plays in the style of Bobby Hackett and has been on the jazz scene for decades. He is a former leader of the Who’s Who Jazz Band. Joe is also an accomplished arranger. Many of the numbers we play are based on Joe’s arrangements. Joe is a regular at St.Elmo's.
Dick Parks - Trombone, Cornet
Dick has been playing a variety of instruments for many years. He fills in on both instruments when needed, particularly when we are playing Dixieland. He is a regular at St. Elmo's.
Doug Powell - Trombone
Doug actively plays the local jazz scene, and plays with us when he is not playing elsewhere. His sweet trombone rounds the group off when he is playing.
Gary Carper - Tuba
Our Very Able Substitutes
Play with us when our regular members can't.