Abe is from Santa Barbara and has performed chamber music throughout Italy and in master classes with Ann Martindale-Williams, Peter Reijto, Eleanor Schoenfeld, and Yo-Yo Ma. His teachers include Charlene Wilson, David Gibson, Barry Gold, and he has been coached by Daniel Rothmuller in Los Angeles and Harvey Shapiro in New York. He received his degrees in music performance from UCLA as well as California State University Sacramento and has a tenured position with the Arizona Opera orchestra. A frequent favorite of many chamber music groups in San Diego, Abe has learned the craft of bow making and maintains a shop on Adams Avenue in San Diego where he creates new bows and restores fine bows.
Rebecca is a Chicago native currently performing with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra and an acting section violist with the San Diego Symphony. Other professional engagements include the San Diego Opera, and Dresdner Philharmonie, as well as studio and commercial work in Los Angeles. Prior to that she was a violist with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka, Japan. Rebecca is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dually Noted, a passion project that showcases musical and culinary artists to new audiences by artistically pairing chamber music and gourmet food (www.duallynoted.org). She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her spare time, she performs as the pianist/keyboardist for her 80’s cover band The Modern Appliances, and enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Jim was born and educated in San Diego. A graduate of San Diego State University, James (“Jim”) Plank began his professional career as a percussionist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16. Additional orchestral positions include that of Principal Timpanist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra until 2008. He has played with jazz artists such as Kenny Barron, Art Farmer, Hank Jones, and Joe Pass. Jim Plank’s discography and videography include recording and television programs with Laurindo Almeida, Mike Wofford, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Marian McPartland, and Red Rodney.
Todd is a former sponsored amateur skateboarder and punk bassist. Todd Rewoldt quickly transferred his skills from the street course and mosh pit into an original saxophone style that is all his own. Since graduating from the Eastman School of Music, he established himself as a vital member of the modern music community. Equally comfortable performing in the styles of classical, modern, electroacoustic and jazz, his hundreds of performances have taken him throughout the U.S. and to important concert venues in Sweden, Germany, Italy, Mexico, China, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Ireland, and Australia. Todd maintains an active performance schedule as a concert soloist, first-call saxophonist with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Winds, and is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed SWARMIUS Ensemble and S-TET. Critics have characterized his performances as “virtuosic,” “seductive,” and “displaying amazing technique.”
Rewoldt is a Selmer Artist and performs on Selmer Saxophones exclusively.
Peter is a highly acclaimed musician and composer. With his thirty plus years as a professional guitarist, Peter has evolved into a musical powerhouse, having produced and played on over 190 recordings. He has published eleven songbooks of his own music. Peter conducts the majority of his endeavors in Southern California, staying close to his family, and where he is, without dispute, San Diego’s premier Jazz talent. He has won numerous awards for his artistry including Best Jazz Artist for San Diego. He has worked with some of the greats: Dianna Reeves, Chick Corea, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, and many others too numerous to count. The full list and discography can be found on Peter’s website www.petersprague.com.
Rob maintains a diverse and busy schedule in Southern California as a performer, educator, clinician and composer. He has found his true voice in the upright bass and performs regularly in San Diego with artists including the Mike Wofford/Holly Hofmann Quartet, Charles McPherson, Steph Johnson, Gilbert Castellanos, Mundell Lowe and a host of others. He has released four recordings as a leader, with the most recent, “Lasting Impression”, featuring an array of jazz talents including pianist Geoffrey Kezzer, Josh Nelson, and saxophonist Ben Wendel. In addition to playing with his own quartet he has also performed “Jazz an American Art Form” – a hugely successful jazz educational program that has been presented to over 8,000 students this year. “When I began playing the upright bass, the fact that I felt the sound as much as heard it had a profound effect on me. I was hooked for life.” – Rob Thorsen
Coral teaches music and communication at San Diego State University. She has recorded several jazz and Latin music albums with Steve O’Connor, Jaime Valle and Peter Sprague and has collaborated on music projects with other top jazz musicians in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. Coral is multilingual and sings in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Ladino. Throughout the years she has performed with the Dresden Symphoniker, Orquesta de Baja California, Navy/Marine Big Band, and with her own jazz band bands. She is also an actor and has performed at the Old Globe Theater, San Diego Repertory Theater and the Centro Cultural de Tijuana.
Susan graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double Bachelor of Music in bass and vocal performance at CSU, Sacramento, completing her Master of Music at the University of Southern California. She has been Associate Principal Bassist with the San Diego Symphony since 2004 and had the privilege of working with many highly regarded orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the National Repertory Orchestra where she was a featured soloist and principal bassist. She has held positions with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and New West Symphony and continues to perform regularly with the boundary-pushing San Diego based chamber ensembles; Art of Élan and Luscious Noise. Ms. Wulff has gained international recognition for her innovative workshop that utilizes dance as a way to connect musicians with their inner groove.
Mike was born in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in San Diego, California where he began piano lessons at the age of seven. He later studied briefly with local jazz piano teacher, Bill Franks. Mike began his professional career recording with Slim Gaillard in 1961. Wofford became more and more in demand as a freelance studio pianist working in television, film scoring and recording in general. During this period, he recorded or performed with, among others, The Ventures, Joan Baez, The Jackson Five, Cher, John Lennon, Donna Summer, Sergio Mendes, Harry Nilsson and Roger McGuinn. In 1979 and again in 1983 he toured as Sarah Vaughan’s conductor and pianist, a position he also later held with Ella Fitzgerald from 1989 to 1993.Wofford now works primarily with his own trio and quintet, as well as with his wife, noted jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, in duo, quartet and string orchestra settings. They are both Capri Records artists.