Bobbe Shore, Vocals
Bobbe Shore majored in vocal performance/education at The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College), and has studied with respected New York/Philadelphia area vocal coach Robert Edwin. Her early career credits include musical theatre (“Carousel”, “Gigi”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and variety band engagements. Always challenging her range and willing to experiment musically, Bobbe has expanded her repertoire to include swing, jazz, pop, oldies/Motown, and blues. She has performed in many top venues in the DC area, as well as New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Capitalizing on her wide vocal rage, versatility, and interpretive style, her group, “First Call” (which can vary from two to five or more pieces), brings together some of DC’s premiere jazz musicians, to deliver a memorable musical experience.
Peter Edelman, Piano
Peter Edelman has been one of Washington D.C.’s premiere jazz musicians since the 1970s. He has performed with such jazz greats as Cecil Payne, Butch Warren, Webster Young, Buck Hill, Keeter Betts, Wallace Roney, and Marlon Jordan. He has appeared in all of the major DC venues and has also toured Europe. Most recently, he served as pianist and musical director for the Q Club in Istanbul, Turkey.
Steve Novosel, Bass
Steve has toured the world and recorded with some of Jazz’s greats including Milt Jackson, Shirley Horne, David “Fathead” Newman, Red Norvo, Donny Hathaway, Sonny Rollins, Mose Allison, Betty Carter, Rosemary Clooney and Billy Eckstine. He has taught at Howard University and UDC, sharing his gift with many “next generations”. His quiet approach is overshadowed only by his unique interpretation of the music and the depth of his creativity.
Tony Martucci, Drums
Tony’s professional career spans 25 years of performance in clubs, concerts, festivals and television. A partial list of performance credits includes Mose Allison, Gary Burton, Charlie Byrd, The Jose Limon Dance Co., Sonny Stitt, and Joshua Redman. His many recording credits have been awarded honors by Downbeat and Jazz Times Magazine.
Bruce Swaim, Saxophone and Flute
Bruce majored in saxophone performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and also studied with acclaimed saxophonist James Houlik. His performance credits include The Spinners, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Gatton, Keeter Betts, Carl Allen, Martha Reeves, Millie Jackson and others. Bruce has also performed in the studio for numerous film and television recording projects and jingles.