Juhli Conlinn - Vocals, Mellozoo
Juhli Conlinn, from Coquitlam, BC, began her higher music education in secondary school at the Langley Fine Arts School. From there, she went on to study vocal jazz on scholarship at The School for Music Vocations in Creston, Iowa, with the legendary arranger Phil Mattson. After returning to BC and taking some time off, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Jazz Studies from Capilano University in 2009. Juhli is a gifted and engaging performer, and lends her talents to multiple projects including singing back up with Rykka (with whom she won the PEAK Performance Project in 2013), CR Avery, Ben Rogers, and with Jaclyn Guillou on What a Difference a Day Makes: A Tribute to Dinah Washington, a television special produced by the CBC.
Shannon Scott - Vocals
Shannon Scott is a vocalist/composer from Red Deer, AB. In 2006, she graduated from Capilano University's Bachelor of Jazz Studies program with a major in Jazz Voice and a minor in Piano. Shannon has a diverse background in performance: she sang in New York's Carnegie Hall in 2001 for Jazz Extravaganza, was accepted to perform at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference in 2002 with Take Note, and sang with the acclaimed vocal jazz group Nitecap under the direction of Réjean Marois. In this ensemble she had the opportunity to tour the BC gulf islands and interior, as well as perform with such internationally renowned artists as Ed Thigpen, Jimmy Heath, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Kristen Korb. In the past few years Shannon has had success with numerous musical projects. She was nominated for both the 2008 and 2010 Galaxie Rising Star awards with her original project, the Shannon Scott Band, and has performed in the same festival for the past three years running with her original jazz trio, Poetrio. Shannon works as a private voice and piano teacher, as well as an arranger, and is an active member of the Vancouver music community with collaborations and studio work with local artists such as CR Avery, The Contemporary Lovers and Jaclyn Guillou for her Dinah Washington tribute project, which was featured in a CBC Television special called What a Difference a Day Makes.
Bonnie Northgraves - Vocals, Trumpet
Bonnie Northgraves is a triple-threat pianist, trumpet player, and vocalist from Chilliwack, BC, and is the latest addition to Company B Jazz Band's lineup. Bonnie began her musical journey at the age of 6 with Royal Conservatory piano studies, in which she achieved her grade ten level, was awarded First Class Honours with Distinction, and finished in the top ten percent in Canada. On trumpet, Bonnie has been educated in early traditional jazz as well as bebop and modern jazz. She was awarded scholarships four years in a row to attend jazz camps in Sacramento and Mammoth Lakes, California, where she got to work with some of the best traditional players in the world. Bonnie studied at Capilano University, and was awarded the "Entrance Scholarship" for her studies on Jazz Trumpet. Currently, Bonnie teaches voice, piano, and brass lessons privately and performs at many local establishments and functions throughout Vancouver in a variety of contexts, including jazz groups (Bonnie Northgraves Quartet, Soft Winds Quintet, the Jen Hodge All Stars, Company B Jazz Band), theatre productions (Bard on the Beach's Measure for Measure (2013), Firehall Arts' Urinetown: The Musical (2014)), and as a supporting musician for various original projects (T Riley, Jeff Gladstone & the Bad Ideas).
Jens Christiansen - Saxophone, Clarinet
Jens Christiansen earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Capilano University in 2008. He has extensive experience playing clarinet and saxophone in traditional jazz, modern jazz, latin, rock and roll, R&B, and blues ensembles. He has had the opportunity to play with groups such as the Hard Rubber Orchestra, Famous Players, the Fred Stride Jazz Orchestra, the Hoppin’ Mad Orchestra, Four Eyes Quartet, Angela Kelman, the Polyester Philharmonic, and Soul Assembly. He is an accomplished jazz improvisor and ensemble player.
Jennifer Hodge - Upright Bass, Aux. Percussion
Jennifer Hodge is a versatile bass player originally from Courtenay, BC, and now living in Vancouver. Jen is one of the city’s most sought-after musicians, working as both a bandleader (Jen Hodge All Stars, Company B Jazz Band, etc) and a sideman (Diane Lines’ JUMP!, Universal Gospel Choir, Bria Skonberg, etc). Comfortable - and typically excited! - in a huge variety of musical settings, Jen has performed all over Canada, the USA, France, and in the Caribbean, and appears on more than a dozen albums. She has directed and played with groups for CBC Radio and CTV productions, is a regular at major swing dance events all over the Pacific Northwest, and frequently does top-call corporate work as well. First and foremost, Jen has a profound love for making music with other people and for performing, which is evident to everyone who hears her play.
Dave Taylor - Guitar
Dave Taylor was born and raised in Vancouver and started playing guitar at age 12. He has studied with some of Canada's finest jazz guitar players: Steve Fisk, Ihor Kukurudza, Ron Samworth, Mike Rudd, Daryl Janhke and Tony Koch. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music from Capilano University, Dave has chosen to actively continue playing, arranging, recording, and teaching. He specializes in the swing guitar tradition of Django Reinhardt but also plays a variety of other styles. His experience includes performances in the US, Europe, and extensive Canadian touring.