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Charlie Hubel
   Charlie Hubel, saxophonist and bandleader, founded the J Street Jumpers after more than 30 years of experience in blues and jazz groups. A founding member of DC's popular Uptown Rhythm Kings, he has a passion for the jump blues of the late 40's and early 50's as well as swing era jazz. Over these years, his hot and mellow sax has been heard with the likes of Bobby Radcliff, the Midnight Movers, Wilson Pickett, The Shirelles, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Bullmoose Jackson, Lloyd Price, Ben E. King, Jerry Butler, and Gene Chandler. In the distant past he played harmonica with JB Hutto and the Hawks, Sam Lay, and Jimmy Rogers. His influences include Red Prysock, Jimmy Forrest, and Lee Allen.

Don Lerman
   Don Lerman, saxophonist and arranger, has played with such greats as Leslie Uggams and the legendary Charles Brown as well as performing in numerous big bands both in the Washington, DC area and in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. His influences include Benny Carter, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz and Stan Getz. His playing and writing have been polished by over 30 years of extensive touring with big bands and several cruise ship stints. He was a member of the Uptown Rhythm Kings for a number of years. Recently, Don released a CD entitled "The Zoot Side of Life".

Vince McCool
   Vince McCool, trumpet is a musical veteran of more than 30 years. He spent a number of years playing in the great city of New Orleans. In addition to his teaching schedule, he is in great demand for section and solo work in D.C. and Baltimore. Vince has played with Tina Turner, The Spinners, and Charles Brown. Most recently he has performed with a number of Jazz greats including Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Mulgrew Miller, and Junior Mance. He counts among his influences Louis Armstrong, Clark Terry, and Clifford Brown.

John Jensen
   John Jensen, trombone, has performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and recently made a historic tour to Egypt, which included performances at the Giza Pyramids and at both the Cairo and Alexandria Opera Houses. John's performance credits include the White House, Corcoran Art Gallery, Kennedy Center, as well as appearances with the McCoy Tyner Big Band and has been featured alongside Urbie Green, Milt Hinton, Stephanie Nakasian, Hod O'Brien and Danny Gatton. Additionally, he was lead trombonist and a featured soloist with the United States Navy Band Commodores for 12 years.

Juanita Williams
   Juanita Williams, vocalist, is a multi-talented performer with an impressive record of accomplishments. Nita's rapport with live audiences combined with her natural vocal ability and mesmerizing stage presence has been the driving force behind her acclaimed singing career. She wowed audiences worldwide in her 15 year tenure with the U.S. Air Forces Airman of Note. Equally at home belting out burnin' blues or singing swingin' jazz with a conviction that only can come from a love of the genre, Juanita has touched blues and jazz lovers the world over. An enchanting blend of soft southern gentility, a fiery determination to share her gift with the world and a large amount of just plain niceness, Juanita is what star quality is all about. Her performing credits include appearances at D. A. R. Constitution Hall, Miami Jazz Festival, Mobile Jazz Festival, Pensacola Jazz Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival, The White House, The Toronto Soul "n" Blues Festival, The Pocono Blues Festival, Blues Alley, The House of Blues.

Jim Stephanson
   Jim Stephanson, guitarist and vocalist, has a wide range of influences including, guitarists as diverse as Mississippi John Hurt, Chet Atkins, Les Paul and Danny Gattton. He is a fixture on the Washington DC music scene working on his own projects and doing pick-up stage and studio work. Currently Jim is working with the acoustic swing/hokum blues group The Blue Rhythm Boys, his R&B band Jimmy & The Blue Dogs and also with country/swing group Hillbilly Jazz featuring Chick Hall Jr. You can hear him with the Blue Dogs on a number compilations put out by the label "Hungry for Music"

Brooks Tegler
   Brooks Tegler, drummer/band leader/producer, leads jazz groups of various sizes, anything from trios up to 17-piece big bands. Among the great musicians Brooks has worked and associated with are Milt Hinton, Keter Betts, Tommy Cecil, Mulgrew Miller, Sunnyland Slim, Jack McDuff, Steve Jordan, Danny Gatton, Doc Cheatham, Warren Vaché, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Chuck Redd, Helen Forest.Brooks plays on over a hundred albums, including eight under his own name (5 of which he produced) and many from Europe and Japan. “It’s Been So Long” (recent) won the 2004 Wammie Award for best Jazz/Swing category. Brand new CD "That's It!" is Brooks' first release of entirely Big Band material with guest appearances by MANY great players/friends. He counts among his influences, Gene Krupa; Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, on and on and on.

Tim Ford
   Tim Ford, vocalist, pianist, and bandleader, has performed in the Washington D.C. area for thirty five years. In 1989 Tim started private study in New York City with jazz piano legend and world-renowned educator, Hal Galper. Tim continued his studies with Hal for eight years. Tim also studied piano technique with Russian concert pianist, Sofia Vulfson. Concentrating mostly on early jazz and swing of the 1930's and '40's. Mr. Ford is a recognized expert in jazz and dance repertoire from the 1920's until present. His own arrangements are highlighted on his latest CD, "I'm In the Mood for a Classic." The disc features Phil Woods, Bill Goodwin, and Steve Gilmore. He is also featured on 2 CD's with the quartet, "Swing Speak," one of which won the *WAMMIE Award for best jazz recording* this award is the Washington DC Music Association "Grammy". Mr. Ford has appeared in concerts at The Kennedy Center, the Alexandria and Herndon Jazz Festivals, Albany, New York Jazz Festival (with J Street), Lincoln Center New York City(w/J Street), and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He has performed at jazz clubs such as Blues Alley and One Step Down in Washington D.C.