Breathtet: Paul DeMartnis, Dave Black, Mark Wallace, and Kevin Cheli
Breathtet is a musical collective, whose members -- all with strong backgrounds in jazz -- fuse together elements of other world musics and their traditions.
Paul DeMarinis is a well-known saxophonist and clinician, and is Director of Jazz Studies at Webster University. He was cofounder of the original music cooperative Brilliant Corners and has written extensively for his own project. He is a member of the Dave Black Group, the Kim Portnoy Jazz Orchestra, and the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra. Over the years, Paul has had an association with the Saint Louis Symphony, and has performed with them overseas and at New York's Carnegie Hall. He has also performed with notables including Count Basie Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Doc Severinson, Sammy Davis Jr. and the Temptations.
Dave Black is one of the area's most versatile and sought-after guitarists, having performed and recorded with many of the artists/groups in the area such as Javier Mendoza (Latin), Ryan Spearman (Country), Sadie Hawkins Day (Old Time Folk), Dangerous Kitchen (Rock/Funk), Autumn's Child (World Beat), and Paul DeMarinis Sextet (Jazz), and he is highly respected as a solo guitarist as well. In addition, he leads his own group that performs his very own compositions. He has shared the stage with jazz legends such as Richard 'Groove' Holmes, Dave Liebman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Fareed Haque, and many more. Dave is also an adjunct jazz guitar instructor at Webster University, and a long-time Focal Point favorite!
Mark Wallace started playing bass at the age of eighteen. He discovered jazz when he attended Jefferson College, where he soon received his Associate of Arts. In Spring of 2012 he graduated from Webster University with a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance. Mark can be found playing in a variety of musical settings in the greater St. Louis area, including Tommy Halloran's Guerilla Swing and Mt. Thelonious, and is touted by many by many as St. Louis' finest left-handed double-bass player.
Kevin Cheli is a drummer from St. Louis, currently living in Kansas City. He has performed in venues and at events throughout the Midwest in jazz, folk, blues, and freely improvised contexts. While in St. Louis he was a member of Tommy Hallorans Guerilla Swing, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes, Todd Mosbys New Horizons, and Delhi Clerk. With these ensembles he has performed at many of St. Louis most prominent performance spaces including The Sheldon, Jazz at the Bistro, and Focal Point.
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