STEVE BODEN - Leader, Vocals, Guitar, sings in a smooth, jazzy crooner's style. His vintage arch top guitar drives the infectious rhythms of early Jazz. '20's Jazz guitar pioneer Eddie Lang influences him. Steve knows the music, the times, the characters, and the events that make the Roaring Twenties Roar.Steve's vocal talent was discovered at an early age, and he's performed several styles.
At Portland's KBOO-FM, he discovered the romance and adventure of early Jazz music and hosted the "Ragtime" show. A decade of tours with the show duo "Boden & Zanetto" also yielded a tape album. Steve co-founded the original Jass Two duo with reed legend Teddy Deane.
JOHN WALLING - John's poppin', jumpin' bass line gives Jass Two Plus One distinctive depth and drive. It's no wonder. John is also featured bassist with Portland's legendary Stumptown Jazz. He has played the Hollywood Bowl and played with the Coconut Grove Orchestra.
A graduate of Univ. of California at Santa Cruz, he's a master of both upright string bass and the tuba. His influences include Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and Mozart. John's extraordinary talent extends to the classical music world as founder of the Portland Brass Quintet. He's played with the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Burbank Symphony, Portland's Columbia Symphony and the Rose City Chamber Orchestra. John has passed the torch to many band students as a teacher with Portland's MUSE Instrumental program and currently teaching Pre-K thru 8th grade music at All Saints Catholic School in Portland.
DICK SAUNDERS - Dick’s virtuoso command of the clarinet and sax shows the hand of a master of vintage Jazz. He began his career singing on New York radio at age 4. He has played the famed Borscht circuit, directed band and choral units in the US Air Force. He played in the Phoenix Symphony and top show room orchestras of Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe. He was called to Los Angeles for studio sessions in the Radio,TV and Film industries.
His mastery of the woodwind instruments brought him work with such stars as Tony Bennett, George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Mel Torme and Frank Sinatra. Now he has relocated to Portland. He has regularly appeared as soloist with Norman Leyden's Oregon Symphony Pops Concerts.