Obata, a native Californian, is at home in both
traditional and jazz arenas. With master's degrees from the
Seiha Conservatory of Japanese Music and San Diego State University,
her music has been featured in TV, film and live theatre. Obata has
produced several CDs of her own compositions and arrangements.
Jimmy Patton is renowned for his ability to play
two guitars simultaneously. He won the title of "Best
Unsigned Guitarist" in the 2001 national Guitarmageddon competition.
has shared the stage with Grammy award winner Stanley Jordan and
Juber of Paul McCartney's "Wings."
Russell Bizzett is known for his
creativity and his sensitivity to balance. He has toured with Chuck
Berry, Muddy Waters, Jose Feliciano and Freddy Hubbard. He has
recorded for the Laverne & Shirley Show and the Merv Griffin Show.
Bizzett has also performed with the Boston Pops and the Berlin Pops.
Bill Andrews, bass player extraordinaire, is well
known in the Southern California jazz scene. He is a sought-after
bassist, renowned for his technical skill and his innovative and
sense. He has performed and recorded in a variety of styles from
classical and jazz to worldbeat and funk.