2019 Artists

updated 9/3/2010

Due to the pandemic, Jazz in the Canyon will not be happening this year 2020. Stay tuned for developments as the health crisis subsides. 9/3/2020

Below is a list of 2019 musicians. We have not yet updated this page for 2022. (8/26/22)


Allison Scull and Victor Martin + The All Star Band

PERFORMANCE: Sat Sept 28, 7:30 pm, Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 5819 Sacramento Ave, Dunsmuir, CA  Opening Act: Kevin MdDowell aka “The Lone Arranger”
Online Tickets Here $10 $15 at door

Allison and Victor will play with their All-Star Band as a highlight for Jazz in the Canyon with Stefan Schittko on keys, Patrick Wiseman on drums and Bruce Calin on bass.

 With their music recently taking them to Mazatlan, Mexico and Arizona, their sound carries a positive, inclusive message that blends roots music, original songs, bossa nova and jazz standards laced with some French lyrics. With Allison Scull performing on vocals and nylon stringed guitar, Victor Martin takes the stage on tenor saxophone and vocals. Reminiscent of bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto and saxophonist Stan Getz. these two have shared the stage with the Blind Boys of Alabama, blues legend John Hammond and Tuck and Patti, and most recently Akira Tana and Lazy Lester. 

This year , Allison and Victor have been playing in festivals such as the Sundial Music Festival in Redding, the Cranberry Festival in Bandon and most recently  at Lassen National Volcanic Park. With a very busy season these two are also in the studio recording their fourth CD. Allison alongside her sister Suzanne Scull organize Jazz in the Canyon together. Listen Here: www.allisonandvictor.com

Asher Neitsch

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Fri, Sept 27, 6 to 8 pm, Sten’s Burger Strand
Sat, Sept 28, 5 to 7 pm, Sten’s Burger Strand

Jazz guitarist Asher Neitsch recently graduated Golden Eagle Charter School in Mount Shasta, California, taking music classes such as Jazz Band and Beginning Voice at the College of the Siskiyous. He plans to continue at COS, studying music, and then transfer to a four year university studying music with a minor in computer science. Ultimately he would like to pursue a Master’s Degree because he wants to become a music teacher at a middle school, high school or community college. He hopes to direct a jazz band, a choir, and an orchestra wherever he ends up. In May, Neitsch was awarded a scholarship from Music by the Mountain’s Carol Medrano Music Scholarship, a scholarship program set up for aspiring and deserving music majors in Siskiyou County, California

Andre Mottershead

Andre MottersheadDunsmuir local Andre Mottershead sings and plays acoustic 12-string rhythm guitar. He mainly plays rock, blues and folk. So, no, it’s not jazz. Yes, it would worth your time to sit and listen.

Billy Owens

Billy Owens on GuitarPERFORMANCE: Sat Sept 28, 11 am to 1 pm
Billy Owens will be playing on guitar and keyboards. He will play a mix of jazz an blues.

Influenced by his dad who was a dixieland jazz drummer, and his grandfather who was a leader in the big band era, Billy started playing drums at five years old. He started playing the  piano at six years old by listening to h is dad’s records in particular Pete Johnson’s Boogie Woogie and Albert Ammons. At 18, he picked up the guitar and, at 20 he was recording. “Music is his passion” and, he says, “I will keep playing and recording music for as long as I live and thereafter.”

Em & Shane Duo

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Sat Sept 28, 1-2 pm, The Dough Hook
Sat Sept 28, 3-4 pm, The Wheelhouse
Sun Sept 29, 1-2 pm, The Dough Hook

Vocalist Emma Reynolds grew up in Mount Shasta, moved to the Central Coast for three years, and finished her BA with an emphasis in jazz performance at Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in 2016. She has made connections with musicians and educators throughout California and offers a dynamic point of view both in the classroom and on stage. She recently released her first album of original compositions – Em & Em: Take Our Time and can also be heard on
The San Andreas Sisters: Live in Studio City album. She’s been teaching music to all ages in the Orange County area for five years and enjoys performing in a
variety of styles including jazz, pop, RnB, and folk.

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 2.14.18 PMBorn and raised in Southern California, guitarist Shane Savala has quickly made a name for himself in the LA music scene. After graduating from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in 2012, he moved to Los Angeles where he began collaborating and performing with various artists and songwriters. Known for his
stylistic versatility, relentless creativity, and ability to make others sound their best, Shane is in high demand for studio sessions and live performances. Shane can be heard on his latest album, “Christmas in the City”, featuring original songs and arrangements, as well as on “Splanky” with The Jason Fabus Trio.

Just Us

PERFORMANCE: Fri Sept 27, 7:30 pm, Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center
Advanced Tickets: $15, At the door $20

Just Us was founded in 2017 by Tim Cain, original tenor sax player and arranger for the legendary San Francisco band Sons of Champlin. In the ’60’s, as a member of the Sons, Tim played the great dance halls in the city (Fillmore, Avalon Ballroom, Carousel Ballroom, Winterland, Straight Theater) and toured nationwide for Bill Graham, sharing the stage with most of the iconic rock bands of the era including Santana, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Steve Miller, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sly and the Family Stone, Chambers Brothers, Band from Big Pink, Miles Davis, B.B. King, The Byrds, Righteous Brothers, Chuck Berry, Jan and Dean, The Coasters, Charles Lloyd, even Bill Evans. Presently he plays with Bill Champlin and the original Sons as well as his own Bossa Nova group Just Us, who present a relaxed set of familiar Bossa Nova tunes, a few originals and some light funk thrown in for fun.On acoustic piano is Michael McQuilkin. He grew up in Rochester, NY studying classical piano with Eastman School of Music graduate Sylvia Cooley. At the age of 6 he played piano for guests at his parent’s dinner parties and discovered his calling as a musical entertainer. He’s played with sax man John Handy and drummer Harold Jones (Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan). Michael’s current show “Michael McQuilkin’s Family Music Hour” covers a range of music from Frank Sinatra to Dr. Dre and reflects Michael’s love of all styles and his talents as a pianist, producer, accompanist, band leader, and entertainer. The documentary “Music Man” tells the story of how Michael created this show, which celebrates families who play music together like Michael did in his own family years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cYICX98CJ0

String Bassist David Russ began his professional career with The Fabulous Titans, a ska, reggae, dub group out of Berkeley, California. After moving to Hawaii he subsequently joined The Shakers, an American Reggae Band. They toured with UB40, Maxi Priest, Soul Syndicate and Aswad and released their first album on Epiphany Records in 1976. Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals liked the band so much he dubbed them “Yankee Reggae” . After a stint in Australia, David returned to the San Francisco Bay Area where he joined Pulse Mondiale, a Latin Jazz trio which included the renowned French guitarist René Gely and Peruvian percussionist Raul Ramirez. In recent years David has had the pleasure of backing such luminaries as Harold Jones (Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett) and Elvin Bishop (Butterfield Blues Band).

Drummer Linda ” Howie “ Cort spent her formative drumming years playing RnB Soul. In the late 80’s, she joined the crossover country band Transistor Rodeo, who performed at many of the classic Bay Area venues – Slim’s, Great American Music Hall, Paradise Lounge, the IBeam. and the ever classic Sweetwater. In her musical travels, she has opened for: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Etta James, Doug Sahm, Dave Mason, Mink Deville and Chris Issak. Years have passed and now she finds herself delving into musical opportunities as they present themselves, such as Dunsmuir’s Jazz in the Canyon! She also leads her own group, Howie’s Persuasion, where she shares her beloved RnB favorites.

Singer Tealy Gapinski is the Granddaughter of Ron Thelin, a San Francisco native son. During the ‘60s her Grand-pop was the owner of the Psychedelic Shop, the first store of its kind in Haight-Ashbury (or anywhere else, really). According to Peter Coyote, Thelin founded the shop to disseminate information on the growing interest in psychedelic drugs and expanded consciousness. Tealy is the epitome of Marin County beauty and sings sweet as a bird. When she’s not performing with Just Us she works on an organic farm, livin’ life just like it should be.

Percussionist Mika Scott became a percussionist as a child, inspired by the rich San Francisco Bay Area musical community. He has performed live with Steve Miller, Zero, and several members of the Grateful Dead

KevinThe Lone Arranger

Fri Sept 27 4-6 pm, Alpine Realty
Sat Sept 28 1-3 pm, Dunsmuir Brewery Works
Sat Sept 28 7:30-8 pm Opening for Allison & Victor and Midnight Band, Pops Performing Arts

Hailing from the Santa Cruz area, Kevin McDowell  is known as the “The Lone Arranger.” He studied music with Ray Brown at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. With an eclectic classical jazz style, this guitarist has shared the stage with Elvin Bishop and Mose Allison

According to Kevin, “My main influences are Bach,Beethoven, Leon Redbone, Mose Allison and Robert Johnson.  To fit some bits of all these great artists into jazz and popular standards as arranged for the nylon string guitar is endlessly fulfilling.  My study of this materiel has spawned a bit of composing.  ‘Lemurian Dance’ is my latest piece.”



Screen Shot 2018-08-23 at 9.30.22 PMPERFORMANCES: Fri Sept 27, 6:30 pm, La Perla de Nayarit
Sun, Sept 29, 2-4 pm, Siskiyou Arts Museum

Since she was inspired to sing in junior high choir, Kim Nile has a lifetime of experience with song. Vocal lessons with renowned Broadway performer Wendy James revolutionized her singing. During these lessons, Kim discovered a love for 30’s-50’s jazz standards and that her voice was well-suited for these songs. Kim started working with Dave Reynolds when he accompanied New Frontier Theatre Company’s musical cabaret series. They discovered a shared love for jazz standards & well done popular music. This quickly developed into a working musical relationship where they challenge themselves and each other to expand their musical growth.

In addition to her singing, Kim is also an accomplished actress and heavily involved in the Siskiyou County theatre world. She brings this stage presence and professionalism to her singing. You can learn more about Kim from her website, kimnile.com.

Dave Reynolds discovered the piano at 12 years of age, and has been in love since. He played semi-professionally during his 22 year hitch in the military and now plays professionally at the local educational institutions. He plays solo piano in local venues, and occasionally performs with other established musicians. He composes, arranges, and records for himself & area artists.Dave met Kim while performing in a musical cabaret; their shared love of fine jazz and popular music lead to the creation of NightSong. He has made it a point to select material with Kim that really “speaks” to both of them. This ensures the music stays alive and fresh each time it’s performed.

Rick Garrett

Fri  Sept 27, 7 – 9  pm, Dunsmuir Brewery Works Rick Garrett and Friends (including David Blinke
Sat, Sept 28, Noon to 2 pm, solo, Cornerstone Cafe solo
Sun, Sept 29, 11:30 am – 1 pm,  solo,  Dunsmuir Lodge

Performing as solo act and with a larger group this year, Rick Garrett will include Latin jazz, ragtime, swing music and original jazzed up versions of Beatles songs in his sets. As improvisation and on the spot creativity is an integral part of the jazz idiom, anything can happen here. Garrett has been playing guitar for almost 40 years and studied guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology out of Hollywood, California.

Ryan Dart Trio

PERFORMANCE: Sat Sept 28, 7:30 pm, Dunsmuir Brewery Works

Ryan DartRyan Dart Trio features purveyors of a unique brand of straight ahead jazz. Integrating sounds from Latin and bebop influences, as well as more modern hard bop legends like Larry Coryell, the group’s sound is pure acoustic jazz with a driving and swinging energy. Featuring concise solos and trading, the group displays animated and unique musical personalities true to the improvisational spirit of America’s great art form.

Bandleader and guitarist Ryan Dart hails from Ventura California, and had the pleasure of studying with many jazz greats during his time at California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, Ca), including Charlie Haden (Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane), Joe LaBarbera (Bill Evans), Alphonso Johnson (John Scofield, Wayne Shorter), and Frank Gambale (Chick Corea) to name a few. Accompanying Ryan on his Jazz in the Canyon performance are Doug York on drums, and Dave Reynolds on keys.

Ryan has over a decade of experience playing wineries, restaurants, art galleries, weddings, and private events throughout California. Past clients include “House of Blues”, in Hollywood, CA, “The Mint”, in Hollywood, CA, and “The Aqua Lounge”, in Beverly Hills, CA

Scott Silber
Scott Silber

PERFORMANCE: Sat Sept 28, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Dunsmuir Hardware
Scott Silber came to California in 1979 to sing jazz in Kirby Shaw’s jazz choir. He’s played guitar since he was 12, hacking his way through to the ripe old age of 59. He is a singer songwriter who just plays mostly for fun, occasionally getting off a good one.

Wild Roots

Annie Kramer + Jerry Wild RootsPERFORMANCE: Sat Sept 28, 1-3 pm, Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center

“Wild Roots” is a local Siskiyou County duo playing fun and interactive music for children and families. Wild Roots originated in 2000 in Etna, California and through the years has performed for schools, camps, and community programs. Although two of the original members (Rick Perkins and Karen Arruda) are no longer with the band, the music continues with Annie Kramer on guitar and vocals, and Jerry Hamlin on percussion. A Wild Roots concert includes plenty of opportunities for kids and adults to join in the fun of singing, playing, and moving to the music.

This concert is sponsored by First 5 Siskiyou and hosted by the Dunsmuir Community Resource Center. Courtesy of First 5, books about music will be available at no cost for children 0-5. There will also be an opportunity to sign up children 0-5 for the Dolly Imagination Library, gifting a child with a book once per month for an entire year.