Originally from Santa Cruz, saxophonist Smith Dobson V is a member of an important jazz family. His father, the late Smith Dobson IV, was a world renown pianist whom accompanied jazz legends like Art Pepper, Stan Getz and Chet Baker, to name a few. Also in the family, Mother Gail, and Sister Sasha are both professional jazz vocalists. The family often performed as a group at many local venues, as well as many local schools and workshops. Dobson moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997 and has performed over the past 20 years at the San Jose, San Francisco and Monterey Jazz Festivals, the SF Jazz Center, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Yoshi’s, Great American Music Hall, the California Jazz Conservatory, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Club Deluxe. He has also performed in Berlin and Paris.
Dobson has had the honor of working with jazz legends like Bobby Hutcherson, Red Rodney, John Handy, Sheila Jordan, Red Holloway, Pete and Conte Condoli, Phillip Harper, Ben Goldberg, and Dayna Stephens.
His most recent album is “Soul Of Wood”. The album pays homage to some of Dobson’s saxophone heroes such as Lester Young, Stan Getz and Warne Marsh.
Aaron Johnson is a Jazz Saxophonist, Clarinetist and Flutist based in New York City. He is one of a new generation of mainstream jazz musicians to embrace older styles of jazz and the great american songbook as well as an adventurous multi-instrumentalist who has freelanced extensively in the commercial and classical music worlds, immersed himself in the avant-garde and lectured on the history of jazz at renowned institutions such Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York University and the College of William and Mary. In addition to leading his own jazz quartet, Aaron can be found performing frequently with musicians such as Slide Hampton, Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski, Benny Benack III, Ken Peplowski, John Colianni, Jon Erik Kellso, Joe Cohn, Veronica Swift, Art Garfunkel Jr. and is a member of the Slide Hampton Big Band as well as associate principal Clarinet/Bass Clarinet with the Siletz Bay Festival Orchestra on the Oregon Coast. Aaron was a student of Matt Utal and Connie Crothers.