Reptet Announces Spring 2008 Tour

Reptet (Monktail Records) will be touring the east coast this spring to promote their critically acclaimed and historically galvanized CD, Do This! Their seven-state, ten-city tour this April includes return visits to Chicago, New York and Philadelphia, with debut performances in Boston, Portland, Traverse City, Kalamazoo and Trenton.

Reptet is an original music, four horn, bass & drums sextet consisting of six multi-instrumentalists who are members of the internationally acclaimed Monktail Creative Music Concern based in Seattle, WA. Longtime stalwarts of the Pacific Northwest's flourishing creative music scene, over the past two years they have established themselves internationally as a dynamic and innovative group with considerable excitement, talent and vision. Flamboyantly debunking preconceived notions of what a jazz group ought to be, Reptet will be releasing their third CD, entitled Chicken or Beef in May of 2008.

The Artists

Samantha Boshnack (Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Slide Trumpet) grew up in upstate New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts in music from Bard College where she studied jazz trumpet and composition with Erica Lindsay and Thurman Barker. She has also studied with Jerry Sabatini and Baikida Carroll. She moved to Seattle in 2003 and joined the Monktail Collective. Today her career consists of teaching private lessons and gigging around the Northwest. She is also a member of Picoso. Boshnack has received commissioning support from 4Culture and Jack Straw Productions.

Chris Credit (Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute) moved from Anchorage Alaska to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts where he received a Bachelor of Music in 1998. There he studied with Julian Priester, Hadley Caliman, Chuck Deardorf, Jim Knapp and met the legendary Izaak Mills. After a short stint traveling around the world performing music on cruise ships, Credit returned to Seattle to focus on new projects and teaching. In addition to Reptet, he is also a member of Motel 5, the Cocktet, and founder of c2 music.

Izaak Mills (Saxophones, Flute, Bass Clarinet) grew up in Olympia, WA. In 1998 he made the long trek to Seattle to attend Cornish College where he studied for two years with Hadley Caliman, Jim Knapp, Julian Priester, Denney Goodhew, Jovino Santos Neto, Paul Taub and Dave Peck. He is a regular member of Picoso, the Boogie Brown Band and a founding member of Floss and Bacteria. His favorite food is the carrot.

Nelson Bell (Trombone and Tuba) graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in music history and music theory. Although the bass trombone is his main axe, he is also proficient on the tenor trombone, euphonium, tuba, piano, and percussion instruments. He takes great pride in being the finest egg shaker-er in the Northwest region. Nelson has performed with the Jazz Police, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Banda Vagos, the Jim Knapp Orchestra, Emerald City Jazz, and the North West Prevailing Winds to name a few. He has also done much studio work, with credits ranging from elevator music to movie soundtracks. Check out Nelson on the Grammy nominated album “Convergence Zone" featuring compositions and arrangements by Phil Kelly.

John Ewing (Drums, Percussion) is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He studied jazz and classical percussion at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey and has studied with Robert Brosh and John Bishop. His current work includes jazz based improvisation and free sound explorations as well as film scores and studio work. He has had the honor of performing with legendary jazz trombonist Julian Priester and saxophonist Bert Wilson. John is also a jazz writer (Earshot Jazz and Signal to Noise among others) and a member of the Jazz Journalist Association. Besides being Reptet's founding member and co-leader, he is an integral member of Monktail Creative Music Concern.

Tim Carey (Bass) grew up playing electric bass in beautiful Seabeck, WA. Tim attended Olympic College where he was able to tour the world playing with some of Kitsap County's most notable jazz musicians, including Gary Williams, Ray Ohls, Andy Omdhal, and Nancy King. Tim earned a Bachelor's of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington in May 2006. While at Cornish Tim quickly became one of Seattle's first call electric bassists as well as an accomplished acoustic bassist and guitarist. Tim is currently teaching bass, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and piano full time as well as performing in and around the Seattle area on a regular basis. Projects include: the Mack Grout Quartet, Owour Arunga and the Young Lions, Banda Aricrin, Jovino Santos-Neto Trio, Reptet, the Jeff Busch Quintet, Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.

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