Jazz on Sunday
Ray Rideout

The Ray Rideout Quartet

Ray Rideout (saxophone, flute), Paul Hastil (keyboard), John Mesoloras (bass), and Jim Huwe (drums)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Brink Lounge



Saxophonist Ray Rideout has been performing in Madison and Milwaukee since the 1960s. In addition to performances with his jazz quartet, Ray also performs occasionally with the All-Star SUPERband, a 16-piece jazz band based in the Milwaukee area.  In Milwaukee during the 1980s, Ray’s quartet and sextet appeared at all the major jazz venues and festivals, including Summerfest; Rainbow Summer; the Pabst Theater; the Milwaukee Jazz Gallery, John Hawk’s Pub, Century Hall and the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  Rideout, who now resides in Madison, Wisconsin, has also performed in Toronto, San Diego, Austin, Dallas, Boston and Bangkok, Thailand.

Recent performances in Madison by the Ray Rideout Jazz Quartet include Jazz At Five and The Brink Lounge.

Rideout has a versatile background in music that also includes recording, film scoring and music technology. In 1995 Ray released La Paz en el Corazon (“Peace in the Heart”), a compact disc recording of his compositions and performance. In 1998 he completed the music score for the documentary film, The Making of Monona Terrace: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Last Public Building.  An earlier film-scoring project was Links to Hope, a film for the World Health Organization. Ray holds a Master’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado.



Keyboardist/composer Paul Hastil is active in the Madison area as both a performer and teacher. He is an annual participant in the Isthmus Jazz Festival, in the “Jazz at Five” series, and has performed throughout the Midwest as a leader and sideman. Paul is the music director for vocalist Gerri DiMaggio. He has performed with her with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, at the Telluride Jazz Festival, and at the 2008 Montova Music Festival in Montova, Italy. He also works with other vocalists including Kelly DeHaven, Lynette Margulis, Michelle Duvall and Marilyn Fisher. For the past year and a half he has been a member of the New Breed Quartet. Paul has performed with jazz legends Archie Shepp, Sheila Jordan and Frank Morgan.



Born in Chicago, John Mesoloras has been an active performer and teacher on the Madison area music scene for over a decade.  A versatile bassist, he can be seen playing both double bass and electric bass in a variety of settings from Jazz with the Ray Rideout Jazz Quartet, to Salsa with Grupo Candela. Recent notable performances include, The Telluride Jazz Festival, Jazz at 5 with Sheila Jordan, Isthmus Jazz Festival with Mary Stallings, as well as performances with Gerri DiMaggio in Mantova Italy, Madison’s sister city.  Among his teachers was UW-Madison Professor Richard Davis. As an educator, he is in his thirteenth year as the orchestra teacher at Mount Horeb Middle and High Schools, and has recently been involved with the High School State Honors Jazz Project. 



Jim Huwe has been a multi-genre drummer for over 30 years. His range of playing includes weddings, shows, recordings and jazz festivals. Jim has performed with jazz vocalist great Dianne Schuur, opened with a band for Stevie Ray Vaughan and has worked with the finest Midwestern musicians in the jazz, pop and folk spheres. Jim has worked as a drummer, clinician and teacher in the U.S. and in Thailand (2000-2002). While in Thailand he taught and delivered a national drum-set contest champion in June of 2002. Jim has worked with many Wisconsin based groups and most recently performing with Ray Rideout, The StellaNovas, Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble and worked largely as a freelance jazz drummer in the Madison area for over 20 years.



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