Glenn Novack-Crooner, Band Manager
Glenn grew up listening to the Great American Songbook from a very early age. His mother, Betty Montano, was a big band singer in the 50's and 60's. She sang with the Jerry Rosen Orchestra, a society band and also subbed for Arti Shaw and Perez Prado whenever they were in Los Angeles.
Glenn's vocal credits include: Annual Valentine's Day Dance at The House of Blues in West Hollywood; featured vocalist at American Heart Assc. fundraiser with Milton Berle and John Raitt and a nationally televised "KCET-Tribute to Johnny Mercer". In 2000, Glenn toured South America with The Bolivian Jazz Quartet. From 1994-2005 Glenn was the featured male vocalist with The Great American Swing Band based in Los Angeles with the following performance credits: The Bacara Hotel, A three year New Years Eve run at The Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, The 1999 L.A. Unity Gubernatorial Ball in Los Angeles, The National Democratic Convention/Party and "Welcome to Los Angeles" for President Bill Clinton, Stardust Ballroom, Coconut Grove, The Rose Tattoo, Raleigh Studios, Paramount Studios, Ambassador Hotel, Biltmore Hotel, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, The Queen Mary, The Primadonna Hotel/Casino.
Woody DeMarco is one of the top pianists in Santa Barbara and all of us love working with him. Woody serves up good old fashioned be-bop with a distinctly personal touch. His ideas can be moody or joyful, and that makes for a very interesting mix. DeMarco is a solid jazz pianist, who swings delightfully with the Society Jazz Trio. There isn't a professional musician or a venue in town that Woody has worked with and we're very happy to have him join Society Jazz as one of our pianists.
Pianist/ Composer Kevin Fox began playing piano at a very early age. At 17, he began playing professionally. In 1988, he took a job with Holland America Line and in 1989, was promoted to Musical Director (Pianist/Conductor) of the 10-piece orchestra on the Nieuw Amsterdam.
In 1990, he moved to New York City to continue his career as a live performer playing solo and as band leader at many of New York City's finest establishments including the Carlyle, St. Regis and Four Seasons Hotels, Tavern on the Green and Sardi's, The '21' Club and at the historic Greenbrier Hotel near Washington D.C. From 2002 until 2008, he was the regular weekend performer at the Star Lounge, Ritz-Carlton, Central Park, entertaining a diverse clientele with a sophisticated selection of classic and contemporary music.
Most recently, he relocated to Carpinteria, California to continue working as a live performer as well as a composer and producer. Please visit www.kevincraigfox.com (Kevin Fox's composer website). Kevin has performed locally at Montecito Country Club, Mara Villa Senior Living and Nordstrom and is a member of Society Jazz.
Sons of the great Lorenzo "Lencho" Martinez, Sr., these boys began playing at the age of 4 and 12. Rene is an accomplished drummer and latin percussionist and Ruben plays both electric and upright bass as well as jazz flute and marimba. While growing up under the talented wings of their father, Ruben and Rene would join with Lencho on local steady gigs at the El Paseo Restaurant and Biltmore Hotel, performing with their mother and many others including; Betty Montano-Glenn Novack's mother,. One of the greatest joys of their life was performing at the Biltmore with their father. Glenn says: " I always wanted to put a group together with the Martinez Brothers, not just because of their great talents but also because our parents worked with each other." The Martinez Brothers have been fixtures in The Old Spanish Days Fiesta for years. In recent times, Rene and Ruben have enjoyed a 15 year gig at the local Cafe Buenos Aires. You can see Ruben and Rene weekly at Tony Ray's and Monthly at Soho Restaurant. Ruben and Rene have played for just about everyone in town and at nearly every venue.
David Tolegian is a woodwind player, band leader and music arranger originally from the LA area. He is a graduate of UCSB and holds a degree in Music and English with a teaching credential in both areas of study. He studied flute with Burnett Atkinson at UCSB and independently with Jeanne Baxtresser. He studied saxophone with Bill Green and Sal Spicola from the Woody Herman Band.
Over the course of a 40 year musical career, he has toured with Joe Walsh, Dan Fogelberg, Brian Setzer, Flora Purim and Airto, and Jim Messina and has backed up the likes of James Brown, Four Tops, Temptations, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Andy Williams, Dr. John, and Kenny Loggins at the 2007 Santa Barbara Christmas Unity telethon. He also collaborates with Jay Ferguson (of Spirit fame) as an arranger, conductor and player for television and movies. His most recent accomplishment was arranging, playing and conducting for the movie Tremors 4. Locally he plays with the R&B Bombers, Area 51, Jeannie Tatum, Swing Shift, LJ and theBoyz, and various other groups.
Dan Willard- Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone
Dan has been playing the sax for over 40 years. He has played with symphonic orchestras, in musicals, small classical ensembles, big bands, and small jazz combos. He teaches all levels and ages. Dan has over 25 years of teaching experience and has been teaching at Ojai Valley School since 2002 and The Thacher School since 2007.
Jeff Elliott-Trumpet, Fluglehorn and Keyboard
“With brilliant technique that absolutely burns, Elliott rips scales and patterns with death-defying speeds and almost inhuman cleanliness. So amazing are his abilities at time he sounds like the trumpet equivalent of Al DiMeola with a tone closer to Jeff Beal.”
—International Trumpet Guild, January 2006
Jeff Elliott, an unassuming and often underrated player, embodies the concept of musicianship. This trumpeter has been making waves around Southern California for decades. Among those who have called on his talents are Jimmy Messina, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira, James Brown, Doc Severinson, and Les McCann.
Chris Judge- Guitarist
Chris Judge is from Santa Barbara and began playing the guitar at the age of eight. Attracted by the sounds of the classical guitar through the recordings of Andres Segovia and John Williams, he began studying seriously in high-school and has continued ever since.
He attended the Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid and graduated from U.C.S.B. with degrees in music and Spanish literature. After college, he studied for several years with a jazz guitarist Ted Greene and returned to Spain on many occasions to further his knowledge of flamenco guitar styles with, among others, Gerardo Nunez. He is fluent in Português, Spanish and French.
Chris enjoys teaching music in his home studio and participating in an eclectic array of musical projects. Chris has written music scores for movies such as “Playing with Fire”, and performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Santa Barbara Oratorio Chorale, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, Santa Barbara City College Theater Group, Santa Barbara City College Monday Madness big band, and with the internationally recognized group the Transylvanian Mountain Boys with whom he has recorded three CDs for Sony Classical.