Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Jellema began studying cornet in grade school, but pursued musical interests outside of formal education by studying vintage recordings and by sitting in with local dixieland jazz bands. After a bachelors education in classical civilizations, and a masters in library services, Jellema's career moves spanned overseas refugee relief work in the Middle East, then archival work at the Smithsonian Institution's American History Museum and at the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University. Jellema has toured and recorded with an experimental rock and numerous jazz groups in Tennessee before moving summer 2007 to San Antonio to play at Jim Cullum's Landing. He has lived in Austin since autumn 2009 and plays music full time, appearing as member and frequent guest with a dozen groups in the area. His musical influences include Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Hackett, and Jack Teagarden.
Originally from Iowa, Sarah Ulloa made her way to Austin, Texas and has been apart of the music scene here for a little over 3 years. She studied vocal jazz at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa as well as musical theatre. All together Sarah has been studying voice and piano for 24 years and has been apart of bands such as Rent Party, The Swingsters, The Casa Loma Playboys, The Waller Creek Vipers, and her hometown folk/jazz group called The Parish Festival. Along with playing shows at night and on the weekends Sarah has been teaching preschool for 12 years and is the Administrative Assistant at Primrose School of Shady Hollow. She surely enjoys communicating through music in all forms but loves the creativity that jazz allows her to express.
Ryan Gould began his musical life with the guitar. His study of guitar led him to play the death metal and punk rock of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s in bands around the Philadelphia area. After his service to the country as a United States Marine, Ryan returned to southeastern Pennsylvania with a keen interest in traditional Irish music. He began studying the uilleann pipes with the great Irish piper, Roy Rogers. Irish music aroused in Ryan a heightened awareness of American folk music that led him to bluegrass, then jazz, and on to his new home, Austin, through the string bass.
Ryan arrived in Austin in 1999 ready to work, helping to form bands like Shorty Long and Les Niglos. He subsequently found himself working with such Austin luminaries as Erik Hokkanen, Floyd Domino, Wayne Hancock, and The Jazz Pharaohs.
Presently, Ryan can be found regularly on stage in Austin, Texas with Erik Hokkanen and The Hip Replacements, The Jazz Pharaohs, Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies, Giant City/Three, Falletta and Her Fellas, The Floyd Domino Trio, The East Side Dandies, and The Big Jug Band; and, occasionally, in San Antonio with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. He draws great inspiration from a vast pool of musicians of many different genres and eras as well as from the experiences of his daily life.
Ryan has been lauded by his peers as a great musician and bassist, with whom it is a pleasure to create and share music. In 2012, he became a co-founder of the Hot Rhythm Foundation and an organizer of Hot Rhythm Holiday.
A native of Monroe, Louisiana, Albanie was in her formative years exposed to the local music of Louisiana: the sounds of cajun, zydeco, blues and gospel musics at festivals and backyard parties. Shortly after relocating with her family to San Marcos, Texas at the age of nine, Albanie began taking guitar lessons and developing an interest in acoustic-roots and electric blues, punk rock, and hair metal. Albanie began her love and study of early American Jazz as a freshman in highschool in Wimberley, Texas, when she was exposed to the Parisian Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt. Listening fervently to recordings of Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, and other such great figures of jazz, she began to develop her feel for swing. Soon she was performing alongside mentors and other players of the Austin scene where she lived and performed in the years after high school. In the summer of 2013 Albanie relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is currently living and performing with various traditional jazz and swing ensembles.
In addition to serving on the board of directors of the Hot Rhythm Foundation Lauryn Gould enjoys a vibrant career as a performer, educator, arranger, community music organizer, and concert director. Lauryn received her formal music education at Texas State University where she earned her BM in Flute Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Adah Toland Jones. She is a member of several performing ensembles in varying genres, including Cats & the Canary, Minor Mishap Marching Band, and The Lovely Sparrows, and she teaches flute, piano, and guitar lessons at her home in Austin, TX. Lauryn also serves as director of “indie classical” movement, The Sound Bridge Project, which strives to bring classical music to the people “out of the concert hall,” and into more casual, intimate, and accessible spaces. In 2012, she became a co-founder of the Hot Rhythm Foundation and an organizer of Hot Rhythm Holiday.
Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle bases himself in Chicago (Fat Babies) while spending time in New Orleans (Tuba Skinny) and Austin (Thrift Set Orchestra, Jonathan Doyle Swingtet) and on the road.
Jonathan briefly went to Depaul’s School of Music in Chicago and Studied under Mark Colby. He left school to pursue a full time career in music during the neo-swing movement of the mid-90s, playing with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four Charms. He also played with Chicago’s emerging improvisers such as Josh Berman, Jason Adasiewicz, and Design Flaw and developed an interest in country blues and jug band music with the Wabash Jug Band. In 2004, Mr. Doyle moved to Austin to pursue his love of acoustic and roots music afresh. After a brief stint with the Asylum Street Spankers, he went on to freelance in Central Texas’ vibrant traditional jazz and western swing scene, getting to play with well established acts such as the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel as well being a part of many younger bands such as Hot Jazz Caravan, Warren Hood and the Hoodlums, and the Giant Three.
Grammy award winning Mark Valentino Gonzales, or "SpeedyG" as he is often called, has been impressing audiences with his style, versatility and musicality since he arrived in Texas from Philadelphia in 1990. While attending the University of North Texas he had the honor of being a member of the famed One O'Clock Lab Band under the direction of Neil Slater. He received a Bachelors in Music Education and began gigging regularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area absorbing a vast number of musical styles and genres.
During his time at U.N.T. he joined the Soul/R&B/Funk powerhouse, Mingo Fishtrap which has enjoyed great popularity since the early '90's. Mark and the group moved to Austin in 1999.
Joining Grupo Fantasma in late 2008, his gritty trombone sound has been a welcome addition to the band. Their 2011 album, El Existential which featured many arrangements done by Gonzales won a Grammy for best Latin Rock Alternative/Urban album. Amongst many awards and accolades, they have recently been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame.
When in Austin, Gonzales is very active in the Hot Jazz/Dixie scene, playing with Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies, the East Side Dandies and others. He has also become popular among composers, producers and songwriters for his horn arranging abilities.
Throughout his career, Mark as had the honor of playing and/or working with artists such as Erykah Badu, Bonnie Raitt, Justin Timberlake, Questlove, Delbert McClinton, GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Lila Downs, Kris Kristofferson, Galactic, Greg Boyer, Spoon, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Larry Harlow, Stephen Bruton, The Neville Brothers, Ozomatli, Stanton Moore, Raul Malo, Frankie Valli, The Scabs and Bob Schneider, amongst others.
Hal became a jazz fan at an early age, after hearing the Firehouse Five Plus Two at Disneyland. Later, he heard Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Kid Ory, Pops Foster, Count Basie, Freddie Green and others live in concert.
He took up drums in 1963. Hal was inspired by hearing Ben Pollack, Nick Fatool and Wayne Jones in person, and took lessons from the great Jake Hanna. He also studied recordings of great jazz drummers including Big Sid Catlett, Dave Tough, Zutty Singleton, Gene Krupa, George Wettling, Morey Feld, Vic Berton and many others.
Hal became a full-time professional musician in 1978, and his resumé includes work with the Dukes of Dixieland, New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Butch Thompson Trio, Banu Gibson and New Orleans Hot Jazz, Yerba Buena Stompers, Climax Jazz Band, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and Austin-based groups such as the Thrift Set Orchestra and the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet. He has also played Blues, Rockabilly, Western Swing and led groups such the Roadrunners (featuring Bobby Gordon and Rebecca Kilgore) and Hal's Angels.
He has made over 200 recordings and is a respected jazz journalist, contributing countless articles to publications in the U.S. and Europe. He was one of the founders of the Jazz Camp for Adults hosted by America's Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society and taught drums at the camp from 1996 - 2012.
Currently, Hal's home base is Searcy, Arkansas. From there he travels across the U.S. to play engagements with groups such as The Kris Tokarski Trio, Floyd Domino's All Stars featuring Alice Spencer; Dan Walton and the Jump Swing Imperials; Tim Laughlin’s New Orleans All-Stars; Jeff Barnhart and the Rock Island Roustabouts; and the Memphis Speed Kings.
Dan Walton is a jazz pianist based in Austin Texas. Originally hailing from the San Francisco bay area, his music draws from a variety of influences--from boogie woogie, to stride, bebop, and classical music. Growing up, he enjoyed the music of Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Pete Johnson, Arthur Rubinstein, and many others. He also enjoys the works of classical artists like Chopin and Debussy.
He has also worked quite a bit in the western swing genre, and has recorded/performed with a variety of interesting people in the music industry, including (in no particular order) Dale Watson, Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pat Green, Johnny Bush, Paul Shaffer, Elizabeth Cook, Buddy Miller, Vince Gill, The Time Jumpers, Robert Earl Keen, George Strait, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rhonda Vincent, Garrison Keillor, Leon Rausch and Elvin Bishop to name a few. Dan enjoys working in a great variety of musical genres.
Ethan Smith began playing the violin when he was 5 years old. Born in Ft. Worth TX he grew up playing Texas fiddle tunes and Western Swing music. After earning his BA of violin performance from Marywood University in Scranton PA Ethan moved back to Texas. He now lives in Austin TX where he plays with several jazz ensembles, a bluegrass band, and a Klezmer music group. Ethan has over ten years of professional teaching experience on the violin as well as the viola and the piano.