V V & UJE
Victoria Vox & the Unified Jazz Ensemble
Victoria Vox is a glorified band-geek and award-winning songwriter, originally from Green Bay, WI. The ukulele-toting Vox has been touring the world since 2006 at ukulele festivals, folk clubs, and listening rooms. Not only is she a household name on the ukulele scene, she’s becoming better known for her “mouth-trumpet” (as seen on the Jay Leno Show and in the Wall Street Journal), a jazz era vocal technique. She holds a degree in Songwriting from the Berklee College of Music, and although her music is eclectic, tapping into many styles: folk, soul, old-time, swing, pop-rock and chanson; jazz often comes to the forefront. Her performance comes into new light when accompanied by the Unified Jazz Ensemble. She is on the Touring Artist Roster of the Maryland State Art Council.
Mike Noonan is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland. He holds degrees in jazz studies and composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston (B.Mus. Magna Cum Laude) and the University of North Texas (M.M.). Mike is a multi-instrumentalist, performing on vibraphone, marimba, piano, and trombone. An experienced composer and arranger, his works have been featured on multiple UJE recordings. He provides clinics in jazz composition and improvisation, and has served as faculty at Gettysburg College and Luther College. Mike is an Innovative Percussion mallet artist, and a two-time recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. He has shared the stage with jazz greats Charles McPherson, Mundell Lowe, Dave Holland, Sam Rivers, and Buster Williams.
John Pineda has been a professional bassist since his high school days in LaMarque, Texas. After studying at San Jacinto College in Houston, and the University of North Texas, he moved north-east to the jazz mecca of Boston. His solid, in-the-pocket style of playing gained him a far-reaching reputation. Within two years he recorded three C.D.'s, including one with legendary drummer Joe Hunt. Influenced by virtuosi Charlie Haden, Scott LaFaro and Dave Holland, Mr. Pineda was a welcome addition to the Unified Jazz Ensemble in 1994. His sensitivity combined with a distinctive earthy groove make him a sought-after player wherever he goes. Recording artists Eddie Daniels and Steve Davis are among the many who have enlisted his talents. John's bass is maintained by Shank's Strings.
Maryland raised drummer Dominic Smith has been a fixture on the local jazz scene for the past 15 years. His hard swinging style, use of dynamics and rhythmic subtleties have been used by many jazz notables such as Eric Alexander, Harold Mabern, James Williams, and Phil Woods to name a few. He's also recorded with dozens of fine local musicians. Mr. Smith has a Bachelor of Science in Jazz Performance from Towson University and has studied privately in New York City with Kenny Washington, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Ralph Peterson, Frank Malabe, Duduka Da Fonseca, Mike Clark, and Kim Plainfield.
Tim Stanley hails from Belleville, IL. Watching his father play with bands of almost every genre in the St. Louis area were his earliest musical experiences. He began his own studies on trumpet at the age of nine. After graduating from high school in 1993, he attended Eastern Illinois University. At EIU he studied trumpet with Dr. W. Parker Melvin and improvisation with acclaimed pianist Henry Butler. Since March 2004, he has been a member of the United States Navy "Commodores" Jazz Ensemble. Tim is also a member of the Grammy winning Latin Jazz ensemble, Afro Bop Alliance. Tim has performed and/or recorded with Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Eddie Daniels, Dave Samuels, Arturo O'Farrill and many others.