Karen Strid-Chadwick is a long time resident of Alaska and is an Associate Professor of Music at UAA. Aside from her regular teaching schedule, she coordinates all of the UAA jazz activities and co-produces UAA Jazz Week. Karen resides in Homer and her credits include: Co-founder and leader of the Karen Strid Quartet and the UAA Faculty Jazz Trio as well as arranger, conductor, and performer for various groups in the Anchorage and Homer areas. In the past, she has performed with visiting artists Bobby Shew, Richie Cole, Mel Brown, Ed Shaunessey, Don Lanphere, Randy Sabien, Carl Fontana, Jay Thomas and O.C. Smith.
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Cameron Cartland is a drummer/percussionist in Anchorage. Cameron has attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and in 2010 went on a 3 month musical pilgrimage to Brazil. With a love of world music styles, he has had the opportunity to play with many bands including: John Damberg Latin Jazz Sextet, Dan Mac Band, John “Pypes” Teamer, Yngvil Vatn Guttu, Rick Zelinsky and his Jazz Masters Tribute, Pamyua and others.
Ray Booker (bass) has been a musician for 40 plus years. Ray began his music career in 1968 after hearing “Are You Experienced” the quintessential debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. After realizing he was not quite a guitarist on par with Jimi, he was moved to play bass, his true musical calling. Ray has performed with and opened for Eddie Harris, Spyro Gyra, Ramsey Lewis, and The Chambers Brothers. He currently performs in Anchorage with a wide variety of groups. Many know Ray as the founder and director of the “Jazz Fighting Hunger Project.”
Brenda Vulgamore Hune (vocals) is currently an instructor of voice at UAA. She has performed with many local musicians, The Karen Strid Quartet, The Jim Davis Quartet, Clon Von Fitz, Pat Owens and the Blue Notes, Anchorage Jazz Ensemble, UAA Jazz Week Benefits and workshops, Homer Arts Council, KBBI, KSKA Jazz festivals and Tom Bodett’s “End of the Road Show.” She also served as a judge for “Big Mitch’s student Talent Competition.” She believes in community service, was voted volunteer of the year, Victim’s For Justice, and performed with Ray Booker and his “Jazz Fighting Hunger” concerts.
James Webb was born in Palmer Alaska and has been playing saxophone for 11 years. He recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelors in Music Ed and enjoys playing bass clarinet and composing. He has had his works featured at the University's Symphony of Sounds Concert and has now been commissioned to compose a work for the Anchorage Civic Orchestra.