Dan Moffett, saxophones
Dan Moffett is an active and in demand saxophonist on the Chicago music scene. A versatile performer, Dan is at home in a variety of musical styles, including jazz, funk, rock, blues, & classical music. Dan's extensive performance experience includes sessions with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Motown legend Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the classic 60's rock band The Buckinghams, jazz legend Stanley Turrentine, Chicago's own Blooze Brothers Band, & the House Band at Buddy Guy's Legends to name a few. In addition to his duties with the Swing Collective, Dan also performs regularly with Soul Vaccination, the Dan Moffett Trio, the Eight Ball Saxophone Quartet, the Names, the Jazz Faction Big Band, and the Joliet All-Stars Big Band. Dan also freelances & subs with various jazz, rock, and blues bands in and around Chicago. When he's not performing, Dan has a strong passion for teaching as well. For the past 20 years Dan has been a band director and a private woodwind instructor in the Chicago suburbs. Dan currently teaches instrumental music at Komarek District 94 in North Riverside. Dan also currently serves as adjunct professor of saxophone at Benedictine University (Lisle campus). Dan is on the artist roster for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and is proud to be an Artist-Endorser for Selmer saxophones (selmer.com). Dan currently performs on a Selmer Paris Series III Model 64 tenor saxophone. Dan holds a Bachelors & Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. For more information visit danmoffett.com
Scott Coletta, keyboard
Scott immersed himself in music at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana, learning advanced classical piano repertoire and music theory and later finding his way to what would become his passion, jazz piano. He studied advanced harmony and improvisation with Frank Puzzullo, associate professor of jazz at Ball State. He was a member of the top University Jazz Ensemble and performing regularly, including frequently filling in for his teacher around Muncie. After graduating from Ball State, Scott moved to Dekalb, Illinois to earn a master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy at Northern Illinois University. At NIU, he had the privilege of studying with the great Willie Pickens. In addition to his duties with the Swing Collective, Scott performs regularly as a member of the Jazz Factory Quintet and Three Guys Playing Jazz. Scott is also an accomplished piano teacher and maintains a studio of 40+ private keyboard students throughout the Chicagoland area. For more information visit scottcoletta.com
Wesley Morgan, bass
Wesley grew up in Kansas and took an interest in music at an early age. After trying several different instruments, he was drawn to the electric bass and the upright bass shortly after. Starting with rock and funk, he later became fascinated by the improvisational aspect of jazz. During his high school years, Wesley played in a variety of rock bands around the Wichita area. Upon graduation he moved to Memphis, TN in order to work towards a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis on recording technology at the University of Memphis. Wesley spent the bulk of his time studying upright bass with jazz bassist Tim Goodwin and graduated in 2008. He currently works as a freelance musician and has recently earned his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University. Wesley enjoys many different styles of music, and as a result has performed with a large number of groups spanning a variety of genres. He feels that as long as the music is written with passion, the labels attached to the music should not stifle his own will to support the artist’s work in the best way possible. For more information visit wesleymorganmusic.com
Steve Burkholder, drums
Steve Burkholder has been playing drums since he could hold sticks. The initial sparks that lit the fire for him were Rush, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Frank Zappa. Hearing Miles Davis's Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew for the first time changed him forever and led him down the road to the study and performance of jazz and improvised music.
Steve has a degree in percussion performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with an emphasis in jazz percussion. He is a journeyman musician that has played in many different classical, jazz, rock, and freely improvised creative settings. Steve has been immersed in the Chicago music scene for the past several years and has experience with a number of professional bands.