The Sally Cats

     The Sally Cats formed in 2005, with their debut being a benefit for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina with Direct Relief International.  That performance has been aired on Santa Barbara Channel 17 many times since.  They have since performed at the Lobero Theater, Center Stage Theater, at SOhO, the Piano Kitchen, the 2011 Solstice Festival in Santa Barbara, the Wildling Museum, Zoey’s in Ventura, as well as at the Stone Bar in Hollywood, CA. 

     In 2009, the Sally Cats released their first CD, Wonderful Day, to great critical acclaim. Leslie Connors of JazzTimes called the album "a dazzler" and Robert Sutton of the Jazz Corner said "it won't be long before the Sally Cats will purr their way into the heart of America." Their second CD, On the Prowl has been released to great acclaim!

     SALLY BARR who is also a professional violinist and a publisher, has been singing throughout her life but only in the past decade started to sing in back and in front of bands such as Headless Household and the Gove County Philharmonic. Sally worked with contralto Dr. Victoria Hart in 2008. When she is not being a Sally Cat, she performs regularly on the violin with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, where she is the concertmaster. She also often works and records with Headless Household & the Gove County String Quartet. Her publication, MUSIC! The Sounds of Santa Barbara, is a monthly magazine in its fifth year supporting the vast music scene in Santa Barbara, CA.

     TOM BUCKNER plays saxophone and various woodwinds. He has had a varied career balancing both commercial work and artistic outlets. He recorded for seven different popular prime time TV shows during the mid 90’s through the early 00’s, along with many radio and TV commercials. Buckner has been a long time member of the Santa Barbara group known as Headless Household and also of the groups headed by Luis Munoz. He has also been a member of a very interesting group with Brad Rabuchin, Trey Henry, and Jim Christie called The Transphibians that explored the ins and outs of improvised music. Buckner has also played with many notable Southern California musicians such as Larry Koonse, Darek Oles, and Theo Saunders.

     JIM CONNOLLY is a composer and performer living in Santa Barbara, California. He writes music for The Gove County Philharmonic, The Gove County String Quartet and Lit Moon Theatre. He has composed for choir, musical saw, five string violin, string quartet and various chamber ensembles. He plays the double bass, saw, banjo, piano and sings. He attended New England Conservatory.Jim has received five Independent Theater Awards, numerous commissions, grants, ASCAP Plus Awards and in 2001 was listed as one of the twenty-five most intriguing people in Santa Barbara.He has collaborated or performed with Nate Birkey, Gilles Apap, Jeff Kaiser, Brad Dutz, Colter Frazier, Headless Household, Jeff Bridges, Vinny Golia, Eugene Chadbourne, Cougar Estrada, Anna Abbey and his brother Kevin Connolly.

     Director of the UCSB Jazz Ensemble, JON NATHAN has been a figure in the Santa Barbara musical scene since his arrival here nearly twenty years ago. He holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an M.M. in Percussion Performance from Cal State University at Northridge. During his time there, he was introduced to William Kraft, and was asked to continue studies with Professor Kraft at UCSB, where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.Currently, Dr. Nathan is principal timpanist with the Santa Barbara Grand Opera Association as well as Director of Jazz Ensembles and Lecturer in Percussion and Percussion Ensemble at UCSB. He has also served as Principal Percussionist with the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, and continues to perform regularly with the Santa Barbara Symphony, as well as for other regional orchestras including Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and Santa Monica Symphony.Jon was also the original drummer in the Animal Liberation Orchestra and in various jazz groups in Santa Barbara, including the Nate Birkey Quintet. He has served as Jazz Ensemble Director and Percussion Instructor at Moorpark College, has taught Techniques of Percussion at Westmont College, and was the Applied Music Percussion Instructor at Santa Barbara City College. He has also served on the faculty of the Jazz in July Improvisation Workshop, held on the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with such jazz luminaries as Yusef Lateef, Dr. Billy Taylor, Sheila Jordan and the Turtle Island String Quartet.

     BRAD RABUCHIN is a guitarist and occasional bassist from the Los Angeles area. He keeps up a busy schedule of live gigs and recording; splitting time between his own projects and working as a sideman. Brad also teaches at MI (Musicians Institute) in Hollywood. Brad has had many opportunities to work with the greats, among them: Ray Charles  (1998-04), Bonnie Raitt, Al Kooper, Willie Nelson, Billy Preston Davd “Fathead” Newman, Stevie Wonder, Roy Hardgrove, Mulgrew Miller. Bunnie Brunel, Steve Turre, Ta Ta Vega, Gary Meek, Ralph Humphrey, Gary Willis, Mars Bonfire Steppenwolf), Jimmy Haslip, Glenn Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Barbara Morrison, Louie Bellson, Pat Martino,  & John Pisano. A Selected Discography: Brad Rabuchin "Cats Have Edge"(2008); Brad Rabuchin "When Smart Dogs Go Bad"(1998); House of Games "Greatest Hits"(1999); Nick Manson "Jazz Impressions: Ray Charles"(2007); Ray Charles "A'Olympia"(2003); Lean To "Malarchitecture"(1998) Andy Suzuki "Andy Suzuki"(1997); Cesar Mateus "Of Red and White"(2008), Alexandra Caselli "Rough Edges"(2007), Tony Brey "Outside looking In"(2004), Diane Schuur "Friends for Schuur"(2002), Brad Dutz "Making Ice"(1997), Chris Greco "Trane of Thought"(1994)