Mock Kim Coleman - One of Seattle's premier contemporary jazz trios...

Every once in a great while, I come across music that challenges me to listen, feel and think. Every once in awhile’ happened today when I caught the trio featuring Don Mock, Dave Coleman and Steve Kim. This is one of those rare ensembles that serves up harmonic and rhythmic feast for the ears, soul and the intellect. Nothing about these guys is simple and straightforward. They will take a New Orleans slap beat tune and turn it inside out, delivering flavors from all over the place. Just as likely, they will turn another musical statement into an exclamation, question, and metaphor all within the same tune, as heard in Sentilla’s Dance. I like this group, not just for their virtuosity, but for the element of surprise that they bring to each tune. Just give them a listen - and hear, feel, and think for yourself.

-- Mark Connelly

Steve Kim - Bass

Steve Kim has studied bass with Ray Brown, Gary Peacock and composition with Charlie Banacos. His performances include appearances with Larry Coryell, Alphonse Mouzon, Dave Valentine, and Diane Shurr. He has been commissioned to compose for the Southern Arts Council, the Seattle Arts Commission, and choreographers Bill Evans, and Clay Talefero. In 1987 he served as a cultural ambassador representing the City of Seattle in Kobe, Japan and in 1989 he was chosen by the State of Washington as a Centennial Artist during the year long Washington State Centennial Celebration. Steve has been a faculty member of the Pacific Lutheran University music department, The National Guitar Workshop, and currently is in the music department at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Washington.

Dave Coleman - Drums

Dave Coleman grew up in a musical household in Seattle Washington and went on to play the drums, like his father, the renowned drummer and teacher Dave Coleman Sr.. Dave cut his teeth in the clubs of Seattle in the 60’s and 70’s and went on to be a sideman to hundreds of great artists including Joe Henderson, George Cables, Javon Jackson, Diane Schuur, Melba Moore, Herb Ellis, Mal Waldron, John Handy, Joe Pass, Red Holloway, and Tal Farlow. A move to San Diego in the 80’s found Dave playing with guitarist Ron Eschete’s Trio. He also spent time in the bands of Ernestine Anderson, Dee Daniels, Mose Allison, bassist Glen Moore’s Trio, and the Quartets of Julian Priester/Carter Jefferson and the late Jim Pepper. He has had a 25-year association with pianist Art Lande and performed with Art and bassist Gary Peacock as part of their innovative trio. He recently spent two years in the house band at the legendary “El Chapultepec Jazz Bar” in Denver, Colorado. His recordings include Don Mock’s “Mock One” and “Speed of Light,” David Friesen's “Color Pool” , Dave Peterson’s “After Image” and the Bud Shank/Dave Peck collaboration “Tales of the Pilot.”

Don Mock - Guitar

After evolving through various rock, blues and jazz phases, guitarist Don Mock is now the master of his own style, a style that is literally a "fusion" in the purest sense of the word. Don is well known among guitarists around the world for his amazing technique and total command of the instrument. His improvising concepts have been documented in several instructional books, CD’s and videos. Growing up in Seattle, Don played in several of the areas top rock and jazz bands. In 1977 guitar legend Howard Roberts brought Don to Los Angeles to help start the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT). Don became a primary instructor and curriculum author for the school. Don also had an exciting fusion band and performed at most of the top jazz venues in L.A. Don is also known as the director/producer of many instructional videos by some of the world’s finest players from Joe Pass, Herb Ellis and Pat Martino to Allan Holdsworth, Robben Ford, Steve Morse, and Scott Henderson. As a recording artist, Mock has appeared as a sideman on several albums and has two solo efforts: "Mock One" and "Speed of Light."

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