JazzKwest celebrates the great American jazz standards songbooks of the 1930's and 40's and beyond. Smooth lyrical vocals, strings, and rhythm regenerate upbeat swing, syncopated Latin, and easy listening jazz standards.
JazzKwest is a long-established San Francisco Bay area quartet celebrating the great American songbooks of the 1930's, 40's and beyond.
Rebekah Gundunas is the montoya-lead vocalist. She is a classically trained professional jazz vocalist with over 25 years in the music business: "My love of wonderful composers such as Porter, Ellington and Gershwin should be shared and never forgotten."
Chuck Mancini is the master guitarist and performer with over 40 years of sharing his versatility and enthusiasm for audiences nationally. Chuck has played with Frankie Lane, The Ink Spots, The Platters, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Vic Damone, Janis Joplin and Santana, to name just a few...
Bob Steele is the bassist. He has performed for over 3 decades as a superb professional bassist performing for such notables as Eartha Kit, Jackie Ryan, Mitzie Gaynor, Rosemary Clooney, Harold Jones, Larry Vuckovich and Cab Calloway. He was a member of the Dick Bright Orchestra at The Venetian Room and had 3 years at The Top of the Mark, rounding out the wealth of experience Bob brings to JazzKwest.
John McDonald, a brilliant drummer, started playing professionally at the tender age of 14 with society big bands in the Sacramento area. After being signed with Electra Records, John performed with "Roxy" who opened for Jethro Tull, Charles Lloyd, Three Dog Night, Steve Miller, The Doors, among others.
JazzKwest is fresh nostalgia at it's best!