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LUBAG - About the man behind the music
Reuel Lubag is one of the well
established jazz artists in the Pacific Northwest jazz scene. He is a graduate of Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts(Theory & Compositon) degree in Music. As an undergraduate,
Reuel was fortunate to do performances with John
Birks(Dizzy) Gillespie, Joe Williams, Doc Severinsen, Pete
Barbutti, Steve Allen, Bud Shank and a host of other artists while still in school. Reuel also received the opportunity to work as a clinician at high schools
while in college. The jazz director at Central at that time, John Moawad, utilized Reuel in these clinics and performances extensively. In 1985 and '86 Reuel was the piano scholarship award winner
for the Bud Shank Jazz Workshop after previous winner Diana Krall. Within a few years, Reuel was brought on as an adjunct faculty member and clinician.
Reuel found himself with the NJQ headed to Latin America in April 2014 and traveling to Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina
for the month. The group had the opportunity to teach, perform, and spread the joy of jazz to many musicians of the next generation in Latin America. The group had the chance to also visit with and
collaborate with some great musicians and do some collaborating with IMOX(Guatemala), Walt Szymanski(expatriate NYC based trumpet player/arranger), and Soul Jazz Band(Bolivia).
The hope is to follow up with more teaching and collaborating with those groups in the future and to reach out to more musicians in Latin America.
Currently in the works are 3
albums including a trio album with Ben Feldman and Ed Littlefield which was recorded at Studio X in Seattle in February 2017. The second is a trio studio album
with Matt Page and Geoff Harper in a collaboration between the trio and Steel Pan
master Gary Gibson. This project was influenced by Monty Alexander's album "Ivory and Steel". Lastly, there is a project also being mixed that shows Reuel in a quartet setting with
West. This album also features Janette's husband, Marty Tuttle on drums and Michael
Marcus on bass.