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Band Bios

Demetria Joyce Bailey - Vocals
Number 5 out of 7 children, Demetria was born in San Jose, CA and raised in Fullerton, CA. She tried to play football but after a few tough games, she realized her calling was in the performing arts. As a vocal performance major at Oklahoma City University she was a featured vocalist with the Surrey Singers, created her One-Woman Show as well as being a featured performer in numerous theatrical productions.

She has performed throughout the US, Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. Demetria is a professional Actress / Vocalist / Voiceover Artist and some of her favorite roles include Ethel Waters, Ethel Waters His Eye is on the Sparrow (2007 Barrymore Award Nominee for Best Actress in a Musical); the Nurse, CBS' Hack, Perlene Scott, HBO's The Wire 4th season, Lutiebell, Purlie, Mrs. Ott, Susannah, Chiffon, Little Shop of Horrors, Susannah, Tintypes, Mama Morton, Chicago, Electra, Gypsy and the Charlene Woodard Role in Ain't Misbehavin'. Demetria was the Music Director for Gimmie the Mic Philadelphia 2004 & 2005 on UPN57-TV (2004 Emmy Award Winner for Best Live Performance). In 2009, Demetria released her debut solo CD "Takin' A Chance", a collection of standards from the Great American Songbook to rave reviews.

Demetria is the Lead Vocalist with the Joe Dawson Jazz Ensemble and the 18 piece Spartan Alumni Jazz Band of Wilmington, DE. She was a featured vocalist in the Summer Musicale Series at Bristol Riverside Theatre; In Concert at Hedgerow Theatre, Media, PA; Starring Vocalist for Jazz in the Wood, Collingswood, NJ and performed at the 2010 Cape May Jazz Festival. Recently Demetria performed to a sold out audience at World Café Live Philly and debuted her new one woman show Comes Love, A Tribute To Billie Holiday to a sold out weekend at Passage Theatre, Trenton. Demetria has been singing all her life and over the past few years, she feels she has truly found her voice.


Peter Jensen - Musical Director, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Vocals
A graduate of Temple University's College of Music, LaSalle University, and Peirce College, Peter has played with many performers. These include Grover Washington Jr., Bobby Rydell, Al Alberts, Gene Krupa, Sister Sledge, Mitch Miller, The Sammy Kaye Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Gerald Wilson, Charlie Prose, Urbie Green, Al Grey, Robin Eubanks, the Vincent Lopez Orchestra, Eddie Holman, Todd Glass, The Hoppin' John Orchestra, Kenn Kweder, the Wild Bohemians, the Hot Taters and the Philadelphia Eagles' "Sound Of Brass."

Peter was also the principal trombone with the 276th Army Band and has performed for Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton and played Governor Ridge's (Pa) Inaugural Ball. He performed in Europe with the 28th Division Army Band in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII. Pete has performed at many other events across the country including the Philly Fringe Festival and the Tournament of Roses Parade in California.

Peter has performed many types of music, from jazz to classical, including swing and funk and shows such as Guys & Dolls and West Side Story. If you're looking for a band, Peter has access to groups such as hot jazz/dixieland, jazz combo, big band, swing/jump blues party band, funk band, German band, Italian band, brass quintet, etc. Thanks for reading. Let's keep music live. Peter is one of the original Molten Brass members when he played with the Lava Blue blues band.

Pete Souders - Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet
Pete hails from Reading, Pa, where he started out on clarinet and added saxophone at age 14. He matriculated from P.C.P.A. (now the University of the Arts) in Philadelphia, graduating with a degree in Jazz Performance. Pete worked as a computer programmer by day while playing jazz and R & B at night including playing with Cab Calloway and Vaughn Monroe, until he founded the famed Ortlieb's Jazz Haus in 1987. From '87 to '07, when he sold it, he booked bands and played at the club, performing with such jazz greats as Shirley Scott, Mickey Roker, Harold Betters, Al Grey, Cecil Payne, Bobby Durham, George Benson, and Branford Marsalis. In 2012, was invited back to Ortlieb's (now known as Ortlieb's Lounge) to host a Tuesday night jam session and that same year released the CD "Echoes of Ortlieb's." Pete also leads his own group, "Berks Works" and teaches privately in the Reading area. His influences include Coleman Hawkins, Gene Ammons, Ben Webster & Lee Allen, among others. He plays tenor, alto, soprano, and baritone saxes, flute, clarinet, and vocals. Look for his big tenor sax sound and clarinet with Jive, Jump, & Wail!

Jimmy "the Kamikaze Kid" Cara - Trumpet
Jimmy started playing the trumpet in the 2nd grade. He was given a mouthpiece by the great Harry James at the age of 12 and that made him decide this is what he wanted to do in life. Jimmy's long career started in the lounges of Wildwood, NJ at the age of 16. Later, he performed with the Philadelphia based Mercury recording artists and Las Vegas type show group "Mike Sarge and The Sargents." From there, he served as 1st trumpet, soloist, and section leader in the US Army Bands at Fort Knox, KY, Fort Dix, NJ and the 287th Army Band of the Delaware National Guard. While in the service, he performed for the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Later, he formed his own successful show group called "The Nomads" that worked the NJ Shore and the Delaware Valley. Jimmy was hired by "Warren Covington and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra." Jimmy went on tour, performing as lead and featured trumpet player with some of the greatest performers and musicians in the world including the orchestras of Jimmy Dorsey (directed by Lee Castle), Charlie Spivak, Tex Beneke, Glenn Miller, Sammy Kaye, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Terry Gibbs and others, most recently The Nelson Riddle Orchestra tribute to Frank Sinatra. Jimmy performed at the Inaugural Ball for President Ronald Reagan for both of the President's elections. He has appeared and been featured on the National TV Networks of ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS and was a Trumpet Clinician along with Doc Severinsen for the Getzen Band Instrument Company promoting the Doc Severinsen Model Trumpet. He has also appeared as a guest soloist with high school and college bands all along the east coast. Jimmy has backed such artists, singers, and groups as the following: Arturo Sandoval, Wayne Bergeron, Tony Bennett, Diane Schuur, Joe Williams, Mel Torme, Al Martino, Harry Connick Sr., Julius La Rosa, Bobby Rydell, Al Alberts and The 4 Aces, The 4 Tops, The Spinners, The Tempations, and many, many more. He continues to work with today's artists.

Jive Jump & Wail is glad to now have Jimmy's talents with us.

Tommy "Gun" Alessi - Baritone Saxophone
Tom has a varied background in music. Since graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with degrees in music performance and music education, Tom joined the Army as a Bandsmen and was stationed and performed in Germany. Upon returning to the United States, he joined the 276th Army band and became the Woodwind Group Leader and Unit Readiness NCO. Tom also open his own music store, Instrumental Music Service and during that time learned instrument repair. Through the years, Tom has had extensive experience with various music groups and styles including performances with Julius La Rosa, Al Alberts, Danny & the Juniors, Sister Sledge, The Vincent Lopez Orchestra, The Al Raymond Orchestra, Jonathan Orchestra, The First United States Army Band, The City Rhythm Orchestra, The Vincent Lopez Orchestra, the Verdi Band and various shows. Tom is proficient on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxes, flute, piccolo, bass clarinet, ethnic flutes, Irish pipes, fife and the always popular ocarina, though he says he's best at playing the radio! Look for Tom on bari sax with Jive, Jump, & Wail.


Skip "Skippy" Barthold - Guitar, Vocals
Skip is originally from upstate New York and as a teenager there, started playing guitar and singing folk songs. He later formed a rock band with some of his high school friends. Upon graduation, he enrolled in college as a liberal arts major, but soon realized music was his calling and subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland where he studied classical guitar with Aaron Shearer, graduating with a Master's in Music Performance degree. During this same time he started performing his own music at local establishments and formed his own group, the Slim Pickin's Blugrass Band.

After graduation, Skip moved to New York City, where he lived for 13 years. There, Skip feels his true music education began. He played in 2 rock bands including the Irish rock band the Lookalikes, and performed solo in many area clubs. He was also featured in five issues of Fast Folk Musical Magazine including the premier issue. Also, while there, he released an album of original steel guitar instrumentals called Fingerpainting, produced by Steve Gaboury. During his time in New York, Skip also studied jazz piano with Jaki Byard. Upon leaving New York, Skip lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Detroit, Michigan before settling into his current residence in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. He is currently performing his original music in solo, duo, and trio settings. In addition to Jive Jump & Wail, Skip also plays with the Joe Dawson Big Band, the Spartan Alumni Jazz Band, in a duo with saxophonist Dave Renz, and in a duo with Jive Jump & Wail's own Demetria Joyce Bailey.

Find out more about Skip at his website: www.skipbarthold.com!

Henry "the Professor" Dale - Keyboard
Henry loves history, especially the history of American music. A public school teacher by day, watch out at night! Henry becomes consumed by music! His father introduced him to George Gershwin and John Coltrane when he was a child (ok, it was their music, not them!), and he's loved jazz in its many guises ever since. Motivated by his love of music, Henry self-taught himself several instruments, including piano and banjo and learned to compose. Among his composing achievements is the musical comedy "When Birds Do Best," which was performed in Montgomery Township, New Jersey.

He has played with the Impulse Funk Band and composed music for the eclectic Jazz Bones Orchestra, both hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, he is a member of a group of fellow educators called the Do-Nows, which plays music of the Grateful Dead. Henry also plays piano and banjo with the Hot Taters band and mandolin and accordion with the Jacalopes Americana Country Band, both from central New Jersey. On tenor banjo, Henry has performed with Uke Jackson's Ginseng Roots Band in Bethlehem, Pa., and Tom Spain's Stimulus Package in Hopewell, NJ. He also plays solo engagements on the piano, including performing at Picasso's restaurant in Somerville, NJ. An eclectic musician, Jive, Jump & Wail is now happy to have Henry's talents rockin' the keyboard (and sometimes banjo)!

Pete "Leo" McCarthy - Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Vocals
One of the most in demand bass guitarists in the tri-state area, Pete started his musical career at age 13 on the guitar. At 19, he started studying electric bass, and 8 years, later took up the upright bass. His teachers have included Greg Powers, Joe Allegro (one of JJW's valued subs), Bruce Kaminsky, and Fred Weiss. In addition, Pete studied music composition and theory, while attending Glassboro State University.

Bands Pete has played with in the past include The Stan Maltz Big Band, Opus, Post No Bills, The Witt Brothers, The Jazz Vandals, The John Mountain Band, Whale, The Major Soundwork Band, and The Special K Band. He has also done local theater work, playing for various shows and musical revues. With Pete's wealth of musical knowledge of various musical genres, he can also be seen currently performing with Big Package Band, The Vel Crows, The Steve Lewis Big Band, Beats Walkin', and The Gil Thompson Trio, in addition to Jive Jump & Wail. Pete is currently teaching at the Mannington Music School, and is available for in home lessons also. In addition, Pete sings some lead vocals with Jive Jump & Wail. Wow!

"Uncle" Wayne Palmer - Drums
Hailing from the Bronx, NY, multi-instrumentalist (piano, drums, vibraphone, marimba), Wayne Palmer comes from a musical family, his father being a drummer and his uncle a song and dance man. At the age of 8, his family moved to Reading, Pa. Four years later, he took up the drums and his music career was started, eventually playing in various groups, including a rock band while in high school. Upon graduation, Wayne spent 4 years in the Navy on a destroyer, primarily patrolling the Mediterranean Sea and the east coast of the USA. After being discharged, he moved to Philadelphia to attend Combs College Of Music graduating with a degree in music performance. He then accepted a position with the Saskatchewan Symphony, moving to Canada and also teaching high school music there. Around that same time, Wayne traveled to Greenland, performing there with a pop-rock group. He returned Philadelphia to a year later to work in vocational rehabilitation, retiring from music for 10 years. In 1986, he returned to the music scene and since then has performed with various groups. including appearing on the Marcia Rose TV show with a jazz trio. Other credits include playing for Fiddler On The Roof and the Fantastiks among others for regional theater groups, the Sounds of Swing Big Band, the Doris Simon Swing band, the Hot Taters, and the Stan Maltz Big Band. Wayne is also a regular at the famed 23rd St. Cafe Tuesday jam sessions in Philadelphia. In January 2009, Wayne formed his own group, the Decadent Dectet, including fellow Jive, Jump, & Wail members Pete Jensen, & Tom Alessi. With his multi-instrument capabilities, don't be surprised to see Wayne occasionally jump off the drums, jive over to the keyboard, & wail on that also!