Ben Redwine (Clarinet) played four years in a U.S. Army Band and fifteen years in the U.S. Naval Academy band. He leads the Redwine Jazz Band and plays in the Creole Gumbo Jazz Band and Hot Club of D.C. In 2015 he received his doctorate from Catholic University in orchestral performance where he directs the University Wind Ensemble.
Bob Jacobson learned clarinet from his uncle and in public schools in Rhode Island, where he played in the All-State Band. He has played in numerous jazz, R&B, classic rock and salsa bands.
Other clarinetists in Jazz Clarinets Galore have included Todd Marcus (recognized by NPR and DownBeat , local legend Whit Williams, Dave Rybczynski (Glenn Miller Orchestra) and Harold Williams (Phil Butts Big Band).
Ron McCadden (guitar, vocals) was taught by his multi-instrumentalist/singer father, is mostly self-taught and has studied improvisation
(Bass) Tom Hensler played professionally for eight years, primarily rock and disco. For the past ten years he has focused on jazz, studying with Jeff Reed (Towson University faculty).
Jazz clarinets are BACK!
All across the country the clarinet is re-emerging as a major jazz instrument, as it was during the Swing Era. Jazz Clarinets Galore - with three clarinets, guitar & bass - adds a Baltimore-area voice to the trend. JCG plays everything from 1920s Duke Ellington to jazz classics and Brazilian/Latin music to recent tunes by the clarinetists themselves.