' FIRECRACKERS '



Je Widenhouse has been traveling the world and playing professionally for 15 years. This ensemble is especially rewarding and challenging, and Je has endeavored to accept Jazz as his personal savior. Previous projects include Squirrel Nut Zippers, Sex Police, and Hobex.



An amazing stride pianist in the style of Fats Waller, Reese Gray embodies the early American jazz scene, dressing the part and with the raw enthusiasm for the music that keeps it fresh. He often brings obscure new favorites to the group and has written a ballad “Blue Leaf Clover” that appears on the current CD. Former projects include Squirrel Nut Zippers and Asylum Street Spankers.



Mike Gray is the younger brother of pianist Reese Gray. Under his helpful guidance, Mike is learning to master the techniques of early 20th century drummers. He is the newest addition to the firecracker lineup.



A former music instructor and New York City hired gun for performing ensembles, Earl Sachais has a Bachelors and Masters from the Manhattan School of Music and has been writing original tunes for the Firecrackers.  Earl has preformed with such greats as Warren Covington and the Tommy Dorsey Band, and has backed Barbara Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., and many others.  He lends a mature stability and a Jazz attitude to the group.  He is also a member of a Salsa Band Nuevo Montuno.



Henry Westmoreland is a recent graduate of Brevard Music School, who majored in both Tuba and Composition.  Henry wields a virtuosic command of his "mellifluous modern matter horn" with verve.



Jason Krekel has musical roots in Louisville KY and is son of the legendary Tim Krekel. In the Firecracker Jazz Band, Jason is featured on banjo and  tenor guitar, authentic instruments of the period. He also makes hand cranked posters and plays in the Mad Tea Party.



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