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For seven years, Staff Sergeant Cole was one of only 12 singers in the entire US Military to serve as a full time jazz vocalist with a big band.  During that time many arrangements were written specifically for her individual sound by the talented and accomplished Sergeant Major Scott Arcangel.  Now that she has retired from the Army, she wants those arrangements to live on.  

While she and Arcangel were at a jazz education conference in January, they heard their friend Jeff Jarvis’ big band from Cal State Long Beach perform. They had the rare ability, as a large ensemble, to put across a unified thought, and have an emotional impact on the audience.  Cole jumped on the opportunity to record with this specific group of musicians, before many of them graduated and went their separate ways.  

On May 20th and 21st the group recorded at LMP Studios in Claremont, CA.  They accomplished the majority of the recording, but there is still much to go to finish the project.  Thank you for supporting the project by sponsoring a musician or section, attending a fundraising event or making a donation of any amount in the store below.

Fundraising Events

August 7th, 2018 7:00pm 
Pool side house party with wine and hors d'oeuvres in Mission Viejo.
Featuring Alexis and select members of the Cal State Long Beach Big Band.
More information and tickets 
Contact info@alexiscole.com with questions.

Sponsorships and Donations

The Rhythm Section
  • The Rhythm Section
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$2,250.00

The Rhythm Section is the heart of this project. Their parts are the least written and the most improvised. Their creativity and interpretation is key to the success of the project. The section is comprised of Alex Flavell on piano, Max Myrick on bass, Tyler Kreutel on drums, Brandon Johnson on guitar and Pablo Munoz-Snyder on vibes.

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Alex Flavell - Pianist
  • Alex Flavell - Pianist
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$450.00

My hometown is Anaheim, California! I got started on the piano only because my parents decided to buy one, and let it sit around in the house. I fooled around on it for a long time, even writing a few original compositions until my parents thought it was the right time to start piano lessons. Being steered towards piano was a total coincidence. An offbeat musical project I was involved in was composing for/conducting an orchestra for "YouTube celebrity" Bryan Lanning's latest album. One of my musical ambitions is starting a business, involving composing, arranging, and transcribing with very quick return times. I've performed on the main stage at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, for a national competition in Melbourne, Florida, and around Southern California.....so I just have Washington left before I've played in all four corners of the United States! When I'm not practicing you can often find me hiking around Los Angeles, traveling all around California in search of the best shake ever, or spending way too much time doing absolutely nothing. I have one sibling with a disability, but a fun fact about my family is that while nobody in my ancestry--parents, grandparents, etc.--really got into music, most of my cousins are involved in the music industry.

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Max Myrick - bass
  • Max Myrick - bass
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$450.00

Hometown: Riverside CA How you got your start on your instrument: started on alto sax in elementary school. I was going to join the high school jazz band on guitar but was plopped onto bass when the original bassist quit because his instrument was stolen. Some offbeat musical project you are or were involved in: I currently am part of an Afrobeat-inspired "voodoo funk" band GLIFOS (glifosmusic.com) but previously played for many years in a very bad but fun ska-punk band. An ambition musical or otherwise: To take as many possible things as slow as I can, and to "be like water". Somewhere cool you’ve traveled to or played at: I got the chance to spend spring break performing in Waikiki with the Riverside City College Jazz Ensemble. When he’s not practicing you can often find him: riding my bike with my better half Gillian and Sadie, my 10yr old Pomeranian. I spend a lot of time listening to others for the sake of itself without needing to contribute. There is absolutely no one that we cannot learn incredibly valuable lessons from. Keeping our ears much larger than our heads can take us very far. Be kind.

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Brandon Johnson - guitar
  • Brandon Johnson - guitar
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$450.00

Hometown: Santa Rosa, California

How you got your start on your instrument: Some of my friends during elementary school began to play guitar through an arts program at school. I originally wanted to learn flute and bass guitar until I realized that my guitar friends were using guitar picks. For some reason guitar picks fascinated me and they are the reason why I started guitar. I remember going to the store with my mom and Grandma and buying over 25 guitar picks before I even knew how to play guitar.

An ambition musical or otherwise: I always thought that it would be awesome to have a comedy sketch show on Adult Swim. I have countless ideas in my head for sketches.

Somewhere cool you’ve traveled to or played at: Toronto Canada is my favorite place because a lot of my family lives in Ontario.

Somewhere cool you’ve always wanted to travel to or play at: I have always wanted to travel to and perform music in Germany, France, and South Korea.

When he’s not practicing you can often find him ______: Playing the video game Rocket League.

Any fun family facts: I am an only child who was born in San Francisco. Because my dad served in the Marine Corps, we moved to the island of Oahu with my mom when I was two years old. At age eight I briefly moved to Toronto Canada and then finally moved to Santa Rosa California at age nine.

I like video games and conspiracy theories.

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Pablo Muñoz-Snyder - vibes
  • Pablo Muñoz-Snyder - vibes
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$450.00

-I'm a long beach native--born, raised and graduated from elementary school through university here. -I play the vibraphone, a unique mallet instrument that drew me in from a interest in all things percussive. If you can strike it, and it makes noise, then I'm into it! - I currently play in several grass roots garage band-style projects that range from Latin Jazz fusion to reggae infused singer songwriter originals. Check out Bathala and the Zulu Ali Quartet on Facebook! - I am heavily influenced by video games. Indeed, some of my favorite music comes from the primitive sound chips of computers from the past, like the Commodore 64 and Sega X6800, as well as the lush, film score-esque orchestration of modern gaming titles, like Cuphead, Fallout, and Halo. - When I'm not playing music, you can catch me livestreaming classic video game content at www.twitch.tv/dayopabo - I hope to take the music that I have gleaned from these games over the years and adapt them into live musical projects, incorporating the Vibraphone, electronics, and any noise making toys In between! For a taste of what I mean, check out my soundcloud "Percussive Adventures" or my Instagram "paableeto", born of which are packed with video game music content! - Thank you for your love and support!

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Ryan DeWesse - trumpet
  • Ryan DeWesse - trumpet
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$450.00

Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA Music is in my blood. Both sets of parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles were all musicians. I am currently employed at the Disneyland Resort playing in both the Disneyland Band and the Mickey And The Magical Map Show! I’ve had the pleasure of playing in Japan, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Grammy’s and the Monterey Jazz Festival. When I’m not playing music, you can find me catching a baseball game (Go Giants!) and spending time with family.

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Cade Gotthardt - trumpet
  • Cade Gotthardt - trumpet
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$450.00

Hometown: Santa Cruz - I also play the guitar, bass, and I sing - When I'm not practicing, I love to explore nature - I'd love to tour Europe and Japan with my own music or another musician's music

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Evan Hamada - trumpet
  • Evan Hamada - trumpet
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$450.00

Hometown: Fresno, CA. How you got your start on your instrument: I started playing trumpet in the 4th grade after seeing a trumpet player in my elementary school jazz band and wanting to be just like him! An ambition musical or otherwise: I've always wanted to visit all 30 Major League Baseball ballparks before I get too old to travel. Somewhere cool you’ve traveled to or played at: I've performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, definitely one of the most amazing musical experiences I've been a part of. Somewhere cool you’ve always wanted to travel to or play at: I've always wanted to travel to Norway and really soak in the jazz scene there! When he’s not practicing you can often find him rooting on his SF Giants or binge watching some comedy on Netflix. Any fun family facts: My father is a professional drummer and jazz educator who has spent many years on faculty for the Fresno State jazz program, and has adjudicated many jazz festivals throughout California and Nevada.

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Phineas Crisp - trombone
  • Phineas Crisp - trombone
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Hometown: San Francisco How you got your start on your instrument: I had wanted to play the tenor sax but my middle school band director said she had too many of those and suggested I play trombone (no one really chooses the trombone) An ambition musical or otherwise: To travel, for music and just for fun as well Somewhere cool you’ve traveled to or played at: I got to play at the North Sea and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Europe with my high school big band. Some of my most favorite memories Somewhere cool you’ve always wanted to travel to or play at: I want to go back to Europe to play, but I also would love to play in Japan or New Orleans (very different places I know) When he’s not practicing you can often find him ______: Lately I’ve been getting into rock climbing as a side venture. This summer in particular though you can often find me watching the World Cup, sometimes while practicing! Any fun family facts: My parents named me after jazz pianist Phineas Newborn Jr.

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Ken Eernisse - trombone
  • Ken Eernisse - trombone
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$450.00

I'm from Santa Clarita, CA My grandfather on my mother’s side inspired me to start playing music. In addition to trombone, I also play euphonium and tuba. I've played various styles and ensemble settings across Southern California, such as orchestras, big bands, combos, salsa and reggae bands, etc. Currently I'm a trombonist in the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, which recently held recording sessions for a debut album.

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Nathan King - sax
  • Nathan King - sax
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Born and raised in Southern California. After starting on drums, began playing saxophone in 7th grade. He's a flute/saxophone player for an eclectic ensemble made up of various instruments such as violins, guitar, bass, drums and marimba. It is called The Mercy Stone and they play a mixture of classical, rock, jazz and other styles. He Strives to be an active studio musician. He once took a tour to Shanghai and Bejing, China with a wind ensemble. He wants to travel with his wife to Spain. When he’s not practicing you can often find him watching the Angel game. He climbed to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite in the 5th grade.

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Big Band Recording Session Rough Mixes

Alexis Cole

Here are the rough mixes from our session on May 20-21 with the Cal State Long Beach Big Band directed by Jeff Jarvis, recorded by Jim Linahon at LMP Studios, Claremont, CA. Arrangements by Scott Arcangel

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  1. 1 Pure Imagination 06:33 Info
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  2. 2 Across the Universe 05:33
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  3. 3 All Blues 08:09
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  4. 4 Triste 06:46
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  5. 5 New York State of Mind 04:22
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  6. 6 How Long Has This Been Going On 05:23
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  7. 7 Our Love is Here to Stay 05:08
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  8. 8 Social Call 03:52
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