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Meet the Musicians who perform on Jill's CDs and appear on stage with her.


Seattle Band

Dennis Staskowski
- Stand-up Bass

Dennis arrived in Seattle by way of Detroit and Los Angeles, and has since performed, recorded, toured and recently performed and recorded several new works by contemporary composers Byron Au Yong and Sumiko Sato, as well as the contemporary improvisational group bass/hornz . He has also performed and recorded with many other Northwest-based jazz, rock, world music, and other diverse groups, including the Seattle Creative Music Orchestra, One Hand Clapping, the Valse Cafe Orchestra, Opera Jupiter, and the Deepak Ram Quintet. Dennis recorded with me on my 1999 "The Absence of Moving" and 1994 "Stories from the Blue Bus". He brings with him a wonderfully unique musical compliment to Jill's music.

Samuel Alamillo
- Drums / Percussion

Sam has been a professional drummer and percussionist for over 18 years. Throughout his career, Sam has collaborated with many fine international and local musicians including Tito Puente, Jaime, Mariano, Rolando and Ricardo Morales-Matos from Puerto Rico. Sam studied percussion at Indiana University and played Latin Jazz under the direction of Mariano Morales and Dr. David Baker. He continues to hone his craft studying with Afro-Cuban All Stars drummer, Calixto Oviedo Mulens.



Los Angeles Based Musicians: 

Michael Barismanto Drums


















Michael Barsimanto helped to found Shapes and his contributions to the band's development are very significant. It was his idea to call Jimmy Haslip to sub for Dean and that proved to be a brilliant idea indeed! That's the kind of forward thinking that has kept Michael in demand as a top notch drummer for well over two decades doing tours, sessions and outstanding projects with some of the top names in music. He began his recording career with jazz saxophone legend and former Miles Davis , Elvin Jones sideman, Dave Liebman and not long after that, he toured with the trumpeter's trumpeter, Freddie Hubbard. As he's become more well known, his resume has grown to include names such as jazz violinist virtuoso, Jean Luc Ponty, vocalist Ivan NevilleBilly Preston, the fifth Beatle, Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, guitar hero Steve Vai, former Police.