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Chaise Lounge


Chaise Lounge performs a blend of music that sounds like it was recorded at Capitol Recording Studios in 1962 and somehow found its way to today’s pop charts. You might call it “Early Stereo.” Or perhaps Lounge with a capital “L.” Or maybe just plain enjoyable. It is the combination of five of the Washington area’s top jazz musicians playing sparkling arrangements of standards and original tunes and featuring the soft, luminous vocals of Marilyn Older. Her voice is truly an American Original. An evening spent with her is an evening spent in the warm, inviting glow of one of the wonderful voices singing in America right now.

Marilyn Older, Vocals
Charlie Barnett, Composition
Tommy Barrick, Drums
Gary Gregg, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Flute
John Jensen, Trombone
Pete Ostle, Bass

Marilyn Older has been singing professionally since she graduated as a music technology major from American University in Washington DC. A native of North Carolina, she has written songs and performed with a variety of bands including Nixon’s Cat and Dead Girls & Other Stories. As a pianist she toured with Doc Scantlin’s Royal Palms Orchestra playing engagements from New York’s Copacabana to a royal wedding in London. As a songwriter she has contributed songs to Chaise Lounge’s first CD, The Early Years and to a number of independent feature films, the most recent of which is Bama Girl, which premiered at the 2008 SXSW film Festival in Austin, Texas. She has been nominated for the 2009 Wammies as one of Washington DC’s best jazz vocalists. Her other life consists of a career as the Director of the Holistic Practitioners’ Business Association, and raising her two children, Savannah and Frazier.

As a film composer, Charlie Barnett’s scores have appeared in more than four hundred television and theatrical films. His work in documentary film has won awards including the Cine Golden Eagle for his work on National Geographic’s Tibet’s Hidden Kingdom, a Peer Award for The Discovery Channel’s Raising the Mammoth and Emmy nominations for Holocaust: the Untold Story and Cosmic Journey (for A & E). The Paper Clips score won the 2004 Rome International Film Festival’s Jerry Goldsmith Award. Paper Clips has also won the Christopher Award for 2006 and was nominated for an Emmy. Mr. Barnett has also written music for Saturday Night Live, The Cosby Show, Third Rock from the Sun and Weeds. Recently his score for the PBS series, The Appalachians, was released by Sony records. His score for Dreamer, a documentary about C.S. Lewis, produced by Walt Disney Productions was recently released as part of the The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe boxed set. His 2008 feature films include: Kickin’ It, War Child, Bedford: The Town They Left Behind, Keeping the Lights On and My Father’s Will; all of which are due to be released in 2009. His television efforts this year include the score for the PBS series, Closer to Truth.

Mr. Barnett’s concert music career includes worldwide performances of his orchestral and chamber works. His Serenade for Double Bass was recently performed in London and has been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. His violin concerto, Concerto in Fourths - The Brooklyn Affair, and the symphony, The Blue Chevrolet, were recently released on Big Kahuna Records. His viola concerto, From Istanbul, was recently recorded by Osman Kivrac. Mr. Barnett’s was commissioned to write a spoken word piece in collaboration with Dr. Maya Angelou for the Pageant of Peace in Washington DC in 2007. In November 2008, Mr. Barnett was “artist in residence” at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point where his symphonic pirate movie was premiered along with an animated film produced by the amazing students there. He has also arranged and produced pop and jazz records for countless artists including Thrice for Island/Def Jam and Jason Falkner for Elektra. And he continues to proudly play with the eclectic lounge band, Chaise Lounge. Mr. Barnett can also be heard as an occasional commentator on NPR.

Tommy Barrick can be heard with a variety of acts ranging from swing & jazz to latin, funk and punk around the DC area. He’s had the opportunity to perform throughout Europe and throughout the United States at The Knitting Factory, 9:30 Club, CBGB’s, Arlene’s Grocery, Brownies, The Black Cat, The Rainbow Room, The Copacabana, The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, The Birchmere, Blues Alley and many more. He recently published his first percussion method, The Paradiddle Workbook. Mr. Barrick can also be heard on many television and film scores. Other recording projects have led to DC Wammy nominations for recordings with Chaise Lounge, American Song, The Joker’s Wild, Radio King Orchestra, Bossalingo; and 5 time Wammy winner for Best hard rock/punk band, Adam West.

Gary Gregg performs with many DC ensembles, including Chaise Lounge, The Cutaways, The Tuxedo Park Orchestra and his own sextet. Perhaps the area’s leading exponent of swing clarinet, hot tenor and cool flute his playing provides local big bands with both the soaring clarinet and “down home” tenor playing reminiscent of the swing era. Gary grew up in Las Vegas and began his musical training there at an early age.

John Jensen performs with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and recently made a historic tour to Egypt, which included performances at the Giza Pyramids and at both the Cairo and Alexandria Opera Houses. John has been a featured performer at the White House, the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington DC, and the Kennedy Center. John has performed with the McCoy Tyner Big Band and has been featured with Urbie Green, Milt Hinton, Stephanie Nakasian and Hod O’Brien. He performs frequently in concert, and at clubs and private parties in the metropolitan DC area and throughout the East Coast. He has been featured at jazz parties throughout the USA. John played for 10 years with John Previti’s “Mingus/Monk Tribute Band” and also is featured with the group Chaise Lounge. He has been on dozens of recordings and will soon release his third CD as leader.

Pete Ostle is a versatile bass player, band leader, and tubist who served with the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” based at Fort Myer, Virginia. Mr. Ostle played in the Concert Band, Army Blues, Army Chorus, Army Orchestra, and Army Chorale during his 20-year tenure with the band. This included accompanying major entertainers such as Reba McIntire, Rosemary Clooney, and Bob Hope, and extensive performances abroad including at the renowned Edinburgh Tattoo, where he was featured on bass guitar with the “In The Mood” show.

Locally, Pete formed A La Carte Brass & Percussion, an innovative 10-piece ensemble for which he was band leader and played sousaphone. A La Carte was a fixture at the now-closed “State of the Union” club on U Street in Washington, DC, and shared the stage with several famous names in pop and jazz, including the Duke Ellington band at the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival. A La Carte recorded three compact discs, two on the Mapleshade label featuring Chuck Brown, local Go-Go legend, and one with Union Records featuring Shawn Murphy of Little Feat.

Pete is the son of English-born parents. His father was an Episcopal minister, and throughout Pete’s infancy and childhood, he spent his Sundays in church, where he learned all the hymns in the traditional hymnal, sang in the church choir, and took organ lessons from the choir director. After many moves (ministers tend to relocate often), the family eventually settled in East Detroit, Michigan. Pete started playing the French horn in grade school and all through high school, eventually studying French horn at Central Michigan University. When he was 16, he picked up a bass guitar during a trip back to England and later started playing in local Detroit rock groups. At Central Michigan University, he was recruited to play bass in the school jazz band and in musical theater productions. By then he had progressed to string bass as well. His primary instrument has been bass ever since. Before moving to Washington, DC, Pete performed in jazz and show bands in the Detroit area.

Pete has worked as a freelance bassist in the Washington area for several decades. He currently leads the Tuxedo Park Orchestra, a 10-piece swing band, is a member of local roots rock group, The Cutaways, and the multi-faceted music group. Chaise Lounge. He also plays double bass with the Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra and the McLean Orchestra. Pete received a degree in Arranging and Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
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