Puzzle of Light

Posted by JazzyLee on 3rd September 2013 in Artists

The Puzzle of Light Ensemble blends the diverse musical styles of jazz, world, ethnic and American music.


Michael Bashaw: flutes, harmonica, vocals, and percussion

Sandy Bashaw: guitar and vocals

Richard Roll: bass

John Taylor: drums

Erich Reith: percussion.


Puzzle of Light is a Dayton-based group of musicians with individual musical backgrounds and experience ranging from jazz and rock to ethnic and world music.  These blended influences produce a distinctive new music that is both original and familiar; a repertoire that is traditional and experimental.  Instrumentation includes Michael Bashaw on flutes, harmonica, vocals, and percussion; Sandy Bashaw on guitar and vocals; Dick Roll on bass; John Taylor on drums and Erich Reith on percussion.  Over the years, they have played Gilly’s Jazz Club, Pacchia’s Jazz Room, the Canal Street Tavern listening room, the Fraze Pavilion Summer Concert Series in Kettering, and variety of concerts at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

“Puzzle of Light . . . is a world-flavored quintet with roots reaching deep into jazz, blues, folk, African rhythms, Middle Eastern harmonies, Brazilian chords, Old world sounds. . . The band leaps nimbly from one inspiration to the next, wrapping them all in the signature Puzzle sound; in the course of one set, listeners might hear sources as varied as Van Morrison, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Leonard Cohen, Duke Ellington, Sting, Stanley Turrentine, John Hyatt and Dave Brubeck, among numerous original tunes.”   Duante Beddingfield, Dayton City Paper, May 2012.

“Their music is a living melting pot which mixes jazz, world and folk music in a perpetual movement of invention and transformation.  Easy to listen to, their compositions are an ode to peace and harmony, a song dedicated to nature.  They communicate a profoundly spiritual vision of art and music.”  Gerard Nicollet for EcouterVoir Dossier, N° 124 Avril 2002


“There’s probably not another band in the country that plays such a diversity of

music. . .”  Don Henke, Dayton Daily News, September 15, 2001.

“original genre-blending sound, emphasis on instrumental work, improvisational impulses and heavy use of percussion . . .  since this exotic disc was released in April, the quartet has assumed Puzzle of Light as its moniker.  It is a title fitting for the band and its intricate musical journey through the elastic regions of light, time and space”  Don Thrasher, Dayton Voice, April 23-29, 1998;  Jan. 7-13, 1999.

“An intricate amalgam of Jazz and World Beat styles complemented by instrumentation as free form and skilled as you are likely to find on any stage at this moment.  In short, a unique musical encounter founded on substantial musicianship – a rare find of late.”  Pops, Chicago, IL  2002

“the most interesting and inventive troupe of music-makers in our area . . . so diverse that it’s beyond categorization” . . . “Go ahead and try to fit Puzzle of Light into our preconceived . . .  notions of what things are supposed to sound like.  [Puzzle of Light] . . . have chapels to fill with sound, rocks to play, grand adventures to undertake.  Just thank your lucky musical stars that they always come back here to share the things they learned. ” Ron Rollins Dayton Daily News, May 2, 1998.

Ronnie Diamond Hoard

Posted by JazzyLee on 21st August 2013 in Artists


Formally of the Ohio Players, Apostle Ronnie Diamond Hoard has found his calling as gospel guitarist and vocalist.

Gregory Jackson

Posted by JazzyLee on 21st August 2013 in Artists


Artist, Songwriter, Producer, and member of ZAPP

Greg Jackson has written songs and Produced/Co-Produced and performed with such artists as:Roger Troutman and Zapp Band, Bootsy Collins, Roger and The Human Body, Bobby Glover, Original P., Sugarfoot of the Ohio Players, New Horizon, Dick Smith, Shirley Murdock, Bigg Robb, Sly Fox, Native Black, 400 Years Of What, Mico Wave, and Analog Show Band

5 Gold Albums…


The Bigg Robb

Posted by JazzyLee on 19th August 2013 in Artists

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Kevin Toney 3

Posted by JazzyLee on 4th July 2013 in Artists
NAS_KT photoKevin Toney, 2X GRAMMY® nominated pianist, composer & author performs music from his acclaimed latest CD titled Kevin Toney 3 | New American Suite.  Which features Michael Bradford on bass, and Chris Coleman on drums.

He’s an original member of The Blackbyrds, the legendary band founded by trumpet icon Dr. Donald Byrd (hits include Walking and Rhythm and Rock Creek Park). Kevin’s most well know songs include “Kings” and Aphrodisiac”

“The lyrical “New American Suite” will make you proud to live in this land of free, while the musicians themselves serve the music like true patriots.”

-George Harris, Publisher Jazz Weekly

Kevin Toney’s website: www.kevintoney.com

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