Mr. Fasman grew up in Redwood City, California. He studied the trumpet with Charlie Bubb and Herb Patnoe prior to attending De Anza College in Cupertino and Cal State Univ. L. A.
During his twelve-year tenure in the Los Angeles area, he toured The U.S., Canada, Europe, the Far East, and the Caribbean as lead trumpeter with The Al Hirt Big Band, Circus Vargas, The Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, Bill Watrous’ Jazz Refuge West, and singer/composer Paul Anka. After returning to the Bay Area in 1991, Mr. Fasman has continued his performing career as a studio musician, recording on motion picture soundtracks, such as “Soapdish,” “Spy Kids”; the TV shows “Fame” and the VH-1 Honors with Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, and Cheryl Crow. He is currently performing and recording with The Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra, Huey Lewis and the News, The E Family Band featuring Sheila E, The Narada Michael Walden Band, Dick Bright’s SRO, and Wayne Wallace’s Rhythm and Rhyme.
Born and raised in the SF Bay Area, Niel has been performing on the trumpet since age 11.
Niel has traveled around the world to perform with a diverse mix of leading jazz, pop, rock, and hip hop groups.
Equally comfortable in a intimate jazz club, a broadway show pit orchestra, or in front of a large arena sized crowd, he has played with internationally renown musicians Seal, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Deltron 3030, Chali2na (Jurassic 5), DJ Q-Bert, Clint Black, Michael Feinstein, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Tom Scott, Sheila E., Louie Bellson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Pete Escovedo, Tommy & Jimmy Doresy Orchestras, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Realistic Orchestra, (Grammy Award Winning) Pacific Mambo Orchestra, and the Jazz Mafia Hip Hop Symphony.
Jeff Lewis is a San Francisco-based freelance trumpet player, clinician, and educator. He received his B.A. from San José State in 1987 and has studied with Claude Gordon, Dave Burkhart, and Mark Inouye. He has performed with Ray Charles and the California Symphony at the Concord Pavilion and has recorded with B.B. King on his Grammy-winning “Duets” album.
He has also played with Boz Skaggs, Pete Escovedo, Maria Muldaur, Jon Faddis, Cedar Walton, Red Holloway, The O’Jays, the Coasters, the Drifters, and Joe Louis Walker.