BJ Block Trio


BJ Block

Originally from Vancouver BC, BJ Block began his music studies as a classical pianist with the Royal Conservatory of Canada. Drawn by the energy of Jazz, Funk, Soul and Blues, BJ began playing guitar in high school and would eventually attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA. After graduation, BJ spent several years gigging, touring and recording with various artists, most notably acclaimed Vancouver vocalist Dawn Pemberton, with whom he would release two albums and was nominated for West Coast Breakout Award. Residing in Bellingham WA, BJ continues to perform and teach locally, and has multiple projects spanning from jazz to electronic.

Roger Yamashita
Roger began performing publicly at a young age as a member of the Whatcom, Skagit, and North Sound Youth Symphony Orchestras. His early love of classical music helped him develop a solid technical foundation on the upright bass, which he would eventually extend to jazz, latin, and other musical genres.  Roger attended Western Washington University, where he studied with bassist Chuck Israel and dove deep into the study of jazz music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music. During his time at WWU, Roger gained a wealth of experience performing professionally around the Pacific Northwest and as a band leader and bassist on river boats on the Columbia River and in Alaska.   After several years overseas, Roger returned to Bellingham where he now performs regularly with various groups. He is also involved with the local nonprofit Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center where he mentors young jazz musicians.

Christian Casolary
Christian Casolary is a drummer and music educator living in Bellingham, Washington. He received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Western Washington University, where he worked as an Instructor of Jazz and Contemporary Dance Accompanist. He has performed internationally with various Jazz ensembles, most notably with the quartet of Vancouver saxophonist, Mike Allen. His playing is infused with textures from different genres and cultures, creating an open, earthy sound that is full of energy, melodic, and musically sensitive. Christian leads a trio of his own, which continues the traditions of collective improvisation and interplay between musicians.

 

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