Chaise Lounge performs a blend of music that sounds like it was recorded at Capitol 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 Washington DC’s top jazz musicians playing sparkling arrangements of standards and original tunes and featuring the soft, luminous vocals of Marilyn Older–truly an American original.
Meet The Players…
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.
An accomplished and popular American composer, Charlie Barnett is the winner of numerous awards for his film scores, including the Cine Golden Eagle, the Rome International Film Festival’s Jerry Goldsmith Award, and the Christopher Award. Barnett also writes music for television; his credits include Saturday Night Live, Weeds, Royal Pains, and Archer.
Barnett’s lively orchestral and chamber works are performed both nationally and internationally. Notable collaborations include a spoken-word piece written and performed with Dr. Maya Angelou.
As a producer, Barnett has recorded scores of pop and jazz albums for labels including Def Jam and Elektra. Barnett has also been heard as an occasional commentator on NPR. His essay “Hitching a Ride with Junior McGee” was included in the network’s Classic Driveway Moments compilation.
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 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.
At age 12, Dallas-born Joe Jackson achieved his life dream of forfeiting his lunch money daily to the school jocks by choosing the trombone. Joe received three Down Beat Magazine “DeeBee” awards before attending University of North Texas where he was named College Musician of the Year.
Joe has the US and Europe with the Maynard Ferguson Band, the Air Force Airmen of Note, and Air Force Ceremonial Brass and Woody Herman Orchestra. He created the Jazz Heritage Broadcast Series and produced seven CDs, including 2010’s Cool Yule, which topped the charts. His educational arrangements are published by Alfred Music Publications.
Joe publishes his own website serving the lunch money-deprived trombone community. In his spare time, Joe works with a variety of Washington, DC, area non-profits, all of which serve roles in the education, rights and welfare of children in the US and Africa.
Pete Ostle is a versatile bass player, band leader, and tubist who served with the U. S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” based at Fort Myer, Virginia. Pete played in the Concert Band, Army Blues, Army Chorus, Army Orchestra, and Army Chorale during his 20-year tenure. This included extensive performances abroad including a month at the renowned Edinburgh Tattoo. Locally, Pete formed A La Carte Brass & Percussion, an innovative 10-piece ensemble for which he was band leader and played sousaphone. He currently leads the Tuxedo Park Orchestra, a 10-piece swing band. He also plays double bass with the Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club, the McLean Orchestra, and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra. Pete received a degree in Arranging and Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.