About Us

The Jazz Section is a six piece vocal/instrumental combo based in Northern Colorado. We entertain audiences of all ages with our favorite jazz standards from the Great American Songbook. We are available for weddings, parties, events, concerts, and dances.

Bill Smith

Bill has been performing in bands and as a solo musician in Northern Colorado since he and his family moved to Fort Collins in 1986. While singing with Choice City Singers, he developed a love for jazz standards and all the rich music from the Great American Songbook. As a solo jazz guitarist and vocalist, he performs regularly in restaurants, clubs, and charity fundraisers in the area. He is excited to be contributing his talents to The Jazz Section

 

Heidi Adams
 

Heidi sang in a worship band in Atlanta, GA, and was vital in starting large outreach concerts and Valentine’s Day Banquets.

In 2003, Heidi began performing across the country at city-wide outreaches and major cowboy and rodeo events with her band GunnPoint. They were blessed to win awards for Duo of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Band of the Year in the inspirational country music world. Heidi has recorded three albums:  Live at the Rialto entitled “A Colorado Christmas” released in 2009, and two other albums called “If I were you” and “Steady Workin.”

 

Heidi grew up listening to jazz and blues and looks forward to singing these beautiful melodies with The Jazz Section.

Eric Wollan

Eric picked up the drum sticks at the age of six when his grandfather taught him to play the snare drum. During his elementary and junior high school years, he studied drums with Dallas jazz great Charlie Hamilton.

Eric continued honing his skills and studied symphonic percussion with Mitchell Peters, principal percussionist with the Dallas Symphony and later the LA Philharmonic. There are no forms of music he doesn’t enjoy and embrace as a valid art form!

Sidney Simmons

Sidney and his wife, Jill, moved from the East Coast to Colorado in 2018. He’s been playing both electric and upright bass professionally for over ten years – big bands, jazz combos, bluegrass, singer-songwriter, funk groups, musicals, and all kinds of music in between.

 

Before he relocated to Colorado, he played weekly jazz gigs for several years – much of the time accompanying some of the best musicians in and around the Atlanta area. He’s been loving Fort Collins and making his way into the new music scene

Todd Gamble

Todd grew up in what would be the Von Trapp family in the middle of Illinois. His entire family wore lederhosen and drapes while performing shows (unfortunately without a governess).

 

Todd gravitated to piano and, after a stint with classical music, moved through rock and roll, the blues, and finally to jazz. He loves playing with his fellow musicians in The Jazz Section: “Great mates playing great tunes!” He would like to thank his parents, his wife, and his favorite dog for their support.

Luke Heter

Luke was raised in Ft. Collins, CO, and graduated from Regis University with a BA in Music Education in the Spring of 2018. He is going to find a job teaching in a public school in the Denver area. He has been playing the saxophone for twelve years.

 

Some of his notable Jazz experiences include playing lead alto and lead tenor in the Regis Jazz Ensemble and being the saxophonist for the Denver-based groups Half Eaten Pear and Garage Cat. Luke loves to perform and grow in his musicianship, and is very excited to be a part of The Jazz Section

Melody Henning Long

Melody Henning Long began performing with musical groups at age 14. Melody made Colorado her home in 1995. As pianist for the Loveland Choral Society, she performed a diverse repertoire of music. Melody is a keyboardist for Vintage City's contemporary Christian worship band.

 

For over 20 years, she was the pianist for Dean Beck's Modernaires Jazz Orchestra and Duane Kramer's Dektette Jazz Band. She now enjoys playing with The Jazz Section.

 

Melody and her husband, Jonathan, enjoy time with family, camping, motorcycle riding, and boating.

The Jazz Section - Entertaining Northern Colorado

email: jazzsection@gmail.com

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