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Dalton Dillingham III (D)
Dalton Dillingham III was born and raised in Petaluma California. He studied cello at the Conservatory at the College of the Pacific, and joined the musicians union in 1946. He has played with the San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Marin, and Nashville Symphonies, the San Francisco Opera, and the MGM Orchestra. He toured Germany in the 1950’s with the 82nd Army Band, and 7th Army Symphony. He played regionally with countless jazz bands and his own group The Dillinghams. Dalton has also composed and recorded numerous songs and jingles for the commercial music industry. With a professional musical career spanning over half a century, Dalton has played at one time or another with many of the jazz luminaries and pop icons of the 20th century including: T-Bone Walker, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Lena Horne, Mose Allison, Mongo Santa Maria, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Lester Flat, John Hartford, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Bill Monroe, The Liberace Orchestra, and the Sons of the Cajun Crawdaddy with Link Davis Jr. Dalton has contributed to five Grammy award winning recordings, most recently with Tom Waits on his Mule Variations CD.
Phil Lawrence (L)
Phil Lawrence has been playing mandolin since 1978 when he bought his first round back mandolin on a whim. He began studying with Rudy Cipolla, the San Francisco Italian-American composer and mandolinist. He quickly learned to play all different styles of music—bluegrass, folk, rock, jazz, reggae, and even klezmer. Phil produced and published independent recordings of his original compositions in the 1980’s and 1990’s under his own label, Mandolinimal Productions. In 2004 Phil was invited by David Grisman and Mike Marshall to work as an assistant instructor at David Grisman’s Mandolin Symposium in Santa Cruz, Ca. and he performed on stage with David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Chris Thile, Mike Compton, Don Stiernberg, and Radim Zenkl. His Mandolin Mezzotints CD is still available. Phil plays a 1916 vintage Gibson F2 mandolin, a 1988 Martin D-28 guitar, and blues harmonica. Currently he performs with The DLT 3, an acoustic jazz trio, and with Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. Phil makes his home in Sonoma County, California, one hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, where he teaches mandolin between gigs.
Stephen Tamborski began playing guitar in 1963, inspired by the attention paid to the “English Invasion” bands by every girl in his Junior High School. He soon discovered the blues and bottleneck guitar artists Robert Johnson and Blind Willie Johnson and devoted years to the study of blues and bottleneck guitar styles, despite being neither black, nor blind, nor particulary blue. He moved to Chicago briefly to study the Blues in their hometown but rather quickly decided that he preferred the not so blue but sunny and warm environs of California, moved back, and began studying Jazz & Surf Guitar styles. He was also heavily influenced by Ennio Morricone’s soundtracks to Sergio Leone’s “Spaghetti Westerns” having spent many hours petting with a series of girlfriends during weekend triple features at the local drive-in movie. Stephen Tamborski is a founding member of The Artifacts. He has also recorded with Maria Muldaur and David Grisman on Maria Muldaur's Sunny Side of the Street.
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