BEVY is an all-woman ensemble that formed in 2001 to play energizing Afro-Latin rhythms and songs. Their repertoire list has grown to include jazz standards, music by local composers, cabaret songs, and a touch of funk. BEVY’s sound incorporates trumpet, clarinet, flute, saxophones, trombone, upright bass, keyboard, vocals and a percussion section that includes drum kit, congas, bongos, surdo, and hand percussion. Their versatility encompasses everything from mellow background music to hard driving dance tunes.

Since 2001, BEVY has performed in festivals, clubs, conferences, farmers' markets, schools, and parties throughout the Pacific Northwest. Bevy plays at many South Sound venues and has a large following. They've been featured performers at Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art, Olympia Music in the Park, Olympia Farmers Market, Arts Walk, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and the Minnaert Center.

BEVY is committed to supporting other female musicians through modeling and mentoring. The fun they have on stage is contagious.

*All photos by Paul Hjelm, Joe Arlow, & Doug Ford with photo artwork by Mike Savoia (Savoia Photography)

LORREE - Stand-up Bass [Contact Lorree]

Of her varied list of interests and activities (including alternative design and construction of home and garden and an appreciation of the natural world) music and playing string bass are at the top.  Her mentor, Steve Luceno, says, "Lorree Gardener's bass playing is a metaphor for her sense of community.  She plays her "parts" with the purpose of making the band, as a whole, sound like "one".  She's been engaged in musical craft since childhood and has developed a lovely sound, both arco and pizzicato.  Her impeccable sense of pitch and reliable time make her an ideal accompanist. She brings these finely honed skills to a wide variety of musical settings, from orchestra to hotel lobby, from standard jazz to Caribbean styles.  Her presence  and participation enhances the performance of all those around her."
Lorree is a full time member of BEVY and Artou 'd Tour and works with LaVon Hardison and many other fine musicians.

DANIELLE - Trumpet & Vocals [Contact Danielle]

Danielle has been part of the Olympia music scene for 30 years. Her early days were spent playing trumpet in symphonies, orchestra pits, or alongside her dad at his piano bar. Today, she plays and sings with numerous groups including DBST, Seattle Womens Jazz Orchestra, Lakewood Community Jazz Band, The Pine Hearts, and Luna Melt.

One of her greatest passions is teaching youth trumpet players with Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, which she does most Sundays through the school year.

She's a thoroughly grounded musician, with a tone that folks talk about it long after they've heard it. And she can belt out a tune with aplomb, which comes from years of effort and exposure.

BETSY - Percussion & Vocals [Contact Betsy]

As a youngster, Betsy had a love for live music, dance and performing arts. She dabbled about with the clarinet and piano, experimented in school and community theater, sang harmonies with the radio and danced whenever possible (tap being her favorite, and perhaps an incubator for her rhythmic sensibilities). But she really found her instrument of choice in her late twenties when she started playing drums and percussion in several local groups including Bevy, Samba Olywa, Choro Tomorrow and the Artesian Rumble Arkestra.

Bevy's un-traditional arrangements of standards and focus on Latin jazz, inspired her to study Brazilian and Afro-Latin rhythms in addition to American grooves. She enjoys creating and collaborating on arrangements for the group and has also written several original compositions for the Bevy repertoire.

By day, she teaches elementary music and performing Arts in the North Thurston Public School District.

NANCY - Sax, Flute & Lead Vocals [Contact Nancy]

Nancy is the real deal. Years of school bands led her to the University of Washington, School of Music, but that was only the beginning. Jazz is her genre, playing with some of the finest players of free jazz on the West coast with her life's partner Bert Wilson. She fires up a bari sax, soprano sax, piccolo, and flute for Bevy AND writes many arrangements for the band as well. But you can also find her in flute ensembles, such as the Olympia Flute Choir and the finest band pits in South Puget Sound. “Damn, that girl can play” is what folks say about Nancy.
LISA - Clarinet & Soprano Sax [Contact Lisa]

Lisa was introduced to clarinet at age 10, playing in classical and concert, orchestral and marching bands through adulthood.  After a brief break to start her legal career, Lisa now incorporates music playing and performance whenever she can. On clarinet or soprano saxophone, her technical prowess creates a strong sense of melody and impeccable harmony with the other horns in BEVY. Lisa also plays with other small jazz ensembles, performing a variety of jazz and Latin standards. She has been at the vanguard of popularizing Brazilian choro tunes in the Puget Sound area. Her choro parties are legendary, reeling into her living room some of the area's finest musicians for high energy jam sessions.

BECKY - Keyboards/Percussion [Contact Becky]

Sunday mornings in Becky’s childhood were often filled with the music from the likes of Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, and Oscar Peterson coming from her dad’s record player.  She learned early on about the power and possibility of improvisation. Equipped with some classical training, she sought out excellent Pacific Northwest teachers in piano, trombone and music theory. Over the past 13 years, she has studied with Joe Baque, Richard Lopez, Cary Black, Drew Gibbs, David Joyner, Gary Fukushima, and Annieville Blues. She played keyboards with jazz quartet Local Time and has played all manner of Brazilian percussion for Olympia’s Samba Olywa.  She plays trombone in the New Horizons Band and the marching Artesian Rumble Arkestra.

MARIA - Keyboards [Contact Maria]

Maria Joyner, percussion, is an active musician and educator in Western Washington and is currently teaching music for the Mary M. Knight school district. She received a bachelor's degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Music Education and Percussion Performance from the University of Washington. Ms. Joyner has performed on stages all the across the country including New York City and the Kennedy Center. Maria is thrilled to have the ability to hone her keyboard chops with Bevy!

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