Rusty added his musical skills to DCJB in 2002. In addition to DCJB, over the years Rusty has played with a diverse group of musicians including Steve Allen of the Tonight Show, the UNT One O'Clock Lab Band, Sherman Andrus of The Imperials, David Phelps of the Gaithers, the 5th Army Band, San Antonio Little Theater and numerous musical productions at Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving. Rusty is a retired Letter Carrier with the U.S. Postal Service but stays very busy teaching private percussion lessons in the Irving Independent School District as well as at Murphy's Music in Irving. He is a member of Oak View Baptist Church, where he plays in the orchestra and works with the student ministry.
Piano / Keyboard
A classically-trained keyboardist who has been playing since she was 5 years old, Brenda has been a member of DCJB since 2010. She studied organ performance and church music in college and focused on classical music until she made the transition to jazz about five years before joining DCJB. In addition to tickling the ivories for DCJB Brenda regularly plays in worship services, weddings and other special events and she is also a composer who has written about 20 tunes. Here’s how Brenda describes her DCJB experience: “Playing with the DCJB has been a great challenge, wonderful learning opportunity, and a bunch o' fun.”
Carolyn Lee Jones
DCJB’s vocalist, Carolyn Lee Jones, burst onto the Dallas Jazz scene in 2008. After a successful first career in retailing she reinvented herself and became a jazz vocalist. From 2010 through 2015 Carolyn was a principal alto and soloist with "The New Collection", a 20 voice a cappella jazz group. Currently, in addition to performing with DCJB this multi-faceted singer fronts her stellar group of musicians in "Fresh Vintage" combo and "In Full Swing" bigger band. In 2017 Carolyn was honored with the prestigious Cabaret Artist Of The Year by The Sammons Center For The Arts in Dallas, Tx. “ Singing with the DCJB has been a rewarding experience. Music touches the soul “ To find out more about Carolyn check out her web page at http://carolynleejones.com