Red Bird is a band of good friends having fun playing original music and relevant covers in a genre they call “electric roots”. If you’re not sure what that is think Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi-Trucks with a splash of D'Angelo. Bre’s soulful vocals and Dan’s screaming guitar prowess front the band as they masterfully pass the lead back and forth in a musical communication that is both powerful and organic. Backed by groove masters Jeff Langston on bass and Charlie Dogett on drums, they create a sound you can’t help but feel. Red Bird is in the studio recording an album, so stay tuned!
Bre Gregg is wildly soulful. When she opens her mouth you hear a rich musical history of back alley clubs filled with visceral blues, deeply authentic soul and smoky jazz. Her voice is technically superb, but her ability to connect with the music and her audiences make her performances profoundly intimate. Bre was born into a family of musicians, and was singing before she could talk. After a degree in music, followed by study and performance in Italy, New York and California, she moved to Portland and spent the next few years entering the music scene and releasing her first CD, On the Wind. Bre’s latest album, Something to Talk About, was recorded at a live tribute to Bonnie Raitt featuring top NW talents Lisa Mann, David Jacobs-Strain, Ara Lee, Shelly Rudolph, Mark Bowden, Anne Weiss, Rich Landar and Dan Stueber. Red Bird features Bre’s original music and her signature powerhouse vocals combined with the mind-bending lead guitar features of Dan Gildea.
Dan Gildea is well-known as one of the most in-demand and versatile guitarists in the Northwest. Combining the blistering chops of a Wes Montgomery with the bluesy soul of a Robert Cray he plays and records with well known Northwest artists ranging from pop singer/songwriter Stephanie Schneiderman, jazz singer/composer Mary Kadderly, and legendary jazz drummer Mel Brown, to B-3 master Dave Fleschner, the ensemble Rocktet, and his own trio. Formerly immersed in New York City’s “Downtown” progressive jazz scene, while studying for a degree at New York’s City College, Gildea led a trio playing club dates.
Jeff Langston started playing bass at age 16 in Eugene, OR. In 1992 he moved to Boston, MA to study Music Performance at Berklee College of Music. While there he earned an ‘Outstanding Performer’ award and scholarship (1995). In 1996 he moved to NYC where he has since played a wide variety of venues ranging from small clubs to Carnegie Hall with many diverse artists including LP, Shawn Colvin, Bobby Hebb, David Lowery, Roger McGuinn, Phoebe Snow, and many more. Jeff has been involved with Antony and the Johnsons since 2001. He recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest and when not playing with the Johnsons, look for him with Holcombe Waller, Rachel Taylor Brown, and of course the wonderful Midnight Honey.
Charlie Doggett, a native Oregonian, began violin lessons at age 8 and later switched to drum set. Mostly self-taught in his early years, he started playing professionally as a teenager and later received formal instruction, through scholarship, at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. Charlie relocated to Portland in 2000 and has since performed throughout the Pacific Northwest, West Coast, Canada, and Europe. He is a longstanding member of Upper Left Trio, David Friesen Trio and Quintet, Superjazzers, and the Jessie Marquez Group, to name a few. Additionally, Charlie has had the privilege of performing or recording with artists including Charles McPherson, Randy Porter, Ralph Bowen, Rich Perry, Dave Frishberg, John Gross, John Stowell, Poncho Sanchez, Darrell Grant, David Goldblatt, Obo Addy, Titos Sompa, Eugene Symphony, Javon Jackson, Esperanza Spalding, Larry Koonse and Mordy Ferber.