String Theory

Jerry Bresee

Guitar

Jerry Bresee has been making music as far back as he can remember. He has performed with jazz combos, funk-driven horn bands and full orchestras. As a songwriter, he's performed at venues from Seattle to Atlanta, including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. He has won several songwriting awards and has twice been a showcase artist for C.F. Martin Guitars.

As a jazz musician, he has studied, along with Jeff and Guy, with top jazz professionals in the Washington area, held the guitar chair with the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble big band for most of a decade, and now performs regularly with String Theory and a number of small groups in the Washington area. He hosts a monthly jazz jam session in Fairfax, Va., and (of course) plays with the house band.

Jerry had long wanted to experiment with a two-guitar jazz ensemble. Finding like-minded bandmates in Guy and Jeff and joining the String Theory trio was a wish come true for him. Of String Theory, he says, "I love the interplay of the instruments. Jeff's sound and mine are different enough to provide two complementary voices, and all three of us get a kick out of improvising simultaneously. It's a joy to play in this trio."

Guy Stevens

Bass

The son of a classical pianist and teacher, Guy grew up studying classical cello and voice. When he turned 18 he bought a (bass) guitar to punish his Mom and started playing in rock bands. Contrary to his plans, his mother found this charming and hired his band to play at her parties. Guy spent his 20s and 30s playing in rock, blues, funk and folk bands, largely in the greater Washington, D.C., area. In his thirties he began seriously studying jazz and eventually took up the acoustic double bass. He now plays in a variety of small jazz groups around the area. String Theory is one of his favorites due to its wide open approach to improvisation and the exhilarating interaction between all three players.

Jeff Seigle

Guitar

Jeff begged his parents for an electric guitar at age 7. After spending 10 years in basements and garages honing songs by the Stones and Cream, he developed an interest in jazz. As a Computer Science major at the University of Michigan, he spent a year in the University Jazz Band under trumpeter Louis Smith, as well as other university groups, local musical productions, and a cover band with a Chicago-style lineup. Jeff rekindled his love of jazz in the 2000s when he started attending Maryland Summer Jazz and the Jazz Band Masterclass workshops, where he first met Jerry Bresee and Guy Stevens.