Esto Jazz is an instrumental group that performs a variety of contemporary jazz, pop, standards and original compositions.
Robert Esterle, Saxophones/EWI/Leader, has performed in a wide variety of musical groups from symphony orchestras to Jazz big bands throughout the Midwest. He has backed up such popular artists as
Bob James, Bobby Caldwell, Olivia Newton-John, Sandy Duncan, Ray Charles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Frankie Avalon, Martha Reeves, The Platters, The Fifth Dimension, The Four Lads, Rich Little, Joan Rivers, Guy Lombardo, The Rat Pack and Dean Lives (from Las Vegas), Michael Cavanaugh (from the Broadway Musical “Movin’ Out”), Hal Linden and Red Skelton. He has also performed for Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Recording credits include Michael Egleton (Smooth Jazz Artist), Bambo Kino (Fusion Bassist), John Blangero-Sun King Rising/Delta Tales Project, Walter Williams (Lead vocalist of the O’Jays), Italian Bassist Stefano Capomagi, The Dave Banks Big Band, Frederick Davis, Tim Hunt, Paul Kraker, Alan Licht, Wayne Conte and the Ignitions, The Deacons, Abe Lamarca, Gaetano Letizia’s Underground Blues Band, jingles for the the Greater Cleveland Area Food Bank, the Summit Toy Company, the Cleveland Indians, the Prudential Insurance Company, and various local radio stations.
Dominic Reto, Piano/Keyboards, has enjoyed music for many years. He has a great ear and a real knack for making people stop and listen to his talent for tickling the ivories! Dominic began playing the piano when he was ten years old. He started taking lessons in Warren, Ohio and studied music through the next ten years with a variety of teachers covering technique, theory, style and history. Dominic was able to develop a truly appealing style of his own playing genres ranging from Smooth Jazz, Jazz Standards and Jazz Fusion to contemporary Blues, Motown and Classic Rock. He has written and performed several songs and over the years has enhanced ensembles including Traces, Cruise Control, John Morton & Friends and The Steve Cipriano Band.
Duncan Crooks, Piano, has been playing professionally for over 30 years, beginning as a teenager in R&B and Fusion bands in Cleveland, Ohio, and Los Angeles, California. Originally from Cleveland Heights, and a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, Duncan went on to Capital University in Columbus to study music and arranging. While at Capital, Duncan was the winner of the Diversified Music Publishers Award for “Best College-level Composer.” From there, he moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music where he graduated summa cum laude. Over the years, Duncan has continuously played with the finest jazz musicians and vocalists Northeast Ohio has to offer. In addition to touring with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Duncan has performed with Kenny Burrell, Nick Brignola, and Ernie Krivda, opened for BB King in the early 80s, recorded with Brandon Fields, was a member of Cleveland's local band, Forecast, and played for Cleveland's top society bands.
Wilbur Krebs, Bass, growing up in Northeast Ohio, Wilbur Krebs became a much sought after bass/guitarist in the area. In 1989 he left a gig teaching at the Oberlin Conservatory to move to San Francisco with his enigmatic band, Third Plane. On the west coast he picked up where he left off, performing and recording with many national/international acts which included Willie Nelson, Bob Weir, Paul McCandles, Anthony Braxton, Alphabet Soup, Donald Byrd, Norman Connors, Bob James, Larry Schneider, Steve Smith, and Dred Scott, among others. After numerous performances and recordings, Wilbur is a much sought after musician on the scene today.
James “J.R.” Richley, Drums, has performed internationally as both a drummer and percussionist in a wide variety of musical styles. From his early days as a staff studio musician for Walt Disney Productions in Los Angeles, he has gone on to record albums for numerous record labels including Universal Records (with producer John Simon), MCA, Atlantic, Koch Jazz, 1201 Music, Seismic and Blaster records. His Radio, DVD and Television credits include performances on PBS, Michael Feldman’s National Public Radio (NPR) show “WhadYa’ Know?,” “A Christmas Spectacular” for Dish Network, and numerous others.
Anthony Watson Sr., Drums, originally from Texarkana, Texas, attended Central State University and has played drums professionally for 45 years. He has performed and toured with national artists as well as a variety of top bands from NE Ohio.