Dan White began playing saxophone at the age of ten and started his professional career at seventeen. While at Wayne State University in the mid-eighties he was a member of the Jazz Lab Band directed by the legendary Matt Michaels. He earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Wayne and taught instrumental music in the public schools from 1988-2018. He has performed and/or recorded with Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, Mitch Ryder, Stewart Franke, Johnnie Bassett, and RJ Spangler. He’s also played with stalwart Detroit bands such as Sun Messengers, Blues Insurgents, Millionaires, and Regular Boys – the perennial favorite R&B band with whom he spent twelve years on tenor sax. Dan stepped out of the Motor City music scene in 2002, and has re-emerged as founder of the Eastside Jazz Quartet. ESJQ intends to honor the tradition of American jazz music and the storied legacy of Detroit jazz and blues musicians.


Jason Hinz is a long-time member of Detroit's blues and jazz music community.  He  has an energetic and original approach to his playing which is based in his family’s deep musical history and wide-ranging blues, jazz, fusion, and rock influences.  His extensive experience includes sharing the stage with well-known local artists such as Michael Bradford, Bugs Beddow, Skeeto Valdez, Robert Tye, the City Limits Blues Band and Joe Veloz.  He also branches out musically through local acoustic and a cappella vocal jazz performances.  

Tony Ioppolo grew up with drumsticks in his hands. His father was a professional saxophonist; Tony played in his dad’s groups as a youngster and developed a love for jazz and blues along the way. He also developed exceptional musical skills and earned a solid reputation with Detroit blues favorites The Boogie Men in the 1990’s. After moving to Saginaw in 1999, Tony entered that city’s jazz and blues scene and performed with The Boogie Monsters, Brush/Lopez Jazz Trio, New Reformation Dixieland Band, Jeff Hall’s “Hall Mighty Big Band”, and Plastic Haiku. Now back in the Detroit area, Tony is holding it down behind the drums with ESJQ.  

Jim Cadotte has been a working musician in the Detroit metro area for the past 38 years. He has played in a variety of different groups of various musical styles. His musical training includes private instruction from Matt Bissonette (currently playing with Elton John), Dan Pliskow (legendary Detroit jazz bassist and educator) and Max Janowski (Detroit Symphony Orchestra). In addition to private instruction, Jim earned both a Bachelor’s degree and Masters degree in music education from Oakland University. He has been teaching instrumental music for Grosse Pointe Public Schools for the last 20 years. As well as playing with the Eastside Jazz Quartet, Jim is also actively playing with the following bands: Charuba, Dockside Six, Tom Alport Big Band, and the Antekes.



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