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W. Michael Jaap

P.O. Box 7332

Tacoma WA 98407-0332

Pianist, Computer Synthesizers, Bassist, Vocalist, Percussionist, Songwriter, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Educator.


Shelby Zollman, Don Ober, Jerry Gray, Gary Peacock, Corcky Corcharne, David Whisner, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College.

Teaching 1981-86

Taught JAZZ ENSEMBLE, JAZZ CHOIR, Performance Classes and private instruction in Jazz Theory and Composition at Tacoma Community College and The University of Puget Sound. 1996-97 Taught K through 6 grade at Chief Leschi Schools in Puyallup. Currently teaching band, piano, theory, and choir to 7th through 12th grade at Chief Leschi Schools in Puyallup, Washington.

Studio & Jingle Production Work 1972-97

Logged thousands of hours in studio time producing projects for jingle production companies. Also, wrote lyrics music for Film, Video, and Album Projects. Some of the video's include: PBS's productions of "Over Washington" and "Over New England".

Selected Discography

Produced projects including: "Friends Of The Heart", for Dani Gendreau, "Wings Against The Moon", for Lightrider Music, "Got No One", for Jade Williams, "Perfectly Korla", for Korla Wygal. Performed on projects including: Bob Kinsky's "Vashmakahn", Michael Tominson's "Living things", Michael E. William's "The Best Is Yet To Come", Larry Daily's "Wondering Soul".


Musical Director for "By His Word Christian Center".


Musical Director and Choir Director for "St. Mary's Episcopal Church".

1969-1992 Performance Highlights

Opened for; Albert Collins, B.B. King, Chubby Checker, Deep Purple, Tower of Power, James Brown, James Cotton, Ray Charles, Ritchie Havens, Steppenwolf, Rod Stewart, Roy Buchanan, Eddie Rabbit, The Dramatics...

Performed With; Elvin Bishop, James Brown, Bud Shank, Don Lamphere, Bell and James, Stanley Turrentine, Robert Cray Band, Jerry Miller (from Moby Grape), The Tim Noah Show, Dani Gendreau, Ernie Watts, The Amazing Blues Review (The Seahawks band)...

Currently Performing With

Alive and Well, Darren Motamedy & Motteretti, The Jazz Terrorists, Hip City Review, Korla Wygal, Bochinchie, and Parable.