Meet Nashville’s finest musicians. We have traveled the world over and back again creating live music with the world’s best artists, and we have contributed to recordings in all genres of music, from rock to pop, black gospel to southern gospel, country to classical. From single song demos to complete film scores, we are here to make your project the best it can be. If you’re not sure exactly what instrumentation you are looking for, contact NashvilleStudioOrchestra.com and we will match you with the best possible musicians for your project. Every artist on this site is a professional musician who brings quality, artistry and excellence to every recording.
Clarinetist Emily Wasson Bowland is a member of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Nashville Opera Orchestra, the Chattanooga Symphony, and the Evansville Philharmonic. She can be heard performing Principal Clarinet with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra on cellist Emmanuel Feldman’s Albany Records CD, Rider on the Plains, a recording characterized by The New York Times as “excellent.” Her bass and E-flat clarinet work can also be heard on several Nashville Symphony and Nashville Chamber Orchestra recordings. Emily has appeared in concert backing artists such as Trey Anastasio, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, and Trisha Yearwood.
She earned degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California.
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Jimmy Bowland performs regularly on alto, tenor, baritone and soprano saxes, flute and clarinet. He has been a professional musician in Nashville for the past seventeen years and has enjoyed to the fullest extent the immense musical diversity Nashville has to offer. From southern rock flute on John Rich’s latest release, to aggressive Tower of Power style baritone sax, to horn section work on contemporary gospel and pop/rock tracks, to classical tenor sax with the Nashville Symphony, to screaming solos with the Motown Funk Brothers, he approaches it with precision and passion.
The list of artists with whom he has performed or toured includes: Aretha Franklin, Kirk Franklin, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ojays, Mary Wilson, Debbie Boone, Smokey Norful, Bob Hope, The Funk Brothers, Billy Gilman, The Box Tops, Ray Price, Delbert McClinton, Nashville Symphony, Nashville Saxophone Quartet and the iconic Brenda Lee for the past 17 years.
He has performed on numerous TV and radio broadcasts including the Grand Ole Opry, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Funk Brothers DVD “Live from Orlando”, the Dove Awards, Smokey Norful’s DVD “Live” and the Gospel Music Channel’s “Gospel Dreams” to name a few.
Jimmy’s sax, woodwind and horn section work can be heard on hundreds of projects that have come out of Nashville studios. Notable artists include: The Clark Sisters “One More Time” (Grammy Award winner), John Rich, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Delbert McClinton, The Mavericks, Dionne Warwick, CeCe Wynans, Yolanda Adams, Sandi Patty, Donald Lawrence and Suzy Bogguss.
In addition to performing, Jimmy Bowland has also been active as a horn section arranger for both live and session work along with contracting musicians locally and nationwide for projects of all descriptions.
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Flutes both modern and wooden, alto and bass, piccolo, recorders, pennywhistles and even the occasional ocarina and fife are all instruments Diane Davich Craig has performed upon for recordings. Her main flutes include a 14K Powell, a rare silver, steel and platinum Wessel flute, a platinum and silver Brannen flute, 1800’s Grenadilla Rudall Carte and an original 1800’s Rudall Rose boxwood and ivory flute. She also has an array of whistles, piccolos, recorders and other fun instruments.
Diane’s recordings range from orchestral backgrounds with the Nashville String Machine, to Imax films, a Grammy nominated children’s album, PBS sountrack, commercials and as solo flute in a chamber setting for John Mock, David Clydesdale, David Huntsinger, Pete Huttlinger, David Davidson, John Darnall and Jim Woods for various CD’s.
Among the “celebs” Diane has performed for is Principal Flutist for Pavarotti in his televised performance “Live at the Sun Dome”, flute and piccolo Three Dog Night televised concert, principal flute for Mannheim Steamroller , Rod Stewart, Gary Morris, Moody Blues and Dennis DeYoung Nashville concerts. Diane has also performed flute and piccolo on tours with Amy Grant and Disney Orchestra. TPAC’s first call flute/piccolo/recorders/whistles for the Broadway Series shows is Diane. Also, Diane has performed with the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Opera, the Nashville Ballet (both flute and pennywhistles), the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Orchestra Kentucky, Orchestra Nashville and Tennessee Rep Theatre.
Diane is the founder, flutist and contractor of the Nashville Chamber Players. They have performed weddings for the Johnny Cash family, James Garner, Steven Curtis Chapman, X-Men’s James Marsden and many others, performances for parties for Al Gore, Fred Thompson, Princess Anne, Reba McIntire, Martha Ingram and all the recent governors of TN. Diane as solo flute with her chamber music group the Nashville Chamber Players have backed up Gary Morris, Rascal Flatts, Michael W. Smith, Kathy Mattea, Maura O’Connell, Lee Greenwood, Kris Kristofferson, and several others at events.
Diane has studied flute and piccolo with Sheridon Stokes – LA film and television recording artist, Martha Aarons – Cleveland Orchestra, Carl Hall – Atlanta Symphony, Michelle Caimotto – San Francisco recording and orchestral flutist, and Mary Karen Clardy – University of North Texas. She also studied in summer programs with William Bennett – London Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Walfrid Kujala – Chicago Symphony.
To hire Diane for performance or to contract the Nashville Chamber Players
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“I would love to talk with you about your project and develop a sound to fully express the written line.” Diane Davich Craig
Instruments played: clarinet,(Bb.A, Eb, Bass-low C, C clar) ,flute, picc. alto fl, saxophones (sop,alto, tenor, bari)bass fl, wooden fl (modern), irish flute, recorders (sopranino,soprano, alto,tenor), penny whistles (various keys), ethnic flutes, native American flutes, EWI (wind synth).
Performance experience (selected): Broadway tours pit orchestra (Nashville/TPAC) 1983-2009 / all chairs (frequently 1st reed); Tenn RepertoryTheater (all ww chairs); Artist show orchestras-TPAC, Ryman, Opry House,other regional venues (Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis, Manhattan Transfer, 4 Tops, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Temptations, Harry Connick (orchestral), over 30 other acts (all chairs/dbls); Nashville Symphony (saxophone/clar) 1980-2009, Pops (1st sax or tenor soloist)-over 25 name artists, classical (sop, alto, tenor sax soloist, clarinet), recordings (West Side Story, Villa Lobos, Porgy and Bess, Mussorgsky); Amy Grant/ NSO tour 1997,2001 (clar, sop sax); L. Pavoratti/Tampa, Fl-1st clarinet(1994); Nashville Jazz Machine, Nashville Jazz Orchestra; WPLN/Live in Studio C
Television Specials: Barry Manilow (dvd), 3 Dog Night, Johnny Mathis, Alan Jackson/Christmas
Recordings (selected): Amy Grant Christmas (1993); Lorrie Morgan – “standards” CD (orchestral); Faith Hill/Christmas; Darryl Worley (dixieland band)2006; B.G. Adair/ J.Steinberg (orchestral/woodwinds); Bless His Name (hymns/flute soloist)-D. Marsh/Brentwd; Nashville String Machine-miscellaneous Christian recordings (cl,fl,picc,rec,whistle,saxes); Nashville Jazz Machine 1982; Jeff Steinberg/Cracker Barrel -Big Band Christmas; Big band Christmas (1993)-D. Scott/T.Wilson (Seirra Publ); Nashville Jazz Orchestra
Chamber music (free performances): clar/pno/strings (Brahms,Mozart,Weber, et,al.); woodwind quintet; Nashville Saxophone Qrt
Mark Douthit recorded With: Elton John, Amy Grant, Billy Joel, Vanessa Williams, Garth Brooks, Michael W. Smith, Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Whitney Houston, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael McDonald, Neville Brothers, Peter Cetera, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, DC Talk, Donny Osmond, Patty Loveless, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna Judd, Point of Grace, Steven Curtis Chapman, Tommy Sims, Brenda Lee, Bebe & Cece Winans, Larnelle Harris,The Imperials, Bob Carlisle, Brian Duncan, David Foster, Bryan White, Keith Thomas, Michael Omartian, Ben Folds, Yolanda Adams, Larry Carlton, and many others.
Performed With: Michael McDonald, Toni Braxton, India-Arie, James Ingram, Peter Cox (of Go West), Edwin McCain, Mark Cohn, Christopher Cross, Don Henley, Bebe & Cece Winans, Natalie Cole, Michael W. Smith, The Imperials, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Spinners, Peter Cetera, Michael Omartian, Larry Carlton, John Scofield, Take 6, Bob Carlisle, David Pack, Billy Ray Cyrus, Amy Grant,Vince Gill, Carman, Patti LaBelle, Billy Preston, Gino Vannelli, Delbert McClinton, Donna Summer, and many others.
Worked on major motion picture soundtracks as well as national radio and television commercials. Also did the sax work for CNN and Headline News for many years.
Performed in house band on TV variety show “Prime Time Country” (TNN) for 3 1/2 years.
Won 1997 “Instrumental Album of the Year” Dove Award for “The Players”.
Released solo cd entitled “Groove” on Hillsboro Records in 2002 followed by “December Morning” on Green Hill Records in 2006.
Toured with world- renowned jazz guitarist Larry Carlton from ’02-’06.
Toured with Grammy Award winning artists Vince Gill and Amy Grant from ’06-’08.
Lee Levine has recorded chamber music for the Gasparo Label, orchestral music for Naxos and Decca, and commercial and Christian music for many of Nashville’s top producers. She earned a performance degree at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, two fellowships to Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center (where she won the Cabot Prize for Outstanding Instrumentalist), and two Nashville Music Award nominations for Outstanding Instrumentalist. Her 30-year orchestral career included positions as principal clarinetist with the Bogota Philharmonic, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony. She continues to be an active chamber musician, recording musician, and arts advocate.
Nashville studio musicians know Sam Levine as one of the busiest woodwind players in town. In one day he might play saxophone for a country artist, flute and penny whistle for a Christian artist and clarinet in traditional jazz band. His playing has given color and expression to a wide variety of other artists’ tracks, including Rascal Flatts, Amy Grant, the Neville Brothers and Michael McDonald. He is known for his reliable ensemble skills and melodic, expressive solos.
A son of a university professor, Sam attended Harvard and the University of Alaska in a effort to find his way through the turbulent late 60’s and early 70’s, finishing his formal education in music at Indiana University. He has said that the biggest part of his training, however, was in the studios and clubs of Nashville, where he has made a solid career out of being a “back-up” musician.Sam has more than 11 artist CD’s in the smooth jazz and contemporary Christian genres. He has been nominated three times for a Dove Award and played on at least two Grammy Award winning recordings. He is currently an artist with Greenhill Music which is scheduled to release a smooth jazz Worship project entitled, “Smooth Praise” in the summer of 2009. It features a blend of acoustic and contemporary sounds in fresh and relaxing renditions of the most well-known Praise and Worship songs. Sam plays tenor, alto and soprano sax on the CD which uses a wonderfully talented rhythm section based in Nashville. It is not, however, the classic Nashville sound, but a more West Coast jazz approach to the genre: melodic, fresh and comfortable. He is currently working on a contemporary ballads project, also scheduled to be released this year on the Greenhill label.
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Doug Moffet is a Yamaha saxophone artist raised in Madison Wisconsin. He studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Miami.
Living in Nashville, TN the past 25 years, Doug has enjoyed the experience of recording and playing live with hundreds of artists. His recording credits cover a wide variety of musical genres that include Gospel, R&B, Country, Rock, and Jazz. A great many of these recordings have been Grammy nominated.
A small sample of recording highlights include Larry Carlton, Tony Bennett, Vince Gill, Take Six, Cee Cee Winnans, Amy Grant, Keith Urban, Johnny Lang, Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton, Robert Randolph, Michael Omartian, Michael McDonald, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Edwin McCain, Lou Rawls, Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar, Leroy Parnell, Faith Hill, The Mavericks and Garth Brooks.
Movie Soundtracks include Evan Almighty with LeAnne Rimes, Veggie Tales. and Over the Hedge with Ben Folds.