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Lola Sugia sang with many prominent dance bands and orchestras. Among the hundreds of talented Northwest musicians that she performed with are: Marv Thomas (father of well known Seattle trumpet player, Jay Thomas), Dave Tuttle (father of well known Seattle drummer, Marty Tuttle), Rollie Morehouse, Dave Stetler, Carl Reising, Gordy Challstedt, Kenneth Johnson, Don Anderson, Phil Odle, Hayden Shaner and Al Turay, to name just a few.

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Seattle's Town and Country Club was one of the most popular nightclubs in the region. Wyatt Howard's Orchestra had a long stint performing there, from the 40's throughout the 70's. Many of Seattle's finest musicians had steady gigs with Howard's band, including Floyd "Tebby" Tebelman (saxophone and clarinet), Dave Tuttle (trombone), Lola Raye Sugia (vocals), Don Anderson (trumpet), Kenneth Johnson (arranger, saxophonist and clarinetist), Gordon Challstedt (drums), Hayden Shaner (bass), and Rollie Morehouse (clarinet), to name just a few.

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Seattle's Town and Country Club was one of the most popular nightclubs in the region. Wyatt Howard's Orchestra had a long stint performing there, from the 40's throughout the 70's. Many of Seattle's finest musicians had steady gigs with Howard's band, including Floyd "Tebby" Tebelman (saxophone and clarinet), Dave Tuttle (trombone), Lola Raye Sugia (vocals), Kenneth Johnson (arranger, saxophonist and clarinetist), Gordon Challstedt (drums), Hayden Shaner (bass), and Rollie Morehouse (clarinet), to name just a few. Howard's band was primarily a commercial "white dance band", not a swing band or a jazz band. The hottest swing band in the Pacific Northwest was undoubtedly the Gaylord Jones Band. Gay Jones had a commitment to swing--in particular, to the hot, two-beat feeling of the Lunceford band and a "fat" jazz arranging style with extra notes added to the chords for color. Members of the Gay Jones band included Floyd "Tebby" Tebelman, Carl Reising, Glenn Martin, Dick Kraft and Tiny Martin, just to name a few. Years later, saxophone and clarinet player John Holte, following the footsteps of Gaylord Jones, founded "The New Deal Rhythm Band", later called "The John Holte Swing Band and "The Radio Rhythm Orchestra". This band featured an all star cast of swing players from around the Northwest, and also featured jazz and swing vocalist Maia Santell from 1985 to 1990. John Holte's playing is characterized by a warmth of tone and eloquence of phrasing that have scarcely been heard since the Gay Jones Band and the bands of the late 30's and early 40's. Holte's clarinet style evokes the soaring, exuberant clarity of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.