RED HOUSE – BLUES AND BEYOND
WHO IS RED HOUSE?
Way back in 1969, a junior at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, WA, who was a budding rock singer and bass guitarist, was approached by a couple of school mates to join their band. The singer was Tim Scott, who later established himself securely in the Northwest before embarking on a 25 year journey through the Music Mecca of Los Angeles. The bandmates were drummer/vocalist Robin Crane and guitarist Mark Noftsger, both of whom made their marks as veteran musicians, plying their craft up and down the West Coast. After graduation, these three forged their first pro working band in the Top 40 circuit before going their separate ways. In the early 80’s, Tim founded a Seattle band with his friend, legendary guitarist Rich Dangel, called The Reputations. Highly respected in the NW musical community and heavily booked in the local bar scene, that band won the very first Seattle Music Award for Best R&B Band. Early on, the original keyboardist left, making way for singer and Hammond organist Jimmy Holden of the illustrious Holden musical empire. Together, they dominated the blues/R&B/Soul and Funk end of the NW scene until Tim embarked on a journey to Los Angeles, taking his career to the next level. A level that would have him sharing the stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton—touring with Tower of Power, Robben Ford, Etta James and Dave Mason. Robin moved to Sacramento & LA, playing & studying recording techniques. Mark joined the US Army--serving and playing in Hawaii. Jimmy spent several years touring Asia and Italy, living in Hong Kong for a time. Fast forward over 30 years, they have, one by one, returned to their native soil, their roots and as fortune and alchemy would have it, co-created a new project—Red House. Since forming, they have performed at Mt. Baker R&B Festival, Sunbanks Festival 2015 & 17, Porterhouse Brewfest, North Bend Blues Walk 2014 - 2017, Lincoln Theater w/ Coco Montoya, Snohomish Taste of Music, International Blues Challenge Finals, WA. Blues Society "Blues Bash", Indigenous Cultures Day @ EMP Museum and clubs all around the Puget Sound area.
In 2020, as the pandemic raged, our brother James "Jimmy" Holden contracted the virus, Covid-19, as he was in the hospital, struggling with other major health problems. It all overwhelmed his system and he passed in November. In 2021, the Washington Blues Society membership posthumously honored him with 3 awards: the Best Blues Piano, WBS Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement awards. He is sorely missed by Red House, friends and fans alike. 2021 also brought the band a new member, one of the finest keyboardists & vocalists ever to come from the Northwest, Tacoma's own W. Michael Jaap-- Dr. Jop! We are thrilled to be making music with Mike and he will make his debut on our upcoming full-length CD, which should be done before the end of this year.
BLUES AND BEYOND
Red House isn’t just a Blues band. They embrace many of the idioms that sprang from the Blues; R&B, Soul, Funk and even a little Jazz. And each musician brings to the table almost 50 years of experience and expertise. That’s one reason why Red House is the band other bands come to see. In 2017, they released a 4 song EP, titled “Over Yonder”. The cover art is an original painting by Tacoma’s own Little Bill Englehart and the disc is available for purchase—one cover tune and 3 original songs. They are currently back in the studio doing a follow-up full-length CD. If you haven’t heard Red House, check them out. You’ll be glad you did.
Tim Scott – Bassist, Singer, Songwriter
Tim co-founded The Reputations (Seattle Music Award for ‘Best R&B Band’). Having lived in LA and Las Vegas for 25 years, he toured with Tower of Power, Robben Ford, Dave Mason, Etta James, The Bone Shakers, El Chicano and Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Tim has also performed with Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Billy Preston, Edgar Winter, Chaka Kahn, Buddy Miles, Albert Collins, Big Joe Turner, John Mayall, Herbie Hancock, Steve Vai, Al Dimeola, Randy Brecker, Zen Blues Quartet and many more. Returning to Seattle, he has called on his talented friends to help “stir things up”.
Robin Crane - Drummer, Singer, Songwriter
Played with Tim and Mark in their first club band, Glory (see PNWBands.com, 70’s section). Robin also played with local bands of the era; Sluggo, Shirley Lorrene, Jeff Simmons (Frank Zappa), Epicentre and Clear Logic. In California, various original projects including session guitarist/producer Louie Shelton (Seals & Crofts); opening for Cold Blood, The Grass Roots and Larry Graham. Back in Seattle; blues/rock band Pale Men (nominated for ‘Best New Blues Band’) and the Dick Powell Band (winner of WBS ‘Best Keyboard & Harmonica’ nomination).
W. Michael Jaap/ Doctor Jop - Keyboardist, Singer
Doctor Jop, aka W Michael Jaap, has been known as the "musician's musician" around the Northwest where he was born and raised. Mike has worked in virtually every area in the music industry around the planet including studios, cruise lines, churches, concert/club venues, USO/DOD tours, etc. For the last 50 years Mike has performed and recorded, produced, composed, arranged for a plethora of Groups and Artists. His latest NW tenure includes teaching k-12 classrooms, college level jazz bands and improvisation, and private lessons. As a pianist, percussionist, bassist, and keyboard artist, his prowess is legendary. He has also played with such blues/R&B greats as B.B. King, James Brown, Al Jarreau, The Temptations and Elvin Bishop to mention a few, with a musical score so broad to include repeat engagements with jazz greats Bud Shank, George Benson, Ernie Watts, Larry Coryell, Eddie Harris, Stanley Turrentine, etc...
Mark Noftsger – Guitarist, Songwriter
Mark worked with Tim and Robin in their first pro band, Glory, then playing in Sluggo with Robin. He later moved to Hawaii and put together an R&B/Soul horn band, opening for Sea Wind and Tina Turner. Back in Seattle, Mark played in various local bands, including News and Transit. When Robin moved back to the Northwest, they formed Pale Men, which became the Dick Powell Band. They played various blues clubs and festivals, including Bumbershoot and were nominated for WBS Awards ‘Best New Blues Band’. Mark most recently played as featured soloist with the Curtis Hammond Band.
17th & 23rd Annual Mt. Baker R&B Festival 2012, 2018 – Bellingham, WA.
Sunbanks Festival - Spring 2015, Summer 2017 - Banks Lake, WA.
10th Annual Porterhouse Brewfest - Mt. Vernon, WA. (headliners)
Mt. Vernon Blues & Brews – Mt. Vernon, WA.
The North Bend Blues Walk 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 – North Bend, WA.
Lincoln Theater w/ Coco Montoya – Mt. Vernon, WA.
Snohomish Taste of Music – Snohomish, WA.
International Blues Challenge Finals 2014 – Snohomish, WA.
Gig Harbor Rockin R&B Fest 2017 - Gig Harbor, WA.
Old Town Tacoma Blues Festival 2016 - Tacoma, WA.
Proctor Arts Festival 2016 – Tacoma, WA.
Summer Blues Party 2016, 2017, 2018 - Parkland, WA.
WBS Blues Bash 2018 @ Collector's Choice - Snohomish, WA.
WBS Blues Bash 2017 @ Capp's Club - Kenmore, WA.
WBS Blues Bash 2016 @ Sound Check – Lynnwood, WA.
WBS Blues Bash 2013 @ Red Crane – Shoreline, WA.
Indigenous Cultures Day @ EMP Museum– Seattle, WA.
RainCityBlues - Great Hall @ Green Lake– Seattle, WA.
Spark n Blues @ SPARK: Museum of Electrical Invention - Bellingham, WA.
Mercer Island Community Center (Private Event) 2011, 2012 – Mercer Is, WA.
Willie Green’s Organic Farm (Private Event) – Monroe, WA.
Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers Annual Picnic 2015-16-17 - Kirkland, WA.
KNKX 88.5 Benefit @ Columbia Theater - Columbia City, WA.
Benefit For Phenyx @ Rocko's Fireside Bar & Grill - Everett, WA.
Fat James Benefit @ New Scarlet Tree Restaurant & Lounge - Seattle, WA.
WBS "Dinnner & A Show" @ Capp's Club - Kenmore, WA.
Michael Kinder Remembrance @ Temple Theater - Tacoma, WA.
Ron Meek Remembrance @ Everett Historical Theater - Everett, WA.
Highway 99 Blues Club – Seattle, WA.
Salmon Bay Eagles Club - Ballard/Seattle, WA.
Pono Ranch - Ballard/Seattle, WA.
The Central Saloon – Pioneer Square/Seattle, WA.
J&M Café & Cardroom – Pioneer Square/Seattle, WA.
New Orleans Restaurant – Pioneer Square/Seattle, WA.
Grinders Hot Sands - Shoreline, WA.
Easy Monkey Taphouse - North City, WA.
Capp's Club - Kenmore, WA.
The Royal Room – Columbia City/ Seattle, WA.
88 Keys – Seattle, WA.
Feedback Lounge – West Seattle, WA.
Mel’s Old Village Pub – Lynnwood, WA.
The Jet Bar & Grill – Mill Creek, WA.
The Yuppie Tavern – Kirkland, WA.
Top Shelf Broiler – Kirkland, WA.
Liquid Lime – Kirkland, WA.
The Lime - Kirkland, WA.
The Madison Pub – Everett, WA.
Norm’s Place - Everett, WA.
Rocko's Fireside Bar & Grill – Everett, WA.
The Wild Hare Bar & Grill – Everett, WA.
The New Wild Hare Bar & Grill - Marysville, WA.
The Spar - Tacoma, WA.
Dawson's Bar & Grill - Tacoma, WA.
Uncle Thurm's Finger Lickin' Chicken & Ribs - Tacoma, WA.
The Oxford Saloon & Eatery – Snohomish, WA.
Stewart’s Place/ Stewart's Place Re-Established – Snohomish, WA.
Eddie’s Trackside – Monroe, WA.
Pete’s Club Grill – Carnation, WA.
Cyndy’s Broiler – Stanwood, WA.
The Rockfish – Anacortes, WA.
H2O – Anacortes, WA.