Soul Vaccination Bio

"Folks in the Pacific Northwest are lucky to have a real soul band this fine and exciting. This New Englander is jealous."
Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat columnist/Grove Press author

Soul Vaccination is the Hottest Funk & Soul Bands in the PNW. This great band infuses the Stage with the greatest soul standards and has been a fixture in the Northwest music scene for over 18 years, bringing you tunes from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire and Tower of Power. The band's third CD, "What is Hip?" featuring legendary Tower of Power guitarist Bruce Conte was recently reviewed by DownBeat Magazine receiving ★★★1/2. It is an honor to be recognized nationally by DownBeat Magazine.
The current 12 piece band features Glenn Holstrom on Hammond B-3 and Keyboards, along with the precision guitar playing of Max Rees. On bass is Grammy nominated producer, John Linn, and on Drums is Edwin Coleman III, always bringin' the funk and Groovin' Hard. Portland's own Paul Creighton, Mark Wyatt, and Regina K share their soulful vocals styles. Lewis Livermore and Dave Mills carry the backbone sound of the Soul Vax horns on trumpets, with Ron Regan, Gary Harris, & Timothy Bryson on saxophones. Don't miss our next show.

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Regina K - Vocals

Regina(bio)I Grew up in a musical family, joined a full time band at 16 and been gig'n ever since with some of the best in the NW music scene. I've covered most genres but my passion is R&B FUNK (Love's me some Chaka, Stevie and Aretha) even though I can definitely rock with the best of'em. Coolest things I've done are, while in The Sandin Wilson Group, opened for Tower of Power AND was the only female finalist on Portland's own"Gimmie the Mic".

Paul Creighton - Vocals

Paul(bio)Paul Creighton is a Portland based vocalist/songwriter who has been performing professionally for the past 10 years. Unsigned Magazine calls Creighton “an artist whose tenor has shades of Marvin and Stevie” while the Willamette Week more aptly states “G-dd-mn, can Paul Creighton sing.” He currently tours with The Motet, Joey Porter’s Funk Tributes (Juno What!?) and fronts Portland’s soul-pop mainstay, Intervision, and has opened for multiplatinum artists Lifehouse, as well as the Neville Brothers, Little Richard, McKinley, Garage Majahal, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ghostland Observatory, among other nationally touring acts. 
Paul received his Master’s of Education from the University of Oregon, studied vocal performance as a Laurel Scholar at Portland State University, and he is a student of Tom Blaylock’s NW Institute of Voice. He has received multiple songwriting awards with the Intervision project, including an Independent Music Award for Best R&B and was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. He currently resides in SE Portland with his wife and is completing his nursing degree at the University of Portland. 

Mark Wyatt

Mark Wyatt is a wonderful vocalist and entertainer. Mark Wyatt has worked as a vocalist and guitarist in the Los Angeles, Bay Area, and Portland regions since the early-1980s.
In L.A. and San Jose, Mark played guitar for the U.S. Air Force Band and a number R & B and Top 40 cover bands. As a vocalist, he has worked with his first cousin, Grammy-award winning bluesman, Keb Mo, Wanda Hutchinson (of the Emotions), keyboardists Al Daniels and Wayne Vaughn (co-writer/producer for Earth Wind and Fire), and saxophonist Steve Tavaglione (from the George Benson band).
As a vocalist, he has worked with his first cousin, Grammy-award winning bluesman, Keb Mo, Wanda Hutchinson (of the Emotions), keyboardists Al Daniels and Wayne Vaughn (co-writer/producer for Earth Wind and Fire), and saxophonist Steve Tavaglione (from the George Benson band).
Locally, Mark has played and sung with several gospel, R & B, and fusion artists, including Ron Steen, Gino Michaels, The SouthLake Band (Renato Caranto, Tim Ellis, Jean-Pierre Garau, Steve Cannon, Paul Mazzio), 5 Guys Named Moe, The Power of 10, Paul Greenidge (keyboardist with James Ingram), Gary Hemmingway, Craig Jones, Craig Bidondo, and others.
Mark has also directed college vocal ensembles and contributed vocally and instrumentally on numerous studio projects. “Music by far is the vessel onboard which I best negotiate, interpret, experience, and navigate the currents in my life, and it is a blessing to put my musical sail to the wind.” 

Max Rees - Guitar

Max Rees has played Guitar in the Portland, Vancouver area since 1975.  After student teaching in Vancouver in 1975, he decided to make this region his home for teaching and gigging. 
Max has taught Band in the Evergreen School District for 30 years at many of the District's Elementary, Middle and High Schools.
Max has performed as a guitarist with doubles in the Pit Orchestras at the Keller Auditorium since the 80's.  Show credits include Hello Dolly, Hairspray, Grease, Chorus Line, Fosse', Chicago, Spamalot, Lion King, and most recently Legally Blonde.
He has also performed with various Funk and Rock Bands through the years.  He was the original Guitarist with Salmon Dave, which became Body and Soul from 1986 to 1991.  The Band had national T.V. appearances on The Today Show and the Pat Sajak Show. 
In Max's own word's :  It is great to be back with Soul Vax, after playing with the Band on and off since 1999.  This is an opportunity to re-create some of the great Jazz, Rock and Funk tunes from the 70's to present.  There is also some great space in this Band to play screaming solos.  Never a dull moment!

Glenn Holstrom - Hammond B-3 and Keyboards

Glenn Holstrom has been a solid foundation of the jazz and blues scene for several decades. He has  played keys and arranged for many artists over the years. 

John Linn - Bass & Vocals

Grammy nominated producer, John Linn, comes from a large family of musicians, and has performed and recorded music professionally for over 30 years. John's indisputable funky sensibility and keen sense for capturing the heart of song, whether in the studio or live, has made him an invaluable asset to the music community. John has received many prestigious accolades over the years, including songwriting awards, and the Billboard chart topping, Grammy nominated record 'Motown Comes Home' - a gospel project that included artist such as the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and legendary producer Frank Wilson. John founded 'Get Together Music', a musical production company that focuses on positive, meaningful music, supporting community collaboration and social mindfulness. He was also the musical director, composer/producer and bass player for the band LINN which featured Mary and Margaret Linn. LINN made its mark in the local and national music scene with a focus on positive and inspiring lyrics, a funky back beat, always with the hope to uplift the listener. John has also played and recorded with a variety of local and national artist including: Nu Shooz, Gino Vannelli, Robert Palmer, David Pack (of Ambrosia), Tom Grant, Jay Bird Koder, Patrick Lamb, Michael Bard, Shirley Nanette, Calvin Walker, Michael Baker, Tim Bryson, Body and Soul, Dick Nicolas (Kingsmen), Tracey Harris, Nathaniel Phillips, Bruce Carter, Rusty Cox, and Gary Ogen among others. John is back on his first love - the bass guitar and is inspired to be part of the Soul Vaccination group. To hear more about his music visit:

Edwin Coleman III - Drums and Vocals

Edwin comes from a family of professional musicians, actors and artists. His father is a bassist, his mother is a vocalist and his brother is also bassist. He is self-taught on drums beginning with his first drum set at age 7. He studied piano for 4 years and then began studying cello. He played the instrument from 5th grade through one year of college with the University of Oregon Symphony. He decided to take drums seriously after his father hired him to play with his jazz trio at age 18. From there he played gigs with his father's group, the Latin band Caliente and various other groups with styles that ranged from Top-40, reggae, Blues and Jazz. He performed with the University of Oregon Gospel Ensemble and the Inspirational Sounds Gospel Choir which performed at Lincoln Center (NYC). He has had the pleasure of playing gigs with Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) as well as Grammy Award winning saxophonist David Murray. Some of the groups he's played with have opened for the likes of Maceo Parker, Tito Puente, The Neville Brothers, Fishbone, and Jimmie Vaughn. His influences include: Cal Tjader, Art Blakey, Mongo Santamaria, Billy Cobham and Stewart Copeland.

Timothy Bryson

Timothy Bryson- Baritone/Alto Saxophones Timothy has been playing professionally for 28 years and has performed with and/or recorded for many local and national bands, and artists.
National acts Timothy has performed with: The Four Tops, The Spinners, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Frankie Valli, The Temptations, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, Bobby Rydell... 
Regionally, Timothy has performed with and or recorded for: The Portland Jazz Orchestra, The N.W. Tribute to Ray Charles, Patrick Lamb, Linda Hornbuckle, Curtis Salgado, Rubberneck, Terry Robb, The Sandin Wilson Group, The Swingline Cubs, Salmon Dave, Body and Soul, The Linn Sisters, Steve Cannon and the Blowhard Big Band, The Dave Mills/Carlton Jackson Big Band, Calvin Walker, Lily Wilde Orchestra, The Disciples in Song, Versus, etc.
Recorded commercials for: Nike, Portland Trail Blazers, Fred Meyer, LaRog’s Jewelers, Amtrak, KGW Television, and ESPN National Television appearances: The Today Show, The Pat Sajak Show, and ESPN. His solo album “Playground” - a mix of jazz and soul - with a little latin and rock thrown in, was released in 2003 and can be found at CD Baby, iTunes, Napster etc.
Timothy is also the Jazz Program Director for the award winning Riverdale High School Jazz Band, as well as the Middle School Jazz Band. He also carries a full schedule of teaching woodwinds privately.
Timothy Resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Gary Harris - Alto and Tenor Sax

EDUCATION: Grant High School 1969-73 National Stage Band Camps, summer 1971-72 Portland State University 1973-76 Berklee College of Music 1977-78 Private Study with Tom Anastas(Berklee), Eddy Flenner
PERFORMANCE: I have been performing since 1970 and have appeared in most major cities in the U.S. and Canada, as well as cities in Japan and Mexico. I performed at the Panafest festival in Ghana, West Africa in 1994 with Obo Addy. I have also appeared with: The Leroy Vinnegar Quartet(1995-99), The Temptations The Four Tops Lou Rawls Little Milton(Japan tour) ZZ Hill Ernie Watts Harry Blackstone Mel Brown George Benson Max Roach Lew Tabackin Toshiko Akiyoshi Curtis Salgado Bobby Vinton The Oregon Symphony Orchestra
RECORDINGS: Soundtracks: The California Raisins(Atlantic) The Little Prince(Will Vinton) Advertising: Meier and Frank, Fred Meyer, George Moreland CDs/Albums: Leroy Vinnegar Obo Addy Terry Robb Ralph Archenhold Calvin Walker, the Kicks Band Ronnie Robins and BosSamba the Portland Saxophone Quartet Dale Van Wormer Gordon Lee
FILM AND VIDEO SCORING: Corporate/Industrial: Tenneco Corp. (Fruit Master)/Rod Mick Films, Intel Corp(9600EX Modem, Audio Telephony Board)/Patrick Makins Productions Mt. Hood Meadows/Tyee Productions Feature Films: Bad Trip/Motion Pictures Internationial Fatal Revenge/ROK Pictures
CURRENT: I teach privately at my studio, Uptown Music, where I have been since 1984. I am now performing with Soul Vaccination, Obo Addy and Kukrudu, the Portland Saxophone Quartet, the Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band, and various groups of my own. Current recordings include "Heart Made of Steel"(Terry RobbBurnside Records), "Integrity" (Leroy Vinnegar-Jazz Focus),"Alive and Kickin"(Kicks Band-Seabreeze Jazz), "Flying Dream"(Gordon Lee Big Band),and "Wonche Bi" (Obo Addy).

Ron Regan - Tenor Sax & Flute

 Ron Regan - Saxophone & Flute
1980s - Studied music at Mt. Hood Community College on a scholarship. Member of Atlantic Recording Artists and grammy nominated band Nu Shooz. Appeared on Solid Gold and American Bandstand.
1990s - Played Saxophone and Keyboards with popular college band Crazy 8's. Saxophonist for the Portland Motown band, Body and Soul. Performed with the Mills Brothers, Frankie Valley and Mary Wilson.

2000s - Member of the Portland band Soul Vaccination.  Performed on the American Queen river boat based out of New Orleans. Band leader on the columbia queen and Empress of the north and  Queen of the west river boats.

Lewis Livermore - Trumpet and Flugelhorn

Lewis has been playing professionally in the Portland area since the 1970s. From funk to salsa to swing and show bands he has performed and recorded with some of Portland’s premier groups.
While with Grammy nominated Nu Shooz, he made appearances on American Bandstand and Solid Gold, receiving a gold album for recording on “Poolside”. He also performed with Salmon Dave/Body and Soul on The Today Show and the Pat Sajak Show. Pepe and the Bottle Blondes, Linda Hornbuckle, The Crazy Eights and Quarterflash are just a few more great bands he has played with. Suzanne Sommers, Mary Wilson, and Frankie Valli and the Four Tops are among the artists he has performed with.
From theater pit orchestra to trumpet caller at the Multnomah Kennel Club – time outs with the Portland Trailblazers (one of the Blazer Brothers!) to the Montreal Jazz Festival with Pepe, Lewis always brings a highly spirited performance.

Dave Mills - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Arranger, & Leader.

Horn arranger, band leader, Trumpet & Flugelhorn. Dave has performed with: Curtis Salgado Band, Lloyd Jones, The Ray Charles Tribute, Partick Lamb Band, The Kicks Band, Terry Robb, Gordon Lee's Gleeful Big Band, and The Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band, to name a few.
He has recorded with and/or arranged for: Curtis Salgado, Lloyd Jones, Stephanie Schneiderman, Terry Robb, Robert O'Hearn, Timothy Foote, Paragon Cable Firstcom / Deep Sea Music, The Esquires, Slowtrain.