"Straight Ahead" was a project of musical passion by two San Francisco Bay area musicians. Rick Vandivier: Rick has performed with Smith Dobson, Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Bruce Forman, John Handy, Skylark, Mose Allison, David Grisman, and Art Van Damme. He has also worked with the San Jose Civic Light Opera, the orchestra of Opera San Jose, and the San Jose Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of Rick's career have included performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), the Berlin Jazz Festival, the American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco), the Chicago Opera House, the Wilshire Theatre (Los Angeles), the Berklee Performance Center (Boston), the Great American Music Hall (San Francisco), the Seattle Opera House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), and Carnegie Hall. Rick is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston and the Jazz Studies Program at San Jose State University in California. He has studied in depth with Pat Metheny and Mick Goodrick, and also received instruction from John Abercrombie, Elliot Randall, and Tuck Andress. In addition to his performing career, Rick has been active as a teacher, both privately and at San Jose State University, and as a composer for video soundtracks for clients such as Stanford University, Sun Microsystems, and SyberVision Systems. A devoted husband and father, he lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife, Kristi, and their sons, Preston and Kai. Tim Wallace: Tim has has gigged with Little Anthony, The Platters, Dizzy Gillespie, Tom Scott, Phil Woods, Ray Everly, Ray McKinley, Anita O'Day, Cab Calloway, and John Handy. He also played many Los Angeles venues in the 1960's such as the Shrine Auditorium and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. During the Viet Nam War, Tim was lucky to join the 6th Army Band, Presidio, San Francisco. Afterwards, he worked clubs and big band gigs in the SF Bay region. Since 1989, Tim has fronted his own 6 piece ensemble, the Tim Wallace Band, and played thousands of private receptions at the many classy hotels and country clubs in the Bay Area. TWB (for short) is noted for it's versatility and musicality, and has enjoyed continued success by earning a tremendous 'word of mouth' reputation. TWB recorded a CD entitled "Eclectica" reviewed in 2004 by Nina Goodrich at Jazzreview.com. The Review: "Suggesting a mild mix, the name of this album: Eclectica, is understated. The songs on this CD express an extreme range of sounds.