Featuring....
Tim Akin - Bass
Dean Newton - Guitar
Kelsey Edington - Vocals
Mark Gonder / Donnie Patterson - Drums

Akin For Jazz has been together since August of 2005.

It has played many venues including the 2005 and 2006 Taste of Hudson Festival, bars, nightclubs, weddings, private parties and more. The band consists of five members, but can also function as a duo, trio or quartet.

The band members are...

Tim Akin - Bass
Tim has played with many bands including The Legends Band, The Descendants, The Akin Family band, The Reunion band and now Akin for jazz. Tim has studied music at the University of Akron and with many private teachers over the years. 


Dean Newton - Guitar
Dean has played with many bands and in many shows over the years including The Cleveland Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and many others. Has a music degree from the University of Akron and is currently a member of the Faculty at Mount Union University and the University of Akron.

Mark Gonder- Drums
Mark has played with many bands and in many shows and concerts. He is currently a member of the faculty at the University of Akron and plays with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. He has played and recorded with many well known jazz artists and has recorded over twelve CD's.

Donnie Patterson - Drums
Donnie Patterson was a member of Charlie Rich's traveling and recording band from 1976 until Charlie's death in 1980. He has played on many recordings including the famous "Behind Closed Doors".  Donnie has played with a who's who of famous jazz and country musicians.  He also holds a music degree from the University of Memphis. 

Kelsey Edington - Vocals    Kelsey is currently a voice major at the university of Akron and also studies with Helen Welch.