Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo
ABOUT PAN LEGGO
Four former members of the Oberlin Steel Orchestra who were dedicated to spreading the joy of steelband music formed Pan Leggo in 1994. Over the years a number of fine musicians, including legendary pianist Ray Holman, have played in the band and helped to keep our music fresh and vibrant.
ABOUT IAN DOBSON
Ian attended Oberlin Conservatory, joined Pan Leggo in Seattle in 1995, and became its leader in 1997. Ian has expanded Pan Leggo’s entertainment offerings to include large and small group sizes, fabulous party activities centered on dancing and singing, and a wide repertoire of “world music” styles.
A Seattle native, Ian has a Master in Music degree in Percussion and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Washington. He also holds a BA from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. He has studied and performed music throughout the world, including Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean, Chile, Thailand, Europe, and India, where he studied tabla. Ian grew up at ground zero of the nascent Seattle grunge scene, but his interests have always lay more with jazz and world music than rock.
Ian has jammed, performed, toured and recorded with many bands, orchestras, and theater companies including: Members of Pearl Django, Magdalen Hsu-Li, Arne Livingston and Dale Fanning of the Living Daylights, Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Jason Finn of the Presidents of the United States of America, world renown pan player Ray Holman, Andy O, Scott Law, Arturo Rodgriquez, University of Washington’s prestigious #1 Studio Jazz Ensemble (Roy Cummings, director), Rufus Reid, Eva Ybarra, Edmonia Jarrett, Ponticello and Chris Murphy, the Seattle Repertoire Jazz Orchestra, Jackson Berkey of Mannheim Steamroller, and others too numerous to mention. He has also worked as a recording session musician at top local studious such as Bear Creek.
Ian makes his living as a performer (bandleader and side man), composer/sound designer, and clinician and teacher in world music, jazz, and percussion. His work combines his love of travel, culture, and language with his passion for music and technology. Ian vision is to bring the world together in a small way through music and technology. Catch Ian playing at the Bahama Breeze restaurant and other northwest venues or, during the winter, on a cruise ship, in Mexico, or in some other exotic location.