Susanna Fuller


We now have our current CD called
available for purchase. Simply contact me with the "Contact" form and I will get one to you! Thanks.

"It's always a pleasure to listen to Susanna and Cascade Jazz. Their arrangements of my favorite standards are wonderful and you can never get enough".

(Danny Kolke, Professional Jazz pianist and owner of Boxley's Place Jazz Club)

Welcome to our Cascade Jazz page!
On my "Calendar of Events" we have our upcoming gigs listed for you to check out. As for our individual members, please read on to get acquainted with us.


John Chmaj - keyboards, flute, saxophone, percussion

John Chmaj (pronounced “Shmay”) has been performing professionally for the past 35 years, including the past 20 in the Seattle area. John received his B.M. in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, and his M.M. at the New England Conservatory, where he was on the faculty of graduate and undergraduate theory. He has lectured and performed in both Europe and America, and has over 200 original musical compositions to his credit. He also performs on flute, vocals and melodica.



Brian Gmerek, drums, percussion

Brian's initial journey in jazz began in the late 70’s when he was the drummer for an 18-member big band jazz ensemble, in Detroit, Michigan. From there, Brian’s musical life has taken him through pop, rock, Christian rock, and theater; in venues from small clubs to university stadiums. Since the Fall of 2001, his journey has come full circle, reacquainting himself with jazz – this time in the trio form - as he joined John and Courtney to become the Cascade Jazz Trio. Recognizing the special opportunity he has to make music with two such wildly talented jazz musicians, Brian incorporates the philosophy and wisdom of the great jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis, on the essence of jazz,“Playing jazz is really, having a musical conversation with the other musicians in your ensemble…”

Ryan Donnelly - Bass, piano

Ryan is a graduate of Mt. Si High School, where he was among the standouts in their first-rate jazz program. Ryan was invited to sit in regularly with Danny Kolke, the professional jazz pianist who owns Boxley's Jazz Club and restaurant in North Bend. He quickly graduated from the ‘student’ group to a formidable professional in his own right. Ryan has received scholarships to attend Central Washington University in Ellensburg as a jazz & classical bassist. We reel him back whenever possible to play with us. He is a great addition to our group!

Susanna Fuller, Vocalist, Percussion

Vocalist Susanna Fuller has performed in concerts, conventions, television and stage productions in the Seattle area over the past 25 years. She can perform with equal ease in Classical/Opera, Jazz, Pop, Country, Showtunes and World Music styles. Susanna is an experienced singer/songwriter/recording artist as well as comedienne, actor/voiceover talent and vocal performance coach. She brings onstage passion and class to every performance.


"Cascade Jazz provided gorgeous Latin rhythms and featured talented singer, Susanna Marinelli-Fuller, whose rendition of Night in Tunisia was a hot accompaniment for the tappers.
This show was so fantastic and entertaining -- if they got the word out, it would be a sell out."

(4Culture review from Alchemy Tap's Project, "Beat Science, Music in Motion)