About Fifth Element
In classical thought, the four elements are earth, water, air and fire. For the members of this ensemble, the fifth element, quintessence or spirit, is captured in the music we perform. Dave Coules, saxophonist and arranger, formed the band in 2016, bringing together a group of talented musicians he had previously performed with in several ensembles. The idea of merging as a performance unit was too good to pass up. Happily, Fifth Element was immediately engaged to perform regularly, including monthly residencies. Fifth Element features vocalist Nina Richmond backed by Dale Scaife on piano, Ron Johnston on bass, Glenn Anderson on drums and Dave Coules on tenor sax. The repertoire of the band draws from The Great American Songbook as well as jazz standards covering the swing, ballad, latin and hard bop genres. The goal of Fifth Element is to draw the audience in with musical treatments of this music that are listenable, accessible and engaging.