Located in Holland, Michigan, Hope College's faculty are world-class teachers, scholars, and artists with countless accolades.

This week, Sandy Point Beach House will be welcoming Tom Lockwood on bass, Jeff Shoup on drums, and Steve Talaga on piano.

Pianist, composer and arranger Steve Talaga has been performing professionally for more than 40 years. He was chosen as the West Michigan Jazz Society's 2008 Jazz Musician of the Year, and has released eight compact discs under his own name. Most of his CDs are available on iTunes and at www.cdbaby.com.
     Talaga is also co-leader of "Mind's Eye," a jazz quartet which has performed at many venues and jazz festivals, including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival in Michigan.
     Talaga is also pianist for many other small and large jazz ensembles and is featured on recordings with several of them. He has performed with many jazz greats, including Kenny Wheeler, Terry Lynne Carrington, Wes Anderson, Marcus Printup, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Adam Nussbaum, Wycliffe Gordon, Ric Margitza, Bobby Shew, Maria Schneider, Marvin Stamm, Denis DiBlazio, Jon Faddis, Claudio Roditi, Johnny Bassett, Greg Abate, Walt Weiskopf, Phil Woods, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Grand Rapids Symphony.