About BLU-7


Sarah M. Greer (vocals) is a singer, improviser, and instructor who loves performing and co-creating with other singers and musicians. She has invented music on local and international stages and recently completed a year of study in vocal improvisation with Rhiannon (a member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra). She teaches singing privately — in workshops and one-on-one — and is on the voice faculty at MCTC.

John Iden (bass) began his career in Florida playing with Jay Whitney in a variety of R&B and blues bands and recording original music. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Katie Webster and James Cotton. After moving to Minnesota in the early nineties, John has worked in a variety of music styles ranging from blues, jazz, R&B, to funk and rock. John has shared the Minnesota stage with Willie Murphy, Joe Juliano, Tom Hunter and Scottie Miller. John currently plays in RAMM and BLU-7.

Jim Ouska (guitar) has written songs, sang and played acoustic roots music, electric blues and straight ahead jazz for over four decades. Jim won a WBSM/Jerome Foundation Jazz composer grant in 1991, has been featured in Twin Cities Jazz Society and Guitar Society concerts and received Minnesota Music Academy nominations for guitarist/band of the year in the Jazz, R&B and Bluegrass categories.

Doug Rohde (piano) has been playing jazz gigs in the Twin Cities since the late 80s. He teaches piano and improvisation at Center For Performing Arts in south Minneapolis and just finished writing a statewide “popular styles” piano lesson and exam program for the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. Doug has played or recorded with the Auto Body Experience, the Tommy Bentz Band, the Blue Eyes Band, Tim Patrick, Colleen Raye, Debbie O’Keefe, Katie Gearty, and Nichole Carey.  In 2012 and 2013, he served as music director and bandleader for Candid Theater productions of Hair and The Rocky Horror Show.

Dean White (drums) moved to Hollywood to attend Musician’s Institute after graduating from UW Superior with a bachelors degree in percussion performance. Half way through the first year he was offered a main showroom gig at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. He left Las Vegas to join Tony Axtell and Toshi Hinata in Tokyo to write and play original music. Since returning to the Twin Cities, Dean has performed with many groups, including GBF (Good, Bad and Funky), the Autobody Experience, Century Big Band, Nova Jazz, Big Time Jazz Orchestra, the Shorn Hortz jazz quintet, Power of 10, Jack Knife and the Sharps, Tubby Esquire, Hennessy Brothers jazz, and many others. He has studied privately with Gordy Knudtson and his Open/Close hand technique. Dean feels blessed to be part of a rich music scene that exist in the Twin Cities.