Doyle Bramhall II - Guitar/Vocals
Doyle Bramhall II was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock and roll sounds that are indigenous to his birthplace - Austin, Texas. His father, Doyle Bramhall Senior, was the drummer for blues legend Lightning Hopkins and a regular collaborator with Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan. When Doyle was 16 years old, he toured as second guitarist with Jimmy Vaughan's band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Shortly thereafter he and fellow Texan, Charlie Sexton, co-founded the rock band Arc Angels. Doyle and Charlie enlisted the rhythm section from Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing band, Double Trouble, to complete the lineup. Following the release of "Jellycream," Doyle's 1999 RCA debut recording, he received phone calls from both Roger Waters and Eric Clapton. Doyle ended up joining Roger Waters for a summer tour while Clapton, along with fellow blues great B.B. King, chose two of Doyle's songs - "Marry You" and "I Wanna Be" - for their collaborative recording entitled "Riding With The King." Upon completion of the "Riding..." project, Doyle, his wife - Susannah Melvoin, and Clapton co-wrote and performed "Superman Inside" for Clapton's album, "Reptile." Doyle's playing is also heavily featured on the album.
Nathan East - Bass Guitar/Vocals
|One of the world's leading bass
guitarist, Nathan has recorded, performed and written
songs with many fine artist, including Eric, Elton John,
Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones and Sting.
With Phil Collins and Philip Bailey, he co-wrote the
chart-topping song "Easy Lover".
Nathan has appeared on hundreds of albums and in numerous Grammy-award winning performances including Eric's MTV Unplugged and his 1997 Song of the Year "Change The World". He was also co-founder of the group Fourplay (signed to Warner Bros), with Bob James (piano), Lee Ritenour (guitar) and Harvey Mason (drums), whose Grammy-nominated albums have earned Gold status and continue to top Billboard's Contemporary Jazz charts. His outstanding contribution to popular music has been recognized with distinctions that include Britain's Ivor Novello Award, ASCAP Awards for songwriting, NARAS Most Valuable Player for several successive years and MVP at the International Rock Awards.
Recently Nathan has developed his own Signature Series bass guitar for Yamaha.
Steve Gadd - The Drummer
|Steve Gadd was born in
Rochester, New York, April 9, 1945. Steve's Uncle, a
drummer in the army, encouraged him to take drum lessons
at the age of seven; by the time Steve was 11 he had sat
in with Dizzy Gillespie. Studied music at Eastman
College, Rochester, playing in wind ensemble and concert
band, and at nights in a club with Chick Corea, Chuck
Mangione, Joe Romano and Frank Pullara. After college,
drafted into army and spent three years in a military
band. After the army, gigged and worked with a big band
in Rochester. 1972, formed a trio with Tony Levin and
Mike Holmes, going to New York with it. The trio fizzled
out, but Gadd began to work extensively as a studio
musician. He also played with Corea's first Return to
Forever. 1970's and 1980's, toured internationally,
recorded with Paul Simon and with Al DiMeola's Electric
Rendezvous Band. By the end of the 1970's Gadd was the
most in-demand and probably the most imitated drummer in
the world. In Japan transcriptions of his solos were on
sale, and all the leading Japanese drummers were sounding
like him. Chick Corea commented, "Every drummer
wants to play like Gadd because he plays perfect . . . He
has brought orchestral and compositional thinking to the
drum kit while at the same time having a great
imagination and a great ability to swing." Gadd's
favorites are Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Jack
DeJohnette, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, among others.
With many singers, including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Striesand, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon; with Corea, Three Quartets (1981), Warner Bros; My Spanish Heart (1976); Friends (1978); The Mad Hatter (1978), all Polydor; with George Benson, In Concert (1975), CTI; with Stuff, Stuff (nda), Warner Bros; with DiMeola, Electric Rendezvous 1982), Columbia; with Carla Bley, Dinner Music (1976).
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Steve grew up in Rochester, where he and his brother tap-danced at a small club, and where he played with local musicians and bands that passed through. He studied privately with Bill and Stanley Street; later with John Beck. He attended the Manhattan School of Music for two years, then transferred to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. After finishing school, he played in Rochester with Chuck Mangione. In [the late] 1960's, he went into the Army for three years. He came to New York in 1971 and quickly became one of the most sought after studio musicians in town. Steve, a musician who "doesn't believe in labels," has recorded with artists of all styles and genres, among them Paul Simon, Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Steely Dan, Ashford and Simpson, Aretha Franklin, Judy Collins, Bette Midler, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Nancy Wilson, Bob James, and Chick Corea. Until the late 1970's, he remained almost exclusively a session player, appearing briefly with Chick Corea, Mike Mainieri, Herbie Mann, and several others. In 1976 he became a member of the group Stuff with Gordon Edwards, Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Cornell Dupree, and Chris Parker, while continuing his heavy schedule of studio work.
Paulinho Da Costa - Percussion
|Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
Paulinho Da Costa discovered his love for percussion at the tender age
of five by exploring the different sounds of everything he could get
his hands on. While still in his early teens, he joined several
musical groups, traveling extensively throughout the world. Upon
arriving in the United States, the multi-versed percussionist has
carved a sizable niche in the music community.
Contributing his professional outlook and friendly appeal to nearly four hundred fellow artists, his name has appeared on numerous selling records, including works by Quincy Jones, jazz veterans Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, and pop superstars Madonna, Sting and Michael Jackson. Perhaps even more outstanding that the multitude and caliber of artists he plays with, is the variety of musical styles he has mastered.
A dynamic percussionist, an innovative composer and a qualified producer, Paulinho's musical versatility is also well demonstrated on his four solo albums - 'Agora', 'Happy People', 'Sunrise' and 'Breakdown'. Though his prolific career Paulinho has been involved with some of the decade's best selling projects, including the record breaking 'Thriller', the landmark recording 'We Are The World' and the percussion dominated successes of 'All Night Long' and 'La Isla Bonita'.
However, not only has Da Costa made a profound impact within the record industry, his talents are proudly recognized in both film and television. His credits range from the Oscar-nominated motion picture 'The Colour Purple' to box office hits like 'Saturday Night Fever', 'The Wiz', 'Footloose' and 'Coming To America'.
Through radio and television the sounds of Paulinho Da Costa come into your home on a daily basis. Whether it be for a car commercial, food commercial or television movies, his music is heard around the world. Even more noted is his composition of the Coca-Cola "Orchestra" commercial, which found it's way to number one on the U.S. and international charts.
In recognition of his incredible talent, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presented Paulinho with its "Most Valuable Player Award" for three consecutive years and the honorary "Musicians Emeritus Award." His skills have provoked the Los Angeles Times to describe him "a virtuoso on percussion" and Downbeat Magazine to label him "one of the most talented percussionists of our time."
David Sancious - Keyboards and vocals
|David Sancious' first exposure to
the music industry came about as an original member of Bruce
Springsteen's E Street Band.
Since that time he has performed in a variety of settings. On keyboards and guitars, and as composer and producer, he has recorded and toured with some of the most notable talent in the music industry: Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Natalie Merchant and Yousou Ndour.