Originally Marvin Gaye's backup singers, Martha & the Vandellas became stars in their own right back in 1963 with hits that included "Nowhere to Run", "Jimmy Mack", "Heatwave", and "Dancing in the Street". Over the years the group would be a consistent presence on the music charts, as well as on television and top venues across the US and abroad. Martha and the Vandellas are still going strong today in America and overseas, and I'm proud to serve as the group's baritone saxophonist for all their US Midwest tour dates. This clip was recorded in early 2017 at the Arcada Theater in St Charles, IL.
The Buckinghams (Kind of A Drag)
The trademark opening horn line on the Buckinghams #1 hit "Kind of a Drag" became a signature of the Chicago horn sound in 1967 as the hit single swept the nation. Other hits quickly followed that year, including "Don't You Care", "Susan", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and "Hey Baby". When USA Records released "Kind of a Drag" no one anticipated the demand as the single rocketed to #1 across the country. Cash Box Magazine named them "The Most Promising Vocal Group in America" that year, and they delivered. I'm proud to get to perform with the Buckinghams during their summer tour dates. This video was taken at our performance at Summerfest 2017 in Milwaukee, WI for a crowd of about 5,000 fans.
The Done Deal Band
This video was taken from a performance I did with the Done Deal Band back in 2009. An oldie but a goodie!
Soul Vaccination (Soul Vaccination by Tower of Power)
This is a clip of Soul Vaccination, an 11-piece horn band that is made up of some of the top studio musicians from in and around the Chicago area. We play a mix of funk, soul, and rock music from Tower of Power, Chicago, and many others. This is a short clip form the Wire in Berwyn in November of 2016.
Soul Vaccination, one of my favorite bands to perform with! Soul Vaccination performs classic rock from Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and many others. This video was taken in Darien in February, 2016.
Conn-Selmer, Inc. Artist Roster video testimonial
I have recently been added to the artist roster for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and am proud to be an Artist-endorser for Selmer saxophones. The Conn-Selmer Artist roster is made up of a select group of professional musicians from around the world who endorse and perform on Conn-Selmer musical instruments. Currently I perform on a Selmer Paris Series III Model 64 tenor saxophone. In this short video I explain why I prefer Selmer saxophones.
This is a recent performance I did with the Names, a 60's and 70's cover band that features members of the Buckinghams, the Blues Brothers Band, Electric Avenue, and the New Invaders. This performance was in Aurora in the summer of 2015.
The Jazz Factory
This is a short clip of me performing a funk tune I wrote for my jazz quintet the Jazz Factory. This was from a 2014 performance in Lombard.