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Summer, 2013 Mood Swings 2013: Come along with with Donald, Walter, and their Bipolar Allstars - Featuring The Borderline Brats on the 2013 Mood Swings 2013: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour. It all starts July 19 in Atlantic City. November, 2011 Steely Dan in 2011: Donald and Walter conduct some Shuffle Diplomacy July - November with 'The Miles High Big Band' and featuring 'The Embassy Brats'. A hot and historic double-bill is built when the legendary Steve Winwood joins The Dan for the Australia and New Zealand leg. April, 2011 Roger Nichols, R.I.P. 2010 Fagen, Scaggs, and McDonald play live in 2010! See donaldfagen.com for all the details May, 2010
Walter Sear - 1930 -2010: Our friend Walter Sear, owner of legendary Sear Sound in New York City, passed away last month.
He was one of a kind.
2009 Touring 2009 was a 2-season, 70+ show affair: A Left Bank Holiday in Europe, and an extended Rent Party in North America. Final show was in Montreal on Nov 28. 2008
Think Fast, Steely Dan: Visit the Tour 08 page to see if Steely Dan will hit your burg this year.
Circus Money: Becker's second solo CD is released in June. More at walterbecker.com
2007 Heavy Rollers: May through September, Donald, Walter, and their 10-piece band played the odds with dates in the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Here's the tour archive.
Now even the Small*Marts will be top-loaded with SD tracks, thanks to the release of Steely Dan compilations The Definitive Collection (2006) and The Millennium Collection (Jun. 2007). Find SD's full discography here
Fagen's The Nightfly Trilogy Boxed Set is released in November. More at donaldfagen.com
September, 2006 Off The Road Again: Summer 2006 Steelyard 'Sugartooth' McDan (and the Fab-Originees.com) Tour is history. Visit this page for the official documents, depositions, photos, etc. 2006 In support of sundry solo endeavors, both Walter and Donald are eponymously online.
Fagen releases his third solo album Morph The Cat in March 2006, and mounts a spring tour.
Becker continues work on his second solo CD.
2005 Everything Must Go ---> Gone up and Went: With all the excitement of the most recent promotional season behind us, steelydan.com powers down to a comfortable archive-mode idle. Any real Steely Dan news, and we'll post it here and send a newsletter. March, 2005 :: Mindy Jostyn, 48
February, 2004 :: Cornelius Bumpus: 1945-2004
December, 2003 You're Surrounded: Everything Must Go wins "Best Made-For-Surround Title" at the 2003 Annual Surround Music Awards July - October, '03 End of Another Road: The "Everything Must Go" Tour which began July 23 in California ends Oct 11 in Honolulu. ^ TOP Spring, '03 Everything Must Go: Steely Dan's new CD is released June 10. A 2-Leg summer tour begins July 23
:: EMG Page is here
February 11th, '03 NPR feeds "Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland" with guests Becker and Fagen. Autumn, '01 Back To Work: Becker and Fagen return to the studio to record a batch of new tunes. December 1, 2001 MIXing It Up: MIX Magazine awards Steely Dan their Les Paul Award at the Mix Foundation's 17th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards Dinner in New York City. The award is presented to Donald and Walter by Larry Carlton and Les Paul. (The Clair Brothers also win the Tour Production Award for their sound work on Steely Dan's 2K Tour) A few pictures are here. ^ TOP May 11 & 12, 2001 What's Up, Doc?: Becker and Fagen receive Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from The Berklee College Of Music, and attend students' tribute concert of the music of Steely Dan. Coverage is here. March 19, 2001 Should We Demand A Recount?: Becker and Fagen are inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame.
:: Becker and Fagen's statement is here
:: The history of their crusade is here.
:: A related auction of interest is here.
February 21, 2001 Grams Says Howdy: "Two Against Nature" wins four Grammy Awards, including "Album Of The Year". Becker and Fagen's dispatch is here: A few photos here ^ TOP November, 2000 Outrageous: MCA releases "Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story, 1972-1980", a 2-disc compilation of tracks culled from the Original Seven ("Can't Buy A Thrill" through "Gaucho"). New liner notes. [Find SD's authorized discography here] September 19, 2000 End Of The Road: The Steely Dan 2K touring season ends with show #56 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Links to our tour scrapbook [pictures, fan e-mails, sundry tour-time gags] can be found here ^ TOP August, 2000 Keep Them Doggies Rollin': The North American leg of Steely Dan's 2K Tour wraps up, and the touring party heads to Europe for the remaining 15 shows. June 24, 2000 Honored: Becker and Fagen are voted "Songwriters Of The Century" by the Popular Music Composition students of the Lincolnwood IL school district. June, 2000 Heavy Metal: "Two Against Nature" is certified platinum ^ TOP June 6, 2000 The Dan Get Plush: The Home Version of Steely Dan's PBS "In The Spotlight" Special - Two Against Nature: Steely Dan's Plush TV Jazz-Rock Party - is released in DVD and VHS formats. June, 2000 Me Myself & Don & Walt: The songs of Steely Dan take pride of place in the soundtrack for the Farrelly Brothers' new movie, "Me Myself & Irene", which includes 11 Steely Dan covers performed by various artists. The movie stars Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger and opens June 23. The soundtrack will be released on June 13. ^ TOP May 22, 2000 ASCAP Honors Becker & Fagen: Walter and Donald are presented with the Founders Award, ASCAP's top honor for lifetime achievement in songwriting. May 14, 2000 "Two Against Nature" Tour Begins: Steely Dan kicks off their 2K tour in Japan on May 14. North American dates begin June 1, with European dates to follow. Full touring schedule, news, and reports are here. ^ TOP March - May, 2000 Seems Like Old Times: Steely Dan's first studio album in 20 years - Two Against Nature - is released on February 29. It debuts at #6 on the Billboard 200.
In addition to two TV Specials (see January 2000 item below), promotional appearances throughout the spring include the David Letterman show (March 3), the Today show (May 5), several radio specials, innumerable press interviews [see a sampling here], and two internet chats [transcripts here].
^ TOP January, 2000 SD Tapes Two for TV: SD descended on Sony Studios in New York city to tape a PBS "In The Spotlight" special, featuring both performance and documentary/ interview footage, which aired on most PBS affiliates during March. The home version DVD and VHS will be released this summer by Image Entertainment. A few days later Steely Dan taped an episode of VH-1 - Storytellers which aired in early May. December, 1999 Snubbed Again: The voters for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have once again seen fit to overlook Steely Dan. It seems as though Donald and Walter's vigorous lobbying during the '97 season all went for naught.
But not to worry -- vengeance will be theirs (and ours)! Everybody start training for The Hall Of Fame Induction/Tribunal For Rhythmic Justice Night!!
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B a n d B i o s
While touring in the new century, Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards) and Walter Becker (guitar) have been supported on stage by the fine musicians below. Click names for bios.
Steely Dan MOOD SWINGS 2013
Jim Beard [Keyboards: '08 - '13] Keith Carlock [Drums: '03- '13] La Tanya Hall [B. Vocals: ''13] Jon Herington [Guitar: '00-'13] Carolyn Leonhart-Escoffery [B. Vocals: '00-'13] Michael Leonhart [Trumpet, Keys: '00-' '13 Jim Pugh [Trombone: '00-'13] Roger Rosenberg [Baritone Saxophone: '06-'13] Catherine Russell [B. Vocals: '08, '09, '11, '13] Freddie Washington [Bass: '06-'13] Walt Weiskopf [Saxophone: '03-'13] | Back to 2013 Tour Schedule |
Alums since 2000
Tawatha Agee [Backing Vocals: '08, '09]
Ari Ambrose [Saxophone '00]
Ted Baker [Keyboards: '00-'03]
Tom Barney [Bass: '00-'03]
Cornelius Bumpus [Saxophone: '00-'03]
Cynthia Calhoun [Backing Vocals: '00-'03]
Victoria Cave [Backing Vocals: '00]
Ricky Lawson [Drums: '00]
Janice Pendarvis [B. Vocals: '09 Left Bank Holiday]
Chris Potter [Saxophone: 1/00]
Bob Sheppard [Saxophone: '00]
Jeff Young [Keyboards, B. Vocals: '06 - '08]
Cindy Mizelle [B. Vocals: '00-'08, '11,]
Bob Sheppard [Saxophone Sub '08]] Ari Ambrose [Saxophone Sub in '08] Nelson Foltz [Trombone Sub in '08] Marvin Stamm [Trumpet Sub in '09]
THE SHUFFLE DIPLOMACY BAND OF 2011
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T a w a t h a A g e e
Backing Vocals '08 - '09
Danfans may recognize Ms. Agee from her vocal contributions to Everything Must Go, Becker's Circus Money, and her stand-in performances at the 2003 Roseland gigs.
Tawatha has always believed the most informative biography is the body of work one has produced during their career. She also believes that the body of work should reflect and exhibit a broad landscape of musical tastes.
Here is her menu:
Tawatha Agee has performed and recorded with: Lenny Kravitz, Dave Matthews Band, Luther Vandross, Mtume, Blue Man Group, Steely Dan, Roxy Music, Scritti Politti, Sting, Moby, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Diana Ross Divas 2000, Michael Franks, Blues Traveler, Celine Dion, Linda Ronstadt, Black Crowes, Rufus Wainwright, Al Jarreau, Milton Nascimento, Bob Dylan, Jim Steinman, Kd Land, Bonnie Tyler, Aaron Neville, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Bowie, Ric Ocasek, Annie Lennox, Joe Cocker, Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, Laurie Anderson, Shannon Curfman, Waterboys, Emmy Lou Harris, Lyle Lovett, J Geils Band, Jewel
You can hear Tawatha on the following jingles: Playtex, Colgate, Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, Folgers Coffee, Verizon, Coffee Mate, Dove Soap, Prevacid, KFC, Compaq Corp, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, Pillsbury, GE, Ensure, Ivory Liquid, Pizza Hut, Gillette, Maybelline, MCI, Swiffer, Sandals Resort, Tylenol, Ford, Fibercon, Caress Soap, Rite Aid, Head & Shoulders, Pepto Bismol, Purina Cat Chow, Clairol, General Motors Corp, Revlon, Goodyear Tire, Jello, Herbal Essence Shampoo, Jif Peanut Butter, Coca Cola, Crest Toothpaste, CVS, Burger King (with Shaq), U.S. Airlines, Levi’s / Wrangler, Northwest Airlines
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A r i A m b r o s e
Danfans loved Ari's playing with Steely Dan throughout the 1996 Art Crimes World Tour. Ari again lent his awesome musicality to Steely Dan's early 2000 performances in Japan and through the first North American dates.
Ari began playing saxophone in junior high school in the Washington D.C. area. While in high school he studied with Dr. George Ross, Andrew White, and Stanley Turrentine, and was the recipient of several outstanding soloist awards at various local and national jazz festivals. During this time Ari performed with area musicians such as Butch Warren, Carter Jefferson, and Tom Williams, and with visiting NY musicians such as Randy Brecker, Billy Hart, Geoff Keezer, and Stanley Turrentine.
In 1991, Ari moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with saxophonist Dick Oatts. During this time, Ari traveled with the Ryan Kisor quintet and played in the NYC area with musicians such as Brad Mehldau, Steve Turre, Peter Erskine, Michael Leonhart, Jon Hendricks and Wynton Marsalis (with David Berger's Jazz Orchestra).
After graduating, Ari began performing regularly with the Monday night Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and recorded with Michael Leonhart, Evan Marks, George Colligan, and the MSM Jazz Orchestra. In 1998, Ari made his debut recording on the Steeplechase label featuring Billy Hart and Dennis Irwin. Since then and as of this writing, Ari has made four more recordings on Steeplechase featuring Billy Drummond, Jay Anderson, George Colligan, and Jeff Williams. In 2000, Ari performed and traveled with Jane Monheit.
T e d B a k e r
Ted Baker's work on "Two Against Nature" and "Everything Must Go" has justifiably earned no small amount of attention and praise. His contributions to Steely Dan's live band are just as impressive. Ted has technique and touch to burn which, when combined with his expansive conception and soulful rhythmic precision, make for a tasty earful indeed.
Although getting a bio from Ted has been somewhat akin to performing a dental extraction on a mountain goat, we have been able to glean the following:
Ted was born and raised in the Philadelphia environs. After studying at Oberlin, Ted spent most of the 80's playing with sundry Philly groups such as Grover Washington, Dexter Wansel, and Jean Carne. He was also part of the original bands "Basement Culture" and "The Elevators". Shortly before moving to New York in 1990, Ted started touring with The Philip Glass Ensemble, an association that continues today.
Once in New York, Ted reports that "the voice of Broadway kept calling to me". Productions to which he has donated his keyboard magic include The Who's "Tommy" (original production, Broadway, London, and on tour in North America); Randy Newman's "Faust" (Goodman Theatre, Chicago); and Broadway's "The Lion King", from which he took leave in order to tour with Steely Dan in 2000. Ted was also on leave from the Art Garfunkel tour, where he teams up with SD alumnus Warren Bernhardt.
Finally, Ted reports that his studio work on Two Against Nature was "without question the pinnacle of a session musician's existence"...but we must point out that this assessment was offered before he was awarded the coveted Bunsen Prize on July 13th, 2000.
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T o m B a r n e y
Tom credits heredity (he is the son of the late musician Tom H. Barney) and his education (at the Crane School of Music and with bassist Bob Cranshaw) for much of his musical ability and achievement.
But whither Tom's legendary "big bottom groove" springs, it seems that everybody wants a piece. He has recorded and performed with a veritable Who's Who of the entertainment industry, including David Sanborn, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, George Duke, Chaka Khan, Jeffrey Osborn, Aretha Franklin, Judy Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Burt Bacharach, Ice T., Al B. Sure, All Saints, Mary J. Blige, Carlos Santana, Lauryn Hill... and many others.
Tom was a member of the Saturday Night Live Band for several years in the '80s and '90s, and you may have also seen him on David Sanborn's "Night Music", "New York At Night", or any number of his turns on "Good Morning America", "The Today Show", or playing for numerous major award shows. The occasional composing and work on numerous movie soundtracks round out his stellar resume, to which the "Schatzi The Safety Bear" '00 Award is but the latest notable addition.
J i m B e a r d
Photo: Joni Sarkki
Listeners who noted Jim Beard's awesome presence on Becker's Circus Money will agree with David Sanborn, who says Jim has "one of the freshest musical points of view around". Jim's ever-spirited comping and blowing, and his utterly unique amalgam of fire and lyricism, is a substantial addition to the SD stage.
Jim grew up in the greater Philadelphia vicinage and began piano lessons at age 6. He studied classical piano for 14 years (also clarinet, saxophone and string bass for a number of years) and developed a love of jazz by the age of 14 at which time he began lessons with the great George Shearing. Throughout his serious classical and jazz pursuits he enjoyed a quiet yet earnest interest in pop. While attending Indiana University, Jim played piano with many visiting jazz greats including Slide Hampton and Red Rodney. The opportunity to develop skills on Rhodes, clavinet and synths came when Jim joined a bar band, along with fellow Dan mate Jon Herington and Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp and John Fogerty alumni).
Before moving to New York in 1985, Jim also worked with Bobby Rydell, Connie Stevens and Roger Miller. Since moving to New York, Jim has toured extensively with Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Madeleine Peyroux, John Scofield and John McLaughlin. He has produced dozens of recordings for artists such as Mike Stern, Bob Berg, Bill Evans, Eliane Elias and has recorded with or made television appearances with Dizzy Gillespie, John Mayer, Al Jarreau, Bill Frisell, the Brecker Brothers, Marcus Miller, Meshell Ndegeocello and Toninho Horta.
Jim has over 100 published compositions featured on recordings by John McLaughlin, Michael Brecker and many others and in books such as The New Real Book. His writing has been used in television, movies and radio call signals and his piano playing can be heard in major Hollywood film scores.
Jim has released five albums under his name, two of which were voted in top 10 new CDs by Jazziz Magazine critics. His latest CD, Revolutions, features ten of Jim's compositions performed by the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Vince Mendoza. Jim's productions have been nominated for five Grammy awards and he won a Grammy in 2007 for his work on Some Skunk Funk (Randy and Michael Brecker)
Jim's website is here.
C o r n e l i u s B u m p u s
Photo: Pete Fogel
On Feb 3 2004, |
our dear friend Cornelius passed away. |
The SD stage will never be the same |
without him. |
A favorite of audiences everywhere, Cornelius Bumpus was the keeper of a rare and wonderful flame: a master of the classic and soulful saxophone sound.
Cornelius began his musical career at age ten playing alto saxophone in the school band in Santa Cruz, California. Through the encouragement of his parents, his love of music grew, and by age twelve he had joined his first working band. He then led a rhythm and blues band for seven years. In 1966, Cornelius spent six months performing with Bobby Freeman, writer and recording artist of the classic song, "Do You Want to Dance?" In 1977, he joined Moby Grape and wrote one tune for the "Live Grape" album.
During the 1980's, Cornelius rose to worldwide acclaim performing with The Doobie Brothers. For 10 years, Cornelius and the Doobie Brothers had countless hit songs and were awarded many gold and platinum records. Cornelius even contributed a song on the One Step Closer album. Cornelius recorded two solo albums and toured with his own band. Stints were also put in with Jeff Lorber and Lacy J. Dalton.
Since relocating to New York in 1986, Cornelius performed and recorded with a host of artists, including Etta James, Hugh Masakela, Michael McDonald, the New York Rock and Soul Revue, Boz Scaggs and Phoebe Snow. Cornelius' tremendous talent was featured in Nite Sprite since 1986 and he toured with Steely Dan since 1993.
Cornelius had established his own website at corneliusbumpus.com, where you can find information about his '00 CD, Known Fact - and more.
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C y n t h i a C a l h o u n
Backing Vocals '00-'03
Photo: ©2000 Amanda Parks
Cynthia Calhoun made legions of new fans in the summer of 2K with her class act from the edge of the Steely Stage. We all will be seeing much more in the future from this performer of talent and grace.
Cynthia was raised in Pensacola FL in a family of eight children. Her vocal credits to date - in addition to her work on Two Against Nature - include stints with soul great Betty Wright, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Al Jarreau (with whom she shared a duet spotlight on tour), Barry White, Boz Scaggs, and Paul Simon. She has gigged with several L.A. bands and written and recorded for films and TV.
Cynthia is also a talented film and television actress, having appeared in Menace II Society, Ally McBeal, ER, Rhythm & Jam, Where I Live, The Wayan Brothers, and The Parenthood.
You can visit Cynthia at her website at cynthiacalhoun.com
K e i t h C a r l o c k
Unique, tasteful, musical, and muscular; in our opinion Keith Carlock is destined to be one of the greats.
Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Keith has been playing professionally since his early teens. He attended The University of North Texas where he studied with Ed Soph and George Lawrence.
Keith has drummed SD and Fagen gigs since 2003, and tracked each cut on SD's Everything Must Go, Fagen's Morph The Cat, and Becker's Circus Money. Recent tours with Sting and James Taylor bespeak his growing collection of prestigious drum chairs.
Keith has also gigged and recorded with Grover Washington Jr., David Johansen, The Blues Brothers, Heads Up Superband, Rhett Tyler, Harry Belafonte, Diana Ross, Joe Beck, Leni Stern, Tal Wilkenfeld, and Oz Noy, among others. He's a member of the Wayne Krantz trio — the legendary regulars for the last several years at New York City's premiere "jazz dive", The 55 Bar. In 2007, Keith and friends launched the Nu-Jam band Rudder with a CD and US tour.
Starting in 2006, Keith joined legends like Steve Gadd and Vinnie Colaiuta on the medals podium of Modern Drummer's Readers Poll. In 2009, he ascended to #1 in the best pop, fusion, and all-around categories.
Also In 2009, Keith released his long-awaited Instructional DVD, The Big Picture: Phrasing, Improvisation, Style & Technique.
Visit Keith's website and mailing list at keithcarlock.com
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V i c t o r i a C a v e
Backing Vocals '00
Victoria was born in New Orleans and raised in Las Vegas by a Jazz musician father and a Playboy Bunny mother. Naturally, she found the allure of show business irresistible, and made her first professional appearance at age 5 as "Belinda Of The Day" on the Bozo The Clown Show. Somewhat later and after a brief visit to UNLV, Vicky went on to appear ("scantily clad") in various production shows and finally "screwed up the courage" to move to New York City as the '90s dawned.
Vicky found an congenial home in musical theatre, playing leading roles in "The Who's Tommy" (with friends Ted Baker and Jon Herington), "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" and, most recently, Broadway's "Cabaret", in which she played a fair amount of alto sax. She has appeared in Europe with Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr. and others, but claims that appearing with Donald, Walter, and the stellar SD Orchestra 2000 has been "a dream come true".
For fun, Victoria plays piano, her alto, and occasionally ice-skates for money.
L a T a n y a H a l l
Backing Vocals '13
Vocalist La Tanya Hall is poised to take her place as one of the foremost jazz vocalists in the world today. Her ability to reinvent the Great American Songbook is amassing glorious reviews from around the globe. It's About Time [Bridge Records - 2009], J. Hall's debut recording, has been heralded as "an impressive debut from one of jazz's brightest stars," [Popjournalism.com/February 2009]. Jazz.com describes her as "a woman ripe with talent [whose] interpretative skills are a marvel."
Her versatility in a variety of musical genres has allowed her to collaborate with some of music's most celebrated artists, including Diana Ross, Bobby McFerrin, Harry Belafonte, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Rob Thomas, and Patti Labelle.. You can visit Ms. Hall at her website: latanyahall.com.
J o n H e r i n g t o n
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"SD's New Guitar Guy" — arguably one of the most coveted slots in the annals of popular music. And also, potentially, one of the most intimidating; few musical roles receive the same amount of examination, discussion, and debate as does this one. But Jon is handling it all with "perfection and grace", turning out work which, to our minds, often evokes the melodic and rhythmic heart of cherished recorded versions while simultaneously displaying his own original and powerful musicality. Guitar Player Magazine called Jon a player with "one formidable voice" and "chops of doom".
Jon is a guitarist, composer, and producer who has been active on the New York music scene since 1985. His debut album on Pioneer's Glass House records, The Complete Rhyming Dictionary was released in 1992. A second CD, Like So, was released in 2000, and his collaboration with SD bandmate Michael Leonhart — Slow — was released in 2002. In 2011 he released Shine (Shine Shine)
He has toured with Boz Scaggs, Madeleine Peyroux, the Jim Beard group, Bette Midler, The Blue Nile, Phoebe Snow, saxophonist Bill Evans, the contemporary jazz superband Chroma, Lucy Kaplansky, and jazz/blues organ great Jack McDuff, among others. Some of Jon's recording highlights as of this date — aside from every Steely Dan and Becker/Fagen solo disc of the 21st century — are: Jim Beard's four recordings (three of which were co-produced by Jon); Bill Evans; Michael Patches Stewart; Bob Berg; Lucy Kaplansky; Michael Brecker; Randy Brecker; Victor Bailey; Chroma (with Mike Stern and others); and Robert Secret.
You can visit Jon's official website at jonherington.com.
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R i c k y L a w s o n
He's been called "The Rock" and for good reason; Ricky Lawson lays down the mighty groove with an authority few can match. On 2000, Ricky was named Modern Drummer's "Drummer Of The Year" in the R&B category.
Within a few years of starting to play drums at 16, Ricky's natural talent skyrocketed him into a major career. Since then he has played with names like Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Bette Midler, Eric Clapton, Lionel Richie, George Duke, The Brothers Johnson, Quincy Jones and many more.
Early on, Ricky developed expertise in jazz, country and western, pop, R&B, funk and Latin rhythms - a versatility that allows him to play with virtually anyone. His reputation is for always being well prepared for his gigs. Some of the biggest Number 1 and multi-platinum singles and albums have featured Ricky's impressive talents, including Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", Anita Baker's "Sweet Love", James Ingrams' "I Don't Have The Heart" and Lionel Richie's "Dancing On The Ceiling". A co-founder of the group Yellowjackets, Ricky received a Grammy in 1986 for co-writing the hit song "And You Know That" on the album "Shades", which he co-produced. He also co-authored the Pointer Sisters' hit "Uh-Uh" and co-produced the album "Seriously Slammin'" and the Fattburger hit "Good News". His solo debut CD, "First Things 1st", was released in 1999.
You can visit Ricky's website at rickylawson.com.
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C a r o l y n L e o n h a r t - E s c o f f e r y
Backing Vocals '00-'07, '09, '13
Born into a musical family, Carolyn started singing as soon as she could talk. Her vocal talents were quickly put to use when as a young child, she sang on television commercials. At Music and Art high School in New York City, she sang in the award-winning Gospel Choir for four years, performed on "It's Showtime At The Apollo", and graduated high school with a solo recording contract with a Japanese record label.
Having grown up around the music industry, Carolyn decided that she'd better have "some kind of career to fall back on", so she went to the University of Rochester and graduated cum laud with a degree in Comparative religion, specializing in Hinduism and Buddhism. Her senior thesis, 'The Essence of Why', "won acclaim from stoners all over the Greater Rochester/Buffalo area". After graduation, Carolyn returned to NYC. In 1994, she won third place in the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and sang in jazz clubs around the city. A budding congera, Carolyn also boasts that she can now hold a tumbao rhythm for almost 7 and a half bars.
Carolyn recorded backup vocals for Fagen's 2006 solo Morph The Cat, Becker's 2008 Circus Money, Steely Dan's "Two Against Nature" and "Everything Must Go" (the latter in a featured role), toured with with Al Jarreau, and is a member of the Zurich-based Lyn Leon. Releases under her own name include Steal The Moon (2000), New 8th Day (2005), and the collaborations with Wayne Escoffery, If Dreams Come True (2007), Tides of Yesterday(2010).
Visit her website at carolynleonhart.com
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M i c h a e l L e o n h a r t
"The ever-enigmatic Michael Leonhart" is how 2K concert-goers may have heard him introduced. Indeed, there is something almost unfathomable about the prodigiousness of Michael's talent, and he's become a veritable denizen of recent Steely Dan projects: In addition to performing in and writing charts for the 2K Tour horn section, Michael was also a member of the 1996 "Art Crimes" party, and served as an an arranger, performer, and conductor on "Two Against Nature".
Michael is the youngest Grammy recipient in history, winning in 1992 (at age 17) for the most outstanding musician in a U.S. high school. That same year he was named "Person of the Week" by ABC World News by dint of his musical accomplishments. Since then, he has composed and performed music for movies, television, fashion shows and theater, and appeared on over 50 albums. Michael has performed and/or recorded with such artists as A Tribe Called Quest, Brian Eno, Bill Frisell, John Lurie, Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Merchant, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Joshua Redman, Busta Rhymes, and D.J. Spooky.
Michael is sought after throughout the music and entertainment world as a trumpet player, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and singer-songwriter. He has issued the solo releases Aardvark Poses (1995), Glub Glub Vol. 11 (1997), Slow (2002; featuring 2K Bandmate Jon Herington), The Suzy Lattimore EP (2005), and The Ballad of Minton Quigley (2006) .
Michael's website is at michaelleonhart.com.
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C i n d y M i z e l l e
Backing Vocals '03-'08, '11,
Cindy can be heard on "Everything Must Go", and although 2003 was her first stint on the Steely Dan stage, you have almost certainly heard this highly-respected veteran before.
Since beginning her career as a young popular singer in Englewood, New Jersey, and being tapped as a featured soloist on the platinum soundtrack album "Beat Street", Cindy Mizelle has evolved into one of the most in-demand session singers of contemporary popular music. Her highly versatile style can be heard on many radio and television commercials, and you can catch her singing on TV specials such as VH-1 Divas Live, and the "Sweet Tree & Morgan" skits on Late Night With Conan O'Brian. Cindy has also recorded for children's television; That's her lead vocal on "Between The Lions".
Cindy's critically acclaimed solo album "Cindy Mizelle" was released in 1994, and she has contributed her vocal talents to over 120 albums by artists such as Freddie Jackson, Carly Simon, Chaka Kahn, Johnathan Butler, George Benson, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Patti Labelle, Celine Dion, Anastacia, and Alicia Keys -- as well as on Fagen's 2006 Morph the Cat, and Becker's 2008 Circus Money.
Ms. Mizelle has also toured and recorded with Whitney Houston, Dave Matthews Band, Bruce Springsteen, and on The Rolling Stones' 1990 "Steel Wheels" Tour. She may be best known as having been an outstanding background vocalist for Luther Vandross in the studio and on stage.
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J a n i c e P e n d a r v i s
Backing Vocals '09 - Left Bank Holiday
From Ms. Pendarvis' myspace page:
Janice Pendarvis is an eclectic, elegant, world-class performer known for her ability to sing R&B, pop, jazz, reggae, rock and avant-garde music. She has worked with a diverse roster of artists including Sting, Roberta Flack, Laurie Anderson, Peter Tosh, Philip Glass, The Rolling Stones, Nona Hendryx, The O'Jays, Jimmy Cliff. You may have seen Janice on tour with Sting, on Late Night with Letterman, and Saturday Night Live over the years as a featured soloist or background singer.
She has sung on live shows all over the world; on records and CD's; commercials and films. Janice is featured in the documentary Bring on the Night, about the beginning of Sting’s solo career and his first band, and in the film Home of the Brave, Laurie Anderson’s filmed version of her 'Mr. Heartbreak' tour. Janice appears on Sting’s All This Time DVD which chronicles how the events of 9/11/01 intersected with the plans for a major concert at Sting’s home in Tuscany on the same day.
Equally at home in her roles as a lead singer, support vocalist, announcer, voice actor and on-camera personality, Janice also has a distinguished career in voiceovers. She has been one of the voices of NY's Channel Thirteen (WNET) for years and was featured in a new book featuring the top voiceover performers in the country, entitled, Secrets of Voiceover Success.
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C h r i s P o t t e r
Saxophonist Chris Potter pinned back more than a few new pairs of ears with his mighty presence on "Two Against Nature".
Some of you remember Chris from the Steely Dan touring parties of 1993-4 and the PBS and VH-1 Specials. You may not know that Chris is also much in demand as a player and a leader in the contemporary jazz scene. And in 2000, Chris was the winner of the prestigious Jazzpar Prize, their youngest Laureate to date.
Chris Potter was born in Chicago and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. He began playing saxophone at the age of 10, inspired by his parents' record collection. In 1989 he moved to New York City and joined Red Rodney's quintet while attending The New School and Manhattan School of Music. In the '90s he was involved with a wide range of projects including the Mingus Big Band and Paul Motian's Electric Be-Bop Band.
He has played in "Trio 2000" with Paul Motian and Steve Swallow, and in groups led by musicians such as Jim Hall, Billy Hart, Dave Douglas, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Mike Manieri and others. Today he tours extensively with Dave Holland's ensembles, and performs and records as a leader.
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J i m P u g h
DanFans may remember Becker and Fagen's boast of "no trombones" on their earlier touring bandstand. Jim Pugh is the guy who made them change their tune.
Jim began playing piano at the age of five and trombone at the age of ten. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Jim toured extensively with the Woody Herman Band and Chick Corea before deciding to settle down and make New York City his home.
Jim promptly became New York's top-call freelance trombonist for film scores, records, and music for television and radio advertising. He's performed on over 4500 recording sessions, including dates with Paul Simon, Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, Madonna, Joe Williams, Billy Joel, David Sanborn, Pink Floyd, John Scofield, Wayne Shorter, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Yo Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, and, of course, Steely Dan. One of Jim's current projects includes a two-trombone jazz quintet, E'nJ. They have just released their third album, Just Us, available on the TNC Music Label.
Jim is the only recipient of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Virtuoso Award for trombone, given after he was voted Trombone MVP by the New York recording community for five years.
Jim is also an accomplished composer. His Concerto for Trombone & Orchestra can be found on his latest album, X Over Trombone (Albany Records). His concerto has been performed worldwide -- including a performance by the New York Philharmonic. Jim has also composed and arranged music for National Public Radio, films, and recordings.
Since relocating to Mahomet, IL in 2007, Jim serves as Professor of Jazz Trombone at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He makes frequent appearances at schools throughout the country as a guest artist/clinician, many of which are made possible through the help of the Edwards Instrument Company. Jim plays Edwards trombones and Monette mouthpieces exclusively.
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R o g e r R o s e n b e r g
Baritone Saxophone '06-'13
An A-list baritone man for over three decades, Roger Rosenberg studied at Indiana University, The New England Conservatory of Music, and under the tutelage of players like Phil Woods and composers like Harold Seletsky. He has worked with a stunning list of greats; do the names Tito Puente, Buddy Rich, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Janet Lawson, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, John Scofield, Sarah Vaughn, Gerry Mulligan, Michael Brecker, The New York Philharmonic, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, Eddie Palmieri, David Lahm, Tom Scott, and T.S. Monk ring a bell? Add another 40 or so heavyweight names in jazz, latin, and pop, and you've got a start on Roger's resume.
That Roger has been steadily in demand by the best of the best for so long is no mystery; his strong and searing solo voice combines with his powerful and swinging ensemble playing to make him a great addition to small and large sections alike. He excels at many styles of music and is a crack first-call N.Y. session player to boot. An accomplished woodwind doubler, he also plays clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, and flutes. His work has been acknowledged by the Downbeat critics and by an NARAS MVP award.
Roger's also a composer and leader. Mongo Santamaria's album Amanacer, which featured Roger as composer and soloist, won a Grammy for Best Latin Album. And in 2000, Jazz Key released Roger's first leader CD, Hang Time.
Watch for Roger's CD Baritonality — produced by Walter Becker — in 2009 (Sunnyside).
Although 2006 marked Roger's first tour with Steely Dan, he appeared on Two Against Nature, Everything Must Go, Fagen's Kamakiriad and Morph The Cat, and Becker's Circus Money.
Roger is based in New York City, where he teaches, plays on Broadway and in the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and gigs with his Quartet. His new Myspace page is here.
C a t h e r i n e R u s s e l l
Backing Vocals '08 - '13
Photo: Stephan Falke
Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born with an enviable musical pedigree. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was born in Panama and moved to New Orleans and then New York City, becoming a pioneering pianist/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, is an outstanding bassist and vocalist, who has performed with Mary Lou Williams and International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Not surprisingly considering her roots, Catherine Russell is a one of a kind vocalist. She has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Carrie Smith, and Rosanne Cash, among others.
Since the 2006 release of her debut album, Cat, on Harmonia Mundi's World Village label, Catherine has been making new fans and friends. "She is a fresh and original voice. The most exciting debut album I've heard in a long time." writes critic and Sinatra biographer, Will Friedwald, who picked Cat among his top 10 CDs of the year. "It's a delight to hear the real thing in Catherine Russell.", writes Nat Hentoff in The Wall Street Journal. National Public Radio's top 5 jazz CD's of 2006 included Cat, as chosen by WBGO dj's.
Catherine Russell's 2nd album on World Village, Sentimental Streak, was released in 2008 to universal acclaim. Catherine was a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Ms. Russell won the prestigious German Record Critics' Award in the Jazz category and Living Blues magazine's 2008 critics' poll as "Artist Deserving More Attention." L'Acadamie du Jazz in France chose Sentimental Streak as finaliste for Prix du Jazz Vocal 2008, while Grammy Award winning writer and jazz critic Francis Davis picked Sentimental Streak as Vocal Album of the Year in the 2008 Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll. All Music Guide says, "Russell emerged as a retro old school vocalist for the ages."
Catherine's voice can be heard on Donald Fagen's Kamakiriad, Walter Becker's 11 Tracks Of Whack, and Steely Dan's Everything Must Go. Her website is here.
M a r v i n S t a m m
Trumpet '09 - Left Bank Holiday
Photo: Judy Kirtley
A native Memphian, Marvin Stamm began his career as trumpet soloist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and touring later with the Woody Herman Orchestra. Upon moving to NYC in 1966, he gained considerable recognition for his playing with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and the Duke Pearson Big Band, as well as performing with Frank Sinatra and the Benny Goodman Sextet. Marvin also advanced a career in the New York City recording studios, recording with Quincy Jones, Bill Evans, Stanley Turrentine, Grover Washington, George Benson, Barbara Streisand, Paul McCartney, James Brown, Donny Hathaway, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, the Average White Band, and the Rolling Stones, among others. In the late 80’s, he eschewed studio work to return and concentrate his efforts on jazz performance.
Currently, Marvin's activities include performing as a soloist, in duo with pianist Bill Mays, with his jazz quartet, and as a soloist with symphony orchestras. In 2006, Marvin and Bill Mays formed a trio with cellist Alisa Horn — The Inventions Trio — that plays a wide and eclectic repertoire of music in jazz clubs, universities, and concert venues throughout the U.S. Marvin continues to tour world wide with the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, a select all-star ensemble. He also invests a good deal of time touring colleges and universities, offering his talents as a jazz educator.
Marvin has a number of current CDs among which are: By Ourselves, a duo CD documenting his long-time collaboration with pianist Bill Mays; The Stamm/Soph Project - Live at Birdland — a quartet release created with drummer Ed Soph recorded in the famous New York Jazz club, featuring Bill Mays and bassist Rufus Reid; and Marvin’s most recent release, Alone Together, a DVD/CD project again featuring his quartet with Bill Mays, Rufus Reid, and Ed Soph.
Marvin's website is here.
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B o b S h e p p a r d
DanFans may already know Bob Sheppard from the 93-94 SD touring season (and as represented on Alive in America), and from his session work on Becker's 11 Tracks of Whack. For his spontaneity, technique, tone, and sheer musicianship, Bob is a true original.
After receiving his Master's from The Eastman School of Music, Bob was quickly established as one of the most highly respected and well-known improvising artists on the music scene, both as an international jazz artist and as a session man for hundreds of recordings. In addition to being an accomplished saxophonist, he is also impressive on flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet.
Bob's solo recording debut Tell Tale Signs (Windham Hill Jazz - Produced by Walter Becker) includes original compositions that reflect his unique style as influenced by John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, and Stan Getz, as well as by other jazz notables with whom he has performed.
Before joining up with the Steely Dan 2K Touring band in June of '00, Bob was on the road as a featured soloist with Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now Tour" this past spring. Currently a member of The Peter Erskine Trio, he has also toured with Chick Corea's "Origin" and is featured on Corea's Grammy nominated Change. Over the past 20 years he has forged and maintained associations and collaborations with artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Horace Silver, Lyle Mays, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, Billy Childs, and Nat Adderley. His versatile musicianship has translated equally well to pop (e.g., Rickie Lee Jones, The Manhattan Transfer, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, and Randy Newman); jazz (e.g., Scott Henderson, Michael Franks) and vocalist accompaniment (e.g., Marilyn Scott, Diane Reeves, and Natalie Cole).
You can visit Bob's website at www.bobsheppard.net
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F r e d d i e W a s h i n g t o n
Fun to watch and sublime to hear, "Ready Freddie" Washington started locking down the groove for the Fab-Originees in '06. Freddie grew up in Oakland California, studying bass by age 14 and dabbling in drums and piano. At 19, he bolted out of the gate by touring with Herbie Hancock for several years — and then went on to become the first-call man for the funk, pop, jazz, and rock stage and in the studio. A quick glance at his resume reveals names like Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Aaron Neville, Elton John, George Benson, Lionel Richie, KebMo (and about 60 others). It was Freddie on bass for Fagen's 2006 Morph The Cat album and tour.
Freddie also writes and produces. His collaboration with Patrice Rushen, Forget Me Nots, struck sales Gold and was later sampled by Will Smith's multi-Platinum Men In Black, while their Haven't You Heard was sampled for Kirk Franklin's smash, Lookin' For You.
We know DanFans will enjoy "Ready Freddie" on stage this summer. While he of course possesses an expansive palate of expressive devices and techniques, the focus of his playing is always on generating a deep and propulsive groove. "I haven't worked in 20 years", he says.
Freddie's website can be found at readyfreddiewashington.com.
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W a l t W e i s k o p f
Saxophonist, composer and author Walt Weiskopf began his New York career performing with the Buddy Rich Big Band in 1981 at the age of 21. Since then, he has made an impressive mark as both a leader and sideman with 12 critically-acclaimed CDs and countless sideman credits, including performing and recording with Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen and Steve Smith's Jazz Legacy. A dynamic player with enormous technical prowess, Walt is equally well-regarded as a composer and his CDs contain predominantly original work. His five books on advanced topics in improvisation are among the most respected in the field. He lives in New Jersey and is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Whether for quartet, nonet, or any configuration in between, Walt's compositions and arrangements have attracted fans and critical notice. Simplicity, (Criss Cross Jazz-1993), Walt's first CD as a leader, met with immediate success. It was number one on Eurojazz radio for four straight weeks and caused Mel Martin of Saxophone Journal to write: "Walt Weiskopf's prime influence as a player appears to be John Coltrane, but he is no slavish imitator. He ... gets to musical matters in a powerful and positive way, asserting a definite viewpoint.... He displays much technical accomplishment, yet makes it sound basic and accessible.".
Walt's subsequent recordings, from A World Away in 1994 (Criss Cross Jazz) to the most recent "Live" (Capri - 2011), have also caused a critical stir. In the September 1997 issue of JazzTimes Bill Milkowski counted Walt among his "five most underrated players"; by 2000, Milkowski found that Walt had fulfilled his early promise, and is "...a major talent...a monster tenor saxophonist as well as a prolific composer and accomplished arranger."ÊWalt's Song for My Mother (Criss Cross Jazz-1994) was awarded four stars in Downbeat. Bret Primack of Jazz Central Station listed Song for My Mother as one of the ten best jazz albums of 1997 and Crusader Magazine chose this recording as its number one Jazz Pick of the Year. Tony Hall of JazzWise summed up Walt's current "Live" CD saying simply "...More "live" Weiskopf please...an excellent record."
Walt's website is at waltweiskopf.com
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J e f f Y o u n g
Keyboards, Background Vocals '06-'08
Keyboardist, singer, and songwriter Jeff Young brings his melodic, soulful chops — and his awesome background vocals — to the Steelyard Sugartooth McDan stage this summer.
Jeff started out in the basement of his parent's house in New York, where his eventual choice of instrument was stimulated by his brother's request that he stop playing the drums. Jeff attended Ithaca College, gigging there and in New York City, eventually landing in Broadway's Gospel at Colonus. Rhythm-section mates from this show became the group "Jeff Young and the Youngsters", whom Fagen tapped for his New York Rock and Soul Revue in the early 90's.
A potent triple-threat talent — keyboardist, writer, and vocalist — Jeff has recorded and performed with Randy Crawford, Curtis Stigers, Shawn Colvin, Jackson Browne, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Vonda Shephard, Tracy Chapman, Fagen's solo Morph the Cat tour...and a few dozen other names and projects you'd no doubt recognize.
His busy sideman schedule notwithstanding, Jeff's always found time to write and record his own songs: Acting on Impulse (1977), Noise for Neighbors (2000), and Songs From a Red Wurlitzer (2006) — a funky and melodic tribute to the Wurli he "rescued" from a friend's cemetery of forgotten instruments.
Jeff and his family live in Los Angeles, where he's currently Musical Director, Producer, and Composer for Malibu Sound Music Productions.
You can visit Jeff's website at s.com.
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