|Dave, Jerry, Me, Dennis & Mickey.|
|Dave Rockeach: Photo by Terry Dudley|
David Rokeach: Two highlights of David's career speak volumes. David toured nationally and internationally with Ray Charles from 1990-91. AND, David has also played with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, including appearances on VH1's Divas Live, where he performed with Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shania Twain, and Carole King for the show's finale. I had the pleasure of gigging regularly with David when I lived in the Bay Area. He's a great drummer and a great guy. And man are his kids cute!
|Me, Charles McNeal, Jeff Buenz: Photo by T. Dudley|
“Charles McNeal is a fiery saxophonist who brings a sense of urgency and soul to every note he plays.” It’s that immersion in the music that also gives him such a charismatic presence on stage. Though he is a powerful soloist, Charles also enjoys the role of sideman. He has the sensitivity to know when to play sparsely and when to shine. I always love having Charles in the band. These days Charles and his gorgeous wife Pam live in Las Vegas. His website is an incredible resource for sax players. www.charlesmcneal.com.
|Benny Watson: Photo by Terry Dudley|
Benny Watson: Benny, Benny, Benny! I met Benny at a jam session at the now defunct club owned by drummer/pianist/chef Kelly Park near Oakland, (Kelly’s of Alameda.) When he sat in I immediately noticed how he pounced on the keys with blues infused intensity all while smiling and laughing and having a good time. Since that night we’ve played together for concerts, casuals and all manner of gigs. It’s always a comfort to have my talented friend at the piano.
|Ruth Davies: Photo from her web site|