Lee Waterman - Guitarist, Composer, Arranger
Lee is originally from New York where his early interest in music was nurtured by his grandmother, a locally prominent classical pianist. At the age of nine he studied drums and later played in the school band. In his late teens, Lee took up guitar and Latin percussion. For the next several years he studied jazz guitar and music theory with internationally known guitarist and author, Warren Nunes. This strong foundation in the classic jazz styles plus the multicultural influences of percussion studies forged his eclectic compositional style. Among his credits, Lee has led several Bay-Area based combos throughout the last three decades including the Silver Moon Big Band, and Jazz Caliente. He has also performed with sax great John Handy, vocalist Mark Murphy, and Narada Michael Walden and opened for many headliners including Tito Puente and Pancho Sanchez.
Melecio Magdaluyo - Tenor and Soprano Sax, Flute, Clarinet
Melecio is without doubt one of the finest reed men on the West Coast. He has appeared and recorded with Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Tito Puente, Eddy Palmieri, George Coates, Pete Escovedo and John Santos' Machete Ensemble.
Marc Levine - Electric Bass
Marc worked for two decades in L.A as a top studio musician. During that time he toured and/or recorded with Rosemary Clooney, Gerry Mulligan, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, Olivia Newton-John, Burt Bacharach, Melissa Manchester, and Barry Manilow. With Barry he toured for 9 years including numerous "Tonight Show" appearances.
David Rokeach - Drums
Dave toured with Ray Charles from 1990-91. He has also performed/recorded with Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Lou Rawls, Dr. John, Joe Henderson, Mark Murphy, The George Brooks-Zakir Hussain Group, Wilson Pickett, Linda Tillery, Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Joyce Cooling, Maria Muldaur, Barry Finnerty, Stanley Clarke, Merl Saunders, David Grisman, Louis Bellson, Wayne Wallace, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Paula West, Marcos Silva, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Ernestine Anderson, Oscar Brown Jr., Ingrid Jensen, Maria Schneider and Rita Moreno.
Tommy Kesecker - Vibraphone and percussion
Tommy graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and currently records and tours internationally with world renown group Zakir Hussain and the Rhythm Experience. Other recent projects include appearances with jazz piano legend Larry Vukavich and "the Different Drums and Percussion Group", which performs for and educates local children. Tommy has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival and Russian River Jazz Festival as well as a variety of concert venues throughout the U.S. and beyond. He and Lee are the founding members of the group.
Jimmy Biala - Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion
Jimmy is a faculty member in the music department at Santa Clara University and on the faculty for the California Brazil Camp. He teaches specialzed programs in Cuban and Brazilian percussion to youth and adult students. He majored in music at San Jose State University and also studied in Matanzas, Cuba and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he performs annually in the Carnaval competition as a member of the bateria of the Beija-Flor de Nilópolis Escola de Samba. Jimmy also plays drum set and percussion for Music At Large in Oakland, California.and is a member of the multi-disciplinary performing ensemble Sound and Social Justice Collective. In addition Mr. Biala is the artistic director of the Bloco do Sol San José Brazilian percussion and dance ensemble. He's also an endorsee of Brooks Custom Drums and the Latin Percussion Music company.