In tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, an outstanding sextet of Bay Area musicians offers their take on Ray's amazing songbook.
Tony Lindsay (Santana) Tony Lindsay, who was born in Kingston, New York, now calls San Francisco his home, is back in the SANTANA lineup. He first toured with SANTANA in 1991 and can be heard on the 1992 release, Milagro. When not touring with SANTANA, he sings for Spang-a-Lang, a local R&B/Jazz/Pop group he founded that has opened for several well-known acts, including Curtis Mayfield, Jr. Walker, Tower of Power, and Average White Band, to name a few.
As an individual, Tony has recorded or performed with several artists, including Tevin Campbell, O'Jays, Al Jarreau, Steve Winwood, Johnny Gill, Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin, and Lou Rawls.
His full-bodied tenor voice and unique style have paved the way for his participation in a variety of musical projects, including a 1993 duet performance with Angela Bofill and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Avery Fischer Hall in NY. (The song was written by Narada Michael Walden, and entitled "Enough for Everyone.")
Tony's voice can also be heard on Mazda, Hotwheels, Dreyer's Ice Cream and Wendy's commercials as well as on the "Adventures of Kanga Roddy."
Tony is also a talented song writer, and sings with the Dancing with the Stars Road Tour.
Chris Cain Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage.
Larry Nager (syndicated Scripts-Howard music critic) writes, "Nowadays most young blues players are Strat-wielding Stevie Ray Vaughan-a-bes. Not Chris Cain. With a voice that recalls B.B. King and a thick toned Gibson guitar sound reminiscent of Albert King, Cain is forging a unique style.
Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting ability, Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. And as San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, "more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues."
David K. Mathews (Santana, Etta James, Tower Of Power) David K. Mathews (aka Dave Mathews) was born April 16, 1959 in Berkeley, California. He began playing piano at age seven and at age 15 worked with several R&B bands in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area. Thus he has been playing professionally since 1975, performing on the piano, Hammond Organ, electric piano, clavinet and synthesizers.
At age 23, Dave joined the legendary Oakland funk/soul group Tower of Power, replacing the original organist Chester Thompson. He toured with the band for two and a half years. David had some deficiencies regarding jazz though. Once he left Tower Of Power he worked on that playing with artists like Pete Escovedo, Sheila E. and Ray Obiedo. Eventually jazz became his great love.
In 1990 Dave joined Grammy Award winning queen of Rhythm & Blues, Etta James' bands (Sugar Pie DeSanto's younger cousin). He appeared with her at most of the world's major jazz and blues festivals.
David is playing with his own band in the Bay Area when he is not touring/recording with other artists like Santana, Pee Wee Ellis, Lady Bianca, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur (to name a few).
Dewayne Pate (Robben Ford, Arturo Sandoval) Dewayne Pate is a graduate of the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles where he studied privately with Jeff Berlin and Bob Magnusson.Upon graduation in 1981, Dewayne continued to reside in Los Angeles where he found himself working with the likes of Steve Lukather, and steel-guitar players Sneaky Pete Kleinow and J.D. Manness.
After living for two years in Los Angeles, Dewayne spent some time doing "pay your dues" road gigs, most notably with Bobby Freeman ( "Do Ya Wanna Dance", "The Swim").Since returning home to the Bay Area,
Dewayne has worked with a wide array of artists including Huey Lewis & The News, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, Robben Ford, Jose Neto, Pat Benatar, Tracy Nelson, Pete Escovedo, Ray Obiedo, Bonnie Hayes, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Henry Butler, Long John Baldry, Roy Rogers, Chris Cain, Duke Robillard, Betty LaVette, Rad, and others.His highly acclaimed instructional video, " The Art of Tapping" met with rave reviews and is now being sold around the globe.Dewayne has been a columnist for Bassics Magazine, and has recently toured with Grammy winning trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval.
Glenn Walters (Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils) Born to professional musician parents in the Midwest, Glenn began his music career at age 14. After years of touring with many famous Big Bands, Glenn's saxophonist father, Howard, decided to form a family trio with Glenn on drums and vocals, with Glenn's mother, Glenna, on Hammond organ. As "The Baronets Trio", they toured most of the U.S. and Canada until Glenn started college in Kansas City, Missouri. During his college years, Glenn formed "The Mystic Number National Bank", which made one album for ABC/Paramount before dissolving in a purple haze.
Then he joined "The Kansas City Emeralds", a 14 piece soul band doing the current hits of the day by artists such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and James Brown, and traveled the country with them until they dissolved in Monterey,CA.in 1969.
In 1970, Glenn moved from his tranquil life in Pacific Grove, CA to San Francisco and joined his old pal from K.C., John Rewind, in "The Hoodoo Rhythm Devils", along with Texan, Joe Crane. This creative combination of Joe's and Glenn's soulful voices toured and performed with some of the major acts of the 70's, including the Doobie Brothers, Chuck Berry,Steely Dan, Savoy Brown, Uriah Heep, Johnny Winter, The Pointer Sisters and Sammy Hagar, making five critically successful albums before Joe's untimely death in 1980.
In the succeeding years, Glenn has led and performed in a great variety of bands on a freelance basis, relying on his enormous repertoire of jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, and even country & western. From 1986 to 1990, Glenn sang in a reformed "Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra", a 14 piece soul band, doing (déjà vu) the songs of Otis, Wilson and James. Glenn is also in great demand as a voice talent for commercials and movies. He's done many national radio and television campaigns for companies such as Levi-Strauss, E & J Gallo, Hershey's Chocolate, and Mattel Toys, and provided singing and character voices for the Tim Burton animated film, "The Nightmare Before Christmas", among others. Glenn also sang the radio themes for the S.F. Giants two years in a row.
Deszon Claiborne (Boz Scaggs, Charles Brown) A native of the Bay Area, drummer Deszon Claiborne began his musical
career at the age of ten. Virtually self taught in the beginning, Deszon went
on to study intensively with world renowned drummers such as Ralph
Humphrey, James Levi, Richard Peterson, Billy Cobham and Keneth Nash.
These experiences provided him with a strong foundation in jazz, funk, rock,
R&B, and world music. Deszon has had the pleasure to perform or record
with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Boz Scaggs, Peter Apfelbaum, Charles Brown, Joe
Locke, Les McCann, Robin Ford, Angela Bofill, Omar Sosa, Giovanni Hildalgo,
Ernie Watts, and Donald Harrison.
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