Steve Guttman - Trumpet & Flugelhorn - Arranger - Producer - Musical Director... In 1985 David and Steve teamed up to recruit a new band... the players were handpicked by Steve. He pulled together a team of New York's top musicians, transcribed the charts for the classic hits, often with delightful innovations, then wrote challenging new arrangements for the band. The Symphony program is Steve's brainchild... He wrote the brilliant scores that have made the Orchestra concerts so successfull, and as a Conductor, has earned the respect of Symphony Orchestras across the country. This multi-talented musician plays a major role in the organization, on David's Christmas album he serves as both arranger and producer. Steve has a diverse musical background, graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, he has a deep love for Latin Jazz, performing with the Tito Puente and Machito big bands, also serving as Musical Director for R&B Divas, Gloria Gaynor and Evelyn "Champagne" King. The band's undisputed musical leader, Steve Guttman is a learned musician of rare depth and talent.
Leo Huppert... Bass - Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, bassist Leo Huppert lays it down with rock solid time, deep grooves and a savvy for delivering what the music demands. With a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Music & Jazz as well as a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the world-famous University of Miami School of Music, he is equally at home on the acoustic bass as well as 4,5 or 6-string electric basses. Since coming to NYC in 1993, Leo has been a busy freelance bassist, working in Broadway shows from Crazy For You, Into the Woods, Fosse, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie and many others, as well as touring the US and Europe.
Nick Marchione - 1st Trumpet... Word travels fast in the tightknit music community of New York...and a young trumpet player from Philadelphia has arrived. This twenty-one year old "phenom" landed some of the most coveted"chairs" in town... the Broadway musical "The Producers" an invitation into the famed Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the prestigious Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. Nick Marchione is a big boisterous player with that rare combination of sensational power and range as a lead player, and great depth and sensitivity as a soloist. Nick studied at The Mannes College of Music in New York...his major influences include Chet Baker and Clifford Brown. While still in college he began attracting attention on the New York scene... performing with jazz giants Arturo Sandoval, Slide Hampton, Tom Scott, and Jon Faddis. The BS&T lead trumpet book can be an intimidating experience for a young trumpet player, difficult, demanding, no sheet music on stage, the book was forged by Soloff, Brecker, Mosello, the greatest lead players in the world...Nick Marchione nailed it from the first rehersal.
Gregg Sullivan - Guitar... Gregg's background is pure New Jersey Rock & Roll. He brings raw power and a great melodic sense to the rhythm section. He has a deep love for the blues and provides a perfect compliment for the gutsy Clayton-Thomas vocals. His influences range from Hendrix and Robben Ford to Wes Mongomery and Larry Carlton. A skillful and well schooled musician, Gregg studied at The New School in New York City and with jazz great Steve Khan. He has recorded and performed with Roger Daltrey, The Supremes, The Rascals and The Main Ingredient and is a seasoned road warrior, travelling all over Europe, Canada and the U.S. Gregg's playing has a natural, melodic feel with a strong emphasis on great tone.
Andrea Valentini - Drums ... He has played classical percussion with Luciano Pavarotti, jazz with Dakota Staton and Rythym & Blues with Etta James. One of Europe's most acclaimed drummers, Andrea brings an international flavour to the band. Born in Pesaro Italy, he earned a masters degree in classical percussion from the prestigous Rossini Conservatory of Music. It was there he was exposed to the "fusion" school of American music...the merger of Rock, Soul, Jazz and the Classics, pioneered by Blood Sweat and Tears. Young Andrea travelled to Boston to attend The Berklee College of music where he studied under BS&T founding member Fred Lipsius and finally settled in New York City. An emotional player with incredible technique, Andrea drives the band with great fire and energy.
Dale Kirkland - Trombone ... Born and raised in Rochester NY, Dale graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1974. He toured with the Woody Herman Band untill 1977, recording six albums, including Frank Sinatra's "The Main Event"... two years with Buddy Rich produced three more albums. Much in demand as a session player, Dale maintains an active and varied career. In addition to a busy tour schedule with David and the band, he currently holds positions as Principle Trombone in the Westchester Symphony and Lead Trombone with the Broadway musical "Man Of La Mancha". In Dale Kirkland's hands, the Trombone becomes a beautifully melodic instrument...gorgeous tone and brilliantly articulated solos, are the trademarks of this highly respected musician.
Eric Cortright - Keyboards…A resident of New York City, Eric has a diverse musical background…he holds a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music while having extensive experience playing funk and jazz. Eric studied piano with jazz masters Kenny Barron, Chuck Marohnic and Garry Dial…. While maintaining a busy schedule in New York City doing jazz club performances and session work, he also makes time to teach in colleges and universities….. Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul and Steely Dan are some of Eric’s major influences…One of Eric’s most enjoyable musical experiences was a recording session with Steely Dan guitarist Jon Herington in 1999…Rhythmic piano solos and funky comping are some of Eric’s contributions to the band.
Darcy Hepner- Saxophone ... Darcy is a dedicated musician, composer and educator. A native of Canada's Rocky Mountains, he now makes his home in New York City. His musical experience runs the gamut, from the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra to B.B. King... from The Brooklyn Jazz Composers Orchestra to Aretha Franklin. Darcy comes from a musical family. His father, Dr. Lee Hepner was the founder of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a Professor of Music at McMaster University, his mother Patricia Rolston, a world renowned concert pianist. Darcy first came to music as a cellist, winning a scholarship to the famed Congress of Strings in Cincinatti, then he discovered The Beatles, Jazz, and the Saxophone... After earning a Bachelor's degree from McMaster University and a Master's degree from the University of Miami, Darcy joined the faculty at Boston's Berklee College of Music. This complex musical background has led to Darcy's mastery of a multitude of musical instruments, including saxophones, clarinets, strings and flute. A gifted arranger and composer, Darcy Hepner is a powerful addition to the band, not only as a performer, but as a dynamic member of the band's creative team.
Gary Foote - Bass.
Pat Hallaran – Trombone
Charlie Gordon – Trombone (Sub for Hallaran)
Tom Timko - Saxophone & Flute.
Joe Mosello - 1st Trumpet.
Gil Parris - Guitar.
Dave Gellis – Guitar. (Sub for Gil Parris)
Brian Delaney - Drums.
Phil Magallanes – Keyboards
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