The RPS Band was formed in the summer of 2014, but many of the band's members have played together in one form or another for several years. Taking advantage of a very diverse musical history together and apart, this band was formed with the intent of doing great jazz fusion, funk, soul, and R&B including original material. RPS is Linda Brown on vocals, Lynne Miller on vocals, Tony Jacobs on percussion, Patrick Mottaz on guitar, Doug Rich on bass, Willie Sordillo on sax, and Alvin Terry on drums.
The band's members each have a great deal of experience and expertise to bring to each gig.
Alvin Terry's music is rooted in Funk, R&B, Jazz and Gospel. He has played and recorded with Archie Shepp and received drumming tips and concepts from Max Roach. Alvin has also performed with Ricky Ford, Marian Brown,Claude Williams, Dakota Staton, and Valerie Pomaroff. He is a member of the music ministry at Grant AME church in Boston, Massachusetts and books music for a variety of clients as the owner of FlamTap Enterprises. Alvin plays percussion for numerous occasions as well as several annual events. These include The Three Kings Production in Boston, Mass. at The Berklee Performance Center featuring trumpet player John Faddis; and All That Jazz, a yearly concert on Martha's Vineyard which features vocalists Armstead Christian and Shawn Montiero. He was featured on Eric In The Evening recently and one of his original works, Faith In One, recieved special recognition.
Patrick Mottaz, a Swiss-born resident of Newton, is an excellent guitarist for any style of music you can think of. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee's Music Performance Program, and teaches professionally as well as being an active performer. His influences include Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Sylvain Luc, Wayne Shorter, and Bill Evans.
Since 1994, Willie Sordillo has focused his energies on the New England music scene. In addition to leading his own groups, Willie has been a featured performer with the Latin jazz ensemble La Luna Quintet, with the bossa nova group Sambossa, with vocalist/pianist Geoffrey Dana Hicks and with the Mystic Chorale, the Marlene Jazz Ensemble, the Mood Elevators, the Blue Suede Boppers, Chops Turner, The Manny Santos Quintet, James Brown impersonator "JC", and Enfusion, among others. Since September of 2005, Willie has been musical director of a weekly jazz worship service at Old South Church on Copley Square, Boston. He served for two years as muscial leader for OpenSpirit, a creative worship service in Framingham, MA and requently brings Jazz Worship to churches in New England. Willie has been a featured in-studio guest on Worcester's WICN and WGBH's "Eric in the Evening". His most recent CD as a leader, Echoing, features some of the Boston area's finest jazz musicians.
Doug is from the Midwest, and he spent time there playing with local jazz legends like Ray Felder and Woody Evans, and Gospel artists including Charles Fold and Donald Lawrence. Since moving to Boston and graduating from Berklee College of Music Doug has been playing all over New England in numerous genres and with many musicians, but is most excited about what RPS is building right now.