Dr. Dan Matrazzo (from Wikipedia):
Dr. Dan Matrazzo is a jazz, jam, and fusion American keyboardist and pianist. He is known as an early collaborator of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, and co-founder of Col. Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners as well as the band Winter (with Jeff Sipe and Steve Vai at Berklee College of Music).
In addition to his partnership with Col. Bruce Hampton and Steve Vai, Dr. Dan was also a member of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's blues band, and Joseph Patrick Moore's Drum and Bass Society. His recordings with The Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic are available via various sources on the internet, and the album "Timeless," which he recorded with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Matrazzo's piano can also be found on Brown's album "Real Life." Dr. Dan has also played shows and/or tours with James Cotton and Taj Mahal,and has appeared on stage with Russell Malone, Phish, Blues Traveller, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Les Claypool, Gov't Mule, Ween, Lowell Fulson, Leftover Salmon, George Porter Jr., Stanton Moore, Blues Traveller, Morphine and many others. His professional journey began as a teenager playing sold-out arenas with Japanese sensation Char, and continued to the Berklee College of Music where he met Jeff Sipe and Steve Vai. In 1981 Matrazzo was a part of the album Soundcloud/Pink Cloud on VAP Records with Nobuki Yoshinaga, Masayoshi Kabe, Hisato "Char" Takenaka, and Mari Kaneko. From there he went on to form several bands with Col. Bruce Hampton and toured the US and Europe with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and numerous other musical outfits, including several appearances at The North Sea Jazz Festival. Matrazzo was a member of the band Life Force from 1993-1994 * and played the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lilehammer with the group. 1994 also saw the reunion of Dr. Dan and Char with the Psychedelix concert Performed on March 20 at the SHIBUYA Public Hall TOKYO In 1996 Matrazzo performed with Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie, recording the tracks for his album "Rendezvous With The Blues" on hammond B3. Recordings of Matrazzo performing with GOV'T Mule, JOHN SCOFIELD, and JIMMY HERRING at The Georgia Theatre in Athens and the Roxy in Atlanta from 1999 have been made available...
For weddings and special events, Dr. Dan has assembled a world-class group of players and built a massive repertoire of popular songs from all modern genres
Joe and Eric Layden: Since their debut in 1999 as the backing band for Rosa King, Amsterdam's Queen of Funk and Blues, The Looters (also known as the Layden Brothers)have carved out a significant name for themselves on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.The band has backed such major acts as Saskia Laroo (Laroo Records), Kristina Train (Blue Note), and the aforementioned Rosa King, but have also enjoyed substantial success with their own original and cover material. Having played everywhere from small noteworthy clubs (such as Bourbon Street Blues Club and Club Alto in the Netherlands, and The 40 Watt, The Live Wire, JJ Cagney's, and North Side Tavern in Georgia) to giant festivals like The Jazz Below the Sea Festival in Europe and the Atlanta Jazz Festival in the US has given them the opportunity to perform alongside such stars as Medeski, Martin, and Wood, DeeDee Bridgewater, Sheila E., Terence Blanchard, Russell Gunn, Sonny Rollins, Chucho Valdez, Mary J. Blige, Perpetual Groove, Devon Allman, Drivin' and Cryin', Eddie Money, and Arturo Sandoval. Being exposed to world-class performances and playing some of the world's most renowned locales has given them the experience to capture the attention of audiences in any venue. Having learned from some of the greatest performers in the US and Europe has given them tremendous stage presence to match their musical prowess.
David Denison (guitar/vocals) A 4th generation musician and decendent of one of the Bellamy Brothers, David's soulful vocals and toneful rhythm and lead playing add versatility to the line-up. In addition to The Looters and The Laden brothers, Davis has played with Dr. Dan Matrazzo, Kevn Kinney of Drivin' and Cryin', Jack Sherman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many others.
Vuk Pavlovic: World class percussionist and vocalist imported from Serbia to complete the group.
The band plays a massive repertoire of music from virtually every genre; from beach music and reggae to modern alternative rock, from country to funk and back to classic rock, jazz, and classical
We are available in casual, semi-formal, or formal attire- please specify your preference along with any "special" song requests at time of bidding.