Michael Shrieve - drums; Michael Stegner - keyboards; Thione Diop - African Percussion
"Michael Shrieve has vision. Michael is like a box of crayons; he has all the colors."
- CARLOS SANTANA
Over the course of his eminent career, Michael Shrieve has written, produced and played on albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide. As the original drummer for Santana, Michael at age nineteen was the youngest performer at Woodstock. He helped create the first eight albums of this seminal group, and was on the forefront of shaping a new musical era.
Michael is respected world-wide for his adventurous experimentation with the most creative and masterful musicians. No other drummer has collaborated with such longevity and sophistication alongside artists in such diverse genres as rock, jazz, electronic, DJ and world music. He is well recognized for his groundbreaking adoption of electronic percussion when it was a new medium in the 1970s.
Michael's recording credits include the masters of popular and avant-garde music Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Pete Townsend, Steve Winwood, Police guitarist Andy Summers, film composer Mark Isham, and such musical luminaries as John Mclaughlin, Stomu Yamash'ta, Klaus Schulze, Freddie Hubbard, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, Zakir Hussain, Airto Moriera and Amon Tobin. Many notable publications have cited Michaels outstanding work: The New York Times, Downbeat, Billboard, Modern Drummer, Musician, Drum, Paris Match, Melody Maker, and Life Magazine.
Gavin Templeton - saxes; Joshua White - piano; Richard Giddens - bass; Gene Coye - drums
...Gene Coye is as good as it gets when it comes to the drums. The guy has imagination, power, nerve, chops, and most importantly, musicality.."
As a child Gene taught himself to play drums. Throughout his youth he was mentored by gospel drumming great Terry Banks. By the time he was a teen, Gene was playing in numerous community choirs and jazz ensembles spanning from Chicago to NY, and even formed a tour schedule in high school. Gene received his BFA in jazz at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he studied under famed jazz legend Joe Labarbara. While in college Gene toured with Carlos Santana and his son Salvador. Upon graduating, he quickly established himself as one of the most sought after drummers in Los Angeles. Of late, Gene has been touring Europe and the US with famed guitarist Larry Carlton, Mike Landau, Robben Ford, Stanley Clarke, sax great Tom Scott, all in addition to playing with James Torme (son of Mel Torme) and numerous other high profile artists from LA to NY.
Josh Cook - tenor saxophone; Jon Hamar - bass; Julian MacDonough - drums
Julian MacDonough is a drummer, educator, and artistic director of the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center in Bellingham, where he presents concerts and workshops year-round. He has been fortunate to work with some of the greats in jazz, including Harold Mabern, Peter Bernstein, Grant Stewart, Larry Willis, Geoff Keezer, Seamus Blake, and Joey DeFrancesco, among many others. He spent many years recording and touring with the Mike Allen Quartet out of Vancouver, BC and also performed with the genre-bending funk band Megatron, and alt-country singer songwriter Kasey Anderson from Portland. Hes been active as a freelance jazz drummer up and down the west coast, and appears on over 40 recordings including First Romance with New York pianist Aaron Parks.
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