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keyboard player Jim Cox, a native of California, has been playing the piano since
the age of four. A mostly self-taught musician, his passion for music has led
him to accumulate an extensive record library, and his fascination with pop music
history borders on the obsessive. For the past twenty-five years he has made his
living in the recording studios of southern California.
Jim's performing, composing and arranging credits include recordings with such
artists as , Barbra Streisand, José Feliciano, Belinda Carlisle, Mark Knopfler,
Aerosmith, Pink, Faith Hill, Ozzy Osbourne, Aaron Neville, Barbra Streisand, Ringo
Starr, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, Boz Scaggs, Chris Botti, Rodney
Crowell, Robbie Williams, Loenard Cohen, Burt Bacharach, B. B. King, George Strait,
Ray Charles, Adam Sandler, Albert Lee, Queen Latifah, Alison Krauss, Barry Manilow,
Bill Medley, Alice Cooper, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Neil Diamond, LeAnn Rimes,
Lifehouse, Robben Ford, The Monkees, Kiefer Sutherland, Rick Springfield, and
many others . He has also worked on hundreds of motion picture and television
soundtrack, including "Alladin", "Mulan", "Cars"
and the "Austin Powers" series.
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American keyboardist, singer-songwriter, Phil Cristian aka Magic Cristian was
a member of the Micki Free Band, managed by Diana Ross and they toured with Diana
Ross as her opening act in 1981. He is better known as the touring keyboardist
and background singer for the rock band Cheap Trick. He was their first keyboard
player to tour nationally with the group between 19821985and his first recording
with the band came in 1984, recording demo versions of the song "Love Comes"
and the title track for the movie "Teachers". He also played keyboards
and sang backup on the "Up The Creek" movie soundtrack, making a cameo
appearance in the accompanying video. After recording a solo album No Prisoner,
he went on to become the music producer / musical director for country singer
and "Hee Haw Honey" Zella Lehr. In 2002 Magic joined Cheap Trick onstage
in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl, his first time performance with them in 16 years. He joined
them again in 2008 and is still performing with Cheap
Trick; his last appearance to date,
(January 2014) with them was in September 2013 in Puyallup, Washington with the
Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. They performed
two iconic albums, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Cheap
Trick at Budokan"
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American jazz organist Melvin
Rhyne was born in Indianapolis and took up playing the piano at a very young age.
At 19 years old, he started performing on piano with the then unknown tenor saxophonist
Rahsaan Roland Kirk but he soon switched over to the Hammond B3 organ, and before
long he was backing famous blues players like B.B. King and T-Bone Walker. In
1959 he joined Wes Montgomery's newly formed trio; Melvin played with Montgomery
for the next five years and cut four records with The Wes Montgomery Trio: A Dynamic
New Sound, Guitar on the Go, Boss Guitar, and Portrait of Wes. Melvin then
moved to Wisconsin and kept to himself for two decades. Melvin returned to the
jazz scene in full force in 1991, playing on Herb Ellis' album Roll Call, Brian
Lynch's At the Main Event, and his own comeback album, The Legend. He continued
to be prolific in the years to come, releasing eight more solo albums with his
trio, on the Criss Cross jazz label.
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American hammond keyboardist and vocalist, Roger Smith,
was born in Texas but as a child moved with his family to Sacramento, CA. and
learnt piano as at a very young age. After spending some time in the service,
at 20 years old and then living in Austin, Texas, he formed a band called "Blind
Mellon", his band mates were are very young Eric Johnson on guitar, and Roscoe
Beck on bass. In 1971, Roger was given an opportunity to fill in for a member
of Freddie King's band for about 5 weeks. This was a life changing event that
led him to work with many other artists over the years such as Leon Russell, Joe
Cocker, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Louden Wainwright III, Jeff Beck, and
Gladys Knight, among others. At Present, Roger holds down the Hammond B-3 seat
with the legendary West Coast soul band Tower of Power. Touring extensively with
Tower of Power, Roger performs in all parts of the US, Europe, and Asia each year.
He still finds time to play gigs with other Northern C.A. musicians, and has a
successful solo career with many solo CD's to his credit. His 'My
Colors' album recorded in the mid-Nineties, was nominated for two Jazz Grammys.
His follow-up was 'Both Sides'; one of the songs, Off The Hook, went
to the top of the jazz charts and he was honored when Radio & Records recognized
him as their Breakout Artist of the Year in 1999. Roger's latest projects
include the release of Jazz Roscos "Rosco's Place II" and he has produced
a cd by a new up and coming pop artist, Robbie Christmas.
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Goldberg, American blues and rock
keyboardist, songwriter and record producer was born Chicago, where even as a
teenager, he was sitting in with Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, and Howlin' Wolf. Also
Barry was the organist in the band supporting Bob Dylan during his 1965 notoriuos
'electrified' appearance at the Newport Folk Festival. After which in 1967, Barry
formed The Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, before forming the Barry Goldberg
Reunion in 1968. His first professional recording session was "Devil With
The Blue Dress On" / "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Mitch Ryder &
the Detroit Wheels. Among the albums he contributed to are Leonard Cohen's Death
of a Ladies' Man; The Ramones' End of the Century; Gram Parson's The Gilded Palace
of Sin; Super Session which featured Michael Bloomfield, Stephen Stills, and Al
Kooper; Carla Olson & Mick Taylor band's "Too Hot for Snakes"; and
the Bo Diddley tribute album "Hey Bo Diddley - A Tribute!", aere just
a few of many. In
1999 he wrote and performed the theme to the Disney Channel original movie Smart
House, entitled "The House is Jumpin'", and in 2002, he performed on
the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley - A Tribute!, as well as recording
12 albums with his own band between 1966-2006 and in 2005-6, he toured with the
Chicago Blues Reunion. Barry has also produced many albums including Percy Sledge's
Blue Night which was Grammy nominated and WC Handy soul album of the year, as
well as Shining Through the Rain, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, The Textones
plus Bob Dylan's version of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready". Barry's
songs, some of which co-written with Gerry Goffin, have been recorded by many
musicians including Rod Stewart, Gladys Knight, Percy Sledge, Joe Cocker, Steve
Miller, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Gram Parsons and B. J. Thomas. 2012 saw
the release of Barry's film documentary, "White, Black & Blues,"
which details the rock-blues explosion of the 1960s.
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Ukrainian pianist, composer, music teacher, and
keyboardist of the now defunct neo-classical progressive metal band Artension,
Vitalij Kuprij now resides in Reading, Pennsylvania, when he is not touring.
While studying classical music in Lucerne, Switzerland,
he met fellow student Swiss guitarist Roger Staffelbach, and together founded
their band "Atlantis Rising". They were joined by drummer Mike Terrana,
bassist Kevin Chown, and vocalist John West and "Artension" was born.
Soaring vocals, along with Vitalij's and Roger's lightning-fast solos, became
the trademark for Artension's neo-classical and aggressive music. Between 19932005
the band produced seven albums, their last being Future World in 2004. Running
along side his band commitments he had /has a very busy solo career.
As well as much touring, guest sessions,
3 albums with Ring of Fire, and releasing 10 solo albums, on March 7, 1999, Vitalij
was selected as the soloist to perform the "Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1"
with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, followed by performances at
the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.
During the summer of 2007, Vitalij appeared at Mexico's "Music Fest"
in Mexico City. In 2009 and 2010, he joined Trans-Siberian Orchestra as pianist
for live performances in the United States and Europe. While not touring Vitalij
writing and composing his own piano concerto, which he will one day dedicate to
the memory of his late father.
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Born in Chelmsford, England, singer-songwriter,
pianist, keyboard player Reg Webb, was blinded by retinal cancer at the age of
only 1 year. After attending special schools for the blind in London and Worcester,
he did a Social Science degree at Birmingham University and took up music full-time
in 1971. He formed the band Fusion which included Nik Kershaw on guitar, they
played music from the likes Gentle Giant, Steely Dan, and original songs written
by himself and Nik. After the band's break up, from the mid 80s into the 90s,
Reg has gigged and toured with many artists and bands including The Outfield,
Lenny Kravitz, Vanessa Paradis, John McLaughlan, Linda Lewis, Jimmy Witherspoon,
Steve Harley, Roland Kirk, Art Farmer and Suzi Quatro. Also in the 90s and until
2008, he gigged with Kate Pace as Short People. He still plays with Short People
but now with the young singer Laura Jepp. Reg has also formed a jazz trios, Blind
Black & Breathless, and The Reg Webb Trio with Reg playing piano, they perform
standards and more contemporary material in a quite unique style.
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English keyboardist, Ian Gibbons started playing
the accordion then guitar in school bands before making the organ his main instrument.
In 1972 he joined Moonstone, which released three singles. He also worked with
Love Affair, and The Nashville Teens and with rock based and New Wave bands. In
1979, Ian joined The Kinks working with them for 10 years whilst also working,
mainly recording, with Dr. Feelgood, The Kursaal Flyers, Blues 'n Trouble, Ken
Hensley, Mike Vernon, Samson, Randy California among others. From 1989 he worked
with Roger Chapman, The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, and Ian Hunter until 1993 when he
returned to The Kinks. He has continued to record and perform with Chapman and
Hunter, along with Chris Farlowe, Maggie Bell, Andy Scott, The Chicago Blues Brothers
and recently on Ray Davies choir and other projects. In 2008 he joined The Kast
Off Kinks, a line-up which includes former Kinks members Mick Avory and Jim Rodford
and former Tim Rose sideman, Dave Clarke.
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British keyboard player, guitarist, singer and
songwriter, Roger Cotton was a member of Peter Green's Splinter Group in the 70s,
where he wrote many of the band's hits, including "Big Change" and "Real
World". Also in the 70s and 80s he was a member of The Clockwork Orange,
The Bandwagon, and The Brothers Grim. Through his career he has played keyboard
and guitar with many different artists including John
Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Paul Jones, Carlos Santana, Papa George Blues
Band, Soul Survivor, The Paul Cox Band, and with Buddy Whittington. He has also
written and recorded with Eric Bibb, The Barcodes, The Downliner Sect, Dr. Feelgood,
Incredible Blues Puppies, Sonny Black and Derek Nash. In 2008, Roger released
his first album under his own name "A Long Way Back" and is currently
the keyboard player in the Buddy Whittington Band. Roger also has his own studio
in Kent where he produces 100s of albums for other musicians.
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British keyboardist, vocalist and bandleader Zoot Money born George Bruno Money
in Bournemouth, Hampshire, is a best known for his playing of the Hammond organ
and association with his Big Roll Band. He played the French horn and sang in
the school choir as a boy. During the mid-1950s, he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis
and Ray Charles, took up keyboard and by the beginning of the 1960s, Hammond organ.
He soon became a leading light in the music scene of Bournemouth and Soho during
the 1960s. In the Autumn of 1961 Zoot formed the Big Roll Band, which in July
'67 became Dantalian's Chariot, sharing concert line-ups with Pink Floyd, Soft
Machine and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. In June '70 he contributed piano
to the studio session led by former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, which
was edited into six tracks that formed Green's experimental release, The End of
the Game. Zoot has also worked with the likes of Kevin Ayers, Kevin Coyne, Eric
Burdon, Steve Marriott, Rocket 88, Snowy White, Mick Taylor, Spencer Davis, Geno
Washington, Brian Joseph Friel, the Hard Travelers, Widowmaker and Alan Price.
He is also known as a bit part and character actor in British television programmes
such as Bergerac, The Professionals, The Bill and Coronation Street.
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keyboardist, composer, arranger, producer, singer, author and actor, Van , was
born in Hattiesburg, MI, and brought up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He began his
career as a child actor. Between 1953 and 1958 he worked steadily in films and
television, including the 1956 movie The Swan. He originally studied the clarinet,
but had moved to the piano before enrolling and majoring in music at the Carnegie
Institute in Pittsburgh im 1963. Van is noted for his contributions as a lyricist
on the Beach Boys album Smile. Unsatisfied with Pet Sounds collaborator Tony Asher's
lyrics for "Good Vibrations", Brian Wilson asked Van to help him re-write
the lyrics to the song, and on the musical direction. During the recording of
"Good Vibrations", Van suggested to Brian that he have cellos playing
eighth notes. Van then wrote lyrics for the Beach Boys' next LP, the ambitious
but ill-fated Smile. Sadly several members of the Beach Boys strongly opposed
Smile, notably Wilson's former collaborator Mike Love, who derided Van's lyrics
as "Acid Alliteration". The album was finally released 44 years later
in November 2011. In 1967, he released his first solo album, Song Cycle which
combined orchestral textures and traditional Americana-meets-psychedelic pop song
structure. This has been followed by 5 other albums: Discover America, Clang of
the Yankee Reaper, Jump!, Tokyo Rose, and with Brian Wilson, Orange Crate Art.
He has also released a live album Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove. Van has
produced/arranged/played on albums by artists including Tim Buckley, Phil Ochs,
Delaney Bramlett, U2, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, The Byrds, Cher, Rufus Wainwright,
Sam Phillips, Ringo Starr, Frank Black, The Beau Brummels, The Manhattan Transfer,
Medicine, Keith Moon, Sixpence None the Richer, Carly Simon, Little Feat, T-Bone
Burnett, Stan Ridgway, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Victoria Williams, Bonnie Raitt,
Peter Case, Gordon Lightfoot, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Ry Cooder, Joanna Newsom,
The Everly Brothers, Saint Etienne, Silverchair, The Thrills, Scissor Sisters,
Laurie Anderson, and Susanna Hoffs/Matthew Sweet's covers collection, among many
others and is still working.
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American rock and roll and country music singer-songwriter, pianio and keyboard
player, also known by the nickname "The Killer". Born in Ferriday, Louisiana,
he was an early pioneer of rock and roll music, having hits in the late 1950s
with songs such as "Great Balls of Fire", "Whole Lotta Shakin'
Goin' On", "Breathless" and "High School Confidential".
He began playing piano in his youth with two cousins, country music singer Mickey
Gilley and TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart. His parents mortgaged their farm to buy
him a piano. He traveled to Memphis, in November 1956, to audition for Sun Records,
he recorded a rendition of Ray Price's "Crazy Arms" and his own composition
"End of The Road". During December 1956, he began recording prolifically,
as a solo artist and as a session musician for such Sun artists as Carl Perkins
and Johnny Cash. Jerry is the last surviving member of Sun Records' Million Dollar
Quartet and the Class of '55 album, which also included Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins,
Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley. His 60s-70s country hits include "What's Made
Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)", "She Still Comes Around
(To Love What's Left of Me)", "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye",
"Once More With Feeling", "There Must Be More to Love Than This",
"Touching Home", "Would You Take Another Chance on Me", "Me
& Bobby McGee", "Think About It, Darlin'", "Sometimes
a Memory Ain't Enough", and "Tell Tale Signs". Between 1957 and
2006, 47 singles and 22 albums made the Top Twenty Pop, Jukebox, Rock, Indie and/or
Country charts in the US or the UK, 14 reached No. 1 position. He has had ten
official gold disks, the latest being for the 2006 album Last Man Standing. Jerry
was also one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in it's
third year, 1986.
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