Welcome to the latest issue of Denis Pooleís Secret Garden, the page that offers a British perspective on the very best from the world of smooth jazz and classic soul. The brand new nine piece East Bay Soul is the brainchild of Grammy and Emmy nominated trumpeter Greg Adams and award winning vocalist Lenny Williams. With its tight horn filled rhythms and hugely talented line-up the band promises to ignite an R&B renaissance that has itís roots firmly grounded in the uniquely soul based genre of San Franciscoís East Bay Area.
Of course Adams is a founding member of the wonderful Tower of Power while Williams provided the bands vocals throughout a significant period of its considerable history. Here, as East Bay Soul, the duo is joined by another ex Tower of Power stalwart, trumpeter Lee Thornburg, who more recently has played on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. If that wasnít enough, either the dynamic Tom Scott or the soulful Eric Marienthal will feature on saxophone. The decision as to who plays where and when will be dependant on scheduling. In fact, although twenty six cities have already been named for the bands extensive 2008 tour, all of East Bay Soulís appearances will be predicated on each of the artists own solo commitments.
The East Bay Soul line-up is completed by Joey Navarro on keyboards, Evan Stone on drums, Brian Allen on bass, James Wirrick on guitar, Johnny Sandoval on percussion and Johnnie Bamont with flute plus alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. Itís without doubt that the timeless quality of the East Bay Soul sound will captivate audiences throughout the summer. Get your tickets early and for more information go to www.eastbaysoul.comPosted by Denis Poole at January 13, 2008 12:06 PM