dan1327917
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ABOUT

I'm a very young-looking 54, with a good clean, melodic voice and good range, a natural ability to find harmonies, interesting chords, and work with odd-time rhythms. I am a pretty good piano player (was very good, building it back up), and learning electronic keys; I can play drums, multiple percussion, and I can learn whatever guitar or sax parts you need. And I can rock, and sing a good ballad. Read on for influences - right now, I'd be happy with a good, classic cover band.

Screen name:
dan1327917
Member since:
Nov 21 2018
Active within 1 month
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
40
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

I have a pretty good knowledge of classic rock - all styles from Zep, Cream and Traffic to Allmans and Skynyrd, Beatles, Stones, even a sincere love of Joni Mitchell and some Elton John. Add a deep knowledge of ALL prog - as a vocalist - especially Genesis, Crimson, Yes, Gentle Giant, and ELP, add Kansas and Styx (if necessary), and I'll do Rush (not my favorite, but, full respect); contemporary and throw-back-prog like echolyn, Thieves Kitchen, It Bites, Transatlantic, Flower Kings (anything by Roine Stolt, who just made "Topographic Oceans 2" with Jon Anderson - actually called "The Invention of Knowledge - like Yes 2016 if they never lost the feel after Going for the One. I can sing jazz standards, currently studying to get my old sax and piano chops back up to speed. My knowledge of post-1955 jazz, especially 60's Blue Note style, Shorter, 'Trane and Miles, is pretty thorough, and there's a lot a creative rock band can do with A Love Supreme, Nefertiti, and All Blues - if you feel like it.

I'm on here because I got invited to join a partly established band, and I hadn't played in years, except for a one man DIY demo produced by Brett Kull of echolyn (if you like modern prog with groove, literacy, and great musicianship). The band dissolved when we couldn't find a female singer who could either make an audition or commit to the time and the vibe of the band. I want to play again, maybe a few more challenging tunes (pre-pop Genesis; Steely Dan; Crimson, Rush (Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer); maybe a couple of obscurities (Brand X - Phil Collins/Percy Jones fusion band, sort of Mahavishnu/Return to Forever meets Monty Python and Zappa, with Collins pulling out the Cobham-Williams-Purdie drums - they have a few burning vocal numbers with room to stretch for the band)

I'm very happy to play and sing a wide range of covers.

I have also written a great deal of original music (whole songs!) on piano, with lyrics, two such songs out of 20 on guitar. If anyone is interested in "opening up" those piano-voice demos, which are kind of Genesis-Tull meets Elton John and Joni Mitchell (but I'd be happy going full-prog - adding Wakeman/Banks synths, Squire-Wetton bass, and Collins/Bruford/Barlow quality drums

For now, I'm just happy to play good music of whatever kind, and make the bar shake. If we can get more creative, great. I wanna make music with easy-going people of any age from 25-60 (negotiable)

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Moderate
Vocalist - Baritone:
Moderate
Vocalist - Tenor:
Moderate
Drums:
Moderate
Other Percussion:
Moderate
Keyboard:
Moderate
Background Singer:
Moderate
Cello:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

Yamaha Tenor Sax; Yamaha electronic weighted-action piano with plenty of different voices; assorted percussion; Taylor acoustic steel-string guitar; Cello; other axes on request.