SEEKINGBand to Join, Bass Guitar, Drums, Saxophone, Keyboard, Steel guitar.
Can play competent lead guitar, sing fair lead vocals and harmonies on Standards, 1950's - 1970's Oldies, Classic Country & Western, Smooth Jazz, Rockabilly, R&B, Classic Rock and older pop. I like to take an equal share of the lead vocals. Can read music. Willing to play bass guitar for some tunes, such as when a bass player sings leads more comfortably while playing guitar. Hard, loud, heavy rock is not what I do. Also, I am not a front man, entertainer, or agent.
I have decades of part-time band experience in Philadelphia / South NJ area lounges, country clubs, private affairs, parks, parades, bars, VFWs, Moose, Elks, Eagles, American Legions, Atlantic City casinos, hotels and restaurants.
Seeking to join steady working part time band, new or established, playing mostly older music for dancing and listening. Would like band practice once each week and play jobs almost weekly; I can make a two session per week commitment, with flexibility. If we happen to get a few jobs in the same week, I am available. The profile category "I tend to practice: 1 time per week" means that's how often I would like to practice with a part-time band. I practice on my own every day. Since I retired from my day job I am available for afternoon or evening practices with a band. Prior to Covid, I was involved in daytime musical projects including a 4 piece standards combo (with some singing), a 5 piece all jazz chart and Real Book reading instrumental group (with no singing), and a classic rock/ some country cover trio w/track capability. None of these projects have resumed in 2021. Recently I started with the Green Valley summer big band, We read charted arrangements. Will consider practicing with a guitar/bass/drums trio if the plan includes adding a versatile keyboard player in order to play more types of songs than the typical classic rock and country mix. The standards, jazz and big band projects I get involved with rarely play night time venues, so those combos would not be a conflict with a working weekend band.
I'm OK with working on a few newer songs that fit your gig. The larger the variety of song types in your song list, excluding heavier rock and rap, the more capability I can bring to the table.
I would most enjoy being in a band again where most of the musicians sing leads and harmonies. I like to work with bass, drums, keyboards, and sax for playing a wide variety of song types. I have worked in small groups such as trios with drums and bass, and trios with drums in which the keyboard player does left hand bass. I enjoyed playing in larger older cover bands with more horns, but large groups are more difficult to keep together. I would also enjoy playing in a country band with steel or fiddle. I have played and sang in classic and modern (at the time) country bands back east.
In 2019, I played guitar in the "Always, Patsy Cline" show at the Live Theater Workshop in Tucson, and in the "Little Shop of Horrors" show at CPAC in Green Valley. Reading charts was required for these shows. Year 2020 was largely a waste. Here's hoping for a better year for us all in 2021.
I have transportation and stability. My G e-mail is (phillycat49 at dot com). Piece it together.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Jan 28 2010
- Active within 1 week
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 1 time per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
In no particular order: Pop from the 1940's thru today, Big Bands, Beatles, Western Swing, Jr Walker and the All Stars, Sinatra, Ventures, Salsa, Elvis, Louie Prima, Doo Wop groups, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Motown, Beach Boys, R&B, Roy Buchanan, Disco, Bobby Caldwell, classic C&W including Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Ricky Skaggs, Ernest Tubb, Alabama, Hank Thompson, Vince Gill, and Marty Stuart with his Fabulous Superlatives.
Jazz Musicians, writers, arrangers: Billy Strayhorn, George Benson, Grover Washington Jr, Pat Martino, Jimmy Smith, Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, Stephane Grappelli, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Bruno, Sammy Nestico.
Harmony Singing Groups: Four Freshmen, Beach Boys, Imperials, Four Seasons, Temptations, Duprees, Skyliners, Manhattan Transfer, Earth Wind and Fire, Take 6.
Other Guitar Players: Danny Gatton, Brent Mason, Albert Lee, Scotty Anderson, Ray Flacke, Roy Buchanan, Tommy Emmanuel, Ricky Skaggs, Buddy Emmons, Jim Cohen steel guitar, Jeff Beck, Ted Greene, Chet Atkins.
Large Bands (Glen Miller et al, Brian Setzer Orhestra, Phil Giordano Jazz Orchestra, Buddy Rich Band, Tower of Power, Asleep At The Wheel, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tommy Morrell and the Time Warp Top Hands, Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Time Jumpers)
- Lead Guitar:
- Background Singer:
- Bass Guitar:
Fender and Gibson guitars, old and newer Fender amps, mic, vocal harmonizer, pedal board, accessories for practical gigs.