Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tony Adamo's New Strokeland Release

Tony Adamo’s New Strokeland Records Release
Fred E. Harris, Los Angeles, CA

The soul funk artistry of Strokeland recording artist Tony Adamo is about to hit the radio airwaves in the form of a previous hit song written by Tower of Power (TOP) co-founders Stephen “Doc” Kupka and Emilio Castillo. TOP members, Doc Kupka, Tom Politzer and returning member Mic Gillette add their funky horns to this cover song, another funk pop hit to be.

In keepin’ his ear to the street, guitarist/producer Jerry Stucker added R&B/Soul -legend drummer, James Gadson (Bill Withers, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones),The funked-out organist Neil Larson (Gregg Allman, B.B. King, Whitney Houston), and the soulful playing of Reggie McBride on bass (Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Keb’Mo’).

Jim Santella of L.A. JAZZ SCENE MAGAZINE digs Adamo’s strong original style and says, “He sings with the bold character of a man who knows how to entertain, recalling pop singers Tom Jones, David Clayton-Thomas and Brook Benton, as well as jazz singers Al Jarreau and Mark Murphy.” With Tony Adamo’s smooth funk vocals, the triple threat of TOP horns and the rhythm section applying pressure to the groove, this song will be the sound of the summer.

HornDrivenRadio.com will be the first U.S. radio station to break this new MP3, “This Time it’s Real.”

Yes that's right, we will be running this first. We will make an announcement when this song will hit the rotation.

For more information on Tony Adamo, please visit Tony at his myspace page.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Roger Smith News

Roger Smith (Tower of Power Keyboards) has a number of solo concerts this year. The first is this weekend June 27th.

From Roger Smith:

June 27th Gig

This weekend June 27th 2009 Roger Smith will be performing at the The 16th Annual Meadowview Jazz and Cultural Festival. The festival is being held at Cosumnes River College Stadium, Bruceville Road & Cosumnes River College Blvd. in Sacramento CA.

Artists On The Bill Are:
Norman Brown
Patti Austin
Eric Darius
Roger Smith
Cynthia Douglas
Capital City Band
Sacred Fire
The Messengers

Gates open at 1:00 PM with the show starting at 2:00. Cost: Advanced Ticket Admission $10 / At the Gate $15 / Children 12 and under Free / Parking $3

Roger Smith’s Band is:
Roger Smith-Keyboards
Curtis Ohlson-Bass
Brian Collier-Drums
Ray Raymond-Guitar
Jeff Tamalier-Guitar
Eric Daniels-Keyboard
Lajon Walker-Vocals

For more info about this concert go to:http://www.cityofsacramento.org/parksandrecreation/recreation/single.cfm?eventid=2918

Check Roger out on Myspace or at Jazz Rosco

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sage Celebrates 40 Years

This August will mark the 40th anniversary of “Sage”. Hailing from the South Bay, (San Francisco Bay Area) Sage began as a four man band in 1969. Two original members Frank and Russ Anzalone, are still with the band. By 1971, they had become a horn band adding a trumpet and trombone player (also brothers who are still with the band). Eventually, becoming an eight piece band in the 1970’s, remaining that way right up until today, they play in and around the Bay Area, at both Public and Corporate gigs.

Sage is currently working on their next CD (which is due to be out in the summer of 2010). However, they have decided to “pre-release” 3 songs this August as a Commemorative 40th Anniversary edition CD. Sage will be selling these CD’s at all of their August concerts, and will be donating 100% of the sales to local children’s music programs. The songs on this CD are all original, and will included guest artist Andy Winer (from the American Idols Band), Mic Gillette (former and soon to be current member of Tower of Power), Tom E. Politzer (Tower of Power), and perhaps a surprise house call from “The Funky Doctor”. These three songs may also be available on the Internet, those detail will be made available at a later date.

You can often find Sage’s music in our rotation, as they have been great contributor to our station. Once released, you will be able to hear these new songs on HornDrivenRadio.com. To commemorate Sage’s 40th we will be featuring them in our rotation in a few weeks, with a number of songs from their various CD’s. That announcement will be made at a later date as well.

Sage, is currently one of the many bands that can be found on Strokeland Records. You can purchase their CD’s at Strokeland, CDbaby, or Itunes.

For more information on Sage you can find them at http://www.sagemusic.com/.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Greg Adams and “East Bay Soul”

Greg Adams new project, “East Bay Soul” will be releasing its first CD on September 22, 2009. The 11 song CD, an incredible mix of soul funk jazz and rhythm and blues vocals will be available September 22, 2009. East Bay Soul is in the studio recording now and will release the first single, "Survival Of The Hippest" on July 21 to radio and streaming worldwide!

In conjunction with ALM Management (East Bay Soul's management company) we are please to announce the following:

You will hear “Survival of the Hippest” first here at HornDrivenRadio.com. “Survival Of The Hippest” will be made available to us a week or two earlier than the official release date. The exact date this song hits our rotation will be announced in early July.


Pre order to receive an Autographed Copy of the East Bay Soul CD. Visit the East Bay Soul store at eastbaysoul.com and select the Pre Order option to receive an autographed copy of East Bay Soul before the release date.

For more information go to following web sites:


Saturday, June 20, 2009

TOP Ten ways Fathers day can be awkward in Oakland: By Al Carlos

10. Your brother looks exactly like all of the Oakland Raiders.

9. You buy him golf clubs, he pawns them to buy Screaming Eagle Carburetor for his Harley.

8. They stole his identity in the morning, that afternoon he had it back, along with a truckload of DVD players and flat screens.

7. He waxes his Escalade with your English teacher’s toupee; he snatched at parent’s night.

6. When you say Happy Father’s day he says that’s what you think dork.

5. He uses the Armani tie you gave him as a headband and drank the cologne.

4. He wore house shoes and a hairnet to your College Graduation.

3. You plan to take him fishing, he brings a Glock.

2. He uses the gay sweater you gave him to cover the windshield of his Electra Glide.

1. He asks, what’s your Mama’s name? Nerd face.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Playlist As of 06-11-09

Please find below the current Artists/Songs in our rotation. As always the list is in Alphabetic order by artist, and not in order of play.

Afroskull--Space Chicken
Ain't No Thang--Late Nite Party Boys
Al Green--Let's Stay Together
Al Kooper--Id Rather Be An Old Mans Sweetheart (Than A Young Mans Fool)
Alias Smith and Lane--Flashback
Arthur Prysock--I've Got The Blues So Bad
Average White Band--Pick Up The Pieces
Back To Basic--Peace And Understanding
Barbara Lynn--This Is The Thanks I Get
Barry Danielian--Common Ground
Beaufunk--What Is Wrong
Big Band Der Bundeswehr--Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
BIG HORNS BEE--Vamp Intro (Reprise)
Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows--300 Pounds Of Heavenly Joy
Bill Bergman & The Metro Jets--Ipanema
Bill Evans--The Shorty Shuffle
Bing & the Bingtones--Funk With Me
Blast--Do it 'till dawn
Blowzone--Pocket Change
Bobby Purify--Somebody's Gotta Do it
Bona Fide--The Horse You Came In On
Boston Horns--Dyno-mite
Brandon Fields--Studio Cafe Blues
Brecker Brothers--Sneakin' Up Behide You
Candy Dulfer--2 Funky
Carmen Grillo--Dr. In The House
Chad Rager Groove--Whipping Post
Charles Wells--My Little Feel Good
Chase--Handbags And Gladrags
Chester Thompson--Mr. T
Chickenhawks--I Got News For You
Chris Cain--Wake up and Smell the Coffee
Chuck Brown--Let The Good Times Roll
Clayton/Scott Group--Color Of Love
Cold Blood--Down To The Bone
Danny Weis--Angel's Flight
Darrell Nulisch--My Baby's Gone
Dave Dunlop--The Hang
Dave Koz--Faces of the Heart
Dave Weckl Band--Tower Of Inspiration
David Clayton - Thomas--Mornin' Blues
Delbert McClinton--Givin' It Up For Your Love
Doctor Funk--Step Up To The Plate
Euge Groove--Let's Get It On
Five Alarm Funk--Don Mega
Funk Filharmonik--Everybody Get Down
Gangbuster--Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Glenn Walters--Pain In My Heart
Gota Yashiki--What's Up Charlie
Grant Smith And The Power--Keep On Running
Greg Adams--Smooth Operator
Heavy Metal Horns--Horns In The House
Heavytones--Too much cake
Himlaväsen--Ain´t No Stoppin´ Now
Jack Mack & Heart Attack--One Way To Do It
James Brown--Mothern Popcorn
Jazz Police--Tower Tribute
Jeff Tamelier--East of the Caldecott
Larry Carlton--Friday Night Shuffle
Line Drive--You've Gotta Believe In Something
Lloyd Jones--When I Get Back Home
Lon Bronson All Star Band--This Story Must Be Told
Low Budget Blues Band--Can I Get a Witness
Luther Kent--Who Will The Next Fool Be
Mandrill--Mango Meat
Men From U.N.C.L.E.--Knock On Wood
Mic Gillette--Funky Good Time
Mick Sterling and the Stud Brothers--Dr. Feelgood
Mingo Fishtrap--People Person
Nils Gessinger--Jam It Up
Otis Grand--Finish Line w/Curtis Selgado
Out Of Control--Cardiac Party
Pete Escovedo--All This Love
Phantom Blues Band--Think
Players Association--Ride The Groove
Poncho Sanchez--Shotgun Slim
Prime Time Funk--Ready And Willing
Reuben Wilson--Movin' On
Richard Elliot--The Boys From The Bay
Roger Smith--Fiesta
Sanford & Townsend--Smoke From A Distant Fire
Santa Fe And The Fat City Horns--You Don't Know Me
Scott Martin--Menudo And Gritz
Seawind--What cha doin'
Soul Stew--Funky Nassau
Soulpatrol--Get Up!
Spyders--I Can Take Care of Myself
Steve Hilliam--Take Ur Pick
Stevie Wonder--Sir Duke
Strokeland Superband--Kick It Up A Step
Super Funky Express--One More Dance
Sweat & Tears Blood--God Bless The Child
Tad Robinson--Your Love Is Amazing
Ten Wheel Drive With Genya Ravan--Tightrope
The Artists of the New York Trumpet Company--Long Haul Flight
The Bo-Keys--Doin' it to Death
The Butanes Soul Revue--Victim of circumstances
The Chops Band--Up For The Downstroke
The Doobie Brothers--Long Train Running
The Edgar Winter Group--I've Got News For You
The Groove Hogs--Shoulda Read The Rules
The Hip Pocket--The Pocket
The Ides of March--Vehicle
The Memphis Horns--Soul Bowl
The Super Groovers--Seaside Adventures In Hollypool
Tom Saviano--Over The Top
Tom Scott--Saxappella
Tommy Castro--High On The Hog
Topper Headon--Leave it to luck
Tower Of Power--Don't Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)
Yoichi Murata--Let Me Groove
Zen Blues Quartet--What A Life

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

TOP Ten reasons horn players take up golfing: By Al Carlos

10. Already had the pants from the 80tys.

9. He misunderstood; it’s playing 18 Holes, not Ho’s.

8. Gets to wash road socks in the ball washer.

7. Golf bag doubles as gig bag, one horn, one club and several beers.

6. Figures since there is a Tiger Woods who is black, one could be the Pecker Woods if he is white.

5. A great place to meet women with good jobs and health insurance.

4. Has been known to use a baritone as a driver and set course records.

3. Now days have more time than money, less gigs means more golf.

2. Hang out with car salesmen who don’t have anything to do


1. Every time he yells Four, drummer reminds him it’s always on the One.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sam Butera dies at 81; 1950s-'60s tenor saxophonist

From The LA Times:

Sam Butera dies at 81; 1950s-'60s tenor saxophonist
He was best known for his musical partnership with entertainer Louis Prima. They were a nightclub fixture and appeared on TV and in movies.
By Adam Bernstein
June 5, 2009

Sam Butera, a hard-swinging tenor saxophonist who formed a rowdy and successful onstage partnership with entertainers Louis Prima and Keely Smith in the 1950s, died Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas. He was 81.

He had Alzheimer's disease, according to a report in the Las Vegas Sun.

Prima, nearly 20 years older than Butera, was a composer ("Sing, Sing, Sing"), trumpeter, singer and irrepressible stage performer, a combination of Louis Armstrong and Jerry Lewis. His career was on the wane when he teamed in 1954 with Butera, who a few years earlier had been named the country's outstanding teenage jazz musician by Look magazine. Both men were New Orleans natives of Italian heritage.

Butera was enjoying a long engagement at a New Orleans club owned by Prima's brother before he and Louis Prima began a musical union in 1954 that lasted nearly two decades. They recorded hit albums for Capitol Records, became nightclub fixtures from Las Vegas to New York and appeared in movies and on television.

Prima was married to Smith, a smoky-voiced balladeer with a pageboy haircut, until their rancorous divorce in the early 1960s. Prima's fifth wife, Gia Maione, later joined the act as singer.

Backed by a small band called the Witnesses, the Prima-Smith-Butera partnership re-created jazz and pop standards in a dazzlingly inventive array of styles and tempos: swing jazz, "shuffling" upbeat jump blues, Italian tarantellas and Dixieland. Some of their best-known titles included "Just a Gigolo"/"I Ain't Got Nobody" (done as a medley), "Pennies From Heaven," "That Old Black Magic" (which won a Grammy Award), "Jump, Jive an' Wail" and "When You're Smiling."...