Simon Russell - Piano/Keyboard/voice
Through the years Simon has developed a musical style that embraces the soulful traditions of the Bay Area with his Jazz/Blues/Gospel/Funk inspired vocals and piano Style. In 1983 Simon spent most of his time soaking up the sounds of the Oakland/Bay Area music scene, where he learned the great art of performance and musicality from a number of local musicians who were gracious enough to bring him under thier wings. One of the most influential musical figures in Simon's career was the multi-instrumentalist Rafael Grinage (bass player for Earl Fatha Hines and Odetta). He taught Simon that "no note should be wasted"! Make every note count or be silent! Those words have stayed with Simon all of his career. Later in his career through a recommendation of a friend Simon was introduced to the great Jim Grantham a Professor at Berkeley Boston and San Francisco State where he studied Jazz Theory. As a musician Simon has had the great honor of performing with The James Brown Band, El Debarge, Anika Noni Rose, Elvin Bishop, Pete Escovedo, Tom Politzer, Kenny Neal, EC Scott, Alvon Johnson, Kim Waters, John Nemeth, Tommy Castro, David Grissom, Zakiya Hooker, Curtis Lawson, Beverly Stoval and many that are truly remarkable musical phenoms yet to be discovered on a grand scale commercially.