Here are some links to websites that I find interesting and important.
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A great singer-songwriter-guitarist. I toured with her in 1979.
A wonderful guitarist, playing Brazilian smooth jazz, funk and fusion. He's also a fellow teacher at Charles Music in Glendale.
A wonderful singer and good friend, appearing regularly in local L.A. jazz clubs. She's a former member of Red and the Red Hots.
Rebecca Kyler Downs
Another great local L.A. singer and former member of Red and the Red Hots.
A great blues and southern rock guitarist, former member of Wet Willy. I met Rick when we toured together with Joan Armatrading in 1979, and he's been a close friend ever since. He's also a "Beater."
A wonderful blues and gospel-flavored singer-songwriter and boogie-woogie pianist. I worked with her on a live album a few years ago.
Luther is a fantastic blues singer, strongly influenced by Bobby "Blue" Bland. I worked with him for two years in New Orleans, and more recently with the "Forever Fabulous Chickenhawks" at Antone's in Austin.
Another wonderful jazz singer, dear friend and alumnus of Red and the Red Hots.
A great saxophonist, friend and fellow "Beater." We've played together with Billy Vera since 1979.
I first saw Vonda at "At My Place," a great westside nightclub (no longer open, unfortunately) when she was 19 years old. I used to sit in with her regularly when she appeared at Genghis Cohen in West Hollywood.
Skip Spratt: The Sax Shed
Skip Spratt interviewed me for the Saxophone Journal. This is his extremely informative website. All sax players will find this site interesting and educational.
A great local jazz trumpet player, friend and former "Red Hot."
A new "internet" friend. He's done hundreds of saxophone transcriptions, including my alto solo on "We're In This Love Together" by Al Jarreau.
The "Leader-Beater," and great singer-songwriter-guitarist. You hear his voice all the time on TV, doing voice-overs (Burger King, AM-PM, etc.)
The leader of Red and the Red Hots, a popular local swing band. Red and I knew each other in high school back in Fort Worth. I played in his band for 12 years. He now lives in Dallas, where he appears regularly at Django at the Parkway with his soul jazz group.
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