Drummer/Vocalist/Sound Technician Hailing from Hampton/Newport News, Virginia residing in the Orlando FL area since 2004 with over 30 years experience in all types of music. Have performed in Plays, (Wait ‘til the Fat Lady Sings, Amen Corner), Beauty Pageants, (Miss Norfolk State University), Festivals, (Town Point Jazz Festival, Stockley Gardens Art Festival, Ghent Art Festival, Bay Days, Af’ram Fest, Umoja Festival, Chesapeake Jubilee, Suffolk Balloon Festival, Suffolk Peanut Festival, Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival, Winter Park Arts Festival, Kissimmee R&B Festival, WMNF Blues Blast) and hundreds of clubs, conventions, private parties and wedding receptions as well as military functions. Performed in such venues as, The Hampton Coliseum, Norfolk Scope, VA Beach Dome, Va Beach Convention Center, Richmond Coliseum, and The Orange County Convention Center just to name a few. Worked with various types of groups to include: Blues groups, (Hampton Roads Blues All Stars, Abingdon All Stars, Cloudy Dayz, Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Band, The Walker Smith Group, and Al "Coffee" McDaniel) Jazz groups, (Last Exit, Essence, 3-D, Against All Odds, As One, Kaat’n, Peaches & Company, Point Blank, The Jacqueline Jones Band, The Dr. Otto Band, Billy Hall & Friends, Ray LeSonn and Mixed Bag, and Street Level Jazz) Gospel groups (Swan, and The Chosen), Rock Bands, (Reminisce, Scott Yvonne and Unison), Top 40 and Variety groups (Swan, Showcase, R&B All Stars, The Showmen, The Squares, Gator Allmond & the Spice of Life Band, Midnight Love, Carlene Mitchell & Fusion, The Knightwalker Band, SoulXpressions and TAABOO). Excellent lead or background vocalist. Plays Gretsch drums, Zildjiian and Sabian cymbals. Classic "pocket " drummer.
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Hey man! Joseph Wooten just left Hampton Roads with the Steve Miller Band. He gigged with Osmosis (Jacques, Larry, and I) before he left. Some of the members of the Steve Miller Band even sat-in. I posted some pics on my page. Peace out bro!
Ar Monterey this year I was able to hang out with Ralph Humphrey formally of The Don Ellis Band & Frank Zappa etc. plus I met Dave Krieger, another great drummer. I'll check out Beluga for sure..., can a Jazz-Blues guitarist sit in? best, John V.
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
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