Nicole in Napa

September 7th 2016 I did a fun show in Napa California with the Nicole Stromsoe Quintet. Nicole Stromsoe – Vocals Dorian Michael – Guitar Ken Hustad – Bass Darrell Voss – Vibes and Percussion DG – Drums For shows, music and booking check Nicole’s website at

The Cinders New Clothes

The Cinders Blues Band has published some new videos of their most popular tunes, check em’ out! If you’d like to book the band you can contact me through this site. The Cinders Blues Band is: Brett Hoover – Vocals Dorian Michael – Guitar Ken Hustad – Bass DG – Drums Hope to see you …

He Was Still a Young Man

On January 17, 2016 we lost an amazing musician and a great person, Mic Gillette. Mic was a founding member of the group “Tower of Power” and played some of the most iconic trumpet solos in music, “You’re Still a Young Man” – (TOP-Bump City 1972), “Sparkling in the Sand” (TOP-East Bay Grease 1970) and …

Late Night Tracks

Molly Pasutti has completed her CD “Late Night Lemon Drop”. I was busy in the studio in 2015 with Molly recording the CD and recording tracks for use on the CW television network.

Rio in Monterey

May 31st 2015 Rio Salinas played a triple bill will Louie and the Lovers and headliner The Texas Tornados. Rio was joined once again by Mic Gillette on Trumpet (Tower of Power) and Greg Smith on Sax (The Eagles). Big thanks to the event staff, sound people and stage crew. Pretty amazing to play on …

Music Insider

Thanks to Teri Doty Editor In Chief of Music Insider Magazine for her feature on jazz band “Human Nation”. Click the photo below to check out the article.

Molly Cues

I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the studio this week with Molly Pasutti Dunlap. We recorded several tunes for her and writing partner Dorian Michael. The material is slated for an LA music library for use in television. Molly is a veteran composer and vocalist, and has been very successful placing …

Texas Soul

Joe Koenig’s new CD “Bleed Like You Bleed” is now available. I’m honored to be part of the project and it was great fun working with producer Mike McLaughlin and Joe on the recording. More info on Joe and order a CD at his website

Finding Silver Man

It is with deep sadness that I acknowledge the passing of a teacher, mentor and collegue Mr. Chuck Silverman on May 1st 2014. Chuck was the first teacher I encountered at Musicians Institute. I’ll never forget that first day when he walked in to the classroom and said to a room full of 40 drummers …