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I played with The Combo Au Go Go from the summer of 1998 until the spring of 2001. Check out the awesome credits on these guys. Here's an attempt at a press release that I cooked up while playing with the boys:
FROM THE FILE ON COMBO AU GO GO:
These well mannered gentlemen generally arrive with a minimum of fanfare, feel the vibe of the room, and tastefully determine what musical elements are required to set the mood for a great party. All types of music are an option at any time; be it jazz standards, blues, Latin grooves, sensuous old school R & B, or funk. These guys can help you relax with some quiet acoustic jazz standards, rock your world with insane Latin grooves, or anything in between. One thing is certain; you WILL be dancing.
What started as a "just for fun" regular Sunday night gig for a rotating group of local sidemen at the neighborhood watering hole "Liquid Kitty", has evolved over the last two years into a hard hitting instrumental acid jazz funk blues martini swigging cocktail lounge tiki twist extravaganza. With hundreds of recording sessions, thousands of gigs, and countless national and international tours under their collective belts, itís only natural that this band of seasoned pros soon found themselves in great demand.
The Combo consists of various members on any given night and can range from a trio to an orchestra. You'll usually find:
Jay Work (Tenor Saxophone and Flute): Big Jay McNeely, The Bonedaddys, Skip Heller, etc.
Jerry Angel (Drums): Carol King, Brian Setzer, Dwight Yokum, The Blasters, Dave Alvin, Juke Logan, Tommy Tutone, The Dickies, The Divinyls, etc.
Hank Van Sickle (Electric and Upright Bass): John Mayall, Jimmy Smith, Yma Sumac, Rosie Flores, James Intveld, Candye Kane, etc.
You also might find any or all of the following:
Alex Schultz (Guitar): Lester Butler, Hank Ballard, Coco Montoya, Otis Clay, Etta James, William Clarke, Rod Piazza etc.
Denny Freeman (Guitar): Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Jimmie Vaughan, Albert King, Otis Rush, The Cobras, etc.
Josh Sklair (Guitar): Etta James, Jeffrey Osborne, Roy Orbison, Cher, Rita Coolidge, Natalie Cole, etc.
Tommy Kay (Guitar): Roomful of Blues, Rick Vito, King Cotton, Blues Brothers, Sam Moore, etc.
Mike Thompson (Keyboards): The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Don Henley, Adam Sandler, Boz Scaggs, etc.
Craig Fundyga (Vibraphone): Nobody knows Craig's credits, but he is an amazing player.
Frank Marsico (Vibraphone): Same with Frank. He's just a burning player.
Ralph Rickert (Trumpet): Paula Abdul, Porno for Pyros, The Crusaders, Devo, Maynard Ferguson, etc.
Rick Shlosser sometimes misspelled as Rick Schlosser (Drums): Juice Newton, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, John Cougar Mellencamp, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Booker T & the MG's, Mickey Hart, Boz Scaggs, Etta James, Nicolette Larson, Eric Carmen, Manhattan Transfer, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lionel Ritchie, Linda Ronstadt, Dianna Ross, Barbara Streisand, Tanya Tucker, Cher, Rory Block, etc.
James Gadson (Drums): Quincy Jones, Motown sessions, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Marvin Gaye, Patti Labelle, The Temptations, Freddie King, B.B. King, Albert King, Bill Withers, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine, Bobby Womack, Joey Defrancesco, The Pointer Sisters, Marlena Shaw, Arthur Conley, Boz Scaggs, Barbara Streisand, Dyke and the Blazers, Ramsey Lewis, Gladys Knight, Johnnie Taylor, Taveres, Charles Wright, Patrice Rushen, The Supremes, etc.
Don Heffington (Drums): Bob Dylan, Victoria Williams, Peter Case, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Emmylou Harris, The Wallflowers, The Jayhawks, Lone Justice, Rosie Flores, etc.
Willie McNeil (Drums): John Mayall, The Untouchables, Jump with Joey, Solsonics, Coco Montoya, etc.
James Cruce (Drums): JJ Cale, John Hammond, Dave Alvin, Michelle Shocked, Julie Christensen, Teresa James, Smokey Hormel, James Intveld, etc.