Vinnie, a.k.a. “the Godfather”, comes from Brooklyn. He has an extended family. We can’t say any more about that as it violates the terms of his witness protection program. What we can say is that he’s played blues, R&B, soul, funk and rock for over 25 years everywhere from NYC to San Francisco. Along the way, he’s had a chance to play with some great folks (Anson Funderburgh, Volker Strifler, Kenny Neal, The Nighthawks and Taj Mahal) and studied with some mighty fine teachers (Robben Ford, Ronnie Earl, Murali Coryell, & Jeff Tamalier of Tower of Power). He also runs the hottest blues jam going Wednesdays at The Little Fox Theater. Not only is he a great player but if you ask him nicely, he might just get you a great deal on a black cashmere overcoat.
Greg started his musical career playing classical oboe in the second grade – and continued with it well into college. But there is no doubt the blues is home now. A student of great harp teachers including David Barrett, Gary Smith and RJ Mischo, his passionate style also shows the influence of contemporaries like Rod Piazza, Gary Primich and Mark Ford. Greg has performed with Daniel Castro, Volker Strifler, Shana Morrison, Lloyd Jones, Terry Hanck, Kenny Neal, Tia Carroll, Mitch Woods, RJ Mischo, Kenny Blue Ray and many others. Adding vocals and tenor sax to the mix, Greg is happiest when the groove is right, the lyrics are fun, the tone is fat and the audience is dancing.
Tom has been playing drums longer than he would care to mention, knocking down his first studio sessions on a small record label at the tender age of 16. For many years he coddled some of the big names in the player and studio world by toiling on the other side of the control room glass, keeping the recording gear on the up and up. Having defected to the creative side it’s clear that Tom kept his ears open. Now he lays down one of the tightest grooves in the SF area and is in high demand.
Coming from a musical family, George started playing keys in bands in the 6th grade! He cites Ray Charles and Greg Allman among his muscial influences. He’s performed in venus large and small hroughout the Bay Area, lending his skills to numerous rock and blues bands including the Detroit Disciples, the legendary R&B review from Sonoma County. He’s in hog heaven in Bluestate, playing a wide repertoire that is a great match for his enormous talent.
Bay Area native Pat is an understated MONSTER on the bass guitar. Pat grew up surrounded by great musicians, teachers, and recordings. After playing a few different instruments as a child, he started on the bass in high school and went on to study music formally. After school, he joined the US Navy’s music program and toured the Midwest for several years before returning to the Bay Area. Experienced in a range of musical genres, Pat brings to Bluestate a bass style formed in both the Chicagoland and Bay Area blues scenes.