Steve Mazzi is a tenor man with flute, soprano and vocals. Dennis Bram tenor sax. Elizabeth adds polished pop jazz vocals. The presentation is dress up casual with decorum suitable for the most demanding venues.
Recently, young sax 'lion' Carl Lewis has provided a great amount of talent to the sound and some fine vocal creations as well. Ken Z plays outstanding bass (electric and acoustic).And yes,we do some rockin' reggae. Rene Lewis plays backup slide trombone for larger venues.
The group has Jerry Z on vocals and guitar and Steve Mazzi, Carl Lewis,or Dennis Bram on sax and vocals. All are superb musicians and cover all the musical bases. Elizabeth adds hand percussion and vocals at some of the gigs.
Jerry is a native upstate New Yorker who began guitar lessons at age 12 at the beginning of the electric guitar revolution. His early influences were Buddy Holly, Dion, the Ventures, Les Paul and jazz greats such as Charlie Byrd, Jim Hall,Grant Greene, Wes Montgomery and of course the first smooth jazz guitarist, George Benson.. Jerry says,I love complicated,rich chords,which exist in jazz and some pop standards. Jerry was a main stay in some of the top resaurants and lounges in Central New York. . Elizabeth is an accomplished stage actress who excells at relating to the group's audience. She handles various hand percussion instruments and also sings the classic 'Fever' and 'Ain't Misbehavin' to name just two. Elizabeth adds the needed 'stage presence'.
The group aims at a well modulated and eclectic approach to music. The target is originality in the arrangements. There is a hint of jazz and fusion in some classic rock, yes reggae and even some country tunes get a makeover. The sound is different, listenable, danceable, often toe tapping, never repetitious or boring. On the one hand they do the simplistic 3 chord rock nuggets like 'Staggerlee' and 'Walkin the Dog', move to 'Blue Bossa', then to jump swing 'Jumpin at the Greenmill' and then perform the haunting 'Body and Soul' and 'My Funny Valentine'as standard jazz features - then throw in a cajon flavored ' Jambalaya' and stir the musical pot. Oldies gems such as 'Sleepwalk', 'The Wanderer'never get lost in the shuffle.
If you'd lived through the eras(like they have) than you certainly have an shot at covering the territory musically. This group is not'in your face' performers or 'wild and crazy' You can still hold a conversation even if you're up close to the music. The audience is always treated with respect and the sound is measured, the equipment first rate, the dress and stage presence appropriate. This group plays jazz with pizzazz and more
And for you equipment fanatics: The PA is a Bose L1 with a B2 super Bose bass module. The guitar sound goes through the Bose with the addition of a Quillter guitar amp. The guitar is a or Gibson L4 hollow body jazz guitar and a Fender Telecaster. We use the Bose Tone Master mixer with effects and Shure Beta 3 mics. We sometimes use a harmonizer(Vocalist 3) Our setup 'footprint is small: we fit into the tightest of spaces. Cover songs with stylistic interpretations and a few originals. CHECK US OUT!!!!