The Sophistikits feat Eric McFadden, Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds) & Wally Ingram

The Sophistikits feat Eric McFadden, Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds) & Wally Ingram

Dr. Mojo Band

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$22 Advance/$27 Day of Show (plus fees)

This event is all ages

The Sophistikits
The Sophistikits
The Sophistikits is a project led by Eric McFadden featuring Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds), Wally Ingram. The band, including Miles Tackett, Jeff Franca and Chris Spies, recently recorded their second single, "Sophistakiddin" which has just been released on Color Red records.
Eric McFadden
Eric McFadden
Eric McFadden is a virtuoso of the six-string. He has toured the world both as a solo artist, as well as traveling with funk legend George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic), and rock legend Eric Burdon (The Animals). McFadden is a member of the new supergroup, T.E.N. (www.TEN-music.com) alongside Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta) and Norwood Fisher (Fishbone). Eric has also been collaborating with Fishbone frontman, Angelo Moore, & Queen delphine with drummer Marcus Jones (Erykah Badu) on their new project called Tasty Face. If that isn't enough, you can catch Eric on the road with his dear friend & New Orleans favorite, Anders Osborne! In the past, McFadden has toured with Stockholm Syndrome, which includes notable players such as Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Jerry Joseph (Jack Mormons), Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow) and Danny Louis (Govt Mule).
Eddie Roberts
Eddie Roberts
Eddie started his music career proper in 1989 aged 18, having left his Welsh homeland to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music. More interested in live performing and getting his own thing going than in college work, he quickly rooted out the best players in town and set up his first band, The Jazz Mailmen, dedicated to playing the golden era of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. After transcribing all the parts and enforcing a dress code of Bop suits, he set about taking the UK Jazz Dance scene by storm. During this time British Hard Bop legend Tommy Chase asked him to relocate and join his band, but Eddie had other ideas...

Around 1991 Eddie's love for Grant Green inspired him to put a Hammond-based line up together. With the sound of Big John Patton, Lou Donaldson and Ivan Boogaloo, his band The Eddie Roberts Organisation toured UK and managed to get its first European dates at the 'Queen's Birthday Celebrations' in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The next step in 1993 was to downsize to a Hammond trio - this happened after meeting two guys who nailed it down more than the seven-piece that the Organisation had become. The Three Deuces were born. After a live album was released, (recorded at Leeds' legendary Jazz dance club The Yardbird Suite) great reviews ensured extensive touring opportunities: headlining Italy's Jazz festival in Bari with Greg Osby as well as many UK festivals, and the start of a regular slot at the Jazz Cafe, London. ?Down at Art?s? was playlisted on Jazz FM for most of 1996 - Art?s Caf� in central Leeds being the place where it all started and ran weekly for 3 years.

Other projects in tandem with the Deuces included Gaucho - inspired by Joe Henderson, Chico Hamilton, Gabo Szabo, Sam Rivers &c., comprising percussion, double bass, guitar, tenor sax & flute - and The Mastersounds with Simon Allen, Dan Brown and percussionist Sam Bell. In 1999 Eddie's focus shifted towards Deep Funk, and hence The New Mastersounds who started out performing a mix of Eddie?s quirky Meters-inspired funk ditties and covers of Jimmy McGriff and Grant Green tunes in clubs and bars around Leeds and Manchester. Soon after, the first 7" was released on Blow it Hard Records (?One Note Brown? is now a rare collectors' 45) they gigged at Jazz Cafe alongside Funk DJ & collector Keb Darge. This meeting proved to be a fruitful one - 3 singles and 1 album on Keb?s label Deep Funk Records earned them the dubious title 'Best Funk Band in the World at this Moment'. 2001/2002 saw some heavy international touring for the extended 8-piece band which featured Cleve Freckleton and The Haggis Horns. Late 2002, whilst various options for a second NMS album were being considered, Eddie's own Cooker Records teased fans with a couple of new 7" singles, as well as re-releasing the highly sought-after debut album.

Eddie's love for 60's Blue Note & Hard Bop, however, didn't waver despite the media hype of the Deep Funk scene, and after a conversation with Adrian Gibson (Booker & DJ at Jazz Cafe/Messin? Around) Eddie was commissioned to produce a Hard Bop track for the Jazz dancers to go on a 'Messin Around' compilation. Eddie had ulterior motives at this recording session - to record a number of 'old-school' tracks with re-arranging & remixing in mind. This project is called Roughneck (a term often used to describe Eddie?s dynamic guitar style) and over the course of 2003 the multi-tracks were fed into Eddie?s creaking mainframe. ?Diggin' Around?, the first 12", was released in February 2003 and a wave of positive responses hit Cooker's shores. ("Pure & genuine, double bass monster. Strong heavy Jazz elements. Very, very good!" said one Espen Horne).

In Spring 2003 Eddie was approached by UK DJ & producer Mr Scruff to play on his remix of the Ramsey Lewis classic ?Do What You Want? for the Verve Remixed series. Then in April the original New Mastersounds quartet (bass, drums, guitar, Hammond) took matters into their own hands and set up a dedicated label for the band, One Note Records, with drummer Simon Allen at the helm. The second NMS album, ?Be Yourself? was written, recorded and mixed over summer 2003 and released in the UK that October. A much broader project than the first album (which had been, to a degree, constrained by the demands of Keb Darge's Deep Funk dancefloor crowd) ?Be Yourself? reflects more truly the scope of Eddie's musical influences and experience, hence the title.

The proceeds from ?Be Yourself? were used to finance stage two of Eddie?s Roughneck project - the double vinyl LP and CD of Roughneck was released summer 2004 on One Note Records and licensed to P-Vine Records in Japan six months later. After that there were select live shows Jazz Festivals and clubs, one of which yielded the live album ?Roughneck: Live in Paris? (P-Vine 2005). The band - which features Gordon Kilroy on drums, Neil Innes on bass, Bill Laurance on piano, and guest performances from ex-NMS horn players Rob Lavers (sax) and Malcolm Strachan (trumpet) - was the obvious choice for Eddie?s 2006 recording project "Trenta". This album, released early 2007 on Salvo?s Records features Eddie?s instrumental arrangements of traditional Neopolitan songs. Eddie decided it was time to give the Americans a taste of Roughneck so he flew them over to perform at High Sierra Music Festival last summer, where fans lapped up the soulful jazzy sounds.

Also in 2007 Eddie paid his first visit to New Orleans, with The New Mastersounds. The band played three shows over the first weekend of Jazzfest, but while the others went home, Eddie stayed on for an extra week and found himself guesting with a host of jazz and funk artists at late-night shows around the city including Galactic, Papa Mali, Johnny Vidocavitch, Idris Muhammed, The Greyboy Allstars. Later that summer Eddie joined Stanton Moore?s trio for a festival gig, alongside keyboard wizard Robert Walter.

At time of writing Eddie has recently completed ?Plug & Play? the The New Mastersounds? fifth studio album, and has just been hired to produce an album for French funk/afrobeat outfit Shaolin Temple Defenders.

Never one to sit back and put his feet up, Eddie tells us that the follow-up to Roughneck ? provisionally entitled ?Volume 2? ? can be expected later this year, and will feature collaborations with vocalists Leigh Kenny and Rhianna Kenny, vocalists with stadium techno act Faithless.

Is that all?
Wally Ingram
Wally Ingram
Drummer / percussionist, performing/Appearing on releases since 1992

On tour with: Eric Burdon, Tracy Chapman, Crowded House, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Anders Osborne
Recordings (and partially also touring) with: See Band Members + Sheryl Crow, Stoppok, Eric McFadden, David Lindley, Dave Schools, Jerry Joseph, Earl Thomas, Pat MacDonald, Common Sense, John Trudell,
Dr. Mojo Band
Dr. Mojo Band
cat myers - singer:

A nomad in her own sense, Cat started singing from a young age. After "Living on a prayer" in the military, and becoming a "Jukebox hero" afterwards, she finally decided to pursue singing for more than just fun. Thinking "If I could change the world" she decided to use her talents to inspire young girls to pursue their dreams as she continues to learn better ways to "express herself". On a side note: musical influences are: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, SWV, En Vogue, Chante Moore, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, and the likes.

gerry della bona - hammond b3 organ, electric piano and synthesizer:

Out of the frying pan and into the fire, Gerry arrived on the blues-drenched improvisational rock scene of San Francisco in the early 60s. Applying a passionate playing style of the Hammond B3 to the relentless pursuit of the groove quickly lead to a tour with Steppenwolf, session and recording work with Fred Catero and David Rubinson, then still more session work at Music Annex which led to a CD with Huey Lewis.There followed a succession of countless touring and performing bands including 9-piece salsa/latin group, progressive rock, hard rock, blues, real book and fusion jazz. Humorous stories, you bet! Too numerous to mention, but he’ll gladly share a few over a pint of Guinness. Gerry is happy to be a part of the Dr. Mojo vibe, and looks forward to meeting you at the shows.

Gerry would like to acknowledge Peter Miller of CAE Sound for his expert repair and modification of vintage keyboards, and sound reinforcement.

greg jones - guitar and backup vocals:

Greg has been playing music since he was 5 years old. His first performance was for the entire Elementary School on violin when he was in Kindergarten. He has been living and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1995, has performed throughout Spain, England, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Hawaii and most of the US. His diverse talents span the musical spectrum. On a given night, you might hear him performing classical or acoustic-inspired instrumentals, to hard-swinging Latin-jazz; original blues, Celtic, even metal with a rock or funk edge. He is equally comfortable performing with Tempest before 20,000 enthusiastic fans at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Greater Hog Farm Festival of Rock in California, or any small intimate venue. Greg has done many solo entertainment gigs as well as for weddings, receptions, corporate parties, birthdays, anniversaries, store openings, holidays, malls, and more. Greg was the guitar player for world renown Tempest from 2011 to 2015, a Celtic Rock band that is currently touring the US.

pierre allard - bass guitar and backup vocals:

Parachuted to SoCal in 1998 from Montreal, Pierre has been a very active musician, composer and producer on both sides of the border. A few of his songs enjoyed widespread recognition from the public and the industry – national airplay, top-10 chart topping, song-of-the-year nomination.

As a bass player, Pierre favors mostly groove-oriented genres such as R&B, funk, soul, blues, jazz, without, of course, forgetting a good rock-shaped concoction.

Recently relocated to NorCal, Pierre, as a member of Dr. Mojo, hopes to contribute in keeping the dance floors crowded and hot as hell!

dominic haigh - drums:

Dominic started playing drums in a company band with some very tolerant work colleagues - those he played with and those in the fallout zone - about twenty-five years ago. Remarkably, they still jam together sometimes ... he has since studied with John Xepoleas and Shaun McGonegal, and played in a number of local bands and various clubs around the Bay area. Dominic also served for 8 years as a Trustee for the Blue Bear School of Music.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/