Dave Aston grew up on the east coast and began playing the accordion at age eleven. A few years later, he branched off into organ, piano, and various synthesizers. He played many night clubs and concerts all over the New England area during the early 70’s. Dave moved to Los Angeles, California in 1974 and was hired to play the summer at Disneyland with Phil Volk (FANG), bassist from Paul Revere and The Raiders. Moving on, he toured for 2 years with "The Hues Corporation" (who had achieved fame with their hit record "Rock The Boat"). This took him all over the U.S., South America, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Following that, he opened the show at Circle Star Theater in San Carlos, California for Gladys Night and The Pips, and then went on to tour with Donna Summer and Brooklyn Dreams in the U.S. and Japan. During that time, he hosted the TV show "Midnight Special" with Donna Summer and Wolfman Jack and played on "Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert" with Brooklyn Dreams. In 1980, he played on the soundtrack and in the movie "Hollywood Knights" with Brooklyn Dreams, Tony Danza, and Michelle Pfeiffer. He continued playing and singing live gigs and recording sessions, including on Brooklyn Dreams album (Casablanca Records). He moved to Portland in 1996, playing with various great musicians and bands including Soul Vaccination, Pressure Point, Night Flight, Slam, Ellen Whyte, Karen Lovely, Woody Moran and most recently with Big Bad Beat, as well as performing many solo piano engagements.
Lisa Margaroli is a Los Angeles based professional singer known for her powerhouse vocals and extensive 3 octave range. Often compared to Ann Wilson, Linda Ronstadt and Pat Benatar, Lisa has the chops and stamina to perform a full blown rock show for hours with vocal and emotional intensity. Born and raised in New York, Lisa brings a no nonsense confidence to any stage, with professional business sense behind the scenes. Lisa has performed on stage with "Weird Al" Yankovic, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Juliette Lewis, Linda Perry, Jane Wiedlin (The Go Gos), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Juliette Lewis, Tiffany, Edwin McCain, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme, Rhianna), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Johnny Depp, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Doug Aldridge (Whitesnake), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy, Black Label Society), Alan White (YES), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Quiet Riot, Dio), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Stu Hamm, Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Mark Hudson, Kip Winger (Winger), and others. Her bands have played national theaters opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears, Three Dog Night, The Winery Dogs, Badfinger, Jack Russell’s Great White, Dick Dale and America. Lisa is a session singer and has recorded demos and background vocals for Seal, Mark Hudson, Caitlyn Taylor Love, and the television series Nashville. A classically trained singer, Lisa is also known for her versatility and skill to sing many styles. She has performed classical works at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (now called David Geffen Hall), St. Patrick’s Cathedral and toured the country as an Andrews Sister and soloist with In the Mood, a 1940’s big band tribute to the music of World War II. Lisa currently sings alto with the California Philharmonic Chorus and the Los Robles Master Chorale, and sings soprano with the Metropolitan Master Chorale. Lisa is the lead singer of the Usual Suspects SoCal, and is the lead singer/Linda of It’s So Easy: a tribute to Linda Ronstadt. www.lisamargaroli.com @LisaMargaroli
Alison Lewis was described by Cabaret Scenes as "A singer with a hauntingly beautiful voice who transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary with brilliant arrangements and vocal experimentation". No stranger to stages large and small, Alison has soloed at venues ranging from Disney Concert Hall to Lincoln Center, as well as toured in theaters and clubs across the US and abroad. Her debut solo jazz album, Seven, received international airplay and rave reviews from critics across the globe. She's also shared the stage with luminaries including Patti Austin, Peter Yarrow, and Michael Franti. When not performing live, you can catch Alison singing on various films and TV shows, including Netflix’ cartoon, "Disenchantment".
Carla Zipay has been singing her heart out since the tender age of four. A history of singing in choirs, jazz ensembles and a background in musical theater all led her to living her singing dream out loud. Carla has done radio and advertising work, voice overs, jingles and sings with some of the finest musicians in the tri-state area and beyond, including Joey Melotti and Rohn Lawrence. Currently with her acclaimed jazz duo as well as fronting some of the most popular bands on the local scene, many bases are covered musically speaking. A fan of all genres of music, her personal style is influenced by some of the greats, Chaka Khan, Sarah Vaughn and Diane Schuur among others.
Tony Harrington, a native of Hartford, CT developed a love for all forms of music at an early age. His passion for performing and his interest in the arts grew upon entering high school, where he joined the concert choir and became a featured soloist. Following completion of his Bachelor Degree in Sociology at the University of Hartford, Tony began collaborating with his cousin, producer Yasha Barjona. They wrote two songs dedicated to his father, who was ill with cancer, titled "A Good Friend Is Hard To Find" and "I Can Never Repay Your Love". "Sounds of the Northend", "Surroundings", "Inner Fusion" and "Tony Harrington and Touch "are the groups in which Tony has performed. The seven piece "Tony Harrington and Touch Band" continues to perform all over New England and New York and have made regular appearances at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino. As Tony Harrington and Touch was taking off he began performing as an anthem vocalist. His anthem repertoire includes the Russian, Canadian and American National anthems. He is best known for his rendition of the National Anthem sung before Hartford Whaler’s games. Tony has also performed the National Anthem for the Hartford Wolf Pack, New England Blizzard, Boston Celtics; New York Knicks, CT Sun, World Cup of Hockey in Montreal; WBC World Welterweight Boxing Championship between Marlon Starling and Too Su Kim, and for 8 years at the September 11th Memorial Remembrance Ceremony, Westport, CT. Tony’s broad background extends from gospel to R&B to jazz. His high energy performances have made him a favorite in his home state and beyond! Tony Harrington and Touch can be seen performing at some of the most auspicious and celebrated events in the region. Tony has developed a smooth melodic style that is all his own. His vocal talent can be heard on the single "Spend My Life" on the album by world renowned saxophonist, Marion Meadows. Tony’s talents have made him a world class performer and the consummate competitor. He was inducted into the University of Hartford Sports Hall of Fame for Football and Wrestling in 2004. Tony completed his Doctoral Degree at the University of Hartford in Educational Leadership and advised and mentored students to keep their goals in sight and live up to their potential. He is the perfect example of that life lesson as he makes his own dreams come to life.
Theresa Wright is originally from Utica, New York. A minister's daughter, she began singing at the age of 5 in her father’s church choir under the direction of her mother. On various occasions, she would go around to other churches in New York State singing duets with her mother. She began singing chorus in Elementary and High School, competing in All State Competitions. After High School she joined a band with her brother and sister called Breeze & Soul. The band performed at clubs, weddings, private functions and military bases. She moved to Connecticut in 1977 and joined a Smooth Jazz band called Saxcetric as the lead vocalist for approximately 10 years. Subsequently, she started her own band called Theresa Wright & The distinguished Gentlemen Band. Singing Jazz, Blues, R & B, and Gospel, they have performed at private parties, clubs and weddings. They have also performed twice at the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, twice at the Baby Grand Jazz Series, and twice at the First Cathedral Gala. Whenever she is not performing with her band, she often freelances with other artists. She has worked with the Steve Clarke Trio, opening up for Ramsey Lewis. She has had the privilege of working with blues legend Jeff Pitchall & Texas Flood, performing alongside Jay Giles, Phil Lesh, Charles Nevilles, Michael Allman, Claudette King (Daughter of B.B. King), and Shiela Ray Charles (Daughter of Ray Charles). She has also worked with Jaimoe of the Allman Bros. band. Theresa released her First CD in 2010 titled Time & Time again. In 2016, CtNow awarded her as best Gospel Vocalist. In 2019 she performed in Aretha Franklin Tribute, in Middletown, Ct. Singing for her is very therapeutic - "I give to you my Heart & Soul in Song".
Stephanie Langford (DJ Def Stef) was born and raised in a very musically inclined family in Boston. At the age of 6 Stephanie was introduced to music through her older family members and attending church regularly. Her Father the late Charles W. Hicks was a crooner who sang and performed in local clubs and practiced in the living room. Stephanie and her siblings were expected to follow suit, by learning to read music and sing - which she did. She studied piano, violin and had a vocal coach at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, until her family moved next door to a local DJ named DJ Scratch. He introduced her to the fundamentals of being a DJ and gave her the name DJ Def Stef in 1982. She has had the opportunity to Deejay at a host of night clubs, function halls, and private venues such as The Carver Den, Rattlesnake, Brandy Pete’s, Dublin House, Florian Hall, Club 58, The China Pearl, Knights of Columbus, and Slades Bar and Grill, to name a few.
She has had the opportunity to DJ alongside DJ Spinderella of the group Salt N Pepa, as well as a host of Deejays across various States. She has spun at all kinds of events like the Polo and Timbs, ladies night out, baby showers, weddings, showcase events, car shows and fashion shows. DJ Def Stef is the First Lady of Sound Wave Assassins and Tittle Team DJs. She is an internet radio DJ for Vusiclive and Quicktime radio. Def Stef plays all genres of music, and can be booked by contacting her via:
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Eric Appelbaum ("EJ") is a composer, arranger, and guitarist recording and playing in the Hartford area. He is an honors graduate of Musician's Institute, (Guitar Institute of Technology) in Los Angeles. He has toured extensively in the San Diego area playing smooth jazz (back when it was cool) as part of Sound Advice with recording artist Gail McNeil. As the guitarist in the 'Breaking News' band, Eric backed up the legendary 'Lost Soul Queen of New Orleans' Betty Harris. In 2015-2016 he toured with Nashville recording artist Steve Dagget; and in 2017 he toured with MassConFusion, playing a wide variety of genres, including jazz, funk, R&B, rock, folk, country, reggae, and most everything in between. Eric is always in the pocket and finding the groove, adding tasteful accents throughout. Additionally, he records and appears with recording artist Alexander Michele for Hiarl Records. Eric lives and teaches in West Hartford, Connecticut.