May 1, 2017

Message and info from Greg and Andrea Adams on the Mike Jones Kidney Foundation.

MJKF_7x5PostcardWe recently received this message from Andrea Adams:

Hi Raoul!

I hope all is well!  I am hoping you can help us spread the word about the  Mike Jones Kidney Foundation

Greg and I co-founded MJKF in memory of our good friend Mike Jones.

We are having a Evening of Jazz Benefit on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Redondo Performing Arts Center.

I have attached the press release that gives the information about the Evening of Jazz and what we are doing.

An Evening of Jazz – will help secure financial assistance to kidney recipients, donors and families coping with monetary challenges dealing with kidney disease

Thank you in advance!


Here is a link to the Press Release that Andrea Mentioned:


Roger Smith from Tower Of Power has a Special Announcement

1e_largeAs many of you are aware, Roger Smith Tower Of Power keyboardist has another passion.  That passion is wine making, and Roger’s Bump City Wine Company has a Special Announcement:

Hey Bump City Wine Co Family,

Something’s in the works….
Bump City Wine Co is planning a special celebration for its wine club members – all you BUMPSTERS out there! Be sure to join if you haven’t already.
Special plans for Saturday, September 26th in Sonoma, CA are being made – so HOLD THE DATE, tell your friends and stay tuned for further details.
You won’t want to miss this!

That’s Saturday September 26th…all the where’s and other particulars will be forthcoming…stay tuned!



We will update you just as soon as Roger has more to share.  In the meantime, we recommend that you become a Wine Club Member at Bump City Wine Company, as it will entitle you to wine discounts, as well as special promotions that will pop up from time to time.  Much like the one Roger has listed above.

To join the Wine Club Click on the link in red:  Bump City Wine Company



Just Added Three Songs From Norbert Stachel’s newest effort “Shades Of The Bay”

Norbert_Stachel_Shades_of_the_Bay_Album_Art_290We just uploaded into our current playlist three songs from Norbert Stachel’s newest release “Shades Of The Bay”.  Since grabbing the download from Itunes yesterday, we have listened to the tracks several times, and can’t get enough.  This is a fantastic group of tracks and features many Bay Area music greats on the recording.  The complete list of personnel on Shades Of The Bay are  Norbert Stachel, Happy Sanchez, David K. Mathews, Peter Horvath, Ray Obiedo, Marc Van Wageningen, Karl Perazzo, Dave Schul, Victor Little, Brian Collier, Daniel Gonzalez, Mic Gillette, Louis Fasman, Jeff Cressman, Yosvany Terry.

For more info on Norbert go to

You can find “Shades Of The Bay” as a  digital download from Itunes.


Just added three songs from Ted Piercefield to our current playlist

Front_Cover_1-7 (1)We just added three new songs from the CD titled “Chasing My Dream” by Ted Piercefield.  The songs are titled “Just For You, Don’t Say Goodbye, and Those Eyes.  Ted was one of the original members of Chase.

Here is some bio info on Ted from his web site:

I was born in Northern Kentucky, and started taking piano lessons at age 10. I studied the keys for a couple of years and then got my first trumpet. It was a used King Super 20, with a Bach 10 1/2 C mouthpiece. After a year or so, and many Maynard Ferguson records later, I got a brand new Conn Constellation 38b. I’ve played this horn my entire career. Many times I was offered different horns, but I didn’t think it necessary to change.

I studied the trumpet with Donald Reinhardt, in Philadelphia, Roger Platt, at the University of Cincinnati, and with my High School band director, Roger Schueler. He was also my jazz band director in college. He is responsible for keeping me focused on my trumpet playing. Others in college wanted to teach music. I always just wanted to play!

After college, I moved to Miami, Florida and took a gig at The Newport Hotel in the lounge. Later, that same band would take a gig in Las Vegas at the Thunderbird Hotel. The show there was written by Bill Chase. This is when we first became friends. (He wrote MANY double G’s into that music.) We became good friends and several months later, he approached me with the “Chase” idea. I would sing, write and play split-lead trumpet in the group. It was a very exciting prospect!

I, of course, having respect for Bill, and after hearing his ideas, decided to quit the band I was with (Fire and Ice), and started rehearsal with Chase. Almost all of us played other gigs, to pay the bills, at the same time we were rehearsing with Chase. I personally, worked at the Stardust Hotel in the Ray Anthony Band. After a few weeks, “Chase” got a job playing at a club in Vegas from 3am til 8am. On a couple of occasions, Johnny Carson and Doc came in to hear us. Months later,we played on The Tonight Show.  Chase_on_Tonight_Show.mp3.  We needed to tighten up the material before doing a demo tape in L.A. for Epic Records. This meant working two jobs a day for many of us. It was lots of playing, but really strengthened the “chops”. (See “The Chase Years” for many more details about that era).

Moving forward in time… the second LP, “Ennea” was released. It didn’t do as well commercially, as the first LP, so the group decided to take a few months off. I had a friend in Miami that had a good gig with a local chain of night clubs and he integrated myself, Dennis Johnson and Gary Smith to form a new group called “X”. We played night clubs for about a year, doing some recording of our original songs at the same time. “Love” was a song I wrote while with that group…Short_Clip_Love.mp3

Bill called me in Miami and said he was ready to start the “Pure Music” LP. The whole “X” group, including the guitar player and organist went to Chicago to start rehearsal for the new record. After only a couple of rehearsals, we realized that the music that Bill had in mind was just not moving in a “commercial” direction. (We all felt that this was why the Ennea LP didn’t do so well in sales).

After serious thought, we told Bill that we were wanting to do our “own” music. That was the break-up of the original band.

After a year or so of playing gigs and writing some original material, we recorded a few songs, “on a shoestring budget” at a Miami studio. We tried to get a recording contract, but it didn’t work out. So, eventually we broke up, and went our separate ways.

After Bill’s death, some of the members of the original group, did a tribute album called “Watch Closely Now”. There were some fine performances on that record, but it wasn’t promoted properly, and slowly just “went away”.

Many years passed, and I did this and that, but always continuing to write music. “Chasing My Dream”, is the product of years of thought, and a couple of years in the making.

Music can be recorded in so many ways today. Luckily, I had several wonderful people who helped me with some of the horn and solo work. I will discuss them in the “About the CD” section of this website. Without the help of so many people, I would have never been able to make this music. For those people, I am eternally grateful.

For more on Ted go to his website at

Tony Adamo Releases new CD “Tony Adamo & The New York Crew”

TonyAdamoNYCrew250Tony Adamo has just released a new CD and it is available at Strokeland Records.  The new CD is titled “Tony Adamo & The New York Crew”.   We should have a few tracks up and running here at Horn Driven Radio.on one of our next playlists.  We will let you know when that happens.  Here is the info on the CD as posted at Strokeland.

“As a vocalist, Adamo’s exciting, highly-energetic interpretations avoid any faux hip inflections. He swings soulfully heavy , has great rhythmic feel, and injects a soul vaccination across the date. His scripted dialog is powerful in presentation and content . There’s no hand or lip jive; the ” Vocal hipspokenwords” are performed as dit-dot tight as the horns and infectious rhythms behind him. He channels the “Beat” poets Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg, and modern verbalists, Mark Murphy and Gil Scott-Heron.” A righteous harmonic journey into the lyrical land of thy rhythm and groove. Old school meets new çool, a cross continental sonic excursion resulting in a beat you feel in your hips but hear with you’re feet, this is a real down lyrical throw down!

True hipness is a most elusive substance, consistently pursued, often pretended and rarely captured. But make no mistake, Tony Adamo is HIP (capital letters demanded) in full evidence on his new Urbanzone Records album Tony Adamo & The New York Crew. Now we’re not talking about some snap-brim fedora, hipster chic, cool attitude take on hipness – but the real deal. We’re talking about Miles, Monk and Sonny trading fours after hours at the Five Spot, with Frank and Dino knocking back Jack on the rocks while Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Lord Buckley and Lenny Bruce riff on the world’s absurdity – that kind of hip.

For this album Tony and his Crew deliver what is essentially eleven short films, each one painting a stunningly visual portrait of a fascinating world and some of its most captivating and compelling denizens. Driven on a soundtrack of explosively spirited and utterly delightful music, the spectacularly imaginative screenplay is depicted through a prism that Tony calls Vocal/HipSpokenWord. Or as Tony states, `I would hope that my Vocal/HipSpokenWord story telling reaches across a wide music spectrum to hip old and new generations alike to my new genre of music’

Tony Adamo
The ensemble is Tony Adamo – nu jazz vocal/hipspoken word, Mike Clark – drums, Lenny White – drums, Michael Wolff – piano, Tim Ouimette -trumpet, Richie Goods, bass, Bill Summers – Percussion, and Donald Harrison – alto sax.

The tracks are as follows:

Gale Blowin High
City Swings
Buddhist Blues
You Gotta B Fly
Mama’s Meat Pies
To Bop Or Not To Be
Picasso At Midnight
Wisdom of Oz
Listen Here Listen Up
General T
Messengers Burnin’

For more info on Tony Adamo go to: