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 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:

New music from East Bay Soul’s newest release “That’s Life” plus our current playlist.

EBS_Thats_Life_022615xx-600x600Our current playlist just loaded yesterday includes four songs from East Bay Soul’s latest release “That’s Life”.  The four songs from this new offering are Little Black Dress, Damned If You Do, Earth To Mars, Without You.  Please check out the current bio on East Bay Soul:


The sound of Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. Adams has recorded six solo albums, three releases with East Bay Soul and fourteen recordings as a founding member of Tower of Power, legendary for his arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own. His 1995 debut Hidden Agenda went all the way to #1 on Billboard and stayed there for five weeks… He hasn’t looked back since. With countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Adams has made his mark on a broad stretch of today’s music landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, and funk.

In his new musical pursuit Grsammy and Emmy nominated trumpeter Greg Adams continues his artistic evolution alongside East Bay Soul with the dynamic THAT’S LIFE – A collection of eleven songs that fuses his love for vintage soul music, pop, with powerful horns and gorgeous orchestration.

As the album unfolds with the sexy “Little Black Dress”, Adams realizes he’s writing the music first and the lyrics will come next, an interesting process that lyricist Maffit says was so much fun, because it usually is the other way around. The mysterious ”Hush Hush” is co-written with Dwayne “Smitty” Smith. “Is just so “Dope” as Adams calls it. The groove and trumpet melody are so minimal we just let the song end itself… “

Notably “ Come Together” by The Beatles pays deference to the original fueled by Greg’s muted trumpet.

Adams artfully produced the sonic funk driven “Earth To Mars” with a magnetic performance that is both retro and modern.

The album boasts four songs with a full orchestra, lush arrangements masterfully orchestrated by Greg.“ Grow Old With Me” tells a story of love at first sight. “Without You” is a story without lyrics that conveys the story of love lost… Greg’s soulful trumpet is infused here. Darryl Walker’s stirring vocal performances on “ Going In Circles” and “ Let’s Stay Together” are delivered with soul and passion that embodies the timelessness of these two classic R&B songs.

Setting the bedrock for THAT’S’ LIFE is Kay-Ta Matsuno, guitar, Joey Navarro, keys, Dwayne “Smitty” Smith, bass, Herman Matthews, drums and. Johnny Sandoval adds the essential addition of Latin percussion. Their collaboration in the studio and commanding performance is brilliant.

Fueling the funk… is a dream horn section headed by Adams known for his percussive and on top of the beat style, endures throughout the album and is a tight a horn section as they come. Lee Thornburg, trumpet, flugelhorn, French horn and trombone, Johnnie Bamont, alto, tenor and bari sax. Greg Vail, alto and tenor sax.

With East Bay Soul Greg say’s “ It’s like looking bliss in the eye. Before you know it we’ve made a record. It is amazing how it happens.”

For more information on the CD go to :

Our Current Playlist:

Below is our current playlist.  The list appears in artist order and not in order of play with artist first song title second.

Ambergris/Play On Player
Ambergris/Chocolate Pudding
Ambergris/Gotta Find Her
Azz Izz Band/Rude Boy
Azz Izz Band/Freska
Azz Izz Band/Simba
Barela/At First I Though
Barela/Tower Pops
Barry Danielian/Angles of Attack
Barry Danielian/Metaphorically Speaking
Barry Danielian/Blue Caller
Beggar & Co/Bahia de Palma
Beggar & Co/Cosmic Lust
Beggar & Co/Evolution
Bing & The Bingtones/Old Soul Music
Bing & The Bingtones/Funk With Me
Bing & The Bingtones/Momma I’m Coming Home
Bononia Sound Machine/Doin’ It TOP Style
Bononia Sound Machine/ESP
Bononia Sound Machine/Slow JB
Brian Culbertson/You Got To Funkifize Ft. Chance Howard
Brian Culbertson/The House Of Music Ft. Larry Graham & Ronnie Laws
Brian Culbertson/Hollywood Swinging Ft. Musiq Soulchild & Gerald Levert
Carmen Grillo/A Real Mother For Ya
Carmen Grillo/Come And Gone
Carmen Grillo/A Different World
Chad Rager Groove/Caravan
Chad Rager Groove/Brother To Brother
Chad Rager Groove/Dancing Men
Charles Earland Tribute Band/South Philly Groove
Charles Earland Tribute Band/Deja Vu
Charles Earland Tribute Band/The Closer I Get To You
Chase/Livin’ In Heat
Chase/Handbags And Gladrags
Chase/Open Up Wide
Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings/Creepin Under My Skin
Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings/Mo Too-Do-Loo
Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings/Poor Man’s Blues
Chops the Band/Up For The Downstroke
Chops the Band/Scrapple And Grits
Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns/The Letter
Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns/I’ve Never Found a Girl
Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns/Vehicle
Danser’s Inferno/Inferno
Danser’s Inferno/And Once My Love
Danser’s Inferno/Time Is Laughing
Dave C. Norman/What Is Hip?
Dave C. Norman/Pick Up the Pieces
Dave C. Norman/Serpentine Fire
Dave Koz/Hot Fun In The Summertime
Dave Koz/Take 5
Dave Koz/Reasons
Doctorfunk/Second Opinion
Doctorfunk/Believe It When You See It
Doctorfunk/What’s Up Doc?
East Bay Soul/Little Black Dress
East Bay Soul/Damned If You Do
East Bay Soul/Earth To Mars
East Bay Soul/Without You
Eric Bolvin/It Ain’t No Use
Eric Bolvin/Panama Red
Eric Bolvin/Corvair Crusader
Grant Geissman/Nawlins
Grant Geissman/Dig Some Sides?
Grant Geissman/Chicken Shack Jack
Groove55/Black Market (Feat. Mino Cinelu)
Groove55/Feeling Good (Feat. Rick Braun & Mino Cinelu)
Groove55/Pick Me Up (Feat. Mino Cinelu)
Heat/Pickin And Choosin
Heat/Whatever It Is
Heat/Up To You
Light of the World/Everybody Move
Light of the World/Pete’s Crusade
Light of the World/Famous Faces
Los Blues/Vegas Funk
Los Blues/Ain’t That Loving You
Los Blues/If You Must Leave My Love
Mic Gillette/Put It Where You Want It
Mic Gillette/Let It Roll
Mic Gillette Band/Watch Your Step
Mingo Fishtrap/Too Far Gone
Mingo Fishtrap/Mason Jar
Mingo Fishtrap/Sugadoo
Monophonics/Filth Flarn Filth (Ft. Karl Denson)
Pee Wee Ellis/Cold Sweat / Licking Stick Licking Stick
Pee Wee Ellis featuring Fred Wesley & Fred Ross/I Got the Feeling
Pee Wee Ellis featuring Fred Wesley & Fred Ross/House Party
Polyrhythmics/Car Crash
Polyrhythmics/The Imposter
Prime Time Funk/Want What You Want
Prime Time Funk/Power
Prime Time Funk/We Can Work It Out, Yes We Can Can
Sage/Something Righteous
San Gabriel 7/Sushiman Sivaman
San Gabriel 7/Funky Monkey Business
San Gabriel 7/Sneakin’ Out Of Camarillo
Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns/The Answer
Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns/Close Enough To Taste
Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns/Let The Healing Begin
Scott Martin/Menudo And Gritz
Scott Martin/Unchain My Heart
Scott Martin/Bettin’ On A One Eyed Jack
Stefan Redtenbacher/Royal Rooster
Stefan Redtenbacher/Fred’s Haus
Stefan Redtenbacher/Shindig!
Stevie Hawkins/Soul Strut
Stevie Hawkins/El Ritmo
Stevie Hawkins/Soul Revival
Strokeland Superband/Just In Case You Wondered
Strokeland Superband/Bumped Up To First Class
Strokeland Superband/It Is What It Is
Super Groovers/Mainline Connection
Super Groovers/You’re The Only One In My Life
The Chops Horns/Grove Me
The Lon Bronson All-Star Band/At the End of the Day
The Lon Bronson All-Star Band/We Used to Call It Love
The Lon Bronson All-Star Band/I Gotta Run
The Sons Of Champlin/1982-A
The Sons Of Champlin/Hold On
The Sons Of Champlin/Tabacco Road
The Super Groovers/Keeping The Past Alive
Tim Akers & The Smoking Section/In The Stone
Tim Akers & The Smoking Section/September
Tim Akers & The Smoking Section/Superstition
Tobb/Bang, Bang
Tom Saviano/Making Up Lost Time
Tom Saviano/What Does It Matter Anyway
Tom Saviano/JP’s Groove
Tower of Power/Squib Cakes
Tower of Power/You`re Gonna Need Me
Tower Of Power/Fanfare/You Know It
Yoichi Murata/Everybody (Knows It’s All Right)
Yoichi Murata/Let Me Groove
Zen Blues Quartet/Powerful Stuff
Zen Blues Quartet/Grits Ain’t Groceries
Zen Blues Quartet/What A Life