The Don Duncan Band
Born in New Orleans Louisiana, Don discovered his vocal capabilities at 12 years old singing in The Friendship Baptist Gospel Church Choir. Influenced by such Artist’s like Aaron Neville, Fats Domino, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Johnny Mathis and Otis Redding. Don has gone to attain great notoriety as a singer and percussion player. His style is much diversified and covers the whole gamut Jazz & Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel along with the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s till current even a little Reggae Funk.
His voice can take you to Church or just revitalize your soul. Don’s voice delivers with great passion and emotion. His exceptional style captivates the audience with great songs such as “ Unchained Melody” and “What a Wonderful World” which he sings marvelously. The audience gets hooked on the show when he breaks into “Brick House” “Play That Funky Music” and “Shake Your Booty”.
Don has won The International Gong Show and has recently appeared on The Singing Office show with The St. Regis office singers, starry Joey Fontane and Mel B. from the Spice Girls. Don has also appeared as extras in several movies and shows such as The Main Event starring Barbara Streisand, The Blind Ambition starring Richard Lawson, The Johnny Yune Christmas Special, and has sung the National Anthem at the Los Angles Forum for the Clippers Basketball Association.
Don Duncan debut CD titled Yellow Moon, includes 11 beautiful and soulful songs for your listening pleasure. He is currently performing at The Luxe Martini Bar and Grill in Dana Point, California on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30pm until 9:30pm. Don Also appears Sundays at the Telaga Golf Club Sunday Brunch from 10am until 2pm.
Location: Luxe Martini Bar and Resturant on Del Prado Ave in Dana Point
Fee: Open to public
Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter – Jimmy Dale
People say that Jimmy plays the tunes you love to hear, but in his own unique style.
From Los Angeles to Honolulu, from Frankfurt, Germany to Sardinia, Italy, Jimmy Dale has performed both nationally and internationally. He has backed up famed groups, including: The Drifters, Platters, The
Diamonds, The Coasters, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Tequila Man Chuck Rio, the Champs and the Fabulous Penguins!
He has played with such reggae artists as Joe Higgs, also known as the godfather of reggae, the man who taught Bob Marley, Pato Banton, Carlton Livingston, Fully Fullwood, Tony Chin, Mikey Dread and Daddy U Roy.
Jimmy’s reggae band Irie has opened shows for Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Third World, Bunny Wailer, The Skatalites, Black Uhuru, Eek a Mouse, Steel Pulse and Andrew Tosh.
Jimmy can be heard playing guitar on Big Mountain’s CD “Unity” that sold millions with the hit “Baby I Love Your Way.” His original composition “Rub a Dub” can be heard in the motion picture “Sunset Heat” starring Dennis Hopper. Jimmy’s Irie CD “Freedom of Choice” includes “Rub A Dub,” “Leaving Out Love,” “Harley Gone Down,” and “I Love You In My Arms,” which can be heard on Nickelodeon’s cable network SK8TV. These songs were also included on the television special “Girls of Hawaiian Tropic” with Pauley Shore.
Aside from his music career, Jimmy is also recognized for his acting abilities with roles in these feature films: “George Wallace” directed by the renowned John Frankenheimer, “Ford Fairlane” starring Andrew Dice Clay, “Judge Koan” with Stanley Kamel and in “Absolute Evil” directed by Ulee Lommel, starring David Carradine.
Jimmy is signed with Big Fish Media Digital.
For more about Jimmy Dale, his music, and his acting, go to: Jimmydale.net
myspace.com/jimmydaleband or www.jimmydale.net
Listen to selected tunes from Jimmy’s CD on Itunes www.itunes.com/
jimmy dale/Surfin with TD Maui Style www.itunes.com/jimmy dale/Malibu
Kid www.itunes.com/Irie/Freedom of Choice
4320 Coldwater Cyn. Ave #8
Studio City, CA. 91604
818-752-7523 cell 818-749-7749
Location: Across from Bon Jour Cafe on Del Prado Ave in Dana Point
Fee: Open to public
The Sam Shepherd Trio: Featuring Luther Hughes, Joe Bagg and Sam Shepherd.
Bassist Luther Hughes received his training at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music and Long Beach City College, earning his bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach. His teachers included Alex Cirin, Thomas Martin, Nat Gangursky, Eileen Strang and Sue Raney.
Luther is involved in the music business in a number of ways:
· As a musician, he currently leads The Cannon Ball / Coltrane Project as well as Luther Hughes & Friends: Remembering the Nat King Cole Trio and H.E.R.K.
· As a record producer and music publisher, Luther heads up Primrose Lane Music, which he founded in 2004.
· As an educator, Luther currently teaches at Cal State University in Fullerton Ca. and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo Ca. He has taught at Cal State University Long Beach Ca., Golden West College in Huntington Beach Ca., the Musicians Institute in Hollywood Ca., Rio Hondo College in Whittier Ca. and formerly served as the Southern California Regional Director for Bruce Forman’s Jazz Masters Workshop.
Luther has played bass with some of the biggest names in jazz in a career spanning over 30 years. He has performed or recorded with jazz legends such as Gene Harris, Mundell Lowe, Joe Henderson, Carmen McRae, Willie Bobo, Horace Silver, Harold Land, Don Ellis, Joe Pass, Louis Bellson, Hampton Hawes and many more.
Having recorded and performed on stage, and for film and television scores, Luther has appeared as a band member on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Boston Legal.
Born and raised in Southern California, Joe Bagg started playing by ear on a toy xylophone at an early age. His parents quickly got him a piano teacher, and Joe took piano lessons for a few years after that. He discovered jazz while in college and immediately changed his major from computer science to music. Upon hearing that jazz
pianist Kenny Barron was teaching at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Joe enrolled in the graduate program there and obtained his Master’s degree, studying with Barron for two years. After a couple of years in the Army as a Russian linguist stationed in Germany, Joe moved back to the states to California, where he has been a fixture on the Los Angeles jazz scene. In 1997, Joe started playing the Hammond B-3 organ and has quickly become one of the most in-demand organists on the west coast.
Since arriving in L.A., Joe has played and/or recorded with most of the jazz musicians in Southern California, as well as a number of visiting musicians including: Bobby Hutcherson, Charles McPherson, Anthony Wilson, Seamus Blake, Brian Lynch, Arthur Blythe, Ernie Watts, Joe LaBarbara, Ralph Moore, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Jeff Hamilton, Andy Simpkins, Pete Christlieb, Billy Higgins, Roy McCurdy, Ralph Penland, Tony Dumas, Dave Pike, Larry Koonse, Steve Tavaglione and many more.
After graduating from the Guitar Institute of Technology in 1980, guitarist Sam Shepherd moved to New York City where he briefly studied with Jim Hall and John Scofield. He began playing small clubs and connected with a network of musicians which eventually led to him to taking a job playing in a nightly show in New Orleans’ French Quarter. After moving with his wife to Dana Point in 1987, Sam began balancing a full-time career as a middle school teacher with a steady schedule of jazz gigs with the area’s top players. He quickly began a long association with the late legendary pianist Rex Thompson playing duos and trios at DiMario’s and subsequently Jack’s Restaurant/ Bar both located in Dana Point. Sam was featured on Rex Thompson’s CD recording entitled Blame it on My Youth which also featured the outstanding musicianship of bassist Benjamin May and drummer Paul Kriebich. Sam later joined Tom Morey’s (of boogie board fame) Laguna Jazz Quartet which held down, during a nine-year span, the Sunday jazz brunch at the Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point. It was during this time that Sam teamed up with longtime friends and musical collaborators bassist Jack Prather and pianist Leonard Thompson to produce Jack’s Shades CD highlighting the exquisite song writing talents of Mr. Prather. All the while Sam has fronted his own ensembles playing in various establishments dotting the South Orange County musical landscape.
Location: Outside Jack’s Restaurant/Bar on Del Prado Ave in Dana Point
Fee: Open to public
Tunnel Vision is quickly becoming Southern California’s favorite new Surf, Reggae, Ska band. The band is comprised of five musicians who grew up in the San Diego area with instruments in their hands and skateboards and surfboards under their feet. Tunnel Vision originally formed as a three-piece band, with Hayden Hanson as the lead singer and guitarist, Jacob Hernandez on bass, and Tanner Payan on drums and additional vocals. The three have been long time friends, who grew up surfing spots like Black’s, Oceanside Jetty, Trestle’s, and T-street and Skateboarding iconic bowls like The Vans Combi, Encinitas YMCA, Clairemont, Carmel Valley and Oceanside’s MLK Skatepark.
Growing up in SoCal, the band was heavily influenced by the Punk Rock, Reggae and Ska Music of bands like Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, NoFX, Rancid and Mad Caddies. The boys have all worked in the surf industry for years, starting out in retail for Rip Curl and moving on to manufacturing surfboards for Lost Enterprises.
Tunnel Vision increased the band from a three-piece to a five-piece by adding Doug Alani and Matt Risley. Matt Risely & Doug both met the guys through their connections with Lost’s retail store, Catalyst. Matt is Texas surf transplant. Matt plays keys for the band and is an avid Surfer and Skateboarder as well. Doug brings his mad saxophone skills to the sound of Tunnel Vision, when he is not in the courtroom tipping the scales for justice, he is cranking out tunes with Tunnel Vision.
Fee: Open to public