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Guitar- Terry Hiatt
The San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbed of wonderful musicians. But in this Mecca of players- Terry Hiatt is hailed by his peers as "One of the Most Outstanding Guitarists". He is truly a " Guitar Player's Player". Many consider him to be the Bay Area's "Undiscovered Secret." Well versed in a multitude of styles and genres , he has really forged a name for himself with his unsurpassed blues interpretation. Terry has also developed a following in his own right that is as strong as many national and International Touring headliners.
Terry has worked and recorded with some of the biggest names in both the Bay Area and Blues Communities. He is a regular session guitar player for Sista Monica Parker (2011 Blues Music Award nominee). Terry has also worked with Tommy Castro, Chris Cain and many others. He is one of the most in demand players in Northern California.
His reputation for getting an audience excited and impressing everyone with his one-of-a-kind licks are the starting point for Paula's unique blues style. He also serves as the musical director for the "Beasts of Blues"
Bass, Background Vocals- Joey Fabian
Bassist Joey Fabian is originally from Atlanta, Georgia where he performed with members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Sea Level, Glenn Phillips Band, and was a founding member of Progressive group "Man On Fire". Joey relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1991 and studied with World-Renowned bassists Kai Eckhardt and Dean Peer.
Accomplished on both electric and upright acoustic, Joey has performed almost every concievable genre of music from Soukous to Samba-Reggae and Blues to Bluegrass. Joey has also performed or recorded with Alana Davis, Will Ray (The Hellecasters), Mumblefinger, Taylor P. Collins, Scott Matthews, James Armstrong and many more. He was a member of the critically acclaimed fusion ensemble The Bartron Tyler Group. He now has an unusual pet project "Zappagrass" (bluegrass arrangements of Frank Zappa songs)
Joey in also known for his uniquely animated stage presence. His Energy while playing is exceptionally entertaining and quite an asset to any live performance. Paula the the other often kid him about the way "He makes love to his Bass" on stage.
SInce 1994, Joey has been the Bass instructor at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, CA . He also runs a production studio called "The Tomato Farm" in Menlo Park CA.
Joey is proud to be endorsed by Fender/SWR, Human Base Basses and Daring Audio Bass Effects.
Mike Rinta- Trombone, Leader Brass Section
Mike is the brass section leader for Paula. He is the first call musician in the bay area for trombone. Mic Gillette from Tower of Power even cites Mike as " His first call" There isn't much higher of a compliment. Mike is known not only for his great playing- but for his passion and sense of fun while he's at it. That energy really transmits to his audience.
The people Mike has worked with is literally a "Who's who" in the music industry so we'll let it do the talking for us: Sly & The Family Stone, Carlos Santana, George Santana, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Larry Coryell, Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Howard Tate, Lennie Willams, Lester Chambers, Otis Clay, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Bernie Worrell (Parliament), Paul Shaffer, John Lee Hooker Jr., Narada Michael Walden, Elvin Bishop, Clarence Clemens, Mighty Sam McClain, Pine Top Perkins, EC Scott, Bing & The Bingtones, Henry Butler, Mable John, Bishop Joe Simon, Chris Clark, The Dynatones, Carl Lockett, Tommy Castro, Daniel Castro, Sir Mac Rice, Robert Lockwood Jr., Syl Johnson, Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Sanders, John Lee Sanders, Chuck Mangione, Harvey Mandel, Sy Klopps Blues Band, Ross Valory (Journey), Neil Schon (Journey), Pete Sears (Jefferson Airplane), Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers), The Coup, Michelle Shocked, Bobby Caldwell, Patty Paige, Kay Starr, & Bette Lavette.
Mike is also as well known in the industry for his wonderful skills as an arranger as he is for his unique playing and stage presence.
Tom Poole has literally worked with so many big names that he can't
remember them all. But he is one of the most prolific recording and gigging
horn players in the U.S. and he has been for more than FOUR decades!
He was with the legendary Etta James for a decade where he garnered a Grammy Win and multiple Grammy Nominations for his work on her various albums. He also worked a five year stone with equally legendary Bobby Womak. Tom was a member of the original Boz Scaggs Band and on his Album "Boz Scaggs & Band" He was likewise a founding member of the original "Santa Esmeralda" band with Jimmy Goings. They have sold over twenty five million albums worldwide.
Tom has also worked with heavy hitters like Billy Preston, Percy Sledge, Barbara Lewis, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Greg Allman, Dr John, Van Morrison, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves, Al WIlson, Sam Moore, Freda Payne, The Dixie Cups, Irma Thomas, John Lee hooker Jr, Joey Gilmore, Michael Burks, John Nemeth and the original "Malo" Band. And these were just the ones that popped into his head in an instant when questioned about it. He is truly legendary!
Tom is one of the featured horns on Paula's new Album "Turning on the Naughty"
Tony Peebles is a busy saxophonist, currently residing
in Oakland, California. He is a relative newcomer compared to the other
brass members but only by virtue of his youth. And he has commanded respect
from veteran players across the board.
He has performed in many different genres with such artists as Fred Wesley (James Brown), Karl Denson, Don Carlos, Lenny Williams, Prince "Blkmagic" Damons, Wil Blades, Andy Bey, Nnenna Freelon, Geri Allen, Oliver Lake, Brian Jordan (KDTU), John Lee Hooker Jr., Karl Perazzo, and Antoine Roney to name a few.
Tony is currently saxophonist for reggae legend Don Carlos, and plays regularly with former Tower of Power frontman Lenny Williams.
He has studied saxophone under just a few teachers: Chris Farr (John Legend), Ben Schachter, and Joe Cohen, but is a constant student of the instrument, working daily to improve his craft. He holds a BA in Music Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MM in Jazz Saxophone Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.