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In Los Angeles, our notable musicians and artists include/have included:
Allen Weiss: professional musician (percussionist) for 50+ years; professional Santa Claus for 20+ years; Performs many roles including master of ceremonies, actor, stand-up comic, and owner of Sounds of Music (provides orchestras, bands, musicians, magicians, audio services).
Alex Delzoppo: Baby in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life”; singer, songwriter, plays keyboards and was original member of Sweetwater, a band that performed at Woodstock and was the subject of the VH1 movie “Sweetwater: A True Rock Story.”
Amanda Abizaid: Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, and flute;) vocalist on theme song “A Place In Time” from the TV series The 4400; sang featured song “Dreams in Ashes” from Lifetime Television’s Odd Girl Out, and lead vocal appearances in Smallville, Ed, One Tree Hill, Felicity, and Charmed. Her album, This Life, debuted on FMQB.com’sACQB Adult Contemporary Chart at #2 Most Added in July, 2010 and in August, 2010 was rated #4 Most Added record on ACQB Indie Chart. Latest EP release “Be In Love” in Fall, 2011
Andy Anders: bassist/filmmaker; has performed with The Platters along with some of the finest Cajun/Zydeco artists in the world i.e. Louisiana music legend Joe Simien, T. Lou, Bennie & the Swamp Gators, and Lisa Haley; Upright Bass player for Kentucky Fried Chicken national commercial;
Aydiee-Vaughn Dunson: Multi-talented actress, singer and actor; portrayed variety of roles in television shows “Everybody Hates Chris,” “My Wife & Kids,” “Boston Legal,” “The Shield” and “Half & Half,” and upcoming theatrical release “Little Hercules in 3-D.” Toured and performed with Al B. Sure and performed in Howie Mandel’s act “Bobby’s World Live”; sang and/or danced on Barry White’s two videos and albums “Put Me In Your Mix” and “I Wanna Do It Good,” and in music videos with The Whispers, George Clinton, Miki Howard and Wanda Vaughn.
Cali T. Rosen aka The Pow Girl: Actress, Filmmaker, Artist, Singer, Voice Over, Spokesperson & Ambassador for Save the Children of Tibet.
Cat Herzon: IMEA (Illinois Music Educators Association)-award recipient for piano, flute and voice (5 octave range); performed in popular stage/musical productions Mame (lead), Sound of Music ("Sister Sophia" and pit orchestra pianist), HMS Pinafore, The Elephant Man, Whose Life is It Anyway?, Ten Little Indians, Lo and Behold, Stage Door, and Web of Murder.
Charlene Capetillo: Mezzo soprano; performed all over the world, including L.A.Opera (six seasons), Long Beach Opera, California Philharmonic Orchestra, LA Camerata Orchestra & Chorus in China, Carnegie Hall in NYC; listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Marquis-2003-2009; "A voice like this comes along once in a lifetime,” said Jim Low, Metropolitan Opera. Actor on “Passions.” Fifth great grand-daughter of folk hero Daniel Boone.
Chas West: Singer: performed with Foreigner, Lynch Mob, Tribe of Gypsies, Three Legged Dog, Hollywood Allstarz, his All Star Zep tribute band “The Moby Dicks”, the band Bonham (formed by Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer and rock legend John Bonham which released 3 CD’s and toured Europe, Japan and the US to critical acclaim worldwide), and his new band called Resurrection Kings features members from Dio and Black Sabbath with a 2016 record release and worldwide tour; L.A. Times quoted "vocalist Charles “Chas” West is a wailer who sounds like "Chris Cornell" and hearing Chas for the first time Robert Plant himself said "he sounds like me when I was his age".
Clarence Witherspoon (Saxophonist/vocalist, performed and/or recorded with Little Anthony & the Imperials),
Chris Ross: acclaimed drummer performed and or recorded with many top artist including Kenny Loggins, Joe Cocker, Lisa Haley, and Three Dog Night,
Don Sweeney: Famed drummer, bandleader, concert producer, author of book “Backstage at The Tonight Show”; production staff of Late Night TV shows of Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and currently music supervisor for The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS
Eric McKain: Acclaimed percussionist known for his legendary performances for the LA stage performances of The Lion King; toured and recorded with top name acts including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, Oxygen, and Patrice Rushen
Fred Herrera: Guitarist and original member of Sweetwater, an opening band that performed at Woodstock and was the subject for VH1 movie “Sweetwater: A True Rock Story.”; Mariachi, performer in movies “Heartbreak Kid” and “Nutty Professor II” and TV hit “Melrose Place.”
Gigi "Gee" Rabe: Accordion player. Known as “L.A.’s Accordion Diva;” won major awards, such as Accordion Federation of North America's virtuoso (Western classical,) virtuoso jazz competitions in 1984 and 1985; recorded with Lisa Haley and the Zydekats , Peter Copeland, Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band, Jessica Fichot, and the Gypsybilly, The Vignatis, Never Shout Never, film producer Mary Sweeney, and musician/actor Micky Dolenz. Leads her own combo called “Gigi and Her Atomic Hipsters,” plus, performs with the Haberdashery Ensemble, and the Hollow Trees; recorded for award-winning composers Jack Allocco, David Kurtz, Kristen Baum, Bruce Chianese, Bruno Coon, Henry Jackman, Alvaro Morello, Andrea Morricone, S.J. Petterson, John Powell, Dave Volpe, Frederik Wiedmann, Corey Wallace, and Edwin Wendler; accordion playing can be heard in animated films “Puss in Boots,” “Ice Age 4,” and “Hotel Transylvania.” In 2010 was featured in an episode of Craigslist TV called “Accordion Idol.” Other television appearances include the Jimmy Kimmel Show, the Young and the Restless, and KMEX-Univision Primera Edición; recorded accordion parts for the new Disney ride “Toy Story;” was the accordionist in Getty Villa production “Tug of War,” which received outstanding national reviews; 2007 named by the LA Times as one of the top ten productions in Los Angeles. Steel pannist- recorded for television, radio, and film; final television sitcom “Friends,” cast in the role of “Marjorie,” Phoebe’s eccentric friend who plays the steel drum for her wedding; last season of the USA Network series “Monk,” tutored actor Jason Gray-Stanford on steel drums. Performs with band “Island Vibes,” one of the featured steel bands at Magic Mountain’s Hurricane Harbor in Valencia, California. In addition to playing steel drums since 1995, lecturer at CSU Northridge. Started their steel band program, which is one of the largest steel band programs on the West Coast; taught the first online music course at CSUN; taught classes at UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology and at Santa Monica College.
Gina Eckstine: Singer who performed all over the world with legends Count Basie, Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Cosby, and her father, bop-big band leader and ballad singer Billy Eckstine, aka. Mr. B. She sang on “The Tonight Show” and at all the major hotels and casinos in Las Vegas and in Lake Tahoe, including as the opening act for Brad Garrett.
Ginger de Paris: Jazz Tap, cabaret, and Broadway dancer and singer. Captivated audiences in Paris, New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Performed for such noteworthy celebrities as Jesseye Norman, Joan Collins, Stephen Sondheim, Quentin Crisp, Lauren Bacall, Harold Nicholas, and Michel Piccoli. Her original musical will soon grace stages around the world.
Jerry Brown: pianist-A veteran rocker "back in the day", General Director of Center Stage Opera, and also is accompanist and master-of-ceremonies for Center Stage Opera’s Amici Della Musica dinner-and-song series and recital programs.
Keaver Brenai: Recording Artist, Songwriter, Voiceover Performer, Author, Worship Leader, Public Speaker, and Philanthropist: Her 1st CD release LullaBabyMusic: Inspirational Children’s Lullaby Collection found itself on the 2010 Entry Ballot for Grammy Nomination Consideration and is noted as a very effective music therapy tool for children and families. Featured in national commercials including Crayola, General Mills, Kraft, and has appeared/recorded with award winning talent like U2, Charlie Haden, Ron Isley, Michael Jackson, Andraé Crouch, Marty Goetz, Robert Townsend, Ice Cube and many others. Vocal studies include the masters – “Mama Jan Smith” and “Nick Cooper” of the Vocal Corner Store; Founder/CEO of the music based Veteran focused non-profit Brenai Foundation’s “Linking Our Troops”. Her new book, “Grief Relief: Confessions of a Recovering Daughter” Spring 2015.
Lisa Haley: Gifted fiddle player. 2008 Grammy nominee in the new “Best Zydeco or Cajun Album” category; performed worldwide and has played on numerous CDs; appeared in films “Beverly Hillbillies,” “Man in the Moon,” and “Rhythm of Life;” played for Brian Setzer, Randy Newman, and Lyle Lovett.
Lisa Haley & the Zydekats: Grammy nominees; Last three albums Charted on Billboard, including newest album “Joy Ride”; performed Festivals in 20 countries; members include Lisa Haley (see above), Andy Anders (see above entry), David Fraser, accordion for Disneyland and films such as Beverly Hills Cop; Cam Tyler, drums for Bea Miller, Nickelodeon. Will Champlin, Chris Mann (The Voice) and Jami Belushi
Dr. Marv Rosenberg: songwriter, lyricist, original founding member of The Safaris (American pop group of early 1960’s) that evolved now to ‘Marv Rosenberg’s Safaris,” Awarded Gold Record for the big hit song Image of a Girl w( #6 on US Billboard Hot 100 in 1960) that he wrote/performed with The Safaris and now featured on the wall of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; has Ph.D in psychology and did a 20 year study on the effects of music on people.
Michael Reynolds: Bagpipe Major of the L.A. & District Pipe Band, musician for the musical “Brigadoon” and soundtracks of the film “Dead Poet’s Society” and the “Power Ranger Show”.
Michele Wood Marotta: Entertainer; Daughter of Randy Wood, former president of Vee Jay Records (Beatles, Four Seasons, early gospel music from Chicago), former child actor and voice over artist, photographer, journalist, private pilot;
Nolan Porter: Legendary Rhythm and Blues performer/recording artist.
Patricia Zappa: Singer/author of My Brother was a Mother: A Zappa Family Album and My Brother Was A Mother, Take 2
Patrick Ridolfi: Tenor soloist and/or professional choral singer. Performed worldwide with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Roger Wagner Chorale, and the Carnegie Hall Society of New York City. Appeared as operatic tenor in more than 30 productions with the L.A. Opera, Long Beach Opera, and L.A. Opera Orchestra; performed with (or for) Placido Domingo, Zubin Mehta, Luciano Pavarotti, Franco Zeffirelli, and Tracy Ullman; performed with Three Tenors at Dodger Stadium, 1994; sang for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome.
Patrick Waskielis: Drummer for popular group Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, which performed Billboard #1 single “Fallin’In Love”, #4 single “Don’t Pull Your Love”, “Winners and Loser,” and “Everyday Without You”; recorded with Delaney Bramlett and Neil Giraldo (Pat Benatar’s husband).
Paul Hefti: Accomplished singer/musician; performed from the Hollywood Bowl to the Biltmore; son of legendary Neal Hefti (composer “Batman” theme song) and Frances Wayne (big band singer).
Phil Christie: Canadian singer/songwriter and owner/general manager of the new School of Rock Woodland Hills. Kerrville New Folk Finalist & Billboard Song Finalist with four critically acclaimed albums including 2014’s “Ghosts of Christmas Past” which went top five for Holiday albums on Airplay Direct and Roots Music Report.
Prescott Niles: Bassist for rock group The Knack, whose “My Sharona” was #1 Billboard single of 1979; played on George Harrison’s “Shanghai Surprise” album; contributed to “Miami Vice” soundtrack; currently performing with Missing Person; Father of talented musicians, daughter Liv (nominated for Best female guitarist for LA Rock Music Awards) and son Gabe (drummer) both members of the Black Vinyl Band.
Randy West: A well-known voice to TV viewers; announced hundreds of programs, commercials and promos, including popular game shows "The Price is Right" and "Supermarket Sweep;” sung in theatre productions with the roles of Pooh-Bah, "The Mikado", Professor Harold Hill, and "The Music Man" on national tours; recently concluded a Canadian tour of "The Price is Right - Live" stage show version based on the iconic CBS program after completing after a 4 year run in Las Vegas:
Robbyn Kirmsse: Singer/songwriter. 2011 Emmy award winner for vocal performance and songwriting in movie “Conviction;” voice of the Rachel Ray talk show and Toyota commercial tunes “We make it easy on you” and “Right Here, Right Now.” Featured on TV’s “Cold Case,” “Scrubs”, and Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush.” Toured U.S. with Joe Walsh & The James Gang. Dueting with Steve Tyrell along side of Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, and KD Lang on “Society of Singers Great Voices” CD; performed with Macy Gray, Vonda Shephard, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Brian McKnight, Billy Preston, Melissa Etheridge (Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston wedding,) Stevie Wonder, and Slash; 2008 Hollywood Talent Quest winner. Performed on Hollywood Music Awards show aired in January 2009.
Robert “Smokey” Miles: songwriter/recording artist/comedian/multi-instrumentalist/actor. His album "Waiting for the Hurricane" produced by Otis Blackwell, writer of Elvis Presley's biggest hits, was Grammy short-listed in 2010; appears playing accordion in Bob Dylan's "It Must Be Santa" music video, as well as videos by EDM group Nervo and R3Hab, Jamie Foxx, Incubus, and Slum Village. He hosted the award-winning acoustic music cable show "The Smokey Miles Music Hour" (now on youtube); portrayed Bob Dylan in the 1987 San Francisco stage production of "Dylan: Words and Music" the only authorized stage bio about Bob Dylan; has a lead role in and wrote theme song for the web series "The Vamps Next Door”; received an Independent Children's DVD Video Award in 2005 from the Los Angeles Music Awards for composing songs for "Boxtime Playhouse”; In various film, TV, stage and commercial projects has portrayed Albert Einstein, Moses, Beethoven, Russian and French mobsters and Italian, French and German accordionists; professional fake-beard accordion-playing Santa; alter-ego, Miles created and portrays the "cult icon" comedic fictional character of Count Smokula - 496 year old accordion-playing vampire from Smokesylvania and host of "The Count Smokula Show" (now on you tube) with such guests as George Clinton (Parliament Funkadelic), Jerry Casale (Devo) and Tom Green; made numerous live appearances, had roles in movies, TV shows and internet videos. The Count is a regular at the annual Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena, Troma Dance Film Festival, Rock City News Music Awards and Los Angeles Music Awards. He is member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and has performed at Guantanamo Bay, the Cannes Film, the Sundance Film Festival as well as numerous American Film Markets and Horror Festivals. The Count received the award from the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2003 for "Comedy Album of the Year" for his album Authentic Sounds of Smokesylvania and in 2010 the “Comedic Achievement Award”.
Shakeh Herbekian: Singer/songwriter and independent artist with 5 CDs and years of touring from San Diego to Seattle. Currently, revising her catalogue and creating a library of music for Film/TV opportunities.
Tony Torres: Fight announcer for various MMA fight organization such as Desert Rage, The Abu Dhabi Combat Club and Metamoris Pro; performs incredible rendition of holiday classic song “YOU’RE A MEAN ONE, MR. GRINCH”;
Trey Carlisle: Actor portrays “Earl Jr.,” Earl’s younger son on television series “My Name is Earl,” and appeared in television shows “Patrick” and “All of Us” (CW Channel). Played principal role of “Tom,” the son of “Kyle,” portrayed by Damon Wayans on the television pilot “Never Better. Appeared in “Norbit”, “No Sit List”, Bed Time Stories”, “Student” and “Singing Babies”. Honored as an ABC "Cool Kid" on ABC 7's Eyewitness News (for work in the community); Actors’ Fund’s Looking Ahead Program: (Vice-President and Advisory Board Member) that instills in young actors a value for community service and leadership; Student Ambassador and Filmmaker with the Righteous Conversation Project a program where teens create Public Service Announcements (PSAs) with Holocaust Survivors about issues in the world. Created PSAs addressing human trafficking, school shootings, bullying, and discrimination; created a documentary in Cambodia addressing dehumanization in association with the 40th Anniversary of the Cambodian Genocide (Harvard West-lake's Digital Storytelling Program).
In Iowa notable members of the public have included:
Addie Wood, Beth Vogt, Evevonne Muff, vocalists; Jason Schultz, member of the Iowa State Senate, District 9 and former State Representative House District 18; Jeri Vogt, Crawford County Treasurer; Fran Klein, pianist; Steve Holt, Iowa State Representative House District 18; and members of the Knights of Columbus