(That’s the longitude for the East Coast in the Western Hemisphere-precisely, Washington, D.C.)
The backup band has played behind numerous national acts such as Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, Allyson Williams, and Angela Johnson. The Jazz/Funk band has been lighting up stages across the U.S. since 2001. This band is swiftly evolving into one of the most memorable sounding bands hitting the industry. Now they are set to release their own CD in May 2009.
The Band members include: Leon Rawlings-Band Director, Bassist/Trombonist; Eddie Baccus, Jr.-Saxophonist; Sean Chase- Drums; Kym Clarke-Trumpet; Jamal Orr-Keyboards;Stanley Cooper-Guitarist; Alfredo Mojica-Percussions; Ronald Payton-Vocals; Kenny Wesley-Vocals; Darryl Hollis-Vocals.
The band has performed at various festivals and clubs around the country with other artists including: 2 Time Grammy Nominee Ledisi, Maysa, Grammy Nominee Victor Duplaix, Lynne Fiddmont, Marcus Johnson, Rahsaan Patterson, Ollie Woodson (of The Temptations), Rick Braun, Michael Langton, and many others.
76 Degrees West Band released a remake of the Average White Band’s “School Boy Crush.” The single is available on CD Baby, ilike, emusic, Amazon, Rhapsody, Itunes, and Face Book. It has that Washington, DC funk flavor that combines old school and new school.
Leon Rawlings-Band Director, Bassist/Trombonist; Eddie Baccus, Jr. (Pieces of a Dream)-Saxophonist; Theljon Allen-Trumpet; Vince Evans-Keyboards; Sean Chase-Drums; Alfredo Mojica-Percussions; Stanley Cooper-Guitarist; De'Andre Schaiffer-flugel/trumpet.
Earth Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Kool & The Gand, Average White Band
Earth Wind & Fire, Average White Band. Miles Davis, Kool & The Gang, The Crusaders, Chuck Brown
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