Mike is a singer, songwriter and musician who has been performing in the NY/NJ/PA area for over 50 years. A vocalist who plays keyboards and drums, Mike was signed to ABC Dunhill records at 15 years old after playing the Cafe Wha? in NYC in 1967. From that point he performed as a lead vocalist and either drummer, or keyboardist in a variety of local bands in the club circuit. Performing 5 to 6 nights a week playing Pop, Progressive, Jazz, R&B, Funk and his own Original Compositions, led him to more studio experience at Private Stock Records in the 70’s.
Mike’s love for the music of the artists featured in the GOOD STUFF repertoire is one of the reasons he formed the band. His vocal style can be heard in the artists he emulates and admires and has been touted as the signature Donald Fagen vocalist for the past 26 years by fans of his many Steely Dan tribute performances. Mike has performed at the Berks Jazz Fest for many years, Trump Marina Shell Theater, The China Club, Bethlehem Musikfest and Musikfest Cafe, Scranton Jazz Fest, McLoone’s Supper Club, Roy’s Hall, Gerald Veasley’s Jazz Base, The River Street Jazz Cafe, Trumpets Jazz Club and many other popular venues. He has done voice demos for B.J. Thomas, Steve Tyrell, Regis Philbin, and Alan Shwartzberg. Mike is also a published writer who wrote lyrics and melody for “A Question Of Time” by B.J. Thomas from the album “Once I Loved” and “Manhattan Blue” for Rich Cecere’e Big Band.
Mike has always set high standards for himself for both his live and recorded performances and gives his all to the audience. He is now delighted to be working with GOOD STUFF and the outstanding session players who add their own unique skills and personality to some of the most influential music of our time.
Deanna is a talented singer whose vocal prowess ranges from classic standards to today’s dance music. She honed her powerful vocal and performance skills while working with top New York Tri-State area Entertainment companies and bands. She is continually sought after for live and studio work. Her recorded works include background vocals for British artist, Joss Stone, SoHo Electric/UK (featured artist), and backing vocals for Jazz Saxophonist Paula Atherton. In addition, she has performed on the Tonight Show, The View, Good Morning America and at the Nassau Coliseum as the featured backing vocalist for recording artist, Vitamin C. She has lent her voice to jingles for Honda, Power Outlet, and Lifetime Television, among others.
Deanna also earned a feature spot on the Morning Show and the cover of Inside Connection Magazine as the front to the Soul Country band, GEORGE. Deanna adds the element of style, soul and skill that is required for the music covered in GOOD STUFF and we are both lucky and grateful to have her incredible talent as an integral part of the show.
Axel, is originally a classically trained pianist who also grew up transcribing ELP and playing Beatles on guitar. His music career naturally followed an equally eclectic path. Credits include orchestral rock concerts at Lincoln Center, tour pre production for Madonna and David Bowie, original scoring and sound design for countless advertising, TV, film and corporate industrial projects, as well as a non-stop live performance schedule with top tri-state wedding, classic rock, r&b, jazz, Latin, Irish, Klezmer (with Grammy-winning violinist Alicia Svigals), edutainment and other bands, accompanying at NJ Ballet and Fei Tian Dance schools (with Edward Villella, Shen Yun and many other masters from around the world), plus weekly traditional Afro/Caribbean and contemporary gospel services.
Thursday nights he plays and sings jazz and Neapolitan love songs, from Sinatra to Metallica, at a local Italian restaurant piano bar and between occasional daytime studio recordings and highly personalized private lessons he’s forever learning and loading more music onto a tablet for the next gig. Axel is a master musician who can not only play anything on the written page, but can improvise through any complex material. He is an amazing musician and composer who is constantly expanding his musical boundaries.
Jay is a virtuoso drummer and percussionist. He is also a composer who can write with complexity and beauty. As a producer there are few who can compare with his knowledge and technique. Jay is also a sound designer for various drum and synthesizer companies with a lifetime Zildjian endorsement. He is an arranger who listens carefully and knows instinctively how music sounds best. Jay plays a variety of musical instruments and styles from rock, progressive, classical and jazz. He is a high-tech engineer who is always on the cutting edge with ideas for the band.
Jay has performed with shows both nationally and internationally. He has performed with The Les Paul Trio, Jose Feliciano, Chuck Berry, The Crests, Jimmy Webb, Lenny Welch, The Drifters, Frank Zappa’s Band from Utopia, Keith Emerson of ELP, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gloria Lynne, Jay Leonhart, The Vivino Brothers, The Marvelettes, The Shirelles, Marc Anthony, Morton Harkett and The Mystics.
Jay also wrote and performed a brilliant original music score for the 1931 film version of Frankenstein. Jay is without a doubt the best of the best and a outstanding person who puts his heart and soul into every project he is involved with.
Don has been a staple in the NY area session and live music scene for quite a while. He has been playing and teaching guitar for the past 35 years. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Manhattan School of music. Don studied Classical guitar with Manuel Barrueco and Rolando Valdes Blaine. He studied Jazz guitar with legend John Abercrombie and childhood mentor Mike Pompeo.
Don has provided musical compositions for such cable TV shows as Giants Today. He has played with such musical acts as Arctic Dreams ( original -jazz fusion ) and New Power Soul (cabaret band). Don has recorded and toured with Fridays Child (original- power acoustic ), with the release of “Democracy” and many other acts. Don has had many students who have gone on to tour to play with major acts. Tom Morello, various Frank Zappa alumni , Sean Lennon (The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger), The Bernie Worrell orchestra and The Hansons most notable.
We call him “Steely Don” because of his great renditions of those classic guitar solos. Don is also a huge fan of the other artists we cover in GOOD STUFF. He can write a chart for any of the more complex material we cover. He is a master player and teacher who brings the element of soul and finesse to everything he plays.
Scott plays bass guitar and attended NYU as a jazz performance major. He also studied under John Patitucci, who recommended him to Mercury Records for touring with the pop group Hanson. That tour included 5 performances on Late Night with David Letterman and the 1998 Grammy Awards.
Scott also spent four years touring with the Bernie Worrell Orchestra. He has also performed with The Shirelles, Glen Velez, Rah Diggah and Jimmy Destri from Blondie. Scott is always looking to expand his musical horizons and loves taking on the challenges of any complex musical situations. He is our youngest member and an incredible player with a solid foundation in many genres of music, which makes him the perfect fit for GOOD STUFF.
Phil is an accomplished player of the saxophone and woodwinds. Tenor, alto and soprano saxophones and flute are his specialty. Phil studied embouchure, sax and flute, with Charles Librizzi. Phil is a first call session player who can multi track multiple sax parts with beautiful tonality, texture and perfect pitch. He has an awesome sense of rhythm and is a master of technique and style. Phil brings a rich tone to his solos and he is our one man horn section. Always ready to explore any improvisational situation, Phil brings GOOD STUFF a big sound and melodic feel.
Phil is a long time player who has worked with The Platters, has performed at Carnegie Hall & Philharmonic Hall Concerts, worked with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Duprees, The Impalas and sessions with The E Street Band and Asbury Jukes musicians. You can Phil’s work on jingles for the clients Coca Cola, Hallmark and Jordache Jeans. Phil is always striving for perfection and is a big fan of the artists we are covering in GOOD STUFF.
As one of New Jersey’s most versatile and sought after vocalists, Linda has the chops to perform her craft effortlessly night after night. This accomplished power house has entertained audiences in and around the Tri-State area with a long list of credits. She has performed at venues such as B.B. Kings, The Bitter End, The Knitting Factory, LePoisson Rouge, The Chance Theater, Harrah’s, Sands, Tropicana, Borgata, Mohegan Sun, Empire City Casinos, and notable NJ’s own Wonder Bar, Stone Pony, Martell’s, Joe Pops, Jenks, and Whiskey Bar to name a few.
Linda has shared the stage with the popular oldies group The Five Satins as a background singer. She has performed with the ultimate Clapton Band, The Bell Bottom Blues. Linda also performs with DONNY & The DIVAS, Everybody’s Everything, Rock Steady, NJ’s Best Rock Show and is excited to be a part of the GOOD STUFF Band. She enjoys free lancing throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York.