The Fella's Bios

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Sully

SULLY began his music career at the age of 9 at his first paying gig and securing his first recording contract at age 19 with Island Records. Since that time, music has been a central theme in his life.

In addition to being a working-musician, Sully is also a nationally syndicated radio/television talk-host, his shows broadcast weekdays via radio onClearchannel Media Affiliates, CBS Radio Affiliates, BizTalk Radio Network and Armed Forces Radionetwork in 175 countries and all the ships at sea and simulcast on network television in over 65 million broadcast homes daily and is heard weekday afternoons on NEWSRADIO AM600 KOGO heard from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

 

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James East

Bass/Vocals

JAMES is a multi-Grammy Award winning bassist that has recorded, performed with artists such as Eric Clapton, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Babyface, Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendez and Al Jarreau just to name a few.

His first influences include a long list of talented musicians... Wes Montgomery, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Canonball Adderley, George Benson, Bob James, Harvey Mason, Lee Ritenour, Jimi Hendrix, Santana.

His unique style makes him a cornerstone of the "Sully Band!"

James is the brother of Grammy Award winners Nathan East and Marcel East.

 

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Tripp Sprague

Sax/Flute/Harp

If ever man and instrument were meant for each other, TRIPP Sprague and the saxophone are that match.He is one of the top players on the San Diego music scene.

Tripp has recorded on numerous CDs with such highly regarded artists as Kim Carnes, Todd Rundgren, Willie and Lobo and Sean Watkins of NIckel Creek. Tripp also co-produced and performed with the group ‘Blurring the Edges’ on a CD by the same name, which won ‘Best Pop-Jazz’ album at the San Diego Music Awards. He runs his own recording studio in which he has produced CDs for numerous artists.

 

 
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Tim Fig Newton

Dwums

FIGG is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

A child prodigy, FIGG is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

He has played with DJ Logic, Adrian Terrazas Gonzalez, Ken Crouch, Nathan East and Mary Mary.

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Mark Hattersley

Keys/Vocals

No one knew... at least until HATS asked if he could sing the tune mom & dad had been working up for their show.  Belting out "It's Almost Like Being in Love" at age three, he could not be stopped and was propelled into the world of music.

Founder of Raging Bohemian Music and Advisor and past President of the San Diego Songwriter’s Guild, this L.A. escapee keyboardist/composer’s work can be heard in countless film and TV productions.

Hats has performed and recorded with artists and personalities Tony Gwynn, David Van Such, Randi Driscol, Steven Ybarra, Patrick Moraz, Greg White Jr., Larry Groupé, Josquin des Pres and many, many more.

 

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Nacho

Percussion/Vocals

Ignacio "NACHO" Sobers is a rumba quinto master and an Afro-Cuban Latin jazzpercussionist.

He is most famous for being one of the most sought after percussionists in Southern California.

He is an integral figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with R&B and soul,

 
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Steve Dillard

Trumpet/Flugelhorn

DILZ first love has always been playing trumpet. He maintains a busy playing schedule and is enjoying a professional performance career spanning over 45 years. Here are the highlights of the artist, tours, and projects that Steve has had the pleasure to be affiliated with Doc Severinsen, Burt Bacharach, Kenny G, Dennis DeYoung (StyX)

Lynyrd Skynyrd and the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera just to name a few,

As an apprentice to Dominic Calicchio, Steve learned the fine art of brass craftsmanship with hands on experience. At Benge under Zig Kanstul, Steve had many jobs including slide maker, quality controller, tester, and shipper. In 1998 Steve launched HornTrader.Com. At that time Steve was the first and possibly the only trumpet retailer on the World Wide Web.

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Jeff Snider

Lead Guitar

JEFF is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. He was voted the 10th "Greatest Guitarist" by Guitar World magazine  and has sold over 15 million records.

A three-time Grammy Award winner and fifteen-time nominee, He started his music career in 1978 at the age of 18 as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, and joined his band from 1980 to 1983. He embarked on a solo career in 1983 and has released eight solo albums to date.

He has recorded and toured with Toto, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, as well as having recorded with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Spinal Tap, and Ozzy Osbourne.

Additionally,  touring with live-only acts G3, Zappa Plays Zappa, the Experience Hendrix tour, as well as headlining international tours.

 

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Dennis Cruzan

Trumpet

CRUZER became a leading bebop jazz trumpeter in the 1940s. He performed and recorded with the Be Bop Boys in 1946 and 1947. Around this time, Navarro began working with pianist Tadd Dameron. Some of his most significant works, such as "Our Delight," came from this collaboration.

On several occasions, he performed with bassist Charles Mingus. Dennis joined the bands of Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman for brief periods as well.

With Bud Powell's quintet, Cruzer could be heard on recordings such as "Bouncing with Bud."

One of Dennis' most memorable performances was with Charlie Parker at New York's famed Birdland club in 1950.