ABOUT THE BAND
Analog Jazz formed in 2008 as a collective and creative endeavor. Analog Jazz is a Contemporary Jazz band that features instrumental leads with some strategically placed vocal arrangements modestly tossed in. The musical influence of the group draws upon the early foundations of West Coast Jazz while simultaneously producing more modern arrangements. Any Jazz fan will appreciate Analog Jazz’s arrangements of covers from such noted artists as Horace Silver, Grover Washington Jr., Herbie Hancock, and David Sanborn. The band is not afraid to try anything and their repertoire shows it by effortlessly blending custom covers of Traditional Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and even Top 40 in an undeniably smooth approach. But don’t let the smooth approach fool you, the band likes to get funky and then turn around and serve up a nice groove that dancers find hard to resist. An Analog Jazz performance is a professionally crafted expression of music appreciation that people really enjoy
Keyboard / Vocals and Music Director
Ralph is a composer for Television and Film who enjoys stretching out as a "live" player with Analog Jazz. He is a keyboardist, producer, arranger, and songwriter that has been involved in the music business for thirty years. His professional career began in the late '80s when he served as Products Manager for Jazz at MCA Records. He has also managed associated labels: GRP, Impulse!, Narada and JVC Jazz, among others. Ralph is also a longtime music journalist who has interviewed some of jazz music’s most popular musicians for magazines such as Jazziz, Keyboard, The Jazz Review and Play. He has also contributed to the All Music Guide and the Music Hound Jazz Record Guide.
Guitars / Vocals
Dave began learning/playing guitar in the mid 60’s and quickly developed a passion for folk music and finger-style guitar. Through the years he grew to enjoy a wide variety of styles that seemed perfectly suited to guitar; rock, blues, pop, big band, Gospel… and of course smooth jazz! Although he is a graphic designer/illustrator by trade, music has always offered an emotional outlet that the visual arts simply could not provide. At this stage in life he has found that connection is what matters most: connection to the soul of a musical piece, connection to the audience and connection to the other players in the band. Analog Jazz feels like the culmination of everything learned and experienced so far and the future is anxiously waiting for… whatever is next.
Leonard has been playing at the young age of twelve. Being able to take the place of a neighbor in a local band performing in the local scene at weddings and grand openings etc. In his teens Leonard progressed to touring the US and Europe with a number of recording artist supporting their recordings and broadening his musical reach. His passion is to explore a variety of styles of music from rock, pop, funk, R&B & Jazz . Leonard loves the challenges that the styles bring. His influences are Paul McCartney, Brian Bromberg , to John Clayton.
Tim Doane has been praised for his incredible ability to blend his tone and skill into smooth melodic sounds that tie a nice bow on the musical selections. Tim's been perfecting his craft since he was very young with influences from Herbie Mann to Ian Anderson. Tim is inspired by the worshipful melodies of Hillsong, Leeland and Michael W. Smith. His hope is that his playing will inspire young musicians to use their talent and skill to bring a sense of joy, relaxation and peace to those that hear the sound flowing from their instrument.
Sax / Vocals
Matt has been playing saxophones for 30 years and his playing style is highly influenced by the in-your-face sounds of R&B funk sax players like Jr. Walker, Lenny Pickett, and David Sanborn but can also slip into a mellow groove ala Grover Washington Jr. or Gerald Albright. Matt has played with many bands over the years and has one album credit with Mic Martin’s What is it About You on the One Foot in Front of the Other album which was a great success in Europe in 2005. As a member of Analog Jazz, Matt has opened for Boney James in concert. Matt cut his vocal chops in contemporary worship groups and through hosting karaoke and can cut a lead or find a harmony. Matt prefers the connection with a live audience but is also at home in the studio with his Analog Jazz bandmates.
Mark was first inspired to learn the drums after seeing a live band at a Michigan Elks Club while visiting spending time with his grandparents! Shortly after he joined the Jr. high band at the age of 13 and it all progressed from there. During his formative years in music, he finds the work of Jeff Porcaro (Toto) to be his favorite. Jeff is his mentor for drumming, but he also sees great inspiration from the works of Manu Katche, Vinnie Colaiuta, Terry Bozzio, Benny Greb and several others. Mark identifies more so, as a rock drummer, but loves many other styles. Not only does this background provide for some diversity to the Analog Jazz sound, but it enhances the dynamic liveliness of our groove.