ABOUT THE BAND
Formed in 2008, Analog Jazz is a collective and creative endeavor. Featuring contemporary smooth Jazz stylings, it combines 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 almost anything and their repertoire shows it. We effortlessly blend 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 of all ages seem to really enjoy. Come join us sometime!
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.
Upright Bass / Electric Bass
Leonard has been playing since the young age of twelve. He was given the opportunity 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 artists 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.
Guitar / Vocals
Dave began playing guitar in the mid ’60s and quickly developed an interest in 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 cannot 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.
Keyboards / Vocals
Chris has always been a lover of music. Some of his earliest memories include listening to Gospel music in the back of his mom's car on the way to school or spending weekend afternoons listening to The Winans and The O'Jays from his dad's vinyl and
8-track collection. His love of piano started with classical music as a young child and eventually led him to serving as a music director for the Cadet Gospel Choir during his time at the Air Force Academy. Chris' eclectic taste in music expresses itself in his ability to remix and mash-up various styles of music into something new and beautiful and he feels like he's in heaven when he's playing live music with his friends.
Drums / Percussion
Russ brings to Analog Jazz a lifetime of musical experience as a professional percussionist for numerous local and national artists. He gravitated toward drums and percussion as a natural expression of his personal artistry and love for music. His sense of classic and modern styles makes him an A-list musician who brings impeccable beat and rhythm to the band. He is essentially a groove machine.