Category Archives: Keyboard

Bill Fulton

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Bill Fulton

bill_fultonBill Fulton was born in Oakland, California and spent his childhood in nearby Alameda. It is there where he started his music study at the age of 7 on the trumpet, later switching to piano at the age of 14. He attended Cal State University at Hayward as a music composition major. After Cal State Hayward, Bill worked extensively in the Bay Area as a performer, teacher, composer, arranger, and engineer.

As a keyboardist in the Bay Area Bill worked with Sheila E., KSAN radio personality Steve Jordan, Chuck Mangione guitarist Grant Geissman, popular Bay Area R&B/Top 40 group Touch n Go as well as many other fine musical ensembles. In April 1987, shortly after leaving Touch n Go, Bill moved to the Los Angeles area to pursue his music career more extensively. In L.A., Bill attended the Grove School Of Music's Composing/Arranging Program. Through contacts that he made at this world renowned school, Bill landed a staff position as a composer on the Universal Studios lot for MCA TV and The Arthur Company Television and Motion Pictures in August 1988. While at the Arthur Company, Bill created themes and underscore for "The Munsters Today", "The New Dragnet", "The New Adam 12", "FBI: The Untold Stories", and many other industrial/instructional films and commercials.

Bill left The Arthur Company in March 1993 to pursue his career in the freelance market. In less than a year he was writing music for Warner Bros./Hanna-Barbera Cartoons/Cartoon Network. The 6 year relationship (1994-2000) included the writing of music for "I Am Weasel", "Cow & Chicken" and "What A Cartoon!" animated series. During this period Bill was also one of the judges for the CableAce Awards in the Original Score category as well as producing 3 orchestral concerts of his own work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art live "Sundays at Four" radio broadcasts. He also continued his activities as a keyboardist in Los Angeles big bands and jazz ensembles.

Bill's recent activities (2002-3) include: •Release of his new album "Time" which is available at all major music outlets online (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CDNow, etc.) •Scoring several episodes of the animated series "Poochini" by the San Francisco based production company Wild Brain as well as 3 animated spots (no pun intended) for Cheetos for the advertising agency BBDO in New York. •Arranged "One Morning In May" for Alan Paul's (Manhattan Transfer) first solo release "Another Place And Time." •Keyboardist with Suzanne Somers one-woman show "The Blond In The Thunderbird." •Performances at The Jazz Bakery (Los Angeles) with the legendary Mike Barone Big Band and at Charlie O's (Van Nuys) and The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn's Paradise Cafe (Studio City) with the Dave Pell Octet.

Anthony Smith

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Anthony Smith

Anthony_SmithAnomaly! Songwriter! Keyboard genius! Born the mysterious son of two professional artists Anthony Smith knows no creative limits. He has mastered the craft of piano key solos and melodies. From jazz to crunk, Mr. Smith is the universal funk.

His Herbie Hancock chops and Roy Ayers flair make him a late night favorite everywhere. Anthony holds a degree in Music from San Diego State University and is equally as comfortable in the boardroom as he is performing and producing music. Mr. Smith is currently the head of A&R for New Century Soul Records.

His current projects include Music Director for the New Century Soul LIVE review and keyboardist for Karl Denson’s new jazz ensemble. His forthcoming recording showcases his wildly eclectic talents and prepares the listener for The Many Faces of Mr. Smith tour coming in spring of 2007. Watch out.

Angela Vicente

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Angela Vicente

angela_vicente_1Most know me as a jazz vocalist, but I have secretly written songs for my own entertainment that are of the not-jazz genre. They are my therapy.

I don't pretend to be good on guitar, my voice is my home. I have been learning how to let go of the drive for perfection, however, and I am content to make music for its own sake, embracing the imperfections as a distinct part of the beauty. angela_vicente_2

Alan Pasqua

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Alan Pasqua

allen_pasqua_1Born in New Jersey, Alan Pasqua began studying piano at the age of seven, playing both classical and jazz.

He attended Indiana University, and received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory. His teachers at the time were Jaki Byard, Thad Jones, George Russell, David Baker and Gunther Schuller. While performing a concert at Carnegie Hall, Alan met the legendary drummer Tony Williams. Pasqua was asked to join “The New Tony Williams Lifetime” along with guitarist Allan Holdsworth.

After recording two “Lifetime “ albums for Columbia Records, Alan relocated in Los Angeles. His career in L.A. broadened, as he started playing with more rock and pop artists. First, he joined Eddie Money’s band. Then he garnered a coveted spot In Bob Dylan’s band, and ultimately joined the band “Santana”. His other album and touring credits include: Pat Benatar, Joe Cocker, Ry Cooder, John Fogerty, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Hagar, Al Jarreau, Graham Nash, Bob Seger, Rick Springfield, Rod Stewart, The Temptations, Joe Walsh, Dionne, Warwick and Phil Spector among others.

In the late Eighties, Alan teamed up with guitarist Dann Huff to form the rock band “Giant”. Their debut recording, “Last of The Runaways”, on A&M Records, contained several songs written by Alan, including the hit single, “I’ll See You In My Dreams.”

In addition, Alan has worked with composers, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin, Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini and Maurice Jarre on motion picture soundtracks. He is recognized as the co-composer of the “CBS Evening News Theme”, which has been airing nightly since 1987. Also, Alan composed the soundtrack for Disney’s hit movie, “The Waterboy”, starring Adam Sandler.

allen_pasqua_2Alan is no stranger to the jazz world, and is a highly regarded pianist and composer. His two CD releases, “Milagro” and “Dedications” on the Postcards Label hit the top of the jazz charts. All-stars Jack Dejohnette, Paul Motion, Dave Holland, Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker are featured on these recordings.

In addition, Pasqua has played and recorded with the likes of Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke, Gary Burton, James Moody, Gary Peacock, Gary Bartz, Eddie Daniels, Dave Weckl, Tom Scott, Peter Erskine, John Patitucci, Reggie Workman, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Sam Rivers, Sheila Jordan, Joe Williams, Ivan Lins, Frank Foster, Alphonso Johnson, Narada Michael Walden, Les McCann, Stan Kenton, and Don Ellis.

Alan currently co-leads a trio with the legendary drummer Peter Erskine. The trio has released “Live At Rocco” and “Badlands”, both on the Fuzzy Music label. Both recordings have received critical acclaim.

Alan is also known for his contribution to jazz education. Currently, he is a Lecturer in Jazz Studies at The University of Southern California, Los Angeles.