THE BLUE MOON BAND IS.................
EMI (lead vocals, backing vocals, rhythm guitar)
Emi is Blue Moon Band’s male lead vocalist, as well as an accomplished studio/session musician. Emi spent a good part of his life in Miami, and studied Music at Miami Dade College. He has amazing vocal range, and many years of experience as a classically trained lyric tenor, guitarist, and percussionist. Some of his work can be heard on the “Heart & Soul” CD for the very popular, Miami-based band, Mantrap. He can also be heard on the remake of the tune “Wildflower,” made popular by Skylark in the 1970s. Some of his favorite music is Funk, Jazz, Motown, and Salsa. Emi is a talented performer, and brings a commanding presence to the front of the stage. We’re delighted to have him as a vital member of Blue Moon Band!
ROBIN (lead vocals, backing vocals)
A Power House Vocalist! A veteran vocalist from many years singing with great bands such as In The Groove, Straight Up, and Rocktail Remix. She has distinguished herself as a stand out leader of her class! The charisma she brings out cannot be taught, nor bought, but must be felt as she sings her way thru many memorable songs. Once you hear her sing you’re hooked!
Henry grew up in Lowell Massachusetts and has been playing professionally for over 39 years. He is a veteran of popular New England Bands such as local guitar legend GARY HOEY, EINSTEIN who opened for STYX at the Frolics, and other great bands such as DESOTO, PANDA, MILL CITY BAND, and LEBLANC on Indie Lable ZIP Records. With such a shortage of excellent drummers, Henry was invited to be the only male musician in an all Girl Band called TEN . His ability to be extreamly versitle is one of the band’s greatest assets. You can feel his energy when he walks into a room, but when he steps up to the drumkit, you can ‘t help but start moving your feet. Henry is also a fine Vocalist and has an excellent range supported with power and the love of making Music.
Larry’s first memories of music was as a youngster, listening to his mom play Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, and country standards on her folk guitar. His mom’s guitar was eventually handed down to him. At the age of 16, Larry began to study guitar under Berklee School of Music graduate and local musician Ed Marino. Ed tutored many musicians in the Boston area over his career that have gone on to achieve great success, and was involved in his own band, Blue Light. While attending college, Larry’s musical direction shifted to Blues, Southern Rock, and even Bluegrass influences. Over the past 10 years, Larry has played with The Seventh Son Blues Band, Pepperell, MA, and Stone Pound Road, Derry, NH. Former members of Stone Pound Road are currently involved in a number of local bands, including White Noiz and Totally Radical Retros. Some of Larry’s musical influences include: The Allman Brothers Band, just about anything on the old Capricorn Records label, Derek Trucks, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones. Larry brings a smooth blues and funk tone to Blue Moon's sound that is sure to make your toes tap and get you up on the dance floor.
Paul started playing in clubs right out of high school in 1976 with The Christopher Michael Band which eventually became 10th Power. He played all over New England and toured Eastern Canada. Some of the bands Paul played in during the 80's include: Touché’, Discovery, Xpress, Fifth Gear, and The Chase. Going into the 90’s Paul joined up with Joey Scott and the Connection. Playing corporate parties in some of Boston’s finest hotels, the Hynes Convention Center, and multiple venues all over Cape Cod. They also opened for The Marvelettes, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes with TSOP, The Grass Roots, and Tavares. Later in the 90’s he formed his own trio, Joyride, utilizing his knowledge of computer-based sequencing. Heading into the 2000’s, Paul was a member of the Quest Band. Highlights include playing at the Red Sox Rally in 2007 at City Hall Plaza in Boston, supporting the team to their World Series win. He also played another Rally in 2008 at Fenway Park prior to their American League play-offs run!
Geoff joined Blue Moon as its bassist in February of 2015. Along with John on drums, he helps create the band’s highly danceable signature sound. Prior to joining Blue Moon, Geoff played with some of the most highly sought-after acts in the Boston area, including the dance band, “24K.” An accomplished bass player with over 35 years of experience, Geoff is equally adept laying down everything from a smooth Motown groove, to a funky disco line, to a driving bottom end for classic rock tunes, to the high-energy rhythms of today’s pop. As a kid, Geoff remembers receiving a Beatles record (actually, a 45 RPM, if anyone still remembers those!) from his cousin, Paul. It was the song, “Rain.” “That was my first recollection of specifically singling out the bass as an instrument in a song and wanting to replicate that sound myself. I’ll never forget leaning with my back up against the stereo speaker with the bass turned all the way up (and treble turned all the way down, of course), because I simply loved the sound of Paul McCartney’s bass line and how it made me feel. I literally wore out that record trying to dissect how an instrument could not only have such a beautiful sound, but also create such a strong rhythm on its own.” Growing up in the 1970s had a huge impact on Geoff musically. “The sounds of that era were so eclectic,” he recalls. “The common denominator was the prominence of the bass guitar. This can be seen on songs like, “What’s Going On” (Marvin Gaye), “Crossroads” (Cream), “Ramble On” (Led Zeppelin), “Rapper’s Delight” (Sugar Hill Gang), “Shining Star” (Earth Wind & Fire), or “Last Dance” (Donna Summer). Back then, it really was “All About That Bass!” Geoff bought his first bass, a used Yamaha, from a 3x5 card advertisement posted on the bandroom bulletin. (That’s how things were sold in pre-Craigslist/eBay days!) His key influences include: James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, Jack Bruce, Verdine White, and Bootsy Collins. Geoff’s own style is heavily influenced by each one of these great bassists.
OUR SAX PLAYERS: We are very lucky to have some great horn players in the band family. Depending on the gig, you may see either Marcus, Jake, or Greg cutting it up on sax.
MARCUS (alto/tenor sax)
Marcus attended the jazz music school at the University of Miami in Florida. The music scene of Miami exposed him to Cuban music Haitian music and electronic music close to when EDM was becoming a mainstream genre. After graduating from UMiami with a Bachelor of Music Degree in jazz saxophone performance Marcus moved to Philadelphia, PA with his college girlfriend at the time to begin freelancing, eventually going their separate ways. After two years soaking in the Philly Soul genre and several projects disbanding Marcus returned to the Boston area and began to work as a tenor/alto saxophonist for cruise lines for 3 years, having since hit the stage with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity Cruise Lines.
In 2013 he moved on to work in Macau SAR, China at the Venetian Macao Hotel Resort Casino performing in a top 40 cover band, Phunk Shui, playing tenor sax 6 nights a week for over a year. It was a once in a lifetime experience getting to perform for VIPs such as Sylvester Stallone and David Beckham, while routinely having music VIPs hanging out there after their nearby arena gigs like members of Kool and the Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Rolling Stones, casts from Broadway tours and many Chinese celebrities. The venue had the air of an Atlantic City lounge, stepping off stage to hear rumors that Jermaine Jackson or Apl.De.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas were in the audience. The band played after parties for the Chinese Film Awards, boxing and Ultimate Fighting events, movie premiere screenings, and the Macau Formula One race. This venue taught him how to work when there's a buzz in the room.
In 2015 after his long flight home from Macau, Marcus took to freelancing again in the Boston area. It was at this time he had his first chances to play with the Blue Moon Band and remains friends to this day. You can find Marcus playing at all kinds of venues in and outside of Boston through out the year. Since returning from China some highlights have been performing at the Merrill Auditorium in Maine, the Beacon Theatre in New York and the Oakdale Theatre in Connecticut.
Jake is a recent graduate at Berklee College of Music. He has performed all around the Boston area, at venues such as Berklee Performance Center, The Red Room at Cafe 939, Boston University's Agganis Arena, the Cambridge Tennis and Racquet Club, The Weston Golf and Country Club, and The Boston Conservatory, to name a few. He most recently performed for over 4,000 people at Berklee College's 2015 Commencement Concert in May. Before beginning his studies at Berklee, Jake was awarded top honors in the Virginia All-State Symphonic and Jazz Bands, and was a recipient of the Fairfax Young Artist of the Year Award, an annual award given to a student who exemplifies work in music and the arts. In addition to the Blue Moon Band, Jake is currently working with the Boston-based Funk/Rock group Jive McFly, singer/songwriter Arreanna Jaye, his own Contemporary Trio, and is in high demand as a soloist and session player. Jake will conclude his studies at Berklee in December of 2015, and is planning to move to Los Angeles following graduation.
GREG (alto and tenor saxophone / percussion)
With a concert pianist, professional opera singer and trumpet master in the family, it was almost a forgone conclusion that music would be a big part of my life. Starting on piano and violin early, I moved to sax at age 10 and never looked back. After 4 years in Marine bands and a couple on cruise ships, I settled in Chicago and fell in with multiple jobbing bands and a couple of established big bands. I was also called for national acts such as the Temptations, Maynard Ferguson, Tex Beneke and the Modernaires, Bobby Shew, and the Chicago 6 – a band made up of athletes from the Chicago Bears and the Blackhawks. Shortly after moving to New Hampshire I started working with a music contractor who had a great band of his own and booked some of the best venues in the state – Mt Washington Hotel, Dana Center at St. Anselm College, and the Capitol Center for the Arts. I’ve also had the opportunity to play with many different musicians/groups in the Northeast with a wonderful diversity of styles. I’m digging Blue Moon Band, they are able to play such a wide variety of music – that’s where it’s at!