Biography of Baddest Blues Band Ever
An earthy, modern blues band in
which the funkiest musicians from
the parallel worlds of blues, jazz
and rock return to their roots.
This band is guaranteed to get
you rocking in the aisles.
Rob Koral - electric guitar
Co-leader of the band (with Zoë), Rob is originally from a rock and blues background. He has since made his name on the British jazz scene, having performed with Jim Mullen, Django Bates, Bill Bruford, Tim Garland, Dave O'Higgins, Ainsley Dunbar and Sue Hawker. He has appeared on television in The Old Grey Whistle Test, The James Whale Show and Good Morning Australia and in festivals in Brecon, the Isle of Wight, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Jersey, Marlborough and Birmingham.
Zoë Schwarz - voice
Zoë's formal classical background included studying with Esther Salaman and passing Royal Academy exams in singing, piano, clarinet and theory, eventually gaining a BA (hons) degree. Zoë has headlined at Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex, Dean Street, and at festivals all over the UK. She has performed with an extraordinarily wide range of musicians including Harrison Birtwistle, Emma Kirkby and Keith Tippett. She has been writing both lyrics and music since the age of seven and is gaining a fine reputation for her work internationally. Zoë's collaborations with Rob Koral have produced six songs for this album.
Mike Gorman - Hammond organ
Mike was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. After completing a music degree at University College Salford, he moved to London to attend the Guildhall School of Music. Since then he has established himself as one of the UK's leading jazz pianists and organists, having appeared around the world with Don Weller, Bobby Wellins, Gilad Atzmon, Jim Mullen, Georgie Fame, Jimmy Witherspoon, Charles McPherson, US3, Incognito, Marlena Shaw and Tom Robinson. Mike released his debut album The Maze in March 2002.
Steve Smith - Hammond organ
Steve has played keyboards with Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Lulu, Greg Lake, and Gary Moore. He has run his own recording studio for 25 years and his engineering credits include Chrissie Hinde and Paul Young. He produced Sandi Thom's UK no. 1 single I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker in 2006. Steve is also a successful songwriter and record producer and has lectured in sound production and recording techniques at Salisbury College and Bournemouth University.
Malcolm Creese - double bass
Malcolm leads the innovative trio Acoustic Triangle - alongside Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock. He has worked with Cleo Laine, Lee Konitz, George Shearing, George Benson, Johnny Griffin, Mel Tormé, Junior Mance, Kenny Wheeler, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mose Allison, Georgie Fame, Sting, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, The Divine Comedy, Depèche Mode, John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra. Malcolm has played on numerous television and film soundtracks including Lord of the Rings, Cold Mountain and G.I.Jane.
Dave Wallace - drums
Originally from London, Dave is a prolific session player. He was working professionally at just 13 and has since played for headline acts at virtually every major arena & festival in the UK. Dave has also worked extensively in theatre and television as well as recording countless albums in a wide range of genres. Dave has toured regularly with David Essex since 1990.
Paul Beavis - drums
Paul has been playing drums professionally for 25 years, during which time he has worked with Judie Tzuke, Robert Fripp, Russ Ballard, Leo Sayer, Thea Gilmore, Andy Summers, Toyah, Lisa Stansfield, Terry Britten, Robbie McIntosh, The Waterboys, Sandi Thom and Alex Parks. Paul is currently a member of the Andy Fairweather-Low Band.
Si Genaro - harmonica
Si is the mild mannered yet mysterious harp player of the band. Formed mainly from hydrogen atoms and powered by steam and alchemy, he was found in a swamp in the mid '80s and answered only to the name Elias. Now
almost fully recovered, he has mastered several words in the English language and his care worker is pleased with his progress. Si has been playing harmonica for 18 years; when not doing this he enjoys stealing fast cars. He once met Larry Adler and can burp the alphabet.
A great new all-star blues band featuring sassy vocals, wailing guitar solos, screaming Hammond organ and crazy harmonica playing with a driving rhythm section... this CD will have you rocking in the aisles! Material by Ray Charles, Mose Allison, Nina Simone and Willie Dixon is mixed with some great new songs by guitarist Rob Koral and vocalist Zoë Schwarz