Meet The Band

Sunday, May 11
2014

Steve Gadd – Drums

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WHEN AND WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG?
My first gig was an appearance on the Mickey Mouse Club in California, 1957. (Editor’s note: In Steve’s 1957 appearance on the Mickey Mouse Club he both tap danced and performed a drum solo!)

WHEN DID YOU START WORKING WITH JAMES?

My first job with James was a recording session in the mid 1980s.

WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST TOUR?
My first tour was with the School Band of America in 1961

WHAT ONE SPECIAL ITEM DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE ON TOUR?

Running gear.

WHAT’S YOUR PRE-SHOW ROUTINE?

Going to the bus and taking a nap.

WHY DO YOU ENJOY TOURING WITH JAMES?
I like touring with James because the music is great and the hang is fantastic.

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Photos: Spencer Worthly, Michael Drazdzinski

Saturday, May 10
2014

Luis Conte – Percussion

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WHEN AND WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG?
1st gig at Club Chez Pico, in mid LA. I was 18. I think I made 25 bucks that night; I thought I was the coolest dude.

WHEN DID YOU START WORKING WITH JAMES?
First worked with James in 1998 in the Live at the Beacon Theater concert.

WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST TOUR?
1st tour with “The Hues Corporation” (they had that hit song “Rock the Boat”). I was 21.

WHAT’S YOUR PRE-SHOW ROUTINE?
Eat and chill.

WHY DO YOU ENJOY TOURING WITH JAMES?
Touring with James is great. He is a great guy, the music is beautiful and everyone on the tour super-cool. It is a great band.

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Photos: Michael Lutch, Eric Korenman

Monday, May 5
2014

Larry Goldings – Piano

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WHEN DID YOU START WORKING WITH JAMES?
My first playing experience with James, and when I first met him, was during the October Road recording sessions. Producer Russ Titelman brought me in to play piano on James’ song “Mean Old Man.” I started doing some sporadic orchestral gigs, for instance, James with the Boston Pops, and other similar orchestral settings. This was around 2001 or early 2002.

WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST TOUR?

2002.

WHAT ONE SPECIAL ITEM DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE ON TOUR?
A portable recording setup, such as a small keyboard, mic, small hard drive, so that I can write music in the hotel room or tour bus.

WHAT’S YOUR PRE-SHOW ROUTINE?
I make sure I can get a power nap in. I like to do some stretches, and lately some arm and hand exercises which seem to keep some low-grade tendonitis at bay.

WHY DO YOU ENJOY TOURING WITH JAMES?

JT is one of my musical heroes, and his music touched deeply me as a kid, and continues to do so. To perform with him nightly feels as though I, perhaps vicariously, am helping to carry on a legacy that is uniquely American, one that touches millions of people. I am also inspired by James’ genuine gratitude that he has for his fans, and for the powerful gifts he has been given, as a musician and communicator. He is a solid human being, highly evolved, highly intelligent, and very generous. It’s good to be around someone like that.

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Photos: Eric Korenman, Michael Lutch