Q: In addition to Soul and Funk, you also list Latin and Swing in your repertoire. How did that get added to the mix?
A: Pretty much any music that makes people want to get up and dance is a candidate for our repertoire. The musicians in the "Top Shelf" are masters of lots of different grooves and
we have some swing arrangements that really allow the players to shine. As for the Latin stuff, I fell in love with this music awhile back and had the privilege of writing for and performing with
Larry Harlow, one of the Salsa greats. We do an original arrangement of a Salsa tune a friend of mine wrote and I defy you to just sit in your chair when the band plays it.
Q: A ten-piece band seems like a lot? Why so many horns?
A: You think four horns is a lot? I wish we had five! Indeed, I agonized over whether to pair the two trumpets with sax and trombone or go with two saxophones, and the desire for
tenor sax and that killer "honk" bari sax won out. That said, my college roommate Bill Ash plays with us on occasion and he's able to double on both trumpet and trombone. As for the other members of
the band, we're graced with having Gene Lewin on drums and Jon Cobert on keys, both of whom are very good singers and can sing lead as well as backing up our main vocalists, Edlene Hart and Russ