john foti (accordian) Born in West Cadwell, NJ, John’s first musical experience was figuring out the Sesame Street theme song at a young age. Inspired by his father and older sister, he went on to take piano lessons through college – even when some of the kids said it “wasn’t cool” to play piano. John […]
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colin brooks (drums) is from Little Rock, AR. he started playing piano at age 5 and started on the drums when he was 7. after jamming with his father, a self-taught guitarist, he began to form and play in bands with various schoolmates. he moved to Brooklyn in 1998 to join the band Skeleton Key.· […]
Here are two things you should know right off about Dan Zanes. Two things that set him apart from the huge and festive field of people who have in the past few years begun making music for families and people of all ages in a way that is changing the face of America, or the sound of it at least. First, he is making homemade family music and encouraging his friends and neighbors to do the same. Second, he is the guy who is always interested in singing along with people everywhere, which brings us to his mission, if you can call it a mission: Zanes is introducing his musical friends to his neighborhood friends and then showing everybody not just that they can play together but that they can also feel pretty good while doing so. In this sense, Zanes is a twenty-first century version of the guy, who in the old days, used to conduct the town band from the gazebo though in lieu of a gazebo he’s playing places like Carnegie Hall and the Melbourne International Arts Festival where no matter how you say it, good music is good. He is a ringmaster, introducing new songs and reconnecting people to songs that have always been there, and still are—it’s just that people forgot about them.
Dan Zanes and Friends delve into a vital part of America’s musical heritage with an album of timeless songs owned by Sir Paul McCartney’s MPL Music Publishing catalog.
76 Trombones features an array of new friends from Broadway, including Tony Award winners Carol Channing (Hello, Dolly!), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate) and Matthew Broderick (The Producers), along with de’Adre Aziza (Passing Strange) and Derick K. Grant (Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk). The album introduces a new generation of kids to classic Broadway songs that everyone knows and loves.