The Following Musicians Perform on
Joe Silva’s New Record…
Anton Fig – Producer, Drums, Percussion
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Anton began playing drums at age four. After performing in numerous successful local rock bands he moved to Boston to further pursue his musical interests. His formal education included studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, studying both jazz and classical disciplines graduating with Honors in 1975. In 1976 he moved to New York where he began to establish a career as a freelance musician.
Anton is presently a member of the "CBS Orchestra" appearing nightly on 'Late Show with David Letterman' - a position he has held since 1986. During this tenure he has played with scores of great artists including Miles Davis, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Winwood, Bonnie Raitt and Tony Bennett. The CBS Orchestra has backed up a host of artists in other venues such as Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Little Richard and BB King at the closing ceremonies of the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. They also backed Al Green, Gloria Estefan, In Sync and Eric Clapton for VH1's Save the Music concert at the White House.
The CBS Orchestra is also the house band for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, playing with music's most influential personalities. Most recently they were the backup band for the concert for New York City where they performed with David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy, Macy Gray, and James Taylor.
Some of the many recordings Anton has made include selections with Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Kiss, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Gary Moore, Spider, Ace Frehley, Joan Armatrading, Rosanne Cash, Joe Cocker, John Phillips, Warren Zevon, Sebastian Bach and Paul Butterfield.
As a freelance drummer Anton has also played live with Paul Simon, Booker T and the MG's, The Thompson Twins at Live Aid, and played alongside Jim Keltner for Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary concert celebration.
Joe Silva – Songwriter, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Drums
See Joe Silva’s Bio…
Will Lee – Electric Bass
Grammy award-winning Will Lee holds the distinction of playing with Paul Shaffer on both "Late Night with David Letterman" and the LATE SHOW longer than any other member of the CBS Orchestra. Although Lee is proficient on several instruments and often provides backup vocals, his primary instrument is bass.
He has toured with Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Horace Silver and the Brecker Brothers. Lee has recorded with Mariah Carey, Carly Simon, Steely Dan, Cat Stevens, Michael Bolton, Ringo Starr, Frankie Valli, Laura Nyro, Spyro Gyra, Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine, Nancy Wilson, Luther Vandross, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, James Brown, George Benson, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Cher, D'Angelo, Michael Franks, Weather Report, Al Green, the Brecker Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, David Sanborn, Ricky Martin, Natalie Cole and Gato Barbieri.
He has also performed with three members of The Beatles and travels around the world with his Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux.
Along with LATE SHOW drummer Anton Fig and guitarist Oz Noy, he performs most Mondays at NYCÂ’s Bitter End and can often be found around the world playing with original "Late Night with David Letterman" guitarist Hiram Bullock, and many others.
Lee is an inductee in the Musician’s Hall of Fame in Nashville, and has a permanent display there. He has released a CD of his own, Oh!, and a jazz album, BirdHouse, with his father, Bill. Both are now available at CDBaby.com.
Brian Mitchell – Piano, Organ, Accordion
Brian Mitchell is a keyboard and accordian player based in New York City who is well known for high-profile collaborations, and for consummate session work.
Brian has toured extensively around the world, from The Apollo in Harlem, Tipitina's in New Orleans to Ronny Scott's in London and The Blue Note in Japan. He has appeared in concert halls and at festivals including Lincoln Center in New York, The Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, The North Sea Jazz Festival and The New Orleans Jazz & Blues Heritage Festival.
He has recorded and performed with some of music's most respected artists, including Bob Dylan, Al Green, B.B. King, Allen Toussaint and Levon Helm. He can be seen performing with Levon as a member of The Midnight Ramble in Woodstock. Brian is featured on Levon’s new CD Dirt Farmer which recently won a Grammy. He can also be heard on all-star sessions such as Les Paul & Friends with Peter Frampton and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and B.B. King & Friends 80 with John Mayer and Gloria Estefan. Both of those CD’s were also awarded Grammy’s. Brian’s unique approach to performing and recording in the studio was the subject of an article in Keyboard Magazine.
Oz Noy - Guitar
Oz Noy is a guitar player from Israel, who started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. At age 16 he was already playing with leading Israeli musicians and performers, and at age 24 he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country, and played on numerous records. He was also a member of the house band of Israel's top rated Television show for more than two years.
Since his arrival to New York in 1996 he has made a big impact on the local music scene with his unique sound, compositions and style, bringing a mixture of pop, rock, blues, funk, and jazz, into a cohesive and intoxicating groove.
Oz has performed, toured and recorded with well established artists such as Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Mike Clark, Jeff 'Tain" Watts, Harry Bellefonte, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Gavin Degraw, Niel Rogers, Roger Glover, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano... He played on numerous commercials and movie soundtracks and recently wrote the sound track for the highly acclaimed documentary A/K/A Tommy Chong.
Bruce Kapler – Saxophone
Bruce Kapler joined the CBS Orchestra on Nov. 1, 1993. He is a musician of many instruments, including soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, bass sax, flute, clarinet, recorder, keyboards and percussion, as well as a vocalist.
Kapler became affiliated with David Letterman on "Late Night with David Letterman" in 1988 as a musician and arranger. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Musical Arranger for "Late Night with David Letterman's Tenth Anniversary" primetime special.
Dave Binney – Saxophone
Acclaimed as a considerable and highly individual compositional talent, saxophonist David Binney
is one of the most prolific young jazz musicians on the scene today. Winning praise from critics and colleagues alike, David was recently singled out by Jazz Times as one of a handful of "young players who have created an alternative jazzscene... all of whom are playing adventurous, original music."
Known for his performances with such prestigious groups as the big bands of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider, as well as with Jim Hall, Bobby Previte and the Cecil McBee quintet. David was also a co-founder of the hard-edged quintet "Lost Tribe" and the open-form collective quartet "Lan Xang." With these groups and on his own, he has recorded a dozen albums as leader or co-leader.
In addition to David's extensive work as a leader, he has been
sought after as a sideman, appearing on record with Medeski, Martin & Wood and Uri Caine's Mahler Project. David has also appeared on stage with Aretha Franklin, at Carnegie Hall, and with Maceo Parker, to name a few. He has produced all of his own albums, in addition to two of the Lost Tribe releases. David started his record label, Mythology Records, in 1998.
Tim Lefebvre – Electric Bass
Skip Herbertson (real name, Tim Lefebvre - SHHHH! Skip, just sounds better). One of the most skilled and sought after bass players in NY, Tim has made appearances in Saturday Night Live's house band over the last few years - his work has also been heard on/with The Departed, The Apprentice, The Sopranos, Late Show With David Letterman, The Knights of Prosperity (CBS), 30 Rock (NBC), Oceans 12, Ocean 's 13, KT Tunstall, The Departed, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, and Analyze That!.
Most recently he has appeared with Jamie Cullum, Chris Botti, The O'Jays, Mario Cantone, Chris Potter's Underground, Rudder, Uri Caine Bedrock, Jon BonJovi, James Taylor, Josh Groban, Nellie McKay, JJ Appleton, Emily Zuzik, Oz Noy, and Melissa Errico .
Keith Lentin – Guitar, Bass
Life-long musician - born in Cape Town South Africa in the last quite well-known in Cape Town. Fig and Lentin always dreamed of having a band in America, so, after graduating from Berklee College Of Music in 1977 relocated to NYC and formed the band 'Spider' (Keith, Anton, Amanda Blue, Holly Knight, Jimmy Lowell). Two Albums released on Dreamland Records, spawning a couple of charted singles in the early 80's.
Went on to play and/or record with many bands, artists and musicians in the 80's/90's and beyond.......Link Wray, Blondie Chaplin, Chris Spedding, Dick Rivers, Bob Dylan(Streets of Fire Soundtrack), Mack Rice (he wrote 'Mustang Sally'), Melanie, Sam The Sham, and countless other awesome New York area players
Keith has also been a Producer-type - some of the Artists he has Produced or Co-Produced and/or recorded and mixed are: Blondie Chaplin, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Keys and Bernard Fowler (all four on Blondie's 'Fragile Thread' album), Kix, Dylan Roddick, Syd Kitchen…
Seth Faber – Organ, Harpsichord
Seth Farber was born into music. Raised in New York City by his mother, a piano teacher, and his father, a music aficionado and amateur violinist, Seth discovered his affinity for the piano at the age of four. It's no wonder that years later he'd find himself one of the busiest keyboard players in Manhattan. Since 1984, Seth could be heard playing in the blues, rock and jazz clubs, piano bars, theatres and studios around town. In 1988 he joined the band of rock/blues sensation Willy "Mink" DeVille as musical director. A veteran of more than 20 European tours, he's a featured player on the 1993 CD " Willy DeVille Live " which was certified gold in Europe.
Over the past 15 years Seth has also recorded and performed with artists Odetta, Billy Joel, Cliff Eberhardt, Joan Osborne, Phoebe Snow, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Chip Taylor, Curtis Stigers, Chuck Jackson, Popa Chubby, Alejandro Escovedo, Little Steven, Liz Queler and many others.
From 1997-1999 Seth worked on the Broadway show "Smokey Joe's Cafe" as conductor, pianist and synthesist. From 1999-2001 he played in the orchestra of the Broadway show "Fosse".
From 2002-present, he has been assistant conductor and keyboardist for the Broadway show "Hairspray".
Seth has played on and produced the last 3 Odetta CD's, 2 of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.
Always a composer in his own right, Farber has scored a number of animated films for high definition TV. His songs have been heard on numerous TV networks including HBO, MTV, The Disney Channel, The Travel Channel, VH1, Animal Planet, Comedy Central, and CMTV. However it was with the critically acclaimed 1996 release of "Late One Night", Seth's solo piano CD, that it finally became apparent just how special his talents are.
Kevin Keough – Keyboardist (Joe’s Live Shows)
Kevin Keough is a keyboardist, singer/songwriter and soundtrack composer that hails from the New England area of the U.S.A., and who has travelled and performed extensively. His songs and compositions are full of musical creativity and his lyrics are often philosophical but always accessible. Kevin has been composing music from the age of 6 and has performed in many professional original bands, has music placed in several films and has released several CDs with more in the works.
Christian Howes – Strings
Christian Howes has already made an indelible mark and is poised to be a path finding figure on the contemporary violin. He's won recognition and kudos from artists and critics alike. Says guitar pioneer Les Paul, with whom Christian has made several appearances: "…There is nobody better than this guy."
The great artists Howes has performed and/or recorded with include Greg Osby, Randy Brecker, James Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Akua Dixon's Quartette Indigo, Billy Hart, D.D. Jackson, David Murray , Steve Turre's Sextet with Strings, Frank Vignola, and Lenny White, to name a few. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Christian Howes was classically trained beginning at age five. He subsequently performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at sixteen.
After placing in national classical competitions while still in his teens, Howes set out to build upon a strong classical foundation and distinguish himself in jazz, the art of the improvisers. His star has been ascending ever since.
As a bandleader or a featured guest, Howes has performed on such prestigious stages as the Newport, Toronto, Ottawa, and Tri-C jazz festivals. His club work has taken him to such world-renowned venues as Birdland, Iridium, the Knitting Factory, Blues Alley, and the Village Vanguard … and that's just in the U.S. Christian's tours have taken him throughout the Midwestern U.S., the Far East and across Europe, including a part-time residence in Spain, where he has collaborated with some of that country's finest musicians. In 2002 Howes was featured in a performance in the Spanish film Impulsos.
Catherine Russell – Background Vocals
Jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell, a native of New York City, was born with distinctive bloodlines. Her father was Luis Russell, the renowned big-band leader who was born in Panama, and lived in New Orleans and New York City. He was a groundbreaking vintage jazzman -- a pianist, composer/arranger, and most prominently, the music director for Louis Armstrong in the mid-'40s. Her mother is Carline Ray, a veteran jazz bassist, vocalist, graduate of the Julliard and Manhattan Schools of Music, and famous for performing with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Wynton Marsalis, among many others.
Naturally Catherine Russell is influenced by old-time blues and jazz singers like Bessie Smith, Ruth Brown, and Etta James, as well as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, gospel and opera music. But she was a late bloomer, not establishing a recording career as a leader until much later in life. She has appeared at numerous festivals and on nationally syndicated radio and television shows. As a backup singer, she has worked with Paul Simon, David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Joan Osborne, and Madonna. One may have also heard her voice on TV and radio commercials for Bud Light, Oil Of Olay, J.C. Penney, and Dairy Queen. Singing jazz with groups including bassist Earl May, pianist Larry Ham, drummer Eddie Locke, or Jimmy Wormworth, Russell emerged as a retro old-school vocalist for the ages.
Marty Ballou – Upright Bass Guitar
Marty Ballou is among the most tasteful Upright Bass-Guitarists in the world. His credits include John Hammond, Edgar Winter, Peter Wolf, Duke Robillard, Roomful of Blues, David Grisman, and Kenny White, to name just a few.
Moussa Traore – Jembe
Moussa Traore is a very accomplished Malian "jembefola," which means "player of the jembe" in his language of Bambara (Bamanankan). Moussa has been playing the jembe for the past few decades. In 1984, after completing a twelve-year apprenticeship, he was deemed a "master" by his teacher, Sega Cisse. Since that time Moussa has achieved great recognition throughout Mali as an accomplished musician in the theater, in traditional ceremonies as well as in the Malian pop music scene.
In 1984, Moussa began playing jembe with his first theater troupe, Troupe Babemba. From there he went on to play with several Malian theater troops including: the Ballet National de Mali, Troupe District de Bamako, and Troupe Siwa. Until his recent move to the United States, Moussa was the director and lead drummer of Troupe Komi Djosse in Bamako, Mali for over four years. Moussa brought the troupe to national recognition through their music video entitled, "Ti Samba," in which Moussa is featured as lead drummer and vocalist.
Beginning at the age of seventeen, Moussa was selected every year to represent the region of Bamako in Le Biennal, the three-month long, national competition of artists from every region in Mali. At each competition, Moussa led his troupe to win the highest honors until the national competitions ended, with the overthrow of the Malian dictator in 1991. Since 1991, Moussa has played jembe on the albums of more Malian pop artists than any other jembefola in Mali. He has recorded with such artists as: Djeneba Seck, Molobaly Traore, Za Yousouf, Nanou Coulibaly, Sabou Dorunte and Soumaila Diallo. Until coming to the US, Moussa was the jembefola for Malian pop singer, Djeneba Seck, whom he toured with through West Africa (and briefly in America) for over six years, in addition to his work with Troupe Komi Djosse. In addition to his extensive performance and recording career, Moussa has established himself as an internationally respected teacher of traditional Mande music.