WHO THEY ARE

   
DANIEL.jpg Piano:  Daniel Padron

Daniel Padron was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He was exposed to jazz and Latin music at an early age by his father, though he also credits his American mother for influencing his musical style. When he was young, he clearly preferred Latin music over jazz, because one can often dance to Latin music more easily. Later on, he acquired a much greater liking for jazz, and now incorporates both into his musical style. He has written several original Latin jazz pieces that are performed by Tito Gato. Daniel began studying piano at age 13 and eventually went on to earn a BA in music from Georgia State University. Daniel has performed as a jazz piano soloist as well as with many artists in Atlanta. Daniel was a member of the band The Soulutions during the mid-1990's.

 

LISA.jpg Vocals:  Lisa Young

Lisa Young performed in her first musical at age 12, and knew from that moment on singing on the stage would be her life's pursuit. Lisa holds a bachelor's degree with a major in voice performance and minor in piano from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. She furthered her studies as the protege of Joy Davidson of the Greater Miami Opera, famous for performing the role of Carmen more than 500 times around the globe.

Highlights of her career include singing live on 104.7 The Fish, Georgia Public Radio, state wide live TV placing in top 5 of Miss Minnesota, a division of the Miss America Pageant. She also released an inspirational CD, "Shine Through."

Lisa has appeared as concert soloist in the Dominican Republic with the National Symphony Orchestra, New World School of the Arts and Bach Choral Society in Miami, Choral Guild of Atlanta, Michael O'Neal Chamber Singers, Southern Regional Educators conference, Stone Mountain Sunrise Easter Service, the French Consulate in Atlanta, and numerous churches throughout the southeast.

In addition to lead vocals in Tito Gato jazz band, Lisa is lead vocalist and MC for Limelight Party Band and Kenny Parks and the Classics. She is a freelance vocalist/keyboardist at weddings and private events, and teaches at Gwinnett School of Music. She has been coined a "chameleon" by top musicians in the Atlanta area, because of her wide range of versatility in musical styles.

JASON.jpg Tenor Saxophone:  Jason Matthias

Jason is a saxophonist and reed doubler based in Atlanta, and has been a freelance performer in the Atlanta area for over 15 years. He has performed and recorded with many local and national acts including the Temptations, Freddie Cole, The Ruperts Orchestra, Full Tilt, Platinum, Outkast, Tom Grose and the Varsity, Soul Purpose, Rhumba Havana and the Gwinnett Philharmonic Orchestra, to name a few. He currently performs throughout metro Atlanta and teaches privately.

 

LEO.jpg Trumpet:  Leonardo Palese

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LA.jpg Bass:  L. A. Tuten

L.A. is a native of Atlanta and studied music at GSU and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. During the last millennium, L.A. was the arranger and conductor of the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable; bassist with Col. Bruce Hampton, "Thumbs" Carllile, and Elise Witt; and toured internationally as tubist with Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz. This millennium L.A. may be heard with a wide variety of groups such as Oy! Klezmer, Gwen Hughes and the Continental Dance Orchestra, Laurentz und die Katzen, and the Ruby Red's Band.

 

 

REECE.jpg Drums:  Reece Harris

Reece has been playing drums for thirty years. After studying music at Berklee College of Music, he went on to study at Boston College, where he earned his degree in 1993. He has since become a fixture in the Atlanta music scene performing with many artists including Greg Hester, Sue Wilkinson, Bobby Lee Rogers, Donna Hopkins, The Blues Barons, and the FlyCats. Reece's trademark is his ability to divide "1" by many parts. This results in a very exciting and occasionally precarious but still exciting style of drumming. His gregarious personality is evident in his drumming style and stage presence.

MIGUEL.jpg Percussion:  Miguel Castro

Miguel studied music from 1977 to 1983 at the "Conservatorio Nacional de Musica" in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic earning a Masters Degree in Music Performance. After that, he went to New York to study at Drummers Collective International in 1984-85 where he had the opportunity to study with some of the world's leading percussionists including Steve Gadd, Doug Allen, and Frank Malabé.

He has played in various orchestras (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Dominican Republic, Swiss Philharmonic Orchestra, Carol Morgan Operatic Society, Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracalbo), and has performed with The Macon Symphony Orchestra in Macon, Georgia, The Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra and is currently a member of the Houston Latinerican Philharmonic in Houston, TX since 2013.

He is regularly in demand as a percussion clinician (Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, Georgia Percussive Arts Society Conference, Southeastern United States Band Clinic (SEUS), adjudicator, composer, arranger and recording artist, maintaining a busy schedule in and outside of the United States.