Wendell E. Anderson, Sr. & Friends—Some of the Friends
Michael Davis started playing drums at an early age. He played during high school with various bands. They regularly performed in the Hughes High School Merry-Go-Round. The Merry-Go-Round was one of the most popular public high school talent shows in the Cincinnati area. Many artists that performed in the Merry-Go-Round went on to have national and international careers. After high school Michael performed with local bands at various clubs and opened for reclaimed artists. Michael is a professional jeweler and photographer but they are no substitute for his love for playing the drums.
Hayden Floro is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a jazz emphasis. He grew up in Centerville, Ohio and has been playing the drums for over twelve years. During that time, he’s studied under many great drummers including Jim Leslie, John Von Ohlen, Art Gore, John Taylor, Steve Houghton, Carl Allen, and Jeff Hamilton. He’s played in the University of Cincinnati CCM Jazz Orchestra which has taken him to Brazil to play alongside Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He plays in many big bands around Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus Ohio, and Kentucky and regularly plays in a trio setting. He frequently plays at Dee Felice, Muse Café, Stone Creek Restaurant, and Schwartz’s Point. Hayden is very well versed in soul, funk, rock, jazz, and Latin music. He also has a classical background which he utilizes in pit orchestras all around Ohio and Kentucky.
Ryan Jones is a pianist originally from Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, where his musical roots began. Being a musically rich area, he was quickly introduced to many genres and was able to begin playing with local groups at an early age. This early exposure has been influential in turning him into the versatile musician he is today. Jones currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he sits in with local groups such as the Blue Wisp Big Band and the Flying Circus Big Band. He can also be found playing with other smaller groups in the Greater Cincinnati Area like the Voyager Sextet and Mickey James and The Queen City Crew. Jones has been fortunate enough to receive the opportunity to perform with renowned musicians such as: John Schneider, Jimmy Walker, Bill Huber, John Fedchock, Vince DiMartino, Chris Vadala, Tia Fuller, and Christian Tamburr. In 2017, he was approached by the president of the Kentucky Blues Society and was asked to arrange and perform several Ragtime pieces by Ernest Hogan. Jones performed these arrangements at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) in front of Bluegrass musician, Sam Bush, for a concert that recognized both Hogan and Bush as originators of a music genre and as natives of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Jones received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Western Kentucky University where he studied classical piano with Dr. Zachary Lopes. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where he is studied with the great jazz pianist, Steve Allee. Jones is happily married to his wife, Kristen, of 3 years and enjoys biking, cooking, and eating.
Steve Richardson, a Cincinnati native is an accomplished bassist that started his musical career playing drums at the age of two. In 2007 Steve decided to make the leap from drums to bass providing him the opportunity to work with some of the best musicians and artists in the Cincinnati area. Steve comes from a musical family where his mother was the lead singer and choir director; his father was the band leader and choir director at their church during his childhood. Since picking up the bass guitar, Steve has opened up for New Edition, Fantasia, and Mary J. Blige. He also played behind gospel artists, Donnie McClurkin and Marvin Sapp.
Carrie Taylor, a force to be reckoned with. When talent and passion drive you there is no limit to what you can do. Carrie graduated from the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio where you studied and honed her craft as a singer and dancer. She went on to pursue her degree in Music Education. Carrie has sung background for Patti LaBelle, The Clark Sisters, and many other well-known artists. She sang with local gospel group, Kenny Smith and Visions. There are great singers but few who have the range that Carrie has. She is eager to begin singing again in her hometown, Cincinnati.
CJ Thompson, born as Craig Thompson, Jr. hails from Cincinnati, OH. CJ started singing in church at a young age. He was also involved in modeling and acting with Heyman Talent. He performed in musicals with the Cincinnati Children’s Theater Company, and had a breakthrough performance with the Cincinnati Black Theater Company in their production of “A Tribute to Motown”. He portrayed a young Stevie Wonder and a young Michael Jackson.
After high school, CJ started college in 2014 and spent 4 years at Tiffin University studying Arts Administration with a focus in the Music Industry. In 2015, he even started creating his own self-produced, engineered, and mixed demos under the name Chocq. T. As a solo artist he released his debut single, “Masquerade” on October 1st, which was produced, engineered, written and mixed all on his own. CJ strives to bring a new and revived sound to the industry. He calls it Neo-Nostalgic Soul. Music is about creating moments between the message and the listener, connecting on as many cylinders as possible and CJ plans to do just that!
Kevin Wilder, an extraordinary musician. Kevin stated that “One of countless blessings I’m so thankful and so humbled for is the opportunity to TRAVEL!” Kevin has an appreciation for music that makes him selected in what and where he performs. He has travelled all over the world playing the keyboard. He has played with numerous musicians and artists over the course of his life.
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