June 11th,  Greg Adams & East Bay Soul

John Griswold & Friends present the Lucca Winery Summer Concert Series and welcomes the horn driven funky R&B of trumpeter Greg Adams and his band East Bay Soul touring in support of their new release That's Life. Band members include, Greg Adams (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals), Darryl Walker (lead vocals, tenor sax), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, fugelhorn, vocals), Johnnie Bamont (sax, flute, vocals), Greg Vail (sax, flute, vocals), Nick Milo (keys, vocals), Kay-Ta Matsuno (guitar), Dwayne “Smitty” Smith (bass), Herman Mathews (drums, vocals) and Johnny Sandoval (latin percussion, vocals)

    Greg Adams is the driving force behind East Bay Soul.
    The expansive ensemble is a blend of Funk Jazz, R&B and Soul. East Bay Soul with a most soulful ensemble creates a union that has been nothing short of musical wizardry. Their extraordinary combined talents all bring incredible energy to the music with heart and soul.  East Bay Soul is dedicated to a singular vision of bringing their brand of funk and the magic of their live performance into every note they play.
 

    “The best part” says Adams, “was putting the band together and building a sound unique to our style and creating a group that was more like brothers.  We have the perfect person in Darryl Walker for lead vocals and the horn section breathes as one.  Herman Matthews drives the bus and the rhythm section is just so tight, they can play it all!  These are some of the best musicians that I have ever worked with!”
 

    The combined musical pedigree of East Bay Soul reads like a who’s who’s in pop culture.  Pick up a record, album or CD from any genre of music; R&B, soul, rock or contemporary jazz, one or several of the East Bay Soul members is most likely on it!

Jump, Shout, & Holler   Medley 

Goin' in Circles

        More about Greg Adams and East Bay Soul

    The sound of Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. Adams has recorded six solo albums, three releases with East Bay Soul and fourteen recordings as a founding member of Tower of Power, legendary for his arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own. His 1995 debut Hidden Agenda went all the way to #1 on Billboard and stayed there for five weeks… He hasn’t looked back since. With countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Adams has made his mark on a broad stretch of today’s music landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, and funk.

In his newest musical pursuit Grammy and Emmy nominated trumpeter Adams continues his artistic evolution alongside East Bay Soul with the dynamic THAT’S LIFE – The 2015 release, a collection of eleven songs that fuses his love for vintage soul music, pop, with powerful horns and gorgeous orchestration.


    Greg Adams is the driving force behind East Bay Soul. The expansive ensemble is a blend of Funk Jazz, R&B, and Soul. East Bay Soul with a most soulful ensemble creates a union that has been nothing short of musical wizardry. Their extraordinary combined talents all bring incredible energy to the music with heart and soul. Creating a perfect blend of talent and camaraderie that tells this ten-piece ensemble we know we have something special.

 

    “The best part” says Adams was putting the band together and building a sound unique to our style and creating a group that was more like brothers. We have the perfect person in Darryl Walker for lead vocals and the horn section breathes as one. Herman Matthews drives the bus and the rhythm section is just so tight, they can play it all! These are some of the best musicians that I have ever worked with!”
 

    Setting no boundaries and seeking no labels Greg has arranged, performed and recorded with countless artists as diverse as his career, including The Eurythmics, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovett, Heart, Linda Ronstadt, Luther Vandross, Aaron Neville, The Brothers Johnson, Phish, Little Feat, Wilson Pickett, Huey Lewis and the News, Raphael Saadiq, Al Green, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Everclear, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, Peter Frampton, Billy Preston, Terrence Trent Darby, Josh Groban Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Celine Dion to name a very few.

With East Bay Soul Greg say’s “ It’s like looking bliss in the eye. Before you know it we’ve made a record. It is amazing how it happens.”

              Get Ready To Funk Your World!