Piano:  Daniel Padrón

Band leader Daniel Padrón 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.   Daniel has also completed recording a solo piano CD of original compositions.

 

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. Grose and the Varsity, Soul Purpose, and the Gwinnett Philharmonic Orchestra.  He currently performs throughout metro Atlanta and teaches privately.

 

Trumpet:  Paul Poovey

Paul is a critically acclaimed, versatile performer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Being equally at home in classical, jazz and commercial styles has afforded him the privilege of performing in all forty-eight U.S. continental states, Belize, China, Egypt, Guatemala and Japan.

He has had the pleasure of performing with numerous national tours as they have stopped in the Atlanta area, including Kristin Chenoweth, Sarah McLachlan, and revival tours of Chicago and A Chorus Line. He currently holds the Second Trumpet position with the Albany Symphony and Savannah Philharmonic orchestras, and he has also performed with the Atlanta Opera, Augusta Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Cobb Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, Macon Symphony, and Tuscaloosa Symphony orchestras. In other pursuits, Mr. Poovey held the Principal Cornet chair with the award-winning Georgia Brass Band as Principal Cornet from 2002-2013, and he is a founding member of the Midtown Brass Quintet.

LA_TUTEN_01_15_13 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.

 

 

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.

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.