|Morris LeGrande -guitar|
|Pat Britton - Keyboards|
Also several new members came aboard the band for 2012. They have made the commitment to see Utopian Dreams reach the production of an outstanding commercial EP this year. All these musicians have extensive pro resumes and represent some of finest players from the East Bay. The East Bay of SF Bay Area has been a hot bed of creative musicianship....with such powerhouses as... trumpeter Greg Adams (Tower of Power, East Bay Soul), guitarist Ray Obiedo ( Herbie Hancock, George Duke) and percussionist Sheila E. (Pete Escovedo, Prince, Billy Cobham)...setting the East Bay professional musicianship standard. Here's the new roster:
|Tim Merrit - Sax|
"Timeout" by Tim Merritt
We welcome Tim aboard the Utopian Dreams vision...
|Earnest Nation - piano/keys|
Earnest Nation did his jazz studies at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Southern University was the first historically black college to develop an academic degree program in jazz. While there, Earnest developed his chops in the "Mellaa Band" combo under the guidance of Alvin Batiste and the distinguished Southern University Jazz Institute. The original Mellaa Band reunited in the East Bay and reformed as "Groovolution" recording and laying down the funk and jazz in the Bay Area. Morris Legrande introduced us to Earnest. We are so grateful to have Earnest's piano styling in Utopian Dreams.
|Joey Truso - Drums|
So the next few months will find Utopian Dreams in the studio...hard at work on the recording side of music.