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|Alvino Bennett||back to top|
Born in Chicago, Alvino began playing drums at 10 years old with the William Penn Elementary School drum and bugle corps. Soon after, he started playing for various local bands. At fourteen, he began traveling the country, working the club circuit. He was spotted in a club at age 17 and approached by blues legend, KoKo Taylor, to lend his talent. At the same time, many other blues and R&B luminaries began to call on him for his talent. These stars included: Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Cash McCall, and Mighty Joe Young just to name a few.
In 1974, Alvino got a call call to tour with the late great songstress, Minnie Ripperton. This tour opened the doors for many other projects, such as working with Gong Show Guest, Jaye P. Morgan and the vocal group “The Originals”. In addition, Alvino also worked with the family singing group, “The Sylvers” and recorded with other leading Motown artists.
Alvino hit on one of the biggest projects of his career in 1978, which was the million selling R&B band, “L.T.D.”, of which he was a member for 5 years. Alvino's awesome reputation and he became a highly sought after drummer for such stars as Cheryl Lynn, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Loggins, Bryan Ferry, Robin Trower, Sheena Easton, Little Richard, Slash’s Blues Ball, Patrice Rushen, Little Richard, Bo Diddley and many more.
When he is not on tour, Alvino is writing and producing his own debut CD as well as working with other artists. We have had the great pleasure of hearing Alvino's new CD before its release and highly endorse it! The CD is fantastic and Alvino is a treasured member of the Dave Mason Band.
|Chris Curtis||back to top|
Dave’s live sound engineer, Chris Curtis, has a long history of musical production in his background. Born and raised in Southern California, Chris became interested in music as a pre-teen after his older brother’s friends formed a rock and roll band. Chris learned to play drums and started touring with bands as soon as he could drive. During those years, Chris played with various local bands, both professionally and for the sheer joy of music.
Chris’ talent for mixing sound led him to become a recording sound engineer in the late 1980′s, founding his own recording studio “Pacific Coast Recording” in 1990 located in Long Beach, CA. His client list included Eddie Money, War, Edgar Winter, Snoop Dogg and Keith Emerson while getting gold and platinum recognition for Latin music artists Jenni & Lupe Rivera. His audio engineering talents also crossed into the multimedia world where he recorded and edited audio for movies and commercials which included the talents of Carol Burnett, Barbara Eden, Gary Sandy while working with companies like Burger King, Disney, Carl’s Jr., Medelsohn/Zien, Yamaha, Marvel films and most of the local Los Angeles radio stations.
After 14 successful years with his recording studio Chris decided to go back to live sound engineering. Introduced to the Dave Mason camp by long time friend and keyboardist Bill Mason, Chris has been with Dave since 2003. We are lucky to have Chris Curtis. He is a valuable asset with the Dave Mason Band. When not on tour, Chris continues to produce and engineer in his studio. Stop by the booth and say hello to Chris and ask him a question about US History because he knows almost everything.
|Dave Mason||back to top|
Dave Mason's career spans nearly 50 years and encompasses producing, performing and song writing, He is best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and has enjoyed a lengthy solo career and continues to play to sold-out audiences.
At 19, Mason wrote the song "Feelin' Alright". First performed by Dave while he was with Traffic, this song has since become a rock and roll anthem. A prolific artist, Mason has penned over 100 songs and recorded hit singles We Just Disagree, Only You Know And I Know, among others.
Mason is a true classic rocker, whose brilliant solo career has collaborated with numerous members of rock and roll elite, including Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Cass Elliot, Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Ron Wood, Phoebe Snow, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, and Jim Capaldi.
When Dave is not touring you can find him writing and producing new music in his home studio, as well as tirelessly supporting philanthropic causes near to his heart, including Rock Our Vets, Yoga Blue, Michael Bolton Charities, and Kid’s Rock. He's a great cook, has a wonderful sense of humor, and enjoys the views of the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountians while relaxing at his Nevada home.
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|Tony Patler||back to top|
A Palm Springs, CA, native, Anthony Patler was born into a true show business family. He began playing professionally at age 6, fronting a trio with his brothers Kory (age 12) and Greg (age 13), and continuing his career by playing in several popular local bands during his junior high and high school years.
After graduating, Tony moved to L.A., where he quickly landed his first major recording gig, collaborating with the songwriting hall of famer, Lamont Dozier. In addition to co-writing several songs, he arranged and played drums, bass, guitar and keys on various albums. During the same period he also co-founded and played with the underground funk band General Caine, recording a number of albums.
In 1984 Tony began touring and recording with Chaka Khan, eventually becoming her music director (when he first played with Alvino Bennett). From this, he went on to record and tour with many well know artists including Michael McDonald, Janet Jackson, Patti Labelle, The Temptations, Was Not Was, George Michael, ABC, Michael Jackson, Rick Astley, Paul Young, Solomon Burke, and Smokey Robinson. Patler’s credits also include film soundtracks and co-writing songs for Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan & LTD, among others.
To Tony’s delight, a recommendation by long time friend Alvino Bennett, led to him joining the Dave Mason Band in May, 2009. To our delight we not only get to groove to Tony's keyboard's but also hear his soulful voice on many solo's during our tour.
|Johnne Sambataro||back to top|
Johnne Sambataro is a long time and beloved member of the Dave Mason Band. Born John Sambataro on August 27, 1953 in South Florida Johnne started playing guitar at the age of 7. He has played in local bands in the South Florida area since middle school. His professional career started at around age 16. Johnne’s instruments include guitar, bass, mandolin, Midi-sequencing as well as being a vocalist. Among his other talents he has also been a song and jingle writer, record producer, and a recording engineer.
Inspired by his dad Louis, also a musician and band director and growing up in a musical family Johnne’s choice of career was easy. After attending schools in South Florida he then continued his education taking two years at Miami Dade Community College studying music theory and guitar. In 1975 Johnne began working at Criteria Recording Studios in Miami. There he was able to meet producers who used local musicians to create parts for their artist. Some of the artists that Johnne was fortunate to perform and record with are Andy Gibb, Barry Gibb, Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Terri DeSario, Meat Loaf, John Parr, David Coverdale/Jimmy Page and other various artists. His experience at Criteria gave him the opportunity not only to record but to tour with Dave Mason, McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (The Byrds), Firefall as their new lead singer/guitarist and Dion (Dion & The Belmonts).
Johnne has performed on television shows with the following artists: In 1978 Midnight Special (McGuinn Clark & Hillman), 1979 Unicef Benefit (Andy Gibb), 1983 & 1984 MTV (Firefall Video), 1986 Solid Gold (Firefall), 1987 Nashville Now (Firefall), 1989 VH1 Special (Paul Shaffer & Dion), 1989 Producer, vocalist, mandolin & guitarist for the theme song on T.V. sitcom “Heartland”.
In 1978 while Johnne was recording “Shadow Dancing” with Andy Gibb, Dave Mason was also at Criteria recording his album “Mariposa de Oro”. Johnne sang backing vocals on the Mariposa album and later that year Dave asked Johnne to go on his summer tour. Following that from 1979 – 1980 Johnne was the lead guitarist/vocalist for McGuinn, Clark and Hillman. In 1983 – 1989 the lead singer/guitarist and co-songwriter for the rock group Firefall. During that time Firefall recorded two albums “Break Of Dawn” & “Mirror Of The World”. In 1989 – 1996 Johnne was the lead guitarist/vocalist/musical director for Dion. In 2001 Dave touring again in Florida, asked Johnne to sit in on his DVD “Live At Sunrise”, recorded at Sunrise Musical Theater. Johnne’s now beginning his fourth year touring with Dave and loves every minute of it.
Johnne admits that one of the most awesome things about playing with Dave on stage and in the studio is that ever since he was a teenager he has always been a fan and still is. He feels that Dave’s music and song writing are legendary.
Johnne lives in South Florida with his wife Cathe and has two sons Jason and Jarrad who are also musicians. He has a heart of gold and plays any Beatles tune so beautifully it will make you cry. And check out his CD Me, Myself, and I, an essential for your library. So wonderful!
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David was born and raised in Arkansas and comes from a musical family. He has always been exposed to the world of music. His interest in playing music started at the age of 14, thanks to his cousin Mike and Mike’s friend Jim. Stevie Ray Vaughn’s amazing guitar playing inspired David to learn how it was done. He started studying music, playing guitar and drums. Later, David formed a band with three of his musical friends that ran for 15 years and continues today. He learned the working end of music operations by leading and performing with his band in clubs around the central states area.
In 1990, he started his career in the transportation business at the age of 18. David has worked in many aspects of transportation from DOT regulations, scheduling routes, customer relations and overseeing safety operations for some of the largest transport companies.. At age 32, he began operating his own trucking company, including being a contractor for the FedEx Corporation for 10 years. David’s career in the transportation and music industry has taken him all over North America. After many years of looking to further his career into the music industry, he sold his trucking company and moved to Nashville.
Dave Mason Music is thrilled to have David on our team. He makes sure everyone in our touring family is taken care of in a professional, safe and timely manner. When asked what it’s like traveling the country with the Dave Mason Band, David’s reply, “It’s like being on a working vacation with your family. Everyone makes sure everyone is taken care of.”
You will find David Grubb everywhere. If you're lucky enough to catch him standing still, it will be at the merchandise table where he delights everybody with his southern charm.