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Featuring Bob Johns (piano), Steve Della Maggiora (guitar) and Jose Sierra (percussion):
This album consists of an exotic Spanish music form with elements of new age, jazz, and easy listening.
BOB JOHNS (piano/trumpet) Bob’s early piano lessons grew into a desire to
improvise like his father who played jazz trumpet in big bands and small
groups. When he arrived in San Francisco after a 4-year Navy hitch, Bob
found like-minded players who formed the fusion group Nexus, playing in
San Francisco and the East Bay through the 80s. He played keyboard and
trombone for a time in the African group, Hedzoleh Soundz. Bob plays
each Tuesday night with his jazz buddies at the Comstock Saloon in San
Francisco's North Beach. He hosts an Open Mic once a month in
Petaluma at the United Methodist Church.
STEVE DELLA MAGGIORI (guitar) Steve credits his musical curiosity and general creativity to being raised in a
household filled with music. By age seven he was playing accordion duets with his older brother and uncle and his high school years
were taken up with art, guitar, keyboards and multi-track recording. He began to accompany numerous singer/songwriters and performed
in local bands at an early age. After high school, Steve completed an eight year residency at the Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga, designing
and painting displays and murals, and designed and painted the Napa River Mural in Napa. He has gone on to paint many public and
private murals in both Napa and Petaluma. All the while, his musical experience expanded into rock, oldies, folk, bluegrass and ensemble and big band jazz.
He is currently guitarist, keyboardist, and accordionist with several bands.
JOSE SIERRA (percussion) Jose was inspired by the conga drummers of the 1960’s who frequented San Francisco’s Aquatic Park, and began playing conga, percussion, and began Afro-Latin folklore studies with masters, including Santana’s Raul Rekow. During the mid-1970s Jose played and sang
for Afro dance classes and in nightclubs with R&B, Latin Rock, and jazz bands (notably alongside reedman/bandleader Paul Vornhagen). A friendship with Viva Brasil’s original drummer brought Jose’s career to a new level
and he was soon performing in concerts and on TV and radio with The Force, a group that included members of Malo, the Freaky Executives, and Summers’ Heat. A stint as Coke Escovedo’s conga drummer and performances alongside
Roger Glenn, Pete Escovedo, and Ray Obiedo followed, and opportunities to jam onstage with all-time greats Armando Peraza and Tony Williams.
Following his drummer friend to the East Coast, Jose joined Brazilian jazz band Roda de Samba, which also featured Brazilian pianist/composer Alfredo Cardim and jazz bassist Michael Formanek, for performances in
New York state and Ontario, Canada, sometimes joined by Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Silveira. The East Coast sojourn also brought opportunities to jam with jazz players like Claudio Roditi and members of SpyroGyra.
On his return to California, Jose was tapped by Bahian musician/dancer Jose Lorenzo to be a founding member of the Batucajé Afro-Brazilian music and dance troupe.
As the 2000’s dawned, another old friend, timbalero Victor Nolasco, invited Jose to fill a percussion/vocal spot in Victor’s Northern
California latin-jazz-rock recording act Safari. Jose gigged extensively with Safari, memorably jamming with artists like smooth jazz guitarist Brian Hughes at the Maui Music Festival.
In the subsequent years Jose also performed with independent recording acts Zarate Pollace Project, Natural Bridges, and Primavera Latin Jazz band which featured noted flautist Jane Lenoir.
Piano, Trumpet and Bass by:
Steve Della Maggiora
String Arrangements by:
Composed, Recorded and Mixed by Morton Davis:
Morton Davis Mixing Studio
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