Frank Fairfield performed American vernacular music professionally for several years, eventually realizing how mentally unfit he was for that profession. He quit the music racket and joined a crew of unlicensed construction workers servicing a hand full of unusual small museums and theater in Los Angeles. That led him to the The Yard Theater, where he now currently resides and helps run with his friend John Ennis. He still plays music, practicing the violin everyday for his own edification and occasionally performing with friends like Meredith Axelrod and The Temple Street Stringband.
Brad Kay, pianist, cornetist, composer and musicologist, has played in and led bands in Los Angeles since 1965, when he began performing at SHAKEY’S PIZZA PARLORS.
Music has been his consuming passion since childhood, starting with ragtime, developing into a love for all great American music, especially the hot jazz of the 1920s. He was a sideman in the MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF THE OINGO BOINGO (1974-77); led his own band, THE MAJESTIC DANCE ORCHESTRA (1975-79, 1991-94), which recreated orchestral music of the 20s and 30s. In his septet, THE UPTOWN CURMUDGEONS OF SWING (1995-97), he evoked some of the great pianists of the era such as Fats , Duke Ellington and George Gershwin (among many), but was essentially himself in his heatedly optimistic solos.
Classic ragtime was Brad’s first inspiration, and his entree into composing. A folio and of some of Brad’s original ragtime compositions, “SEVEN RAGS” appeared in 1994.
One of his more curious composing projects was providing background music for celebrated writer HARLAN ELLISON’S reading of his famous short story, JEFFTY IS FIVE.
Brad has arranged and performed for film soundtracks, including Martin Brest’s “HOT ,” (1976); Richard Elfman’s “THE FORBIDDEN ZONE” (1982); Tim Burton’s “NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS” (1994); and Jon Zeiderman’s “ARTIFACTS” (2001).
As a music researcher, Brad has made several important discoveries, including new and previously overlooked 78 rpm records by BIX BEIDERBECKE and LOUIS ARMSTRONG, as well as the phenomenon of “ACCIDENTAL STEREO,” which resulted in true stereo realizations of music by DUKE ELLINGTON and SIR EDWARD ELGAR, among others, recorded in the early 30s! He has produced LP and CD reissues of great and overlooked artists such as vaudevillian JANE GREEN and pioneering bandleader JAMES REESE EUROPE. He has contributed to many reissue CDs out of his vast collection of original 78s.
Since 1997, he has led a piano trio, plays cornet and piano and records with JANET KLEIN AND HER PARLOR BOYS. His major passion these days has been composing, racking up over 1,000 pieces since November, 1998. Some of the best of these are heard on his debut album of piano music, “WE GOTTA START MEETING LIKE THIS” (2000).
Currently, Brad is developing his solo entertaining ability, performing Sunday afternoons at the UNURBAN CAFE in Santa Monica. He plays and sings from a vast repertoire of the century’s popular music, veering from vaudeville routines to romantic ballads to hot instrumentals, lacing them together with wit and a powerful yen to delight his audience.
Brad collaborated with the late beloved singer SUSANNAH McCORKLE on an album of meditation/healing piano music. The album is dedicated to her memory.
Brad has also conducted seminars on jazz and early pop music for ELDER HOSTEL and has done volunteer gigs for community programs such as ANGEL’S FLIGHT.
Diego Garcia is the lead singer of local indie band Stage 11. He’s the recent winner for Best Male Vocals at the Hollywood Music and Media Awards.
At the end of 2016 Stage 11 was named in the Hot 100 Live Unsigned Bands in the US and has just released their third record “Moments Like These” available everywhere. You can keep up with the band and purchase music at Stage11Music.com.
Diego can also be seen solo around the LA area performing original music or singing as the bearded duo High Noon Whiskey, supporting the Indie Artist scene.
PS. you might have seen him on TV over the years 😉
David Sparrow grew up in the boonies outside of Baltimore, MD singing in the church choir, listening to his mom’s piano playing, and absorbing his dad’s classic country and rock records. Under the influence of his uncle’s metal shredding and his grandfather’s flat-picking it was inevitable he’d pick up a guitar.
He has always enjoyed entertaining a crowd whether it be an acoustic set or a full-on rock show.
The music bug brought him to Los Angeles in the summer of 2003 and he’s been “touring” the city ever since. He can be caught sometimes at The Cinema Bar and often at various restaurants and wineries around the city.
His music falls somewhere between The Beatles and Ryan Adams and anything that’s got a catchy hook.
A solo album “Beggars and Choosers” is slated for November 2018 and you can hear the title track live at www.davidsparrowmusic.com.
Witucky Derby is an American singer-songwriter with influences from folk, funk, soul, rhythm & blues with a bit of reggae and rock & roll. Lead singer and multi-instrumentalist, Kevin J Witucki, is currently writing, recording and performing in Los Angeles, California.
His music crosses many genres and musical findings, with influences such as Led Zeppelin and the Beatles, Witucky Derby uses harmonies and sometimes simple structures to conform his tunes into the little gems they are. With songs written about freedom and gun control, relationship problems and solutions, be sure to keep an eye out for new music from this powerful singer-songwriter.
Britton Sparkman hails from Birmingham, AL. Raised in the church, he was always singing and playing music when he was young. At the same time he learned piano and how to read music from his mom. In grade school he picked up the clarinet and played until high school, when theater/stage crew really grabbed him. Britton went on to study Acting at Elon University in North Carolina and he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
In 2004 he moved to LA to follow the Hollywood dream. But when his aspirations to be a movie star didn’t pan out he formed the band Red Circle Underground in 2006, which took him through to 2013. In 2014 he formed Righteous Heirs which was to keep him busy for the next four years.
Outside of these two bands, Britton always finds time to write his own music. Lately you can find him hosting a monthly Tuesday night at Sonny McLeans in Santa Monica and you can catch him around town playing brunches here and there.
Lizz Vega is a self-taught singer/songwriter from Los Angeles. A late bloomer when it comes to being a musician for she has only been creating music for two years. But her blues/RnB/soul fusion style of music will take you on a dive into what it means to connect to yourself and to others with the power of music.
Courtland Zelle is an alternative rock guitarist and singer songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri. His influences include 90’s rock bands Sound Garden, Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains and Guns n’ Roses, all of whom influence his sound today. He composed music for his first band Good Question and was provided the opportunity to cover for Slash of Guns n’ Roses with his second band Exit 714. He now resides in Los Angeles, CA where he relocated in order to focus full time on his music. His debut solo album/EP “Right on Time”, recorded at Breakwater Studios, is available now via Bandcamp.