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Musicians and Special Musical Guests & Friends
Jim Gildea started as a guitar player and spent many years playing in bands in the New England area. He picked up a bass later in life and instantly wondered why he hadn’t been playing a bass all those years. Jim has had a chance to play with many different bands in different genres, from pop to funk to country.
Paul began playing professionally while still in high school. His bands opened shows for legends such as Bo Diddley, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. He studied Music Education at the University of Connecticut, then transferred to the Berklee College of Music. Paul studied with Mike Mangini (Extreme, Stevie Vai, Dream Theater) and Joe Pet (The Joe Perry Project). Paul has opened for artists such as The Gin Blossoms, Jessica Simpson & Colin Raye and performed live with blues guitarist Keb’ Mo.’
Conrad has lived and played in London, New York, Austin, Paris, and Boston. He's toured around Europe with such bands as The English Beat, Joe Jackson, the Specials, and the Selector. He's played at CBGB's and at the Hammersmith Palais. Responsible for bringing Bob Mould's band Sugar to Rykodisc, he has held various jobs including guitar-player, band manager, special-effects builder, illustrator, music journalist, as well as record company production manager.
With a name like Band, Carol had no choice. At 12 she accompanied the Baptist church choir in Connecticut, then moved on to playing folk rock in coffeehouses. She discovered jazz and blues after BB King bought her a drink at Jonathan Swifts in Cambridge and never looked back. She's studied theory with Don Hemwall, she cites Bill Evans, Ray Charles and John Medeski as influences and has graced the stage at many Boston-area clubs including Johnny D’s, Ryles, the Lilypad and The House of Blues.
Allyn 'Aldo' Dorr
Starting in the early 70's on Cape Cod and later, Amherst/Northampton, Aldo survived disco and the oil crisis, gigged and recorded in an eclectic assortment of bands (big band jazz, psychedelic jam, classic country, purist reggae, and of course, blues) culminating in the early 80's with New England reggae favorites, Loose Caboose. On the road around New England and New York, Aldo has performed in bands that opened for Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, Bonnie Raitt, and Roomful of Blues.
Adam bounced around in basement bands while in music school joining two early 2000's Boston indie troubadours: The Grownup Noise who toured much of the country many times with, and post-punk rockers Horeshands. He divides his time working as a music therapist at Mass General with oncology patients and with special needs students.
Dylan DiChiara not only plays drums, he teaches percussion, music and drumming while managing a Music School. He has played a toured extensively with a variety of band besides Bees Deluxe.
Joe Mac is a consummate bass player on electric or upright. He's the "go to" player for many Boston based bands and is also a guitarist and an adept horn player with the School of Honk. If you don't see him on stage - he's probably teaching one of his students!
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