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Tom Finch Group plays a hip and unique blend of styles best described as but not limited to World-Rock. Featuring Tom Finch, (J.J.) Jason Jones, Andius Jent, Marc Carmi Smith, Ben Isaacs and Charles Moselle, the group offers original compositions with infectious melodies, hypnotic grooves, inspiring lyrics, and fiery solos. The band is extremely versatile and it’s many flavors appeal to most audiences while the band member’s virtuosity and enthusiasm make each performance fresh and exciting. The Tom Finch group has played festivals, clubs, parties, and is currently seeking new performance opportunities.
Tom Finch, a California native and multi-instrumentalist for over thirty years is Influenced by rock, funk, blues, and jazz styles and his playing and composing continue to grow with a creative and energetic force! A Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame inductee, Tom has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada, and is featured on many albums with groups such as Big Brother & the Holding Co and Jazz Iguanas and Plethora. Tom has played with a variety of artists some of which include Joan Baez, Randy Vincent, Mel Graves, Steve Smith and Kai Eckhardt. Tom’s formal training includes seven plus years of study in music theory, composition, performance, and education at Sonoma State University, College of Marin, and Mills College and he has taught music privately as well as in school programs for more than 20 years.
JJ a.k.a. Jason Jones - has been performing, touring and playing professionally nearly 2 decades. He has produced albums, engineered for Lucas film Ltd., and works with many bands on performance. He shares his energy and music with the intent to interact and cultivate conscious vibes and energy. “I don’t like to perform for people, I like to play with them” he quotes. He brings a spontaneous fire and soulful approach to what he expresses to audiences. J.J. adds down home guitar grooves, alternate percussion, piano/keys, vocal stylings, free-style improve raps, and poetry to the Tom Finch Group. JJ is a music teacher at a private school in northern California, he also has a private practice. He is a graduate of Mills, California Recording Institute and CSUC.
Marc Carmi Smith Drummer, (www.mcarmi.com) has been anchored in the Bay Area music scene for 22 years (Tom Finch Group, The Jazz Iguanas, Pack of Wolves, Plethora, etc). Marc’s level of dedication to music and his instrument is evident from his playing. But his high level of attainment is not an accident — he has studied the drum set privately with some of the finest drummers on the planet; Jack DeJohnette, Trilok Gurtu, David Garibaldi, and Tony Williams. He has also studied at two of the best music schools in the US; North Texas State and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Marc possesses a restless desire to move forward, to improve his skills, to assimilate new music, and to push the limits of the music already in his repertoire.
Andius Jent Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, music has been part of Andius Jent’s life ever since he started playing classical piano at age seven. By age 15, he was proficient on acoustic bass and began performing with the school orchestra, getting his entrée into touring. He started playing rock and blues and then quickly transitioned to playing jazz, funk, and jazz fusion. In high school he started playing the guitar and studied jazz harmony, compositions, and concepts. Andius achieved acclaim with his funk jazz fusion band “Soup,” which was voted best jazz band in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1991- 1993 and best band in Charlestown, South Carolina in 1992. Soup opened up for such artists as Dr. John, Warren Haynes, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. In 1996 Andius moved to Seattle, Washington, to attend the Cornish College of the Arts where he studied music performance and composition with Julian Priester, Jim Knapp, Ron Simon, and Dave Peck. After graduating college with a B.A. in Music Performance, Andius toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and across the United States. In 2004 he released his first CD, ANDIUS to much acclaim. In 2005 Andius moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he enjoys playing in the Mill Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, jazz ensembles, contemporary jazz groups, and world music ensembles. Andius performs at music venues, corporate events, private parties, wineries, and restaurants. He also performs at music festivals such as Earthdance, Harmony Festival, and the Raw Spirit Festival. He released his solo bass CD, “Raptures of The Deep” in 2011.
ProfessorSlap aka Ben Isaacs – Percussionist has been playing music his whole life. Starting with violin at age 7, he went through trumpet, guitar, piano, voice, clarinet and saxophone during his youth. When 19, he was introduced to West African percussion. This started a passionate connection with hand percussion that has grown and expanded for the last 25 years. P-Slap has studied Djembe, Djunjun, Tama (talking drum), Sabar, Krin (slit log drum), Bougarabou (West African conga) and Balaphone (West African marimba) as well as more contemporary percussion. He’s traveled four times to West Africa to better understand the culture from which the music comes and to study with master percussionists there, as well as here in the USA. His teachers are from all ever West Africa and include Abdouli Diakite, Karamba Dioubate, Abdoul Doumbia, Mabiba Bagne, Sulemon Diop, Dibi Diop-Faye, Mohammed Camara, Moussa Traore, Diop Percussion, Bolocada Conde, Mamady Keita, Fara Tolna, and many more. He have played with various touring international artists including: Djaily Kunda Kouyate, Ibro Diabate, M’Balou Kante, Balla Tounkara, Karamba Diabate, Mohammed Kouyate, Lokole West and Central African Dance Ensemble, Delou West African Dance Ensemble, Panjea, Onye Onyamachi as well as leading his own original 14 piece urban Hip-Hop, soul, funk, jazz, West African group The Slaptones in California. He has also played (and still plays) for touring and local African dance teachers Naby Bangoura, M’Mah Toure, Allisane Kane, Assane and Oussaynou Kouyate, Nabi Camara, Mabiba Bagne, Yousouf Koumbassa, Alseny Soumey, Manjou Kone, Saidou Ba Camara and many more. He has taught and still teaches private and group lessons for both adults and children, performing from large venues to living rooms to school assemblies to festivals. For him, music is a language that has no boundaries, and he play with his full heart and soul behind every note expressed.
Charles Moselle is a multi-instrumentalist (piano, saxophones, flutes, drums,) and composer, having scored numerous films, plays, and dance works. He is also known for his unusual vocal stylings and bizarre theatrical characterizations (mongolian beatboxing, zombie operettas,etc.). He attended Lee Strasberg acting Institute and California Institiute of the Arts. Over the years Charles’s career has taken a number of interesting turns; as a music therapist he has worked with schizophrenics, incarcerated youth, and war veterans. His songs are performed at many Unity and Science of Mind Churches. He is currently producing a Zombie Musical Comedy, “Love Me or Die”, and a performance art piece where he plays an electronic tap dance floor (triggering drum sounds), saxophone, and piano, at the same time. He also continues on his lifelong quest for……………………. silence. Charles has performed with Robin Williams, Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra Jr., Bobby McFerrin, Stanley Clarke, and Eddie Henderson, just to name a few.