Stephen Bock — Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
Born and raised in Los Angeles (the ‘Valley’ to be exact), Stephen Bock has been playing guitar since he was 8 years old. The inspiration for his desire to pick up the instrument: hearing James Taylor’s Fire and Rain. He was so moved and amazed by the incredible sound the acoustic guitar could make, he spent the next several years sitting in solitary confinement in his bedroom with a guitar on his lap and a record player (remember those?) on his shelf, learning the playing style of James Taylor. Through the years he has performed in many of LA’s premiere clubs and has fronted several bands, both cover and original. He has been honored with two original composition awards from the USA Songwriting competition. He is thrilled to have found 5 other incredible musicians who share his love of JT’s music and passion for playing it.
Darryl Lieberstein — Bass Guitar/Vocals
Darryl has been playing bass guitar since he was thirteen years old. His first bass was a re-strung 6 string guitar that he turned into a bass — a little light on the low notes, but it worked! He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theory and Composition and has toured, recorded and performed live playing all types of music from Pop to the Blues and Rock & Roll. He met his wife singing “Sweet Baby James” and lives in the city where they met, which doesn’t get any better than that! He saw James Taylor way back in the 70’s, and the music that night has inspired him to this day. Now that he gets to play these songs with good friends who share the passion for this great music, “It’s a joy each and every time we play!”
Preston Gould — Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Percussion/Vocals
Preston began playing the trumpet shortly before his birth in Skokie Illinois, and continued throughout junior high, high school and college, where he played in the University of Illinois jazz band. Coming to Los Angeles in 1975 to thaw out, Preston played jazz along with a stint in a blues band. For 12 years he played guitar, sang and recorded four CD’s in the duo “Clean & Jerk”. Preston is now regarded as one of the areas foremost, carbon-based trumpet and flugelhorn players. Whether jazz, blues or soft rock, he looks forward to entertaining similar carbon-based entities in the near future.
Sheryl Braunstein — Vocals/Percussion
Sheryl has been singing since her early teens. Among her influences are Carole King, Laura Nyro and The Roches. Over the last several years, Sheryl has been singing solo at several venues throughout the Los Angeles area. She has found joy singing contemporary Jewish spiritual music as well as sharing her own musical compositions. Sheryl’s CD, The Dove, released in March, 2006, contains original, spiritual and secular music. In addition to this, Sheryl is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in her private practice.
Clark Pardee — Drums
Clark grew up in a family of musicians. His earliest recollection of the drums was of his father setting up his old set in their house in the suburbs of Detroit. Once old enough to take lessons, Clark started studying in the school bands and orchestras. This, coupled with his father taking him to see some the instrument’s greatest players (Krupa, Rich, Jo Jones), would seem to pretty much guarantee a music “lifer.” Clark has played, recorded and toured on both coasts and a few states in between. After taking some time off from music, salvation appeared at a friend’s birthday party – an impromptu jam that found Clark sitting behind a drum kit again. That was all it took (well that and a very supportive wife) – and he is playing with the same love and enthusiasm that he’s always felt for music. “There’s just nothing like the sheer joy one feels creating music with like-minded musicians.”
Dev Dosaj — Keyboards/Vocals
A native of Los Angeles, Dev has played piano since early childhood. He and Stephen have been friends since 1980 and have collaborated on many musical projects over the years, including both cover and original material. Classically trained, Dev has released three classical music CD’s, the latest being a collection of songs and choral works based on the poetry of Walt Whitman. He composed an orchestral overture which won the 1999 Valley Symphony Composition competition, and has had his music performed by several orchestras in the Los Angeles area and Hawaii.