BERNARD PURDIE was born June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland as the eleventh of fifteen children. Purdie began already as a six-year-old to bang out rhythms on improvised equipment. At 14 years of age he purchased his first real drum set and became the most important provider for the family - earning his pay with country and carnival bands. This "schooling" enabled Purdie to "feel my way into nearly every kind of music, 'cause I had to know all styles and was never afraid to try something new." Purdie moved to New York in 1960 after finishing high school and played with (among others), Lonnie Youngblood before landing his first hit with King Curtis. This led to his engagement with Aretha Franklin in 1970 - the beginning of an unparalleled career. Since then, Purdie has been a regular guest in the studios of the stars of Jazz, Soul, and Rock, working together with Paul Butterfield as well as Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren and Cat Stevens, as well as regularly producing his own solo albums under his own name. Which musician did Aretha Franklin definitely NOT want missing from the line-up when she recorded her most inspired albums at the beginning of the seventies Who provided the back-beat for Steely Dan's "Aja", and for whom have Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B. King, "Sweet" Lou Donaldson, Joe Cocker and Hank Crawford reserved that stool behind the drum kit? The list is incomplete, it must be, because no other drummer in the last three decades has seen the interior of a recording studio as often as Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. The 57 year-old native of Elkton, Maryland has laid down the beat on over 3000 albums to date. This short list does however, prove an idea of the unique qualities this man possesses. Colleagues describe the drummer's style as the "funkiest soul beat" in the business, and Purdie has decidedly never limited his talents to the realm of jazz but rather has consistently sought out new musical experiences beyond it's borders. He has anchored sessions with the Rolling Stones, James Brown and Tom Jones with equal ease and proven that - with all his attention to precision playing - terms such as "drive" and "GROOVE" are definitely not missing from his vocabulary. Purdie's latest release is "Jersey Blue," with Gene McCormick and Jack Hoban where he demonstrates his talents, not only as a drummer, but also as a producer.
GENE MCCORMICK. For decades Gene’s talent and charisma has energized audiences throughout the United States and abroad. He has shared the stage with notables such as; Isaac Hayes, B.B.King, Miles Davis, Greg Allman, Jimi Hendrix, Billy, Preston, Bruce Springsteen, Etta James, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye and many others. Born with an innate ability to please an audience regardless of the genre, his love for music and performing stems from his soul and desire to serve!
Starting in the late 60’s, Gene moved to New York and formed an original band with a horn infused rhythm and blues/funk sextet “Jam Factory” which kept the New Yorkers dancing in the groove; thus earning him a recording contract with Epic Records. He also recorded a Solo Album in 1996 on Malikah Records and in 1999 was signed by Thy Sound Records were he recorded an album called “Saxified Holy.” Gene and Jack Hoban have a new original CD out called “Jersey Blue,” featuring Bernard Purdie on the drums! The Jersey Blue CD has a broad appeal running from R&B to Jazz to Rock and even a bit of Country! Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, and a Masters in Social Work,Gene has also served as an assistant Band Director at Bethune-Cookman University, and Adjunct Professor at Kean University. Currently, he is a Musician for the St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Jacksonville. His present endeavor is total commitment to a Gospel Album that includes a myriad of genres. Gospel, Jazz, Rock, R&B, Funk, Reggae, Latin and World Beats influences this man’s music. Gene does it all!
JACK HOBAN is a New Jersey based musician who has played the Shore circuit and New York City Clubs since the early 90's. He is known for his unique sound - both vocally & on the guitar. He writes a wide range of music, from stirring ballads to the funky, bluesy music of his band, Rogues on the run. The Rogues are currently playing the Jersey Shore, and have opened for BB King. They have 2 CDs. Jack was co-founder, with Gene McCormick, of "Jersey Blue" (Bernard Purdie on drums). Before that he was a member of Philadelphia-based "Windfall," who opened for KISS. Jack also has a solo CD called BellaMar.