Marcus Williams. electric and nylon string guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion.
As a bassist, he has played jazz, r&b, and other types of music with a number of musical talents including Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Billy Taylor, Bobby Hebb, and Grady Tate, as a member of the Orchestrated Crowd, a jazz orchestra in Nashville, Tennessee.
Over the years he has performed on a number of television and radio programs with various musicians and vocalists. He has composed, arranged, and performed for documentary videos and radio commercials. He is responsible for the original compositions and arrangements performed on Gulfview Boulevard. He plays electric bass with the "Moonlighters", a Washington, D.C. based blues band. They have performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Capitol Hill, and the Virginia Wine Festival.
Marcus has recorded several CDs with Lisa Grant Duguid, performing as Marcus & Lisa. These recordings include Jazz, Romance, and Passion, Paris Underground, and Retro Blue. He currently leads the Marcus Williams Trio with Randy Lema and Barry Robinson.
Meritxell Negre. vocals.
Meritxell is a beautiful, soulful songwriter and vocalist with a culturally rich and diverse outlook on life.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, she embarked on an artistic journey, which took her to Nashville, Tennessee. While there she collaborated with writers and vocalists to enhance her skills and extend her vocal boundaries. In 1996 she signed a publishing and production contract with EMI Publishing Inc. This led to the opportunity to collaborate on writing a number of songs, allowing her to improve her writing, recording and producing skills.
Meritxell has since journeyed to the Washington, DC, area where she has collaborated with new savvy vocalists and writers. As a result of this move her style is even more diversified and her skills have ascended to another level.
Randy Lema. acoustic bass, upright electric bass, bass guitar.
Randy studied under jazz bass virtuoso Keter Betts. Randy is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and started playing classical guitar at age seven. He studied bass under Prof. Herb Smith and was a member of the Tom Cunningham Orchestra.
While at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee he studied bass with Edgar Myer and played with Jerry Green, Willy Aiken, Joe Viviano, Prince Wells, John Greely, Justin Lees, and Peter Edelman. He has performed in San Francisco and St. Louis, as well as in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Russell Lyles. alto saxophone.
Russell Lyles is a long time collaborator with Marcus Williams and his various ensembles. He is a musician who strives for excellence, and yet makes his music accessible without compromising his art. Whether it be jazz, pop, fusion, r&b, hip hop, or African rhythm, he brings his unique style to the music and makes it a memorable experience for the listener.
He has performed on CDs of numerous artists and adapts his style to each project with sincerity and a practiced knowledge.
Rob Maletick. soprano saxophone.
Born and raised in the Washington D.C. suburb of Manassas Virginia, Rob was able to surround himself with music at an early age. Having
music teachers for parents didn't hurt either. After High School, Shenandoah University became Rob's home for 4 years. Learning about the Music Business and Jazz Performance there put him in numerous situations in which he was able to perform with legends Billy Taylor, Bob Berg, and Randy Brecker. Rob credits saxophone professor Joe Eckert with guiding his playing in the right direction throughout the college years.
As a performer, Rob Maletick can be seen opening shows for the Neville Brothers, Donnie McClurin, Spyro Gyra, and Shirely Ceasar. Rob even served as musical director for the TV production 8101 (MHZ Network) where he backed up Rap artist Coolio for an on air performance.
Adam Williams. drums.
Adam began playing drums at age 6 when he would climb on the drum throne and bang away on drums after his dad's band finished rehearsal.
Since that time Adam has had formal and informal drum instruction and made his professional debut at age age 13 at the Fairfax County Fair. He performed on Gulfview Boulevard while a student at Charleston College in Charleston, SC. He is the drummer for Meeting Reid, a ska, rock, funk, and jazz band.
Barry Robinson. drums
Barry has been a fixture in the Washington, DC music scene for many years and has performed with numerous bands covering a variety of styles including jazz, Latin, hip hop, r&b, and go go. He is the current drummer for the Marcus Williams Trio.
Gulfview Boulevard was inspired by the musical and cultural influences of places along or close to the Gulf of Mexico - particularly New Orleans, Florida's Gulf Coast, Havana, Cuba, Key West, and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Imagine the havoc and destruction wrought by the tropical storms and hurricanes of 2005 - Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Then consider that Hurricane Katrina's destructive force alone has changed New Orleans forever. When local musicians departed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a gaping hole was left in the cultural fabric of New Orleans. On this CD we celebrate the resilience of the people of New Orleans, and those living near the Gulf of Mexico. We recognize their many contributions that have so enriched our culture.
Cissy Strut and Didn't Plan for This pay homage to New Orleans, a city that will always be close to me because of family ties and for the good and bittersweet times spent there.
Tito Puente's Oye Como Va covers the CD's Afro-Cuban influences, and Maria Marina, a Latin-flavored original, was inspired by that part of the Yucatan Peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico.
The title track, Gulfview Boulevard, and Key West Time, are originals that come from time spent in the Clearwater Beach/Tampa Bay area, and Key West - all on Florida's gulf coast.
What s Going On expresses the bewilderment we experienced after the hurricanes and tropical storms of 2005, and the need to recognize what we will lose if we don t dedicate ourselves to rebuilding the devastated Gulf region.
Poinciana, Killing Me Softly, and On Green Dolphin Street continue the Gulf Coast celebration with gentle tropical rhythms and a nod to the jazz roots that lie beneath these standards.