David Barrett (Harmonica) is the world's most published author of blues harmonica lesson material (over forty book/CD sets and videos published through Mel Bay Publications). Having played saxophone and trumpet for many years David already had a solid musical platform when he started to play the harmonica at age fourteen. By age sixteen he was already playing blues jam sessions and harmonica shows in the California Bay Area. By age eighteen he was studying music theory in college and started teaching harmonica at local music institutes. By age twenty he released his first book Building Harmonica Technique with Mel Bay Publications.
David is the founder of the Harmonica Masterclass Company (HMC). HMC specializes in harmonica products (cases, cables, etc.) and workshops for blues harmonica (focused on intermediate to professional players, as well teacher accreditation programs) since 1995. David is the program designer and main instructor of these classes; 20 to 250 participants attend his classes depending on program type and location.
David is also the founder of School of the Blues in San Jose, California. David and his instructors (Guitar, Bass, Organ/Keyboard/Piano, Vocals, and Drums) teach local private lessons and workshops as well as accepting fly-in lessons on a regular basis. David teaches on average fifty private students a month as well as home correspondence courses. He is also active in working with local hospitals teaching his Harmonica for Fun & Health classes to people with COPD (commonly Emphysema), asthma and heart disease.
Along with his workshops, private teaching and writing method material, David is an active writer for various publications. David writes a monthly column for Blues Revue Magazine called "Right On The Number," is the editor and writer for www.HarmonicaSessions.com and author of a Free eZine through HMC.
David performs regularly in the California Bay Area (San Francisco Blues Festival, Monterey Bay Blues Festival, etc.) and abroad (Chicago, Japan, etc.). Recently David played in the Mark Hummel Blues Harmonica Blowouts featuring James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, Mark Hummel and David. Through the years David has worked or played with Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Lee Oskar, Rod Piazza, James Harman, James Cotton, Gary Smith, Andy Just, Mark Ford, Billy Boy Arnold, Rick Estrin, Paul deLay, Jerry Portnoy, Gary Primich, Howard Levy, Magic Dick, Tom Ball, Sonny Jr., Annie Raines, Paul Oscher, Phil Wiggins, Brendan Power, Sam Myers, Snooky Pryor, Rob Paparozzi, Dennis Gruenling, Carlos del Junco, Mitch Kashmar, Joe Filisko, Jr. Watson, Nick Moss, Steve Freund, Johnny Cat and John Garcia. He now fronts the School of the Blues All-star Band featuring John Garcia on guitar and vocals. His latest CD is Serious Fun with John Garcia.
David is the world's most published author of the blues harmonica lesson material, revolutionizing the way the harmonica is now taught. He is always honing his skills and striving for excellence in everything that he does.
As a professional singer and guitarist for the last 30 years, John Garcia (Guitar) has performed with John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Johny Winters, Paul Simon and Huey Lewis. Bo Diddley once stated John as "one hell of an entertainer." As a blues guitarist, there are few his equal. Instrumental virtuosity coupled with a unique vocal style are his trademarks.
John has been teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area for 25 years now. His credentials include both private instruction and group instruction for places such as Gavilan College, South Valley Music Conservatory, Morgan Hill Adult Community School, and breakout sessions at Harmonica Masterclass Workshops all around the world.
Performance & Stage Appearances
· Lead Guitarist and Frontman with John Lee Hooker and The Coast to Coast Blues Band,1975-1980, while performing in the United States, Canada, Europe, and playing Carnigie Hall on April 10, 1979
· Opening act for John Lee Hooker, San Jose Center for Performing Arts in Concert Sept. 14, 1980
· Performed at J.J.'s Blues Festival/Barbecue (First Annual), August 22, 1987
· Played 9th Annual Fountain Blues Festival, John Garcia Band performing with Otis Rush, Earl Brown, Johnny Heartsman and Little John Chrisley, San Jose, Ca. May 7, 1989
· Monterey Blues Festival June 26, 1999. Featured with John Lee Hooker Jr. Band
· Gilroy Garlic Festival, 1979-1992
· Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1987
· Performed with Elvin Bishop at the Santa Cruz/Watsonville Fairgrounds, July 25, 1981
· Opening act for Huey Lewis and the News, performing with Little John Chrisley, March 18, 1983
· Opening act for Box Car Willie, Santa Clara County Fair, August 14, 1983
· Headline act, San Benito County Fair, Hollister, 1983 to 1988
· Opening act for Greg Kihn Band, with Little John Chrisley, March 9, 1984
· Performance with Little John Chrisley, Cherry Jubilee Festival, 1984
· Opened and backed Bo Diddley at the Rock'in Blues Sunday with Nick Gravenites and Gary Smith, San Jose County Fairgrounds, June 30, 1985
· Opened and backed Bo Diddley at the Old City Hall, Gilroy Ca. July 2, 1985
· Performed at Tapestry in Talent, San Jose, CA, Nov. 1, 1985 and 1987
· Jerry Lewis Telethon, San Jose Convention Center, with Deacon Jones, Sept. 2, 1985
· Backed Katie Webster at J.J.'s Lounge, San Jose, Ca. Nov. 1, 1985
· Monterey Bay Blues Festival (John Garcia Band), June 24, 1989
· Worked with the Fifth Dimension as a sideman, Pleasenton County Fair, July 7, 1989
· Solo opening act for the Coaster, Wheeler Auditorium, Gilroy, Ca. June 7, 1991
· South Valley Music Conservatory Faculty Concert (solo artist) Gavilan College Theater, Gilroy, Ca. June 3, 1993
· "John Lee Hooker Tribute", KKUP Benefit, downtown J.J.'s Club, Band Performance, June 11, 1995
· Harmonica Master Class, Backed Lee Oskar, Andy Just and Gary Smith, Morgan Hill Ca. Sept. 2, 1995
· Solo act, 10th anniversary, St. Catherine's Church, Reach Out Benefit, Morgan Hill Ca. 1996, 1997
· Dave Barrett and the Harmonica Master Class Workshop presents Legends of Blues Harmonica, Performances and Battle, San Jose Civic Auditorium, June 6, 1998: appeared at workshop, Hilton, San Jose Ca., with Gary Smith, Andy Just, Mark Ford, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Rick Estrin, James Harman, Billy Boy Arnold, and Lee Oskar, June 5, 6, and 7, 1998
· Blues on the Green Festival, Kincaid Park, Anchorage, Alaska, performing with John Lee Hooker, Jr., Bo Diddley, Otis Rushm, R.L. Burnside and Rod Piazza and the Mighty Fliers, June 13, 1998
· Napa Blues Festival with John Lee Hooker Jr. and his Blues Gang, July 4, 1998
· Legends of the Blues Harmonica, San Jose Montgomery Theater. June 12, 1999 - Performances and workshops. Worked with: Howard Levy, Magic Dick, Gary Smith, Lee Oskar, Jerry Portnoy, Andy Santana, Gary Primich, and David Barrett.
· Legends of the Blues Harmonica, San Jose Montgomery Theater. June 10, 2000 - Performances and workshops. Worked with: Paul Oscher, Mark Hummel, Lee Oskar, R.J. Mischo, Sonny Jr., David Barrett, Phil Wiggins, Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan, Brendan Power, and Annie Raines.
· Biscuit & Blues, July 29 - Featured w/John Lee Hooker Jr.
· Sly McFly's, October 6 2000 - John Garcia Blues Band
Recordings & Albums Featuring John Garcia
· Gary Smith Blues Band, 1970-1974
· Recorded an original tune "Johnny's Guitar Blues" on an E.P. featuring Gary Smith Blues Band on Messaround Label
· Featured as Lead Guitarist and Frontman on Blues Singer John Lee Hooker's L.P.(CD),The Cream, Tomato Records 1979
· Recording sessions with Paul Simon for movie sound track and album One Trick Pony, 1979
· Featured on John Lee Hooker's Rising Sun collection on Just a Memory Records, Recorded May 5, 1979 released 1994
· Performed in Mel Bay's Complete Classic Chicago Blues Harp Instructional Series (CD/Book), Dave Barrett (Harmonica), John Garcia (Guitar). Hillview Recording Studio, Morgan Hill, CA 1998
· Mel Bay's Basic Harmonica Method by Dave Barrett, (CD/Book) 1998
· John Lee Hooker Jr. There's a Struggle, CD single John Garcia (Guitar), John Lee Hooker Jr. (Vocals) 1998 unreleased.
John Garcia has worked or recorded with the following artists...
· Albert King
· B.B. King
· Canned Heat
· Big Moose
· Walker Kingston Trio
· Bobby Black
· Bud Dimock
· Robben Ford
· Al Kooper
· Eddie Taylor
· Don Cherry
· Buddy Guy
· Junior Wells
· Mark Naftalin
· James Cotton
· Humbert Sumlin
· Mel Brown
· Sunnyland Slim
· Big Mama Thorton
· Skip Rose
· Elvin Bishop
· Ronnie Barron
· John Mayall
· Katie Webster
· Lenny GoldSmith
· J. Geils Band
· Charlie Musselwhite
· S.P. Leary
· Luther Tucker
· The Chambers Brothers
· Steve Gadd
· Lee Oskar
· Bonnie Raitt
· John Hammond
· Greg Kihn Band
· Eric Gale
· John Belushi
· Huey Lewis and the News
· Clean Head
· Vinson Richard Tee
· Mose Allision
· Bo Diddley
· Towns Van Zandt
· Brownie McGhee
· Johnny Heartsman
· The Outlaws
· Sonny Terry
· Finis Tasby
· Muddy Waters
· Roomfull of Blues
· Norton Buffalo
· Paul Simon
· Otis Rush
· The Fith Dimension
· Earl Good
· Rockin Brown
· Mississippi Johnny Waters
· Mark Ford
· Buddy Miles
· The Coasters
· Walter Horten
· Albert Lee
· Billy Boy Arnold
· Nick Gravenites
· James Harman
· Johnny Winters
· Fred Roulette
Steve Czarnecki (Organ & Piano) came to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, he enrolled in the music programs at De Anza College and Hayward State while pursuing his career as a professional musician. In recent years, Steve has served as a staff accompanist at Cabrillo College in Aptos. He has taught piano and organ privately since 1976. He founded and directed the Jazz Jam Nite at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz for seven years. His years of performance have given him a wealth of practical musical experience while his formal studies have enlarged his knowledge beyond the limits of popular music. Steve's main objective in teaching is to help the student formulate and reach his or her own musical goals.
A little bit of trivia: Steve also plays jazz guitar. He was once Stanley Jordan's teacher at Draper's Music in Palo Alto.
Steve Czarnecki has performed professionally in the Bay Area since the early 70s. Over the years he's performed with artists such as Robben Ford, Mark Ford, Dave Garibaldi, Alphonse Mouzon, Kenny Rankin, Enie Watts and Barney Kessel. He was a founding member of the funk-soul band Spang-A-Lang. As the leader of his own band he has released four CDs: Two with his piano trio and two with his Hammond Organ group, Steve Czarnecki's Soul/Jazz Quintet. Fly Me to The Moon from the Soul/Jazz Quintet CD has been released by Capitol-EMI records on their best selling collection Dinner Party Two. The most recent recording, Soul Rendezvous, is playing on forty stations around the country and receiving rave reviews. Steve's groups have performed at the Monterey and San Jose Jazz Festivals and at KKSF's Catch a Rising Star Concert Series.
Frank De Rose (Bass), a fixture in the Bay Area blues scene, brings his 25 years of blues bass playing experience to the School of the Blues. During those 25 years Frank has been a band member with many of the areas top blues performers. That list includes Gary Smith, Tommy Castro, Mark Hummel, Kenny Ray, John Garcia, Mike Shermer, and Sid Morris. Through those associations Frank was in the position to be asked to provide his bass playing skills to a long list of national touring blues performers. That list includes Snooky Prior, Otis Rush, Johnny Heartsman, Little John Chrisley, Nick Gravenites, Andy Just, Chris Cain, Rusty Zinn, Jr., Watson, John Garcia, David Barrett, Jackie Payne, Larry Davis, Mississippi Johnny Waters, Johnny Adams, Luther Tucker, Curtis Salgado and many others.
A short list of Frank's notable performances include several San Francisco Blues Festivals along with several of the San Francisco Battle of the Harps. Frank also has multiple performances at the Monterey Blues Festival, San Jose State Fountain Blues Festival, and the JJ's Blues Festival. Frank also has appeared at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival, and the California Blues Legends show.
- We Are The Blues, School of the Blues All-Star Band Live in the Studio!
- Get It, Kenny Ray, Tone King records
- In All My Life, Kenny Ray, Jackie Payne and Jimmy Morello, JSP records
- Way Down in Memphis, Kenny Ray, tone King records
- Day in the Life of a Blues Man, Jackie Payne, JSP records
- Got Harp If You Want It, Various Artists, Paul Durkette, Blue Rock'it Records
- Complete Classic Chicago Blues Harp, David Barrett, Mel Bay Productions
Kevin Coggins (Drums) is in high demand as a drum instructor, performer and producer. Voted “Best Blues Drummer” in the San Francisco Bay area, Kevin’s list of performing credits reads like a “who’s who” of the blues world—Albert King (with whom he has recorded), James Cotton, Otis Rush, Lowell Fulson, Pinetop Perkins, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Boz Skaggs, and Steve Freund, to name but a few.
Although best known for his work with blues performing credits, Kevin is fluent and has taught in all major styles. He is a frequent guest teacher in schools where he works with both small and large ensembles. Kevin’s instruction approach focuses on overall musicianship and technique.
Kevin is an avid vintage drum collector and a well-known drum consultant. His drumming articles have appeared in “Not So Modern Drummer,” “Drums and Drumming” and “Music Referral.”
Phone/Fax (408) 247-6565 (Lessons at Lemon Percussion)
P.O. Box 9305 San Jose, CA 95157
1973 - 2003 Performance experience: concerts, music festivals; corporate events, nightclubs, educational seminars, radio, theater and television.
Highlights include drumming for: Albert King, James Cotton, Otis Rush, LaVerne Baker, Robert Lockwood Jr., Pinetop Perkins, Boz Skaggs, Lowell Fulson, Steve Freund, Luther Tucker, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musslewhite, Angela Strehli, Leon Hughes' Original Coasters, Trudy Lynn, Duke Jethro, Big Time Sarah, Dinah Shore, Larry “Arkansas” Davis, Earl “Good Rockin'” Brown, The Drifters, Sonny Rhodes, Johnny Dyers, King Ernest, Junior Watson, Guitar Shorty, Mark Naftalin, The Soul Drivers, C.P. Love, Mark Hummel, Jive Five, Gary Smith, Kenny “Blue” Ray, Jackie Payne, NiteCry, Rhythm Sheiks, Kaye Bohler, Cathy Lemons Blues Band, San Jose Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Gilbert and Sullivan Society of San Jose.
2002 - 2004 Faculty member - School of the Blues, San Jose, CA
1982 - 2004 Private Drum Instruction; Assistant Band Director for Albuquerque Public School System; Instructor and Clinician for numerous public schools in the South Bay Region.
Also Of Note:
Recording credits include: C For Chicago, Steve Freund, Delmark Records; A Day In The Life Of A Bluesman, Jackie Payne, JSP Records; In All Of My Life, Kenny “Blue” Ray, JSP Records; Bless My Axe, Kenny “Blue” Ray, Tone King Records; Run For Cover, NiteCry, Blue Rock’It Records; Dark Road, Cathy Lemons Blues Band, The Saloon Recordings; Men and Music, Kaye Bohler, KB Records.
Recordings as Producer: Kaye Bohler Blues Band, Kaye Bohler; The Jive Five, The Jive Five.
Executive Producer: Run For Cover, NiteCry.
Drum clinics and seminars on Blues Drumming and Blues as an American art form; Traditional and Contemporary Techniques for the Blues Drummer.
Music business management, publicist, promotion, industry relations, talent representative, music store sales.
South Bay Blues Awards, 1994 – received award for the category of "Best Blues Drummer”.
Articles published in Not So Modern Drummer (January 1998-1997), Drums and Drumming (July 1988, GPI Publications), Music Referral (June 1988).
Various recordings include: Live recordings with Albert King, Larry Davis, Margie Evans; numerous demos.
Electronic drum programming and performance.
1983 - 1986 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Music Studies: Advanced Percussion, Music Education, Music Theory, and Music History. Performance Groups: Percussion Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Marimba Band, and Marching Band.
1982 - 1983 San Jose City College, San Jose, CA
Music Studies: Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory, Music History and Piano.
Performance Groups: Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band.