18 Players Strong

Each of us comes from very different musical backgrounds, but we have one thing in common – a love for Steely Dan music.

DAVE ADLER
DAVE ADLERMUSICAL DIRECTOR, KEYBOARDS, VOCALS

“Steely Dan’s Aja was a seminal album for me.”

Dave’s book/CD, “The Total Keyboard Player,” was released in 2011. Dave’s musical clients include Apple, Comedy Central (Upright Citizens Brigade), MTV, Second City, and Universal Pictures.

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DAVE STOLER
DAVE STOLERMUSICAL DIRECTOR, KEYBOARDS

“I first heard Steely Dan over an AM car radio from a local station.”

Isthmus Magazine’s Jazz Personality of the Year, keyboardist and musical director Dave Stoler is based in Madison, WI, but you’ll frequently find him gigging in the best jazz clubs of New York City.

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JOEY BANKS
JOEY BANKSDRUMS

“I memorized the drum parts for the entire AJA album when I was in High School”

Joey B. Banks is a performer, music producer, music educator, 2010 and 2011 Grammy nominated drummer, and the 2014 and 2015 Madison Area Music Association Drummer/Percussionist of the Year.

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BIFF BLUMFUMGAGNGE
BIFF BLUMFUMGAGNGEVOCALS

“Aja for me was an album that I listened to over and over, back to front. To be able to sing some of those tunes, and give them life with Steely Dane is an incredible joy for me.”

Biff Blumfumgagnge created (and rocks weekly with) Madison’s favorite live karaoke/cover band The Gomers and has played, produced, recorded or toured with luminaries such as King Crimson, Les Paul, Emo Phillips, Natty Nation, Robert Fripp, Willy Porter, Clyde Stubblefield,

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JAMES PIE COWAN
JAMES PIE COWANPERCUSSION

“As a percussionist I was drawn to Steely Dan’s iconic hit “Do It Again.”

Pie first became aware of Steely Dan in 1973. Their album “Can’t Buy a Thrill” was released the previous year. I was going to school at NTSU in Denton, Texas during this time and the band performed a stadium gig which was not very good.

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JIM DOHERTY
JIM DOHERTYTRUMPET

“I love the Steely Dan…they’re so smooth.”

Jim Doherty can not only rip off a blazing trumpet solo, he can also build you a beautiful deck. As the resident band carpenter, Jim spends his days building things with his hands, and then swaps the hammer for some brass at night.

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AL FALASCHI
AL FALASCHITENOR SAX, VOCALS

“WIth two older sisters that controlled the stereo, I have fond memories of cleaning the house on Saturdays listening to Steely Dan.”

Born and raised in a musical family in the middle of Milwaukee and Chicago, Al must have fell in love with music in the womb. His father taught himself how to play drums and piano and had Al holding drum sticks as soon as he was able. His two older sisters sang and played the piano.

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FREEDY JOHNSTON
FREEDY JOHNSTONVOCALS

“Any songwriter can certainly appreciate the dark, sardonic wit of Steely Dan’s lyrics.”

Freedy Johnston is a New York City-based singer-songwriter originally from Kinsley, Kansas. He has scored several hits since the early 1990’s, most notably “Bad Reputation.” But Freedy’s songs go much deeper than that often describing troubled loners, heartbreak, alienation and disappointment.

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CLAY KONNOR
CLAY KONNORALTO SAX, EWI

“Steely Dan songs are really the soundtrack of my childhood.”

Clay Konnor is a Milwaukee-based sax and EWI (Electronic Woodwind Instrument) player, but it seems like you’ll more often find him in Madison, where he has been part of the music scene for more than 30 years.

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COURTNEY LARSEN
COURTNEY LARSENTROMBONE

“What can I say? I always wanted to tour the Southland in a traveling minstrel show.”

Being the youngest of three who was born in the mid 70s, Courtney was destined for a life filled with the music of her older siblings. “I actually have to credit them with my musical tastes” she would say. Her family is filled with entertainers.

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PHIL LYONS
PHIL LYONSBASS

“Before Steely Dan I was always running out of petrol. Now I’m excited that yes, there’s gas in the car!”

Bassist “Philbourne” has performed or recorded with Freedy Johnston, Firetown, Clyde Stubblefield, The O’bros and Emmettville. In addition to Steely Dane, Phil plays trombone with The VO5 Disco-Funk All Stars and Primitive Culture.

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ALISON MARGARET
ALISON MARGARET BACKING VOCALS

“A live version of Reelin’ in the Years captured the attention of Alison when she was young and that led to an adoration for the musical complexity of Steely Dan. “

Alison Margaret is a renown and lauded jazz and blues vocalist. Among other endeavors, she leads the Alison Margaret Jazz Quintet,

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MIKE MASSEY
MIKE MASSEYVOCALS

“Broadway Duchess,
darling if you only knew “

Michael Massey is a composer, singer, songwriter, pianist, performer, and producer who has written or collaborated on over 300 rock, pop, country, and instrumental songs as well as composing and performing the score for the full length, “Dracula; A Rock Ballet.”

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THOMAS MATTIOLI
THOMAS MATTIOLIMALLETS

“Growing up on the sales floor at American TV in the 70’s, Steely Dan’s high-fidelity music was the ‘go-to’ choice for selling stereos.”

Tom Mattioli grew up in Madison, Wisconsin plaing piano and drums. Then, around age 18, he fell in love with the vibraphone.

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JAY MORAN
JAY MORANGUITARS, VOCALS

“To me Steely Dan’s music is the ultimate in musicianship, sly lyrics and amazing melodic content.”

Jay Moran is a very active Madison-area musician/singer/songwriter and producer. He is a music geek well versed in the 70’s and early 80’s rock-soul-jazz world. He is a founding member of The O’bros, Emmettville, Know It All Boyfriends, and an accomplished solo artist.

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MEGAN MORAN
MEGAN MORANBACKING VOCALS

“I got to know Steely Dan during family vacations in my Dad’s mini van, where I sang along with the background vocals and excelled at misunderstanding the lyrics.”

A Madison native, Megan studied voice and music education at Lawrence University. In 2004 she was awarded a Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Outstanding Solo Singing in the College Vocal Jazz category.

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DENNIS SHEPHERD
DENNIS SHEPHERDGUITARS, VOCALS

“My eccentric friend introduced me to the deep cuts of Steely Dan when I was about 15 years old.”

Dennis earned his first professional gig in his early teens with local variety favorite Strange Brew. Throughout late ‘80’s and ‘90’s Dennis performed with Wisconsin favorites At Large, Kidd Gloves, famed WAPL and Green Bay Packers radio parody The Wedgies,

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ANDY WALLMAN
ANDY WALLMANVOCALS

“I think I still have my Gaucho cassette.”

As the youngest of five kids, my siblings’ music was my music. And that included mooching every Steely Dan record until hard-earned paper route money allowed me to purchase a cassette of Gaucho.

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