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The Rhythm Section!

This is where it all begins, or falls apart!

The drummers and bass players lay down the groove, or nothin' else is gonna happen!

This site features RealAudio sound clip files from the musicians at the jams.

Here I am, onstage with drummer Dexter Morgan, during a first set jam at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar.

Dexter is one of several drummers that have migrated to Houston from Atlanta. Don't know what this trend means...but I'm sure this means something!

As the house bass player, I often get to play bass for 2-3 hours during the night. If there are too many bassists on any given night, I just take out my stratocaster! It's a blast to play with so many people, having to survive with my ears...or else! gds9/96

I finally got a picture of Roger!

Roger Tausz is one of the finest bass players I've ever heard. I may be biased, because I've never had a better friend than Roger.

He's currently engineering at Digital Services Recording Studio (SCARFACE & ZZ TOP are recent clients) and playing bass for both THE SISTERS MORALES and Jack Saunders.

Roger and his beautiful wife, Rosie, live close to Dan Electro's Guitar Bar in the Houston Heights. .... gds12/96

Chris Bakos was the bass player in THE ALLISON FISHER ORCHESTRA, the original house band at the BIG EASY Wednesday night Jam.

Chris is an excellent bass player, and currently plays with Rick Lee & the NightOwls (when he isn't busy with his own project, 'The Guinness Lovers'.

Chris is one of my first reccommendations when I get a call for a gig on a night when I'm allready booked, because of his ear and quickness. .... gds4/97

Beth Medford plays conga drums and adds a lot to the rhythm section whenever she shows up.

Beth also sings, but doesn't often do so at these jams.

I don't really know why... .... gds12/96

Richard Cholakian, is one of my favorite drummers. The kid's a natural!

Whenever the other musicians onstage take off to musical parts unknown, Richard has the ability to go with us, yet be right in-sync/on-beat when we come back!

Richard is playing with the Houston Community College jazz lab band this semester. Richard and I often play together (along with Teri Greene) with SONNY JAMES & the SINNERS. gds8/96


Terry Dry is currently playing bass with Bert Wills.

Before that, he was often the house bass player at Dan Electro's (before me).

Terry plays any style, and has an excellent ear. When I've played guitar and sung at the blues jam with Terry playing bass, I've never worried for a moment that a change might be missed or that the bottom could fall out.

He's always there. Terry's a good bass player! gds10/96


Cletus plays bass in the house band at THE BIG EASY on Wednesday nights. He's a former child prodigy from the Rio Grande Valley, and plays the blues (as well as many styles) with a feel that belies his age and appearance. This guy is a monster, yet he's the kind of monster that you don't really notice until after he has walked all over you!

He plays with THE HOLLISTERS on other nights. He's tasteful and he has the chops. gds10/96

Kevin 'Snit' Fitzpatrick, from Houston via Atlanta (this time of year, he's busy cheering his Braves in the post-season), is the drummer half of the rhythm section for the Big Easy Blues Band - as well as for the popular Houston band, 'THE HOLLISTERS'.

He lays down a 4real solid groove that allows me (and the other bass players) to have a lot of fun when playing with him.

On a really good night, Snit WILL grab the mic and front the band to sing one of his songs. gds9/96


Larry Evans plays bass. I don't know him well enough to say a lot more, but he plays bass rather well.

Larry has played with me a few times at the jam, and he's been solid.

At the jam, one must listen a lot when playing, and unlike a lot of the jammers, Larry's ear is well developed.

His new orange P-Bass looks great with the new black pickguard.

His Jazz bass was just refinished, and I liked it so much that I've decided to put up an 'Axe of the Month Homepage' and feature it first. .... gds12/96


John Chupin is an excellent drummer. He's a lot of fun to play with, and on occasion he's taught me a new thing (or two) about my own songs.

John is a drummer who seems to constantly rearch for a side of the beat that rest of us haven't discovered yet.

At the jams, he will often playfully throw in little drum things to create a musical tension which forces the other musicians to listen and respond.

John's band, MOSES GUEST, has just released their first CD. gds10/96



Stevie Wilson grew up in the same neighborhood that I did, although our three year age difference meant that we traveled in different circles, and didn't really know each other back then.

Stevie is a fine rock and blues drummer, with one of the better ears - the ability to hear what the other guys are playing - around these jams. He works elsewhere too much to be house drummer at the jams, but he's a welcome treat when he shows up to play! gds9/96




Mike Scott is a solid bassman who locks on to a to a bass pattern like a pit bull locks on when it bites. He doesn't let go!

Mike's band, ROADSIDE CAFE, plays the gulf coast area, as they have for several years. gds9/96


I'll be adding more photos as they are taken, submitted and scanned...

This site features RealAudio sound clip files from the musicians at the jams.

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