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Band Bios

 

Barbara Bock
vocals
 

Barbara Bock is a dynamic vocalist who is constantly working on new material. She sings with a fresh style that holds your attention and doesn’t beckon for comparisons. Her diverse background includes performances in clubs, on the stage, television and in the recording studio. Born in upstate New York, Barbara began singing as a young child in church choirs and in school performances. She then went on to study voice at University of Buffalo. For the past ten years, she has been singing in such venues as The Goodspeed Opera House, Resorts International, Bally’s and Caesar’s. Barbara’s vocal’s can be heard on CD’s such as Jordan Rudess’ Listen, Rob Silvan’s Top Banana featuring Randy Brecker, and Bock & Blu’s I Hide My Face Like This... which also features some of her songs. She can also be heard on the nationally televised commercial for Great White Paper, which premiered during the 1998 World Series.     Listen to the commercial here.

 

 

Gary Blu
band leader, saxes, flute, guitar &
vocals *

Gary grew up in New Rochelle, NY playing at local clubs and giving private lessons from the time he was 16. After graduating from SUNY Binghamton with a degree in music composition, he attended graduate courses at The New School in commercial arranging and audio engineering. He worked alongside Donald Fagen as assistant arranger and music copyist with The New York Rock & Soul Revue, featuring Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Phoebe Snow, and Chuck Jackson. Since then, he has done the same for all of the Steely Dan tours, as well as music copyist for Steely Dan's Grammy winning Two Against Nature, Donald Fagen's solo record Kamakiriad and Walter Becker's 11 Tracks of Whack. Some of his horn arrangements can be heard on Steely Dan's live album Alive In America. Gary was involved in Steely Dan's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and can be seen on the PBS special Two Against Nature, Steely Dan's Plush TV Jazz-Rock Party. Gary also had the pleasure to work briefly alongside the late Gerry Mulligan re-arranging music for Mulligan's tentet. Gary's diverse experience also includes live performances and recordings with many local artists. His most recent endeavor includes the formation of Hybrid Records and the release of Bock & Blu's I Hide My Face Like This... which showcases Gary's composing, arranging, and performance.


Gary at the Steely Dan rehearsal for their 2000 World Tour

 

 


Timmy Maia

vocals
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Timmy grew up in Waterbury, CT singing since he was a toddler. As a teenager he began honing his skills as a member of a Gospel Quartet and in various local clubs. He has subsequently been a staff singer for Sony Records, has had an original composition on "90210" as well as a music video on BET T.V.  Timmy's vast studio experience has found him in recording studios all over the country. He is currently completing his second CD of original music. Although he loves the studio process, Timmy thrives on live performance and the energy of a live audience. Besides local venues, he has opened for the likes of Freddie Jackson, Phyllis Hyman and Brian McKnight, just to name a few. Timmy and (Bock & Blu keyboardist) Jay Rowe have been working together on various projects since 1998. Timmy became a full time member of Bock & Blu in 2002.

 

 


Paul Adamy

bass *
 

Besides laying down a fat groove with the Bock & Blu Band, Paul has also found time to play on TV themes, Broadway shows ("Mamma Mia", "Seussical", "Saturday Night Fever", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Footloose", "Smokey Joe's Cafe", "Kat & The Kings"), radio jingles and record dozens of CDs. Paul was the bassist for the "Cosby Show" for four years and went on to play bass on the spin-offs "A Different World" and "Here & Now", both on NBC. His bass can also be heard on "Extra", "People's Court", "Jenny Jones Show", "ABC's Wide World of Sports", "CBS This Morning", "Street Stories" with Ed Bradley, "Good Morning America", "The Today Show" and "The Jane Whitney Show". Paul has also played with artists as diverse as Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, The Paul Winter Consort, Gladys Knight, Freddie Jackson, Dave Weckl, Judy Collins, Angela Bofill, Ben E. King and Alvin Ailey. He has appeared at the Lilith Fair & Woodstock (1998) Festivals. His bass can also be heard on many CD's on the Palmetto label with Loose Shoes, Matt Balitsaris, Mindy Jostyn, C'est What?!, Lili Anel, Cornelius Bumpus, Arthur Lipner and more.

 



Andy Abel

guitar & vocals *
 

Andy grew up in Norwalk, CT playing guitar since he was 9 years old. He was fortunate to have the opportunity to study with the late guitar guru Linc Chamberland for 8 yrs. In 1995, Andy won the Connecticut Guitar Contest, sponsored by Wood Doctor Products and 95.9 FOX radio. Besides teaching guitar himself for over twenty yrs, Andy has performed with Dave Valentin, Chieli Minucci, Chuck Loeb as well as with world renowned songwriter Chip Taylor (Wild Thing, Angel Of The Morning) with Late Night drummer Anton Fig and Bruce Hornsby’s David Mansfield. He has also opened for Jan Hammer, Leslie West, & Michael Bolton as well as playing on various radio and TV spots working with, Danny Gottlieb, Mark Egan and Andy Newmark. Andy can be heard on recording’s by the band Aftertouch as well as Bock & Blu’s, I Hide My Face Like This…Although working both in the studio and live with Bock & Blu since 1992, it wasn’t until 2000 that Andy became a full time member.

 

  


Jay Rowe

keyboards *
 

Jay grew up in Milford, CT playing piano since he was 10 years old and playing in bands since he was 12. Since graduating with a Jazz Studies Performance degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, Jay has performed with, as well as composed music for, jazz artists Nelson Rangell, Angela Bofil, Special EFX, and Marion Meadows, just to name a few. Jay also has three CDs out under his own name and has performed with his own group sharing bills with the likes of David Benoit, The Rippingtons, Najee, Candy Dulfer and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Although Jay has worked with members of Bock & Blu for the better part of 15 years, Jay finally became a full time member in 2000.

 

 


Brian Doherty

drums
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Brian grew up in Randolph, New Jersey playing drums since he was 7 years old. He received both a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music. Since then he has performed with the B-52s, R.E.M., Hootie & The Blowfish, Blues Traveler, Elvis Costello, They Might Be Giants, M2M (touring with Jewel), as well as many other international acts. In addition to extensive jingle work, movie soundtrack, and orchestral experience, he also has been on the faculty of The Drummer's Collective in NYC and has taught at many drum clinics throughout the US. Brian first worked with Bock & Blu in 1996 and became a member of the group in 2002.

 

 


Tony Kadleck
trumpet & flugelhorn *
 

Tony has one of Bock & Blu’s most diverse credentials. He graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 1989, and has since toured with Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Blood Sweat & Tears, Donna Summer, Buddy Rich, and Michel Camilo just to name a few. He has also performed with Aretha Franklin, Tower Of Power, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti Austin, and Jeffrey Osborne. Tony’s recording credentials include Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Gladys Knight, and Dizzy Gillespie. He's "THE" guy that everyone wants in NYC. You just can't do better than that. Tony has been a part of Bock & Blu since 1987.

 

 


Rick Trager

trombone *
 

Rick has lived in the tri-state area all his life and received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Bridgeport. He toured internationally with Buddy Rich, playing lead trombone for the year preceding Buddy’s death and can be heard on Buddy’s memorial CDs & videos, Burning for Buddy. Rick has also performed with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Blood Sweat & Tears, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, and Sammy Davis Jr. He has played on Broadway & toured the United States and Europe with various Broadway musicals including Me & My Girl, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the Ziegfield Follies. Rick has been a member of Bock & Blu since 1987.

Here's a very special close-up picture of our horn section

 

Maydie Myles 


Maydie Myles
vocals

Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Maydie Myles began playing piano and singing gospel in the church her father pastored. Maydie’s desire to sing jazz and rhythm and blues led to engagements at night clubs around Norfolk, Hampton and Virginia Beach. After signing with Decca Records she received Record World ‘s Most Promising Female Vocalist award. Maydie was rated on Billboard’s R&B Chart and on American Bandstand. She also recorded for Clive Davis. Maydie has performed and/or recorded with Jimmy McGriff, The Holmes Brothers, Blues Brothers Band, and Cornelius Bumpus. Maydie continues to sing at clubs and functions throughout the Tri-State area. She is a jingle singer for JSM Music and Crushing — two of the largest jingle houses in New York. This association produced finals for such products as Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, EasySpirit, Fisher Price, Embassy Suites, Sirius Satellite Radio, J.C. Penny, Smirnoff Ice, Popeye’s Chicken and Ford.

 

Emedin Rivera 


Emedin Rivera

percussion

Emedin was raised in Puerto Rico learning percussion from his father and uncle. It didn't take long for him to become one of the islands most sought after percussionists. He has performed live with Harry Belafonte, Gregory Hines, Paquito De Rivera, Vicki Sue Robinson, Angela Bofill, Gloria Gaynor, Ben E. King, Menudo, Dave Samuels and Dave Valentin just to name a few. He has recorded with Larry Coryell, Bob James, Chuck Mangione, Nelson Rangell and many others. He has also written articles for both Modern Drummer and Modern Percussionist magazines, appeared on the CBS Morning Show, Showtime at the Apollo, and the Joan Rivers Show, and played on a couple of movie soundtracks. Gary Blu first worked with Emedin in 1999 and was blown away by his groove and sensitivity. Emedin became a member of Bock & Blu in 2002.

 

 
*Photo by
Leffand Studio

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