You can add Mike Whren to the long list of solid Bass players to come from Philadelphia. Like all musicians from the area, he grew up listening to All the artists from Philly International, Motown and R&B from the 70's. His Bass influences through the years include such masters as, James Jamerson, Stanley Clarke, Verdine White, Gerald Veasley, and Geddy Lee. No that was not a typo. Over the years Mike has played and in many genres such as Blues, R&B/Funk, Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Reggae, Country, Classical (on upright), and even a touch of Punk. He believes that any musician, especially Bass players have to have an open mind and immerse themselves in whatever style they are playing . "Make the music FEEL like you have been playing that style all of your life."
After three semesters at Berklee College of Music in the Instrumental Performance Program, Neil Simpkins has been playing in the Philadelphia area for more than 40 years. This includes a year on the road with Chubby Checker throughout North America and a soda commercial with Patty Smythe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEJJumUq5hI). He plays Blues, Rock, Americana, Reggae, Country, Jazz Standards, R&B/Funk.
Rich Budesa is one of the most in demand Keyboardists on the current music scene. He is a master Hammond B3 Organist, Pianist and Synthesizer player. He is fluent in all styles of music including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Latin, Gospel, and R&B/Funk. Rich is not only a dynamic instrumentalist, he is also a vocalist as well as a composer. His compositions have been featured on NPR Radio and American Routes & Jazz Night in America. He has performed and recorded with some of the greats in the music industry including Grover Washington Jr, Lenny White, George Duke, Billy Paul, Georgie Young, and bassist Charles Fambrough.