TONY KATSARAS TONY GREW UP IN SAN FRANCISCO CA LEARNED DRUMS FROM THE PLAYERS IN SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE TONY WHO IS SR.VP OF FLOYD RECORDS INC. HAS PLAYED OR JAM WITH THE LIKES OF MARY KAYE TRIO, SAMMY DAVIS JR. JOE COCKER, MARTY ROBBINS, ROGER MILLER, MINGO LEWIS,JOHN COLTRANE,DONALD O’CONNOR ECT.ECT. TONY CO WROTE VENICE BEACH AND IS EX. PRODUCER HAS BEEN IN MOVIES/TV.
Edwin J. Fountaine Jr.
Edwin has been involved in music since a very early age. Edwin Jr., was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Edwin’s father, Jazz Hall Of Fame Bassist, Edwin J. Fountaine Sr. introduced his prodigal son to the music world. By taking him to the Sunday Jazz jams at the black Musician’s Union from infancy, Edwin was immersed in sounds of the world’s greatest players.
At those jams all the greatest Black musical artists (remember, the Unions were segregated in the 1950’s) would come to blow off steam, and try out their best and craziest riffs.
Never forgetting those early experiences, Edwin started playing the Eb Tuba in grade school and advanced to the Junior Symphony before finding his true expressional instrument at 14, the Guitar. Edwin’s playing matured quickly and at the age of 16 he started his professional musical career.
Playing Guitar and singing covers was to be his Bread and Butter for many years. Lounges and Bars were his proving grounds to perfect his craft and performance skills.
One of the coolest things that Edwin had a hand in was introducing his brother Gary, (Mom always liked him best) to John Smith, leader and Guitarist of the Nu Shooz band. That introduction led to one of the biggest song/ band hits of the 1980’s “I Can’t Wait”, a veritable icon of pop music.
Edwin has been blessed to have played with some of the monsters of music, Eddie Van Halen, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Stitt, Willie Bobo, Tony Coleman (B.B. King), and a plethora of lesser known yet mind boggling musicians.
Edwin came to Los Angeles in the beginning of 2009 for two weeks, and has been there ever since. From being chosen to be one of the lead Guitarists of AGAPE church, to having his band play to 200,000 people at the 2011 Los Angeles, being Music Director, Composer, and Leader for dozens of projects before and after, L.A. has been a continual roller coaster of sounds, and the most fun you can have standing up with your clothes on.
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