Friends & Family
Soulful jazz funk bassist Dan Stanton leads a group of renowned musicians that create exciting original music. The Friends & Family Band is Dan's latest project. Part of this band takes it's lineup from many musicians Dan has worked with over the last several years, including Chris Burns, Steve Gannon, Kelvin Dixon, Mikie Lee Prasad, Tim Barnes, Mark Carrabello, Johnny Koeller and Larry Shushan...his musical family. Then it incorporates other musicians, like the incredible horn section of Mike Rinta, Joe Cohen and Mike Olmos...his new friends. His new album was recorded as a birthday celebration, something Dan had wanted to do for years. It has finally become a reality. It melds many of the bands he performs in into one formidable outfit, with Dan guiding the way. The music is definitive rock'n'roll, but has many jazz and funk influences. Dan grew up in Florida and began playing because of Jaco Pastorius and Cannonball Adderley. He wanted Jaco's tone and technique under the jazz soul of Cannonball's music. However, the primary music in his house growing up was rock'n'roll. He naturally gravitated to Little Feat, which featured one of Dan's main influences, Lowell George. Dan's singing style falls somewhere between Lowell's and John Hiatt's, and, when combined with his substantial bass talents on both electric and double bass, it creates a sound and feel that is certifiably unique. All of these factors fall into line, into what is the Friends & Family Band. It's classic rock'n'roll with conviction, soul and musicianship--three things many bands lack these days.