Imagine how the jump-swing bands of the 30's & 40's
would sound filtered through the sensibilities of a generation raised on
rock & roll. Take a healthy
dose of Rhythm & Blues, New Orleans funk, and downhome harmonica stomps; mix with the classics from the era of Gershwin, Louis Jordan, Nat King Cole, & Fats Waller; stir in an ever-growing portion of strong original material, and you come up with FULL SWING. Audience members of all ages are getting hip to this timely tip. Six guys putting a new twist on the old standards, serving up some fresh ones, and having, in general, too much fun. So come on down & have a whirl on the dance floor, sing along with the cats, or just relax & enjoy. But first meet the band.
Ron Sunshine is the lead singer & harmonica player, as well as the bandleader. Born & raised in Denver, Ron moved to New York in 1981 to attend Columbia University where he studied writing with such notables as Kenneth Koch, Amiri Baraka, Albert Murray, and others. Since taking up music full time, he has performed and/or recorded with; Dr. John, the P-Funk Horns, Wilson Pickett, Tower of Power, Charles Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Paul Shaefer, Johnny Copeland, as well as many top local bands (Joan Osborne, Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler, etc.) He fell in love with swing music while performing on the streets of Paris several years ago with the Lost & Wandering Blues & Jazz Band.
Andrés Villamil is Full Swing's dynamic upright bass player. Born in Puerto Rico & raised in Philadelphia, Andy Ray is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He also attended the New England Conservatory & has studied under Miroslav Vitous, a founding member of Weather Report. His performing credits include; Buster Poindexter, a stint with Steve Grossman, as well as Tommy Campbell, George Garzon, Allen Toussaint, Donald Brown, and others. A talented producer as well, Andrés is responsible for the sound of New York's underground sensation, Kingstone.
Dan Hovey has a well-deserved reputation as one of New York's finest guitar players. Fluent in virtually every style, Dan is a native of the Washington D.C. area. He has toured extensively as a member of Rootboy Slim's band, and also performs around town with his own group. Since moving to New York five years ago, Dan has wowed concert goers & has been wooed by other bands, but remains an integral part of the Full Swing sound.
James Wormworth, drummer
extraordinaire...rocks the rhythm section along
with Andy Ray. James, a third generation drummer from a musical family,
has a resumé that reads like the roster from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: John Sebastion, Johnnie Johnson, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Copeland, Donald Fagen, Buddy Guy, Erskine Hawkins, and now Full Swing. In addition to all of that, he's just a heck of a nice guy.
Craig Dreyer is a native New Yorker who began playing tenor saxophone professionally at the age of 15. His unmistakable sound has graced stages all over the country. Also an accomplished songwriter, Craig has also been known to grab the vocal mike & belt out a tune or two. He's been heard performing with such bands as; the Mighty Sweetones, the Electric Jellyfish, Blues Traveler, the Spin Doctors, Joan Osborne, Slapmeat Johnson, Popa Chubby, and a host of others.
Paul Tillotson is
Full Swing's fabulous piano player. A renowned raconteur,
Paul moved to New York from Boise, Idaho in 1987 after completing a program at William Patterson College. Paul had just left the Curtis Stigers band when he & Ron met at a late night jam session & he's been pounding out sophisticated, blues inflected piano rhythms for Full Swing ever since.
And now you can have the FULL SWING experience on your nightclub stage, at your private affair, or just about anywhere you want. We can tailor our show to meet your needs. We are veterans of just about any performing situation you can imagine -- from swanky private parties... to bustling casino stages... to smokey nightclubs.