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Whos who on the scene with Matthew...

Jim Wheeler 

Big Jim, all 6’7” of him. What a monster sax player. It reminds Matthew of some of his days at North Texas playing with those monsters that really blow (for all you non-musicians - this is a good thing). One of the very few cats Matthew knows that is that good on his instrument, and is a good business man as well. Something about musicians’ hard-wiring of the left and right brain that usually makes this a virtual impossibility. Jim has worked with Slash’s Snake Pit, as well as extensive studio sessions for Fox, and is the music editor and supervisor for all things Digimon...

Matt Laug

If you have ever heard “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette (as well as 6 other songs on that Grammy Award-winning album), then you have heard Matt play. Rock solid groove, pocket, time, dynamic, great ear – these are some of the terms that definitely describe Matt. It’s all about the groove and never about him - a master of understatement. But when he wants to, the brutha can THROW DOWN AND SLAM IT TO THE MAT!!! (pun intended) And absolutely one of the nicest guys around. It’s no wonder he has worked with some of the top artists in the music business: Lifehouse, Five For Fighting, Alice Cooper, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Shawn Colvin, Meredith Brooks, Pat Benatar, Billy Bob Thornton, Beth Hart, Alanis Morissette. The list goes on, but you get the picture.

Koko Powell 

That’s Pow-E-ll. Is there anything this guy can’t do well? Koko is an outstanding bassist, singer, drummer, and all around performer. And such a powerful and fun stage presence. Oh yeah, and one more thing, he can downright throw down on the bass! When this guy plays, everybody moves! Koko worked with the Spencer Davis Group for 9 years, so you know he got his groove on. He has also opened for/played with Lenny Kravitz, Sheila E., Kool & the Gang, The Wallflowers, and Willie Nelson. Currently, when Koko is not at Pancho’s in Manhattan Beach, he is on the road with Edgar Winter.

Chris Frazier 

Chris has played with some giants of the rock world, including Steve Vai and Ronnie Montrose. He is currently touring with Whitesnake. Chris is an insane rocker! When he pounds the skins, they beg for mercy. It’s always a high energy show with this guy on the drum kit.

Shem Schroeck 

This guy is an incredible singer in the vein of Steve Perry/Sting, and is equally as impressive on the bass, as well as being an amazing drummer and keyboardist. He currently is musical director for Kenny Loggins, and also tours with Ambrosia. Others he has performed with include Patti Austin and Steve Perry. Plus, he’s a huge Wagner fan, which gets him huge bonus points in Matthew’s book. He’s the only other musician Matthew’s worked with that has seen the entire Ring Cycle live. Siegfried RULES!!! Check out his website at

Todd Sucherman

One Word - SLAMMIN! Great technique, great feel, great time, great groove, great pocket, uh.... great to play with!! Todd has got quite an impressive resume. He attended Berkley, and has been the drummer for Styx for the past several years, ever since John Panozzo’s untimely death. He has also worked with the likes of Brian Wilson, Peter Cetera, and Spinal Tap (all hail the mighty Tap). When this guy plays, people move out of the way! Check out his very impressive website at

Joe Romanoski

This guy has got a serious backbeat. In fact, normally one would have to go to Texas to find this kinda groove. Make a man jes wanna sit right back in the backseat and ride on the guitar. Joe has worked with the likes of Keith Olsen (of Fleetwood Mac, Rick Springfield fame) and John Porter (B.B. King, Clapton, Morrissey, Taj Mahal). He is also quite an artist, designing artwork for Brooks and Dunn, Pearl Jam, and Janet Jackson. And, oh yeah, he is personally endorsed by Jagermeister... Co-founder of the Voodudes, you can find Joe most every SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!!! at Cabo Cantina in Newport Beach, laying down a serious groove while he fulfills his endorsement obligations… VooDudes MySpace

Tollak Ollestad 

This guy is an incredible keyboradist with a great voice, and he’s a rippin harp player to boot (For all you non-adepts, in the lingo, in the know, the harp is a harmonica, not the angel plucker). He has played with the likes of Don Henley, Al Jarreau, Christopher Cross, Gino Vanelli, Dave Grusin, Brian McKnight, John Tesh, and Boney James. He has also performed on “The Tonight Show” with Kenny Loggins, Tanya Tucker, and one of Matthew’s personal heroes, Chet Atkins. Another bonus in Matthew’s book - he is serious about his yoga. Yogi musicians unite!! Check out Tollack’s website.

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