ZEN / THE MUSICIANS
EVANS - Leader, lead vocals, background vocals, keyboards,
drums, percussion, co-writer, arranging
Evans attended the University of Iowa's Center for New Music / New Performing Arts, going on to graduate from Boston's Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Composition degree. He's won 70 songwriting & performance awards around the world both individually & with RZ. Those include a a 2011/12 ASCAP Plus Award - NYC, 2010/11 ASCAP Plus Award - NYC, 2010 Semi Finalist Award UK Song Contest - London, 2009/10 Artist & Song of the Year Nominations with 9 Finalist Awards ABC Radio Networks Fame Games Effigy Awards - Costa del Sol, Spain, 2009/10 ASCAP Plus Award - NYC, 2009 Semi Finalist Award UK Song Contest - London, 2009 Semi Finalist Award Australia Song Contest - Sydney, 2008/09 Artist of the Year Nomination with 7 Finalist Awards ABC Radio Networks Fame Games Effigy Awards - Costa del Sol, Spain, 2008/09 ASCAP Plus Award - NYC, 2 Finalist Awards 2008/09 Unisong International Song Contest - LA, 2008 Song of the Year Nomination Los Angeles Music Awards - Hollywood, 2008 Song of the Year Nomination Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards - Canada, 2008 Finalist with 3 Semi Finalist Awards France's 100% Song Contest - Paris, 3 Semi Finalist Awards 2008 UK Song Contest - London, 2008 Semi Finalist Award Australia Song Contest - Sydney, 2008 Golden Wave Artist of the Year Award - Denver, 2007/08 Song of the Year Award with Artist of the Year Nomination & 5 Finalist Awards ABC Radio Networks Fame Games Effigy Awards - Costa del Sol, Spain, 2007/08 ASCAP Plus Award - NYC, 2007 Artist of the Year & Song of the Year Awards with 4 Best Song Nominations Los Angeles Music Awards - Hollywood, 2007 Artist of the Year Award WCH Radio - St. Louis, 2 Finalist Awards 2007/08 Unisong International Song Contest - LA, 2006 Bronze Artist Award RGW Radio - Norfolk, UK, 2006 Finalist Award with 5 Runner Up Awards VH1 Song of the Year Contest - Houston/NYC, as well as multiple awards from the SAW/Mid Atlantic Song Contest - Washington, DC, Billboard World Song Contest - NYC & UK's Singer/Songwriter Awards - London.
ARIES - Keyboards
Aries has performed/recorded
with John Scofield, Donald Harrison, Vaneese Thomas,
Freddie Jackson, Dennis Chambers, Melba Moore, Bill
Evans, Gil Parris & Creed Taylor. Aries piano
work is featured on RZ's "Only A Fool".
BENNER - Bass
Benner has performed/recorded
with Patti LaBelle, Kenny Aronoff & on Arlen Roth's
Hot Licks Video.
CARTER - Guitars
Carter leads the Chris Carter
Band. He's been called one of the premier r&b
guitarists in NYC by legendary studio musician Hugh
McCracken. He's performed/recorded with Art Neville,
Taj Mahal, Joan Osborne, Dr. John, NYC's Uptown Horns
Revue, Solomon Burke, Ronnie Spector, Hubert Sumlin,
Kenny Neal, Bill Dicey, Chubby Checker, The Drifters,
Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Johnson, Earl King, The Marvelettes,
Sam Moore, The Platters, Percy Sledge, Howard Tate,
Keith Carlock, Rufus & Carla Thomas. His solo
release is 'Night Shift'/Streamliner Records. Carter
is the featured soloist on RZ's "Bad Attitude",
"Dangerous Times" & "Boy Genius".
DORN - Background vocals
Dorn has performed/recorded
with Boz Scaggs, Celine Dion, Donald Fagen, Bette
Midler, Michael McDonald, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez,
Ronnie Spector, Barry Manilow, Melissa Manchester,
Jessica Simpson & the Accidentals. Her solo releases
are 'Margaret Dorn' & 'Waiting To Go On'/Halfmoon
FEINAUER - Drums
Feinauer has performed with
George Russell, David Mann, Jimmy Guiffre, Vaneese
Thomas, Gil Parris & the Syndicate of Soul.
JAMES GERARD - Keyboards, bass, percussion
Gerard is Evans' co writer on
the ten songs of Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon.
He attended the Berklee College of Music & the
Boston School of Electronic Music. He's performed/recorded
with singer/songwriter Jim Gold in the Detroit area.
He's won twenty eight awards in the VH1, Billboard,
Mid Atlantic, Unisong International Song Contests,
the UK's Singer-Songwriter Awards, four Best Song
Nominations, Song of the Year & 2007 Artist of
the Year honors from the Los Angeles Music Awards.
SHERRYL MARSHALL - Background vocals
Marshall has performed/recorded
with John Medeski, Buster Poindexter, RuPaul, Clarence
Clemmons, Joni Mitchell, Gloria Gaynor, Leslie Gore, Darlene Love, Chubby Checker, Peter Wolf, Southside Johnny, Johnny Rivers, Lou Graham, Black 47, Albert Collins, Jane Siberry, Ashford & Simpson, Al Kooper, Ben E. King, Chubby Checker &
NYC's Uptown Horns Revue.
NICK MOROCH - Guitars
Moroch has performed/recorded
with David Sanborn, David Bowie, Chaka Khan, Luther
Vandross, Madonna, Donald Fagen, the Bee Gees, Vaneese
Thomas, Dennis Chambers, Jason Miles, Vanessa Williams,
Kirk Whalum, Bob James, Jeffery Osborne, Omar Hakim,
Jessica Simpson, Lenny White, Bill Evans, the Temptations,
Vinnie Colaiuta, Scritti Politti & Michael Franks.
Moroch is the featured soloist on RZ's "The Boston
PARRIS - Guitars
Parris leads the Gil Parris
Group. He's been called the brightest star of the
jazz/blues genre since Larry Carlton by Guitar One
Magazine. He's performed/recorded with David Sanborn,
Dr. John, Bob James, Toni Braxton, David Mann, The
Syndicate of Soul, Blood Sweat & Tears, NYC's
Uptown Horns, The Harris Brothers, Jason Miles, Billy
Vera, Duke Robillard, Debbie Davies ,Bob Berg , Randy
Brecker, Vaneese Thomas & Paul Schaeffer. He's
featured in the Hot Licks videos "Modern Blues
Guitar" & "Masters of the Stratocaster",
Mel Bay's "Double Stop Guide" & "Inside
Out" as well as on his DVD Gil Parris & Friends
Live. His solo releases include 'Gil Parris'/RCA,'Blue
Thumb', 'Jam This', 'Live at the Next Door Caf‚'
& 'Strength' /215 Records. Parris is the featured
soloist on RZ's "Don't Try To Tell Me" &
SOPHOS - Bass
Sophos has performed/recorded
with Nile Rodgers, Vaneese Thomas, Gil Parris, David
Mann, Bob James, Keith Carlock & Chuck Loeb.
THOMAS - Background vocals
Thomas has performed/recorded
with Eric Clapton, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Annie Lennox,
B.B, King, Luther Vandross, Natalie Cole, Chaka Kahn,
Celine Dion, Jewel, Michael McDonald, Gloria Estefan,
Joe Cocker, Donald Fagen, Mark Anthony, Joan Osborne
& Pavoratti. The daughter of Memphis r&b legend
Rufus Thomas, her solo releases include 'Vaneese'/Geffen,
'When My Back's Against the Wall'/Peaceful Waters
& 'A Woman's Love'/Segue.
TYRELL - Background Vocals
Tyrell has performed/recorded
with Bruce Springsteen, Sheryll Crow, Shawn Colvin,
Elvis Costello, Patti Scialfa, Carole King, Judy Collins,
Buster Poindexter & John Hammond. Her solo release
is 'White Lines'/Treasure Records.
VITIRILLO - Guitars
He leads the Chris Vitarello
Band. He's recorded/performed with Jimmy McGriff,
Jim Payne, Roxy Perry & Arlen Roth.
Warnecke is a Gold Record winning
engineer for his work with Luther Vandross & Freddy
Jackson. He’s the owner & engineer of Wayne’s
World / Peaceful Waters Music in Pound Ridge, N.Y.