The First DjangoSphere CD features these wonderful musicians, and was recorded at bassist Alex Baum's Particles Studio in Berkeley, California. In the Bay Area they still will often join Kit Eakle for DjangoSphere appearances!
Mark Holzinger - guitar
Mark Holzinger is a recent inductee to the Westrern Swing Hall of Fame!
Over the years Mark Holzinger has lived, recorded and toured out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville and Boston. He has also performed in New York City, 50 U.S. States, Paris, Amsterdam, Canada, Mexico and Jamaica.
Mark's performances have included concerts, festivals, major music venues, weddings, bars and restaurants, church, T.V., radio, music videos, musicals, LP's and CDs.
Alex Baum - bass
Baum began his illustrious career by playing in Top 40, R&B bands while a high school student in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His musical talents have since lead him to performances throughout the U.S., Japan, Europe and Canada.
Baum has lent his unconventional string bass techniques to a variety of groups over the years, including stints with: Zero, Pine Top Perkins, Johnny Adams, Lockjaw Davis, Sweets Edison, Brenda Boykin, Dan Hicks and a regular in the Johnny Nocturne Band. A man of many talents, Baum also continues to crank out the greats and wannabe greats at his Particles recording studio in Berkeley. If you have a recording project in mind, even humming along with the ocean, call Alex. He is reasonable and takes on everyone’s musical endeavors with serious and artistic integrity.
Since returning to his San Francisco Bay Area roots in 1994 he has been recording and performing regularly at venues including The Fillmore Auditorium, the Warfield Theatre, the Chronicle Pavilion, and the Masonic Auditorium, festivals including the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Strawberry, Hog Farm, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Fat Fry, Two-Day Town, Earth Dance, and Kaleidoscope.
In addition to performing concerts and festivals, he was the lead guitarist in the musical "Cumberland Blues" featuring music by Jerry GarciaI/Robert Hunter which culminated in the 2000 major label release "Stolen Roses" along with artists like Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, David Grisman, Widespread Panic, Leftover Salmon, The Bobs, and many more doing versions of Grateful Dead music. He also played guitar and acted in the role of Tommy Allsup in San Jose Stage Co's musical "Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story".
Recently Mark brings a unique western twang to the DjangoSphere Project.
John Waller - drums
John Waller teaches and plays drum set and hand drums. He plays jazz, blues, rock & world music. He recently had the opportunity and honor of playing with Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdez. John's creative rhythmic touch has received the attention of master musicians and composers like Habib Khan, David Correa & Cascada, Viviana Guzman, Brian Kelly, Rebbesoul, Ya Elah, James Robinson, Moh Alilech, Tim Campbell, The Dunes, Flowtilla, Vince Welnick, Mark Holzinger, Saul Kaye, Michael Smollens and shows his diverse musical universe.