Brenda Reed is a San Francisco-based award winning singer and actress who’s talents and accomplishments are as impressive as the musical journey that has brought her to San Francisco’s Swishcraft Music in 2010. At the very young age of 12 Brenda knew that singing jazz was one of her true passions. This passion lead to extensive live performing with various accomplished Jazz groups, and to the eventual release of her first Jazz CD, Lush Life in 2003. A headlining gig at San Francisco’s prestigious Plush Room soon followed.
In addition to a successful music career, Brenda is an active member of the theatre where she won the TBA Critic’s Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress in a musical (Chess) in 2001.
Hooking up with the Blues scene in her native Sonoma County soon followed, where she sang for The Bonafide Blue, recording the hit “On the Edge of a Dream” in 2008. Brenda played numerous high profile Blues Festivals, which included opening for Elvin Bishop and Volker Strifler in Sonoma County. Brenda eventually ventured into the world of night club dance music after meeting Bay Sounds Studio’s and L.F.B founder Leo Frappier. She started recording dance originals and covers for L.F.B tunes with the virtuosity, originality and soul that seemed to be lacking in the repetitive dance arena of the early 2000′s. With one massive single “Midnight” under her belt on Swishcraft Music, Brenda is set to take the world by storm with Coming Back in mid 2011.
Tim Haggerty was born into a musical family. His father was a prominent studio guitarist, his mother, a professional dancer from Cuba. Tim’s in-demand skills as a keyboard and bass player led to collaborations with several popular recording artists. Jesse Colin Young tapped his arranging skills for several of his recording projects, and Jewell for her performance at the Super Bowl. He also plays regularly with his brother Terry Haggerty, the legendary guitarist from the Sons of Champlin, and with his son, Aaron Haggerty, who tours as drummer with Al McKay from Earth, Wind & Fire.
Many around the world have enjoyed Randy Quan’s distinctive and toneful guitar stylings featured in his work as lead guitarist with Booker T. Jones to Chicago blues legend, Billy Boy Arnold. Randy has performed with renowned saxophonist Michael Bolivar, internationally recorded bassist Eddie Watkins, Jr., virtuoso vocalist Terry Bradford, and many others, and continues to perform and tour with Zydeco/funk group, Gator Beat. Fluent in blues, R&B, world, and jazz, Randy has been referred to by jazz radio host/vocalist Elena Welch as the “Ambassador of Style.”
David Scott is from Australia via Tahiti. He grew up listening to and appreciating the compelling sounds of Louis Armstrong and other New Orleans jazz greats. His musical explorations have led David to play tenor sax and flute in multiple musical styles: jazz, zydeco, rock & roll and big band. For the past 20 years David has been a lead instrumentalist and vocalist for Sonoma County’s zydeco dance band, Gator Beat.
Drummer/Vocalist Geoff Whyte hails from New Bedford, Massachusetts. Geoff has had the pleasure of working with such artists as J.J. Jackson of ”It’s Alright” fame, Chubby and The Turnpikes (later known as Tavarez), Odia Coates (“Havin’ My Baby” [Paul Anka duet]), Richie Cole, Shuggie Otis, Les Paul, Charles McPherson, and last but certainly not least the late great Mr. Eddie Harris.