Meet Your Masters

Stanley Jordan

Guitar virtuoso, Stanley Jordan, has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected.

Key to Jordan’s fast-track acclaim was his mastery of a special technique on the guitar’s fretboard. Instead of conventional strumming and picking, Jordan's innovative "touch technique" is an advanced form of two-handed tapping.

Vernon Reid

Guitarist Vernon Reid is probably best known for founding the groundbreaking rock group, Living Colour and piloting the band through a remarkable career. Not only a rock musician, Reid has extended virtually every musical genre- playing with artists ranging from Mariah Carey to Public Enemy, Mic Jagger to jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell. His musical journeys and eclectic musical vision make him one of the most innovative songwriters, composers, and band leaders of all time.  

George Porter, Jr.

Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning more then four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he's notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Ryan Montbleau and live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno (and including recent studio releases with Warren Haynes and Bill Kreutzmann) just to name a few. Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers again to only name a few.

Johnny Vidacovich

Johnny Vidacovich epitomizes the New Orleans musician's sensibility: relaxed, unpretentious, and great. It is in improvisation that his abilities show to greatest advantage. Always sensitive to the shifting sands of jazz, the drum maestro may mix it up with reggae, bebop, street beat, and blues rhythms in the course of one tune, as he follows the lead of one of his collaborators. He is the quintessential New Orleans jazz drummer, with all the exuberance and skill befitting one who grew up in the birthplace of jazz.

Daniel Lamb

Originally from Los Angeles Daniel started playing at age 10. Coming from a large family of musicians, he was given a trumpet but then switch to trombone because his brothers arms were too short. This set the stage for a long career as a performer, composer and recording artist and has appeared on over 200 recordings. As an original member of MarchFourth he keeps the fun factor high and brings a wealth of experience to the younger members. He has been described as "Timeless" and on a prehistoric journey!