North Coast Drummer leads Exciting Group featuring Vocalist Charlene Smythe from the Jerry Garcia Band and the Melvin Seals Band!
Featuring: Eric Everett-drums, Charlene Smythe-vocals, Sammy DeLeon-timbales, Dave Thomas-piano/keys, Bobby Selvaggio-sax, & Jeff Slater-bass.
Since 2012, EEJ has performed at Nighttown, Bop Stop, Waterloo Arts Fest, 107.3 The WAVE, Playhouse Square, Culinary Vegetable Institute, CLE Urban Winery, Vault Lounge, Guarino's Restaurant, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Standard, and many more...
The band performs American Songbook, classic jazz, bossa novas, romantic ballads, and smooth R&B.
Eric Everett has nearly four decades of drumming experience, studying privately at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory with Dr. George Kiteley, performing in Case Western Reserve University’s small group Jazz and Big Band ensembles under Paul Ferguson. At CWRU, he participated in the Tri-C Jazz Fest and was also a member of two popular Cleveland 90's bands, Public Library and Five Minutes Fast. Eric also has been a backing drummer for jazz vocalists, Leah Natale, Evelyn Wright, Michelle Edwards and Nancy Redd.
Charlene Smythe is an accomplished vocalist, returning to Cleveland from San Francisco where she toured with Melvin Seals and JGB. She was a frequent performer at Skip's in San Francisco and has backup vocal Motown recording experience. Upon arriving in Cleveland, Prince Ladia and King Solomon encouraged her to perform with prominent local blues and jazz musicians, including: Alan Greene, Ernie Krivda, Butch Armstrong Band and Reginald Redd.
Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading alto saxophone voices on today's jazz scene. In the words of pianist Kenny Werner, “Bobby is among the best of players out there.”
Bobby, grew up in Cleveland, earned his undergraduate from Kent State. He moved to NYC and earned a master’s in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music. While in New York, Bobby studied with Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson, Dick Oatts, and Maria Schneider.
After playing at places like the Vanguard, Smalls, and Birdland for four years, Bobby decided to move back to Cleveland. He now serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Kent State.
David Thomas, was an original member of the R&B group, “Sweet Thunder.” He has also performed with numerous artists including James Cleveland, Dizzie Gillespie, Albert Ayler, Jean Carre, David Ruffin, and Grover Washington. His musical involvement also includes musical theater as a writer, performer, and musical director. He is a gifted educator having worked at The Cleveland School of the Arts, Tri-C, Cleveland State Univ, CWRU, Cleveland School District, The Southeast Seventh Day Adventist, and St. Timothy Baptist Church.
Jeff Slater earned his bachelor's of music in music theory and french horn at Baldwin-Wallace University and did master's work in classical and jazz music theory at the University of Wisconsin and Truman State University. Jeff plays both electric and upright bass and is well versed in all styles of jazz, R&B, rock, and world music.