Randy Bernsen - Guitar

Guitarist and composer  of jazz and jazz rock , originally from Fort Lauderdale , Florida .

He began his career in the mid- 1970s , playing with local groups. He collaborated with jazz rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears , where he was second guitar with Mike Stern. Nestled back in his hometown, worked with Jaco Pastorius , Herbie Hancock , Bob James and Peter Erskine . He debuted in the disc with a surprising and unorthodox album called Music for People, Planets & Washing Machines ( MCA , 1986 ), which got very good reviews from magazines Down Beat and Guitar Player . In 1987 he released Mo 'Wasabi, their second album, with a group composed of Wayne Shorter , Michael Brecker , Marcus Miller , Steve Gadd, Toots Thielemans and Bobby Economou , among others, collecting high praise from the music press (Jazzin and USA Today , among others).  Bernsen spent some time touring around Asia and composing music for TV, before entering the band Joe Zawinul in 1992 , replacing Scott Henderson and participating in the recording of his album Lost Tribes. 

Bernsen's other project, Ethnic Rotation teams up with the South Florida group Way of  the Groove, featuring, Julius Pastorius, Colin James, Adam Lucas, and multi-instrumentalist Jaui Schneider.  High energy ambience (if there is such a thing) mixed with groove improvisations and beatlesque melodies...


David Shelley - Voice and Guitar

David Shelley is the son of Jazz singer / actress Martha Stewart and grandson of the late George Gard "Buddy" Desylva who was a top songwriter ("Birth of the Blues", "Sunny Boy" and the "Best things in Life are free"), film producer and record executive. David played percussion with jazz fusion artist Randy Bernsen and was guitarist, singer and songwriter with reggae band T'shan. Opening for everyone from The Clash and The Kinks to reggae star Dennis Brown. When some of his recordings were chosen for a movie soundtrack, Shelley was cast to play a rock musician in Roger Vadim's remake of "And God Created Women" starring Rebecca DeMornay. This lead to a role in music videos for Cher on her "Heart Of Stone" album, including the famous aircraft carrier scene of "If I Could Turn Back Time." The pop diva was no stranger to blues rock talent and drafted the guitarist to play in her touring band.
Thus David performed at the 1989 American Music Awards and the 1990 and 1991 MTV Music Awards, toured the US, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the UK, and was seen by millions on cable channels like VH1. Soon after he found himself as series regular and guitarist for "The Ron Reagan Show" on Fox and his songs being played on the CBS soap "The Guiding Light", ABC soap "General Hospital", "Touched By An Angel", and "Promised Land". He worked in the Native American community in Santa Fe and co-wrote and co-produced for Native American vocalists "Paula Bowers" and Grammy Award winner "Star Nayea".David is often invited to play with Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes' band "Gov't Mule" and he has shared the stage with Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tommy Castro, Larry McCray and many more.

David Shelley has done the work to become one of the region's top blues performers. He headlines annually at the Riverwalk Blues Festival in Fort Lauderdale, one of the largest of such events in the country. In 2007 David represented the South Florida Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. There The David Shelley Band competed with almost 160 bands from around the world, proudly making it to the top 10 finalists.
After competing with 24 other bands, David Shelley and Bluestone won the chance to open for The Charlie Daniels Band at Sunfest, in 2010. David also beat the competition for a repeat opportunity to represent the South Florida Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in 2011. In this year released a new CD.

Thursday 14 november 8:00 PM