Jerry Martini, aka Papa J is the original founder of Sly & the Family Stone. Calling upon Sly Stone to become the leader of the first inter-racial, multi-gender major American Band. He has also performed with countless luminaries including Mike Bloomfield, Carlos Santana, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, Robert Cray, Willie Lomax, Prince, Graham Central Station, and Van Morrison. He is avid in horn arrangements as well as song writing including "One With the Sun" on Santana's "Barbaletta album among others. Through the millennial New Year, he, along with Cynthia Robinson and Larry Graham, played with Prince on his 1999/2000 New Year's Pay Per View special "Rave Un2 2000". Capping "The Jam of the Year" tour taking them worldwide through Europe and the US to over 50 stops. More recently, he has been seen on the 2006 Grammy Awards with a cast of All Stars in their tribute to Sly & The Family Stone.
If you’ve listened to radio, danced at a club, or played a recording during the past 50 years, you’ve enjoyed the rhythms of legendary drummer Greg Errico. As a founding member of the influential Rock / Funk group Sly & the Family Stone, Errico’s innovative use of the hi hat and bass drum on recordings like Dance to the Music, I Want To Take You Higher, Everyday People, Thank You, Hot Fun In The Summertimeand Stand, among many others, helped bring about fusion of Rock, Funk and Jazz. For this accomplishment alone, Greg would have deserved his 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame..... and the R&B Foundation “Pioneer Award”given to the group at the Apollo Theater in 2001. In the more than 40 years since Sly & the Family Stone broke up, Errico has continued playing and recording on some of rock and roll’s most historic LP’s and tours.
Playing has always been my number one interest,” Errico states, “but writing and producing are also important. A complete musician has abilities and experiences in all areas. You explore your instrument from writing and producing -- one area strengthens another.” Greg’s writing contributions brought him #1 position on world pop charts in 2014 for the song “Timber”, which was also honored at the 32nd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards for being among the most performed ASCAP pop songs of 2014!
Other than raising his children in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greg is currently touring with The Family Stone and is a managing director of Unity Music Foundation for which he has produced several CD’s featuring many world class Jazz Artists.
He states “fresh spices improve the cooking”.
Quadruple Threat! Better not bring yo kids…
Raw Syl is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in vocals, keyboard, guitar and composition who currently resides somewhere in California.
Born mid December (Sagittarius) into the first family of funk, the origins of Raw Syl is the stuff of legend. Both of her parents are founding members of the revolutionary band, Sly & The Family Stone, whose contributions to modern music and pop culture are undeniable. Her mother, Cynthia Robinson, is the trumpet player and integral part of the Family Stone from its conception to the present day. Her father is the elusive architect of funk, Mr. Sly Stone.
Raw Syl who is known by many names including Phunne (Pronounced: Fun) has cultivated her own unique sound and style. Phunne has been seen performing live with Rufus, Sly Stone and Tevin Campbell as well as headlining appearances with Daughters of Funk and various solo performances around California.
In addition to her live performance resume, Raw Syl can also be heard on her solo album, Goon~Brat City Vol. 1 Mixtape(http://rawsyl.bandcamp.com) and on the Sal Filipelli album This Day In Music History where she is featured on two tracks co-written by Sal Filipelli & Sly Stone titled "Role Model" and "Without A One" (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/salfilipellislystone3) as well as one Filipelli composition titled "Action Jackson".
Raw Syl is currently working on her next solo project (featuring special guests) which will be a blend of hip hop, funk, R&B, rap and soul; encompassing the many facets of her personality, including her warm, caring, intuitive, imaginative and independent nature with vocal stylings comparable to Alicia Keys and Sade. Raw Syl's music has beautiful melodies with a soulful sultry voice reminiscent of her funky lineage.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Blaise began his professional career as a working musician in 1981. Currently residing in Las Vegas, NV
His list of credits include performances with various artists & bands, and as the opening act for: Toto, Cameo, Morris Day & the Time, Chuck Negron, (3 Dog Night) Steppinwolf, Average White Band, War, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tommy James & the Shondells, Maceo Parker, Sheila E, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Rick Derringer, Anita Baker.
Also accompanying artists such as, Rick James, Richie Havens, Lee Oskar, Toots Theilman,The “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown. Lou Rawls, Ronnie Foster, Pat Morita, Mary Williams, (original member of the Shirrelles) BB King, Buddy Guy, Lee Ritenour, Steve Cropper, Robert Cray, Willie Nelson, Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Currently serving as Musical Director for The Family Stone since 2008.
An accomplished guitarist, born in Philadelphia. He has worked with such artist as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Willie Nelson, Evelyn Champagne King, Jimmy Castor, Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Phyllis Hyman, and trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson. While living in New York, he worked with producer Narada Micheal Walden, artists Stacy Lattisaw, Johnny Gill, and Colonel Abrams hit single “Trapped” produced by Richard Burgess. Nate has also produced “Let Me See Your Body Move”for dance artist Shannons album “Do You Wanna Get Away” as well as working with Hip Hop artist Afrika Bambatta and Curtis Blow. After moving to LA, he toured with and recorded with Brian McKnight, Jackie Jackson, and Irene Cara. He was also the Musical Director for Malaysian superstar Anita Sarawak and Soul Desire. He has also just completed his first Solo Album entitled “Rhythm Tree” embracing the sounds of World Music.