The members of Absoulute have been playing around southern California individually and in groups for many, many years.
We're about making great dancing/partying/listening music featuring our horn section. If you can sit in one place during one of our shows,
contact your family physician immediately--there's something wrong with you! We're focused on the real deal -- old school soul, funk, rhythm & blues with a touch of jazz
or rock...as long as it's got some soul!
Al - Keyboards
A native of New York City by way of Washington DC and keyboardist since childhood, Al's early influences, like the Beatles,
evolved as the years passed. He eventually discovered jazz and emersed himself in it through his college years.
Al achieved a degree of success with his DC-area progressive reggae band The Lionhearts. Moving back to
New York in the 90's to raise a family, Al went on to lead local jazz trio 3AM and worked as a pianist
with various local jazz artists like Frank Lowe (Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry) and Michael Marcus
In '97, Al moved to Los Angeles, Al quickly became involved with many great local musicians playing jazz,
funk, rock and fusion. He took a gig with the Engelbert Humperdinck band in 2015, and toured the
United States and Canada. Al has subsequently continued playing a wide variety of music throughout the
Bob - trombone, trumpet
After earning his BA in Music, Bob began playing with the 101st Airborne Division Band in
Vietnam 1967-68. After returning home, Bob played around New Orleans. Bob moved to Los Angeles
in 1970 and worked in the music biz for 10 years playing and arranging music.
He played with the group, Spiral Staircase, which had a hit record, "I Love You More Today Than
Yesterday". He later left to go on tour with a 27 piece orchestra in the production of "The Jesus
Christ Superstar Show". Bob later worked with the Wolfman Jack's' management company and wrote an
oldies rock & roll show called, "Wolfman Jack - I Saw Radio". Bob toured with that same show and
performed in So Cal and around the country in a wide variety of venues.
Bob has continued playing and writing on a regular basis with several Los Angeles big bands,
latin bands, jazz combos and concert bands.
Gerald - Guitar, vocals
Musician, actor and writer, Gerald Davis first began to show an interest in the performing arts at
an early age starting with the guitar. Strongly influenced by the popular music of the 1960s and 70s,
he has always known that music would forever play an essential role in his future. Recognizing this
interest early, his parents enrolled him in children's music programs at Virginia State University
in his hometown of Petersburg, Virginia.
During high school, as his proficiency on the guitar increased, he soon found his musical tastes
gravitating towards such artists as B.B. King, Carlos Santana and most profoundly Jimi Hendrix. He
began performing in various bands throughout Virginia. He received both his Bachelor of Music and
Master of Music Education degrees in Vocal Performance from Virginia State University. It is through
his comprehensive classical vocal training and natural ear for mimicry that Gerald is able to achieve
a wide variety of musical genres, whether pop, rock, blues, soul, country or opera.
Jeff - Drums
Jeff grew up in West Los Angeles and started playing drums when he was 8. He's played all styles
of music but his real love is the GROOVE. So it's not hard to understand why he counts
the music of James Brown, Tower of Power and similar funk groups as his favorites.
In his earlier musical endeavors, Jeff played in a variety of bands in the L.A. area.
He was one of two dual drummers with a top L.A. band Maiden Head. He also played with another
band called City Beat, some of whose original recordings were warmly recieved on the airwaves here
Leon - Guitar, vocals
Leon, who grew up in Detroit, was steeped in the music of Motown and began playing guitar his first year in college.
Initially interested in rock music, after a few
years he became much more involved in funk, jazz and fusion. During the next 12 years he performed professionally
with numerous groups in the midwest and south while teaching guitar. Leon played guitar in many recording sessions, recording numerous sessions with songwriters John Glover and
James Dean (What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, You Don't Have To Be Star and other
talented artists in the Detroit area. Several of his original songs were recorded and produced by Don Was. Leon's
band also opened shows for groups such as Berlin and Leon Russell.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1987, Leon began working in bands in southern California and has
played a variety of pop, funk, r&b and classic rock throughout the area ever since.
Antonia E. Barton
Antonia's involvement in music began very early; she started violin at age 5 and quickly developed a
passion for music. Captivated by the raw power and tone of brass instruments, she traded in her violin for
a trumpet at age 10.
When only sixteen years old, she began performing professionally - fronting several local big bands as
lead vocalist, as well as sitting in the trumpet section. Though she is young, Antonia has performed at
many iconic venues including Catalina Jazz Club, The Dresden, Hotel Cafe, and The Viper Room. Last summer,
she was given the honor of playing at The Library of Congress with one of her big bands.
Antonia also runs her own original music project, the Runtime.
Od gigginga u kuÄ‡i Bluesa .......... Agathinoj ÄŒileanskoj Waffle House-u, tomo drÅ¾i dno, s objema
rukama, godinama. U javnosti je uhvaÄ‡en "slappin 'da bas" viÅ¡e nego Å¡to priznaje. Njegova glazbena
karijera zapoÄ�ela je kad je Ä�uo "kuÄ‡u izlazeÄ‡eg sunca" pjevanog na nekom drugom jeziku ........ i
nikada se nije osvrnuo ... ili je govorio joÅ¡ jednu rijeÄ� na engleskom. Njegova struÄ�nost u miluje
dnu ga je natjerala da ostane na straÅ¾njim vratima, na mnogim koncertima ........ i udanim Å¾enskim
kuÄ‡ama. Tomoovi roditelji nisu mu hranili niÅ¡ta osim gljiva graÅ¡ak dok nije stekao bas u "gadda
da vida" .......... Å¡to objaÅ¡njava trenutni strah od zelenog povrÄ‡a. Njegov prvi album sviran je
na hrvatskom jeziku i dosegao je # 732 na hrvatskoj komunistiÄ�koj glazbenoj ljestvici. Njegova
karijera je spirala spuÅ¡tena od tamo.