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BANNED FROM UTOPIA
FRANK ZAPPA'S MUSIC PERFORMED BY HIS ORIGINAL MUSICIANS
Robert (Bobby) Martin – vocals, keyboards, sax, french horn
Frank Zappa 1981-88 / Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Paul McCartney, Eric Burdon, Moody Blues, Bette Midler, Wilson Pickett, Leo Kottke, Glen Frey, Stevie Nicks
Ray White – vocals, guitar
Frank Zappa 1978-86
Ed Mann – xylophone, percussion
Frank Zappa 1977-88
Tom Fowler – bass, violin
Frank Zappa 1973-75, 1978 / It's A Beautiful Day, Captain Beefheart, Ray Charles, Jean-Luc Ponty, George Duke, Don Preston, Steve Hackett, Hildegard Knef, Elton John
Chad Wackerman – drums
Frank Zappa 1979, 1982-88 / Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Barbra Streisand, Ed Mann, Andy Summers, Terry Bozzio
Albert Wing – sax, flute
Frank Zappa 1988 / Flo & Eddie, Rosanne Cash
Mike Miller – guitar
Chick Corea, George Duke, The Yellowjackets, Qunicy Jones, Vinnie Colaiuta, Bette Midler, Brian Wilson, Queen Latifah, Natalie Cole, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Frank Zappa is one of the twentieth century’s most important composers. His effect on modern music is undeniable, his works the most voluminous and versatile of the entire generation rock – encompassing of course jazz as well as avant-garde, orchestral and contemporary music. And the list of his band members is a who’s who of incredible musicians.
To mark the twenty years that have passed since Frank Zappa's untimely death on December 4 1993, half a dozen of his most popular collaborators are back on the mission to bring his multi-dimensional music to the world’s stages again. Amongst them Zappa’s longest running band member Ed Mann, the lead singers Bobby Martin and Ray White who the great master also held in high esteem for many years and Tom Fowler, the man who opened Zappa’s door for three (!) brothers of his before he went on to play with Ray Charles for well over a decade.
The Band From Utopia, referring to the Zappa album The Man From Utopia, was first to perform his music again after his passing – and able to do so, one should add. This was initiated by an invitational show at the Stuttgart Jazz Open in 1994 which was televised in Germany (see the second link below). Now they've chosen to call themselves Banned From Utopia and authentically recreate the live Zappa experience. With their virtuoso creativity and deep Zappa history, they please the connoisseurs and convert the curious into dedicated fans. Having played on almost every Mothers / Zappa album between them, they’re performing classics from all eras.They can do that on stage still!