Archive for October 8th, 2014

Frank Ball & Jon R Smith – Frank Ball and Jon Smith Live At Vino!

frankballandjonrsmithThe synergy of these two musicians is magical. Their styles blend so well it sounds as if they have played together their entire lives.

Some who have heard Jon R Smith play compare his distinctive rich, powerful and breathy sound to that of Gene Ammons, Plas Johnson and David “Fathead” Newman. Born in Southern Louisiana, Jon, along with childhood friends Edgar Winter and Jerry LaCroix, formed the now legendary Edgar Winter’s White Trash band in the latter part of 1969. Jon’s dominant tenor sax sound and solid horn arrangements played a key role in the overall sound and success of the group. Jon R Smith has a musical background that includes Albert Collins, the Grammy Award-winning group Toto, Boz Scaggs, Philip Glass, Dr. John, Randy Newman, The Rascals, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Doobie Brothers, and European superstar Peter Maffay, just to name a few.

Frank Ball has played with members of Edgar Winter’s White Trash, Ronnie Barron, Members of the Four Seasons, Thad Richard of Paul McCartney’s Wings, and Roosevelt Sykes. Frank spent years in the New Orleans area and later Los Angeles. Continue reading