From playing small, smokey bars in southern Indiana, to touring world wide with national music acts, Los Angeles based heavy hitting drummer, Tosha Jones, quickly made a name for herself throughout the world’s music scene. At just the ripe age of three, Tosha began expressing herself through music, song, and dance. In 1991 as a true drummer at heart, Tosha joined her jr. high school band and eventually begged her parents for a real drum kit instead of playing on various pots and pans and her mother’s Tupperware.

Stemming from numerous garage bands and many Battle of the Band competitions throughout the Midwest, Jones finally jumped ship from working multiple factory jobs in Indiana and saved up enough money to move to Los Angeles, California as she immediately landed the Vans Warped Tour in 2008 with then, all-female punk rockers, The Randies.

Respectfully, after years of rejected auditions and trudging the streets of the Sunset Strip along Hollywood, Jones found herself in various bands on the road opening for national rock acts such as Stone Sour, Halestorm, Seether, & Skid Row, while eventually landing a long tour stint playing drums for Grammy nominated rock band, Saliva in March of 2018. As one of her personal career favorites, Tosha was contacted by American Idol (2015) to play in an all-female drum line for contestant Tyanna Jones, performing the song “Run The World” by Beyoncé.

Fast forward to Covid-19’s protocols and cancellations in 2019/2020, and unfortunately like many other musicians finding themselves away from touring, Jones was part of numerous collaboration videos online which includes Sheltering Sky’s Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot) in their 2021 Björk’s cover “Army of Me”, and most recently “Throwin’ Stones”, which hit on the recent attack of Ukraine. Jones was also featured in artist/singer, Chloe Trujillo’s videos, “Mana” and “The Heaviest Sound is Silence”. You can also find Tosha playing drums online in the star-studded cast for the David Z Foundation covering “Zombie”, by Bad Wolves.

In December 2021, Jones was asked to play drums on a few tour dates for alt rockers Carolina Liar, best known for their hit songs “Show Me What I’m Looking For” and “I’m Not Over”.

In January of ‘22, Jones received a last-minute call to bash the skins for the fresh hard rockers, Black Satellite, as they were direct support for Nita Strauss’s (Alice Cooper, The Iron Maidens) 2022 Winter Wonderland Tour.

In Spring of ‘22, Jones was invited to be a camp counselor for the famous Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp where iconic musicians such as Melissa Etheridge, Nancy Wilson (Heart), and Kathy Valentine from The Go-Go’s were the special guests.

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One of the Portland, Oregon region’s unsung heroes, Cramer has quietly been the magic behind musical greats like Linda Hornbuckle, Swingline Cubs, Curtis Salgado, Mark Hummel harmonica blowout, Scott Pemberton, Lucero, Polyrhythmics and more.

This guy has salacious stories from the road that will put most documentaries to shame. Sit back and reminisce rock n’roll redemption.

Cheryl Bland (aka “The Cheryliff”) is retiring after THIRTY TWO YEARS of teaching! In the last dozen or so years that I’ve known Cheryl, I’ve discovered a spirit that’s been dedicated to service. A beacon of light for those in the regional music community of Portland, Oregon, she’s also carried the torch (well, flag!) for the award-winning Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. She’s been an advocate for the homeless, a provider of truth for injustice, and has a wealth of knowledge about biology and conservation.

Celebrate this inspiring educator with me and All Access Live by joining us for a spirited conversation, a walk down memory lane, and discover the real magic behind one of the areas MVPs.

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“Being a performing artist all my life, I recognize how my state of mind affects my artistic expression, performance, and creativity. I specialize in working with creative artists and performers who also recognize this, and desire to maximize their potential. My personal, professional, and spiritual journey makes me uniquely qualified to guide you to a state of mind and being that opens the freedom of your self-expression. Whatever stage in life you step on, whether personal, relational, creative, or adventurous, you perform (how you move in the world) from a place of poised authenticity that begins Within.”

Kathryn is a visionary. When you spend time in her presence, you can feel yourself evolving… and her life’s passion is to help you find your inner wisdom, worthiness and fire. Have you wanted to be a literal or metaphorical rockstar? YOU ALREADY ARE, and she’ll help you discover where that rockstar is inside of you. Join us to chat and light a fire inside of you.

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“Music is bigger than you are. You get to be part of it.”

Danny Schauffler, 2-time Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee (having been a part of 2 bands inducted: Nu Shooz and Crazy 8s) is one of the most infectious humans I’ve ever been blessed to encounter.

Danny’s passion for music education stretches beyond the stage… while he’s laid down horns behind the Northwest’s most successful bands (Paul Delay, Quarterflash, The Rockin’ Razorbacks, Dan Reed Network, Johnny Limbo, Tom Grant, the California Raisins and more), he’s been most influential as band director for Valley Catholic High School for many years.

We’ll talk about his induction, his dedication to music education, the state of music today and his upcoming Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts performers. CLICK HERE to see the festival lineup and overview!

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“I’m not just a Bass Player, I’m a Sound System”

As bassist for the legendary rap label Sugarhill Records backing Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five to the pioneering Living Colour, Doug Wimbish has lent his innovative and creative bass grooves and sounds to a roster of world-renowned musicians. Considered a pioneer in Hip-Hop bass playing and in the use of bass effects, alternate tunings and extended hand techniques, Doug’s mastery of the bass is unparalled. As one of the most versatile session and touring bassists in the industry, Doug moves readily from pop and mainstream rock to hip-hop, funk, metal, symphonic metal, reggae, R&B, electronic, world and experimental music.

Doug Wimbish is probably best known as the cutting edge lead bassist in the Grammy Award-winning hard rock band Living Colour, but looking beyond the obvious, one quickly sees that Doug’s influence and impact on the world’s musical culture is much more vast and significant than often written or realized.

Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five’s “The Message”, listed by Rollingstone.com as the #1 Greatest Hip Hop Song of all time, featured Doug’s bass lines as do many other Sugarhill Records classics including “Apache”, “8th Wonder” and “White Lines”. Wimbish wrote the bass line on The Sequence’s “Funk You Up”.

To get an idea of the respect Doug has earned within the music industry, consider that in one week in 1991, Doug received personal phone calls from Living Colour, Bruce Springsteen and Seal, all asking him to work with them. Doug made the decision to work with Living Colour and joined the band, becoming its permanent bassist. He actively records and tours today with his band mates Vernon Reid, Corey Glover and Will Calhoun. The group’s latest album, “Shade”, was released in September of 2017.

In addition to his work with Living Colour, Doug’s highly regarded career spanning all musical genres has also included recording, producing and touring with many world renowned artists including The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Herb Albert, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Carly Simon, Seal, Al Green, Billy Idol, George Clinton, Depeche Mode, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, James Brown, Mos Def, Tarja Turunen, Ronnie Wood, Freddie Jackson, Michael Bolton, Schiller, Cheb Khaled, Hari Haran and Peter Wolf, to name a few.
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From his early days as one of Hip-Hop’s earliest architects in the Original Sugarhill Records Rhythm Section, to his long-time membership in Living Colour, TackHead, Little Axe, Jungle Funk, HeadFake, and then on to more recent collaborations including DMD the Vibes with Daru Jones & Marcus Machado, Doug continues to prove himself as one of the world’s finest, versatile and most sought after bass guitarists.

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Singer/songwriter John Thayer is a seasoned artist in the Indie Pop scene. The Portland, Oregon, native has worked with some of the best in the business including mixing engineer Greg Collins in Los Angeles (U2, Matchbox Twenty, No Doubt); emerging producer/engineer Micah Tawlks, owner of Peptalk Studio in Nashville, TN; and Rob Daiker, an established producer/engineer and owner of The Commune in Portland, OR.​

Thayer’s sound has evolved. His debut album “Letting Go” (2000) and “Ideology” (2007) evoke pop rock sensibilities, letting the guitar take center stage. “Laurel Street” (2013) had Thayer really coming into his new signature sound, incorporating more strings and synthesizers and pivoting into Indie Pop territory. “Take It Back” (2015) continued that legacy for a more eclectic sound. “Face to Face” (2016) was more in your face. Recently Thayer has been releasing upbeat singles — such as “You Can Lean On Me” (2017), “Don’t Ask Me Why” (2018), and “Carry Me Through” (2021) — to much play on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.

Thayer has recently released his newest three-song EP titled “Don’t Look Back.”

Thayer’s younger brother is Tommy Thayer, the lead guitarist in the Hall of Fame rock ’n’ roll band KISS.
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Nicole DeCosta is a TV host and producer with Portland’s CW, sharing colorful conversations with wave makers as well as celebrity exclusives. She also contributes to KOIN (Portland, Oregon’s CBS affiliate). Nicole blends spunky charm with polished professionalism in front of the lens and on the red carpet. And her New Year’s Eve events attract hundreds. She’s interviewed hundreds of celebrities for TV, radio, and print outlets.

Throughout her career, she’s nabbed 35 state and national journalism awards.

Nicole lives in color. You name it, she’s done it: served as Associate Editor of the Portland Tribune newspaper (120,000 circulation), spoken at universities about journalism, become a “get out and go” entertainment expert on TV and on the radio (KOIN, Portland’s CW, KPAM AM 860), starred in national TV commercials, voiced radio campaigns, released two albums, written thousands of newspaper articles, launched the lifestyle brand Nic&Amy, and won a karaoke contest on a cruise ship.

Nicole’s easygoing nature and infectious enthusiasm has helped raise thousands for charity, nab top hosting gigs, and become a connector in the community.

She is known for her “CWhat’s” lifestyle segments, “6 Things” weekly event round-up segments, red carpet interviews, and celebrity exclusives.

Nicole will outwork anyone, on any given day. She’s passionate about storytelling. She sees the good in people, always is up for adventure, and often falls asleep on the couch.

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“I said M-A-S, T-E-R, a G with a double E, I said I go by the unforgettable name of the man they call the Master Gee” – Rapper’s Delight.

Guy O’Brien is an American rapper known by the stage name Master Gee, founding member of the hip-hop group The Sugarhill Gang.

Master Gee and I recently spent some incredible time sharing life’s journey, our love and appreciation for the ability to continue to do what we were put on this planet to do. I can guarantee anyone spending time to join us on this live hang is gonna come away with a newfound appreciation for The Sugarhill Gang, this man’s passion for life and spreading positivity. You’ll no doubt walk away from this conversation as inspired as I have from Master Gee in the past.

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In 2017, Jordan joined the ranks of Century Media Records/Sony Music Entertainment artists, Adrenaline Mob (a position formerly held by both Mike Portnoy and AJ Pero). Jordan was introduced as the new drummer for Adrenaline Mob with a drum solo video that received over 2.5 million views and is still climbing. Jordan’s debut album with Adrenaline Mob titled “We The People” was released in the summer of 2017. It debuted at #2 on the iTunes Metal Chart, and #15 on the iTunes Rock Chart, and was supported by a US headline tour.

Unfortunately, the tour ended in tragedy. A truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel and struck the band’s bus, injuring the entire band and crew, and killing bassist David Z and tour manager Janet Rains. After this accident, Adrenaline Mob dis-banded and everyone needed time to heal.

Jordan was then asked to form a new band which is now known as Stereo Satellite which features Jordan, his brother Jared Cannata on guitar, singer Lukas Rossi (Rockstar Supernova), and bassist Erik Leonhardt (Tantric). In less than a year, Stereo Satellite had opened for Bon Jovi, played the Shiprocked Cruise alongside bands such as Stone Sour, In This Moment, Seether, P.O.D., and Black Label Society.

In 2018, Jordan also joined the ranks of two more bands; Sugarmore, a group of musicians with a mixture of rock and theatrical backgrounds who create pop-fusion versions of modern hits, as well as the band Voices of Extreme. Sugarmore’s focus is creating video content, and has garnered 75,000 views with their first two videos. With Voices of Extreme, Jordan spent portions of 2018 and 2019 touring the US opening for Tesla.

In May of 2019 Jordan filled in for Johnny Dee and toured with Doro Pesch of Warlock for a co-headline tour with Metal Church alongside Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage), Tommy Bolan (Warlock), and Nick Douglas (Doro).

Also in 2019, Jordan did two European tours with Dark Sky Choir. One of which was in support of Queensryche and Firewind.

The pandemic certainly put a hold on almost all musical activity, but now in 2022, Jordan is a member of Tokyo Motor Fist which features members of Trixter, Danger Danger, and Rainbow. Jordan also tours with multi-platinum artists Slaughter when their usual drummer Will Hunt is out with Evanescence.

When Jordan isn’t on the road, he also works as a studio musician and drum instructor. Jordan has his own top of the line studio which allows him to record for clients and teach students all over the world as well as traveling for studio sessions. Jordan has always loved sharing his passion for drums and enjoys passing his knowledge on to students of all ages and experience.

With multiple bands, multiple recordings, and multiple videos being released routinely, Jordan is looking forward to what the future holds!

If you’re interested in hiring Jordan, email him at info@jordancannata.com.

Jordan’s social media links are as follows:
Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | Official Website

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Portland resident recently retired from a very long, productive, and fascinating career in music and recording. John started playing guitar at the age of 10 while growing up in Pontiac, Michigan. He formed The Ascots at 14, writing and recording the garage-rock classic “So Good”, hanging out with future Detroit-based rock stars Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, and the MC5, and opening for groups like the Turtles, the Who, Shades of Blue, and the Capitols.

Two more groups followed – The Tribe and Toad and the Mushroom – before he got a steady job playing guitar in Motown/Stax producer Don Davis’s house band, backing some very big names such as Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Mary Wells, the Spinners, and Billy Paul. From there, he played bass guitar for Steppenwolf in the late 70s, then with Hoyt Axton and Redeye.

In 1979, John quit the music business, for the time being, married, and moved to Maui. He was asked to deejay at a local radio station, and that turned into a popular and long-running morning show. John was there for the birth of Jawaiian music, a mix of Jamaican reggae, Hawaiian pop, and a touch of Motown soul.

While living on Maui, John met Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and partnered with him to build a recording studio. There he worked as audio engineer on Becker’s solo album “11 Tracks of Whack” and again on Donald Fagen’s “Kamakiriad”.

After a stint in Phoenix running his own recording studio. John moved to Los Angeles and collaborated with filmmaker David Lynch on the soundtrack and audio for The Straight Story, Mulholland Drive, and Inland Empire. He also did the sound mix for DVD releases of Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, and Eraserhead.

From L.A., John moved to Portland to be closer to family. And here he built and ran a sound studio called The Lab. John retired, or so he claims, just a few months ago. But music’s in his blood, and he continues to take on a few production gigs while also playing bass in the Portland band Christie Josef and the Purpose.

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