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2005-08-13

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Leo Nocentelli's THE METERS were the Grammy's 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners.

Will Calhoun was named Number One Progressive Drummer by Modern Drummer Magazine's Readers Poll three times (1989, 1991 & 1992)

Living Colour won Grammy's in 1990 and 1991 for Best Hard Rock Performance

Leo Nocentelli of The Meters with Will Calhoun & Doug Wimbish of Living Colour

Featuring: Leo Noncentelli - guitar
Doug Wimbish - bass
Will Calhoun - drums
Cochemea "Cheme" Gastelum - saxophone

LEO NOCENTELLI was one of the original members of the Meters, a groundbreaking funk group based in New Orleans from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s. The band, playing mostly instrumentals, stayed at the forefront of the music scene in the Big Easy and achieved a good measure of national attention with Nocentelli penning songs and contributing guitar work. He has since gone out on his own developing his style with varied elements that span blues, rock, rap, jazz, and funk, but he considers himself a funk musician, first and foremost. He and his band have performed from coast to coast across the U.S., including an appearance at New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival. He has penned more than 200 songs, some of which were recorded by Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, Etta James, the Neville Brothers, Z.Z. Hill, Albert King, and George Duke.

Despite his desire to be known as a funk guitarist, Nocentelli originally wanted to be a jazz musician. He taught himself how to play the guitar during his youth by holing up in his room and listening to recordings by such artists as Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel, Johnny Smith, and Kenny Burrell. He found work with Danny White, and followed up with a stint as part of Art Neville & the Hawkettes. The Hawkettes eventually evolved into the Meters, whose membership included George Porter Jr. and Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste. Nocentelli's career includes session work for a number of artists, including Peter Gabriel, Earl King, Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, and Patti LaBelle, as well as the Wild Tchoupitoulas, an offshoot of the Meters. He has also played on recordings by Manhattan Transfer, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, and the Winans, among others.

The guitarist played with an incarnation of the Meters, called the Funky Meters, until 1993, when he decided to go solo. He has also contributed to movie soundtracks, among them White Men Can't Jump, Blaze, and Heartbreakers. His television appearances include An Evening at the Improv and Saturday Night Live. The Louisiana native resides in Los Angeles, CA.

WILL CALHOUN's unique blend of improvisational and hard rock drumming can be found on each of Living Colour's four Epic releases: the ground breaking multi-platinum debut, Vivid, the critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Time's Up, the 1991 EP, Biscuits, 1993's Stain, and their latest release on Sanctuary Records, Collide�scope. A prolific song writer, Will has co-written many Living Colour compositions and wrote the critically acclaimed song, Pride, on the Time's Up album and Nothingness on the Stain album. As a member of Living Colour, Will received a Grammy Award in 1989 for Best Hard Rock Performance by a group and another Grammy in 1990 for Best Hard Rock Performance. Living Colour also won an International Rock Award In 1991 for Best Rock Band.

In addition to his work with Living Colour, Will has recorded and/or toured with diverse artists including B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Marcus Miller, Dr.John, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD "High Life"), and recorded with rappers Run-DMC and Public Enemy. As a producer, player, and songwriter, Will has worked on Herb Alpert's Grammy-nominated CD, Colors.

DOUG WIMBISH, a sought-after master of his instrument, Doug has recorded and performed with a diverse roster of talent including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Carly Simon, Depeche Mode, Jeff Beck and Mick Jagger. In 1991, Doug was introduced to hard-rock sensation Living Colour through drummer Will Calhoun, which lead to him replacing Muzz Skilings on bass. While with Living Colour, Doug recorded two successful albums Stain and Pride. In 1993, Living Colour received a Grammy nomination for a song co-written by Doug, Leave It Alone.

Doug has continued to work on many high profile projects. He performed on The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon album (along with Tackhead singer Bernard Fowler on backing vocals), co-wrote a Lionel Richie album with Andre Betts (Madonna's producer), played on Atlantic records rising star Nicole Renee's album, and performed on Depeche Mode's Ultra album. The Headfake Productions team of Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun co-produced and played on the Herb Alpert album Colours.