Funk Soul Jazz Fusion
- Saturday, Jun 17, 2017
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About Class Action
From 1979-1982, Class Action was one of the Twin Cities’ most popular dance bands. Featuring the area’s top studio musicians and singers, the group was known for it’s breadth of material, musicality, and high-energy shows. Since disbanding in 1982, Class Action members have gone on to have influential musical careers in the Twin Cities and beyond.
About Rockie Robbins
After getting his start in seminal Minnesota R&B bands like the Mystics and Good Vibrations, Rockie Robbins was already an established star of the Twin Cities music scene when he founded Class Action with Ricky Peterson, Rick Cornish, and Doug Nelson in 1978. Rockie left Class Action in 1979 to launch his solo career with a highly-regarded A&M Records debut album. His follow-up album yielded his biggest hit, “You and Me,” which charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Top 10 for over five months. Rockie’s third album, scored two R&B hits including “I Believe In Love.” In 1984, his song “Emergency” was featured in the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack to the Hollywood blockbuster, “Beverly Hills Cop.” Rockie has produced seven charting singles. At the Dakota, Rockie will debut songs from his forthcoming album “Good Life,” produced by Class Action keyboardist, Ricky Peterson.
About Patty Peterson
Patty Peterson is a world class Jazz/R&B vocalist, a Jazz Radio show host on KBEM Jazz 88 in Minneapolis, a mainstay in the jingle and voice over industry and is an inspiring presenter on the national speaking circuit. In addition to being an award winning vocalist both live and in studio, Patty has hosted radio talk shows, appeared in numerous commercial voice-overs and jingles, and has performed the national anthem at major sporting venues. Patty has released four solo recordings, featuring the likes of Sheila E., David Hazeltine, Stokley Williams, and Ira Sullivan, as well as her mother, Jeanne Arland Peterson and her brothers; Billy Peterson, Ricky Peterson and Paul Peterson. Patty has been praised by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and received the coveted Minnesota Music Award for best vocalist seven times as well as winning best jazz recording honors. In 2010 she was inducted into the Mid America Hall of Fame.
About Ricky Peterson
Ricky Peterson is a lifelong Minnesotan whose music focuses on the “Minneapolis” sound. A nationally in-demand keyboard player and vocalist, Ricky is best known for his 20-year association with saxophone legend David Sanborn. Ricky was well known for his work with Minneapolis bands Good Vibrations and Class Action and was a mainstay in Minneapolis’ busy studio scene. He has gone on to tour extensively across the U.S. and around the world, performing live or recording with Prince (producing and arranging the song “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”), Stevie Nicks, Annie Lennox, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, Anita Baker, James Taylor, Mavis Staples, Joe Sample, Sting, Sergio Mendes, Brian Wilson, Rodger Waters, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Phil Upchurch, Jimmy Buffet, Fine Young Cannibals, Steve Miller Band, The GoGos, Paula Abdul, Boz Scaggs, Dave Koz, Lalah Hathaway, Sheryl Crow, Jonathon Butler, Bruce Willis, The Jets, Jermaine Jackson, Rhythm Syndicate, Chaka Khan, Robben Ford, Howard Hewett, Larry Graham, Tuck & Patti, George Benson, and John Mayer. As part of his long association with jazz and rock pianist Ben Sidran, Ricky collaborated on the score for the award-winning 1994 documentary, “Hoop Dreams.” Ricky’s CDs are available on GoJazz Records.
About Candy Anderson Cretekos
Candy began singing in church when she was a little girl, and soon discovered her talents were in demand outside the church, as well. She fronted the all-girl band “Candy and the Wrappers” and worked with Wayne Cochran & the CC Riders… traveling from New York to Greenland to Las Vegas. Candy later settled in Minneapolis, where she became a founding member of the iconic Twin Cities band, Good Vibrations before joining Class Action in 1980. While playing clubs at night, she spent her days as a first-call singer in Minneapolis’ busy recording studios. Candy later moved to California, where, at New Wine Church, she returned to her musical roots. In recent years, she has performed at seminars, churches, and prison ministries throughout California and as far away as Taiwan. Candy has also performed for “Gospel Comedy Slam” events in the Los Angeles area (with several appearances as Diana Ross), the Annual “Make a Difference” event for the City of Santa Ana and sang the National Anthem for Returning of the Troops and 911 Memorial events in Orange County. She also performed and spoke at the AutismOne convention in Chicago in honor of her son.
About Stephen Faison
An incredibly versatile artist, Steve has performed for audiences around the world as a vocalist, percussionist, bassist, drummer and guitarist. In the studio, he has performed on hundreds of jingles, albums and soundtracks for radio, television and industrial shows including Dairy Queen, the Minnesota Twins and local network television. As a vocalist, Steve is a prolific singer of many styles including jazz scatting, R&B, pop, rock, and blues. Steve also stays busy as a producer, arranger, composer, ensemble instructor and clinician for college and high school music programs. He has been a staff writer and player for recording studios in the Twin Cities and Atlantic City. In addition to Class Action, Steve has performed with The Coasters, the Drifters, the Marvellettes, the Platters, Walter Trout, and Aretha Franklin.
About Rick Cornish
A Minnesota native, Rick Cornish began his career as an instrumentalist, arranger and composer. After studying at North Texas State University where he played with the famed “1:00 Lab Band,” Rick traveled extensively, backing the likes of Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Joel Grey, Julie Andrews, Paul Williams, and “Doc” Severinson and worked the pit for touring musicals like “Funny Girl,” “A Chorus Line,” and “Godspell”. Back in the Twin Cities, Rick performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and was featured with the Minnesota Orchestra on their staging of the score from Abba’s musical, “Chess.” He also played with Twin Cities bands The Mystics (with Alexander O’Neal), Good Vibrations, Rockie Robbins, Lover, Zenner and—of course—Class Action. Rick has written music for albums, television, film and staged events. One of Rick’s compositions was premiered by the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He began his second career as a Creative Director in the 1980s and, in 1990, founded Flying Colors Incorporated, which for 22 years was one of the area’s leading film, video and event companies, earning more than 70 national and international awards.
About Rick Houle
Rick Houle began his music career in Minneapolis, performing with the group Passage (with world-famous drummers Eric Gravatt and Gordy Kundtson), the Doug Maynard Band, guitar virtuoso Mike Eliot, Class Action and a host of others. He was also an active studio musician on the Twin Cities commercial scene. Moving to Seattle in 1984, Rick was soon in demand for a wide variety of groups from jazz to R&B, funk, shows, Brazilian music and more. He’s worked with Ernestine Anderson, Jay Thomas, Marc Seales and other Seattle luminaries. Most notably, Rick played with “Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao”… well-known from the leader’s tours with New York’s Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Currently, Rick is a member of “Nearly Dan,” a 12-piece group that plays the music of Steely Dan.
About Glenn Swanson
From an education background in both music and science (chemistry, math and computer sciences), Glenn Swanson became one of the Twin Cities’ leading drummers in both live venues and the studio. He was a staff drummer at Creation Audio and worked with Minneapolis’ leading recording icons, including Herb Pilhoffer and Chris Moon. After two years with Class Action, Glenn went on to work with Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles) and co-authored her book, “Behind the Shades.” He even served as Master of Ceremonies for her tour, including dates at the Blue Note in Tokyo and Motion Blue in Yokohama, Japan. He produced Kev L and Souled Out, which was nominated for 2008 Gospel Video of the Year. He later turned his attention to arts for children and was a grant recipient from the General Mills and Cargill Foundations for “Faces of Children,” a multimedia theatrical production. Glenn also produced jazz vocalist Pippi Ardennia and helped launch the youth jazz initiative, “PipJazz Sundays” at the Landmark. Glenn also published “shoes on the table,” a book of verse, image, and poetry on Buddhist philosophy.