The Hitman Blues Band

 

 

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Hitman Blues Band

Russell "Hitman" Alexander

Paul Gilmore
Michael Snyder
Guy LaFountaine
John Kelly Jr.
Nick Clifford
Eric Altarac
Joanna Alexander
Nancy Hampton

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Russell "Hitman" Alexander - Guitar, Vocals, composer & lyricist

Having over 40 years experience as a professional musician/bandleader, songwriter, publisher, and record company owner, Russell "Hitman" Alexander has seen many sides of the business. He has performed worldwide, first playing with “society" orchestras (Lester Lanin, Peter Duchin, Roger Stanley, and many others), with the progressive rock act “Childhood’s End”, the new wave band “Candy”, and now with his own group, The Hitman Blues Band.

As the son of famed jazz vibist Ray Alexander, he was exposed to music from childhood on. Early memories include his father’s jam sessions with luminaries such as Tal Farlow, Major Holley, Oliver Jackson, and many others, as well as attending many live performances. It was always his goal to be a professional musician, but he also began songwriting in his early teens.

Now, with the experience of thousands of performances to draw on, he’s constantly looking for ways to both give his audience a great show, and share his enthusiasm for the songs.

 

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Paul Gilmore
Paul Gilmore - Bass Guitar
Guy LaFountaine
Guy LaFountaine - Drums

Paul's info is coming soon

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Guy LaFountaine has been playing drums since the age of 10. Starting with his school marching band, he played at venues such as Yankees stadium, Giant Stadium, and Shea Stadium,. He even performed during the famous Macy's Thanksgiving parade. His playing style is strongly influenced by lessons taken with Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Öyster Cult, Rainbow, Quiet Riot, Black Sabbath)

Guy’s musical interest spanned multiple genres over the years and he has played with bands covering hard rock, classic rock, heavy metal, grunge/alternative rock, and various tribute bands that covered AC/DC and Priest. He even crossed over the country, and is the first call drummer for the Joe Bayer Band. While attending clinics in Memphis to perfect various shuffles and swing beats he discovered the love of blues, and is now drumming with The Hitman Blues Band.


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Kevin Bents
Michael Snyder - Keyboards
John Kelly Jr.
John Kelly Jr. - Tenor
Michael Snyder is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist. He arranges, sings - and has a repertoire of literally hundreds of tunes, from Bach to the latest Top 40 and everything in between, including many international songs. He is an amazing musician to work with, and Hitman is fortunate to have worked with him for a number of years in numerous live groups.
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John Kelly is an American touring professional musician. His career in music over the past 10 years has included regional and national US tours, as well as local residency and studio work. Classically trained through the rigorous program at the Aaron Copland School of Music, he is well rounded and comfortable performing across a wide variety of genres. Among his many current projects is the Hitman Blues Band, which he has been active in for the past year.
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Nick Clifford
Nick Clifford - Bari
Eric Altarac
Eric Altarac - Trumpet
Nick Clifford has been playing saxophone for 10 years, winning many awards while playing in his high school jazz band. This included an award for the best Baritone Saxophone player in the country in 2013. His first two albums were with the Ocean County College jazz band, which are available on Sound Cloud. He also appears with Shorty Long and The Jersey Horns, a popular tri-state area group. Nick is presently attending Five Towns College in Dix Hills, New York where he is getting his Bachelor's degree in Music.
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Eric started playing trumpet at age 7 and studied under Murry Karpolovsky (lead trumpet for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and principal trumpet for the NYC Ballet Co.) for many years. He earned an Associate’s Degree in the Performing Arts from Nassau Community College. Eric is currently studying under Jerome Callet .
He played with the “Brass Tax” band, who was under contracts with Steven Scott Orchestras and Emery Davis Orchestra, doing many club dates in the New York area for several years.

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Nancy Hampton
Nancy Hampton - Backup vocals
Joanna Alexander
Joanna Alexander - Backup Vocals
Nancy's info coming soon
Joanna's info coming soon

 

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