The Hitman Blues Band

 

 

Russell "Hitman" Alexander
Mike Porter
Kevin Rymer
Ed "The Hat" D'Alessio

Mike Snyder
Nancy Hampton
Mike Mulieri
Jim Sabella
Eric Altarac
Greg Mercado

Angelique Alexander
Joanne Alexander

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Hitman - 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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Ed The Hat
     
Mike Porter - Bass Guitar
Kevin Rymer - Organ and Synth
Ed "The Hat" D'Alessio - Drums

Mike Porter has played in numerous groups, ranging from Greatful Dead tributes bands to esoteric funk.

Aside from his impressive abilities on bass, he also handles vocals and, when needed, acoustic guitar.

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Kevin has been performing for over 25 years, and is one of the earliest players to take full advantage of the electronic revolution that brought in synthesis.

During that time, he still remained deeply involved in the traditional Hammond sound, playing on B-2 and B-3 organs in clubs and concerts all along the east coast.

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Ed "The Hat" has been a New York fixture for over 30 years, playing with a huge number of local artists. He "cut his teeth" with Little Buster & The Soul Brothers, learning how to become a consummate dance drummer in the R&B/funk/blues style that he has mastered. He's also spent over 20 years playing with the Massapequa Full Gospel Tabernacle (Gospel Television), touring with them when required. He toured Europe with Larry Burton and Tony Llorens (Albert King Band), and locally has been the mainstay of literally hundreds of jam sessions hosted by Long Island's "King of Jams", Jim Moran.

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Michael Snyder
Nancy Hampton
Mike Mulieri
     
Mike Snyder - Piano, Clarinet
Nancy Hampton - Backing Vocals
Mike Mulieri - Engineer, Guitar

Michael Snyder is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist. While he played Bari Sax for two cuts on Angel In The Shadows, he is often hired to play sax (from Bari to Soprano), keyboards, or clarinet. 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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Mike has been producing and engineering records for 15 years during which he has accrued an impressive client list. He is an award winning published songwriter.

Mike is currently touring as the bassist for The Upwelling.

Jim Sabella
Eric Altarac
Greg Mercado
         
Jim Sabella - Producer, Guitar
Eric Altarac - Trumpet
Greg Mercado - Tuba

James Sabella has been in the music industry for more than 30 years.

He was signed to RCA Records and MCA Records as an artist in the early 80s.

He has taken the blend of musician/engineer/producer and built a state-of-the-art facility located away from the hectic pace of Manhattan. Sabella Recording Studios received independent and major label recognition with such platinum records as Public Enemy's -Nation Of Millions- in 1984 and Marcy Playground's debut release in 1997.

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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Angelique Alexander
 
Joanne Alexander
   
         
Angelique Alexander - Backing Vocals
 
Joanne Alexander - Backing Vocals
   

Angelique has a BA in Opera Performance from Purchase University, and has performed for numerous audiences around the country. She is currently teaching in the NYC school system, as well as performing in various musical projects.

 

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