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Diana Jacobs Band

Mettis and Diana Jacobs - Guitar/Bass/Vocals and Vocals/Keyboard

 

Photos by Juan Junco 

Mettis and Diana Jacobs have performed together in the CNY area for over 30 years with bands ranging in genre from Blues and Rock to R&B and Gospel. Together they recorded their first cd, entitled I Thank Him, with their gospel group -  Jacobs' Ladder. The title cut of that cd was nominated for a Sammy Award in 2005. Diana recently released a solo album of blues and jazz-inspired originals called What She Needs. That album includes a performance by Grammy-Winning Trumpeter/Flugelhornist, Randy Brecker (Brecker Brothers). Diana has also appeared on stage and on recordings as a backing vocalist. Most notable collaborations: Paulie Cerra's Hometown Showdown (2017 & 2018), Lou Reed Band Reunion Show (2018), as well as Performances by Gary Wright, John Hall (Orleans), and Al Jardine (Beach Boys) at the Rochester Hall of Fame Show in 2018... just to name a few.

Good Metticine, the 2017 release by Diana Jacobs Band of all-original Retro-Soul music, won the 2018 Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMY) for Best R&B recording. The album features two performances on keys by George Rossi (Little Georgie and the Shufflin' Hungarians). Diana fronts DJB, and Mettis, on guitar and now bass, shares the lead vocals. Their entertaining style and dynamic vocals have become trademark features of the band. The band is currently in the studio working on a new album.

Dave Hanlon - Drums

Dave Hanlon, born in Auburn NY,  has been inducted into the Music Hall of Fame in both Syracuse and Rochester NY. He has performed in drum clinics with the late, great Louis Bellson in NY & LA.

Dave has also been nominated three times as the International Studio Jams Most Inspiring Drummer, and won the award in 2015. He is currently seen on over 30 separate releases from Studio Jams, and his drumming on SJ, has been viewed almost 3 million times and counting! He has recorded and played with: Duke Jupiter, C.R.A.C., Dove, Swing Central, Apple Jazz Band, Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook, and is currently leading his own instrumental band, Funky Jazz Band. His newest musical adventure is drumming with the Diana Jacobs Band.

David has also taught drums privately through the years, with most notable students being Jon Fishman of Phish, Shawn Kelly, John Mangicaro, John Bletch, Bob Holz, Brian Meegan, and many more.

Dave Kuykendall - Guitar

 

 Photo by Juan Junco

Dave was interested in music at a very early age and began lessons at 8 yrs old. He studied with different teachers until he was about 20, then decided to enroll at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. There Dave took his studies even further; he became interested in different styles of music from jazz to fusion, to funk and fingerstyle acoustic. While in California, he studied with some of the best musicians on the planet. “It opened my whole thought process” says Dave. He’s also been influenced by a lot of the musicians in this area. Dave has been in many local bands from 1990 when he returned from California, most of them being funk and soul bands, but he’s also done, jazz, blues, rock, country, etc. He has played many parties, weddings, clubs, and corporate gigs.

Dave has also been teaching music/guitar for over 20 years in Geneva, Auburn, Rochester, and Seneca Falls. He really enjoys passing down his knowledge to the students and seeing how they can be creative with what he has guided them on. Dave is also a solo guitar arranger. His videos can be seen on Youtube. If interested, his nickname is tuckis23 on Youtube. Dave has also done a lot of pit work for area musical productions.

Influences... there are way too many… but a few are Tuck Andress, Ross Bolton, Micheal Landau, Allen Hinds, Tommy Emmanuel, Guthrie Govan, Dave Weckl, Vinny Couliutia, Chick Corea, Victor Wooten, Tower of Power, and Aquarium Rescue Unit. Dave still practices daily, and loves to be inspired and learn new things. Music is just a never-ending journey!!!

 

 

Sue Ferlenda - Vocals/Keyboard

 

Photos by Juan Junco

Sue Ferlenda, originally from Moravia, N.Y., has resided in Auburn since 1980. She is married with two children and has been singing for most of her life; however, she credits the late Jim Watts for getting her started on her "public" music path as backing vocalist with Jacobs' Ladder. Mettis, Diana, Sue, and Jim Watts worked together in the 12 piece group which released its only cd in 2004 entitled I Thank Him. Sue also sang with the group Too Old to Rap and has worked as a vocal soloist for various ceremonies. Her current love is singing beautiful harmonies with Diana Jacobs Band.

Next Level Horns - Nick Moses (trumpet), Chuck Leo (saxophone), Matt Bond (trombone)

DJB plays as often as possible as an eight-piece with the full horn section, but they also play on occasion with just Nick Moses on trumpet. Nick is not only the section leader, he also does all of the horn arrangements for the band.