Monte Muza - Guitar
Allen Myers - Keyboards
As a composer, Dr. Allen Myers was named Composer of the Year 2000-2001 from the Music Teachers National Association/Missouri Music Teachers Association. His commissioned work for the MMTA convention “Trio of Time” for flute, piano and cello went on to win the 2003 Chamber Music Composition Contest at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In that same year his doctoral dissertation “Kaleidoscope” for solo alto saxophone and chamber orchestra took first place in the 2003 Orchestral Music Composition Contest at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His jazz compositions have been featured in Society of Composers Incorporated Conference and at the Indiana Music Educators convention. He captured attention as a jazz composer In 2008 when he was invited to participate in the International Jazz Composers’ Symposium Poster Session in Tampa, Florida. Since 2012 his music is being placed numerous music library catalogs that is pitched to clients for use in film, television and advertising industries. His music has been heard on the ABC television show “Revenge”, the CBS show “Friends with Better Lives” and Showtimes “Homeland”. Allen Myers is an Adjunct Professor at William Jewell College where he has taught courses in Orchestration, Jazz History, Jazz Arranging/Composing I and II, Jazz Styles and Analysis and a Business of Music Course.Type your paragraph here.
Al Pearson began his musical career in Philadelphia during a time when there were many mentors that made themselves available to ALL musicians who would seek them out. John Coltrane, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Richie Kamuca, Hank Mobley, Billy Root, Johnny Coles, Lee Morgan, Odean Pope, Bootsie Barnes, Jimmy Oliver, Bill Doggett, Bobby Timmons, and Jymie Merrit were among the musicians who lived in Philadelphia at that time. During those early learning period years Al played in a seven piece band lead by trumpeter Owen Marshall and the two young saxophonists in the group, Carl and Earl Grubbs, were nephews of John Coltrane. While learning to play jazz he began playing casual dances and shows featuring Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Sammy Davis, Jr, Marvin Gaye and many others. He was a recording studio musician for Philly Sound Studios for many years. Education was garnered from The Granoff School of Music, Philadelphia Academy of Music, Mesa Community College in Arizona , Arizona State University and Park University in Missouri . Al participated in many jazz bands led by Basie trombonist Al Grey, pianist-trumpeter-composer Owen Marshall, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Jackie McLean, Jay McShann, Claude ‘Fiddler’ Williams, Eddie Harris, Carmel Jones, Everette DeVan, Ahmad Alaadeen, Bill Caldwell, Sonny Kenner, Arch Martin, Myra Taylor, Queen Bey, Boulevard Big Band, Trilogy Big Band, River City Orchestra, Louis Neal Big Band, Vince Bilardo Orchestra, the New Vintage Big Band and others. Musicals in the Kansas City area, include 42nd Street , The Lena Horne Show and the Tiffany’s Attic production of One Mo’ Time. Recently Al has backed performers such as Lou Rawls, Debbie Reynolds, Crystal Gale, Four Tops, and Joe Piscopo. Al has also performed with the Danville , IL symphony, performing a Duke Ellington work.Type your paragraph here.
Danny Reid - Drums and vocals
Al Pearson - Trumpet
Monte was born in the Kansas City, MO on April 15, 1948. In Independence, Mo. to be exact. Monte got a late start playing music, getting his first guitar at age15. But he practiced a lot and worked hard to overcome the late start. By the time he was in his late teens he was in the back up band of Blues giant Albert Collins, who lived in the Kansas City area during the 1960’s. Monte took an interest in R&B at the time, as well as blues, and then eventually got interested in jazz. In the following years he had the opportunity to perform with local musician’s, trumpeter Carmell Jones, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, and guitarist Pat Metheny, all of whom became internationally renowned. He also had the opportunity to perform with world famous saxophone players Eddie Cleanhead Vinson ,Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Heath, David (Fathead) Newman and Ernie Wilkins. Additionally he performed with trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry, trombonist Curtis Fuller, bassist Percy Heath, drummer Louis Hayes, and fellow guitarist Phil Upchurch. Over the years Monte has been teaching music lessons, guitar,bass, music theory, etc. as well as performing in the Kansas City area with as many local musicians as possible in many different styles Blues, R&B, Jazz, etc. He hopes to continue performing and teaching for many years to come.
Reid is recognized as a multi-functional performing artist, frequently featured as a well-respected pianist, percussionist and drummer. He has appeared with internationally ranked artists James Williams, Christian McBride, Sharon Montgomery, Gary Weldon, Alicia Williamson, Horace Alexander Young, Wendell Brooks of the Simon Phillips Band, Clay Walker, Steve Dunn, David Winkler and others. Locally he's worked with James Albright, Jay Eudale, Stan Kessler, Walt Chambers and Bill McKemy just to name a few. While in Texas he earned a degree in music education, was employed as a booking agent in Austin, Texas, served as a head band director in the Houston area, and was a member of Texas Bands “Generation Gap”, “HighRize”, and others before relocating to Kansas City in 2003. Prior to joining Heat Index, Reid founded, directed and was the keyboardists for the Uptown Players, Kansas City, a funk and soul showcase, writing and arranging for the band. He remains active performing in symphonic and orchestral roles as well. In August of 2009, Reid founded the Musicians Movement Kansas City (www.musiciansmovement.com), an organization providing consultation, solutions and first rate educational services to local music directors and students of music, where he is currently employed. He has served as an associate musician on staff at First Baptist Church, Raytown Missouri since his arrival in the greater Kansas City area.Type your paragraph here.