SCHULTZ BAND FEAT. FINIS TASBY (USA)
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Born in 1954 in New York City, Alex Schultz grew up surrounded by the emerging rock and roll cultural revolution of the sixties, but quickly became immersed in that city’s legacy of great jazz music. Studying with legendary guitarist George Barnes and later at Boston’s Berklee College of music laid groundwork in jazz. Early exposure to BB King, James Cotton and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band had planted the seeds of a life- long love of blues music.
Armed with this combination, Schultz moved to Los Angeles in 1979, pursuing pop music’s fickle fortunes. However, he was soon drawn back to the roots music he loved. Establishing himself as both a bass player and guitarist on the roots music scene, Schultz’ first high profile gig was 2 1/2 years with early Rock and Roll / Rhythm and Blues pioneer Hank Ballard & the Midnighters. This provided some early road experience as well, including playing Antones in Austin Texas in 1986.
Soon followed a historic stint with legendary Los Angeles harmonica master William Clarke. With Clarke, Schultz played and recorded with Guitarist Smokey Wilson, recorded what became WC Handy winning Alligator album “Blowing Like Hell”, and made appearances on all 4 of Clarke’s Alligator releases. During this period Schultz was meanwhile playing with just about everyone on the Los Angeles roots music scene, including Coco Montoya, Debbie Davies, Finis Tasby, Steve Samuels, Rob Rio, and countless others. Next began a 7 year, 5 record association with Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers. This gig took Schultz around the world numerous times including gigs in Australia, Japan, and all over Western Europe and Scandinavia. Recordings included two albums on Black Top records in the early ‘90’s and the classic “Live at BB King’s” recorded in Memphis. Schultz left the group in ‘95 to pursue other projects and the next was a three year collaboration with blues rebel Lester Butler (ex- Red Devils harmonica and vocals ) which resulted in the HighTone album “13 Featuring Lester Butler” and 4 European tours. Concurrently Schultz appeared on two Delmark releases with old New York friend Tad Robinson, and recently has been touring with Tad and they are completing a self-produced project. Since ‘95 Schultz’s free-lance work has resulted in many recordings and tours, with a wide variety of roots music included in the mix, including collaborations and recordings with Italian harmonica player Egidio ‘Juke’ Ingala, jazz/ blues keyboard player Benjie Porecki, Washington DC jump blues masters Big Joe & the Dynaflows, etc. The early years of the new century have seen Schultz collaborating and guesting with many European and American Artists. Recent recordings have been Frank Goldwasser’s ‘Blu Ju’ disc on Crosscut, the latest disc from BB & the Blues Shacks also on Crosscut, and the solo disc from young Italian guitarist Enrico Crivellaro.
In October 2004 Schultz´s album “think about it” was released on “Severn Records”.