Tony Cuda’s Jazz Cats at Bop Stop

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  • Tony Cuda’s Jazz Cats play a mixture of original jazz-influenced music along with some up tempo groove-oriented jazz standards. Featuring:

    Chris Cuda – Guitar
    Dan Maier – Keys
    Dave Sterner – Sax
    Carlos Kincaid – Drums
    Tony Cuda – Bass + Composer


    Tony Cuda is a bass player and composer of modern jazz influenced music. Tony founded The Jazz Cats in 2010 and released his 2nd CD in 2016, “Broken Streams of Consciousness” as a follow up to the critically acclaimed “Herding Jazz Cats” debut release in 2014. Tony is a graduate of Cleveland Hts High School and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for 3 years in the late 1970’s. Tony received a Masters degree from John Carroll University in education. His musical influences include Weather Report, Chic Corea, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miles Davis, Yes, King Crimson and many, many others. As part of CuDa, KrishNa & CuDa, the band released 3 CD’s and performed as an opening act for such luminaries as Allan Holdsworth, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Carl Palmer (ELP), Ambrosia, Project Object (former Zappa members) and Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin and Mike Clark.

    Dan Maier (keys) attended Berklee School, New England Conservatory, and studied jazz piano with Lennie Tristano, Jaki Byard, Ran Blake, and classical piano with Andreus Kuprevicius, George Haddad, and Margaret Chaloff. In NYC, Dan was a member of Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and toured with Philip Glass and Woody Herman. In Cleveland, Dan plays at the jazz club, Nighttown, where he recently led trios for Cheryl Bentine of Manhattan Transfer, Nicole Henry, Alexis Cole, Jackie Ryan, and Ann Hampton Callaway. He has worked with hundreds of world-class acts in all musical genres, and has been a member of the Cleveland Pops and Jazz Orchestra. He is currently a member of the North Coast Jazz Collective, with 3 released CD’s of original compositions, and The Mojo Big Band.

    Chris Cuda (guitar) is a self-taught acoustic/electric/synth guitarist. Chris has a new release coming out this year with Kip Reed (Bass), Steve Renko (Drums), as well as other guests. Chris has recorded and/or performed with David Thomas (Rocket From The Tombs & Pere Ubu), Horns & Things, Sonny Geraci (The Outsiders), Len Berry, Tommy Roe, Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, Leslie Gore, Billy J. Krammer, The Shangri-La’s, Gilby Clarke (Guns & Roses, MC5, Heart), Michael Cartellone (drummer for Tommy Shaw, Damn Yankees & Lynyrd Skynyrd) Jeckyl & Hyde, Jackie Cooper (O’Jays drummer) Michael Gibbs (session w/orchestrator for Mahavishnu, Jaco, and Peter Gabriel), and Dazz Band & Beaucoup band members, and Chris’s primary band – CuDa RenKo CuDa since 2006. Chris’s influences include Julian Bream, Bill DeArango, John Coltrane, Miles, James Brown, Yes, John McLaughlin, and 20th century composers.

    Dave Sterner (sax) is a 1992 graduate of Indiana University’s Jazz Studies program, where he studied under renowned jazz educator David Baker. In addition to teaching for the Cuyahoga Community College jazz program, Mr. Sterner conducts the Lakeland Community College Civic Jazz Orchestra and co-directs the Lakeland Jazz Festival. Dave has recorded with the Ernie Krivda Fat Tuesday Big band, the Jazz Heritage Orchestra, the N. Glenn Davis Quintet (featuring Phil Woods), and the Dave Sterner Quintet. He has won awards from the Scene magazine and Free Times magazine for best jazz ensemble and horn player. As a free-lance musician, Sterner has performed locally with Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Manhattan Transfer, Vanessa Rubin, David Sanborn, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie All-star Big Band to name a few.

    Carlos Kincaid (drums) Carlos is the newest member of The Jazz Cats. He was born and raised in Cleveland. Carlos has played with the Dazz Band, Von James, Lyfe Jennings, Rodney Hubbard, the Mike Austin group, and many other fine area musicians. Carlos plays all styles and enjoys laying out the groove….he makes everything feel good!


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