It seemed like a crazy proposition, getting 20 of Dane County‘s best to perform the classics of Steely Dan. But that’s exactly what happened in the fall of 2013. The band, headed by Dave Adler and Dave Stoler, has been selling out venues ever since with their tribute to the talents of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.
In addition to Adler and Stoler on keyboard, the band also has Jay Moran, Steve Burke, and Dennis Shepherd on guitar; Joey Banks and Gregg Rullman on drums; percussionist James “Pie” Cowan; Phil Lyons and Gordon Ranney on bass; Al Falaschi on tenor saxophone; Courtney Larsen on trombone; Phil Zell on trumpet; Clay Konnor on alto saxophone and EWI; Alison Margaret and Megan Moran as backup singers; and Biff Blumfumgagnge, Freedy Johnston, Mike Massey and Andy Wallman as featured vocalists.
The band will be playing at Jazz in the Park this Thursday, August 13th, at 6 p.m. at Cathedral Square Park. Adler responded to our questions via email.
How did your band meet/start playing together?
Dave Stoler lent me his Ball-peen hammer for an experimental piece I was working on. We started talking about William S. Burroughs.
How did you get involved in Jazz in the Park and what do you like about performing there?
Milwaukee has always been one of my favorite places. We have many good friends who live and work there. They all speak very highly of Jazz in the Park. We’re psyched.
Who are your main musical influences?