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Band members and bios

Jerry Hammack
Plays: Acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, piano, organ, synths, drums, percussion, vocals

Jerry is the de facto leader of TBMC. Since it’s inception, he has written the majority of all the songs the band has recorded, as well as produced the sessions. His production skills have been put to work for a number of Seattle heroes including Spike, Clambake, Somerset Magmas, The East and The West, The Fuzz, Native Tongue, Green Handshake, Joe Arrants and Survey Cez. As an Internet guru, Jerry developed some of the first music retailing concerns online, including sites for merchandising giants JSR Underworld through his firm, MusicScene International (MSI). MSI also produced web sites forthe influential Rockrgrl Magazine, and acts such as Bell, Goodness, Sister Psychic, Flake, David Denny, Grammy award nominee Xyra, Northwest legends The Kingsmen, and The Sonics, and counted Alice in Chains and The Grateful Dead among their many clients. Jerry’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington.   

Rod Moody
Plays: Lead Guitar

Rod Moody is a Seattle music scene legend. From influential pre-Sub Pop bands like Deranged Diction(with Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam's Jeff Ahmet) to Sub Pop 200 fame with Swallowand later on, Spike, Crime Family, The Fuzz, Whistle Jacket, Green Handshake, Twink the Wonderkidand Dry Bones, there are no degrees of separation between Rod and the most legendary of Seattle musicians. He is one of them. One of the founders of Y-Records, Rod also brought the likes of Goodness, Bell, Flake and Softy to the world. Rod contributed guitar work to TBMC’s “Tears in Rain” release (2000). Rod currentle leads The Fuzz in all it's thunder through the Seattle club scene. Rod's work is part of the permanent collection of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington.

Stephen Dorocke
Plays: Lead Guitar

Stephen Dorocke is a native of Chicagoland, and one of the premier American guitar and pedal steel guitar players around. He has performed with Pilgrim Beware, Handsome Family, Freakwater and Stan Ridgway since guiding TBMC through both the “For the Few” and “Marley’s Chain” sessions. A hell of a player and a hell of a gentleman, Steve is one of the founders of TBMC.

Osama Afifi
Plays: Bass

Influenced by such jazz and funk giants as Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke and Verdine White, bassist Osama Afifi cultivated his technique performing with a wide range of acts including R&B pioneers The Cadillacs, rock singer Maria McKee and jazz saxophonist Gary Herbig. In addition, Osama toured in the mid 90’s with French pop diva Vanessa Paradis during the peak of her success. Osama brought his groove to the 1994 TBMC release, “Marley’s Chain”, in an amazing merge of rock and funk. Osama can currently be found playing with the B Sharp Jazz Quartet, as well as teaching in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington.

Zoro  
Plays: Drums

Zoro is an internationally known rock star. One of the world’s most renowned and respected drummers, he has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The New Edition, Jody Watley, Sean Lennon, Philip Bailey, Lisa Marie Presley, among many others.
 
Zoro’s worldwide appeal is evident from his numerous awards and accolades.  He is consistently voted "#1 R&B Drummer & Educator" in Modern Drummer, Drum! and Rhythm Magazines. Zoro’s best-selling books and DVDs, The Big Gig, The Commandments of R&B Drumming (awarded the prestigious, "#1 Best Educational Products Title” in the Modern Drummer & Rhythm Magazine reader’s polls), and The Commandments of Early R&B Drumming are classics.  He is also featured on the celebrated DVD release, Modern Drummer Festival 2005 (Hudson Music).
 
The “Minister of Groove” has been the subject of dozens of print, radio and television stories for more than two decades. 

Aaron Taylor
Plays: Acoustic and Lead Guitars

Aaron Taylor, a gifted guitar player from Kalama, WA, made his TBMC debut with 2005’s “Air Canada” sessions. Jerry met Aaron backstage in 2004 when the Radio Nationals opened for Jerry’s friends from Denton, Texas, Slobberbone at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Jerry was so blown away by Aaron’s playing that he barged backstage to say hello and beg Aaron to participate on the “Air Canada” sessions. Jerry went on to produce and engineer Aaron’s band, Survey Cez, in their 2005 release, “Down”.  

Emily Morgan
Plays: Backing Vocals

Emily contributed backing vocals to TBMC’s “For the Few” and “Marley’s Chain” releases in the 1990’s. Emily’s soulful vocals and inventive arrangements enhanced the funky direction of those two releases. In addition, Emily designed the packaging for the original three TBMC releases. Emily was Art Director for the highly influential Seattle music rag, The Rocket in the early 1990’s (at the height of the grunge movement). Emily also designed The Poises "Dear 23" album for Geffen Records and her creative touches can be found from the Sub Pop archives to Fantagraphics. Emily’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Experience Music Projectin Seattle, Washington.

Andy Hogarth
Plays: Acoustic and Lead Guitars

A counrty musician, gifted on both guitar and lap steel, Andy was a member of The Fuzz before joining TBMC. Andy currently plays bluegrass music in the Seattle area and rocks the house everywhere he goes.

Dan Ruiter
Plays: Drums and Percussion

Dan Ruiter is a Pacific Northwest Native. Originally from the rural town of Lynden, WA, Dan now calls Seattle home. Dan is married to Reba, and the couple moved to Seattle in 1999 to "be Christians in the city", and to assist a growing urban church, Emmaus Road, in it's mission of reaching Seattle's residents with the Gospel.

In 1998, Dan earned his B.A. in Music, and currently works as a computer technician, and freelance musician in the Seattle area. Dan is also the Music Director at Seattle's O'Dea High School. He plays drums/percussion, and trombone in the Emmaus Road Worship Band, and does regular session work both as a drummer/percussionist, and trombonist.

Grant "King" Cole
Plays: Drums

Behind his signature Gretsch drums, Grant brought a unique, almost jazz-influenced groove to his work on TBMC’s “AIDS and Language” release (1990). As the drummer for other grunge-era acts, including the highly influential Clambake, Grant always lit up the stage with a high energy that countered the dour mood of those days.   

Randy Lee Fader
Plays: Guitar

Randy and his orange Gretsch only made one appearance with TBMC, on “AIDS and Language” in (1990). However, his contribution to the song, “Cure” brought the countrified soul required to bring the track alive. Randy went onto play in the hugely successful Dusty 45's, honing his early rock and rock-a-billy chops to the enjoyment of thousands. Randy also continues to play sessions around Seattle, most recently for Trish Shallest ("Everything Comes From Nothing").

Thom Whalen
Plays: Bass and official band artist

Thom Whalen never made it to a track with TBMC, but he played a huge role as the illustrator of two monumental covers for the club – both “AIDS and Language” (1990) and “For the Few” (1992). With Thom, an idea for the band at the time to fully merge music and art was realized. His artwork – staggeringly complex ink on paper, not only reflected the songs on each release, but magnified them in a way that words and music alone could not accomplish. Working in the tradition of mentors Jan van Eyck and Peter Saul, Thom uses strong graphic images to create self-described “visual pantomimes” open to interpretation by the viewer. Whalen has participated in numerous invitational and faculty art exhibitions in the United States, as well as the Pletscheef Institute Exhibition in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he received an award for excellence in enamels. Whalen is currently associate professor of art at Lincoln Land Community College in Illinois, bringing his unique gifts to new generations.

 

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