New Orleans native Donald "Duck" Harrison, son of a Mardi Gras Indian chieftain, is an entertainer in the true New Orleans tradition. He is a polymath, a true Renaissance man, in addition to being an alto saxophone titan and an accomplished and innovative composer. Donald has been known to dance, sing, and even rap a little. He is a graduate of both Berklee College of Music and [the University of] Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, having emerged from New Orleans in the 1980s as a contemporary of Wynton and Branford Marsalis. He leads his own group which has undergone several incarnations. An early quintet was co-led by trumpeter Terence Blanchard, a fellow Jazz Messenger and also a victim of Hurricane Katrina, which took a tremendous toll on so many New Orleans musicians. Duck is one of the major spokespersons for hurricane relief.
Tony Monaco is one of the hot new breed of Hammond B3 organ players. He still lives in Columbus, Ohio and was influenced by local heroes Hank Marr and Don Patterson. However, it was hearing Jimmy Smith at age 12 and getting a 16th birthday call from Jimmy that convinced Tony to make a career out of playing the musical equivalent of a backhoe. His CD East to West is a must for organ mavens.
Rounding out the band are too South Florida denizens. Duffy Jackson is known internationally as an irrepressible and dynamic drummer who can tastefully augment a trio or drive a big band with equal facility. He brings passion to the music. Randall Dollahon is a long-time faculty member at University of Miami and a versatile guitarist. He is first call for Dr Lonnie Smith on all South Florida organ band dates and held the guitar chair with the South Florida JAZZ Super Band.