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E J Harpo Harmonicas / Vocalist Frontman / Band-leader / Founder
 From the North side of Chicago, E.J. was a young man in the early to mid 1960’s when the “electric blues explosion” was happening in Chicago. E.J. started blowing harp and singing the blues way back then!!! His band was opening for acts like Wilson Picket (Mustang Sally, Midnight  Hour), Jerry Lee   Lewis (Great Balls of Fire), and sharing stages with Jay and The Americans, Rufus, Styx,  and Three  Dog Night.   E.J. took a couple of decades off from the professional music scene to raise a family but  continued to blow harp  and sing the blues for all of those years.  Forward to the mid 2000’s—E.J. relocated from Chicago to Ft. Myers and began to entertain folks again, singing and playing like he did 50 years ago!!!

Don Cook, Guitar / Vocals
From the Chicago area, and a founding member of TCM. Don is a graduate of the Piksa Conservatory (1982), American Guild of Music North America Guitar Champion (1981). Don played in regional dance bands in Illinois, based out of Peoria (1980-1989) and has been performing in dance and blues bands throughout Florida from 1990-Present.  Don's influences include Barney Kessel, Freddy Green and R.A. Cook.

Cat Stephens Keys / Sax / Vocals

Cat Stephens began playing the sax at the age of 8 years old. Attended music school at Morehead State University and Jazz Improve school at Berklee. Toured with top 40 road show in early 70's, toured with Coors Light Concert Tour in Western United States. Has been featured on several albums as a studio musician. Cat brings his sax and keyboard talent to Southwest Florida. Cat loves to entertain in public. Just come by sometime and check him out.

Gregory "Dr Funk" Oravec Bass / Vocals
  Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Greg moved to Clearwater, Florida in 1970. He played with many great touring bands for several decades. In the mid eighties he hooked up with the finest blues artists based in the Tampa Bay area, like James Peterson, Sarasota Slim, Lucky Peterson, The Soul Shakers etc. I guess it's Doc's underlying funk groove that allows him to be so rhythmically synergistic...  you know, funky. After moving to Fort Myers in 1992 Greg played with bands such as The Mambo Brothers, The Windy City Blues Band, Tanguray Bay Band, The Bluestones, Stereo Jones, and Groovemasters.  Now he can be seen and heard in and around Florida with this explosive "Chicago Style" show band. He promises to bring his unmistakable style and energy to every performance with a soul vaccination for all.

Jim, "Burner Element" Burns/Drums

Jim Burns, drummer, originally from Baltimore, MD is now a full-time resident of Fort Myers, FL.  Living in Southwest Florida for 14 years, he has been an in-demand drummer due to his attention to meter, dynamics and feel.  He began his performing career during his college years, working with various rock bands.  He branched out and played with swing bands and mainstream jazz horn ensembles. His understanding of a wide range of musical styles has offered many working opportunities.  He relishes his Chicago Mob role as the "get-away driver" keeping the crowd on their feet.
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