Straight Ahead, the band
WARNING! This band is not for the faint of heart. They are seriously entertaining… and you WILL dance!
STRAIGHT AHEAD, the band is comprised of full time, on-the-New-York-scene musicians. They have shared the stage with Sting, Springsteen, Ray LaMontagne, Paul Shaffer, Idina Menzel, Garth Brooks, Enya, Southside Johnny, Tommy Tune, The Lounge Lizards, Gloria Estefan, Jewel, Maynard Ferguson, Vanilla Fudge, Maxine Nightingale, The Shangri-Las, Enya, Jonathan Brooke and more. Our musicians have played Broadway shows, Late Night with David Letterman, the Rosie O’Donnell show, the Grammy Awards, won Emmys and ASCAP awards, and toured the world.
STRAIGHT AHEAD, the band is not only a great, fun dance band, but we can offer you top notch Jazz and Standards (solo to quartet) for your cocktail hour or cocktail party, or a Cabaret Jazz duo for events or nightclubs. Classical music is another great option for your ceremony (solo to trio). In addition, you may choose specialty material, music direction and accompaniment for Broadway revues. We can also provide you with a DJ for part of the night to compliment the exciting live music!
STRAIGHT AHEAD, the band offers any music for any occasion.
Lead Vocals, Bandleader, Percussion
A native New Yorker, Donna has sung with Idina Menzel,
Garth Brooks, Joey Molland of Badfinger, 70s Disco Diva Maxine Nightingale, 80s Freestyle Queen Shannon, Terry Sylvester of The Hollies, Enya, The Shangri-Las, Vanilla Fudge, Joe Sample, Shelton Becton of Broadway's "Memphis," Portugal’s Fernando Pereira, on the Grammy Awards, Late Night with David Letterman Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, House of Buggin' and more.
Donna's has performed on four continents, from here in the U.S. opening for the Orlando Philharmonic and singing for New York's former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to island nightclubs in Greece to royal palaces in Agadir and Rabat for The Royal Family of Morocco and other international royals and dignitaries.
Donna has acted in national commercials, voiceovers, television and film, including soaps "All My Children" and "Ryan's Hope," to independent films. Donna is also a professional, published and award-winning songwriter.
Keyboards, Vocals, Musical Director
John, an Emmy Award winning composer, plays keys and sings lead vocals. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri he earned his degree in music composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, studied arranging with Don Sebesky, and received a National Endowment of the Arts grant to study jazz piano and composition with Joanne Brackeen. He has led blues bands, jazz trios and cabaret shows, with performances in Europe, Africa, and all across America. He performs in clubs and restaurants throughout the New York area, and fronts a popular Swing Band, "Swingadelic," known as "NYC metro's greatest 'little big band.'" Click on our FBLink page for more information.
John is a sought after composer of music for TV, documentaries, and audiobooks. He recently scored Khaled Hosseini's (author of "The Kite Runner") newest audiobook novel, "And the Mountains Echoed." Other audiobooks he has scored include bestsellers by Patricia Cornwell, Terry McMillan, Elizabeth Gilbert, Martin Luther King, Kurt Vonnegut, Maeve Binchy, and Jan Karon. He has been given ASCAP writers awards for 15 years running and scored commercials for AOL, Target, Sax Fifth Ave, New York Mets, Los Angeles Clippers, TimeWarner, and Capri Sun. John is also active in the community, having served on several non-profit boards, including helping to found a local Charter School.
John and Donna
John and Donna are a team. They have been working together for more than 20 years. When you call, you will be speaking to experienced musicians and bandleaders who understand your musical needs. Their "personal touches" have been a source of rave reviews by clients and fans of Straight Ahead, the band.