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Andy Pratt has had an amazing 40 plus year career in the music business.
Signed by Clive Davis to Columbia records in 1969. Had a regional number 1 hit that charted all over the country in 1973 called "Avenging Annie" that to this day is played on classic rock radio, was featured in the "Velvet Goldmine" soundtrack, and was covered and released as a hit single by Roger Daltrey (of the Who)
He made 2 records with Arif Mardin on the Nemperor Label with coveted musicians like Tony Levin, Steve Gadd, Andy Newmark, The Brecker Brothers, Mark Doyle, and Luther Vandross
Rolling Stone gave his album "Resolution" the highest star rating possible and the magazine said of Pratt that "He is forever changing the face of Rock Music". He has made 28 records and has been mentioned in interviews as a large influence of Jon Brion, Jeff Porcaro, and Dreaming in Stereo
His 28th record Life and Death which was released in September.
Jim Dragoni is a Philadelphia based Guitarist, singer and songwriter. His style is an eclectic mix of blues jazz folk and classical music. He has performed over the years with Mose Allison, Odean Pope, Larry Coryell. He opened for Bruce Springsteen in the 70's during the first national tours.
Jim has performed at Lincoln Center, the Academy of Music, various jazz and folk festivals and clubs as well as private engagements.
“From the very first notes of Jim Dragoni’s guitar, you know that this musician is FOR REAL and in full command of his instrument. Dragoni’s technique is flawless, empowered by a soulful spirit and years of experience and training. As his compositions and singing continues, you have a warm smile and nod your head, because you know this is going to be a truly magical evening. DRAGONI has got the GOODS!” David Foss, Director, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
...his playing is simply brilliant..." Dr. Herb Wong, international jazz critic and record company executive
"...his compositional skills far surpass many of his contemporaries" Ed Wismer, Cape May Star
"Jim Dragoni is a musician of considerable skill, talent, and versatility, to say nothing of his historical knowledge of jazz and folk music. He recently agreed to sit in with my big band, and he absolutely nailed every style we attempted, including swing, Latin, ballad, contemporary, and funk. He also gave a wonderful master class, giving our students a spot-on picture of the real life of a modern musician. I personally was most thrilled with the concert we played that night. Jim has a great voice and delivery, and it was a real treat for me to be able to do Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" with him. He’s an amazing musician. " Chris McCourry, Artist/Teacher, Director of Jazz Studies/Trumpet--Hillsdale College, MI
"Sometimes it rocks, sometimes it swings, sometimes it is pure sweet poetry" Steve Lopez of the Philadelphia Inquirer
"Jim's ensemble playing and original compositions are superb..." Gerry Givnish, the Painted Bride Arts Center
"...soulful rhythm with strong guitar riffs and an intense solo from Jim Dragoni" Steve Randazzo, Germantown Courier, reference to recording "Worlds" on Gazelle Records
"Exciting performance...it was a gas!" Jenneth Webster, Lincoln Center, NYC.
"Check out his technique, the effortless speed...has thoroughly mastered his instrument...it would seem there's not much more for him learn about his craft" Jack Lloyd, in feature article, the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Review by Karl Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer