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In order to form a premier tribute band with the likeness of Steely Dans' elite ensembles of the '70's a search for professionally seasoned musicians with jazz/rock roots and outstanding credits began in the fall of 1992. After only a few screened auditions and occaisional meetings in between projects, it was clear that the concept was meant to be. With a well renowned line up of live/studio musicians and a rock & roll crooner coached by David Sorin-Collier(all of whom respect and admire the work of Fagen/Becker & crew), PRETZEL LOGIC will, in various interpretations, bring back the intricate and outrageous sounds of the '70's that still live on today.
In 2020, Captivox Productions is proud to bring back their most successful rock tribute ensemble. From 1992 to 2002 it was often wondered how 6 musicians could capture the jazz/rock/blues/crossover impact of STEELY DAN? But the music was consistently and 'outrageously' offered time after time, show after show! Now PRETZEL LOGIC/Steely Dan Tribute Show is available for live performance AGAIN! Contact Captivox Productions for booking details.
DAN GALASSO - Lead Vocals/Percussion
JEFF McGILL -Piano; Keys; Synth
KLYPH JOHNSON - Saxaphones/Synth
PAT LAVERY - Bass/Vocals
MIKE HOFFMAN - Lead Guitar
PHIL BANETTE - Drums/Vocals
Dan Galasso - Lead Vocals; Percussion:
Dan branched out from the normal cover band routine and organized PRETZEL LOGIC in 1992 to re-create the classic sound of Steely Dan. Dan has been performing since 1979. He studied voice under David Sorin-Collier (Juiliard School of Music/NYC); Phil Campenella (The Singers Forum Foundation/ NYC) and Melissa Cross(Private Trainer/NYC).
Jeff McGill – Piano; Keyboards; Synthesizers:
Jeff has led his own jazz group ‘The Jeff McGill Quartet’since 1985. The group performed a blend of contemporary and main stream jazz as well as Jeff’s original compositions. The quartet has appeared at the New Haven Jazz Festival with such noted stars as the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Herbie Mann and Pieces of a Dream. The group now appears regularly at Birdland in NYC. Jeff also is the owner/director of the Music Learning Center in Danbury CT.
Klyph Johnson – Sax; Synthisizer’s:
Klyph earned music degrees from the University of Connecticut and Yale School of Music. In the last few years he’s performed with a wide variety of groups including the Hartford, New Haven and other CT Symphonies as well as the Orchestra New England, the Goodspeed Opera, The Coby’s, Mass-Conn Fusion, Busman’s Holiday, Motown Review and Funkestra.
Mike Hoffman – Guitar:
Mike performed with various bands in the Fairfield County/Westchester area, as well as doing a great deal of recording work for jingles, music-1 tapes, etc.. Mike also teaches guitar and has written 2 instruction books published by Myriad Music Serious Guitar, a Comprehensive Theory Book for Intermediate and Advanced Guitarists, and Exploring Chords.
Pat Lavery – Bass/ Vocals:
Pat has been performing for over 15 years as a bassist/vocalist in a variety of bands in the CT/NY area and Texas. He earned a music degree from Western CT State University and is a former student of Lyndon Christie, M.D., David Anderson (bass) and Lois Grebosky(vocals). In addition to PRETZEL LOGIC, Pat teaches privately and also performs with many area bands including Funkestra, The Eastern Standard Time Jazz Quartet, The Leo Liddle Big Band, The Frank Terris Orchestra, and Silver Streaks.
Phil Banette – Drums/Background Vocals:
Phil is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and a former student of the late Gary Chester. Phil plays with many bands in the Fairfield County CT area, and teaches privately.