Vinyl Gold is a 7-piece jazz-influenced funk band playing original music. In-the-pocket funk beats connect with soulful vocals, and the jazz-riffs and soloing are reminiscent of gritty jazz quartets and funk bands of the 70’s.
Influences include Jamie Lidell, Jamiroquai, Tom Misch, Rhye, Anderson Paak, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The New Mastersounds, and The Greyboy Allstars.
Vocals, songwriter: Sarah Nance got her start in theatre arts a singer and performer. She’s been in choirs of all shapes and sizes, jazz ensembles, and an 11-piece blues and funk band. You can often find her sitting in with other local musicians around town, collaborating and supporting the community. She is a powerful vocalist ranging the styles of funk, soul, blues and jazz. Her range of styles and raw power are what have set her apart.
Keyboards, songwriter: Mark Bennett is a multi-instrumentalist, but he loves the keys. He has been playing jazz since he was a kid, and it shows in his writing and playing style. He has been in giant swing bands, and tiny jazz trios, and has even played solo for payment in delicious soup. In Vinyl Gold, you’ll see him on keyboard, Rhodes electric piano, and the Hammond organ.
Drums: Charles Neal has been performing, writing, producing, recording, and teaching music of the highest quality in the Pacific Northwest for almost 25 years. As a younger man, he attended the Lionel Hampton School of Music summer programs at the University of Idaho. It was here his jazz drum chops were worked and sculpted. He was fortunate to play in (by audition only) the All Northwest jazz band and be featured as a soloist in the group on vibraphone in addition to playing in the All State Concert Bands for two years. He attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship, where he was awarded the Elvin Jones Scholarship and graduated Cum Laude. Charles is a creative and collaborative studio engineer and producer for numerous artists in his production work, as he continues to be an active and masterful performer.
Bass: Ryan Brey
Guitar: Newell Briggs
Saxophone: Daniel Nelson