Soulful Songs with Spicy Rhythms
REBECCA SPITERI & BAND
REBECCA SPITERI | vocals
Jury with the Swiss voice tour
Started her musical career in the UK and performed in clubs like the Stable, Rowleys, Djingles, Zanzibar and the Blitz in Covent Garden, London. With her late husband, Charlie Spiteri, she recorded with the Spiteri Band (GM Records) the combo’s own original material, latin/rock/ jazz crossover.
She brings a distinctive authenticity to her singing, by having lived in the USA, Venezuela and England. Her clear and full voice, her mastery of languages make her a special artist to the public. A great plus is also her knowledge of different styles from Gospel, Soul, RB, Jazz to Caribbean music, Cumbia, Calypso, Samba, Bossa Nova, Salsa.
Rebecca has played with many bands such as: In England "Painful Laughter" and the "Mill Family", in California with "Spark’n Cinders", in Switzerland "All that Jazz Quintett", "The Soul Club", "Metronome Quintett", "Chévere", "Prestige", "Easy Listening Jazz", "Rebecca and the Sophistocats", "Richard Broadnax and the Zion Singers".
DAVID WILDI | guitars
Graduate of the Jazz School St. Gallen / Teaching at several music schools / Live and studio work with various jazz, fusion and rock formations / Own duo, Jazz In Common (git,voc) / Participation in theatre and dance projects / Concert activities in Switzerland and abroad / Performances at international jazz festivals (Lugano) / Various CD recordings and recordings.a. 1998 as rhythm guitarist on Fritz Renold's "Starlight" (with Randy Brecker, Mark Soskin, Christian Jacob, Bill Pierce, Mike Richmond, Danny Gottlieb) and 1999 "Star Crossed Lovers" (among others with Bob Berg and Adam Nussbaum) / appearance with own arrangements at the Saalbau Concerts 2000 in Aarau (among others with Bobby Watson and Adi Yeshaia). Participation in the "Vocal Night" of the same concert series with Buster Williams and Carl Allen, among others) / 2003 release of the debut album WINDSONG (sextet, own compositions, co-production with Radio DRS2,) and subsequent tour / in between concert activity with various formations. 2012 second album THE INNER STAR (quartet, own compositions, co-production with Radio DRS2, Unit Records / Euphonia).
NATASCHA STOHLER | piano & keyboards
Natascha is a Pianist with roots in jazz and classical music. She completed her studies at the Music Academy of Basel and teaches at the Zurich Conservatory of Music MKZ and at the Basel Music Academy, in the jazz department for piano and theory.
She is a versatile musician who encompasses with equal talent and passion not only conventional jazz and classical chamber music but also interdisciplinary projects with other art forms, such as film music for Hans Richter's "Die neue Wohnung", music for "KlangGang" with the Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble.
Past projects: Radio production on DRS2 at Hörpunkt, various compositions and accompaniment for readings, films and performing arts.
Natascha joined Becky and the Gents this year and is a true enrichment to the combo.
IMMANUEL WITSCHI | piano, subbing for Natascha Stohler
Immanuel Witschi is an accomplished improviser who developed into jazz through classical training.
In various big band engagements and master classes in the Zurich area, he has acquired the ability to accompany productions as a bar pianist.
In 2009 he gave his first fully improvised solo concert and then founded his own jazz combo as a trio and a quartet. His first solo CD "First Light" was released in 2015. In 2017 he founded his Latin jazz trio with Ritmo Amarelo.
With Rebecca and the Sophistocats, he performed at music festivals and jazz clubs throughout Switzerland and is still regularly accompanying themed jazz productions.
FABIO VEZZIO | drums
Autodidact, "with great affect to Soul-Funk Black music" later studies Jazzschule Luzern & WIAM Winterthur; 30 years of live experience with dozens of band, all styles, Jazz,Blues, Soul, Funk, Rock'n'Roll, Latin, Afro, Reggae, Big Band etc; with always the same "Credo": Time-Keeping & GROOVE !
2012 Week on the scene Masterclass with Jim Payne,
Masterclass with Bernard Purdie
Masterclass with Fred Wesley & the New J.B.'s
Collaboration among others with Bela Balint Trio, Crazy Daze Big Band, Bonnie & the Groove Cats, The Poorboys. Also active as "hotel pianist", Dinner Music. Drum and piano teacher at various music schools.
PETER WALDNER | Bass
Peter learnt to play the guitar at the age of 10. As his first band was needing a bass player, he decided to make it his main instrument and studied at Jazz school in Berne and Basel. He then took classes with the star bassist André Buser and soon discovered his preference for Latin music. He learned to play electric upright bass and travelled to Cuba, where he trained with salsa star Feliciano Arango (NG La Banda), among others.
Peter has played in various jazz, Latin jazz and jazz rock formations (including Spooky Fun Connection, fam4, Muladillo and Sounds Good). He occasionally also performed with Pepe Lienhard and Cosimo Lampis and has been involved in various studio productions. He also worked with some rock/pop combos like Soda, Deetown and Billy and the dusty beards. But Salsa music is his all times favourite genre and he has enjoyed playing this style with Limón y Menta, Michi Wipf y su Pandilla, Los Carites and Son de la Suiza.
Fotos: Lukas Saxer
09.12.2021 | Esse Musicbar
03.8.2023 | Club Joy Baden
29.6.2023 | Esse Bar Winterthur
29.4.2023 | Kobel in Concert
04.5.2023 | Lebewohlfabrik
20.9.2023 | Kulturverein Wartsab
Becky & the Gents | Quintett
Becky & the Gents | Sextett
Becky & the Gents | Black Coffee
Flor de Lys: recorded with Latincombox www.latincombox.net
Piano: Natascha Stohler, Bass: René Bernhardsgrütter, Guitar: Stephan Stauffer, Sax: Roberto Biagini, Drums/timbales/Perc: Peter Hellmann, Perc: Sven Eisenhart
Becky & the Gents | Devil may care
Becky & the Gents | River Invitation, Black Coffee
The Spiteri Brothers - Charlie, my late husband, and his brother Jorge - left Venezuela late 60's, where they were considered the most important Latin Rock Group of their country, to explore London's Rock Scene. I joined them on their journey in 1974.
Here are a few links of their musical achievements in London.
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