Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band
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Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band

Long Beach, California, United States

Long Beach, California, United States
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"Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band - Instrumentally Yours"

Every town has a guy like Gregg Young. He's a multitalented musician whose guitar playing chops rival his band leading skills. He might not be a household name, but that's a good thing for people who don't like the hassle of expensive ticket prices, overly crowded concerts and hack performers. If talent equaled success, Young would be Elvis, Muhammad Ali and the New York Yankees rolled into one. His latest disc is a seven-song adventure that is the musical equivalent of a brisk walk through a park. As the title suggests, this is an instrumental disc that was inspired by Young and company's stint at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood (where they play every Friday and Saturday). I wish I had gotten around to reviewing this earlier, as "Instrumentally Yours" makes for a great listen on any given summer day. The album kicks off with a jazz/funk/groove number called "4 Bell" that is punctuated by a scorching trumpet solo by Dr. Bobby Rodriguez.

Songs two and four ("3 Little Birds" and "Lively Up Yourself") are steel-drum interpretations of Bob Marley songs that would have the late reggae superstar swinging his dreadlocks in joy. The third song, a previously released tune called "Rain Cried Softly," was included on Young's three-song disc that benefited Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Schools. But my favorite is track six, "Yosemite Snowflake."

It's got a great piano solo by Theophilus "T" Coakley and a melody that gets toes tapping and hips shaking. If funk/jazz/groove/island music sounds tempting, Young and the 2nd Street Band won't disappoint.

Long Beach Press Telegram
Music Review - Local Burns
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Ryan Ritchie - Press Telegram


Discography

Award Winning, Instrumentally Yours, being played on 30+ stations; A Band for All Reasons, Long Beach Summertime & All About the Children, "Live" The Trio, Please Don't Let Them Take Our House.

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The Award Winning Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band is a pool of approximately 40 world-class musicians and vocalists led by Gregg Young, singer, guitarist, ASCAP songwriter/publisher & NARAS Member. The Band’s 6, soon to be 7 CDs are available on our web site: www.GreggYoung.com, iTunes, Rhapsody and Sony Connect, etc. Unanimous Choice, Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year - Los Angeles Music Awards. Nominated Best of Jazz – 1st Annual Hollywood Music Awards, Best Blues - Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Gregg, originally from San Francisco, was signed to a major label recording contract when in his teens and had an "NFL or NBA" musical experience while touring and recording. Gregg has been in shows that included such acts as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Linda Ronstadt, Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly, Eric Burden, War, Jose Feliciano, Ten Years After, Santana, James Cotton Blues Band, H. P. Lovecraft, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alice Cooper, John Mayall, Spirit, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks and others. Gregg has had the privilege of having guitar great Carlos Santana as a friend and mentor, and learned a great deal while playing with Bo Diddley and Sly Stone. He was recently granted former resident status of Alcatraz due to an overnight stay (to make music) during the Indian occupation.

The band is currently playing gigs that encompass a variety of music styles including Jazz, Blues, R&B, Reggae, Caribbean Steel Drums, Rock’n’Roll and Latin Jazz at Performing Art Centers, Festivals, Corporate Events, Receptions.

Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band's Award Winning music has been played on numerous Radio Stations across the Country including Allen Kepler's Smooth Jazz Network, the Maria Lopez Show, as well Music Choice, Pandora, Jazz Cafe Sirius/XM and Last.fm & iLike.

Gregg Young & the 2nd Street's music is available on iTunes U.S., iTunes Australia/N.Z., iTunes Canada, iTunes UK/European Union, iTunes Japan, Rhapsody and Sony Connect, Napster, IMVU, LaLa, Shockhound, Nokia.