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All songs written by PJ Cotroneo: Copyright (c) 2008 PJ Cotroneo, except Personal Manager, written by Albert King, arranged by PJ Cotroneo.
PJ Cotroneo-guitar,vocals,harmonica,
Scott Michael-tenor sax;
Antar Goodwin-bass;
Michael Holowatch-drums on all tracks;
David Remelis-violin solo on "The Ballad of Big Mouth Ray & The Boys";
Joe Bussey-acoustic upright bass on "The Ballad of Big Mouth Ray & The Boys";
Kathy Phillips & Rebecca Feynberg-background vocals.



The PJ Cotroneo Band’s sound is a musical amalgam of gritty blues augmented by the improvisational aspect of jazz. Initially a blues guitarist, PJ moved to Antigua, West Indies where he met and subsequently began playing and studying with master jazz guitarist Roland Prince. Roland's influence greatly inspired PJ, and having fallen under the spell of jazz, he immersed him self in that music. He attended The New School’s Jazz/Contemporary Music program and went on for a Master’s degree in Jazz History at Rutgers—Newark. He studied with jazz guitar maestro Vic Juris as well as playing various gigs around the New York/New Jersey area. In 2003, PJ and a friend from his New School days organized a band and recorded. Though gigging around in support of the CD, PJ suddenly began to feel within him a reawakening of the blues influence he had pushed aside upon becoming seriously interested in jazz. He recognized that his path forward must accommodate both of the musical styles that define who he is as a musician, and slowly but surely the line-up of the PJ Cotroneo Band began to take shape. The rhythm section is made up of bassist Antar Goodwin who is a dear friend of PJ’s for many years. His lyricism, experience and ability to play different musical styles contribute greatly to the sound of the band. Drummer Corey Rawls is one of the most versatile and masterful drummers playing today. His ferocious technique and musical vocabulary are unequaled. Sharing the front line with PJ is tenor saxophonist Scott Michael, who brings to the band a contemporary and soulful sound that perfectly complements PJ’s guitar style. The confluence of these backgrounds and experiences comprises the band's spirit, emotional depth and identity. Being jazz musicians at heart, the group’s four members are far—reaching in their individual and collective musical scope. Covering varied musical ground in performance, they envelop their music in the fresh, bold and unique style that defines The PJ Cotroneo Band.