The AzCasters

The AzCasters

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Hailing from Phoenix, AZ, The Azcasters are a spin off cover band of two other professional projects; In the Flesh - Tribute to Pink FLoyd and The Sir Elton John Tribute Show. They perform in clubs, casinos, corporate events & private partys. They are available nationawide for any type of occasion.

Biography

Steve Howes - Guitars, Vocals:

Steve Howes was born in 1968 in Plymouth, Michigan. He moved to Phoenix, AZ at the age of nine. A "natural" at guitar and singing, he picked up the guitar at the age of 15. He has played "big band" jazz music at Scottsdale Community College where he received his Associate Liberal Arts degree.

In his early 20s, he became the in house guitarist at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, AZ for seven years. He performed Acoustic and Electric guitar clinics, Live Band clinic, and his work has been used in TV commercials for the Conservatory that has aired on MTV. As a session player, he has recorded in many studios and has logged over 800 hours of studio time.
Steve played Blues professionally with 'The Steve Howes Power Trio" which opened the Blues Blast in 1998 at the Mesa Amphitheater in Arizona. His influences include Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Currently, he teaches guitar weekly to about 40 students, plays solo and/or duo acoustically, and has several steady gigs throughout Scottsdale and N. Phoenix.

Eric Turner - Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B-3, Guitar, Lead Vocals:

Eric began playing the guitar when he was eight years old. He then branched out to the piano and with the help and support of his parents and a local music store owner. Soon, Eric was surrounded by several different styles of music and was immediately encouraged to study country, rock, bluegrass and many contemporary styles as well.

By the age of sixteen, he was performing professionally in Atlanta and the surrounding area.
After a tour in the United States Air Force was completed in the 1980's, Eric toured the United States with various show bands adding to his repertoire. This eventually led Eric to join another band for an impressive year-long tour of the Japan.
In the 90's, Eric played piano for the nationally acclaimed piano bar "Ltl Ditty's" both in Phoenix, AZ and San Jose CA. He has also played for "Howl at the Moon" in Destin, FL. During this period Eric also worked session player in some of the busiest recording studios in the United States and Japan.
He also went on to study opera vocal training in Seattle, WA and Portland, OR.

In addition to playing guitars and keyboards with The AzCasters, Eric leads our band on our other tribute show The Sir Elton John Tribute Show.
Eric has always harbored a strong respect and love of Elton John and Bernie Taupin's writing and arrangements. Since those early days, he is still moved by the powerfully substantial diversity of their talents.

Throughout his professional music career, Eric has been perfecting the look, sound, piano expertise and Sir Elton John's patented aura to command his audience. He has been performing as Elton John since 1993. To this day, he is consistently mistaken as Sir Elton John wherever he goes out.
Eric also a virtuoso guitarist who has been inspired by Muddy Waters, Al Di Meola, Eric Johnson and bands such

Andy Robbins - Bass, Vocals:

Originally hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Andy picked up bass guitar at age 15 after spending a few years learning guitar. The bass became an intriguing instrument to Andy after he had been exposed to players such as John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, John Entwistle of The Who, and Pink FloydÂ’s Roger Waters.

At the age of 16, Andy co-founded the hard rock group Holy Soldier with Michael Cutting and they went on to release four cds on various labels such as A&M, EMI, Pony Canyon (Japan), and Word Records. Holy Soldier toured throughout forty states in the US and also in Europe, Japan, Canada, Central America and Mexico.
Today Andy has over twenty years experience in the music industry as a musician, session player, songwriter, indie label owner and song publisher. Andy relocated to Nashville from Los Angeles in 1995 and ultimately to Phoenix, AZ in 1998 where he resides today.

Andy is a self taught musician and studies voice with Patrick Cunningham in Phoenix, AZ.

Jerry Gray - Drums & Percussion, Vocals :

Jerry was born in Atlanta, Georgia and began playing the drums at the age of five and amazingly, has never had any formal training.
He's been playing professionally since 1977 and has played with such names as "Asleep at the Wheel", "Head East". Additionally, he plays the guitar and keyboards, and also composes his own songs.

Jerry collaborated on the theme song for the television show "Fishin' with the Good Ol' Boys".

Jerry is no stranger to the world of tribute shows. As a drummer he has backed some of he most renowned tribute artists in the business, including tributes to: Elvis Presley, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Cher.

Discography

Demos only

Set List

The AzCasters electrifying show covers all genres of rock. In their set they mix up classics Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Pink Floyd, The The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Cream, The Beatles, Tom Petty, to Prince, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young to contemporary favorits such as Radiohead, John Mayer and Coldplay