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*       Gerry Jonutz - Alto & Tenor Sax
*       Steve Hoff - Lead Vocals & Backing Vocals.
*       Larry Vaught - Drums & Percussion
*       Rob Ringger  - Bass
*       Doug Matson - Keys & Backing Vocals.
*       Mike Breitsprecher - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
*       Steve Gonsoulin - Trombone
        *    Bill Valaire - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Gerry Jonutz - Alto and Tenor Saxophones
Gerry was the original sax for the group "Cold Blood". Working with Lydia Pense, Cold Bloods lead vocalist, Gerry traveled and shared the stage with such greats as Elvin Bishop, Santana, Vanilla Fudge, 3 Dog Night, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Deep Purple, Blood Sweat & Tears, the Doors, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Kenny Rogers & First Edition, the list goes on and on. Jammed with Tower of Power. When Gerry hits the stage with his horn he sets the tempo and with the energy generated by Aftershock's rhythm section his melody's energize the room with an excitement that just makes you want to move and groove with the music. AfterShock. with Gerry Jonutz is an experience you can't afford to miss.
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Cold Blood

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Steve Hoff - "Oakland's Own" on lead Vocals 

From Haven's Court Baptist Church in Oakland to filling in for Lydia Pense of Cold Blood Steve brings 4 decades of Soulful, high energy vocals to Nuvo Funk Inc. and is the nuclease through which the rest of the band is linked. From the age of 3 Steve started nurturing his vocal talents at church and at age 13 started singing in his first R&R combo, from there he ventured out and as a member of "Tom Thumb & the Hitch Hikers perform with the Coasters, Love and the Mo Jo Men just to name a few. In 1967 Steve joined the "Midnight Haze", a popular group from San Jose, and would backup Little Dion, Jackie Lee and The Crest and had shared the bill with such greats as Sam & Dave and Jackie Wilson. Steve has also performed with many other groups such as Eddie Money with the Jimmy Lyons Band. Steve sat in and jammed with "Mimi and the Motowns" which we now know as "Tower of Power". Having been friends with Gerry Jonutz since 1968 Steve and Gerry have performed together in several groups. Keeping in step with the times Steve will grab you with his soulful ballads and make you want to getup and groove with the funk making every one of our fans feel as if they were part of the band.

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 Larry Vaught - Drums & Percussion


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    Pete Rose - Bass

Pete Rose (bass, vocals) grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio and has been performing professionally since the age of 12. As with many of my contemporaries, seeing The Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan Show set me off on playing rock and roll. I picked up guitar and later played tuba and bass in the Army Band at Fort Ord (Monterey, CA) during the Bicentennial celebrations. Not having a good reason to go back to Cleveland after my military duties ended (there are some, I'm sure) I stayed an California, decided that bass was the only thing I should play in public, and got a chance to play with artists as diverse as The Drifters, The Penguins, Bowzer (from Sha-Na-Na,) jazz artists Bobby Shew, George Shearing, and L.A. studio ace Chuck Findlay. I have performed at the Monterey Jazz festival and on stages throughout the U.S. and Canada. I studied privately with Southern Cal bassist Gunnar Biggs while at Dan Diego State Univ. and with studio legend Carol Kaye. Joining Aftershock several years ago has allowed me to play the music that is closest to my heart and to work with some very talented people including current and former members of Tower of Power, Cold Blood, Sly and the Family Stone, and Rubicon.



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Doug Matson on Keys & Background Vocal

Began playing piano at age 4, originally taught by his Mother, Nancy. Studied privately for more than 20 years, including several years with Jerry Murphy and Joe Gilman. As a student, Doug played trumpet and Baritone Horn, as well as actively sang in his Father's Church Choir.

For 2 consecutive years, Doug was awarded Outstanding Male Musician at UOP's Music Camp while focusing on Jazz Choir. He was selected as one of 12 voices to perform with California's All-State Jazz Choir in 1987.

He helped develop and lead the Jazz Group SUAVE with San Francisco's own Braxton Brother's during the late 80's. Doug founded, directed, wrote and produced Sacramento-based LOCAL HEROES  from 1993-'98. He also won a SAMMIE Award in 1997's Latin category as a member of  Salsa Monumental. Currently, he can be found performing all styles of music throughout the NorCal area.



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Mike Breitsprecher - Trumpet  

In his last two years of High School in Sacramento Mike was selected to play 1st Trumpet , in the "House Backup  Band" at the Monterey Jazz Festival, where he played with, and learned from Artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Desmond, Blue Mitchell, Don Menza,The Heath Brothers, Bill Evans, and many other world famous Jazz Artists. After Monterey Mike was Invited by two Trumpet players( Bobby Shew, and Cat Anderson of Duke Ellingtons Band) to move to Los Angeles and pursue a music carrer, and he did so ,turning down a music scholarship to the University of Nevada, Reno . Both Bobby Shew and Cat Anderson took him under their wings and helped him. He studied privately with Cat Anderson for 2 years until his untimely death. While attending a private Music School in Studio City on a scholarship Mike met Trombonist Steve Gonsoulin. While working and going to School Mike played around the LA area working for many Salsa Bands, a few radio/TV jobs doing commercial jingles,Musical shows, casuals, and other styles of musical work. Also, as many talented musicians did, Mike worked on a few cruise ships , working with Robert Goulet, Florence Henderson, Rita Moreno, Sigfried and Roy, Etc. After moving back to Sacramento in 1991 Mike and Steve Gonsoulin re-united and became Sacramento's Dynamic-Duo play with such great local acts like Funkengroovin and now Aftershock. Make has become a major asset to the dynamics of the Atershock sound........... "can you feel it"

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Steve Gonsoulin - Trombone  

Trombonist Steve Gonsoulin's professional musical career has been both extensive and diverse. He began with a four year tour in the United States Air Force Band, after which he returned to California to study with some of the top musicians in the Los Angeles area. He honed his skills by playing salsa and big band music in the Hollywood clubs. Steve also took his talents abroad, playing in bands on cruise ships in Mexico, the Caribbean and Alaska. He has played in many Broadway musicals such as; West Side Story; 42nd Street; Man of La Mancha, to name a few and has back up Vegas stars Rita Moreno, Jim Nabors, Pat Boone, Tony Bennett and Robert Goulet. In 1985, Steve returned to Sacramento and soon joined the Mardi Gras Jazz Band. After leaving the band in 1992, Steve started his own business and continued working as a free lance musician; including, a two-year stint with Fulton Street Jazz Band. In 1997, Steve started playing in three bands extensively; Orquesta Salsa Monumental (for the latin groove); Swing City (for the jazz) and Funkengruven (for the Funk and R&B) and continues to play with other bands in the area.

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   Bill Vallaire - Guitar and vocals



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