Players

Shades of Silver Roster

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Anders Alfelt

electric and upright bass, vocals

Shades of Silver is comprised of experienced, talented musicians from the greater Philadelphia area. Some focus on specific musical styles, and others play a broad range. Combined, they can create precisely the sound you are looking for.

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs

rhythm guitar, vocals

Laying down the jazz trumpet after high school, Jim moved to Nashville where he was immersed in the outlaw and alt-country genres, which led him to pick up the guitar (“because I couldn’t find a good banjo teacher”). He leads the country band Jim Briggs and the Fugitives and plays rhythm and sings for The Nerve.

Whether acoustic or electric, Jim is frequently called upon whenerver Shades of Siver needs what Nigel Tufnel called “that extra little push over the cliff”. And of course, he’s ready to take lead for any song with the word drinkin’ in the title.

More about Jim at JimBriggsMusic.com

Dave Coccio

Dave Coccio

drums

Music has been a lifelong passion for Conshohocken-native Dave, ever since finding a drum kit under the Christmas tree when he was seven. Self-taught, he practiced his craft with local garage bands and school dances until he started playing clubs at 17. He founded the hard-rock group Grand Larceny, and played for a decade with such diverse talents as Springfield (whose bassist, Bennie Sims, is now with Pieces of a dream / Groovemasters , and the Emeril Live TV show), Jimmy Valentine / Egdon Heath, the Jim Femino Band (Jim Femino is a writer for Toby Keith), TBG (managed by Steve Mountain, who also managed Hooters and Tommy Conwell) and Donnie Allen.

Dave counts among his influences Danny Seraphine, John Bonham, Billy Cobham, Phil Collins, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Rick Marrotta, Jeff Porcaro, and Sean Kinney.

Most recently, Dave played with the hard rock band Crosseyedmary, and is now putting his formidable energies into his work with The Nerve. Says Dave, “[it’s] a great opportunity for me. This project will allow me to perform and write material with a highly talented group of people. Not only do they rock , but there is a side to The Nerve which touches upon the fusion of jazz and rock which has always been my first love.” Dave rings the same passion and versatility to Shades of Silver.

James DellOrefice

James Dell’Orefice

piano, keyboards

Shades of Silver is comprised of experienced, talented musicians from the greater Philadelphia area. Some focus on specific musical styles, and others play a broad range. Combined, they can create precisely the sound you are looking for.

Kris Dragon

Christine Dragon

vocals, percussion

Christine is an expressive, warm and versatile singer. She is also the group’s percussionist.

After high school, Christine studied music in the school of off-beat knocks and smokey bars. She’s performed with Horizon, Mad Jazzsters, as well as The Nerve.

Christine’s main influences include Ani DiFranco, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Benetar, Sarah McLachlan, Guster and Natalie Merchant. She confesses to a guilty pleasure: REO Speedwagon.

After achieving fame and fortune in music, Christine plans to retire to become a sleep clinic tester.

Dave Gardler

Dave Gardler

keyboards, vocals

David’s inspiration to play the piano occurred while attending his first concert in 1984 (Billy Joel at the Spectrum). With a few lessons and a thousand hours of practice, he was on his way. Since then, he has played in various bands, trios, duos, and as a solo performer / vocalist. From his college band at WCU, to an 80’s band in the 00’s, from an Irish rock band in Delco, to several Dueling Piano bars in the Philadelphia area, David continues to be passionate about playing live music.

Jon Godinez

Jon Godinez

bass

Jon Godinez brings a strong sense to keeping the tune moving. His flowing jazz lines complement the other players perfectly. His funk and latin grooves take the music to new heights. Jon’s solo ventures are a treat, be it a melodic undertaking or a full blown, virtuosic explosion. And you have never laughed as hard as when you are around this formidable musician. Check out Jon’s original venture, The Godinez Bros. on MySpace.

Joe Hrin

Joe ‘Jax’ Hrin

saxophones

Shades of Silver is comprised of experienced, talented musicians from the greater Philadelphia area. Some focus on specific musical styles, and others play a broad range. Combined, they can create precisely the sound you are looking for.

Dave Miller

Dave Miller

saxophones

Shades of Silver is comprised of experienced, talented musicians from the greater Philadelphia area. Some focus on specific musical styles, and others play a broad range. Combined, they can create precisely the sound you are looking for.

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

keyboards

Keyboardist, Jeff Miller, has been playing professionally since age 15, covering many styles, including rock, jazz, classical, theatre, big band, sacred, to name a few. Jeff is a primary writer, producer, guitarist, keyboardist, and founding member of the band, Simon Apple, who charted 3 songs in the U.S. Adult Contemporary Top 30, and has included Grammy-winning and multi-platinum guest artists on their recordings. Some of Jeff’s songs have been used by tv networks such as NBC, HBO, MTV. He is also a published composer of sacred choral works with approximately 50,000 copies sold world-wide. Jeff has performed in small, intimate settings, to 65,000 at old Veterans Stadium in Philly, and all points in between.

More about Jeff at www.simonapple.com.

Pat O'Shea

Pat O’Shea

drums

Pat O’Shea thunders onto our scene with precision and attentiveness to detail. Methodical brush work on the standards to unexplanable grooves on the latin and fusion material. Pat’s drum work takes on a whole new voice in the group. His interlooping parts carry the melody and harmony to new heights, if called upon. And to witness a Pat O’Shea drum break is to journey to the Himalayas, without the expense or risk. Noone can complement the rhythms of each player ‘on the fly’ like Pat and noone can take dynamics to new heights…………like Pat.
Learn more about Pat at www.conversationsweneverhad.com.

Dave Renz

Dave Renz

saxophones

Dave Renz is the group scientist.  Always thinking and concocting.  His mellifluous ability to switch from alto to soprano to tenor sax from tune to tune amazes enough.  Dave’s attack can be like a spring rain to full blown hurricane.  If covering the melody, you may look forward to an array of interpretations.  When blessing one with his improvisational skills,  Dave shall build to a flurry untamed or savor the hidden passion  in a tasteful choice of tones.  Explore more with Dave on his other projects on MySpace  or www.daverenz.com.

Ed Rick

Ed Rick

drums

Shades of Silver is comprised of experienced, talented musicians from the greater Philadelphia area. Some focus on specific musical styles, and others play a broad range. Combined, they can create precisely the sound you are looking for.

Eric Schreiber

Eric Schreiber

fretted, fretless, and upright bass

Eric and Scot met at university together. Since that time their bond has only gotten stronger. “Eric is the Yin to my Yang….or vice-versa” says Scot. His talent knows no bounds. Always in the pocket and always fresh, Eric will leave you breathless.

You may remember Eric from his work with The Chuck Anderson Trio, Spring Rain, Chance, Whatsinaname, Entropic Bingo, Amnesty, and Horizon. He’s also been a teacher of electric bass performance and music theory for 15 years

Eric counts among his influences such diverse talents as Jaco Pastorious, Geddy Lee, John Pattituci, Tony Levin, Chris Squire, John Entwistle, Kansas, King Crimson, James Jamerson, John Cage, Richard Wagner, Vincent Persichetti, Bela Bartok and Bob Marley

Eric has studied with Chuck Anderson (composition, theory, and performance), breifly with John Pattituci (bass performance and jazz theory), Peter Paulsen, Dr. Larry Nelson, and majored in Music Education as well as Bass Performance at West Chester University.

More about Eric at EricSchreiberBass.com.

Ken Vogel

Ken Vogel

drums

Shades of Silver is comprised of experienced, talented musicians from the greater Philadelphia area. Some focus on specific musical styles, and others play a broad range. Combined, they can create precisely the sound you are looking for.