Original and contemporary compositions and some
hard-swinging standards led by Mike Galisatus,
freelance trumpeter in the Bay Area and Director
of Bands at the College of San Mateo. Band member
credits include Count Basie, Huey Lewis, Pete
Escovedo, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joe Louis
Walker Jr., and many more.
Native San Franciscan Duane Lawrence’s rich baritone
voice croons a smooth ballad, swings with the best,
and belts out R&B tunes, too, as heard in his group
Lawrence Expressway Band.
For more than 13 years, he was one of the featured
vocalists with the 16-piece Contemporary Jazz
Orchestra at Jazz at Pearl’s and a featured vocalist
with the fabulous Full Spectrum Jazz Big Band. He
also credits more than 500 performances with the
Starlight Orchestra at the historic Starlight Room.
Pacificans Norm Dutton, Jim Kerwin, and Lionel
Emde are regulars with the band. Sometimes, Ruben
Salcido lends his playing skills on alto or tenor
(Posted by John Maybury, Pacifica Riptide, Pacifica, California)