JamBon with guests Kraig McCreary and Chris Siebold
JamBon is the brainchild of long time Sonia Dada keyboardist Chris “Hambone”Cameron. The group unites former members of Sonia Dada, Liquid Soul, and Chevere. “ I’m not real big on labels and comparisons.” says Cameron.“It’s wildly eclectic, and real funky. Drop the Meters,Rufus, and AC/DC in a blender, then stand back and hit the switch!” http://www.jambonband.com
Chris "Hambone" Cameron - Keyboards and vocals: Chris is a Grammy nominated R&B session keyboardist and composer, whose career spans more than thirty years. In addition to his work with Sonia Dada,he has toured and recorded with John Mayall, Big Twist, Harvey Mandel and Sugarcane Harris, David Bromberg, and many others. A partial listing of his numerous album credits include work with Mavis Staples, Bob Dylan, Freddy Jones Band, Liquid Soul,Rick Danko, Dennis De Young, and Ramsey Lewis. Songwriting credits includeThe Commodores, Richie Havens, and the feature films Holes, The Guardian,and A Perfect Murder.
Michael Scott - Lead and background vocals: Michael was the lead singer for Chicago based rock and R&B band Sonia Dada ( Elecktra, Sony, Razor & Tie, and Calliope Records ) Sonia Dada released six albums, and had a #1 record in Australia. The band was a staple on playlists of the AAA radio format, and toured the US extensively as a concert and festival headliner.
Simbryt Dortch - Lead and background vocals: Simbryt is a dynamic session singer who has worked with Michael McDonald, Faith Hill, Seal, and Bootsy Collins. She performs regularly with special events powerhouse The Chicago Catz. Simbryt also recently sang at the United Center in Chicago with Stevie Wonder!
Kraig McCreary - Special Guest Guitar and vocals: Kraig is one of Chicago's premier studio guitarists and producers. He has worked with a wide range of national artists, and is a veteran of thousands of commercial sessions, film scores, and theater performances.
Chris Siebold - Special Guest Guitar: Chris's versatility has made him a mainstay on the Chicago studio scene. In addition to his many recording credits, he has toured internationally in a duo with Howard Levy, and he was also the principal guitarist for “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Alejo Poveda – percussion: Alejo hails from Costa Rica. He has been the leader of Chicago's acclaimed latin jazz group Chevere for over 35 years. He has extensive studio credits, and has toured with Donny Hathaway and Minnie Ripperton
Chuck Webb – Bass: Chuck is one of Chicago's premier session bass players. He has toured the world many times performing with such notable artists as Aretha Franklin, Ramsey Lewis, David Sanborn, Al DiMeola, Grover Washington Jr., Freddie Hubbard and many others. Chuck has performed on hundreds of records, commercial jingles and sound tracks.
Malcom Banks – Drums: A mainstay of Chicago's R&B scene for many years, Malcom has performed with the Emotions, The Dells, and Maxx Traxx
The Mighty Jambon Horns
Mark Ohlsen-trumpet: Mark is one of Chicago's first call studio trumpeters. He has toured with Buddy Rich,Woody Herman,Styx, Chevere, Big Twist and The Mellow Fellows and many others.
Steve Eisen-saxophone and flute: Steve is arguably one of the most recorded saxophonists in Chicago music history! His numerous credits include the Commodores, Styx,The Ides of March,The Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle, Big Twist , Johnny Winter, Bonnie Koloc, and many others.
Andy Baker- trombone: Born and raised in London England, Andy was performing professionally at the age of fourteen, and had appeared on recordings and TV by the age of eighteen. He relocated to Chicago in 2001. He is an in demand studio and theater player, and is the musical director for the New Jazz Standard Orchestra. Andy is also the Director of Jazz Studies for The University Of Illinois At Chicago.
John Bowes- Baritone saxophone: John has performed with Aretha Franklin, Smoky Robinson, The Temptations, The Funk Brothers, and many other notable acts. His many studio credits include arranging the Grammy nominated debut CD of the 911 Mambo Orchestra.