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No Bad JuJu

No Bad JuJu is a dynamic 8-piece powerhouse featuring two lead vocalists/ instrumentalists backed by a driving rhythm and horn section. NBJJ blends an eclectic mix of music encompassing classic R&B and rock,and cutting edge contemporary into their signature style. They captivate a discerning listening audience while still kicking out high-energy dance music. With a hand picked ensemble of the area’s top talent, the bands’ collective experience ranges from The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame to Broadway, with most members having recorded and/or performed with top name national and international acts.

NBJJ has established itself as one of the regions hottest and most popular acts. Performances include numerous high profile festivals, concert venues, and corporate events, as well as extensive club and casino dates as both a headliner and opener for several National acts.

With the release of their second original CD slated for 2014, No Bad JuJu is poised to establish themselves on a national level.


Sabrina De Matteo

Vocals/ Percussion
Sabrina began her musical journey at the age of 3 and studied classical piano with the Suzuki Method. At 16 she discovered her passion for singing and began performing in night clubs with Pittsburgh’s top Salsa Bands. Meanwhile, she won the Gene Kelly award for her role as Timone in the musical Once on this Island. She earned her bachelors degree in musical theater from Point Park College.

Dividing her time between New York City and Pittsburgh, Sabrina performed several leading roles in musical theater as well as toured the U.S. and Canada with the Broadway production “Showboat” as the character Julie La Verne. She has worked with several production companies throughout the U.S. including Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Kansas City Starlight, West Virginia Public Theater, and NETworks (NYC). Sabrina decided to put her musical theater career on hold when she was approached to help form No Bad JuJu. She has been the band’s focal point ever since, and is cowriter on much of the band’s original material.

Sabrina was recently featured in the 2011 major motion picture “I am Number Four” and can also be seen and heard on several national and local television, radio, industrial, and print spots for companies such as: Aquafresh, American Greetings, Medrad, PA Lottery, Shop n’ Save, Nauticom, Penn Telecom, Hoss’s, Zoom Internet, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Rite Aid, National City, Sherwin-Williams, Nestle Crunch, PNC, SUBWAY, and Home Depot, and Trib Total Media.

She can be seen performing in several of the Nationally televised Roots of Rock & Roll/ Doo Wop shows with such artists as Little Anthony and the Imperials, Percy Sledge, Frankie Ford, Eddie Holman, The Diamonds [with her infamous castanets solo], and others.

In order to stay close to her Latino roots, Sabrina also became a licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor and performed with the creator Beto Perez in 2009 and co-instructed in the Cayman Islands with ZES Erick Santana in 2010.

Fun Fact- Sabrina voices “Gabby Groundhog“, Gus the-second-most-famous-Groundhog’s girlfriend!


 

Mark Matteo

Vocals/ Guitar
Mark has over 25 years experience in the music industry. He earned a Bachelor degree in music from the Dana School of Music with a major in Guitar, and a minor in Music Theory. National studio experience includes session work on several hit recordings with artists such as ‘NSYNC, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Aaron Carter, as well as work on various movie soundtracks. He has also written, performed and produced several radio/TV jingles, and industrial videos. Credits include 84 Lumber, Giant Eagle, The Pittsburgh Pirates, GCU and Iron City Beer.

Mark has performed with several national acts such as Rock n Roll Hall of Famers Little Anthony and the Imperials, Gary U.S. Bonds, Peter Noone, Bo Diddley, and The Platters. He has performed locally and regionally over the past two decades with top area bands including Modern Man, Gigolo, and The Soul Providers.

In addition to guitar and lead vocals, Mark is also the primary song writer and leader of No Bad JuJu as well as the band’s co -founder.


 

Richard Everett

Keys
Richard started playing piano around the age of 7 in his hometown of Santa Maria, CA.  By the time he was in high school, he was pretty serious about music.  He fell in love with the blues and also the Hammond organ.  Playing mostly by ear, he gigged with bands around the Central Coast of California.  Eventually, he ended up going to the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he got a Bachelor degree in Music Composition.  But, his love of playing music live never went away.  He has played with Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, and various types of bands on the east and west coasts,  Alaska and the Caribbean.  Locally, he played keyboards for Tony Janflone, Jr.  from 2004 to 2009.  He is the organist at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Moon Twp. When he’s not playing or writing, he is teaching.  He enjoys teaching piano to kids and adults alike.

 


 

Ricky Dickerson

Drums
Rick Dickerson has lived in Pittsburgh all his life. He’s recorded and performed with various musicians such as Contemporary Christian artists Kathy Troccoli, James Ward, and B.E. Taylor. He’s also performed with Jazz artists such as Kenny Blake, Tony Janflone, Dwayne Dolphin, and Pop Artists, Donnie Iris, Joe Grushecky, and Rick Witkowski. Rick also recorded a Cd in 2005 showcasing musicians such as Multi-Grammy award winners Victor Wooten, Kirk Whalum, and Mike Stern. Aside from his role as Drummer with No Bad Ju Ju, Rick is a staff drummer at Orchard Hill Church in Wexford.

 

 

 

 

 


Ross Garin

Trombone
Graduated with BFA and MM degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Peter Sullivan and the late Byron McCulloh, both of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. His performance credits include the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, River City Brass Band, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie
Brass, and the Westmoreland, Johnstown, and McKeesport Symphonies, among many others. He has also played with Frankie Valli, the Temptations, Four Tops, Four Coins, the Gene Krupa Orchestra, Guy Lombardo Orchestra, O’Jays, Pat Boone, Jack Jones, and many local groups including the Benny Benack
Band, the Balcony Big Band, No Bad JuJu, and the salsa band Azucar.
Ross has served as Assistant Head of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 2006.


 

Steve McKnight

Trumpet
Steve attended Slippery Rock University and earned a double degree in Music Performance and Music Education, then moved to Quebec and received his Masters in Jazz Performance from McGill University in Montreal.

Studying trumpet from John Gillespie, Dr. Stephen Hawk, Jack Schantz, Kevin Dean, Joe Sullivan – he’s come to love classical, pop and jazz with equal passion. He played with bands such as the Balcony Big Band, No Bad JuJu, Orchesta Tropical, Azucar, Resounding Brass and greats like Bernadette Peters, The Temptations, The O.J.’s, Phil Woods, Sean Jones.

 

 

 


 

newsaxJoe Scheller

Saxophone
Originally from Apollo, PA, Joe graduated from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University with a B.S. in Music Education. While at YSU, he had the opportunity to play with artists like Slide Hampton, Rufus Reid, Ralph Lalama, Allen Vizzutti, and Carter Pann. Joe has studied saxophone with Dr. James Umble, Alex Costanza, Greg Lutz, Jason May, and Dr. Kent Engelhardt.

He has performed with Monica Mancini, Anne Runolfsson, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra,
the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Shout!, The Ovation Band, Azucar and can be heard regularly as a
member of The Passing FADS. Joe is currently the Director of Bands at South Side Area School District in
Beaver County, PA.

 

 


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Brian Sanders

Bass
Brian Sanders began studying bass guitar at age eleven. He first performed in church and soon after in a high school band. Brian has worked extensively in the gospel music field as a composer, singer and choir director, and with gospel artists such as Douglas Miller, Darrel Coley, Vicky Winans, Edwin Hawkins and Yolanda Adams in addition to touring Germany with the Golden Gospel Singers. He has completed several European tours with the Poogie Bell Band and performs in the Pittsburgh Market with Poogie Bell, the Dwayne Dolphin Band, the Olga Watkins Band and numerous others.  As the owner and operator of Sound-Mine Recording Studio, Brian is also an entrepreneur and a respected music producer and composer. Brian naturally catches the attention of  audiences everywhere. He is highly regarded among his fellow musicians for his talent as a rock solid “in the pocket” bass guitarist as well as for his professionalism and easy going nature.