Spaces were an American jazz-rock band from Provo, Utah, that released the album Border Station in 1981. Members: Roger Nichols (piano, synthesizer, clarinet), Anthony Perry (drums, percussion), Wendell C. Jones, (bass), Randy Hall (guitar), David Carrilo (percussion), Rand Keith (saxophone) Discography: Border Station (1981)


Yellowjackets are an American jazz-rock band from Los Angeles. Members: Bob Mintzer (saxophone, EWI), Jimmy Haslip (bass), Russell Ferrante (piano, keyboards), Marcus Baylor (drums, percussion), Marc Russo (horns), William Kennedy (drums, percussion), Ricky Lawson (drums, percussion) Discography: Yellowjackets (1981) Mirage à Troîs (1983) Samurai Samba (1985) Shades (1986) Four Corners (1987) Politics (1988) The Spin […]


Shadowfax were an American jazz-rock band from Chicago that debuted with the album Watercourse Way in 1976. Members: Chuck Greenberg (Lyricon, saxophone, flute, oboe, recorder, 1972-95), Phil Maggini (bass, 1972-95), Stuart Nevitt (drums, tabla, percussion, 1972-95), Greg Stinson (guitar, sitar, vocals, 1972-90), Doug Maluchnik (keyboards), Jamii Szmadzinski (violin), Jared Stewart (keyboards), Emil Richards (percussion), David […]


Santana are an American Latin-jazz/rock band from San Francisco, formed in 1966 by guitarist Carlos Santana. Members: Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, vocals, 1966-72), Rod Harper (drums, 1966-67), Gus Rodriguez (bass, 1966-67), Michael Carabello (congas, 1966-67, 1969-71), Tom Frazier (guitar, 1966-67), Bob “Doc” Livingston (drums, 1967-69), David Brown (bass, 1967-71, 1974-76), Marcus Malone […]

Jaco Pastorius

Jaco Pastorius (1951–1987) was an American bassist renown for his fretless style. He exploded onto the scene in 1976 with a star-backed solo album and guest appearances on titles by Joni Mitchell (Hejira) and Pat Metheny (Bright Size Life). That year, he joined Weather Report for a six-album stint. Background He was born John Francis […]

The Muffins

The Muffins were an American jazz-rock band that released two proper albums: the Canterbury-style Manna / Mirage (1978) and the No Wave-inspired 185, both on the avant-garde DC label Random Radar Records. Tracks from their earlier incarnation (circa 1975–76) later surfaced on the Cuneiform CD Chronometers. They backed Fred Frith on his 1980 Ralph Records […]


Lips were an American jazz-rock band that issued a self-titled album in 1979. Members: Al Harrison (trumpet, flugelhorn), Al “Alfie” Williams (baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, flute), Bob Malach (tenor saxophone), James Tinsley (trumpet, flugelhorn) Discography: Lips (1979)

The Jeff Lorber Fusion

The Jeff Lorber Fusion were an American jazz-rock band from Philadelphia led by keyboardist Jeff Lorber (born Nov. 4, 1952). The band released five albums between 1977 and 1981, after which Lorber continued as a solo artist. Members: Jeff Lorber (keyboards), Lester McFarland (bass), Terry Layne (reeds, flute), Ron Young (percussion), Dennis Springer (saxophone), Freddie […]


Proteus were an American jazz-rock band from Chicago that was active from 1978 to 1985. In 1981, the band released the album Infinite Change on self-press Proteus International Records Inc. Members: Sergio Nespola (drums), Grant Austin (bass), Brian Zercher (keyboards), Ole Riise (guitar), Rob Williams (guitar), Tim Tobias (keyboards), Bill Dickens (bass) Discography: Infinite Change […]

Ronald Shannon Jackson

Ronald Shannon Jackson (Jan. 12, 1940 — Oct. 19, 2013) was an American jazz-funk drummer from Fort Worth, Tex., who was prominent on the New York avant-garde scene during the 1980s. Discography: Eye on You (1980 • Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society) Nasty (1981 • Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society) Street Priest […]


Journey are an American hard-rock/soul band from San Francisco that released nine proper albums and a live double-LP on Columbia between 1975 and 1986. Members: Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass, 1973-85, 1995-present), Gregg Rolie (vocals, keyboards, 1973-80), George Tickner (guitar, 1973-75), Prairie Prince (drums, 1973-74), Aynsley Dunbar (drums, 1974-78), Robert Fleischman (vocals, 1977), Steve […]

Vital Information

Vital Information are an American jazz-rock supergroup that has been active on a sporadic basis since the mid-1980s. Members: Tom Coster (keyboards), Baron Browne (bass), Steve Smith (drums), Frank Gambale (guitar), Vinny Valentino (guitar, 2006-present) Discography: Orion (1984) Global Beat (1986) Fiafiaga (Celebration) (1988) Vitalive! (1991) Easier Done Than Said (1992) Ray of Hope (1996) […]

Stone Alliance

Stone Alliance were an American jazz-rock band that released four albums between 1976 and 1980. Members: Don Alias (drums, 1976-present), Gene Perla (bass, 1976-present), Steve Grossman (tenor saxophone, 1976-77), Mitch Stein (guitar, 1996-02), Kenny Kirkland (keyboards, 1981-83), Mark Gray (keyboards, 1978), Bob Mintzer (tenor saxophone, 1982-83), Gerry Bergonzi (saxophone, 1981), Kenny Werner (keyboards, 1982) Discography: […]

John Klemmer

John Klemmer (born July 6, 1946) is an American saxophonist and composer from Chicago. Discography: Involvement (1967 • The John Klemmer Quartets) And We Were Lovers (1968) All the Children Cried (1969) Blowin’ Gold (1969) Eruptions (1970) Constant Throb (1971) Waterfalls (1972) Intensity (1973) Magic and Movement (1974) Fresh Feathers (1974) Touch (1975) Barefoot Ballet […]


Jasmine were an American jazz-rock band that released an eponymous album in 1979. Members: Roger Rosenberg (saxophone, clarinet, flute), Steve Berrios (drums, percussion, congas), Bill O’Connell (piano, keyboards), Lee Smith (bass) Discography: Jasmine (1979)

Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell (April 2, 1943 — Feb. 19, 2017) was an American guitarist who emerged in the late-1960s jazz-rock-psych combo The Free Spirits. During the mid-1970s, he led the jazz-rock supergroup The Eleventh House, cutting the albums Introducing, Level One, and Aspects. He also partook in Wolfgang Dauner’s Et Cetera with Colosseum drummer Jon Hiseman, […]

John Thomas & Lifeforce

John Thomas & Lifeforce were an American jazz-rock band that released two albums in 1980/81. Members: Gunnar Plümer (bass), Stefan Kremer (drums), Ponda O’Bryan (percussion), Andy Lumpp (piano), Monika Linges (vocals), Garcia Morales (drums), Eddy Veldman (percussion) Discography: Devil Dance (1980 • John Thomas & Lifeforce) 3000 Worlds (1981 • John Thomas & Lifeforce)


Hiroshima were an American New Age/smooth jazz ensemble from Los Angeles. Members: Members: Daniel Kuramoto (flute, saxophone, woodwinds), June Kuramoto (koto), Johnny Mori (percussion, taiko, 1974-2003), Dave Iwataki (keyboards, 1974-79), Danny Yamamoto (drums), Peter Hata (guitar, 1974-84), Dane Matsumura (bass guitar, 1977-80), Teri Kusumoto (vocals, 1977-82), Jess Acuna (vocals, 1977-82), Richard Matthews (keyboards, 1979-80), Barbara […]

Dixie Dregs

Dixie Dregs were an American jazz-rock/bluegrass band from Miami that released three albums on Capricorn between 1977 and 1979, followed by another trio of titles on Arista between 1980 and 1982. Members: Steve Morse (guitar), Andy West (bass, 1973-82, 1997-2000), Mark Parrish (keyboards, 1973-74, 1977-80), Allen Sloan (violin, 1973-82, 1992, 1997-2000), Bart Yarnal (drums, 1973-74), […]


Artport were an American jazz-rock band from Champlin, Minn., that released an eponymous album in 1982. Bassist John Purtle resurfaced behind guitarist Michael Lee Firkins on a string of albums during the 1990s. Members: Peter K. Ward (guitar), John Purtle (bass), Ron Morris (drums) Discography: Artport (1982)

Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola (born July 22, 1954) is an American guitarist who emerged in the jazz-rock supergroup Return to Forever, playing on the 1974–76 albums Where Have I Known You Before, No Mystery, and Romantic Warrior. As a solo artist, he’s issued more than 40 albums, starting with the 1976/77 Columbia titles Land of the […]

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis were an American jazz-rock band that released a self-titled album on small-press Red Hot in 1982. Members: Mitch DeMatoff (piano, Rhodes electric piano, synthesizer, Moog, Polymoog, Minimoog, Hammond organ), Mike Langland (electric guitar, acoustic guitar), Gene Barrio (bass), Dan Pucillo Jr. (drums, Syndrum) Discography: Aurora Borealis (with Mitch Dematoff) (1982)   Hello ….I […]


3PM were an American jazz-rock band from Raleigh, N.C., that released the album Better Late Than Never on Ostinato Records in 1980. Members: Jerry Peek (bass, synthesizer), John Wheliss (guitar), Doug Morgan (drums, percussion), Bernie Petteway (guitar, synthesizer) Discography: Better Late Than Never (1980)

Dry Jack

Dry Jack were an American jazz-rock band from N.Y.C. that was active between 1972 and 1982. The band released two albums, Magical Elements and Whale City, both in 1979 on Inner City Records. Members: Dwight Rucker (vocals, 1973-75), Rod Fleeman (guitar), John Lamb (guitar), Clint Swank (guitar), Rocco Marshall (guitar), Bill Bergman (guitar), Tony DePaolo […]


Toto are an American modern-rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1977 by prolific industry studio musicians. Members: Steve Lukather (guitar, vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), David Hungate (bass, 1977-83, 2014-present), Jeff Porcaro (drums, 1977-92), Steve Porcaro (keyboards, vocals, 1977-89, 2010-present), Bobby Kimball (vocals, 1977-84, 1997-2008), Mike Porcaro (bass, 1983-2008), Fergie Frederiksen (vocals, 1984-86), Joseph […]

Lee Ritenour

Lee Ritenour (born Jan. 11, 1952) is an American jazz/pop session guitarist and recording artist from Los Angeles. Discography: First Course (1976) Captain Fingers (1977) Gentle Thoughts (1977) Concierto de Aranjuez (1978 • Aranjuez) Friendship (1978) Sugar Loaf Express (1978) The Captain’s Journey (1978) Feel the Night (1979) Rio (1979) Rit (1981) Rit/2 (1982) On […]

Teena Marie

Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 — Dec. 26, 2010) was an American vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and arranger from Santa Monica, Calif. She was born Mary Christine Brockert on March 5, 1956, in Santa Monica, Calif., and raised in nearby Mission Hills and Venice. Her family’s heritage comprised of Irish, Italian, Native American, Portuguese, and […]

Pablo Cruise

Pablo Cruise were an American harmony-pop/rock band from San Francisco. Members: Dave Jenkins (guitar, vocals), Cory Lerios (keyboards, vocals, 1973-86), Steve Price (drums, 1973-81, 1985-86), Bud Cockrell (bass, vocals, 1973-77, 1985-86), Bruce Day (bass, vocals, 1977-80), John Pierce (bass, vocals, 1980-84), AJ Crawdaddy (guitar, vocals, 1980-82), Donny Baldwin (drums, 1981-82), David Perper (drums, vocals, 1982-84), […]

Mr. Mister

Mr. Mister were an American modern-rock band from Los Angeles, formed from the ashes of Pages. Members: Richard Page (vocals, bass), Steve George (keyboards, saxophone, vocals), Steve Farris (guitar, 1983-87), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Howard ‘Buzz’ Feiten (guitar, 1988-89) Discography: I Wear the Face (1984) Welcome to the Real World (1985) Go On … (1987) Pull […]

Michael Franks

Michael Franks (born Sept. 18, 1944) is an American singer/songwriter from La Jolla, Calif. Discography: Michael Franks (1973) The Art of Tea (1975) Sleeping Gypsy (1977) Burchfield Nines (1978) Tiger in the Rain (1979) One Bad Habit (1980) Objects of Desire (1982) Previously Unavailable (1983) Passionfruit (1983) Skin Dive (1985) The Camera Never Lies (1987) […]

Melissa Manchester

Melissa Manchester is an American singer–songwriter who released two 1973–74 albums on Bell Records, followed by nine albums between 1975 and 1983 on Arista. She first emerged under the auspices of Barry Manilow and Bette Midler and co-wrote many songs with Carole Bayer Sager. Manchester’s best known songs include “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Midnight Blue,” […]

The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer are an American vocal group from N.Y.C., formed in 1969 by swing enthusiast Tim Hauser. The original lineup, a five-piece with songwriter Gene Pistilli, issued one album of retro jazz and pop on Capitol in 1971. Hauser then recruited singers Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Massé, establishing the two man/two woman […]

Larsen-Feiten Band

Larsen-Feiten Band were an American jazz-pop band that released a self-titled album on Warner Bros. in 1980. The band was basically a reformed Full Moon and reverted back to that name for two further albums in 1982. Members: Lenny Castro (percussion, vocals), Howard ‘Buzz’ Feiten (guitar), Kim Hutchcroft (saxophone), Neil Larsen (keyboards), Art Rodriguez (drums), […]

Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro (Oct. 18, 1947 — April 8, 1997) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist from the Bronx. She debuted with the album More Than a New Discovery on Verve Folkways in 1967.  She then signed to Columbia and released four albums between 1968 and 1971, culminating with a collaborative disc with soul trio […]

Gary Wright

Gary Wright (April 26, 1943) is an American singer, musician, and songwriter from Cresskill, N.J., who served as the co-vocalist and keyboardist in Spooky Tooth during two three-album periods between 1968 and 1974. Discography: Extraction (1971) Footprint (1971) Benjamin (OST, 1972) The Dream Weaver (1975) The Light of Smiles (1977) Touch and Gone (1977) Headin’ […]

Billy Joel

Billy Joel is an American pianist, singer, and songwriter from the Bronx who released the album Cold Spring Harbor on Family Productions Inc. in 1971, followed by 11 studio albums on Columbia between 1973 and 1993. Prior to his solo career, he recorded two albums with psych-rockers The Hassles, which splintered into the 1970 hard-rock […]

Carole Bayer Sager

Carole Bayer Sager (born March 8, 1947) is an American songwriter and occasional singer who released two 1977/78 albums on Elektra, followed by the 1981 Boardwalk release Sometimes Late at Night. As a lyricist, she’s penned hits for The Mindbenders (“A Groovy Kind of Love”), Leo Sayer (“When I Need You”), Asha Puthli (“She Loves […]