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BIOS FOR OTIS & THE HURRICANES

They play the roots of American Rock n Roll influenced by the likes of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Little Feat, The Funky Meters, Alan Toussaint, Delbert McClinton, and Chuck Berry. The Hurricanes are a group of veteran musicians who will rock the house. Guaranteed to get things movin’. 

 

Chris “Otis” Cross - Guitar/Vocals 

Chris is the “voice” of the Hurricanes. His friends named him “Otis” at the age of 12 when he picked up a Fender Telecaster and bent his first blues note. Chris was an original member of the legendary “Blue in the Face” band. He was on the road with Debbie Davies, and plays an important role in the Fairfield music scene, opening and playing with musical icons like James Montgomery, Mark Naftalin, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter and Buckwheat Zydeco. “Otis” left his soulful mark on the music scene from Toronto to Atlanta.



Richard Crooks - Drums/Percussion 

Richard is a long-time studio drummer and wizard of the live beat. You’ve heard him on albums with Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Leon Russell, etc, etc.



“Smokin’ Joe” Najmy - Piano/Vocals 

“Smokin’ Joe” developed his style as a songwriter/musician in the Berkshires and on the road performing or in concert with artists like Taj Mahal, Arlo Guthrie, Paul Butterfield, Average White Band, and Robert Cray.



Chris Bishop; Bass/Vocals 

Chris is a brilliant musician steeped in the Woodstock musical tradition. Chris was the bassist for James Montgomery Band and Robert Palmer. He has performed all over the world and spent many years as a studio musician in NYC.



Crispin Cieo - Saxophones 

Crispin is a founding member or the Uptown Horns. His distinctive sound can be heard on recordings by James Brown, Joe Cocker, Wilson Pickett, as well as the Rolling Stones “Steel Wheels Tour”.



Doug Bernstein - Saxophones 

Doug is a regular contributor to the Hurricane’s sound. For many years, Doug been a bandleader and arranger in the Nashville scene and national touring acts He spent several years as Musical Director for Sam Moore of “Sam and Dave. 

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