The Big Apple Sessions

by The Bobby Syvarth Combo

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Recorded and Produced by Dan Myers at DUMBO STUDIO, New York City.

Gregg Gerson Bio:

Over the years, drummer Gregg Gerson has either recorded or performed alongside some of rock's biggest names - including Billy Idol and the Who's Roger Daltrey, among others. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Gerson started playing drums at the age of six, and just four years later, was playing in front of audiences at small local clubs. During his teenage years, Gerson broadened his horizons by studying timpani, vibraphone and traps at the Settlement School of Music in Philadelphia, and becoming proficient at other instruments as well - flute, guitar, bass, and keyboards. Although he was fast becoming one of the most renowned all-around musicians working on the Jersey Shore club circuit, Gerson opted to relocate to New York City during the summer of 1976. Soonafter, he landed work alongside guitarist Jack Sonni (Dire Straits), as well as Carlos Alomar (David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Paul McCartney) and John McCurry (Cyndi Lauper, Alice Cooper, Billy Joel). Further gigs followed (with Ronnie Spector, Benny Mardones, and Mayday), before friend/guitarist Steve Stevens offered Gerson to join Billy Idol's backing band in the early '80s. Gerson accepted, and lent his drumming talents to arguably Idol's best album, 1983's Rebel Yell, which spawned such hit singles/MTV videos as the title track and "Eyes without a Face." During the early '90s, Gerson signed on for the recording of Roger Daltrey's 1992 solo outing, Rocks in the Head, and eventually toured alongside the former Who frontman during the latter part of the decade, as a member of the British Rock Symphony. Additionally, Gerson has served as a touring drummer for Steve Jones (ex-Sex Pistols), Wayne Kramer (ex-MC5), Belinda Carlisle, Michael Bolton, and even his old pal Steve Stevens, and has played on various jingles and commercials.

Jeff Berman Bio:

As one of the musicians of choice in what has become known in NYC as the "downtown" music scene, Jeff Berman has played (vibes, drums & percussion) and recorded with Tony Trishka, Blue Gene, Tyranny, Peter Gordon's Love of Life Orchestra, Frank Christian, Andy Statman, Peter Stampfel, and The Longtoe Band, to name a few. Moving freely between the worlds of jazz, folk and the avant-garde, Berman's take on the vibes is characteristically intense: "There is a dark side of the instrument's character that I explore through my composing and playing". "...Berman spins evocative arabesques whose form and function are defined as much by what is not said as that which is actually stated..."
-Jazz Times "...there is a depth to Berman's music that bears repeated listening...this is laughing mallet music..."
-Victory Review "...hypnotic vibes work...he sounds like he created the instrument".


released February 23, 2012

Carey Harmon: Drums/Percussion/Vocals
Buddy Harleson: Bass
Gregg Gerson: Flute
Jeff Berman: Vibes
Dan Myers: Sax


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Bobby Syvarth New Jersey

Born in Brooklyn, raised in the North Western Hills of New Jersey, schooled on the road of life, Bobby Syvarth has been creating timeless American Music for the better part of two decades. Heartfelt and honest with
a healthy dose of groove and soul Bobby's art is as
comfortable as your favorite jeans.
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