Raya Zion – Vocalist
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel. Raya has been singing since she was born. Her first professional performance was at the age of six
at her older sister’s wedding. For the past 30 years, Raya has performed in college, as well as, religious choirs. It was when
Raya first saw Tina Turner that she decided to be a rock and blues queen. Although she doesn’t do as many costume changes as
Ms. Turner, Raya’s passion and deep emotions for the blues makes her performances worth watching. Raya’s life motto is “you
gotta pay your dues if you want to sing the blues” or “Don't Do The Crime If You Can't Pay The Time.”
Dan Bickel – Bass
Danny J. has been holding down the low end for twenty eight years and has worked with numerous local musicians including
“Susan James and Thrilltrain”, “The Andre DeVito Band” and cover bands “Flipside” and “Native Tongue”.
Eric Bloch – Trombone
Born in New York; raised in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Eric has been making noise on the trombone since about the 4th grade.
In more recent years, he has been the trombonist for the Fancy Sinatra’s – a Nancy Sinatra cover band.
Dave Christian - Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer
Born in Charleston, West Virginia. Dave started playing guitar at the early age of 10. His playing style covers all the
bases from classic Rock, through Funk and Jazz. He played in several bands while a member of the US Air Force, including the
band “Raven Rock”, and a tour of Germany, as a member of the rock group “Matrix”. His skills as producer/recording engineer
have graced many Bay area Gospel, R&B, and Rap music projects, including, The Triumph Family, Rev. Fleetwood Irving (Stellar
Award Nominee), rapper, Chunk, C-Funk, Tenda Tee, Mowtown artist Colin England, and Two Live Crew’s “Mr. Mixx”. Also as a
dance music producer, he has produced tracks for Mixx-It, Nu Gruv, and Turbo Beat records. His own label, Rezin8 Records,
has produced several House/Dance tracks that have filled the dance floors in clubs around the world.
Patrick Collins - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Patrick started playing the trumpet at age 8, under Mr. Charles Duvall in Los Gatos, CA. At age 16, he led his first swing band
while a student with Dr. Herb Patnoe at De Anza College. Patrick then toured the US and Canada with "The Blue Saints" Explorer
Scout Big Band with Dr. Hugh Upton. Patrick attended the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and studied under Charles Turner,
Frank Sinatra's lead trumpeter. After college, he toured with the Clark Expedition and Little Richard. In addition to playing
trumpet and flugelhorn with the Tribal Blues Band, Patrick holds the Principal Cornet chair with the Peninsula Symphonic Band.
He is also the Musical Director and lead trumpet player in the Sons of Jubal Christian Big Band.
Patrick is a big fan of Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Touch of Brass's Ed Morrison, and screamin' trumpet players across YouTube. He plays a Benge "Claude Gordon" model trumpet, Shilkie 14A4A and GR 62e mouthpieces. Patrick's favorite comments to encourage other trumpeters is, "Try it up an octave!" and, "Play like you're never coming back".
Sam Herzberg - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Born in San Francisco California. Sam has been playing drums and percussion for the past 28 years. In the mid-1980's he
toured California and England with his band Mrs. Green in support of their album on the Bezerkley label opening for bands
such as Brian Setzer, the Knack, Camper Van Beethoven, and the Chills. Subsequent bands he has played with include Groovy Lion,
Moonlight Hoodoo Revue, The Haz Cats, ShiriYa, KlezAm, and The Slyway Project.
Marty Izenson – Saxophone
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Marty has been playing sax/clarinet/flute for over 30 years. Marty has evolved towards the
Blues and Jazz; with a bit of Rock and Roll added in for spice. Recent bands include: DT & The Shakers (opening for Tower Of Power),
and StationWagon, as well as a variety of jazz and concert bands.
Michael Lee - Keyboards
A Bay Area native, Michael first got the muso bug when he played accordion in public at age 6...he's now semi-reformed, moving on to other keyboard instruments. Through the years, he has played in numerous cover and original bands in Northern California. At UC Berkeley, he studied and researched esoteric music applications of computers and electronics. He plays a wide range of genres from classical, jazz, funk, reggae, rock, and all combinations mixed together.
Jesse Mathews – Trumpet, Flute and Horn Section Transcriber and Arranger
Jesse Mathews is a green-chile-and-tortilla-fed gringo from the Pecos River Valley of New Mexico. He might be young enough to be the adopted son of all the other members of the Tribe, but can hang with them nonetheless. Jesse took to music at a young age and decided he wanted to become a school band director when he grew up (yes, that’s his day job now). He is a closet jazz pianist and composer. When Mr. Mathews isn’t teaching kids or playin’ the blues, he is playing with the San Jose Wind Symphony. As well as playing a hot ‘n’ spicy trumpet, he sure does enjoy a hot ‘n’ spicy meal. He has eaten and collected hot sauce from all over the world and has won numerous pepper-eating contests. Sorry ladies, but Jesse already has a hot mama who is also a musician.