B A N D

JIM STARR - lead vocals/trombone

 

Jim was 17 years old when he performed at his first gig, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco before a Giant's baseball game. This was with an 8-piece band complete with a horn section. Since then he has performed with numerous groups that played R&B, Jazz, Soul, Rock, either playing trombone and/or singing. His first group, called "Savory", cycled through various members with some moving on to play with the likes of Jefferson Starship, The Tubes, Tower of Power, Chris Cain Band, Michael Bolton and others. Jim has since played with various groups and has performed with members of Rare Earth, Iron Butterfly, Alice Cooper, Sugarloaf, Waymon Tisdale and numerous others. Jim keeps busy by working with other artists and groups including Wavelength. Jim is featured on the track "From Now On" on Wavelength's CD "Cruzin' the Music Highway". This track has received high praise from reviewers as it showcases Jim's clear and wonderful voice as well as his style of singing.

LARRY TAGG - bass/vocals

 

Musician-bass player, singer and songwriter, Larry Tagg moved to California in 1978 with the band Uncle Rainbow to record under the aegis of Michael Hosack, one of the Doobie Brothers. In 1985 with Brent Bourgeois he formed the band Bourgeois Tagg and was signed by Island records. Bourgeois Tagg recorded two albums and had two hits "Mutual Surrender "and "I Don't Mind At All". They toured with Robert Palmer, Heart, Belinda Carlisle and and an appearance on the Late Show with Johnny Carson.

 

Larry played as a bass player and singer with Todd Rundgren and Hall and Oates. During the 90's he was signed as a staff songwriter by Warner Chappell Music. Larry's songs were recorded by Eddie Money, Kim Carnes, Cliff Richard and others. He released two solo albums "With A Skeleton Crew "and "Rover "in Europe and America.

BRAD CATANIA - trumpet/percussion

 

Brad Catania (Lead Trumpet and Arranger) hails from Chicago and started playing in 1977 free-lancing with big bands, show bands, and Elvis shows. Brad moved to California with his music degree in 82' and became a regular at the Venetian Room and the Circle Star Theater performing with James Brown, Lou Rawls, Mel Torme’, Patti LaBelle, The Temptations, the Four Tops, Frankie Vali, Rosemary Clooney and others. He has played with Full Faith and Credit, The Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, Dick Bright’s Orchestra, and Harry Denton’s Starlight Orchestra.

 

He is also requested as a sideman for many bay area club and show bands.

 

BRIAN WITHYCOMBE - keyboards

 

Brian Withycombe is a long-time  Bay Area award winning songwriter, arranger, composer, producer, and multi keyboardist with over 20 albums and 113 recordings selling worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify. His original music can be heard on over 150 different Satellite Radio Stations and has been featured in film, and on videos and TV.  Brian was also a member of a number of popular Bay Area bands over the years: The Blue Meanies, 911, Gino and the Hawks, Stark Neked, Chain of Fools. He has also played or shared the stage with music legions John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Charlie Musselwhite, Jeff Lorber, Maynard Ferguson, Doobie Brothers, Joan Baez, Helen Reddy, Robin Ford, Blood Sweat Tears… just to name a few. 

DAVE HAWKES - drums

 

Dave Hawkes has been performing professionally in the Central Valley and Bay Area since 1983. In addition to attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Dave is a graduate of California State University Stanislaus. He has studied with notable drummers David Garibaldi and Dave Weckl.

 

Some of the artists Dave has performed with include Pete Escovedo, Clark Terry, James Moody, The Ink Spots, Clare Fischer, Carl Anderson, Bill Watrous, Chris Cain, and Mic Gillette (Tower of Power). Dave also had the privelege to perform many times with longtime Steely Dan sideman Cornelius Bumpus when he would come to California.

 

Dave teaches privately in Turlock and Modesto.

 

JIMMIE ADAMS - drums

 

Jimmie Adams began playing the drums at the age of six. Within a year, Jimmie was playing at church, where he received much of his early training. By the age of 13, he landed his first European tour. In 1998, Jimmie was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, but later decided to attend Bethany University where he received his B.A. in 2005. Since then, Jimmie has continued to tour playing for various artists including Irvington and Tammy Brown.  Jimmie is an exceptional musician with years of experience as an instructor, clinician, recording artist, and performer.

 

RONNIE J - guitar/vocals

 

Ronnie Jamison has the pleasure and the challenge of playing lead/rhythm guitar in the Steely Dan tribute, Aja Vu and Stealin' Chicago bands. His musical roots began during the 70's touring the east coast with three different bands for eight years. When he got home at last and got the news his green earring was missing (could have been the dirty work  of any major dude ) he decided to switch coasts to see if the west was everything they say.

 

After moving to the Bay Area Ronnie studied under master guitarist Tuck Andress. He completed his ear training and theory studies at De Anza College in 1986. Through the next five years as guitarist for the San Francisco based Motor City band he honed his skills as a player and worked on many different musical styles with influences from Bill Evans, Robben Ford, Jeff Baxter and Larry Carlton.

 

Ronnie teaches guitar and bass in Santa Clara at The Guitarist (YouCanPlayGuitar.com).

 

GREG ALBRIGHT - sax

 

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greg had his professional debut at the age of 15. With strong influences in jazz and R&B, as well as in rock and classical music, Greg has written and recorded with original members of the Latin bands, Santana, Malo, and Sapo, as well as performing with members of The Starship, Albert King, Elvin Bishop, and Montrose. Greg serves as sax man/horn arranger/producer of Aja Vu, as well as doubling on vocals and percussion.

 

ROBYN ASHLEY - lead vocals/percussion

 

Robyn, a SF Bay Area native, has been singing professionally for over a decade. She is a studied vocalist whose background reflects an extraordinary passion for singing. In 2003 Robyn and her dad Ron Jamison formed the tribute band AjaVu - The Music of Steely Dan. The 2014 AjaVu line up is Robyn and Ron Jamison, Jim Starr, Greg Albright, Gregg Dye, David Hawkes, Brad Catania, and Larry Tagg; from the band Bourgeois Tagg.

 

In 2004 AjaVu won the 1st 98.5 KFOX's Last Band Standing Contest. Performed private events with Bay Area band Drive!

In 2004 AjaVu opened for The Doobie Brothers at the BR Cohn Winery Annual Benefit Concert for Children's Charities in Sonoma.

In 2005 AjaVu won the 2nd 98.5 KFOX's Last Band Standing Contest and opened for Greg Kihn at downtown San Jose's Music In The Park.

In 2006 AjaVu opened for Eddie Money at the annual Stockton Asparagus Festival.

In 2007 AjaVu performed at Kihncert On The Green at Discovery Meadow Park in downtown San Jose.

In the summer of 2011 Robyn joined her second band: SexyBack. In the same summer, AjaVu performed at the California State Fair.

In March of 2012 AjaVu performed Steely Dan's album "Aja" in its entirety at Yoshi's in San Francisco.

In 2012 Robyn joined two more bands: Chili Sauce and The Gents.

In 2013 the AjaVu players expanded their repertoire by creating the Chicago Tribute Band: Stealin' Chicago.

 

In the last few years, Robyn started teaching private singing lessons. Today Robyn works at Booksin Elementary, teaching group singing lessons, where she has developed her own program focusing on rhythm and singing called, "Singing With Robyn - The Elements of Music."