The ‘Little John Band’ is originally from the San Francisco Bay area, circa 1970. The early Little John band had a loyal following of fans in and around the Bay area in the 1970’s, releasing two albums on Epic Records: ‘Up and Down’ (1970), and ‘Little John’ (1972).
One of the first West-Coast ‘Horn-Rock’ bands, ‘Little John’ featured brit-rock guitarist, John Hart; jazz giant and Southern California tenor-sax soloist, Vince Wallace; with trumpet, trombone, keyboards, bass and drums rounding out the ensemble. Little John played regularly throughout the Bay Area in the early '70s, culminating in two performances for ‘Bill Graham Presents’ at Winterland, in 1972. Troubles with their label led to the band’s subsequent breakup. In 2010, three original members of ‘Little John’, John Hart, Ross Valory, and Stevie ‘Keys’ Roseman re-connected and decided to make a new album: “John Hart and the LittleJohn Band”, with a planned release for 2013,(after a false start with an independent distributor, the band ultimately pulled their product and distributed the recordings in 2014). Working around the theme of ‘unfinished business’, four of the original “Little John” members, Hart, Valory, Roseman, with veteran Little John trombonist, Rich Lewis, embraced the idea of updating select pieces from the early “Little John” catalog, re-arranging them as if they had evolved organically with the times. Fronted by Alex Ligertwood (ex. Santana, AWB, Jeff Beck), the band features top players from the San Francisco Bay area and abroad, including Valory (bass), on horns: Mic Gillette, Steve Kupka, Tom Politzer, Marc Russo (Tower of Power), Johnnie Bamont (Huey Lewis and the News), Jeff Narell (Steel Pan), Mike Williams and Guthrie Govan (Guitar), John Xepoleas (drums), Marc Levine (bass), among many others, including the vocal power of two, totally tuned-in female singers and Grammy nominated composer and pianist, John R. Burr. The band covers many musical styles, from hard-hitting, funky grooves with horns, to snaking, gyrating, R&B dance grooves, adding intricate vocal harmonies and jazzy influences. Combining the best of the updated, vintage “Little John”, with the new compositions written specifically for this project, the band is bringing its signature sound into the present day.