Biography OF Adrienne Hampton

Sapphire is the manager of Sapphire Faded Genes Band and a true Renaissance singer songwriter from Philadelphia. Her inspiration stems from a variety of “arts” through the years. Because of Sapphire’s singing versatility and her variety of singing styles, she enjoys performing music such as RnB, Jazz, Rock, Rap, Country, Blues, Reggae and Big Band music. Sapphire prefers marketing herself as Multi-Versatile Artist.

As a young child she enjoyed mimicking singers such as Diana Ross, Donna Summers and has recently fallen in love with Corrine Bailey Rae, and H.E.R. She often hears people saying she has similar sounds and style as Jill Scott especially with her latest song released “No Justice No Peace”. To date, Sapphire has written over 20 songs in the last year. She realized this is a strength of hers and found that niche people loves and she is just getting started.

Sapphire has had the pleasure performing with local Philadelphia and wedding bands such as, Contagious Party Band,, 2CQ Jazz Band, Ivan Taube Orchestra and 13 piece Orchestra where she portrayed the lovely Diana Ross “The First Ladies of Rock and Soul”.

December 2019, Sapphire performed for Peace Rally singing background on a mass choir for Dionne Warwick, Hezekiah Walker, Yolanda Adams and others.

Sapphire completed her first musical project May 1, 2020 releasing her first album “Precious Gem” and has recently released her single “No Justice No Peace” July 31st. 2020. This song received enormous reviews from people all over the world, blogs, playlist, radio stations and WHYY

PBS television and radio. This song will be the opening for the “Wake Up Rise Up” world peace concert September 2021.

August 2020, Sapphire had the honor to sing background on “You Talk A Good Game” written and produced by film and television composer, Skip Deneberg.

She believes music makes the world go round and should always be fun!

Biography OF JOHN TIBERI

KEYBOARDS, VOCALS

John studied classical piano, and Jazz improvisation for many years, he toured on the east coast, in night clubs, casinos and cruise ships ,performing with various artists and bands, including his own projects., the RIO BAND. Also recording with many artists on major recording labels, and involved with arranging and orchestrating music for producers on special projects. Now the owner of musicediting.net producing music for artists , arrangements for song writers and editing music for major dance competitions across the country plus producing all the music for the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders for 17 seasons in the Link Stadium and traveling show performances. John is presently the musical director of “Sapphire Faded Genes Band”.

Biography OF Bill Vespe

drummer/vocals

comes with 40 years experience and a family of drummers. His Uncle Pete Vespe played with Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz and Fred Wearing and his brother Joey Vespe played with Sammy Davis ,Frank Sinatra and Louie Prima. Bill began his career playing with Melissa Manchester back in the early seventies and played in Atlantic City for 14 years. He traveled to Australia, New Zealand and London England with a Christian band called Rainmaker. He toured many years with the recording group Atlantis. I’m now proud to be a part of the Sapphire Faded Genes Band.

Biography OF Hector Rios

“Salseate” Rios son of Hector and iluminada Rios was born February 1, 1961 in Juana Diaz, El Barrio DE Galicia, Puerto Rico. At the tender age of six months Hector’s family migrated to Philadelphia in search of the American dream. They moved to the Spring Garden section of the city, where the first Puerto Rican neighborhood was established years before. The family later moved to the Fairhill section of the city. When he bacame of age Hector attended the Potter Thomas Elementry School in North Philadelphia. Hector demonstrated an interest and passion in percussion instruments at a very young age as he observed the rumberos jamming on the street corners on his way home from school every day. Many times he got in trouble for coming home late, but his

mom knew just where to look for him. He was just amazed at what these street musicians were doing. His love and respect for music was born then. He knew what he wanted to do, play percussion especially Las Congas. Later when he became of high school age he studied and played music under the direction of Mr. Kip Morris at the Thomas Edison High School Band, where he played bongos. Edison High school was the only high school in the city of Philadelphia that featured a latin orchestra and many if not most of the local Salsa Musicians that are in the local circuit attended and got their start at Edison High.

As Hector gained more experience he began to play with more established bands, such as La Paz, with the late Cesar Marrero, Orquesta Lucena, La cupey, Edgar joel, Tito Nieves and others, just too many to mention.

In 1988 he established Orquesta Salseate and recorded his first LP titled Detenerla Ya which was the hit on that record. That LP opened many doors for Hector Rios and Salseate which took them from Philly to New York and Anchorage, Alaska as well as other cities up and down the east coast.

Later in 1993 Hector established a new band called Che Che Cole (which means Children at Play in Afro Taino Dialect) which featured many tunes that were made famous by Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon. With this repertor this band just took over the local seen. It was Che Che Cole here and Che Che Cole there, every where it was Che Che Cole, they were just great. English with your typical Latin salsa and Boogalo rythms. Hector presently plays percussion for Sapphire Faded Genes Band.

Biography OF Felix Perez

51 years’ experience as a lead and Rhythm guitarist in addition to Studio work and television appearances, this Dynamic and talented musician has performed with various local groups. His main goal is to record and perform live concerts through his dedication and love for music in all genres.

Biography OF Greg LeFevre

While maintaining a successful career in the Finance and Insurance business, Greg has been a lifelong Musician, with a Strong passion for playing the Bass.

After getting his start in Elementary School playing the French Horn, Greg is a product of an excellent Music program where also studied Music Theory. He got his start on Bass in the high school jazz band. Greg continued his studies of Music Theory, Arrangement and Orchestration earning a B.A. from Stockton University. He has, for the last 45+ years, played numerous gigs in AC Casinos (including opening weekend at Resort’s), Restaurant lounges, Bars, Country Clubs, etc..

For the last 35+ years, Greg has collaborated with Guitarist Ken Papa in various projects focusing on the Contemporary/Smooth Jazz genre.

Greg’s influences in this genre are Grover Washington, Jr., Spyro Gyra, David Sanborn, Rippingtons, George Benson and Steely Dan to name a few. His Bass influences include James Jamerson, Jaco Pastorious, Rocco Prestia, Will Lee, Marcus Miller, Chuck Rainey and Nathan East and many more. He currently plays 5 string fretted and fretless basses.

Greg is married to his wife Judy for 25 years and has a son (who is also a pro bassist) two stepdaughters and four grandchildren.

Biography OF RYAN WARFEL

Saxophone/Flute/vocals….grew up in Lancaster, PA where he attended McCaskey High School and then on to Millersville University to study music. Over the years, Ryan has performed in bands that have opened up for Craig Bickhardt, Charlie Grace, The Duprees, and Kenny Vance and the Planotones. The tremendous musicians that Ryan has performed with include Full Tilt, The First Ladies of Rock and Soul, Bobby Rydell, Byron Stripling, Chris Vadala, Thelonius Monk Jr., The Berks Jazz Orchestra, Wayne Bergeron, Roger Ingram, Sam Reed, Charlie Thomas, Eddie Holman, Larry Hoppen, and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals. Ryan now resides in Wilmiington, DE where he has been the band director at Talley Middle School for the past 22 years.

Biography OF William Murray

graduated from Howard University and holds Bachelor’s Music Degree. He also has a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Music at Rowan University.Played in the Louie Bellson Big Band for 3 years. Played for Sara Vaughn and Tony Bennet.He auditioned and won playing lead Alto in the US Air Force Premier Jazz Ensemble. Eventually became musical director/lead alto for the Air Force’s Premier Jazz Ensemble. Recorded for many artists at MSFB Studios in Philadelphia. Recorded commercials, tV and raidio. Played many Jazz clubs around the world.

Biography OF Gary McKeen

Gary was raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota by musical parents. His Dad played tenor saxophone and his mother violin and had their son take piano lessons at the age of 7 and the trumpet at 10. He excelled as a brass player with his involvement with Drum and Bugle Corps and went on to earn a BA degree in trumpet performance from Minnesota State University before moving East to Philadelphia with an original recording group “Crystal Haze”. He has received two gold records for recording with Boys II Men on their “Nathan/Michael/Shawn/Wanya” album and on Gladys Knight and The Pips on their “All Our Love”. He has also recorded with O’Jays, Phyllis Hyman, Sheena Easton, Stephanie Mills, Taj Mahal, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Rose Royce, New Edition, Dexter Wansel, And Producers Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Thom Bell, and Nicky Martinelli, among others. A highlight of his career was playing lead trumpet with Gladys Knight’s 27 piece big band and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has played live on stage with notables as: Russell Thompkins Jr And The New Stylistics, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review, The O’Jays, The Trammps, Patty Labelle, Drifters with Ben King, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Lou Christie, The Dells, Chi-Lites, Martha Reeves, Li’l Anthony. And Latin Salsa greats Marvin Santiago, Johnny Pocheco, and Cano Estremera. Besides his R&B experience he has also been involved in Latin, classical, popular music styles, and in numerous shows in Atlantic City with the likes of Joan Rivers and Freddie Bell. Gary is now thrilled to be a part of “Sapphire Faded Genes Band”.

Biography OF Adrian Anthony

Adrian Anthony is singer/Musician/Musical Director/ arranger and producer he comes to you with an extremely diverse background with many years of playing in a variety of bands spanning from Puerto Rico to United States.  He’s had the honor of performing alongside and open for numerous famous Latin musicians, for example Elvis Crespo, Tobby Love, Henry “Pucho” Brown, the late Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, and among many others. His experience and influences have given him the ability to entertain in a variety of Latin Rhythms and styles. His band comes together collaborating from areas of Pennsylvania, New york and New Jersey, providing you with the Hipnotic sounds of Merengue, Salsa, bachata, reggaeton, cumbia, boleros, and top 40 English tunes with a Latin twist.  Adrian Anthony has also had the privilege to perform on national TV and is currently in the mist of recording a project with his band. The Album Titled Adrian Anthony’s Grupo Hipnosis “DANDOTE LA DOSIS!” will feature a mix of Bachata, Salsa and Merengue and reggaeton. The album will feature numerous collaborations with great Musicians Like Matt Cappy (Mattcappy.com) who has Recording credits with Michael Jackson, Jill Scott. Along with appearing on The Tonight Show and David Letterman. He has performed with The Roots, Tony Bennett along many others.  

Adrian Anthony has also had the privilege to collaborate and record a song named “Julian” with the great Erben Perez (Marc Anthony’s) bass player of over 25 years. He has also worked with Jennifer Lopez, and has recording credits with the best in the Latin industry. The song titled “Julian” is based on a true story of hope and faith. It’s based on the medical condition Trisomy 18, and believing that that the man above will carry us through the toughest times in life. The song will also debut under the organization SOFT dedicated on helping families with children with the medical condition. You can find more information/support services for Trisomy 18 through (Trisomy.org).  

Biography OF EL RUBIO

The Impeccable German Jazz / Latin Trumpeter

Discovered By “ Beatles” Legendary Promoter Sid Bernstein

And John Anthony President/CEO At Banner Records

It all began at the age of 15 with a love of the majestic sound of the Spanish trumpet and the Latin rhythms which hypnotized Jeffrey Wallis Vonstenz. After spending years perfecting his unique horn style, Jeffrey decided that it was time to form a top Jazz / Latin group. The magic then began.

 

This band of great musicians included Jorge Vargas of Cuba, Anero Diaz of Panama, Pablo Cintron of Puerto Rico,and Jonas Heinz of Germany a few of the great gifted players.

 

Jeff’s performances with these top musicians rode on top of the super dance rhythms and perfectly combined into a uniquely powerful sound. Vargas called him the ‘Viking’ . This evolved into his current nickname

that stuck among the other musicians and how he is referred to today…El Rubio.

 

 

Anthony and Bernstein took this Great and enthusiastic horn player under their wings and into south side barrio of Brooklyn and performed at some of the hottest spots in the area. El Rubio lived and breathed Jazz / Latin music. Vargas would take him to the top clubs to introduce other great musicians to him. Together, they would create their own original and sensational Jazz / Latin sound.

 

After many performances at some of the top New York City jazz clubs, these super musicians formed their act…The Ceasars Jazz Playboys. After performing at these NYC hot spots, club owners throughout the area learned about this fantastic new sound and the band branched out to Philadelphia.PA to perform at the Five Spot, and transformed this terrific live music venue into a powerhouse Jazz / Latin nightclub.

 

Sid Bernstein (responsible for bringing bands to the United States including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, The Moody Blues, and The Kinks, The Rascals,James Brown,Tito Puente),Bernstein and Anthony also had a strong attraction for that big band Jazz / Latin sound.