David Phillips  Keyboards & Vocals              

David brings his rich, immediately recognizable vocal sound to the Pleasure Pilots. 

His Undeniably authentic rhythm'n blues piano and organ style securely fastens the

band's rhythm section to its blues roots. He was a founding member of the

Foggy Bottom Blues Band, a popular Washington, DC band in the 1960's.

David has played with many groups in New Mexico, including with the Bumpers, 

The Arroyo Kings, The Soul Deacons, and Freddy Fender.

 

Fred Spencer  Guitar & Vocals 

The progenitor of the Pleasure Pilots, Fred's dynamic and creative guitar playing has 

excited audiences for years and is only surpassed by his powerfully soulful and bluesy vocals.

In New Mexico, Fred has played with bands like the Emergency Blues Band,

the Kingpins, Big Step, the Range Busters, Sweet Sister, and the Soul Deacons   

  

 

Ray Griffin  Saxophones    

Ray's richly transparent and bluesy sound is made even more effective due

to his deepmelodic sensibility. Together with Ryan Finn, they create a horn section 

 with a uniquesonic flavor.  In Northern California and Seattle, Ray played with the

 Moss Bros. Blues Band, Wickerman, Collins & Levin, Hotcakes, Two Weeks Notice,

and the Bishop Mayfield Band. In New Mexico, he has appeared in jazz bands Savant and Impulse, as well

as with Terry Diers and Yaje, Hillary Smith & the GTs', Busy McCarroll & The Ambassadors of Pleasure,

and more...          

Ryan Finn  Trombone & Trumpet 

While in New Orleans, Ryan had the opportunity to perform with many great jazz musicians,

like Tony "Oulabula" Bazley, the New Orleans Jass Vipers, Troy Andrews (Trombone Shorty), 

and Big Sam's Funky Nation, and to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

In the Santa Fe area, finn has brought his energetic, soulful sound to many local bands,

including the Three Faces of Jazz, The Ryan Finn Quartet, and the Pleasure Pilots. 

  

Terry Bluhm  Upright & Electric Bass 

Terry's strong, reliable, tone-filled, and just downright great bass playing gives the band

and the listener an "easy in" to the groove, funk, and swing of the Pleasure Pilots.

Terry has been a long-time player in the New Mexico music scene with many bands,

including Thunderama, Jasper, Bayou Seco, and Felix y Los Gatos.

 

 Pete Amahl  Drums 

We are very honored to have Pete behind "the cans".  Pete is a world-class drummer

well-known in jazz circles.  Pete has toured with the likes of Mose allison, Natalie Cole, 

Richie Cole, Herb Ellis, Eddie Harris, Junior Brown, Dave Mathews, Bob Dylan, and Toby Keith...

More credits include Clifford Jorrdan, Roy Hargrove, Barney Kessel, Eddie Daniels, 

Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Ben E. King, Freddy & the Freeloaders, The Coasters, The Drifters, and more...

In New Mexico, Pete has played with the Last Mile Ramblers, Elyza Gilkyson, Busy McCarroll, and Carlos Lomas,

to name a few.

 

 

 

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