Biography

"Mama's Child" is the first solo album by Gerry Paul Nestler. Joined by Pancho Tomaselli on bass, Max MacVeety on drums and Evan Francis on Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute, Mama's Child grooves with a sentimental downbeat sound that vibes for days.

 

Musicians Bio:

Gerry Paul Nestler: Vocals, Piano & Guitars:

Gerry Nestler was born in Los Angeles, California. Inspired by the burgeoning speed and thrash metal scene of the mid to late 1980s, Nestler formed the band Civil Defiance in 1989 which quickly recorded a three-song demo. The band frequently played venues such as the Troubadour, Raji's, Water's Club and the Coconut Teaszer, where they took part in several ASCAP-sponsored 'Best Kept Secrets' industry showcases. In 1991, the group issued a self-produced 4-song demo EP, Abstract Reaction, which showcased the band's varied influences and avantgardist approach, fusing classic thrash with everything from world music to grindcore.

In 1993, Nestler and Civil Defiance began recording their debut album with producer Alex Woltman at the helm. Titled The Fishers For Souls, it was issued on the band's own Blood Orange label in 1996 and licensed to German-based company Dream Circle for a European release in 1997. Noted violinist Lili Haydn makes an appearance on the song "Man in the Moon." A second full-length album, Circus of Fear, containing songs from different recording sessions and including the out-of-print Abstract Reaction EP, was released in 1999 via GSM/Nuclear Blast in Europe only.

Following the band's European tour with Psychotic Waltz in the summer of 1997, Civil Defiance went on hiatus with Nestler and bassist Juan Antonio Perez joining forces with former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo in a new project. Initially called Letter Bomb and then PHILM, the trio eventually settled on the name Kkleq Muzzil. Nestler and Perez were dealt a setback when Lombardo got the call to re-join Slayer in 2001. In his place, they recruited local drummer George Hernandez and recorded an album, mixed by noted bassist/producer John Avila of Oingo Boingo fame, for L.A.-based indie label Criterion Records and released it in 2002.

Disbanding Kkleq Muzzil shortly thereafter, Nestler formed punk rock influenced power trio Super Rider with bassist Eddie Solis and original Civil Defiance drummer Gabe Trevizo. The band played shows in the L.A. area and issued a sole album, Everything So Right, again mixed by John Avila, in 2003. Nestler would re-team with Lombardo on DJ Spooky's 2005 album Drums of Death, sharing guitar duties alongside Living Colour's Vernon Reid and playing on the songs "Tool Element", "Kultur Krieg", and "Terra Nullius (Cyborg Rebellion on Colony Planet Zyklon 15)." That same year, Nestler, Trevizo and former Civil Defiance bassist Brian Terry would also issue a 5-song EP, The Seasons Best, via bandspace.com under the name Look Past The Stars.

wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Nestler, 2016

 

 

 

Evan Francis: Saxophone:

NYC-living Evan Francis has been a professional musician since about 1998, composing and performing on saxophone, flute, clarinet, congas, bongo and singing.
Recently, he has been named a "Rising Star" in the Flute category of the Downbeat Magazine Critic's poll. He has performed/recorded/toured around the world
with notables like Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Taylor Eigsti, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Helen Sung, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Pacific Mambo Orchestra,
Lyrics Born, Talib Kweli, Art Davis and many more. His flute and saxophone playing was featured on the Grammy-winning debut record of the Pacific Mambo
Orchestra in 2013. His composing and bandleading skills have been employed in the form of various projects, including "Spaceheater", "Spaceheater's Blast
Furnace" and "The Evan Francis Group".

Francis grew up in Los Angeles, moved to San Francisco in 2003, and moved again to NYC in 2012. He's happy to be on earth at the same time as you.

Press quotes for the Evan Francis Group:
“Aside from being a hefty instrumentalist, he's a terrific composer …..Francis likes to experiment. He's the composer's equivalent to a restless teenager, always
shifting grooves or mixing and matching”
-Rachel Swan, East Bay Express

"San Francisco's Evan Francis Group comes off like a cross between a big band, a funk combo and an Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble. The leader's vibrant compositions,
brainy yet approachable, tie the eclectic mix together."
-Time Out New York

“I can visualize the spirits of Rahsaan Roland Kirk & Eric Dolphy looking on with pride… a bit of the funk/soul/house groove, tasty beats...it's invigorating & refreshing
to hear a contemporary jazz group actually moving the dialog ahead.”
-Jeffrey Jones, Music Director WOJB FM 88.9

review for Ian Carey's Sink/Swim (featuring Francis on saxophones/flute):
"Carey's themes are catchy and original, and all the improvisations are fresh and inventive, highlighted by Francis's sparkling saxophone and Carey's own warm, flowing
trumpet work."
—Lewis Porter, author of Jazz: From Its Origins to the Present and John Coltrane: His Life and Music

 

 

Pancho Tomaselli: Bass:

After countless hours performing live and touring with legendary bands such as War and Tower of Power, creating new musical projects such as PHILM and Project Nfidelikah, spending time recording tracks in the studio with high and low profile artists, Pancho Tomaselli is both a seasoned musician and professional entertainer, receiving accolades for his high-energy performances from press outlets around the world. A Berklee graduate, Pancho has been honing his skills for over 20 years, continually improving his playing and exploring new techniques and musical genres.

Born in Quito, Ecuador, Pancho has long been inspired by the disparate music he grew up listening to in the Andes, including indigenous tribal folk music, 70’s era salsa, and contemporary heavy metal. Exploring avant-garde jazz in college led to study of Jaco Pastorius’ technique and unique sound. Combining all these styles and types of music, Pancho hit the studio hard in ’98 after moving to Los Angeles postgraduation, making a name for himself in the underground music scene playing local clubs and no-frills touring with the legendary Sonora Dinamita. After his playing attracted the attention of founding member of War, Lonnie Jordan, Pancho was invited to join the band and traveled the world performing their legendary brand of funk for 13 years while continuing to record records in the studio for major label artists.

Now Pancho has made a new name for himself in the post-hardcore punk world with the groundbreaking power trio group PHILM and released his most current album with experimental politi-rock group Project Nfidelikah alongside George Lynch (Lynch Mobb/Dokken) and Angelo Moore (Fishbone). Having received an incredible real-time
education playing alongside revered artists such as Dave Garibaldi (Tower of Power), where locking a groove with the drummer is paramount, and hanging backstage trading techniques with bass legends Eddie Resto (Fania All Stars), Jack Bruce (Cream) and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power), Pancho has branched out into music education, bringing his fascination with technique, infectious positivity and intricate knowledge of a wide range of musical styles together for the benefit of his students worldwide.

Berklee College of Music
Music Business and Management, Bachelor’s of Arts, 1998
-1996, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Scholarship recipient
-1995-96, Intern for David Sholemson, Sr. VP and Director of Management, Ted Kurland Associates – worked directly with Pat Metheny and the Pat Metheny Music Group For the “We Live Here” World Tour

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Former ESP Guitars
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Produced 2 Signature models, 2010-present

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  • "Mama's Child" is the first solo album by Gerry Paul Nestler. Joined by Pancho Tomaselli on bass, Max MacVeety on drums and Evan Francis on Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute, the music grooves with rock, jazz and soul flavors that help to create a sentimental and downbeat sound that vibes for days.

     

    Gerry Paul Nestler: Vocals, Piano & Guitars:

    Gerry Nestler was born in Los Angeles, California. Inspired by the burgeoning speed and thrash metal scene of the mid to late 1980s, Nestler formed the band Civil Defiance in 1989 which quickly recorded a three-song demo. The band frequently played venues such as the Troubadour, Raji's, Water's Club and the Coconut Teaszer, where they took part in several ASCAP-sponsored 'Best Kept Secrets' industry showcases. In 1991, the group issued a self-produced 4-song demo EP, Abstract Reaction, which showcased the band's varied influences and avantgardist approach, fusing classic thrash with everything from world music to grindcore.

    In 1993, Nestler and Civil Defiance began recording their debut album with producer Alex Woltman at the helm. Titled The Fishers For Souls, it was issued on the band's own Blood Orange label in 1996 and licensed to German-based company Dream Circle for a European release in 1997. Noted violinist Lili Haydn makes an appearance on the song "Man in the Moon." A second full-length album, Circus of Fear, containing songs from different recording sessions and including the out-of-print Abstract Reaction EP, was released in 1999 via GSM/Nuclear Blast in Europe only.

    Following the band's European tour with Psychotic Waltz in the summer of 1997, Civil Defiance went on hiatus with Nestler and bassist Juan Antonio Perez joining forces with former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo in a new project. Initially called Letter Bomb and then PHILM, the trio eventually settled on the name Kkleq Muzzil. Nestler and Perez were dealt a setback when Lombardo got the call to re-join Slayer in 2001. In his place, they recruited local drummer George Hernandez and recorded an album, mixed by noted bassist/producer John Avila of Oingo Boingo fame, for L.A.-based indie label Criterion Records and released it in 2002.

    Disbanding Kkleq Muzzil shortly thereafter, Nestler formed punk rock influenced power trio Super Rider with bassist Eddie Solis and original Civil Defiance drummer Gabe Trevizo. The band played shows in the L.A. area and issued a sole album, Everything So Right, again mixed by John Avila, in 2003. Nestler would re-team with Lombardo on DJ Spooky's 2005 album Drums of Death, sharing guitar duties alongside Living Colour's Vernon Reid and playing on the songs "Tool Element", "Kultur Krieg", and "Terra Nullius (Cyborg Rebellion on Colony Planet Zyklon 15)." That same year, Nestler, Trevizo and former Civil Defiance bassist Brian Terry would also issue a 5-song EP, The Seasons Best, via bandspace.com under the name Look Past The Stars.

    wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Nestler, 2016

     

     

    Evan Francis: Saxophone:

    NYC-living Evan Francis has been a professional musician since about 1998, composing and performing on saxophone, flute, clarinet, congas, bongo and singing.
    Recently, he has been named a "Rising Star" in the Flute category of the Downbeat Magazine Critic's poll. He has performed/recorded/toured around the world
    with notables like Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Taylor Eigsti, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Helen Sung, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Pacific Mambo Orchestra,
    Lyrics Born, Talib Kweli, Art Davis and many more. His flute and saxophone playing was featured on the Grammy-winning debut record of the Pacific Mambo
    Orchestra in 2013. His composing and bandleading skills have been employed in the form of various projects, including "Spaceheater", "Spaceheater's Blast
    Furnace" and "The Evan Francis Group".

    Francis grew up in Los Angeles, moved to San Francisco in 2003, and moved again to NYC in 2012. He's happy to be on earth at the same time as you.

    Press quotes for the Evan Francis Group:
    “Aside from being a hefty instrumentalist, he's a terrific composer …..Francis likes to experiment. He's the composer's equivalent to a restless teenager, always
    shifting grooves or mixing and matching”
    -Rachel Swan, East Bay Express

    "San Francisco's Evan Francis Group comes off like a cross between a big band, a funk combo and an Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble. The leader's vibrant compositions,
    brainy yet approachable, tie the eclectic mix together."
    -Time Out New York

    “I can visualize the spirits of Rahsaan Roland Kirk & Eric Dolphy looking on with pride… a bit of the funk/soul/house groove, tasty beats...it's invigorating & refreshing
    to hear a contemporary jazz group actually moving the dialog ahead.”
    -Jeffrey Jones, Music Director WOJB FM 88.9

    review for Ian Carey's Sink/Swim (featuring Francis on saxophones/flute):
    "Carey's themes are catchy and original, and all the improvisations are fresh and inventive, highlighted by Francis's sparkling saxophone and Carey's own warm, flowing
    trumpet work."
    —Lewis Porter, author of Jazz: From Its Origins to the Present and John Coltrane: His Life and Music

     

     

    Pancho Tomaselli: Bass:

     After countless hours performing live and touring with legendary bands such as War and Tower of Power, creating new musical projects such as PHILM and Project Nfidelikah, spending time recording tracks in the studio with high and low profile artists, Pancho Tomaselli is both a seasoned musician and professional entertainer, receiving accolades for his high-energy performances from press outlets around the world. A Berklee graduate, Pancho has been honing his skills for over 20 years, continually improving his playing and exploring new techniques and musical genres.

    Born in Quito, Ecuador, Pancho has long been inspired by the disparate music he grew up listening to in the Andes, including indigenous tribal folk music, 70’s era salsa, and contemporary heavy metal. Exploring avant-garde jazz in college led to study of Jaco Pastorius’ technique and unique sound. Combining all these styles and types of music, Pancho hit the studio hard in ’98 after moving to Los Angeles postgraduation, making a name for himself in the underground music scene playing local clubs and no-frills touring with the legendary Sonora Dinamita. After his playing attracted the attention of founding member of War, Lonnie Jordan, Pancho was invited to join the band and traveled the world performing their legendary brand of funk for 13 years while continuing to record records in the studio for major label artists.

    Now Pancho has made a new name for himself in the post-hardcore punk world with the groundbreaking power trio group PHILM and released his most current album with experimental politi-rock group Project Nfidelikah alongside George Lynch (Lynch Mobb/Dokken) and Angelo Moore (Fishbone). Having received an incredible real-time
    education playing alongside revered artists such as Dave Garibaldi (Tower of Power), where locking a groove with the drummer is paramount, and hanging backstage trading techniques with bass legends Eddie Resto (Fania All Stars), Jack Bruce (Cream) and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power), Pancho has branched out into music education, bringing his fascination with technique, infectious positivity and intricate knowledge of a wide range of musical styles together for the benefit of his students worldwide.

    Berklee College of Music
    Music Business and Management, Bachelor’s of Arts, 1998
    -1996, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Scholarship recipient
    -1995-96, Intern for David Sholemson, Sr. VP and Director of Management, Ted Kurland Associates – worked directly with Pat Metheny and the Pat Metheny Music Group For the “We Live Here” World Tour

     

    G&L Guitars Artist

    Former ESP Guitars
    Signature Artist
    Designed the PT-4 bass
    Produced 2 Signature models, 2010-present

    A-Designs Audio
    Form Factor Audio
    D’Addario Products
    Planet Waves
    Babicz Hardware
    Aguilar Products
    Two Notes Pedals
    Chunk Micro Systems
    EBS Pedals
    Lost Clothing
    Getm Getm
    Loxx Hardware
    Reunion Blues Cases

     

     

    Max MacVeety: Drums:

    https://www.facebook.com/max.macveety

     

     

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