THE BAND

Jason Green

Lead Guitarist/Arranger

Jason Green is a very proficient and versatile musician. He is adept in many styles of music including jazz, blues, western swing, latin and bluegrass, to name a few. He has over 25 years of professional music experience working with such diverse artists as Big Jack Johnson, Cornell Dupree, Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block), Robert Lockwood Jr., Luther Kent, Eddie Shaw, Kim Wilson, Sam Carr, and more. He also fronts his own band Jason Green and the Labor of Love.

Tom Papadatos

Drummer

Although the original plan was to be a New York Yankee, Tom Papadatos started playing drums in his sophomore year at Pascack Valley High School after being cut from the varsity baseball team. While in high school, he performed in the concert band, jazz band and marching band which inspired him to continue his music studies at Berklee College of Music. While there, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Performance. Tom has studied with Jazz greats Joe Morello, Sal Larocca, Tommy Igoe & Alan Dawson. Additionally he has studied with Matt Johnson (drummer for Jeff Buckley, John Mayer, and Josh Kelly), Freddy Gruber & Dom Famularo.

Yanko Valdes

Bass Guitarist

Yanko Valdes was born in Mendoza, Argentina and raised in Santiago de Chile. At the age of seven, he began to play his grandfather’s guitars for pure curiosity. When he was twelve, his mother won a poetry prize and moved the family to Brooklyn, New York. As soon as he arrived, he convinced his mother to buy him a bass guitar, thinking it would be easier than a guitar (he also had to convince her to buy him a keyboard due to an accident where he broke Cristian Moraga’s first Roland D5, but that’s another story… ).

Paul L. Johnson

Keyboard/Arranger

Paul L. Johnson makes his living as a professional musician in and around NYC since 1983. He is also an award-winning composer, having been awarded OOBR awards for “COWBOYS!” and “TANGO MASCULINO.” He also works as a musical director for community, regional, Off-Off Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres. One of his most notable accomplishments has been as musical director for the world premiere of fusion opera work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, entitled “WHERE ELEPHANTS WEEP”, directed by Robert McQueen.

“Love who you love who you love…” Lynn Ahrens

Andrew Perea

Violinist

Dr. Andrew Perea has been in the music profession for over thirty years. In that time, he has run the gamut of the music industry.  Dr. Perea has conducted symphony orchestras, performed as soloist and concertmaster with various ensembles, taught gifted students publicly and privately ranging from age four to adult, as well as played with many a rock ‘n’ roll band.  He loves every aspect of his work, including writing and arranging music of all styles and cultures.  His many collaborations include performances with such legendary artists as Yanni, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Gunther Schuler, and the world-renowned violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman.  Apart from concertising, Dr. Perea enjoys greatly working with young people.  He directs a large string program in the South Country Central School District, and is one of the conductors of the acclaimed Gemini Youth Orchestra program on Long Island.