A caberet-style quintet putting a twist on popular songs from the Classic Pop Rock Era, recent hits, and original compositions. Barflyz unique arrangement “mash-ups” take music from the Golden Era of pop music (60s-80s) and turn them into entirely new musical adventures, leaning primarily on acoustic instruments. Flavors of Jazz, Reggae, Swing, Blues, Latin and Indian music are infused with the popular songs of our youth. Performed by world-class musicians whose credits include, the recently inducted Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Steve Miller Band for over 35 years, Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Rod Stewart, the role of Lucy in the Sky in the motion picture Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Diane Shurr and Marvin Hamlish. Barflyz performs regularly to sold-out crowds around its home base of The Central Coast, Ca. and is now stretching out to include Performing Arts Centers nationwide.
Kenny Lee Lewis
Platinum selling guitarist/bassist/vocalist/writer/producer with the Steve Miller Band for over 28 years, Kenny offers up eclectic guitar styles reminiscent of George Benson, Wes Montgomery, and the acoustic side of Eric Clapton. His wide range of vocal styles, live comfortably inside blues-rock, R&B and kitschy cool jazz. His new smooth jazz instrumental guitar CD “New Vintage” has received rave reviews in Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, and Wine and Jazz.
An accomplished pianist, recording artist, and composer whose songs have been recorded by jazz greats Cleo Lane and Natalie Cole. Diane is the original “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” from the Robert Stigwood cult classic film “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Diane’s silky vocal style and original approach to keyboard arrangements brings sultry and elegant touches to the quintet. Diane is also a principle accompanist for several choirs on the Central Coast.
Dave has been a music instructor at University of Florida and Cuesta College, Ca. for over a decade and is one of the most in demand saxophone players on the west coast. His credits include playing or recording with: Wayne Bergeron, Eric Marienthal, Pete Christlieb, Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Bernie Dresel, Dianne Shuur, Ernie Watts, Sam Rivers, Jack Jones, Bob Sheppard, Wynton Marsalis, Manhattan Transfer, The Temptations, and Marvin Hamlish.
Providing the foundation for Barflyz is Ken Hustad on bass. Hustad has played with local jazz song stylist Inga Swearingen, Diane Shurr, Marvin Hamlish, and Marc O’Connor. He is also a professor of stringed instrument instruction a Cuesta College. His virtuosity and tasty command of this difficult instrument keeps in demand with several Central Coast philharmonic concert orchestras.
MI graduate Dean Giles has performed with the popular, local cool-jazz band Human Nation for years and is a prominent percussion instructor here on the Central Coast. His ability to play a wide range of musical styles and dynamic ranges enables Dean to capture the subtle nuances of Latin and swing percussion as well as some kick-ass rock and funk grooves. Dean has also performed or recorded with Louie Ortega, Red Holloway, The Mills Brothers and Don Rickles.