Meet the Band

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Click here to view The Jody Joseph Band’s extensive set list: JJB Song List 2-5-13

The Jody Joseph Band is led by award-winning, singer/songwriter, Jody Joseph, winner of the “Living Legend 2009″ award at the 2009 Asbury Music Awards. Her original songs range from bluesy ballads, to cranked-up, soulful rockers, and even spiritual songs, with devilishly clever lyrics and a wide-open heart and soul.

Other members of The Jody Joseph Band are Jon “Huey” Tatlow, Musical Director and bass guitar player; Jon “Rockin” Rotman on drums; B. Jay “Beedge” Willis on lead guitar. Oftentimes you will see Robert Kipp or Billy Siegel playing on keyboards and Bill Frank on guitar. Honorary band members are Gary Tripps on sax and Lisa Barone or Joe D’Angelo on drums.

The Jody Joseph Band plays many benefits and charity-related shows in Monmouth County, often highlighting her talented vocal students, who have been giving back to the community for years. The 2008 and 2009 Christmas concerts at The Paramount Theater and The Stone Pony, respectively, were benefits for Wag On Inn Animal Rescue. The 2010 & 2011 Christmas Concerts at The Stone Pony were benefits for Prevent Child Abuse – NJ. The 2012 Christmas Concert benefit was for The Pink Fund at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. We also had a cat food and supply drive for Rebecca’s Rescues Cat Rescue. Scott Zabelski, owner of Blue Wave Printing in Toms River, set up a table with “Restore the Shore” shirts to raise money for those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Jon “Huey” Tatlow

Musical Director, Bass, Background Vocals

Huey’s long musical career began in September 1974 when his parents bought him a clarinet for Christmas. He immediately took to it and learned to read music. He climbed onstage for the first time in early 1975.

His talents began to grow when he entered junior high school, and a bigger music program. In early 1980 he was asked to join the jazz band as a bass player, and he accepted. That same year he took his first guitar lessons with his cousin, Cathy Ann Cush, who started to show him basic chords and progressions. Huey was now learning many songs by British Invasion bands, including the Beatles and the Kinks. It was now time to start to showcase his talents in the rock arena.

He started his first band, Offsett, in 1983, writing original songs and performing them live with his band. Huey also studied with the jazz ensemble and the marching band in high school, winning the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in 1985 and became the first electric bass guitarist in the state of New Jersey to march in a parade.

After graduating high school, he worked at Harrah’s casino in Atlantic City as a chef until 1989, when he was asked to join his first touring band, Jimmy Carrizma and the Spiders. His repertoire now eclipsed 250 classic rock and oldies songs.

During the 90′s he was in a number of bands including a 7 piece show band (Angel Hearts) and touring rock bands (HI-FI). In 1999, Huey found himself in the studio with his power trio, Susan and the Chain Gang, recording his first record of his originals written in the early part of his career. After completion of his record and the passing of his father, Thomas, Huey took a 3 year hiatus from the music business.

In January 2003, he received word that Jody Joseph was looking for a seasoned bass player and vocalist to complete her stage lineup. It was a perfect fit. Huey has performed over 500 times, is the musical director of the band, and has become the sound engineer for Jody’s recording house, Queen’s Garden Studio. He also teaches bass and guitar to 25 students in the Monmouth County area. In his spare time, Huey enjoys spending time with his daughter, Allyson, and fiancée Debbi.

Jon “Rockin” Rotman

Drums

Originally from Wellesley, MA, Jon started tapping on Tupperware with pencils at the age of 5, playing (and destroying) toy drum sets from ages 6-8, and then taking drum lessons at age 8…there was no turning back. With musical ability hailing from his opera singing mother and the patience and support of both his mom and dad (band practice was always in their basement), Jon began playing live through school orchestra, band, and stage band. Rock and roll drumming really took hold at age 12 with his first gigging band, playing any party, function, talent show, or excuse for a good time as often as possible. High school afforded him the opportunity to study with Reid Jorgensen of Boston; a fantastic teacher who was most responsible for Jon’s progress and ability to handle any musical situation/style that was thrown at him. Jorgensen was also helpful in introducing Jon to wonderful drummers such as Ed Thigpen, Alan Dawson, and Bob Moses, through exclusive drum clinics and lessons with these great icons, as well as studying drum set with Dave Dicenso (currently an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music) and drum set accompaniment with the great conga/percussionist Sa Davis, best known for his work with renowned drummer Billy Cobham. In addition to playing in numerous bands from ’85 – ‘89 at Connecticut College, Jon began teaching drums his freshman year to students on campus. His love of both the instrument and teaching ignited during college, and he knew that playing and teaching would always be an integral part of his life. Prior to his current role with the Jody Joseph Band (playing over 120 shows per year), Jon’s most successful experience was drumming for the Knowmads of Boston, playing bars and clubs in Boston, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, and New Hampshire. Their CD release in 1991 was well received by New England Performer Magazine, and they placed within the top 40 of Boston’s Best Unsigned Band Competition in that same year.

Jon moved to NYC in 1993 and then to New Jersey in 2001. Currently living in Fair Haven, Jon enjoys working with students of all ages and experience levels, focusing on the essential and timeless elements of snare rudiments, and utilizing these key concepts around the kit. “My primary goal is to make lessons fun, interesting, and challenging, all the while stressing the need for the drums to groove; people can play drums, but as a drummer, making the music feel good is essential!” Regardless of the style of music or age of the student, Jon develops a program that works for the individual, whether one’s drumming goals remain at home, or aspire to the live stage.

Having been with The Jody Joseph band for more than 5 years, he continues to “put the beat to the feet” for the fans, and digs every minute of it!

B. Jay Willis

Lead Guitar

As a child his favorite toy was the Fisher Price record player. Listening to 45’s of the Beach Boys, oldies and folk songs and anything else that came his way, “Beedge” could spend hours just listening and bopping his head to music. By the age of 10, he found his dad’s old guitar, and began learning a few chords. Playing and singing old folk songs with his father on the weekends was a favorite activity. During middle school, B. Jay began taking lessons and shortly thereafter started teaching what he knew to his brothers and friends.

In high school he continued to play guitar and soon joined a band that played throughout high school and still gets together occasionally. He graduated from William Patterson University with B.A. in Music Studies where he studied jazz guitar with legendary instructor Vic Juris. B. Jay currently teaches general music for the Colts Neck Township school system and continues to perform and teach guitar locally.