Angel Arcaro-Rittweger, Lead Vocalist, Platinum Owner
Angel started singing professionally at the age of 15. At 16, she recorded her first original album at RCA in New York under the production of Brian Sperber (Whitney Houston). For the next 12 years, under the training of Gerry Jannsen (Irene Cara, Kevin Bacon), Angel studied voice at the Vocal Fitness Center in NY, and strengthened her natural born talent. Often referred to as “the singer other singers are compared to”, She performed routinely in clubs throughout the early nineties with her family band Rcaro. She was recruited as lead vocalist for the NY based all-girl original rock group, Antigone Rising (Lava Records, Atlantic Records) during the late 90’s, and was ‘winner of the Levi’s Talent Search’. That earned the rock band a spot on the Lilith Fair tour, opening for Sarah McLachlan, a spot on the first Lilith Fair CD, a series of performances and interviews on VHI, MTV and the Today Show and a 'behind the music' documentary for VH1. This put the band on the map for much future success. During that time, Angel continued to record with writers for Cyndi Lauper, the Tuesdays, Eva Cassidy, Laura Branigan, members of Orleans and Kansas and later became the female backing vocalist for rock prodigy Annie Haslam of Rennassaince. Angel continues to study her craft while singing professionally and is currently the owner of her own entertainment agency Platinum Band Music, with her long-time partner/husband, John. “As backing vocalist for Yesterdays, I feel honored to be able to share the stage with such a remarkably talented and meticulous group of musicians.”
Rittweger, Keyboardist, Platinum Owner
John began studying classical piano at the young age of 7. Since
then, his life has been incredibly immersed in music. Throughout
high school he performed with local bands then earned his BA and
MA in Music Education from Montclair State University.
After College, John found himself in many different bands, performing
at thousands of events. He was hired as a recording session musician
for the first 10 years of his career.
John has worked with Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Dennis Ray (Sam
Cooke show), the Crests (“Sixteen Candles”), the Drifters
(“Under the Boardwalk”) and Tim Houser from Manhattan
Transfer. Area performances include The Bottom Line, PNC Bank
Arts enter, Club Bene’, Central Park, Keswick Theatre and
performed with acts such as the Romantics and Blackfoot. Two bands
that John enjoyed were a Lynyrd Skynrd tribute band and a Yes
tribute band that received praise from Yes guitarist Steve Howe
(who also records and performs with Annie Haslam).
You may have seen John on one of his regular weekly appearances
for over 10 years on the show ‘Sound Waves’ with host
guitarist-extraordinaire’ Steve Chirco. The show featured
John’s & Steve’s collaboration in writing and
production of original music, as well as John’s astoundingly
vast knowledge of different genres and styles of music.
John has a collection of vintage keyboards, including Mini Moog,
Prophet 600, Yamaha DX 7, Fender Rhodes and a Hammond Organ.
John currently has a private recording studio in his home and
a 25 year private teaching career. John is co-founder and co-owner
of Platinum Band Music.
Pulley, Lead Vocalist-R&B/Motown/Soul
When Sean was eight years old, his grandmother had to bribe him
to sing in church. Luckily, he took that bribe and hasn't
stopped singing since.
Sean attended Newark's Arts High School where he studied
choral music and
music theory. There he formed Base Harmony, a Doo Wop Acapella
was commissioned to perform in schools throughout the State. He
went on to perform with Jerome Hines' Opera Music Theater
International, in Whitney Houston's video "All the
Man I Need", and on the soundtrack for Paul Simon's
With Bass Harmony, Sean has traveled and performed with such
R&B classics as the Chi-Lites, Ray Goodman and Brown, The
Dell's, The Delfonics and many more.
Sean's years of performing has given him the experience
to become a marketable entertainer, the talent to become a competitive
entertainer and the fortitude to become a lasting entertainer.
Coleman, Lead Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar
Steve Coleman is a New Jersey native who brings ten years of performance
experience out each time he and his Martin guitar take stage.
As front-man for Platinum, Steve performs with a gutsy rock n'
roll voice that somehow manages to still be beautiful and smooth.
His smile is contagious and leaves you with no doubt he is having
a great time.
As lead vocalist for Platinum, Steve emulates such artists as
Bruce Springsteen, Edwin McCain and Frank Sinatra with distinct
likeness to the original artist.
Steve embarked on a solo career and has accomplished several
albums both solo and with his original band. He submitted his
recordings to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and was selected
to be showcased as an emerging artist.
The Daily Record (NJ) writes "The crisp vocals of Steve
Coleman, the rootsy road trip inspired lyrics and the spirited
rhythm grabs you magnetically".
Artlies forum writes "When you listen to [Steve] -Smoke
suddenly fills the room and there is crude oil dripping down the
walls. That's what his voice can do to a song". Visit Steve's website at www.stevecoleman.org.
Steve DeLuca is the drummer for Platinum. His early years were spent begrudgingly hovering over the piano until he finally moved onto a snare drum, eventually graduating to the drum set. He was a member of his high school big band, The Muhlenberg Spoilers, and received many awards in competitions through out Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware, including The Most Outstanding Musician of the Evening at the Chesapeake Jazz Festival. He received his bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from Temple University.
In the late 90s, he was a founding member of the New York-based improvisational rock quartet Wooster Sang, who released a well-received self-produced album and toured the Northeast. Steve has been a featured performer in Modern Drummer magazine, which led to him becoming a freelance writer for the publication.
Currently, in addition to Platinum, Steve can be found performing with his jazz trio which often includes his band mates Jerry Bohrer and Jay Sweet. He is also involved with music education not only with private drum students but also as the General Music/Choir Director of Maywood Avenue School in Maywood, NJ.
Sweet, Bass, Upright Bass, Classical Guitar
Jason Sweet is the founder and owner of Sweet Music Academy. He
wants to share with others his love for music, experiences and
knowledge. He was raised in the town of Howell, and was named
to the all-state jazz band while attending Howell School.
After graduating Howell High School he attended
Berklee College of Music as a bassist. Jason graduated cum laud
and received his Bachelor Degree. His education continued by attending
Rutgers University music program where he received a Masters Degree.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music he
released "The Chase", which contains original Jazz
pieces, both written and produced by Jay.
Jason has taught academic music courses at Rutgers
University and has been published as an author in "The Jazz
Review". He is accredited for writing the first biography
ever written on the life of Ray Brown, the great Jazz bassist
for Michigan College Press.
Working as a professional musician Jason still
teaches music, and performs at many Jazz clubs, theater productions
Jay is featured as a classical guitarist for ceremonies
and cocktail hours
Originally from Chicago, Mark spent several years in Detroit,
where he worked with many upcoming stars of the jazz world such
as Rodney Whitaker, Bobby Battle, and James Carter.
Once relocated to New York City in 1996, Mark has worked with
such luminaries as Quincy Jones, John Faddis, the LA Philharmonic,
Fred Hersch, Christian McBride, Slide Hampton, Patti Lupone, Jon
Hendricks, Grover Mitchell, Art Baron, Britt Woodman, Jerry Dodgian,
Jerome Richardson, and Steven Bernstein. He is a member of David
Berger and the Sultans of Swing, and Art Baron and His Duke’s
Men. Mark has performed with such shows as The Harlem Nutcracker,
Hairspray, All Shook Up, and Prairie Home Companion.
Mark will be appearing in the upcoming Robert Deniro film “The
Good Shepherd” and holds a Masters degree in Music from
the Manhattan School of Music.
Veteran trumpeter Chris Rogers has been a mainstay on the New
York music scene for over 25 years. He's worked with many top
artists in the field of Jazz and Latin Music, and has performed
throughout Europe, Japan, Canada, South America and the United
States. Although classically trained, Chris was exposed early
on to the sounds of jazz, Salsa, and rock. (His father, the late
trombonist Barry Rogers, recorded with people like James Taylor,
Elton John, Todd Rundgren, Spyro Gyra, Eddie Palmieri, Willie
Colon and Celia Cruz.) By age 16, Chris started gigging professionally
with local Latin bands, brass quintets, big bands and symphony
At the age of only 19, Chris began a 5-year stint as the featured
trumpet soloist with Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band. Since
then he has been featured with Buddy Rich, Chaka Khan, Frank Sinatra,
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, Eartha Kitt, Tonya
Pinkins, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, Maria Schneider, The
Mingus Big Band, Tom Harrell, Hilton Ruiz, Mongo Santamaria and
many others. Chris has appeared at such venues as The Village
Vanguard, The Blue Note, Carnagie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and
Jazz at Lincoln Center. Additionally, Chris has frequently performed
on Broadway, including Cats, 42nd Street, Kiss Me Kate, Paul Simon's
The Capeman, Fosse, Annie Get Your Gun, and Wonderful Town. Chris'
soon to be released CD, "Voyage Home", features multiple
Grammy Award winning saxophonist Michael Brecker, and the acclaimed
guitarist Steve Khan.
John Morrison, Guitarist, Lead Vocalist
John was born in Philadelphia, PA. He has been playing music since the age of nine and first picked up the guitar when he was thirteen. He attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where he earned his undergraduate degree in Jazz Guitar Performance. At Duquesne he had the opportunity to study privately with a number of great artists and professors, including trumpeter, Sean Jones, legendary pittsburgh-based bebop guitarist, Joe Negri, and prolific big band arranger, Mike Tomaro. John went on to earn his MM at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, NJ. There, he was a regular student of Vic Juris and also studied under Ralph Bowen, Conrad Herwig, Victor Lewis, Kenny Davis, and Fred Hersch. John is a student of jazz but a fan and performer of many styles of music. He has experience in rock, funk, blues, top 40 pop, R&B, folk, punk, country, ska, folk and classical, and has worked extensively as an accompanist beside singers and instrumentalists in different styles. He is also a versatile solo performer of jazz standards and other songs. John currently resides in New York City.
Vezza, Jazz Pianist
During his thirty year career, Jerry has maintained high standards
in both the artistic and commercial realms of the music business.
As an active jazz pianist and leader of his own trio, Jerry
maintains an active performance schedule at clubs such as Shanghai
Jazz in Madison NJ, which has been voted in Down Beat magazine
as one the top 100 jazz clubs in the world.
He was a featured artist at the 2005 New Jersey Jazz Festival
and has made numerous appearances in Europe. Jerry performs and
has recorded with some of the finest musicians in the world.
As well as his artistic jazz side, Jerry has a great deal
of experience in providing highly professional entertainment for
private and corporate functions. After ten years of working as
a free lance jazz and club date pianist in New York City,
Jerry formed a wedding band agency with his partner Rose Holden
called Precious Moments Orchestras. From 1980 though 1995 this
agency represented and booked six bands and DJs and did hundreds
of weddings and parties. After this fifteen year period
Jerry decided to end that partnership and return to his roots
of jazz performance and smaller jazz combos for private parties,
with or without the addition of a DJ.
Jerry continues to perform in all venues: concert stages, jazz
clubs, restaurants, homes, and at many of the most prestigious
catering establishments, country clubs and hotels in the metropolitan
area. These include, for example, the Hilton at Short Hills, the
Waldorf Astoria, the Plaza, the Pleasantdale Chateau, the Park
Savoy, the Manor, the Basking Ridge Country Club and Baltusrol
Golf Club. His corporate clients include Honeywell International,
Toyota Corporation, Novartis, Merck, Bayer, Lucent, AT&T,
RCA, Pfizer and PricewaterhouseCoopers.