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Philip Lassiter’s contribution and relevance to the music industry are as diverse and celebrated as he is. The highlights of his impressive career include production and arranging work for seven GRAMMY winning projects with Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin in addition to working as section-leader, arranger and lead trumpeter for Prince. Lassiter is revered as a sought-after songwriter (SESAC) and Jazz musician whose talents earned him an endorsement with Cannonball Instruments and a recent record deal with GroundUP Records. Lassiter is also the musical genius behind the funk group Philthy. 

Two decades of gospel, soul, R&B, funk, jazz and salsa sounds have served as a combined muse for Lassiter. Eight years in Dallas, TX brought these inspirations to life, and all the while under the wing of some of the most talented musicians and producers in the world. Bernard Wright, Bobby Sparks, Keith Anderson and many others opened new musical doors and further expanded his notoriety in the gospel and funk industry. As an arranger with multi-platinum artists including Prince, Fantasia, Kelly Rowland, Jill Scott, Roberta Flack, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Al Jarreau, Anthony Hamilton, Frankie Beverly, Ledisi, Regina Belle, Donald Lawrence and hundreds of others. 

Several years in Nashville further diversified Lassiter’s musical portfolio. While there, he worked with the legendary producer Tommy Sims, performed and arranged the music of former Columbia Records country artist Shelly Fairchild, and performed in numerous awards shows such as the Dove Awards, The Stellars, and performed with My Morning Jacket at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. While in Nashville, Lassiter also formed his funk group Philthy. The talent Philip gathered for Philthy was representative of his working relationships with the best players and performers in both Nashville, New York, and LA. Lassiter is most recently and widely known for leading an 11-piece horn section for the late Prince, with whom he toured internationally and in the U.S. He is currently residing in LA where he has recently worked with epic artists like Anderson Paak, Anita Wilson and Cece Winans. His latest album Chill Mode is available (pre-release on this website) on iTunes January 20th and features some of the most relevant musicians of our current time (Cory Henry, Mono Neon, James Poyser, and many others).


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To attempt to truly define the bombastic brilliance of this jazz trumpeter turned singer-songwriter would be like trying to catch a bear with a mousetrap. A multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalist, Philthy’s piano is his pulpit as he commands the stage with the bravado of a revolutionary. With the best backing band in music city as his army, it’s an invasion of the senses that leaves your body aching for more and your feet tapping the beat for days to come. 

Traversing America introduced Philthy to a cavalcade of artists who would help shape his musical career. Aged 6 he unwittingly met his first love – the piano – and began belting out Amazing Grace like no other kid in Mobile, Alabama. Being the son of a preacher – a man “who sweated every ounce until he was red in the face” – Philthy learned how to captivate an audience and he’s taken that spirit on his own unique mission ever since. 

St Louis brought the beauty of big band noise and an ear for improvisation, while College in Florida harnessed his gift on the trumpet and natural ability as a jazz pianist. Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Chet Baker were now inspiring his sound and firing his soul. Full-blooded Cherokee Indian, Lee Rucker, taught Philthy a thing or two on trumpet, before he was broadening his horizons further, playing salsa and Merengue while travelling with a group of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. 

The sounds of Gospel, Soul, Jazz, Salsa, and Funk were colliding ideas inside Philthy’s brilliantly twisted mind like a tornado fighting a hurricane. His near decade in Dallas put him under the wing of some of the most talented cats on the planet brought like Bernard Wright, Bobby Sparks, and Keith Anderson and so many others, who messed up his mind in the best possible way.  This unique sound led to his being tapped as an arranger with multi-platinum artists including Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Al Jarreau, Anthony Hamilton, Frankie Beverly, Ledisi, Regina Belle and Timbaland. 

Philthy has been imbued with the soul of a musical saviour and the manic energy of a deliciously decadent devil. With the humor and lyrical flow of Slim Shady before the music biz ate him up, Philthy could be the lovechild of Andre 3000 and Aretha Franklin, with James Brown laying down the blessing. He gives his life to bring music to yours. He’s been given a gift and wants you to share in it. This party’s just getting started…

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Roy Agee has been a freelance trombonist in Nashville for 15 years. He has traveled extensively playing in some of the worlds most prestigious halls and clubs including Birdland, The Blue Note (in both Tokyo and New York City), The Bottom Line, and even the Houston Astrodome. He has played with Jimmy Lovelace, Lew Anderson’s Big Band, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and appeared on hundreds of CDs.




Wooten is a five-time Grammy Award-winning performer with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. For the Flecktones, he plays the Drumitar, a novel electronic instrument of his own invention, and occasionally performs vocals as well. 

More recently, Wooten has developed a new electronic instrument called the RoyEl, which resembles a piano but plays notes not found in the traditional western music scales. This instrument is based on the periodic table of elements and the golden ratio. 

Like the other members of the Flecktones, Wooten has worked on various solo projects during his time off from the band. On his own Wooten often dresses up as a pirate and uses the pseudonym “RoyEl”, also the name he gave to the keyboard instrument he invented. Wooten’s solo albums are experimental and incorporate diverse musical genres and concepts. On Evolution de la Musique, for example, he infuses classical music with jazz elements, especially improvisation, and spoken word. 

Among extra-musical influences, Wooten describes Pythagorean numerology and Vedic mathematics as influencing his compositions. 

Wooten’s solo works are: 

The Seamless Script 
Pi Lullaby 
Evolution de la Musique 
The Black Mozart Ensemble



Jeff Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator and has been traveling the globe since the late 20th Century. He is a 3x Grammy Award winner from Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and played with them from 1997-2010. In July 2008, Jeff began touring with Dave Matthews Band, and officially joined the group in 2009 following the tragic passing of founding member LeRoi Moore. When not on the road with DMB, Coffin fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet. 

Some of the artists Coffin has shared the stage and the recording studio include a “who’s who” of musicians such as Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band, Branford Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, DJ Logic, New Orleans Social Club, Maceo Parker, McCoy Tyner, Baaba Maal, Phish, Mike Clark’s Prescription Trio, Galactic, Kirk Whalum, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Chris Thile, Willie Nelson, Chester Thompson, Garth Brooks, Van Morrison, J.D. Souther, Vinnie Colaiuta, The Dixie Chicks, ‘Rakalam’ Bob Moses, Stanton Moore, Brooks and Dunn, Tuvan Throat Singers – the Alash Ensemble & Konger Ol Ondar, George Porter Jr., Umphrey’s McGee, Del McCoury, John Scofield, Yonder Mountain String Band, Marc Broussard, Martina McBride, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Wailers and many, many others.




He had the moves to be an NBA star but making good music won in the end. 

“Music is in my blood’, says Tommy Sims. “Making soulful music keeps me going”.
 And it has – across three decades.
 That “soulful music” has won an Oscar and Grammys for Bruce Springsteen, landmark Grammys for Eric Clapton, Babyface, CeCe Winans and Israel Houghton. Sims’ artistry as writer, producer and session player has been featured on work by artists as diverse as Sheryl Crow, Taylor Swift, Michael Bolton, Michael W Smith, Amy Grant, Wynonna Judd, Toni Braxton, Blackstreet, Craig David, CeCe Winans, The Neville Bothers, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, T-Pain, Mary J Bilge and Garth Brooks. 

His music has also been featured in acclaimed film (Touchstone Pictures’ “Phenomenon” and Tri-Star’s “Philadelphia”) and television (ABC’s Emmy award winning “Grey’s Anatomy”, “American Idol” and BET’s “Sunday Best”) 

Yet it all began in a quiet, unassuming way in downtown Chicago with an old 70s model Fender Jazz Bass bought at a second hand shop. That and a fusion of his family’s church singing, his uncles’ Motown records and his father’s eclectic collection that included Stax records, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones and Jim Croce. Sims continued his study at the local record store, where the patient owner would let Sims play the parts he was to build into his diverse musical vocabulary over and over again. Sims muses with a smile, ” I was hooked.” 
Sims took lessons from relatives and progressed to the guitar, piano and the drums. At the age of 12, Sims began writing songs. He honed his craft at the Western Michigan College where he studied music and played gigs. 

Soon his travels led him to Nashville, where he became a regular session man from the mid 1980s and was offered his first publishing deal. Working out of a popular L.A. studio in the early 1990s, his growing reputation led to an invitation from Bruce Springsteen to jam with him and his band, then to join him on tour. Sims was 26, but critics noted the maturity of his chops.
 Sims returned to Nashville and continued the sessions for other artists. A turning point came when he co-wrote “Change the World”, based in part on a socially conscious song he had written at the age of 16. Eric Clapton’s rendition won Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 1997 Grammys. Since then, Sims has travelled the world to write, play and produce on a diverse array of projects. He released his own project “Peace and Love” (Universal) in 2000, featuring the talent of Stevie Wonder, his musical mentor. He co-produced and co-wrote songs on the Grammy winning 2010 “Power of One”, and “Love God, Love People” in 2011 for Israel Houghton and recently contributed to the “100 Miles from Memphis” record and world tour with Sheryl Crow. He continues to develop new projects for new artists such as Jonny Lang, Jason Mraz and Javier Colon (winner of “The Voice”) as well as A list musicians looking for a soulful twist. 

“I’m a fan of music,” states Sims. “So I will always be making music. Fender has been a lifelong companion. The Precision models of the mid 60s and 70s are important part of my studio set up and help make my music what it is” 

The quality shows and the beat goes on.