legendary TGZ and former Allman Brothers Band guitarist passes:
February 25th 2013, "Dangerous" Dan Toler lost his long battle against
"ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease". Dan passed away peacefully at he and his
wife's home in Sarasota Florida. Our thoughts go out to Dan's family at this sad time.
Dan Toler gave us the greatest music memories of our generation while playing with bands
like Capricorn Record's "Allman Brothers Band", King Mojo Record's
"TGC", the Dicky Betts band and the Gregg Allman band.
Rest in peace brother.
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"Dangerous" Dan Toler
(Electric & Acoustic Guitars)
"Scary" Ron Gary
(Piano, Synths, Vocals & Percussion)
(Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Vocals & Percussion)
(Bass & Midi Bass)
(Drums, Vocals & Percussion)
(Vocals & Percussion)
(Hammond B-3 Organ)
Sometimes you have to go that extra mile to
find the perfect players to create a paramount band: Dan Toler, legendary guitar player
formerly of The Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman's Solo projects (I'm No Angel;Just
Before The Bullets Fly) and more recently Dickey Betts and Great Southern lives in
Sarasota, Florida. A mere 880 miles up the east coast, Ed Zinner, former powerhouse
guitarist for Southern Legend lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Jazz pianist, Ron Gary,
who has performed with legends such as Webster Young and Tom Browne is another 225 miles
away in Silver Spring, Maryland. In spite of the physical distance between them, the three
founding members of TGZ come together to create an unrivaled combination of talent,
passion and imagination. Tolers southern influenced blues and Zinners rock
influenced guitars in combination with Garys jazz piano culminate into something
that is best described as BLUSION!
the blues train doesnt stop there
adding their own flavors to the TGZ
mix are five other accomplished and seasoned musicians.
Admired for his singing and songwriting is John Townsend who may be best remembered for
his #1 Billboard hit with Ed Sanford - "Smoke From A Distant Fire" in 1977.
Townsend has worked off and on with Toler over the years but now his powerful and soul
infused vocal abilities have led him on an impressive musical journey towards TGZ; AND,
bringing a distinctive tone and heartfelt vocals note after note is R&B singer Tony
Green. Providing the powerful and dynamic forces on drums and percussion is John McKnight
and ripping the roof off track after track on his nine string instrument is Avon Lucas of
Peaches and Herb. The newest recruit, Matt Zeiner, has a passion for music that has
allowed him to groove along side Matt "Guitar" Murphy of Blues Brothers fame and
Dickey Betts & Great Southern but now spices up the TGZ sound with his
soulinfused improv on the mighty Hammond B-3 organ.
In late 2006, TGZ released their first studio album Living Dangerously with
special guests Viktor Krauss (Lyle Lovett Band) and Floyd Miles (Gregg Allman and
Friends). Living Dangerously is being played on radio stations all over the
United States and receiving great reviews.
Review: TGZ's Brand New CD,
"Living Dangerously" on King Mojo Records.
Written by Laura Jenney
I'm not going to beat around the bush about it one bit... TGZ's debut CD, "Living
Dangerously" on King Mojo Records, in my professional opinion as a music industry
executive, should be considered a serious contender for album of the year! The mastery of
the musicianship by all the members of TGZ on this CD is beyond stellar! And no wonder ...
though this is the debut CD of this incredible band, it's members are no new comers to the
music industry, as TGZ is comprised of some of the true great veteran players of the music
industry, some of which are of legendary status from a variety of genres. Given that fact,
that explains the amazing amount of versatility in this one CD, which delivers
unequivocally some of the best instrumental and vocal performances in new music, covering
a broad spectrum genres, ranging from smooth to fiery hot jazz, progressive rock, smoking
blues, with a flavor of both old and new school R&B and soul, stirring love ballads,
Southern Boogie and more, all in one mind-blowing CD, served up with groove to burn!
Destined to become a classic, "Living Dangerously" IS that one in a million CD
that is sure to attract and satisfy listeners of all the above mentioned genres, and give
a musical education to any listener partial to any one of those genres, and drawing new
fans as well as loyal dedicated fans, (which indeed are vast in number), to the members
that make up TGZ.
This, I am sure, ran through the mind of music industry's pioneering executive legend,
Dick Wooley, of King Mojo Records, when he signed TGZ to the esteemed and very elite label
of King Mojo Records in February of 2007.
Dick Wooley knows his stuff when it comes to music, as Dick Wooley is largely responsible
for the rise of many of music's legendary artists, such as Percy Sledge, Cream, Joe Tex,
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, King Curtis, Buffalo Springfield, Sam & Dave, Led
Zepplin, YES, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the Young Rascals, Aretha Franklin, Derek and
the Dominos, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, The
Marshall Tucker Band and so many others, as you can read from his personal bio on King
Mojo's website and from the annals of music history; and having bucked the system head on
of what was being played by most radio stations at the time, to get the job done. (It's a
fact, that if it were not for the hard work and pioneering thinking and efforts of Dick
Wooley, we would all be stuck listening to AM pop, as he is the one who changed it all in
the music industry, taking his rightful place in music history's royalty.) ...And to gain
that kind of recognition from the likes of Dick Wooley, you know that TGZ and their debut
CD, "Living Dangerously" is of the highest caliber! To quote Dick Wooley on TGZ,
"Its the best music Ive heard all year.
TGZ's musical brilliance has also attracted the attention of another of the most
influential executives in the music industry, Mr. Tony Saldano, CEO of T&T Management
and Booking Agency, which is one of the most reputable and respected names in management
and booking in the music industry, who himself has been largely responsible for launching
the careers of many of today's hottest artists, and manages and/or books 'the best of the
best' of great artists in the music industry today. TGZ has been exclusively signed
amongst the greats, to the roster of T&T Management & Booking.
Taking a look at the world class artists/musicians that make up TGZ, speaks volumes about
what makes TGZ's CD, "Living Dangerously" as hot as it gets.
~ The Players:
* "Dangerous" Dan Toler of The Allman Brothers Band,
Gregg Allman and Friends and The Dickey Betts and Great Southern fame for his songwriting
and guitar mastery, on blistering electric and acoustic guitar.
* "Scary" Ron Gary who gained his well respected place in the
music world from performing with legendary jazz artists Webster Young and Tom Browne; is
performing Piano, Synthesizer, Percussion and Vocals with TGZ.
* Ed Zinner well known for his "Duane Allman-esque" style of
blazing guitar licks in the band Southern Legend, lends his prowess on electric and
acoustic guitar, vocals and percussion in TGZ. Credit also goes to Ed Zinner, for adding
even more expertise into the making of "Living Dangerously," as Ed was also the
Producer and Executive Producer of this CD.
* Avon Lucas adds his extreme mastery and finesse to TGZ, with his
trademark sound on bass, also well known in the music world for his work with such
nationally (and world), renown bands as Atlantic Star and Peaches and Herb.
* John Townsend, who has enjoyed a successful singing and songwriting
career for decades, and is remembered for his work with Sanford & Townsend, for their
hits, including "Smoke From A Distant Fire," which was released in 1977, and
made it all the way to #1 on the Billboard Charts. John has also worked with another music
legend, Dan Toler, for years.
* Tony Green is "the stuff" great bands are made of, with his
amazingly smooth, (and yes, sexy), soulful voice. (The man is true 'catnip' for the lady
listeners, as Tony's style shares that same special element and "quality" as Al
Green, Marvin Gaye, and Luther Vandross, only his voice and it's quality is even perhaps a
little smoother, if you can possibly imagine.)
* Matt Zeiner on keyboards, gathers his acclaim from his famed work with
Dickey Betts & Great Southern,
adding even a fuller and more distinct sound to TGZ, and adding even more professional and
highly recognized acclaim to their credit as well as to the band's rich sound.
* John McKnight is a lead footed force to be reckoned with on drums, and
bringing to the band even greater viability on percussion and vocals. John has performed
on 34 CD's to his impressive credits as a professional career drummer, and is widely
respected as a "musician's musician" amongst some of the music industry's best.
* Floyd Miles adding an even more impressive quality to TGZ's immense
sound, and even more prestige to the band, blues great Floyd Miles works his magic on
vocals and percussion.
Floyd Miles is famous for his work with soul band The Universals, Clarence Carter, and his
work both in the early days of the Allman Brothers Band, as a member of Gregg Allman and
Friends, and through his own successful solo career as a musician.
As if this line up of artists that make up TGZ we're not impressive enough, one can hear
special guest appearances from such talented and accredited artists as Tony Perrino, John
Shaffer, David "Frankie" Toler, and Victor Krauss on TGZ's "Living
One can hear and purchase this CD at a music store near you.
Or better yet, you can listen to them live and buy the CD, as they will be coming to a
concert venue near you.
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