Vocalist/Co-Founder of Rhythm & Soul Band
Deborah Coley, a New Jersey born songstress is no stranger to the stage. Her love for music dates back to early childhood and her professional career spans over 25 years. This classically trained mezzo soprano boasts a vocal range of 3 octaves. Her repertoire is expansive and includes Jazz, Blues, R&B and Hip Hop. Ms. Coley’s more notable accomplishments include appearances in Opera Non Troppo’s productions of Henry Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” and “King Arthur”. Her travels have taken her to Las Vegas with appearances at the legendary venue Studio 54. Ms. Coley has performed soulful renditions of the National Anthem to audiences of over 10,000 people for the past 10 years at Kaiser Permanente’s San Francisco Half Marathon. Ms. Coley was lead vocalist for Bay Area Band “Body & Soul” for 20 years, and is a regular performer at San Francisco’s Johnny Foley’s.
Herman was introduced to music at age 3. Remembering his childhood days on the coast hearing sounds of Cal Tjader, Wes Montgomery, Ray Charles, Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson, to say a few, soaking up and remembering everything he heard.
He started playing saxophone at age 11 with his instructor, Charlie Banacas, who Miles Davis said, “If you don’t know Charlie Banacas, you don’t know music”. Over the next couple years, he played with the high school band, and the years following in club bands. He further studied with such people as Herbert Mims, who at the time was a musical director for The Whispers, John Handy (renowned jazz saxophonist in the bay area who made his bones with Charlie Mingus).
After graduating school, he became more active with music, playing in various venues throughout the Bay Area such as Yoshi’s, Great American Music Hall, The Boom Boom Room, Biscuit and Blues, and two stints at the Monterey Blues Festival. He played the Blues Cruise in the Caribbean, played with Blues artists Alvon, Tommy Castro, and Jake Sampson. He’s worked with various corporate bands as well as the original group Suspects of Soul.
He’s been playing with Rhythm & Soul since 2007.
Peter’s guitar style can be described as deeply-rooted in the R&B tradition with elements of British Rock, Jazz, and Classical. He is an avid songwriter and his music has been recorded by Carlos Santana and others.
Part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for over 40 years, Peter has worked/collaborated with a diverse mix of artists including: Walter Afanasieff (Award winning producer for Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston) Pharaoh Sanders, Alex Ligertrwood (former lead singer for Average White Band and Santana), Organist Brian Auger (Yardbirds, Oblivion Express), Kathi McDonald (Big Brother & The Holding Company, Joe Cocker), and David Bartlett (Tower of Power).
Peter restores Japanese guitars from the 1960’s-70’s and plays many of these unique instruments when performing live.
David Luce is a veteran performer of over 35 years. He is a Berkeley native, and has played with such bands as Fat Chance, Upstarts, Fabulous Titans, Al and Al, The Feztones, and Rhythm & Soul, to name a few.
Dee has recorded with former Tower of Power vocalist Lenny Williams and Aretha Franklin’s favorite drummer Bernard “Pretty” Perdie. She was a featured performer at the Beijing, Cork, Tasmanian, and Dresden Festival. Dee has performed with R&B sensation LEDISI and the GLIDE Ensemble “Change” Band. Her album “Tranquility” was released in August 2018.
Bass Player Extraordinaire