In addition to this group Malcolm is a member of the New Orleans Brass band, @MJsBrassBoppers, the funk band @Citizen5, latin-fusion band @ComoLoco, and the DC-based brass band he helped begin, @CrushFunkbrass. To follow Malcolm and all his musical escapades you can find him online @MalcolmASmusic.
Michael Jones (snare drum), born in Touro Infirmary – “dat dirty dirty south” New Orleans, LA., MJ studied & was schooled in Baton Rouge, LA. Many musicians helped along the way such as: Richard Amos (N.O. Holy Name Singers-bass), Charles Richardson (IDMR Lettsworth LA.-bass), “Dog” (N.O. Holy Name Singers-drums & bass), TOPCAT (SF), Michael Windsay (Topsy Chapman’s Jazz Trio-drums), Derek Tabb (Rebirth), “The Jones Family”, Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, PBS, Batiste & Friends) & many more! He has been seen with Ras Digital and The Roots Anthem Band, The Rodney Preston Project, Miles Ahead, Voices of Joy, Tristan Norton & The Slight Catch Band, R&B Singer song-writer Jon B & many other artists abroad. Mike enjoys fishing, cooking, spending time with family, and creating new and innovative music. “Feel the rhythm”- MJ (M. Jones)
Greg Gomez (trombone), highly talented horn player, SF native as well as devoted GIANTS FAN! A music instructor of all Brass instruments and of vocal abilities also. He has shared the stage with numerous musicians: Pepe Gonzalez, Berkley Symphony, Bay Bones, David Hardiman (SF All-Star Big Band) & MJsBB! Mr. Gomez is a God fearing family man. He enjoys his wife and 2 daughters, while taking time to get in some horseback riding, ‘lil golf, poetry readings and enjoy the lovely life of the BAY!
Al Lazard (saxophone), also hails from New Orleans, La. Al comes from a strong lineage of New Orleans musicians, Mardi Gras Indians, Culture bearers, and more. The Lazard family is a well known one back in the Big Easy. His expansive knowledge of second line songs is one he’s known for through out the bay area and beyond. You can find Al enjoying and playing anything from Jazz, Blues, Big Band, Funk, Gospel, and more. Al has 25+ years of professional musicianship in his corner and is also proficient in various percussive instruments. He finds peace in working out, spending time with family, playing music, and hanging with his MJSBB brothers!
Naazir Magbool (trumpet), born and raised in Oakland, attended Xavier of NOLA, blowing the trumpet for 7 years and has touched stages with Soulit of Tokyo Japan, Corey Henry (New Orleans) of Galactic, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave, Russell Batiste and Friends & MJsBB! Mr. Magbool enjoys kickboxing, basketball, loves to help children and the community. He does volunteer work whenever he gets a chance.
Nate “Suave” Cameron,(Vocalist/Aux Percussion), born and raised in the Uptown New Orleans area, Suave has been gracing clubs, music venues, and festival stages at an early age. After being a woodwind section leader for the world-renowned St. Augustine High School “Marching 100,” he moved on to obtain a music business and performance degree from Tennessee State Univ. in Nashville while working as a demo vocalist for many major label artists and publishing companies. After being signed to UPT/Atlantic Records for 3 years with out a release, Suave founded his own music label, event company, recording studio, and a non-profit for urban artists that serves as an incubator. In addition to MJSBB, Nate is lead vocalist of Oakland based pysc-funk and soul fusion band, CitizenFive.
Tom Salvatore (trumpet) is a professional trumpet player and music educator living in the East Bay. Although he has a diverse experience playing music across many genres, Tom has a love for New Orleans brass band and traditional jazz. Tom has earned a degree in music education from New York University and is currently a music teacher in the Emeryville School District. Tom has also completed coursework at the the Listz Academy of Music in Hungry and The Music Conservatory of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Along with MJ’s Brass Boppers he currently performs bluegrass music with Old Jawbone and the swing dance band The Rhythm Rousabouts.
Joshua Sirotiak (Sousaphone), originally from Chicago, IL, Josh brings over 15+ years of experience to MJSBB. Josh is a multi-brass instrumentalist who has a vast and expansive list of groups he’s played with around the Midwest and the bay area ranging but not limited to the genres of Rock, Pop, Reggae, R&B, Ska, Funk, Hip Hop, and more. He is known for laying down the foundational bass lines MJ’s Brass Boppers have been known for.
Malcolm Stokes (Trumpet), Malcolm Stokes hails from Sunny SoCal but spent most of his youth up the road in the Cap City of Sacramento. It was there that he fell in love with music and began playing piano and trumpet. After graduating from Howard University and beginning his career as a music teacher in the Nation’s Capital, Malcolm committed himself to learning all the brass instruments to better serve his students, but especially devoted time to the trombone. He now doubles on trumpet/trombone and is in high demand as a session player in his new home in the Bay Area. Stokes is very careful to not be labeled as a jazz trumpeter or a classical trumpeter, but simply a trumpeter with the ability to interpret many different styles (or languages as he would describe them) of music. He’s been blessed to share the stage with Gospel Lumimaries- Richard Smallwood, The Clark Sisters, and Tye Tribbett; jazz and funk legends- Benny Golson, Al Williams, and Fred Wesley; and current stars- Solange, Christie Dashiell, and Jay Z. Stokes is a part of the collective, @SOLDevelopment. They are a group of artists/educators at Roses in Concrete Community School in East Oakland where they serve students ages K-5. Here they teach the arts to black and brown children from a historical lens that the students can relate to. They push the children, even at this age, to realize that art is not merely for art’s sake, but is a medium that shapes communities, has the ability to change hearts and is a social part of everyone’s life.
Mike Waters (saxophone), born and raised in California. Mike has been on the Bay Area Music scene for the past 20 years and currently plays with numerous Bay Area Bands including Kickin’ The Mule, Jeff Magidson Blues Band and the Tristan Norton Funk4Tet. Mike is also a web designer and has built websites for Roberta Flack, The California Honeydrops and MJsBB!
“Big Chief” Ray Blazio is a Katrina survivor and is the acting chief of the Wild Apache Mardi Gras Indian tribe and returns to New Orleans every year to parade at Jazzfest. Blazio, also known as “Hatchet”, founded the Wild Apache tribe in 1990. Watch this brief video about Big Chief.