|Glenn M. Taylor, guitar, keyboards, vocals *|
Christopher Bolger, guitar, bass, vocals *
Ben Asher, bass, vocals *
Joe Alexander, guitar, vocals
Bob Cianci, drums, vocals
Ray Longchamp, guitar, mandolin, vocals
Peter Scance, bass, guitar, vocals
Chris Roselle, guitar, harmonica, vocals
|Al Egizi, guitar, vocals|
Russ Crapella, guitar, vocals
Dave Hirschberg, drums, vocals
Joe Coghlan, drums, guitar, vocals
Michael Muro, guitars, vocals
Jeff Guenther, guitar, bass, vocals
Cliff Doenges, guitar, mandolin, percussion
|Keith Theall, bass, vocals|
Gary Evans, keyboards, harmonica, guitar, vocals
Jerry DeLisio, saxophone(s), flute, vocals
Brian Wiley, bass, vocals
Don Guinta, drums, vocals
Paul 'Swami' Simeone, keyboards, accordion, vocals
Scott Calvert, saxophone(s), woodwinds, vocals
Adam Egizi, bass, ukulele, vocals
* Indicates original Kootz / OMJ band-member; (see history)
Brian Wiley – bass, vocals
Brian Wiley is truly a 'child of the sixties'… Born and bred a New York City boy, he ate, drank and breathed the music scene that permeated every corner of the city… At a very young age, Brian knew the path he'd take… and it would cut right-through the 'heart of rock 'n roll'!... Some say that it's the 'beat'… Brian knew it would be the BASS!
Coming from a 'musical-family', the young-lad enjoyed many-a piano-side family-'jam' and also 'honed' his ear for harmony while practically still in his 'Dr. Dentons'! Later, he became an avid-fan of The Beatles (especially Sir Paul), as well as Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Creedence, not to mention the R & B genre as a whole. As a teen, 'Mr. W' concentrated his studies not-only on music, but on the more technical side of radio and television componentry, even building a few sets, before graduating from Eli Whitney Vo-Tech High School in Brooklyn, in 1969… Upon 'snagging his sheepskin', Brian set-out upon a rather pedestrian career as an electrician… That lasted about six-months!
Honing his craft as an up-and-coming bassman, Brian launched into a career-choice that answered his true-calling… Full-time music-man!
After a couple of years bouncing-around doing local gigs with an assortment of nameless bands, BW finally hit 'paydirt' and caught-on with 'Five Dollar Shoes', embarking on a 2-year-stint that encompassed endless touring and recording, opening for such legendary acts as Badfinger, Sly Stone and The James Gang.
During their run, the Queens-based 'Shoes'-band released a lone LP on the Neighborhood Records-label. The album was recorded at two legendary New York studios; Allegro… and the (at the time) Jimi Hendrix-owned Electric Lady Studios. Today's E-Bay description of that collectible-disc defines that band's sound as "Psychedelic, Progressive, Acid-Rock"… and hey, the LP goes for about 35-bucks, these days.
By 1973, after 'Shoes', Brian widened his musical-scope by setting-out on an 'oldies-odyssey', touring on the Richard Nader-produced 'nostalgia-package-circuit', backing such classic artists as The Crystals, Gary U.S. Bonds and even Bo Diddley!
Between 1975 and '78, it was back to constant local-gigging and Brian's search for the 'next big thing'… It came in the form of the legendary Jersey band, 'Cats On A Smooth Surface', where BW provided the low-end, starting in '78 and lasting for four years. It even motivated this 'city boy' to move-out to the 'burbs of Jersey, where he's remained a resident ever-since!
After completing his tenure with 'Cats', in 1982, Brian eased into the longest-running 'residence' of his musical-career, joining 'The Cherubs', a Jersey Shore-based band that he still performs with to this day!
The 'Kootz-connection' actually took-place in 2003, at a club called Casey Jones in Long Branch, when… 'then-yet-to-be-Koot' Ron Weinstein ran into 'even-later-to-be-Koot' Brian Wiley, launching a musical-partnership that had Ron 'subbing' on guitar with The Cherubs as well as engaging in other musical-collaborations.
Ronnie brought Mr. Wiley into 'The Kootz' in the fall of 2010… where this 'musical-dynamic-duo' now thrives amongst the other members of the 'band-family'! Catch Brian with The Kootz soon! He might even build you a TV-set!