|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)
Roselle - Guitar, harmonica, vocals
It seems to be a pre-requisite for most of The Kootz… but Chris Roselle is a 100% born, bred & raised product of The Garden State… However, when you see Mr. Roselle in live performance and listen to his high, clear-toned vocalizations… and detailed guitar-work, your immediate thought is: “I remember him!... He's from The U.K.… Didn't he have a few major hit-records in the late sixties at the end of the British Invasion?!”…
Aha! SO authentic is the musical personna of Mr. 'Chris R.', that he's made a 20+ year career out of crafting authentic interpretations of pop and rock 'n roll music from 60's, 70's and 80's… Also a seasoned 'song-smith' in his own right, he's also released multiple album projects comprised of his own works… productions that clearly show the impact that this 'influence-of-the-times' projected upon him!
Chris spent his early 'young-lad'-years growing up in the Jersey suburb of Union and first started to play the guitar at tender age of 12. By the mid-70's was honing his musical skills… Like so many of his 'fellow-Kootz-men', this was a time filled with garage (and basement) band rehearsals… frequent journeys to the music store (ostensibly Rondo Music, in his home town) to ogle the high-priced guitars & amps... and endless hours sitting with six-string in hand, alongside a low-end turntable, learning 'exact-riffs of the day' off of pop records that were then-current… and hey, let's not forget the constant trips to the record shop!
Upon graduation from Union High School in 1982, Chris set his sights on a full-time career in music. Many bands… many musicians… many gigs! Over the years… and through the accrued experience of playing in these bands, the hard work started to pay off for Chris… as he also developed an acumen for booking the gigs for the groups he participated in… His organizational skills very much allowed him to billboard and showcase his own multiple-talents on a regular basis!
By the early 1980's, Chris R. was travelling throughout the continental United States as a singer / guitarist for 'The Characters' (a NJ band that's still 'alive and gigging'!). Chris had a 5-year stint with them (an 'eternity' by band-standards!)... and got a taste of the 'real' world of rock 'n roll; Touring, seeing the world… and enjoying co-billing with some of the very acts he idolized as a youngster; The Monkees, The Kinks and Joan Jett, among others.
In 1986 there was major interest in the band from a popular LA-based DJ named Rodney Bingenheimer, of KROQ-FM. Bingenheimer was well known for shepherding young unsigned bands into notoriety. Roselle and the band relocated to California to pursue the possibilties. Producing songs in the studio by day… and working the clubs of LA by night… The Characters were no longer just a 'Jersey Band'… but alas, the project never got out of the gate…
By 1987, legendary producer Chip Douglas (Monkees, Stone Poneys and original bassist for The Turtles) got wind of the band's talent and reputation and encouraged the band to make the move even further west… to Hawaii, where he was headquartered. Chris and his band-mates 'set up shop' in 'paradise'… but rarely got to bask in the sun… Days followed nights recording with Douglas in the studio… but the result was an UN-released album… and some very disgruntled 'Characters'…
The winds of change were in the air… Chris heard them.. His home-state of New Jersey beckoned … He was on the plane.
Returning to NJ certainly didn't change his passion for music… Upon his arrival back in Jersey, Roselle formed and fronted bands such as Bus Stop and Dandylion. These projects kept the passion of Chris's 'fire' for pop music burning as strong as ever.
It was in 1988 that Chris Roselle embarked on an even lengthier 'musical sojourn'... one with an itinerary that's lasted more than 16 years, in the form of a group named 'Carnaby Street'. Carnaby has had different members and formats over the years and has toured all around the tri-state area as well as in Pennsylvania... but they've upheld the 'pop-music tradition' religiously... Many Kootz-fans are also fans of 'C.S.' and are no strangers to many of their songs... or for that matter, many of the live-venues, as both of the bands have frequented several of the same 'stops' on their respective 'tours'...
With the re-location and departure of Carnaby's bassist John Graziano in late 2004, Chris 're-thought'… and expanded his 'musical-landscape'... 'Carnaby' is still active… but as Roselle states, “It's more of an 'event' when we play!”… The C.S. schedule isn't quite as rigorous as the one they'd maintained for all of those years-past.
Currently, Chris has broadened his solo-career, as well as other musical opportunities, including his becoming a 'fixture' on many Kootz-gigs! Ironically, the actual 'initial-connection' for Mr.-'R' came in the form of a suggestion from former Kootz-drummer Phil Long, who had himself done a 'tour of duty' with the Carnaby-boys... The Kootz seemed like a 'natural' for Chris... and it clicked!
Of his entrance into the world of 'Kootz-dom' Chris puts it this way... "So many fans will still be able to see me continue to perform these great tunes... not only with Carnaby Street… but now, with a great NEW band as well!... The Kootz!".
Glad to have ya aboard, Chris!