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Club Trini features long-time members of Jimmy Buffett's band, the Coral Reefers. Their special blend of key- board (Michael Utley) and steel pans (Robert Greenidge) will make your audience feel like they are on paradise beach, no matter where they are. While on the road together they recorded their first album in 1984 titled "Mad Music", then"Jubilee" and "Heat". They released their first "Club Trini" CD in 1986, followed by "Back in Town," and "Margaritaville Café Late Night Live".

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ROBERT GREENIDGE - Steelpans
Robert Greenidge grew up in the heart beat of the Caribbean, on the Island of Trinidad and has become one of the most successful steelpan players in the world, having toured with Taj Mahal, and recorded with John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson, Grover Washington, and Earth Wind Fire, among others.

Jimmy met Robert through a mutual friend during the recording of One Particular Harbour in 1983. Jimmy was looking for a good steelpan player. Robert played on two songs, "One Particular Harbour" and "Brown Eyed Girl," and has been with Buffett ever since.

Mr. Greenidge is a member and was arranger for the legendary steelband The Desperadoes for many years. He returns home to Trinidad each year for Carnival to arrange music for the Panorama competition. He has been on numerous soundtracks and TV shows.

MICHAEL UTLEY
Club Trini's co-founding member, keyboardist Michael Utley, has been writing, producing, and playing with Jimmy Buffett for 26 years. He grew up in Arkansas and was heavily influenced by the sounds of Memphis soul and New Orleans rhythm and blues. During spring break of his senior year at the University of Arkansas, Utley had the opportunity to record with Bill Black's Combo in Memphis. Utley was invited to play on Tony Joe White's second album. After he graduated from college with a BA in Zoology, Mike moved to Memphis and began working full time as a musician.

In February 1973, Jimmy Buffett heard Utley playing on one of Jerry Jeff Walker's albums. He liked what he heard and asked Mike to play on his first ABC/Dunhill album "A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean." During this time, Utley was touring with Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge and was the musical director of the band Speedway in the movie, "A Star is Born". Simultaeously, he began touring with Jimmy and has been with him ever since (28 years).

Mr. Utley has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, Brook Benton, Arthur Conley, Ronnie Hawkins, Duane Allman, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Jimmy cliff, Lulu, Petula clark, Carmen McRae, Sam "The Sham", Jackson Browne, Booker T. Jones, John Kay (Steppenwolf), and Jerry Jeff Walker. Utley is also the accomplished producer of eleven albums with Mr. Buffett. Additionally, he produced Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits album, and was producer/musical director forthe Cinemax special "Black and White Night" with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, and Tom Waits.

RALPH MACDONALD - Percussion
For more than a quarter century Ralph MacDonald has stood at the forefront of traditional and contemporary music leaving his indelible mark on nearly every genre of melody and rhythm. Ralph MacDonald was literally born into music. His father was MacBeth The Great, a popular calypsonian and bandleader during the 1940s and 50s. Seated squarely on his father's lap in the West Indian and Latin cultural citadels of the Harlem Renaissance, MacDonald began his early childhood education in music and live performance.

At seventeen, MacDonald became the percussionist for famed songster Harry Belafonte and began a musical relationship with him that would last nearly a decade. During that time, MacDonald wrote an album of songs for Belafonte entitled Calpso Carnival.

In 1971, MacDonald had begun working with Roberta Flack and during a recording session, he played a sampling of his material for Robert. She fell in love with one of the tunes and claimed it for her new album and teamed up with Donny Hathaway to record the very first version of a song that would later be covered by more than two hundred different artists in over thirty languages. The song, "Where Is The Love, " sold over 10 million copies and gave MacDonald his first Grammy as a writer.

In all, Ralph MacDonald has played percussion on nearly a dozen Grammy Award winners including Carly Simon and James Taylor's "Mockingbird", Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "Graceland," Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are," Roberta Flack's "Killing me Softly," George Benson's "Breezin'", Bette Midler's "Do You Want to Dance," Diana Ross's "Mirror, Mirror", and, of course, Grover Washington Jr's, "Winelight."

MacDonald also won a Grammy for his performance on Bob James's muiscal theme for the television sitcom classic "Taxi" and as a writer on The Winan's version of "Tradewinds." For ten consecutive years, 1979 through 1988, MacDonald won the "Most Valuable Player Of The Year" award for percussion from NARAS, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

NADIRAH SHAKOOR - Vocals
Nadirah was born in San Antonio, Texas and moved to Los Angeles at the age of seven. When she was six years old, she said to her mother, "I'm going to be like Diana Ross!" She's been singing ever since.

She grew up around music. Her father sang, played guitar and trumpet. He was always very supportive and encouraged her to pursue her dreams. L.A. was a great place for an aspiring singer. She worked hard and soon found herself singing background on records and tours. She's toured and/or recorded with Janet Jackson, Madonna, Paula Abdul, Phyllis Hyman, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, Howard Hewitt, among others. In 1992, she was a member of the Hip Hop group, Arrested Development, who won a Grammy for best new artist the next year. She joined Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band 6 summers ago.

PETER MAYER - Guitar
Peter's life began in Tamilnadu, the far southern region of India, where his parents served as missionaries for 17 years before returning to their Missouri roots. Musical influences from that period of his life can be heard in his playing. Peter recalls, "I can remember Indian musicians giving Christmas concerts in my parents' house. Wildly playing drums and flutes, shakers and bells, they would go on for hours and hours." He went on to study formal theory and composition, and to teach jazz guitar as a faculty member of Webster University.

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Peter Mayer has been quietly and steadily building a fervent following across the contry, stepping outside his role as one of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefers to front his own band, The Peter Mayer Group. Melding a unique and eclectic writing style, a distinctive voice, and virtuoso musicianship, Peter and his band create compelling and accessible music that is electrifying in live performance.

JIM MAYER - Bass Guitar
Jim Mayer was born in Ambur, India. The son of a Lutheran minister, he was the youngest of eight children. Jim's earliest musical memories are of getting the Parlophone 45s from England. Before the age of five, Jim was well acquainted with "Please Please Me" and Cliff Richards's "Summer Holiday."

Jim still remembers Jimmy Buffett walking into the studio saying, "So this is my new band!". Jim recalls, "We didn't know who the heck this guy was. We knew Margaritaville and that's it. We figured it would be a single project and maybe a gig or two. Twelve years later, here we are, full-fledged Coralator Reefermegators".

"God is good, life is good, and we have each other. That is my motto. I am extremely blessed and grateful for all the gifts God has granted me."

ROGER GUTH - Drums
While growing up on a farm outside of St. Louis, Roger Guth knew that playing music would be an integral part of his life. Roger remembers helping out his father's little wedding band by playing drums in local VFW halls as a ten year old, but also remembers the band having to bring along a drum machine just in case he fell asleep. By the time Roger entered his teens, he had already built a strong foundation as both a drummer and pianist. This would prove to be a stepping-stone that would help him in reaching his ultimate goal of being the outstanding musician/songwrter that he is today.

Some of Roger's early influences in music came by listening to great jazz performers such as Elvin Jones and Buddy Rich, and then later by listening to some of the black jazz musicians of the time. Roger was inspired by many people to not only write music, but use his unique vocal ability as well. Elliot Scheiner had heard Roger's vocals on some demos and thought that there was something special there.

 

 

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