the soothing sounds and warmth of the islands to your next show,
festival, party, corporate function, or non-profit charity event.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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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."
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".
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
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.
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
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