Brad Martin is the founder, leader, and keyboardist of "Jam Factory"
(formerly known as the "Rock Steady Band"). Brad has performed
with numerous bands from the Twin Cities and has founded two others: "Nightwatch"
and "Minneapolis Meltdown". His career spans over 25 years
in the music business.
During the 1980's, Brad toured nationally and internationally with CBS/Tabu
and Motown recording artist Alexander O' 'Neal as well as performing his new
CD release party in Minneapolis July, 2010. During the 1980's and 90's Alexander
was being produced by Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam and had one of the hottest
careers in the Music business. Brad has also played many venues around
the U.S. with the "Westside Band". He has appeared on concert
stages with his groups sharing billing with many famous acts. These
include B.B. King, Babyface (the Deele), S.O.S. Band, Atlantic Star, Ready
for the World, One Way, Kurtis Blow, Sly Fox, Starpoint, The Jetts, and Brothers
Johnson. Brad was an original member of the MMC All-Stars: house band
at the Minnesota Music Cafe'. From the early 1980's thru 2004, Brad
often played the blues with his friend and acclaimed blues artist - the late
Percy Strother. Some highlights of these times were several gigs at
Buddy Guy's Legends and Kingston Mines in Chicago.
Trumpet Player Extraordinaire - 30 years of experience. I started playing
trumpet in the Junior High school band and also participated in the marching
band during sports games. I traveled all over the country after high school
with local bands where I gained experience and really began to realize that
this was to be my niche in life. After I returned to my hometown, I hooked
up with family and friends and started my own bands (Old Socks and New Shoes,
Sauce and Satin Band,etc.). I play R &B, jazz-fusion, blues, top 40's,
etc. Currently I'm playing with Jam Factory and doing private gigs.
During the last 20 years I've played with:
* Satin Band
* Under Suspicion and The Suicide Horns
* Sonny Boy
* Just Us Band
* Best-Kept-Secret (BKS)
* Percy Strothers
* Rock Steady
* Billy Holloman and Sho-Nuff
* Jimi "Prime Time" Smith
I've also had the pleasure of opening for big names acts that include:
* The Four Tops
* The Temptations
* Johnny Taylor
* The Drifters
* The Coasters
* James Brown
* The Shirelles
* Archie Bell and The Drells
Layne B. Bellamy
Life In The Pocket
I have been playing Bass since I was a child. My mother owned a night club
in the 60's called the Ebony Lounge. There was a band that played there called
The Amazers, they had a Bass player named Willie Weeks. Watching Willie play
is what made me become a player.
My style of playing is the groove. I'm a pocket player, in your face groover.
I have worked with many bands as well as being a band leader and musical director
(MD). I have worked with Billy Holloman, Morris Wilson, Cynthia Johnson, Westside,
The Rock Steady Band, The Lewis Connection, The Enterprise Band of Pleasure,
Touch, Off Da Hook, Paid N Full, to name a few. Nationally I have worked with
Rocky Robbins, Sheila Raye Charles, and The Brothers Johnson. I am now blessed
to be playing with some good friends and Great musicians The Jam Factory!
Two things I would like for you to remember: (The Groove is Everything
and Everything Must Groove) and (Whats an ever I Play, It Got To Be Funky)
Wayne A. Reed
& Background Vocals)
Wayne hails from Los Angeles, California. He came to Minnesota in 1981 after
touring the United States with a band called "The Gentlemen". Wayne
has performed with many artist such as: the Gap Band, The Dazz Band, Roger
Troutman & Prince. Since Wayne has been here in Minnesota, he has played
locally with various bands in the Twin Cities & is currently working on
a CD with Sony.
Ewing, a musical artist from, Michigan who grew up in the Church and began
performing at the age of 12“The
Church and my mom have always been very influential in my music career.”
has collaborated and performed with some of the industries’ leaders, such
as Stevie Wonder, Tina Marie, Luther Vandross, India Arie, Nelly, Wyclef,
Next His career got a boost in 2000 touring with Sounds of Blackness across
the year 2001 , he had great success with his self-produced record, The
Real One. It opened the doors of opportunity to the partnership and
collaboration between himself and many other talented artists.
DaRyan is celebrating the completion of his next album “The Ladies
Room”, featuring Buss 1. It is set to be released in 2010.
(Lead & Background Vocals)
Kendra Glenn was born in Chicago Illinois. She comes from a musical family
and she realized her gift at the age of 10 yrs old. She grew up singing
in the church choir, performing at many talent shows and events. Music is
and will always be her first love! She moved to the Twin Cities in the early
nineties. Kendra is definitely making a name for herself, she was a member
of the MaxxBand the premier 70's and 80's funk band for six years, she performed
with several local bands in the twin cities, R Factor(formerly Rupert's
Orchestra) , Jam Factory, Love Train, Dan Kusz jazz band, International
Reggae Allstars, Les Exodus, Westside, George Scott Trio, Ray Covington....
she's also performed for the Vic Volare variety tonight show, Juneteenth,
Rondo days, and many corporate events! She's been requested many times to
sing the National Anthem for the Pro Boxing Matches held at the Target Center.
She's opened up for several National acts, Cameo, Rose Royce, and the Dazz
Band! Kendra's vocal style is often compared to that of none other than
the Queen of Soul herself Ms Aretha Franklin!
Her Website Here
Vic is one of the most explosive drummers on today's Music Scene. He plays
with an infectious energy, intensity and enthusiasm. He grew up in a musical
household full of musicians and songwriters.
He first developed a passion for drumming at the age of six, when his fathe
took him to a Buddy rich concert. He has been creating rhythms ever since!
He developed his creative prowess first on his mother's counter tops then
by studying as many Master Drummers as possible.
At the age of 17, he went on his first major tour with the group by the name
of "The Gentlemen". Since relocating to the Twin Cities from California,
Vic has shared his talent with many emerging and established acts.
He has worked with many artist including:
* "The Gentlemen"
* Billy Holloman & Sho' Nuff
* Dan Kusz
* Kevin B.
* "Paid in Full"
* The Maxx Band
& of course The Jam Factory
Goldie is a Minneapolis based Alto saxophone player with 33 years of experience.
He's played in New York, Chicago and most of the major U.S. cities. Goldie
is is now based mainly in Minneapolis/ St. Paul area, but is open to travel
for the right job.
Goldie repertoire is endless and can accommodate any musical style.
Artists he has had the pleasure to work with include:
* Lionel Hampton
* Dave Brubeck
* Bradford Marsalis
* Woody Herman
And of course Jam Factory.