Brad Martin

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.
                                                       Mitchell Brown

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

Bass Player
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

(Lead & 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.

 

                                                                                             Darius Ewing

Darius 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.”                                                                                      

DaRyan 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 nation. 

In 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. 

Currently, DaRyan is celebrating the completion of his next album “The Ladies Room”, featuring Buss 1. It is set to be released in 2010.

        Kendra Glenn

(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!     

Visit Her Website Here

  Victor Reynolds

"Master Drummer"

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



Mark "Goldie" Froelke
(Alto Saxophone)

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:

    * Prince
    * Lionel Hampton
    * Dave Brubeck
    * Bradford Marsalis
    * Woody Herman

And of course Jam Factory.