For those of you that are not familiar with Forté, they are a San Francisco based band that tours nationally and performs at local events on a regular basis. Their irresistible blend of Funk/R&B, Mo-Town and Contemporary Jazz influence is what keeps them in popular demand. They have shared the stage and opened for many national artists that include Chris Botti, Chuck Mangione, Peabo Bryson, George Duke, Boney James, Chaka Kan, Pancho Sanchez and many others... Forté is available for private parties, festivals, corporate events and concerts.
Will Russ Jr: (vocals) Will has performed and opened for national acts such as Brian McKnight, Ray Charles, Michael Bolton, Clay Walker, Huey Lewis, The Temptations, Jon Secada, Atlantic Starr, Tracey Spencer, Maxi Priest and Mariah Carey to name a few.
Tony Saunders: (bass) Tony has toured and recorded with Average White Band, Bo Diddley, Bob Weir, Buddy Miles, Chaka Kahn, Clarence Clemmons, Crosby Stills & Nash, David Crosby, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders, John Sebastian, Johnny Mathis, Leon Russell, Louis Walker, Narada Michael Walden, Norton Buffalo, Patti LaBelle, Paul Butterfield, Ringo Starr, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, and many others.
Morris LeGrande: (guitar) Morris has performed and shared the same stage with, B.B. King, Lenny Williams, Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Rait, Dr. John and many others.
Frank Martin: (piano) Frank has recorded, performed and toured with many great artists that include Sting, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Modonna, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Chris Isaak, Andrea Bocelli, Cheryl Crow, Philip Bailey, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Ramsey Lewis, Al Jarreau, and Patti Austin. The list goes on...
Vince Lars: (sax) Vince has performed and toured with a wide variety of musicians such as Tony-Toni, Janet Jackson, Eric Benet's, Larry Graham and The Family Stone, En Vouge, Boz Scaggs, Baby Face, Destiny Child and many others.
Joe “JB” Baribeau: (drums) JB has opened and shared the same stage with Chris Botti, Chaka Kan, Earl Klugh, Chuck Mangione, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Boney James, Peter White, Norman Brown, Mindi Abir, Joe Sample, Napoleon "Murphy" Brock (Frank Zappa) and many others.
Home Base: San Francisco