Sound Proof Bio
The Michigan-based contemporary jazz band was founded in 2007, known as Sound Proof has enjoyed consistent artistic success by grafting elements of R&B, pop, and a variety of sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. This supergroup continues to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience.
Sound Proof encompasses of six members with over 20 years of individual professional experience performing; Sound Proof is best known for their distinct sound, energetic performances and superb showmanship. The band dominates the metro Detroit music sphere with their dynamic performances for the Woodward Dream Cruise, Art’s Beats and Eats, jazz festivals, municipalities’ festivals, local venues, and restaurants, charities, private and corporate business events.
Sound Proof has performed with a number of famous artists and bands consisting of TaChunda Burks, LaMarsha Spann, Robert Penn, and has shared the billing with an array of recording artists and labels such as The Jones Girls, Glenn Jones, Norman Brown, and Kimie Horne. They are a highly sought after group for major opening acts such as opening act for Anita Baker, the summer of 2010, and for Chene Park, jazz nights,
In recent years, Sound Proof has expanded their musical expertise to writing, producing, and recording and will launch their first album, “Jazz for All,” in fall 2010. The album caters to all listeners and features upbeat lyrics in a blend of jazz, and funk.
Doyle most would find it hard to believe that he is primarily self taught, aside from informal lessons from Detroit saxophonists Donald Walden and George Benson. He began playing professionally in the late eighties, performing with Millie Jackson, Mike Jemison, Charles and Gwen Scales, Ben’s Big Band, Stubbs Girls, and Word of Faith International Christian Gospel Band to name a few. Doyle has recorded with various local artists including Leon Ayers and Charles Scales. Doyle Influences include George Benson, Earl Klugh, Jimi Hendrix Wes Montgomery, Norman Brown, and Hiram Bullock.
Gill born in Marksville L.A. from a family of professional musicians. After moving to Michigan 19 years ago,” Rob Bass” decided to pursue his childhood dream of performing professionally. Gill obtained formal training at the Axis School of Music in Southfield. There after he begin performing professionally as a member of New Strategy Band, a popular local jazz band. New Strategy collaborated with Detroit born singer/songwriter K’Jon, whose hit On the Ocean went to number 1 on the charts. Gill’s influences are: Stanley Clark, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooden to name a few. Rob Bass is known for his slapping and funk playing style.
O’Dell learned to play the organ at 11-years-old and soon adding the piano to his list of instruments by age 15. O’Dell inspirations are: his mother who played piano and was a gospel singer, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuffie, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Chick Korea, and Oscar Peterson. O’Dell started performing at a young age 15 yrs. At age 21, he begin touring with major acts. In 1981 he took part in Dick Clark’s Good Ole Rock n Roll Band show, playing with The Coasters, The Drifters, Chuck Berry, Bo Didley, Frankie Avalon, and many more. O’Dell has performed and recorded with major acts from Ohio to Florida and Japan, before settling in Motown.
Copeland has had his eyes on a Grammy since the age of seven, when he would longingly watch his neighbor, a member of The Detroit Emeralds, rehearse each day. Almost as soon as Copeland learned to play piano, he started playing with different bands and touring around the world. Copeland is most noted able for being the keyboard player for the legendary Miracles, and film; his work as an actor, Copeland has appeared in various films. Copeland toured with major acts nationally before returning back home in Motown.
Anthony Cooper “Cisco” is known across metro Detroit as a vibraphonist extraordinaire. Cisco grew up amongst great musicians through whom he developed his own unique style and expertise. His influences are: Roy Ayers, Gary Burton, and the great vibraphonist Milt Jackson. Cisco is known for his unique play style, using four mallet finger form with two mallets in one hand. His unique and ingenious style of playing captivates audiences and leaves them in a state of awe.
David Flentroy comes from a large musical family of musicians. Flentroy begin performing professional and touring at an early age. He has performed with: The Del-Vikings, The Drifters, and The Coasters, Bo Diddley and The Temptations and others.