From the album “Something Old, New, Borrowed And Blues” 1999
Written By : Stevie Wonder, Eric Mercury
Produced by :John Tropea and Will Lee
Guitars : John Tropea
Bass, percussion : Will Lee
Organ : Ricky Peterson, Leon Pendarvis
Keyboards : Dave Delhomme, Paul Shaffer, John Tropea, Chris Palmaro("Chri"), Bob James, Bette Sussman
Drums : Steve Gadd, Charley Drayton, Cliff Almond, Rick Marotta, Shawn Pelton
Saxophones : David Mann(flute), Ronnie Cuber
Horns : David Tofani (alto saxophone)
Lawrence Feldman : (tenor saxophone)
Ronnie Cuber : (baritone saxophone)
Lew Soloff, Chris Rogers : (trumpet)
Background vocals : Will Lee, John Tropea, Steve Gadd
Born January 7, 1946 in New York City, John Tropea is a guitarist with extensive experience in the rock, pop, and jazz genres.
Tropea has written for and played with major recording artists from around the world. In his long career, his contributions to other artist’s successes have been numerous, including his solo work with Eumir Deodato, (2001 theme), projects with Laura Nyro, Harry Chapin (Cat’s in the Cradle), Paul Simon (Fifty Ways), Eric Clapton (Journey Man), Dr. John, and many others.
Tropea began guitar studies at the age of 12. His musical education continued at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied jazz guitar, harmony, Musical composition, and big band arranging.
Immediately after arriving in Boston, Tropea began playing live R & B and jazz gigs with many different bands in the area, including The Three Degrees.
Influenced by Wes Montgomery, Johnny Smith, Luiz Bonfá, Pat Martino, and George Benson, it was at this time that Tropea began to absorb those influences into an original style of his own.
With his frequent co-producer and friend Will Lee, Tropea released Simple Way to say 'I Love You' , and Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blues, live gigs from that era by The Tropea Band at Mikell's, in New York City, remain legendary.
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