MEET THE BAND
Junkyard Saints is a DC/Baltimore-based seven-piece band with full horn
section performing its own brand of New Orleans-style party music, blending
funk, swing, Latin, R&B, with a splash of zydeco to round out the
With regular college and independent radio airplay across the country
including National Public Radio, Junkyard Saints have played at some of
the most notable venues and festivals in the country including the Kennedy
Center, Lincoln Center, Baltimores Inner Harbor and Pier Six, Ft.
Lauderdale Cajun Crawfish Festival, Ft. Lauderdale Riverwalk Blues Festival,
Bethlehems Musikfest, First Night, Iota, The FunkBox, and at private
events for corporate and entertainment clients such as HBO, John Waters,
Crayola, and Northrop-Grumman.
The Saints are recipients of Washington Area Music Association's 2006
WAMMIE Awards for Artist of the Year 2006 and Best Roots Rock Group 2006,
2007 and 2008 and 2009, and bandleader Brian Simms was voted Musician
of the Year 2009.
Junkyard Saints are:
BRIAN SIMMS (vocals, keyboards, accordion) is
a Baltimore-based keyboardist, vocalist, composer and arranger. He has
recorded and toured with Rounder recording artist Disappear Fear, opening
for and performing with Indigo Girls. In addition to leading and composing
for his own critically acclaimed band, Junkyard Saints, Brian performs
with many of the DC area's most notable bands and musicians, including
Billy Coulter, Patty Reese Band Chopteeth, Squeeze Bayou and 2009 Grammy-nominated
group Milkshake. Additionally, Brian records extensively; he has performed
on over 100
CDs and he can be heard on numerous radio and TV spots, including
Discovery Channel, HGTV's Househunters and the Maryland Lottery. Most
recently he was voted 2009 Musician of the Year by the Washington Area
(trumpet) did his undergrad and graduate work at Towson University, and
has established himself as a versatile performer in the area, working
with artists including Little Feat, Bela Fleck, Jackson Browne, Billy
Bob Thornton, Dana Carvey, David Spade, Robert Townsend, and The Drifters.
Todd also leads The Todd Butler Group, voted Best Jazz Group in the Mid-Atlantic
Music Monthly Readers Poll. Todd is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
JEFF CHIAVERINI (trombone) earned his B.S. in Music Performance
from Towson University, where he learned from the Jazz great, Hank Levy.
Jeff has performed with Jackson Browne, Little Feat, Bela Fleck, Lenny
Pickett, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, The OJays,
The Drifters, The Meters, Yellow Man, Levon Healm, Billie Bob Thornton,
Sam Bush, All Mighty Senators, and others. Jeff has many recording credits,
appearing on radio and TV spots throughout the mid-Atlantic area and nationally.
CHRISTIAN STENGLE (drums, percussion) is a native
Washington DC drummer who has studied with such luminaries as Steve Fidyk,
Mike Aubin, Stanton Moore, David Garibaldi and Johnny Vidacovich. He has
performed all over the country with his playing ranging from small jazz
combos to corporate wedding bands to original music. From day one, Christian
has always been a "less is more" drummer and is drawn more to
the "pocket" style of drumming. A
freelance drummer for the past 15 years, Christian currently keeps a
busy teaching and performing schedule.
MATT EVERHART (bass) Matt Everhart's bass playing
has earned him the nick names "The Viking" and "Hazmat"
over the years due to his aggressive and energetic voice on the instrument.
Originally haling from Lexington, North Carolina Matt earned his undergraduate
degree in music from Appalachian State University. During his time in
the Carolinas Matt toured with the jazz-grass fusion group Snake Oil Medicine
Show opening for various artists including, Bela Fleck and Derek Trucks.
While living in North Carolina he also cut his recording teeth working
as both a studio musician and engineer in Charlotte.
While studying Jazz at Indiana University Matt worked with teaching legends
David Baker and Steve Houghton. As a founding member of the "Weather
Report-esq" fusion group Kwyjibo, Matt performed all over the midwest,
at the Indianapolis Jazz Fest, and performed on the groups first record
that received high acclaim from several midwest music reviewing publications.
Also while living in Indiana Matt worked with song writer Ryan Cook and
performed on a series of recordings for Atlantic records in LA.
Now a staple in the DC/Baltimore music scene Matt has worked with various
local artists including an appearance on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion"
with the Deanna Bogart band, and several performances with the universally
know vocal group The Platters. He brings a sense of vitality to Junkyard
Saints and when paired with drummer Christian Stengle, helps to create
a wall of groove that propels the band forward.
ERIC ULREICH (guitar, vocals) A veteran of literally
thousands of gigs nationwide, Eric Ulreich has performed in all styles
of music in all styles of guitar on stage, in the studio, as a producer,
composer and an instructor. As guitarist and musical director, Eric has
performed with legend artists Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Glenn
Leonard’s Temptations, Charlie Thomas and the Drifters, The Shirelles,
The Chiffons, The Tokens (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”), Bobby
Lewis, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, and The Platters, among countless
others. He has performed in venues across the country including The Kennedy
Center, The Fleet Pavilion in Boston, The World Trade Center in New York
City, and The MCI Center, as well as hundreds of nightclubs across the
As a studio musician, Eric has played and produced at Cue, Bias, Recording
Arts, Omega, Sheffield, and others in the Washington D.C. area. As a co-composer,
Eric won 10th place in a national song-writing competition for “Gone
Wilde.” In 1990, Eric was nominated for a “Wammie” by
the Washington Area Music Association for best instrumentalist in the
Rock and Pop category.
As a classical guitarist, Eric has performed throughout the Washington
metro area and premiered Knickerbocker Suite by composer Garrison Hull
in honor of Glenna Goodacre, sculptor of the Women’s Vietnam Memorial.
His recent performance with edgEnsemble of George Crumb’s Mundis
Canis at George Mason University made a “particularly strong impact”
and was “sensitively performed.” (McLellan, Washington Post).
Eric has been teaching all styles of guitar since 1978. He has been on
the faculty at The Levine School of Music in Washington DC for ten years
and has just completed his first solo CD which will be released in 2007.
KYLE COUGHLIN (saxophone) is a versatile performer
and composer who is proficient in many styles. He has released two solo
CDs and has also recorded with the Todd Butler Group, Mark Stanley, Tim
Jenkins, and John Blount. Kyle has performed with the Baltimore Symphony
Orchestra, the National Gallery Orchestra, the Dave Tucker Big Band, Ray
Charles, and Roger Daltrey, to name a few. He has a doctorate in clarinet
performance from the Peabody Institute.