The Core Musicians
Linda “Rose” is the band leader on vibraphone, gyil (African xylophone), vocals and hand percussion. Lawyer by day, jazz musician by night. She was introduced to jazz at age 12 — with Lionel Hampton’s recording Flying Home. The impact of that album stuck throughout the years. She picked up her first mallets and began to seriously study vibraphone in 2001. RoseOnVibes was born. She attributes her modest success with the instrument to her type “A” personality. Rose has been to Ghana, Africa numerous times where she has studied the gyil, African percussion, and African dance. She has also traveled around the world in pursuit of her love of music.
Kevin Sanders on piano: Kevin Sanders is a middle Tennessee native and a computer techie in his coveted “spare time.” But just listen to him play and you’ll swear he was born playing keyboard in the streets of New York City. Whether it’s swing jazz, bebop, blues, Latin, R&B dance, or even classical music, Kevin’s got it under his belt. In addition to his playing skills, he’s an accomplished composer and arranger, credited with a number of solo CDs, jazz and pop CDs, and numerous demos. Understandably, Kevin’s a player in high demand, and you can catch him playing around town with various bands, including his own Kevin Sanders Quartet. But when it comes to RoseOnVibes, Kevin’s a regular.
Matt Murdock on trumpet: Matt is a music professor at Trevecca College and is an extremely talented musician. He plays the entire horn-family, and brings outstanding creativity to ROVQ. Check him out when he plays trumpet and hand percussion simultaneously.
Doug Russo on bass: Doug began his music career at about age 10, and grew to become a talented multi-instrumentalist. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music technology from the University of Central Missouri. After college he landed a gig with the Royal Caribbean and Holland America cruise lines, which gave him the opportunity to play bass guitar seven nights a week while traveling around the world. In addition to the bass, he plays piano, drums, and sax, composes music, and operates a home-based recording studio. In short, Doug is a music renaissance man. When not playing music, Doug practices law at Rose Immigration Law Firm. He claims that he had to audition on bass to get hired as a lawyer.
Todd London on drums: Todd is a faculty member at the Belmont University School of Music where he teaches applied percussion, ethnic percussion, and commercial percussion seminars, and directs the Belmont World Percussion Ensemble. Todd holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Georgia at Athens with a major in Percussion Performance and a Bachelor of Music degree from Belmont University with a major in Commercial Music Performance. He’s a super-smooth jazz drummer, and in addition to playing with RoseOnVibes, he leads the Todd London Trio. You can also catch him playing with several other groups, including the Belmont Faculty Jazz Group, Coral Bay Steel Drum Band, Deep Grooves Steel Drum Band, The Time Raiders, Matrix Percussion Trio, Nashville Praise Symphony, and the Alabama Symphony.
Friends of RoseOnVibes – The following musicians are some of our favorite subs we love playing with:
Fish Michie, keys
Jeff Jetton, keys
Robert Hiers, keys
Andy Robinson, sax
Glenn Martin, trombone
Roland Barber, trombone and conch shell
Gregg Germony, bass
Stephen Lewis, bass
Richard Bright, bass
David “Smitty” Smith, drums
Carlos Ruiz, drums