He's been voted "Outstanding Male Vocalist" and "Most Charismatic Entertainer" multiple times in the New England Blues Audience readers poll, and recently received the prestigious "Keeping The Blues Alive" award from the Boston Blues society. Alpha Dog and frontman, Eddie "Duato" Scheer has been playing music his whole life. By age 14 he was singing and playing drums professionally, and in his 20's became one of the busiest drummers in Boston, freelancing with all kinds of rock, funk and blues bands and eventually playing with such r&b greats as Peter Wolf, John Mayall, and Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson. In the early 90's he was fortunate enough to tour with legendary New Orleans singer Johnny Adams, and got his first exposure to the crescent city. This experience would prove to be a huge influence on Eddie's musical future. By 1994 he was writing lots of jump blues and New Orleans r&b styled songs, and encouraged by the fertile Boston blues scene, he formed The Love Dogs.
Although he's the ringleader, Eddie is quick to give credit to each member for playing an integral part in the band's sound. "My favorite thing about the Dogs," says Ed, "is that everyone in the band has their own show, and the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. That's what really makes this band work."
Ali, a gifted keyboard player and vocalist was an original member of the famed "Girls Night Out", has toured the world in various bands and won numerous awards, including a Boston Music Award for "Outstanding Keyboards." Alizon and Eddie have been playing together on and off for many years, including a few years in her own band "Alizon".
When Eddie got the idea for The Love Dogs, Alizon was one of the first people he called. For Alizon, the Love Dogs' music has the perfect mixture of elements and styles she's been sniffing at for years. Not only a dazzling pianist, she is featured on vocals at every Dogs' show, and performs many of her own songs with the band. The Love Dogs music brings about a spirit of improvisation and high energy that really encourages Alizon to howl at the moon!
Myanna attracted immediate attention as a respected multi-sax player from the first time she stepped out onto the stage. After high school in Weston, Myanna went on to Berklee and the University of Massachusetts where she studied under Jazz great Max Roach. Her own band "Myanna", which featured our own Alizon on keys, won the coveted Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll, in 1994 AND 1996, in the "Best Local Jazz Act" category. In addition, the group was named "Outstanding Local Jazz Act" at the prestigious Boston Music Awards in 1992. Myanna was also an original member of Girls' Night Out.
Myanna joined the Dogs just after the band was formed in 1994, and the band's mix of jazz and R&B influences suits her to a tee. She leads the horn section and brings tremendous energy and personality to the band. She loves to get off stage with her horn and mingle with the crowd, and on the right night she's also been known to bust out some happenin' dance moves!
Keep an eye on Glenn! With all the different instruments he has in his corner, you never know what sound he is going to produce next! Glenn started out on guitar, barking out country music, culminating in a stint as lead guitarist for John Lincoln Wright and the Sour Mash Boys from 1979 to 1983. After mastering the guitar, Glenn decided it was time to learn something new... so he picked up the saxophone!
"The music we play is a kind of mish-mash of R&B, Swing, Rock & Roll, and rockabilly... genres that I've always been involved with. I think a lot of musicians find opportunity to grow by looking back into older forms. You start out listening to Hendrix and Coltrane, work your way back to Sam Cooke and Dexter Gordon, and the next thing you know, you're mucking around with Hank Williams and Coleman Hawkins!"
"Check out Glenn's latest CD "Band Math" or his other recordings "Include Me Out", and "Make Room For Snappy"
The man who holds the whole thing together and keeps the Dogs movin' and groovin' is Randy Bramwell on Bass. Originally from New Jersey, Randy has been a professional musician since the age of 13. He came to Boston to attend Berklee college, and quickly became one of the most in-demand bassists in town. Over the years he has played and recorded with a huge variety of artists including Billy Cobham, Lelesy Gore, Brian Auger, Ben Orr (of the Cars), Michelle Willson, and yes, even Joe Pesci! Randy is also a top level studio musician, and has recorded on hundreds of sessions including radio, tv and motion picture soundtracks in Boston, New York, and L.A.
Randy has been a part of the Love Dogs family since the band was formed in 1994, and has been our full time bassist since 2001. His rock solid playing gives the Dogs' music the foundation it needs, and his slammin' bass solos are a high point of every Love Dogs show!
Drummer Steve Brown has been playin' the blues with Boston's best since 1975, when he started with the legendary band Powerhouse. He provided the back beat for Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, backing up blues greats: Jimmy Rogers, Otis Rush, and Sunnyland Slim. Steve has also toured with Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, Motor City Rhythm Kings, and Little Frankie and the Premiers.
Well known for his encyclopedic knowledge of soul and blues idioms, Steve was the drummer behind Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson and the Susan Tedeschi Band in 1993 and 1994 respectively, as each band represented Boston at the National Blues Competition in Memphis, TN.
Steve is known for his big smile and even bigger personality. He's a closet vaudville performer, and at any given Love Dogs show you're bound to see him step out from behind the drums to front the band . His humor keeps the Pack howlin' with laughter.
Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Mario started playing the sax at the age of 7 as therapy for a severe respiratory condition brought on by a childhood illness. He went to Berklee, where he graduated with honors, earning a B.A. in Music Education. Mario has studied saxophone with Billy Pierce, Paul Wagner, George Garzone, and Jerry Bergonzi. Since graduation in 1989 Mario has been playing professionally and teaching private lessons. (Did we mention he’s the Saxophone Chair at Umass Boston?)
He has played with a variety of bands including The Rick Russell Band, The Stovall Brown Band, Mighty Sam McClain, Luther "Guitar" Johnson Jr., Shirley Lewis, and Wilbur and the Dukes, as well as his own band Signs of Life. He’s also shared bills with B.B.King, Steppenwolf, Grand Funk Railroad, The Pat Travers Band, Van Halen, The Spin Doctors and The Dave Matthew’s Band. Get the idea he’s been working like… a dog?
The newest Love Dog, multi-instrumentalist Mark Paquin has been a member of the Dogs' family since 2001. Mark began his professional music career early on, starting on trombone, and playing professionally by the age of 15. He earned his BM in Music Education at the University of New Hampshire while maintaining an active performing and touring schedule.
Mark has performed with such great jazz artists as Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Milt Hinton, Joe Williams, Snooky Young, Rebecca Parris, Alan Dawson, and numerous others. He has also performed and recorded with Billy Lee (the Platters),rap/rock pioneers Fly Spinach Fly, Portugese artist Paul Sardi, Matt Jenson's Acid Reggae, Boston ska legends Bim Skala Bim, the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, the Toasters and the Amazing Royal Crowns as well as numerous freelance recording sessions and tv ads. He has performed at the Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City Jazz Festivals and has toured extensively throughout North America,South America and Europe.
Mark currently plays bass and tours with his original rock band FAMOUS based out of NYC as well as freelancing on trombone and tenor sax with artists such as Lonely Gus and the One Night Stand, the Seacoast Big Band,Ricky "King" Russell and Mighty Sam McClain.
Mark not only brings a variety of sounds to the Love Dogs, but also great enthusiasm and love for the music, and his appreciation of all types of music make him a natural fit for the Dogs.