The Convertibles have been around in one form or another since 1990, always as a Blues, Rock & Soul Review with Don Yancey the constant member throughout on trombone and lead vocals. Below are the talented members that make up today’s incarnation of The Convertibles.
Jonathon is a graduate of Long Beach State with a Bachelors degree in performance and a Masters in Jazz Studies.
Danny was introduced to the bass by Timothy B Schmit at age 15, then while majoring in music at ARC, joined the band Funk'n Jive and worked the West Coast club circuit for years until joining Double Entente who landed a record contract with Columbia Records. Double Entente produced the single "Sleeping Dogs" which climbed to #4 on Billboard's Dance Charts 1984. Danny provides a perfect "bottom" from which the band get their unstoppable groove.
JayFlat a supurb soloist on Alto, Tennor & Bari Sax is relentless in his pursuit as musician. He is constantly crafting his technique practicing sometimes ten to twelve hours a day, including after gigs or between sets.
Tony Capko is one of So. Cal's premier drummers. He is a graduate of Musicians Institute and was the Percussive Arts Society Rudimental Drum Champion. Tony’s versatility has him playing music from Big Band Orchestra and Jazz Combos to Funk, Latin and Rock with artists such as Gina Eckstine, Allen Rich (Son of Charlie Rich), The Convertibles, Fabian, Johnny Paycheck, Neil McCoy, Steve Warner, The Drifters and Jim Lauderdale.
Don is the band leader/music director/arranger/trombonist and one of the lead vocalists for The Convertibles. As a trombonist Don is adept in all facets of playing with the ability to execute flawless music whether it’s a rehearsed piece or an improvisational solo. As a lead singer Don’s vocals are powerful, soulful and full of attitude with a tone that makes you want to hear him sing more.
MJ is a skilled triple threat making her first TV appearance at age 7 & has since performed in numerous bands & shows worldwide. She achieved int’l success fronting R&B pop group Les BiJioux in Japan, hosting TV show X-Beyond Surf on ESPN Int’l & starring on VH1's Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp Season 2. Trained in opera, contemporary, blues, gospel, pop & rock, Melissa combines her powerful voice with a captivating stage presence to create a unique "front-woman" unlike anyone else on the scene today.
Edi a native of São Paulo, Brazil is in addition being an amazing guitarist is a composer/songwriter/music producer and a Latin Grammy voting member. Edi has recorded more than 100 albums worldwide. Edi’s guitar work soulfully puts the rock in The Convertibles rock and gives The Convertibles soul the edge that makes it so unique, what we like to call The Convertible Twist.
Herb is a gem of authenticity bringing a style uniquely his own to The Convertibles. There is something special about his intelligent, intuitive style that is best described as Eclectic Cool. Herb's smooth vocal delivery sets him apart and ahead of the rest.
“TK” Tom Kowalczyk studied piano performance at Oakland University Detroit Michigan. TK moved to California, was recruited by Kurzweil. As the #1 AR/Wholesale Keyboard Rep. TK spent his time in many #1 touring camps. TK is known for his high energy keyboard rhythm riffs/solos/keyboard programming .TK comes to The Convertibles with heavy stage/studio/gear/keyboard chops and is perfectly suited for this talented group of musicians.
Tyler plays baritone saxophone, but is just as dynamic playing soprano, alto and tenor saxophone. Tyler is not limited to the saxophone; he also plays the flute, piccolo and clarinet. Tyler has played for Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Robert Goulet, Florence Henderson, Ben Vereen, and Melba Moore and many others.
Pierre Louis a Pasadena native has studied with some of the jazz greats like Bobby Bradford and Bennie Maupin. Pierre has toured internationally and has been performing and recording locally in LA and Las Vegas for many years.
Charles primary role with The Convertibles is as a saxophonist, but outside of The Convertibles Charles has numerous credits conducting, as a composer, a big band leader, a producer and a teacher. In attition to the saxophone Charles plays flute clarinet and piano loves Jazz, Electronica and Funk.