People who need surgery but can’t afford it are turning to a man whose heart is as big as his stature.
Tired of seeing people suffer because they can’t afford medical care, one unconventional surgeon is taking matters in to his own giant hands....
Leader of the "Bone Squad", Dr. Ivankovich refuses to turn
patients away when they can't pay. It's estimated 50 million Americans don't have health insurance. A Harvard study found about 45,000 Americans die every year because they can't afford the healthcare they need.
RAY ALLISON (GUITAR/VOCALS): First broke into the blues during the early
1970's. Now a regular on the Chicago Blues scene for over four decades, "Killer"
Ray has been an integral tour-de-force in bands by Muddy Waters, James Cotton,
Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells. With a reputation as the hardest hitting
drummer in the blues world, "Killer" has turned down gig offers from Eric Clapton,
John Mayall & the late Gary Moore, so he could fully focus his energies toward
leading a band. In 1998 and 2000, Ray was nominated for the W. C. Handy award as
SCOTT DIRKS (HARMONICA/VOCALS):
Award winning blues historian, instrumentalist & producer. Scott authored "Blues
With A Feeling-The Little Walter Story" and produced Lurrie Bell's breakthrough
"Mercurial Son" for Delmark Records. A walking compendium of Chicago Blues history
and lore, Dirks is an accomplished harp player whose minimalist approach keeps
alive the memory of Sonny Boy, Little Walter & Big Walter.
FARR (VOCALS): Deitra Farr is considered one of Chicago ’s top vocalists,
according to Living Blues Magazine (May 1997). Fiery, energetic, she has been nominated
for Traditional Female Blues artist of the year by the W.C. Handy Awards, Female
Blues Artist of the year by the Living Blues Critics Awards, the British Blues
Connection Awards, and the Les Trophees France Blues awards. Deitra is also a published
writer, poet, songwriter, and painter, who has written articles for the Chicago
Defender, Chicago Blues Annual, and currently she has a column “Artist to
Artist” in Living Blues Magazine.
B. GAYDEN (BASS/VOCALS): Johnny B's music career as Chicago's first-call
bass player, is one that most musicians can only dream about. He recorded nine
CDs and numerous DVDs with Albert Collins. The band won a Grammy Award for the
Alligator recording "SHOWDOWN" with Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland and Robert
Cray. After Albert's death in 1993, Johnny focused on session work, and his career
tally is close to 100 recordings. Johnny is a nine-time W.C. Handy nominee for
the Instrumentalist-Bass category. He has been honored to record with Johnny Winter,
Gary Moore, John Primer, Son Seals, A.C. Reed, Junior Wells and KoKo Taylor, just
to name a few.
DR. DAN "D-ROCK" IVANKOVICH (GUITAR/VOCALS):
is a Chicago Music veteran of imposing stature. He cut his teeth as a bluesman
at the tender age of 18, as the musical director for legendary bluesman Otis Rush.
After spending nearly a decade touring with a who’s who of the blues, he's
shared the stage with legends that include: Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray & Jimmie
Vaughan, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells. When not performing,
the Reverend is CEO of OnePatient-Global Health Initiative, Medical Director of
The Bone Squad, and actively blogs about social & political issues under ReverendDoctorD.
ROOSEVELT "MAD HATTER" PURIFOY JR. (KEYBOARDS/VOCALS):
Roosevelt has stunned and thrilled audiences with his amazing ability to fuse deep
grooves with brilliant melodic ideas. Over the past two decades, he's remained
Chicago's busiest session musician with over 150 album credits. As musical director
for the likes of Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Junior Wells and countless others, Roosevelt's
fusion of traditional meets modern creates a singular sound that is like no other
in the business.
PATRICIA WINTERS (VOCALS):
As an accomplished vocalist, she spent years performing as a jazz singer, but her
career has been seasoned with R&B, Folk, and Gospel. She’s frequently
performed in community stage productions and was cast in the starring role of Betty-Mae
in the Off-Broadway production of “Sweet Peas, House of Prayer”. While
in Chicago, Winters displayed her vocal talents with pianist JoJo Brown, and the
late jazz great Oscar Brown Jr.
JERRY "BAM-BAM" PORTER
(DRUMS): Throughout his lengthy career as a professional drummer, Jerry
Porter has worked with a wide variety of top-tier blues talents, such as Johnnie
Dollar, Magic Slim, Eddie Clearwater, Buster Benton, Son Seals, Ronnie Baker Brooks
and Big Mama Thornton. A highlight of Porter’s career, and a testament to
his talent and reliability, is his tenure as a member of Buddy Guy’s band
for over fourteen years. Recently, Jerry’s versatility and professionalism
have established him as one of Chicago’s most in-demand drummers.
JOHNNY COTTON & THE ALL-STAR HORNS: This rotating
line-up of Chicago's hottest horn players is anchored by Blues/R&B veteran
Johnny Cotton. He's played with and arranged for a virtual Who's Who of Chicago
music. From legendary performers such as James Cotton, Junior Wells, Syl Johnson
& the Ohio Players, to modern college rockers like Lubraphonic, Johnny puts
the 'unk in your funk.
Aaron Hendra Project
A truly gifted songwriter, performer and recording artist, Aaron Hendra is also an owner of LA based indie Give Records. He met entrepreneur Rick St George in 2008 and created Give. In an era where major label development is almost nonexistent, Give provides opportunities and time for an artist to find their musical identity.
OCTOBERSONG is the debut release for both Aaron and Give and was sculpted over a 3 year period at Give Studios in LA. An opportunity like this is a dream come true for any artist but did not come easily for Aaron. Rather it is a result of over a decade of persistence through ups, downs and near misses that would cause most aspiring musicians to pack up and head home.
Early success for the Aussie born songwriter came when he hand delivered a simple piano/vocal demo to the record company office of Aussie recording superstar John Farnham. Several weeks later Aaron received a personal phone call from Farnham, stating that he loved the song and wanted to record it. "Don't Let It End" became a single on Farnham's multi-platinum CD "Romeo's Heart". Sheryl Crow and Dianne Warren also pitched songs for this album.
In 2001, a recording contract with Hollywood records helped Aaron and his band gain access to the United States and opportunities to live abroad and grow as a songwriter. Producer problems left the group unable to deliver a cohesive record however and a year after signing the deal, the label dropped the young band from its roster. A period of seven years passed where Aaron continued to pay dues. This included two further letdowns, a development deal with Warner Bros that ended when the supporting A & R person lost their job, and then, making it all the way through auditions to the top 50 finalists for the 1st season of Rockstar with INXS only to miss final selection for the show. Major label deals and Reality TV at that point were not the destined paths. 2005 thru 2008 consisted of days on the construction site and nights playing small acoustic shows and writing songs. This only served to fuel the flame.
Near the end of 2008 the gift of a second chance at a recording career arrived. Aaron met Rick St George, a finance guy who saw the untapped talent and believed in his music immediately. The entrepreneur struck a deal with the songwriter and Give Records was born. Once again able to focus fully on writing and recording, Aaron began to assemble a team. Long time friend and session drummer Greg 'Gigi' Gonaway joined forces with Aaron and moved to LA in 2009 to begin pre-production. St George, thinking this was more than a solo artist but not quite a band, dubbed it the 'Aaron Hendra Project'. Work began under the AHP moniker. Not wanting the pressure of the usual ticking clock of commercial studios, St George decided to search for a unique space as a new home for Give family. He soon found a secluded compound only a block from the famous Sunset Strip in Beverly Hills. Not only was the space perfect for album, it also had a rich musical heritage.
Built in the 70's by the late Richard Colburn (Founder of the Colburn School of Music in LA) to entertain LA socialites, the house featured a ballroom designed for chamber orchestras. Classical violinists such as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Mar and Isaac Stern we're regular guests back in the day. St George, Aaron, Gigi and sound engineer Dave Ahlert went to work turning the library into a control room and the production began. Producer Rob Hill the team in 2010 and once tracking was complete the team took the songs to South Beach Studios in Miami Beach, Florida where renowned mix engineer Tom Lord-Alge added his magic and finessed them to completion.
During recording, Sam Childers AKA the Machine Gun Preacher visited Give Studios and asked Aaron to write a song about his mission to save the children of Sudan. The result was One Man's War. AHP then traveled to Sudan to record the 300 children now living at the orphanage sing the end choruses of the song. Touching and inspiring listeners all over the globe, it has become the official spiritual anthem of the Machine Gun Preacher.
The yet to be released new album from AHP, called OCTOBERSONG, features 11 tracks from the artist. With definite mainstream appeal, the music and songs of Aaron Hendra are poised to make an impact on a broad audience ranging from high school aged youngsters to mature adults. With a message, voice and sound that is fresh yet authentic and heartfelt, this adult contemporary artist is destined for the world stage.
'OCTOBERSONG' is the (yet to be released) debut release by Australian born recording artist Aaron Hendra. It is the culmination of 10 years of writing while living and honing his craft in the unforgiving musical landscape of Los Angeles. Not only are all songs featured on the album 100% written by Aaron, he also produced them with Rob Hill. Recording took place over 2 years at a private mansion only a block from Sunset and Doheny in Beverly Hills. Vintage Neve and API consoles we're installed in the control room specifically for the record. All songs were engineering by Dave Ahlert. After tracking and overdubs Aaron took the songs to South Beach studios in Miami to be mixed by world renowned mixing engineer Tom Lord-Alge. The recordings also feature the drumming talents of Greg 'Gigi' Gonaway (ex Mariah Carey) who is a key member of the Aaron Hendra Project. Bass players on the record included Paul Bushnell (Faith Hill, Daughtry, Shakira), Marcus Brown (Madonna, Seal) and Dorian Heartsong. Piano and keyboard players included Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, Wallflowers), Jamie Mahoberac (Goo Goo Dolls, Chris Cornell, All American Rejects) and again Marcus Brown. Live strings performed by (24 piece orchestra) members LA Philharmonic, arranged and conducted by David Campbell. Percussion on 'One Mans War' by Brian Kilgore (Blood Diamond Theme). All guitars played by Aaron Hendra.