Jam Cruise 14 Official Pre Cruise Show Featuring The New Mastersounds With Special Guests

The Funky Biscuit Presents

Jam Cruise 14 Official Pre Cruise Show Featuring The New Mastersounds With Special Guests

Aaron Lebos Reality

Monday January 4, 2016

8:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$25.00 - $40.00 General Admission $30.00 Day Of Show

This event is 21 and over

The New Mastersounds
The New Mastersounds
In the late 1990’s, guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts was running a club night in Leeds called “The Cooker.” When The Cooker moved into a new venue with a second floor in 1999, there was space and the opportunity to put a live band together to complement the DJ sets. Simon Allen and Eddie had played together in 1997 as The Mastersounds, though with a different bassist and no organ. Through friends and the intimate nature of the Leeds music scene, Pete Shand and Bob Birch were added on bass and Hammond respectively, and The New Mastersounds were born. Though it was raw, and more of a boogaloo sound at first, it was powerful from the start. Their first rehearsal was hot enough for Blow it Hard Records to release on two limited-edition 7” singles in 2000.

Fast-forward 15 years and the recorded catalogue boasts 24 more 7” singles, 9 studio albums, 2 live albums, 1 remix album and 3 compilation albums, released variously in UK, USA and Japan, where they continue to tour extensively. Joe Tatton, another veteran of the Leeds scene, joined back in 2007, replacing Bob Birch on organ and piano.

As a band, and as individuals, they have collaborated or jammed with an impressive array of musicians DJs and producers, including: Lou Donaldson (Blue Note), Corinne Bailey Rae (EMI), Quantic (Tru Thoughts), Carleen Anderson (Young Disciples / Brand New Heavies), Keb Darge & Kenny Dope (Kay Dee Records), John Arnold (Ubiquity), Mr Scruff (Ninja Tune), Snowboy (Ubiquity), Fred Everything (2020vision), Andy Smith (Portishead), James Taylor (JTQ), LSK (Faithless), Lack of Afro (Freestyle), Page McConnell (Phish), Grace Potter, Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones / Lenny Kravitz), Melvin Sparks (Blue Note Records), Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis & Maceo Parker (JB’s), George Porter Junior, Zigaboo Modeliste, Art Neville (The Meters) and Ernest Ranglin.

As an example of the respect this band commands, Peter Wermelinger - DJ, collector, and author of the crate-diggers’ bible The Funky & Groovy Music Lexicon - places the 2001 NMS track ‘Turn This Thing Around’ in his all-time top-ten tunes, along with the likes of Eddie Harris, Funkadelic, and Herbie Hancock. The New Mastersounds are at the very top of an elite selection of acts that bring the true soul out of funk.
Aaron Lebos Reality
Aaron Lebos Reality
Aaron Lebos Reality features Aaron Lebos on guitar, Eric England on bass, and Rodolfo Zuniga on drums, who on their own are some of the most in-demand musicians in South Florida and beyond, have been friends and played together for years in various groups, and joined together in early 2012 for a new project with a new sound and magic happened instantly. The band are currently touring in support of their latest independent release “Turning Point”. ALR shows are high-energy bolts of music that have no explanation other than sounds that go straight to the heart of the listener.


Aaron Lebos is a well-known, versatile guitarist born and raised in the South Florida area. He received his Bachelors from the University of Miami and a Masters at Florida International University, both in Jazz Performance. Aaron developed much of his versatility playing gigs, touring and recording in the diverse South Florida music scene. He currently plays with some of the biggest names in South Florida such as Nicole Henry, Tony Succar and the Spam Allstars, as well as doing many other gigs and sessions.

Rodolfo Zuniga is a native of San Jose, Costa Rica . Since his arrival in Miami, he has become one of the most in demand jazz drummers and educators in South Florida. Currently Rodolfo is recording his second jazz album as a leader, keeping a busy local and national performance schedule, and touring the world with Julio Iglesias. He teaches at Florida International University, Miami Dade College, and Broward College.

Eric England is a versatile and energetic bassist living in Miami. He comes from the greater Philadelphia area. Growing up Eric was surrounded by a musical family with both his dad and uncle being local musicians. It wouldn't be long before he found himself picking up an instrument of his own. Initially guitar, but the school band didn't have guitar, so bass guitar would soon be the answer. As time went on Eric only grew more serious about playing music and soon took up the upright bass as well expanding his musical taste from Motown and the Beatles to Jazz. Although young at the time, the Philadelphia Neo-Soul scene would soon also greatly influence Eric's musical direction and approach. Eventually, Eric would make his way to the University of Miami music program and achieve a music degree. Eric is now a full time working musician in the Miami area and is devoting most of his time to a select few original projects. He adds a ferocity and intense groove to the Aaron Lebos Reality which makes people stand up and move.


“With his band’s new recording Turning Point, guitarist, composer and arranger Aaron Lebos takes his group into new musical territory. The band is a more cohesive unit executing Lebos’ complex compositions with ease and verve.”

– Ed Bell / WLRN 91.3 FM

“Aaron Lebos Reality makes a magical musical statement with its audacious debut, delivering the best in the tradition of the rock/jazz sound.”

– AllAboutJazz.com

“Aaron Lebos is a guitarist with an interesting approach to progfusion, merging a myriad of influences into an indiosyncratic style.”

– AcousticMusic.com

“The band’s innovative sound has drawn comparisons to Frank Zappa and jazz supergroup Return to Forever”

– Miami Herald
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432