Prestige

Danny Z. - Keyboards & Vocals

Danny Z grew up in Visalia, but it was in L.A. County during the early 60’s, while watching his cousin’s high school band play, that he realized he wanted to play the organ. So at the age of 12 he began playing for Jr. and the Chromatics, using his Farfisa Compact Organ and Sears Silvertone Amp.

He eventually upgraded to a Hammond B3 while playing R&B, soul, and latin rock with the Soulful Seven for over six years, which included opening up for El Chicano. This would begin a musical path that would cross several more times with El Chicano in the future.

Danny Z left the music scene for over thirty years while he pursued his career in the fire service.

In 2003 he knew that music was still in his blood and he began performing again with the Monterey oldies group, Foolish Pleasure. He followed that with Candy Jam, a R&B/Soul band out of Hollister.

In 2005 he also began renting out his collection of Hammond organs to several well known bands, which included El Chicano, Cold Blood, Rare Earth, B.B. King and The Marshall Tucker Band.

When he moved back to the Central Valley he began playing for Sabor, a Latin and Oldies band, from Bakersfield. It was there that his paths would cross again with Bobby Espinoza and El Chicano, when Sabor opened for them in Bakersfield. The El Chicano friendship continued while during a later concert near the coast, the late Bobby Espinoza invited him on-stage to perform with the band as a guest organist.

His influences include Bobby Espinoza, Booker T. Jones, Greg Rolie and Jimmy Smith.

Contact him at
dannyz@prestigeband.net



Jeff - Bass Guitar & Vocals 

Former Bringing It Back bass player Jeff Dodd is loving his new band since the formation of Prestige.  He feels Prestige has taken some of the best elements from his last band, but now offers even more.  Prior to taking up the bass Jeff had played drums for nearly 40 years playing with several Central Valley bands, including the blues/ZZ Top band, Tres Hombres, who opened up for guitar legend Robin Trower, country band, Randy Deaver and Crossfire and the rock band, Heat. 

Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Robin who is his biggest fan and supporter.  He has passed on his love of music to his two sons who are both musicians.  When not playing music, he loves going out and riding his Harley Davidson.

Contact him at
jeff@prestigeband.net



Tina Marie - Vocals & Percussion

Tina Marie born and raised in Visalia, CA has always had a love affair with music.  In high school she played clarinet in the Redwood Ranger Marching band but it was at the age of 21 when a friend signed her up at an open mic that she began stretching her vocal talent and things took off from there.   
Tina has won various singing competitions in the central valley and sings the National Anthem at various sporting events as called upon.  Her soulful voice can take on everything from Aretha Franklin to El Chicano to Patsy Cline to Pat Benatar.
 
Prior to joining Prestige, Tina was the front person for Fresno Undercover belting classic rock and country tunes that kept people dancing all night long.  Later she took on a role with an R&B group out of the north valley called "The Keystone Project".  The group spent time in the studio producing audio compilations that included songs by Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Marva Whitley, and The Ides of March to name a few. 
 
Today Tina enjoys making music with Prestige, a group that allows her to do what she loves to do with a 'family first' mindset.  When she's not singing with the band she can be found with Jim the love of her life and their three kids traveling and camping and just enjoying life.


Jerry "AJ" Jackson - Guitar & Vocals 


Jerry Jackson known as “A.J.” was born and raised in the Porterville area and started playing guitar at the age of 9.  He played in several local bands in the Porterville area until moving to Fresno in the early 70’s.

Prior to Prestige he played in several local bands in the greater Fresno area including Bruce Kapp and the Hubcaps, Sage, Fryin' Pan Blues Band, The Jumpers, The Robert Trebor Band and several other recording projects. He recently recorded with Robert Trebor at Guns N' Roses (Velvet Revolvers) studio in Hollywood which was produced by Steve Salas. 




Randy Solari - Drums & Vocals 

 
Playing Drums for “Prestige” is long time Central Valley Musician, Randy Solari. 


Randy started his Professional Career at the young age of fifteen, playing in a three piece orchestra.  By covering so many different genres of music in this band, and performing over ten times a month, gave Randy the ability and experience needed to become a very versatile drummer.  It also afforded him the opportunity to put himself through college without having to work a regular job.

In the mid 80’s, while playing with a local Fresno band called “The Code,” meeting and becoming friends with drummer extraordinaire “Moe Potts,” drummer for the legendary Johnny Winters Band, Randy was introduced to the guitar heavy sound of R&B.  Learning from Moe on how to not over play and to lay down a solid and fluid beat in the pocket were lessons well learned.
           
During his career, Randy has played with some great musicians in the Fresno/Madera area. Most notably, Duane Sciacqua from Madera, CA, who went on to play with the legendary Paul McCartney, and Glen Frey of the Eagles, and playing drums for the band “Union Pacific,” one of the valleys best top 40 bands further added to Randy’s ability to play many musical genres.
 
Randy and his wife Elaine have recently retired and are enjoying their new life together and all the activities they didn’t have time for while working.
           
Randy’s favorite saying is: “you’re never too old to Rock n’ Roll.”