Albert Vollmer

Founder of Harlem Blues & Jazz Band

Dr. Vollmer created the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band in 1973 as a labor of love, culling the musicians from the finest bands of the era. They played for a year in New York City, then filled the demand by performing in European festivals before engaging as an American national touring attraction in the early 1980’s.  Still on tour, Dr. Vollmer organized all the band’s musical sets.  He also served as a consultant on the premiere of “One Mo’Time” in New York City. Dr. Vollmer has produced several CD recordings of the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band. 

Bertha Hope
Piano

Bertha grew up in Los Angels where she performed with local giants Teddy Edwards, Vi Redd and the composer/ piano Virtuosa Elmo Hope whom she eventually married. She performed solo in supper clubs in Holly Wood and Beverly Hills. She has played with Eric Dolphy, Clifford Brown, Max Roach and Elmo Hope. In NY, she performed at Sylvia's Blue Morocco, played with Jimmy Castor, Jimmy Norman and several all women groups, including one led by Kit McClure. She has performed at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She recently performed her late husband's music in a Tribute to Elmo Hope at the Jazz Standard in NYC. John Cooksey/ Drums:John Cooksey Drummer, writer, producer has performed with Ashford and Simpson, Roy Ayers, Noel Pointer, P

John Cooksey
Drums

John Cooksey Drummer, writer, producer has performed with Ashford and Simpson, Roy Ayers, Noel Pointer, Phyllis hyman, Joey Morant , Ray shinnery, The Persuaders, Kim Clarke & Rob Shecps and a host of others. John is currently working on his CD in his studio "elevation recording" and hopefully it will be finished shortly. John has also recorded with Producer Patric Adams for Atlantic records, Sal-Soul records, and other recording studios and labels. He is currently working around town with many of the N,Y scene musicians.

Michael Max Fleming
Bass

One of the outstanding and busiest bassists in the NY area, Michael excels both in pizzicato and arco bass playing. He has performed with Mary Lou Williams, Lee Blair, Sammy Davis Jr. and blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon. He was also played with Clifford Jordan, Chet Baker and Billy Eckstine.

Joey Morant
Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn and Vocal


One of the most exciting and dynamic trumpeters on the current scene. Joey Morant is also a consummate entertainer. He hails from South Carolina and electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat, singing and humorous asides. Hi back ground includes performing with Henry "Red" Allen, Lionel Hampton, Rau Charles and Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band. He has toured Japan with the Count Basie Orchestra. After the 9/11 terrorist attack on the trade towers, he was selected to blow Taps at ground Zero flanked by NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and NY state Governor George Pataki.

Pat Tandy
Vocal

The CD "Our Day Will Come" made the "Top 10" on the jazz charts and was favorably reviewed in the JAZZ Time and JAZZ IMPROV Magazines in 2001. Won an award for the #1 Jazz CD "Our Day Will Come" for 2000 in the TCB. Joined the David Aaron Orchestra in 1998. Featured vocalist on David Aaron's CD "All We Want To Do Is Swing" 2002. Performed in Off-Broadway musicals "Billie" presented in 2003 portraying the lifestyle and songs of Billie Holiday. Also, starred in the Off-Broadway show "Good Time Blues" in 2001. It received raved reviews in New York Times, Time Out Magazine, Amsterdam News, The New Voice Of New York. Recently completed a new CD "Madame Pat Tandy Remembers Irene Reid" as a tribute to the late Irene Reid released in November 2009 on BlueArk Records out of New Jersey. The CD was distributed to over 200 jazz radio stations, and made its way onto the Jazz Week National Jazz Charts as "Chart Bound" then moved up from #82 to #44 in the fifth & sixth weeks of airplay. As of January 11, 2010, the CD remain in the Top '50' on the Jazz Week Jazz Chart.

Fred Staton
Tenor Sax


One of the senior members of the band (Became 95 years old in 2010) , Fred has performed with Billy Eckstine, Howatrd "Sticks" McGhee, Art Blakey and Erroll Garner. He has also backed the Harlem Dance troupe, "Mama Lou Parks and her Savoy Lindy Hoppers", a group with which the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band and had a long association. As the brother of Dakota Staton, he has frequently shared the stage with his famous sister.