Alex “Groovemeister” Hast
Alex (former Barry Manilow Drummer Kenny Park bestowed on him the moniker ‘Groovemeister’) is currently working with the Bluebirds, Blue2Music, and the Euro Dance Band.
In the early 80’s Alex worked with various Bands and musicians. The acclaimed Jazz pianist Mojo Davis became his mentor and later founded the Mojo Davis Trio, a very well known and widely acclaimed Blues/Jazz formation in Atlanta, Georgia. During the 80’s and 90’s Alex played in several bands – covering everything from Oldies to Top 40 and accordingly, with a tight gig schedule. In Germany Alex has worked with many Bands and musicians through the years including Fritz Rössel, Frank Ercolano, Joao Haubruck, Klaus Badorf†, Michael Schmelzer, Uli Nonn, Dirko Juchem, Jo Schneider, Tom Münch, as well as Thomas Brendgens-Mönkemeyer.
When he came to LA in the mid 90’s he joined the German Show Band “The Bluebirds”, where he still works as vocalist and guitarist, and where he also had the opportunity to work with musicians like Lee Thornburg “The Burgermeister of Soul” (Photo right – Tower of Power, Jay Leno’s Tonight Show band), Kevin Norton (Brian Setzer), Paul Navidad, Tim Wendt, Scott Strecker, Andrew Carney, Tom Cunningham, Kenny Park (Barry Manilow, Donna Summer, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Kitaro,…), Nick Scarmack, Nick Kraus†, Bill Barett, Martin Gerschwitz (Iron Butterfly, Animals, Meat Loaf, Lita Ford), Tom Croucier (Santana, Scorpions, Hollies, Turtles), Lavell Jones (Neil Diamond, Seal), Gray Wolf, Raven Hernandez (Redbone), and many more.
During his five years as a member of the UP Choir (Baritione) he was blessed to have the opportunity to sing on the UP Choir CD “Gospel Pearls”, appear in the 2000 Christmas episode of “Passions”, and also share the stage with artists like Billy Preston†, Edwin Hawkins, O.C. Smith†, Della Reese, The Henleys, Regi Ross, Terrence Forsythe, Ollie Rasbury†, Karen Evans, Gerald Lee Conway Mims, Kim Yarbrough, David Trice, T.C. Campbell, David K. Scott, Bill Pittman, Tom & Joe Sala, “Panther” Mark Allen Felton, and many more.
Currently, in addition to his steady gig with the Bluebirds, Blue2music and Euro Dance Band, he also works as musician/vocalist on different projects in the greater L.A. area, and occasionally subs as vocalist and guitarist with Express Band and others.
For Gigs, call: 310.926.7699 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org