Who Are The Love Police?

In the Spring of 2013, Andrea's groups were known as the Andrea Carlson Duo, Andrea Carlson Trio, Andrea Carlson Quartet... until fellow guitarist Jim Cohen took a line from one of her songs, and coined the title Andrea Carlson and the Love Police!

Since then, many fine musicians have "worn the badge" of Love Police Deputy, including:

Alex Luquet

Alexandre Delcourt

Andrew Sharkey

Art Fischman

Arturo Baquer

Anthony Carlson

Bill Nixon

Bob Butryn

Campbell Normand

Christopher Davis-Shannon

Corinne Pellarin

Dan Manchester

Dan Blacksberg

Daniel Nissenbaum

Dave Posmontier

David Bopdrummer

David Brodie

David Paller

David Turanski

Dustin Hill

Dylan Taylor

Ed Wise

Greg Wilson

Jacques Pellarin

Jake L'Armand

Johnny Peppers

Jordan Berger

Josh Machiz

Katie Ernst

Ken Ulansey

Kevin Dorrian

Kevin MacConnell

Larry McKenna

Louis Pettinelli

Mac Given

Marc Kaplan

Michael Gilbert Ronstadt

Mike Seifried

Nick Gould

Rachael Carlson

Rich Carlson

Rick Shryock

Stacy McMichael

Stan Slotter

Walt Blauvelt

David "Bopdrummer" Yager - Percussion

"DBop" started banging pots and pans before he could talk, and he hasn't stopped... that was in New York (the Bronx, thanks) -- actual percussion studies began after the family moved to New Jersey several years later, and continued during college in Philadelphia, with Armand Santarelli.  Most of his early professional work was "underground" rock, but from parade marches to orchestral tympani, with some latin, rock'n'roll, country western and a wee bit of tabla too, he has tried it all.  And still he keeps coming back to jazz: swing, jive, and of course pre-bop, be-bop, and post-bop!  So, joining up with Andrea Carlson in early 2013 was a dream come true, an opportunity to play swing-centric music with many influences, in many settings, including shows in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Indiana, and Illinois -- in less than two years!

Oh yes, about the pots and pans... DBop loves to cook, too!

Mac Given - Clarinet

Mac Given’s musical journey began in elementary school when he had to choose an instrument.  He went with the clarinet, primarily because he was intrigued with all of the levers and buttons, but ultimately became disillusioned because the clarinet wasn’t “cool” enough.  When he lived in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, he discovered, at weekly neighborhood potlucks, his ability to improvise.  And a few years later, he rediscovered and honed this skill while on academic sabbatical leave, in the restaurants and night clubs of Guatemala.  Mac currently lives in Media, PA and regularly performs with Andrea Carlson and the Love Police, Square Wheels (a duo with Wayne G. Harvey), and Bill Messenger.  The clarinet has become “way cool”, and he is on the verge of understanding what all of those levers and buttons actually do!

David Turanski - Double Bass

David Turanski was born in Philadelphia and started violin instruction at age four until his teacher suggested he try a different instrument. A few years and many piano lessons later, he started playing guitar and later went on to serious study.  Then one day, at a bluegrass jam in Dallas TX, he picked up an upright bass. He took to it immediately and finally started getting some gigs. Soon after, he could be seen hanging around Dallas Blues clubs playing electric bass. Over the years David has performed with many bands, laying down the groove in a variety of styles including Folk, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Traditional, Irish, Classic Rock, Jazz, Swing, and Gypsy Jazz. Since returning to Philadelphia in 2001 David's main focus has been Swing, Jazz and Gypsy Jazz. He performs regularly with Andrea Carlson and the Love Police, as well as with Art Fischman, Djangoholics Anonymous, and Crystle Combo. 

Dan Manchester - Upright Bass

Dan is a lifelong bass player, skilled in many genres from jazz to funk to bluegrass. He played for locally acclaimed Electric Jellyfish in the early 2000s, has done regular session recording and live work for various artists including Alex Radus, Skali Baba (a ska/ reggae project), and Andrea Carlson and the Love Police. He also is a talented guitar player and grew a love for the ukulele during his many travels. A few years ago, a banjo found a way into his hands and he hasn’t put it down since. He and his wife Chloé, have recently formed their band "Manchester" which is full of original songs as well as tasteful covers. Dan can be found passing on his great love of music to the students at Coyle’s Richboro Music Store.