Who Are The Love Police (les Gendarmes d''amour) ?
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:
(Rev) Chris Marsceill
Eleazar Ruiz Spreafico
Erin Fisher Wright
Michael Gilbert Ronstadt
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, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico - and Scotland, England, France, and Ireland!
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 lived in Media, PA and regularly performed 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 Mac once told me he was 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 with Andrea Carlson and the Love Police, as well as with Art Fischman, Djangoholics Anonymous, and Crystle Combo.