Meet the Band
Michael DiFranco -- Vocalist
Michael DiFranco was born into a family of many generations of musicians and to which music is life.
He grew up in Cleveland, studied clarinet in school and and has been playing guitar for over 40 years.
He has also been singing all his life, studying formally as an adult with vocal teachers Pablo Rodruguez,
Karen Mihalovich and Tule Lazule in Sonoma County, California.
Following his desire to perform for live audiences Mike has been entertaining crowds for the last few years
as a street performer in downtown Santa Rosa, Petaluma, the Sebastopol Plaza, Union Square and the
Marina District in San Francisco where he has been very well received with compliments and generous
compensation offered by the people who stop to enjoy his musical stylings.
Looking to move into live performance venues, Mike teamed up with pianist
Jonathan Marmelzat and bassist Eddie Guthman to form the Mike DiFranco Trio,
an upbeat jazz combo playing the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and other
vocal stylists focusing on the Great American Songbook.
For more information, booking or to request a 5 song demo CD please contact:
Jonathan Marmelzat, MA -- Composer, Arranger & Musical Director
Jonathan grew up in Hollywood during the era of big movie musicals. He came to
Sonoma State University for graduate work in Jazz Studies, Composition,
Arranging and Music education which led to a 35+ year career in Sonoma County
as a music educator, orchestra / band director and performing musician. His
compositions, arrangements and musical theatre pieces have been performed
and recorded by a variety of Bay Area groups and national artists and featured
in video and film projects. He currently teaches instrumental music at a private
school in Santa Rosa as well as to individuals in his home studio and performs
with Jazz and Klezmer groups in the Bay Area and Hawaii.
Eddie Guthman -- Standup Bass
A multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, cello, mandolin, violin, piano, drums and cittern, the bulk of his professional career has been on acoustic and electric bass. Highlights include performing with many great jazz musicians such as Joe Pass, Jimmy Smith, Red Holloway, Frank Butler, Kenny Dixon, Roger Kellerway and David LaFlamme and touring all over the United States with several groups including Crystal Wind and Acoustic Medicine and in China with the American Philharmonic Sonoma County. As a conductor highlights include conducting the Trento, Italy Waldorf School Orchestra in Norway in June of 2004 and the Analy High School orchestra in their production of the Broadway musicals, Beauty and the Beast in 2009 and Camelot in 2011 and the Summerfield Waldorf High School orchestra in their production of A Most Happy Fella in 2010.
Eddie has several recordings and has written music for television as well. His newest CD is called Tower in the Mist and features his cittern, mandolin and basses. He has a B.A in music and a Masters in Education from Sonoma State University.
Currently Eddie is a music instructor at Credo High School in Rohnert Park, Summerfield Waldorf School in Santa Rosa, SunRidge Charter Waldorf School in Sebastopol, California and at the Santa Rosa Junior College.