The Band

 

Phil Catalfo — guitar & vocals

Phil_1Phil’s lifelong journey with music began in the late 1950s, during his childhood in Brooklyn, NY, where, on summer evenings, teenagers from the neighborhood would amble past the Catalfo family’s apartment singing doo-wop classics like “Barbara Ann” and “Come Go With Me” a cappella as Phil and his brother fell asleep in their apartment’s front room. After his family had moved to California, Phil was nearly undone by a double-whammy of the early-to-mid 1960s: the Great Folk Scare, followed by the brilliant, irresistible music of the Beatles. All these influences led Phil to take up the guitar as a teenager—he convinced his parents to buy a used Stella guitar from the milkman for $11—and his love for the music of the ’50s and ’60s has never abated. In the decades since, Phil has sung and performed a wide range of material, from folk and blues to rock, R&B, and doo-wop.

For nearly 25 years, Phil has had an active career as a writer and editor, including a stint as Editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Phil performed as half of an acoustic duo during the late ’60s and early ’70s and, in the years since, has remained an avid guitarist and passionate singer. He has been invited to share the stage with Laurie Lewis, David Gans, and others, and in recent years has performed with The Mood Elevators and other combos. Today, besides sharing lead vocals and lead-guitar duties in Chromatic Fever, Phil sings and plays guitar in the acoustic quartet Shards of Green.

Alan Novidor — bass

Alan_1At the age of 13, when rock ‘n’ roll’s “British Invasion” landed on our shores, Alan willingly surrendered. He traded his catcher’s mitt for a bass guitar—and has never looked back. Throughout junior and senior high school, he was a member of one of the busiest garage bands in San Diego, The Mark IV, which, in the mid-to-late Sixties, played venues large and small throughout the southland.

During his early and middle adult years, Alan appears to have lost his way a bit, in that he did very little live performing with bands. However, his love of music and for his instrument never diminished, and he continued to play, practice, and hone his skills.

Fortunately, about a decade ago he regained his focus, re-found his calling, and got his mojo working again; since then, he has performed regularly throughout Northern California with several very active bands, including Classified, T-2, and Luminous Newts. He has also appeared on a number of session recordings for other Bay Area musicians.

Having previously played with Dan, Phil, and Marc independently in other bands, in 2012 Alan had the brilliant idea of bringing them together to form Chromatic Fever—and in so doing may very well have found that elusive “supergroup” he has always longed to be part of.

Marc Schneider — drums

Mark_1As a small child, Marc started banging on his mother’s pots and pans with screwdrivers and spoons. By the time he was 13, his parents had bought him his first drum set. Marc likes to say he was born in Brooklyn, New York, at the right time, in that he was a young teenager when the Fillmore East became a major nexus of the musical universe, and at age 15 he started attending concerts there regularly. The influence of the great bands and the virtuosity and diverse styles of their drummers—Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell, Ringo Starr, Carl Palmer, Ginger Baker, Ian Paice, Bill Bruford, and Jeff Porcaro, among others—made a deep impression on him. When Marc began taking drum lessons, he woke up early every morning to practice his rudiments before heading off to school. His older brother was a guitarist in a rock ’n’ roll band, and when Marc got his first opportunities to man the drums for some of the band’s rehearsals, he was on his way.

Marc has played hundreds of gigs with many bands in numerous states and has performed in community-playhouse productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell. Most recently and locally, he was behind the drums for GarageLandRodeo for two years and, in addition to providing the locomotion for Chromatic Fever, is a member of Juice, an East Bay R&B band.

Dan Tuggle — guitar & vocals

Dan_1When Dan was nine years old, his piano teacher gave him a simplistic version of the beginning of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto to learn. Having difficulty reading the notes and making them into music, Dan ventured up to Scottie’s Music Store in Clinton, Illinois, where he bought a recording of said concerto for 99 cents. Hearing that record changed Dan’s life forever, for he learned that the right sonic combination could evoke emotions stronger than any spoken language ever could. As the years went by, that understanding was made even clearer by the realization that Born to Run has way more to do with Tchaikovsky’s First than it does to do with half of the rock ’n’ roll ever written. Over time, Dan further realized that music was not just power; it was communication, it was feeling, it was the understanding that a guy could get lucky with a five-word phrase set to just the right piece of music and potentially alter the world. (Or was “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” a fluke?)

Armed with this realization (and a few others), Dan set out to prove that one man could be equally adept at the hymns of the Christian Faith, the acoustic folk-rock of the day, and the rock ’n’ roll that led him to explore the straight-ahead rock of Roadwork and the oldies of The New Glory Stompers. Enough evenings at the piano bar introduced him to the people that helped make his band Sister Groove and the Cross Town Jam a staple of the Illinois rhythm-and-blues scene. A move to California introduced Dan to a whole new group of musicians, and he subsequently spent a few years in Classified before forming Chromatic Fever with his bandmates.