Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, and Soprano) / Clarinet
Steve Tashjian’s talent and passion for music form the nucleus of Classic Groove. Steve began playing music at the age of 10 and first studied clarinet with Charles Movsessian. While attending the Boston Conservatory, Steve studied with Atilio Poto, Professor and Member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Steve has also studied Middle Eastern music with violinist Fred Elias.
Lead Female Vocalist
Raised in Rochester, New York, Alissa was bitten by the performance bug early on. Though singing in choirs and recitals around New York was a blast, she soon found herself at Berklee College of Music pursuing a degree in Music Education. Alissa sang as much as possible throughout her college career, her eventual goal being to wake up one day as a reincarnation of Ella Fitzgerald. Despite not turning into the First Lady of Song, Alissa managed to graduate and began teaching music classes, mostly for the under-5 set. When not singing with Classic Groove, Alissa teaches in Bolton, MA and performs children’s music throughout the state.
Lee Lundy was educated at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and Miami Dade Community College of Music in Florida. Lee has performed extensively throughout the Boston area for nearly thirty years. His work includes performances with groups such as Percy Sledge, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Drifters, Luther Guitar Johnson, Little Joe Cook, James Montgomery, and Shirley Lewis, as well as with many other local and national acts.
Drums & Vocals
Dave Fuller is a drummer and a vocalist with many years of experience in the music industry, as a musician, song writer, vocalist and band leader. I am also a retired public school Administrator (Weston) and a trained Mediator with a background in clinical counseling.
He has been performing since I was 11 years old in many groups primarily during high school and college as a drummer and vocalist. I played on stage with many nationally known groups, such as, Natalie Cole, the O’Jays , Average White Band, Tower of Power and Eddie Money, just to name a few. I have recorded numerous times with my original music as well as being a studio musician in Boston and Los Angeles.
Guitar & Vocals
Guitarist Mark Michaels can regularly be seen and heard in New England and beyond performing with many fine musicians and singers.
Educated at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, he has appeared with jazz greats George Russell, Jaki Byard, and Gil Evans, along with noted keyboardist/composer Rachel Z, and vibraphonist Steve Nelson. He has also appeared with many New England area bands that cover a diverse range of musical styles, including Lois Lane and the Daily Planets, Hypnotic Clambake, Blueswagon, and the Shimon Ben-Shir Group. More recently he has been performing in Southern New Hampshire with Sharon Jones and Downtown Express.
In addition, Mark has traveled abroad working on cruise ships, performing with show bands and as a solo guitarist. He has been an adjunct guitar instructor at UMass Lowell since 2002.
Boston-based singer songwriter and performer Jessica Nathania has had music as an essential element of her life since her childhood and believes the beauty of being raw and honest through her art. Her R&B / Pop Soul sound is usually described as “soulful”, “fresh”, and commercial”.
By age sixteen she won first place in Indonesia’s first online singing competition, Star Voices. She also met a famous Indonesian pop singer and producer, Rio Febrian, who later produced her first single, “Say What You Want” in 2014.
Now the young talent has performed in various events, festivals, and radio/tv channels all around Massachusetts and New York, including Sofar Sounds, Rough Sweater Radio, AM Garden Show, and even performing at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Jessica released her debut EP, “Fragile” in 2018, which began her mission as a songwriter and human being to spread the importance of being fragile and open-hearted to one another. She released the record along with her single “Valentine” which features musician and rapper Michael Hung. She also released “Solitude” in 2017 as a collaboration with CHLMTE, an Atlanta-based producer.
Drums and Vocals
Paul has drummed for numerous bands and music projects ranging from pop and rhythm & blues to classic rock and pick-up jazz trios. His recording and production of original music took a star turn when he landed an audition on TV’s Star Search in the 1980s. Currently, Paul gives private lessons and plays with a number of area bands. He can be reached through his website, pauldillondrums.com.
David plays drums with Classic Groove. He has been playing and and making recordings with various artists in the Boston area for over 30 years.
He is comfortable playing many types of music in various settings from small clubs to the the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.
Richard Marshall (A.K.A. Dr Feet) has performed as a drummer with Ralph
Graham, The Betterway, The Coasters, Tommy Hunt, Tavares, The Elliot Hall Group, Little Joe Cook and a litany of other bands and artists.
Touring with the Ellis Hall Group “Feet” has opened for legendary acts such as Tower of Power, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Buchanan, Mandrill and Millie Jackson.