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Lenny Gordon

In Lenny's 30+ years in the music business, he has gained quite a reputation!

With Sonny Rhodes, Lenny toured the American continent, from Vancouver, Canada, through the New England states, and as far south as Florida. Lenny is the drummer and percussionist on Sonny Rhodes' album Disciple Of The Blues [1990: Ichiban Records, Wild Dog Series, ICH 9002]. Lenny G has also played with Taj Mahal and BB king (at the 1990 River Blues Festival), with the Dave King Band from NYC, and Thunder Bay and Sex Rodeo from Philadelphia. Sex Rodeo recently released a CD. Lenny G brings all this superb musical entertainment experience to LENNY AND THE SOULSENDERS, heading a group of talented musicians who play a hot mix of soul-moving sounds: WORLD- BEAT REGGAE FUNK, R&B AND BLUES.

The Reporter, May 16, 1996 by Kathleen E. Duffy, Staff Writer
Gordon has played with performers Taj Mahal and B. B. King at the 1990 River Blues Festival, but began in Philadelphia with the All-City Boys Choir in 1961. Drawing inspiration from Bob Marley, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gladys knight and Jimi Hendrix, "I've played it all", Gordon said. "I've even sung opera. I had to go through all those different loops to get to where I am." Now, his performances take in a mix of flavors and his group can range from a trio up to a nine-member band.

Underground Music Store, Jim Thoma www.umstore.com
Boonton, NJ USA - UMS Records, a division of Underground Music Store, announced it will be releasing the first disk in its series of CD Plus compilations featuring unsigned bands from around the world. The official release date for Volume 1, Disk 1 of the Underground Music Series featuring Philadelphia based Lenny & The Soulsenders is set for December 15, 1995.

Big Shout Magazine, May 1994, Vol. 6, Number 3-William C. Hitchcock
LENNY AND THE SOULSENDERS IF YOU DON'T START NOTHIN'...IT WON'T BE NOTHIN'! Independent Release
This is a collection of old blues and R&B standards. And more suspiciously Lenny is a dead ringer for that other Lenny who shamelessly steals riffs from the '60s and calls them his.
But this is where any comparison ends. Lenny Gordon describes this as a tribute to all the musicians he loved in his childhood. Although Lenny plays and/or sings on almost all of those songs, his biggest influence on this album has to be as a producer. He has brought in some balls-out amazing musicians and arranged these songs with a certain flair that avoids over-awed reverence and keeps simple respect. The first Lenny is like velveeta to Lenny G's grand frommage.

ERGO Magazine, March 1994
First the bad news. Since this is an album of standards by such renowned songwriters as Jimmy McCracklin, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Reed, Albert King, and Robert Johnson (among others), there's no indication of what Lenny will bring to the genre as a songwriter. The good news is he's brought refreshing arrangements and excellent musicianship on this first release. Surrounded by such renowned performers as Sonny Rhodes, Gerald Hanes, "Little Greg Walter, Karl Frick (and many more too numerous to mention), Lenny puts his own mark on these songs. The reggae on "Ain't No Sunshine," the funky version of "Walkin' The Dog," the wailin" harmonica on "Lonesome and Blue" & "Think" - it all adds up to one blazing disc.

Nothin' but the Blues by Gerry Coleman
The things you see on the radio...
I's one thing to listen to WVIA-FM's live Homegrown Music shows over the radio, but a better experience is to be in the studio audience. Any musician will tell you - bands give a better performance when they feed off the energy of a crowd enjoying their songs.
And with this in mind, I decided to take a seat in the audience for a recent program that featured the blues/soul/reggae/funk of LENNY & THE SOULSENDERS, and the opening act of blues guitarist songwriter PHIL PILORZ. Hosted by George Graham, seen by about fifty folks, and head by untold numbers at home or in their cars, Homegrown Music continues its twenty-year tradition of providing radio listeners with the best in regional artists.

 

 

Angela Gordon

 

Angela is a female vocalist from the Delaware County area, who has always aspired to have a music career. During her childhood, she would sing with her sister and cousin for family and friends.  Angela's parents are also musically inclined.  Her mother majored in voice and rarely do you see her father, who was part of the Negro Leagues Baseball Team, the Philadelphia Stars, without his guitar and a song for family and friends to sing along to.  Her greatest influences are: Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson and Billie Holiday.

Angela is currently a member of Lenny G and the Soulsenders, and shares lead vocals with Lenny in the Heritage Band.    

Performance Venues include: 
CJ's Primetime Café in Glenolden, Deer Park Race Track in DE, Virgo's in Ridley park, PA, The Eagle in Quakertown, The Maennerchor in Doylestown, McFrogs in Doylestown, TC's in Kutztown, Tiger's Tale in New Jersey, O'Hara's in Philadelphia, Red, Hot and Blue in New Jersey, Raven's Nest in Quakertown, Buckalews in New Jersey, The Lighthouse in New Jersey, Caroline's in Glenolden. The Inglis House in Philadelphia, Weso's in Exton, Walsh's in Hatboro, Stephanie's in Doylestown, Cedar Hollow in Malvern, Tex Mex in Lansdale, McKinley's in Philadelphia, McCloskey's in Ardmore, Puck in Doylestown, Houlihan's in Warrington, Sundance in Aston, and Bukk's in DE.

In 2005, Angela had the privilege of hosting an Open Mic Blues Jam along with Big Leroy Foster and Bad Bidnezz at Virgo's in Ridley Park, PA.  She also assisted in hosting the Blues, Brews and Barbeques Blues Jam at Virgo's in Ridley Park, PA, where she got to perform with Big Leroy Foster, Gordon Brothers Trio, and Lenny G and the Soulsenders.  She started forming bands for various audiences.  

In 2004, Angela performed with Pucci and Friends and Mark Baker and the Barbreakers in the Delaware County area and Delaware areas.   

In 2003 Angela was hostess and opening act for Philadelphia 's own Sevilles/Best Kept Secret Band.  

Angela had vocal instruction from Cathy Cavell on the Main Line, Gene Lee, John Bruner and Donald Moore of Philadelphia 's own Sevilles/Best Kept Secret.

Angela's goal is to further enhance her talent by broadening her Blues, Jazz and Motown venues, captivating an atmosphere that soothes the heart, mind and soul of her audiences.    

 

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