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The Jo Cuseo Blues Project

About the Band Members

Written by Jo Cuseo
September 25, 2015

To have any chance at achieving success in the ultra-competitive L.A. music scene, the members of a project should be somewhat already well known here in town, musically versatile, thick skinned and even tempered; (and) most of all, talented. 

The Jo Cuseo Blues Project not only encompasses all of the aforementioned criteria, they also bring another integral ingredient into the picture; These guys truly enjoy what they do! Indeed, having a good time while performing has become the mantra of this blues-rock playing aggregation. 

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Jo Cuseo is a veteran of the L.A. music scene having written and worked with Tom Deluca (Fox Sports West), Jan Buckingham (Pam Tillis), Mike Landau (Seal) and Matt Luneau (Michael McDonald). Jo was one of four guitarists nominated by Debra Stocker, Publisher of (ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE) in the prestigious "Best Guitarist" category at the 2003 ALL ACCESS MUSIC AWARDS, standing shoulder to shoulder, categorically speaking, with Souther California guitar legend, Walter Trout.

GUITAR 9, SOUTHBOUND BEAT, BLUES BYTES, SOUTHLAND BLUES and MUSIC CONNECTION have all written favorable reviews pertaining to either Jo's electric live performances or his self-titled 2003 CD (what CD was that?). Most recently, the band has released its latest CD, "BURNING DESIRE". The band was the featured artist on "SATURDAY MORNING LIVE" on 95.9FM (The Octopus) in Ventura, CA in December 2006. They are performing regularly in Souther California, having opened in Berlin in October 2007 at the Canyon Club as well as other SoCal dates.  

From Virginia is bassist JOEL WOODS. his love of a very diverse musical style brought Joel to listen to R&B, Classic Rock, Blues and Funk. From a young age of ten years old, Joel first began his interest as a musician by playing drums and then soon began his study of bass guitar as well. A graduate of Berklee School of Music, Joel is as comfortable in a recording session as he is at getting down and funky on stage. 

Drummer RICK LATHAM has performed, recorded, produced and taught in the Los Angeles area since 1984. While living in Dallas before moving to LA, Rick was a member of R&B bass legend, Chuck Rainey's band "Rainey Man". From 1996-2002, Latham was a featured member of the edgar winter band with hundreds of stellar performances including a very special performance at THE 1999 MONTREAUX JAZZ FESTIVAL. Not only is Rick busy with The Jo Cuseo Blues Project, he also performs with pop country star JUICE NEWTON. Rick is also the founder and driving force of his own contemporary jazz "superground", RICK LATHAM AND THE GROOVE DOCTORS. Throughout his career, Rick has performed live and on recordings with such greats as bluesman B.B. King, Quincy Jones, rockers Neal Schon and Pat Travers as well as jazz all-stars Bill Watrous, Larry Carlton, Paul Smith, Howard Roberts, David Friedman and David Samuels. 

Percussion/drummer JACK COOK brings a great dynamic to the band. Jack's credits include session work for Hiram Bullock, Jewel, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow. he has had the opportunity to perform with La Toya Jackson, The Commodores, REO Speedwagon, Phil Upchurch and Grant Geissman, to name a few.

Keyboardist TONY LANDER is a singer/producer who has worked alongside such artists as Kelsey Grammar, Sophie B Hawkins, Joey Macintyre, Mike Varney and Stanley Clark. Tony performed throughout the New York/New Jersey area before relocating to Las Vegas in 1996, where he founded Planet Groove, a classic Funk/R&B/Blues ensemble. Inspired to further his music career, he moved once again to Los Angeles where he currently resides performing around Southern California and working in the studio. 

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