Primary Instrument: Vocalist
The O-Tones is a hot Swing, R&B, and Motown band from Western Massachusetts. With three singers as the core of the band, The O-Tones will melt your hearts with their powerful three-part harmonies. Whether they're singing their rendition of a 1940's swing tune, or belting out a more contemporary R&B number, Ann Percival, Zack Danziger, and Mary Witt make each song they sing a hit. In addition to blending their tones as harmony singers, they are each extremely compelling solo singers. From sentimental ballads to upbeat soul and blues, they will charm you and make you want to jump and jive on the dance floor. Ann, Mary, and Zack also form part of the driving rhythm section of The O-Tones, lending their talents on rhythm guitar, bass, and lead guitar respectively. Walt Chapman, king of Boogie Woogie piano style and organ riffs, rocks the group along. Along with Pieter Struyk on the drums, the pulse of this band is fiery for dancing or listening.
The horn section of The O-Tones adds pizazz to their mixed repertoire. On the classic soul numbers like Mustang Sally, audiences jump to their feet once they feel the horns jump start the tune. Ike Turner's Fool in Love lends itself well to the drive of the winds and brass. Having the horn harmonies add their flavor to the old favorites Makin' Whoopie and Almost Like Being in Love reminds us all of the big band era from days gone by. Kerry Blount's tenor sax playing adds heat to The O-Tones varied selection of music.
Reporter Christopher Boucher of the Greenfield, MA Recorder says... This music's so fresh, it almost defies description. Almost. One could, perhaps, call it a revue heritage or a celebration of bebop, pop, and swing. Maybe just a very sharp, very danceable CD from band members who know good music when they hear it. In the midst of all these styles, one thing remains constant. The music always has backbone�a strong percussion part, a solid rhythm section, and a beat good enough to dance to. I expect there'll be a lot of swinging and swaying going on...
This music may celebrate the tunes of yesterday, but with its assertiveness and modest, skillful approach, it's definitely music for today�and hopefully for tomorrow, too.
The O-Tones' versatility in styles of music make them the perfect choice for any occasion. Those who enjoy dance tunes from the 50's and 60's, always delight in hearing familiar songs such as The Way You Do the Things You Do, Chain of Fools, Dancin' in the Streets, Midnight Hour, and Ain't Too Proud to Beg. And for people who miss nostalgic numbers from the 30's and 40's era, the band plays such tunes as Cheek to Cheek, World on a String, On the Sunny Side of the Street, Route 66, and Stars Fell on Alabama (originally sung as a duet by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong). Whether rockin' on a hot upbeat groove or lilting a sentimental vintage song, The O-Tones' sound and styling is something you won't want to miss.
Need a smaller band? Check out The Propellers, a subset of the O-Tones, that can play for your wedding, function, or dance. They play swing, jazz, R&B, and jumpin' boogie with vocal, sax, flute, keyboard, bass, and drums.
Awards:The O-Tones named "best swing band in the valley” (Pioneer Valley of MA) numerous times, voted by listeners in the Valley Advocate¹s Grand Band Slam.
Great music like The O-Tones’ repertoire is timeless. The trio of vocalists have their own style, blending their voices in original ways to fit each song. Each singer is versatile at leads as well as great at harmonizing. ...cool organ and piano excursions as well as soulful sax stylings over a solid rhythm foundation. -Paul Burton, Music Revue