Based in Malvern, John is the lead singer in the band. His vocal tone is exceptional, ranging from warm and soulful to a gritty blues delivery. He has been singing and playing guitar for more years than you’ll ever get him to confess to! Inspired by the legendary blues bands of the sixties, he has played extensively around the Midlands and the Home Counties, fronting blues bands and, latterly The Midnight Band, which is a vehicle for his own original songs. He is working on a follow up to his 2012 solo CD, Jupiter and the Crescent Moon with Colin (Warren) on bass, but says his love of ‘the Dan’ continues to deflect him from his task!
Famously modest, Morris is a widely-respected drummer and backing vocalist. Since humble beginnings as percussionist with the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra, he has played, toured, and recorded extensively during a musical career spanning four decades. He was a founder member of The Soft Boys and has toured extensively in Europe and the States with Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians, supporting REM, as well as being a member of the house band for Vic Reeves' Big Night Out. Morris has also performed with musicians from many famous bands including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Squeeze.
Colin started playing guitar at the age of 10 but says that he switched to bass when six strings became too much for him. He has played in various bands over the years, but none so famous that anyone would have heard of them. What he lacks in formal musical training he makes up for in enthusiasm. While playing a crucial role in laying down the bottom end, he has been known to play the occasional bum note due to momentary lapses of concentration. This said, no one notices because it's only the bass. ('Actually, he's a very fine and funky bass player' - the other members of the band!)
Robin is the keyboard supremo and unofficial musical director of the band. His eclectic taste extends to brass bands; in the past, he has worked as a musical arranger for several bands, making a number of television appearances. His musical background enables him to nail the often demanding jazz-infused keyboard parts on Steely Dan classics. A self-professed 'soul boy' in his teens, his early keyboard influences included Elton John and Oscar Peterson. As a reformed character, he loves nothing better than 'cheese'.
An accomplished vocalist and percussionist/harmonica player, Jim was one of the founding members of The Fezz. He is a seasoned performer, and is never happier than being up on stage in front of an audience. Jim has played in a variety of bands including the influential neo-psychadelic band, The Soft Boys. His musical taste is genuinely eclectic, but he has a particular love of blues, soul, jazz, funk and English folk music.
Alan has been playing guitar in bands for more years than he'd care to admit to. Along the way he has played a wide range of music including soul, blues, rock, folk, and jazz, and recorded sessions with, among others, members of The Who, David Bowie's band, and Soft Machine. He cites Larry Carlton, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, and Ry Cooder as major influences. The advent of the Fezz in 2014 enabled him to perform again with lifelong school friends, Morris Windsor and Jim Melton, with whom he had been an original member of the Soft Boys in the 1970s. Alan hates 'cheese'.