The GEARZ are a celebrated Classic Rock band that plays extensively in clubs and resorts around the Florida Suncoast. They feature a phenominal guitarist and a killer rhythm section that keeps the public coming back for more.
Here are some artists that we cover.......Eric Clapton, Cream, Tom Petty, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Neal Young, Pink Floyd, Joe Walsh, Led Zeppelin, SRV,....and much much more!!
Jeff Avrin (Bass/Vocals)
Bio: "I've been a performing musician since 1964. I played tuba in Jr. High School band and jazz guitar high school "big band" and also in 'garage band' type bands until June '66 when the Mothers of Invention released "Freak Out". This was a turning point in music for me. I shifted to organ and played in a successful psychedelic band (Zep, Doors, Hendrix, Vanilla Fudge, etc.) until 1970.
"In 1970 I went to college and had the good fortune to room with a superlative young trumpeter who needed a bassist for his straight-ahead jazz combo. I said, "Sure!" and went out and bought a Fender Jazz Bass and an amp and started playing with his group. These cats were miles ahead of me musically, but I just hung on tight and worked hard to keep up. We played all around the upstate New York area. In college, I also studied music theory and composition, writing a number of pieces for small ensembles and larger orchestral groups.
"I had the unusual opportunity in 1972 to go and study at California Institute of the Arts, a new and quite avante-garde college funded and envisioned by Walt Disney that embraced every facet of the arts and which had access to all the facilities available to Disney Studios. There was quite a small enrollment in the early days, with often only 8-10 students per class. Ravi Shankar taught sitar there. I studied electronic music and other non-traditional music forms while there. This was in the days before synthesizers had keyboards. It was all done with massive banks of electonics and patch cords and the music was not what we currently think of as 'synthesizer', but was essentially clusters of sound and tones manipulated to create 'environments". Very hip stuff.
"I've carrried on and continued to play bass throughout the years, touring around the U.S. in the 70's and living in Hollywood, CA for 15 years. I moved to FL in 1990 and have played jazz and a lot of blues and rock since coming here. I've been to Memphis three times in the last two years with a couple of FL bands to compete in the Blues Foundation's
International Blues Competition, winning the 'Beale Street Blues Kings' award one year.
"One of these bands opened up very successfully last year for the Marshall Tucker Band at the Lakeland Center. I continue to play jazz, blues and rock in local clubs on a very regular basis."
Brent “Spoons” Winner (drums-vocals) switched from trombone to drums in the fourth grade, because his arms were too short! This instrumental switch turned out to be a fateful move, as he later met his dream girl (now his wife of 24 years) while playing drums at a “Gong Show” in Searsboro, Iowa – summer 1978. His percussion background is very diverse, including orchestral music, classic rock, rock-a-billy, drum-line, percussion ensemble music, and the blues. He has played with a variety of Tampa Bay area bands including the Dead Ichthyologists, Tone Benders, ACME Band, Walker Smith Group, Nelms/Chavers Band, Charlie Morris Band, Jimmy Coveney and Friends, and Dave Shepard and the Blues Riders.
James Coventry (lead guitar/vocals)
Born: Long Island, NY
Jimmy started playing the guitar at 13. He grew up listening to British rock and blues. Jimmy moved to sunny Florida in 2003 and loves playing his music to the St. Pete locals.
Favorite guitar = Fender strat
Music influence: Hendrix, Clapton, Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson.
FYI....Jimmy's happily single. :)