The New Rhythm Quartet (NRQ) is a contemporary jazz & blues group based in Las Vegas. The band is composed of four experienced musicians & featured vocalist with backgrounds in multiple genres, including blues, jazz, rock, fusion, R&B, and gospel.
NRQ’s repertoire spans five decades of jazz, from post-bop classics to contemporary fusion, R & B favorites and Blues. Among the band’s core influences are Fourplay, the Jazz Crusaders, Deodato, Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, and Herbie Hancock.
Guy Amato, Guitar
Guy is a New York City native whose early influences include Wes Montgomery and B. B. King. He played for many years with singer-songwriter Leslie Chase and harmonica player Felix Cabrera. Guy appeared at the Monterey Blues Festival in 2005. He lives in Las Vegas, where he has worked with Moody Scott and the Diane Kallay Band. Guy is the man: he founded NRQ in 2012.
“Detroit” Mike Hepner, Keyboards
“Detroit” Mike is a performer, writer, arranger, and producer. Oh, and a teacher. He pretty much does it all. He studied jazz at North Texas State University. He’s played with the Elwood Splinters Blues Band and the Tommy Castro Band, along with a host of others. In 2009 Mike released a solo CD, Blue Shores. Mike is bringing Motown to yo town—Las Vegas. He and Guy joined forces in 2012.
Tod Andrews, Bass
Tod’s bands have opened for blues greats Michael Bloomfield (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), and Buddy Miles (Electric Flag and Jimi Hendrix), to name a few. He appeared on tour with Country Hall of Fame star Bobby Bare. He even played with Donnie Brooks on the theme songs for George of the Jungle and Super Chicken, officially making him the coolest member of NRQ. As a recording engineer Tod’s worked with some of the best in the industry: Joe Cocker, Ray Manzarek of the Doors, and Alex Acuna of Weather Report, to name a few. Originally from Hollywood, Tod now makes his home in Las Vegas.
Billy Bilger - Drums
Billy Bilger studied percussion at The Philadelphia Musical Academy. His performance credits The Ray Anthony Orchestra and Bookend Revue in Los Angeles Sammy Davis Jr. Televised performances with John Travolta on Don Kirshner's rock concert. Billy worked with Atlantic and Warner Brothers recording artists The Marcy Brother's on several tours and performed in Las Vegas at the Aladdin Superstar Theatre. He appears regularly at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, B. B. Kings, and The Hard Rock Casino.
Pam-E Williams - Vocals, Keyboard