Musicians

Dennis J Dove- Drumset

A native of New York, Dennis J. Dove began his professional career as a musician and actor at the age of 16. Dennis’s passion for music was cultivated as a young child. He quickly developed an interest for acting and music at an early age. He made his debut as a principle actor/drummer of the cast of the Broadway show Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk. This show was featured on Broadway from 1996 until 2002, and received Grammy nominations and was awarded four Tony Awards. Since his debut in 1996, Dennis tours nationally and internationally as a professional percussionist. He was a cast member of other musicals including Drummin’ 2 Deep, the off Broadway show Keep Bangin’, The Hip Hop Project, and he co-starred in Hit It the musical. He has performed at national and international sporting events, such as the Euro Cup, World Cup, The Olympics (China 2008) and the World Basketball Festival. Dennis has been featured on various national television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Sinbad show(VIBE), MTV (VMA’S & TRL) BET 106 & Park, the ABC Millennium Show with Peter Jennings (1999). Dennis has had a featured spot on CNN World News, and has been a feature performer at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.

Adam Carpinelli- Guitar, percussion

Adam Carpinelli breaks the sound barrier; creating ripples in the space time continuum altering futures in cosmic dimensions.  As a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, electric bass, drumset and percussion; his compositions take music to a new level fusing American styles such as jazz and funk with genres from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.   His studies of world music started with Ghanaian drumming; having performed, and recorded for Obo Addy, the late Master Drummer.   Adam currently performs and records with Senegalese Master Drummer Massamba Diop from Baaba Maal’s band in a new  project called “Walo Walo.”  He resides in Portland, Oregon where he performs with Shvvvr, Wamba World Beat Band and World Beat Collective.

Malcolm Lewis -Tenor Sax

While many of saxophonist Malcolm Lewis’s influences like John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Maceo Parker and Karl Denson played straight ahead jazz or funk, Malcolm has made his reputation by fusing these genres with hip hop, reggae, blues, rock, world beat and African music. Malcolm has been involved in the Portland music scene for over ten years.  He has studied and performed with renowned Portland jazz legends such as Mel Brown, Thara Memory, Gordon Lee, Renato Caranto, Norman Sylvester, Louis Payne and Warren Rand.  Some of Malcolm’s past projects include Lilla D’mone, Philly’s Phunkestra, Pato Banton and the Now Generation and Upright Dub Orchestra. He is currently working with The Lightning Kings who received a Muddy Waters award for best new act in 2017 from the Portland Blues Association.  Lewis has been a long time member of Wamba an Afrojazz band with influences from Obo Addy.  He currently also plays with Madgesdiq Project, World Beat Collective and Shvvvr. Malcolm’s goal with music is to reach any and everybody who wants something new and inventive to thrive on.