For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music."
Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage.
Meet the Band
- Emilio Castillo - Second Tenor Sax, Background & Lead Vocals
- Stephen "DOC" Kupka - Baritone Saxophone
- Francis Rocco Prestia - Bass Guitar
- David Garibaldi - Drums
- Roger Smith - Keyboards, Background Vocals
- Tome E. Pollitzer - First Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Flute, Clarinet
- Adolfo Acosta - Second Trumpet, Flugelhorn
- Jerry Cortez - Guitar, Vocals
- Sal Cracciolo - Trumpet
- Ray Greene - Lead & Background Vocals
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UPDATE: ROCCO HAS RECEIVED HIS KIDNEY TRANSPLANT!
We would like to let you know that Rocco Prestia has had his kidney transplant surgery. Both he and his donor are doing well and early reports indicate that the surgery has been successful
We will keep you updated on his progress when there is more to report.
A fund has been started to assist with the costs of his kidney transplant. In order to help with the medical expenses that will not be covered by insurance a medical fund, The "HELP ROCCO FUND" has been established. Please consider making a donation so that we can help Rocco to continuing to play Live And In Living Color for many more years to come.
Donations can be made on the web through PayPal, or by regular mail by sending a check. You can donate through Paypal even if you are not a paypal member.Please click on the link below which will take you to the PayPal page that has been set up for Rocco.
BUMP CITY WINE COMPANY Releases "BUMP CITY RED"
Roger Smith and the Bump City Wine Company recently hosted the inaugural release and tasting of BUMP CITY RED.
Tower of Power keyboardist Roger Smith has incorporated his lifelong passion for music and wine by celebrating with his inaugural release of BUMP CITY RED, a select RED BLEND from the premier Sonoma, California wine region.
Since 2008, Roger Smith and his longtime friend and business partner, Mike Smolich, have been making wine under the "Four Couples, Eight Friends" and "Jazz Rosco" labels. Their mutual love for sharing their wine with friends inspired them to open BUMP CITY WINE CO.
Our Sonoma County red blend seeks a harmony of varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. Grown in Sonoma and Mendocino County from lots specifically hand-selected by our winemaker Carolyn Craig for their quality and character.
The ripened grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed with a portion of the whole berries left intact, fermented with inoculated yeasts, and pumped over daily. After completion of fermentation, the wine received a short extended maceration and was gently pressed. Malolactic fermentation followed pressing and the wine was then transferred to French and American oak barrels for aging. The wine was then racked multiple times, yielding a delicate balance of silky fruit and oak complexity.
Bump City Wine is custom crushed at Larson Family Winery, Sonoma, CA.
This Sonoma County red is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. Aromas of clove, cinnamon, cedar and plum give way to soft red fruit, blackberry, cherry and currants with soft tannins, dark mocha, cranberry, vanilla and hints of fresh ground black pepper. Enjoy with BBQ, pasta, and pizza.
- Roger Smith
Larson Family Winery
23355 Millerick Rd.
Sonoma, CA 95476
Newly Released CD: Hipper Than Hip"
On May 14, 1974, Tower of Power went to radio station WLIR in Hempstead, Long Island and played a live-in-the-studio show that set the station ablaze as well as the radios of any listeners that were lucky enough to hear it.
Flash forward nearly 40 years. On a whim, a tape collector sends us the show, saying that of his 10,000-plus recordings of live concerts, this set was his favorite. Well, people send us stuff all the time; but within about five minutes of listening to this show, we know we HAVE to find a way to expose the record-buying public to this performance. So, fingers crossed, we send it to the band, and much to our delight, they agree with us. In the words of Emilio Castillo, founding member and leader of Tower of Power: "We were clearly at the top of our game firing on all 10 cylinders."
Check out David Garibaldi's New Drumming APP, The Code Of Funk
David Garibaldi's modern educational classic returns as an interactive, play-along app experience for drummers!
Using the original backing tracks from Tower of Power's 2008 release The Oakland Zone, The Code of Funk breaks down the elements that have made Garibaldi's funky, linear, syncopated style a touchstone for drummers around the world for decades.
Use the built in mixing console to design the perfect track to assist your study, isolating subtleties or removing the drums entirely when you're ready to replace them.
Talk downs of each drum part are included, as well as detailed transcriptions of all tunes. Lead sheets have been included for all tracks -- written by David, exclusive to the app -- giving you a bird's eye view of each tune.
What are you waiting for? Get The Code of Funk, and get funky!
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