PAST PERSONNEL

Tim Moore - keyboards

Moore's Code is a contemporary jazz ensemble led by pianist/composer/arranger Tim Moore. Tim has been an active musician in the DFW metroplex for around three years after living and working in Northeastern Arkansas for many years. Tim is considered on the the hardest working musician in the area. Since he has moved to Texas he has spearheaded many groups and projects both at in the community and at UNT.  

Moore's Code is based out of Denton, TX. The band consist of current and and former students of the UNT Jazz program as well as other musicians around DFW. Tim's group ranges from a 6-10 man band depending on the venue, type of event, or consumer request. Moore's Code is a smooth jazz group but can also play many neighboring genres including funk, gospel, and jazz. Tim's group play many of his original compositions along with covers and arrangements of jazz standards, and artist such as George Benson, Brian Culbertson, Victor Wooten, and even Beyonce. Moore's Code is a very high energy and exciting band that can groove as hard as anyone in the business, and can take any party or special event to that next level.

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Taylor Ervin - keyboards

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Hailing from the Mississippi Delta and raised on the hot dry plains of West Texas, Taylor Ervin has the look of man well worn, well traveled,  & well, intense. But don't let the intensity freak you out. Behind his rough facade lies a sensitive softie... He began playing piano at the ripe old age of three. Many hours were spent listening to his grandmother, an organ player at the local church, who, like Taylor, had also been born in Mississippi and was by default, heavily influenced by stride piano, rag time, & the blues. It was a music education of styles that would last a lifetime.

At the age of thirteen Taylor became captivated by many other styles of music ranging from King Crimson to Dream Theater as well as favorite blues heros like B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He has developed a unique blend of raw and aggressive organ riffs and melodious piano lines. Taylor met Vince at a telemarketing gig they were doing to get some cash to pay the bills. He was later asked to play with Vince on a blues cover gig with the Po' Boyz Blues Band. A couple years later and Vince asked him to help form the Vince Lujan Project. He is an orignal founding member. 

Adam Castro - saxophones

My name is Adam and I'm a senior at world-renowned University of North Texas Jazz Program. I'm originally from San Antonio and I currently live in Denton, TX.

I have a ton of experience in cover bands as well as several other styles of playing. I have played professionally for 10 years and have had the pleasure to share the stage with jazz legends such as Brad Leali (music director of Harry Connick Jr Orchestra), Richie Cole, the late great Tony Campise, Gerry Gibbs, Morgan King, Butch Miles, and most recently with Tito Puente Jr. playing at the Meyerson Symphony Center opening up for the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

I am a great soloist/ improviser, can play lead lines/ fills, can dance, drug/ drama free, professional, great sight reader, and I can really get the crowd dancing. I'm also a first call sub or primary player with several bands around DFW and South Texas such as In10city, Uncommon Ground, Downtown Fever, (The Band) DRIVE (aka Overdrive), Pavane Dance Band, Emerald City, Craig Spence Project, Vintage 15, Magic Bath Funk Band, Neon Lights The Band, The Big Swing Machine, Clean Slate Band, Prime Time Jazz Orchestra, Sentimental Journey Big Band, and The Joshua Experience just to name a few.

Some of festivals I've played at are The Texas Jazz Festival, Jazz SA'Live, St. Mary's Jazz Festival, Texas State Festival, Lab Band Madness, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Rio Jazz Festival, and the Texas A&M Kingsville Jazz Festival.

I have played at the best venues Texas has to offer like The Meyerson Symphony Center, The AT&T Center (San Antonio), Alamodome,The Glass Cactus, Grovers, Z Grill, Sherlocks (Addison), Sambuca Uptown, Belmont Hotel, Sullivans, Papa G's, O'Sheas, Willhoites, Sambuca 360, Scorz, Cool River, IIBros, and many others.

 

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Jamie Edwards - saxophones

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Jamie Edwards, a native of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, began studying the saxophone at the age of ten.   He first heard the saxophone played by one of his Dad's friend Scott Schotter in a church service and was captivated by its sound.   Shortly after Jamie got his first saxophone from Scott and started playing in the church worship services.

     Jamie graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 2010. While at Messiah, he studied with pianist Kirk Reese and saxophonist Tim Warfield.  Currently residing in Denton, Texas, Jamie his M.M in jazz studies at the University of North Texas.  Jamie joined the Vince Lujan Project in the fall of 2013 thru 2015.

 

Landa Morgan - keyboards

Hometown, where were you born, raised?
Born in Junction City, Kansas. Raised in small town of Oak Cliff in Dallas, TX

Education:
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (The Arts Magnet) This school has produced many phenomenal musicians
such as Grammy-Award Winning Artist Norah Jones, Roy Hargrove, Erykah Badu, and member of the triple-platinum gospel group "God's Property ft. Kirk Franklin".

Information about present band:
Began playing with VLP as of Spring 2009 as keyboardist. Was initially introduced to produce several songs from Mr. Lujan himself before joining the band as a keyboardist.

Musical background/influences:
I grew up listening to all kinds of music from 80's pop to straight-ahead jazz, to 60's rock and 70's funk/soul. My musical influences are:
Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Chick Corea, Art Tatum, Toto, Mint Condition, Lenny Kravitz, Kirk Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Stokley Williams, The Doobie Brothers, Brian McKnight, Morris Hayes, Earth Wind & Fire, Ella Fitzgerald, Manhattan Transfer

Instruments played:
Keyboards/Piano/Synthesizers/Background Vox

Quote: 
I believe that I bring the funky side of groove to VLP, along with the bells & whistles that give the music color.

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Vandell Andrew - saxophones

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Hailing from the "Birthplace of Jazz" New Orleans, Vandell Andrew is a part of the new generation of the jazz genre. With two commercially released albums, FIVE Billboard Top 25 singles, a #1 Ranking on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Chart and a 2014 Soul Train Award Nomination for "Best Contemporary Jazz Performance", Vandell is no stranger to success in the music industry.

"Turn It Up" (2014), which featured the Soul Train Award Nominated, Billboard #1 Smash Hit "Let's Ride" was Vandell's introduction to the world as a world class artist and musician. Since the release of "Turn It Up" Vandell has been afforded the opportunity to play venues and festivals around the world, such as the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival and the Legendary Ronnie Scott's in London,UK. 

Vandell has been honored to open for and share the stage with Kirk Whalum, Paul Brown, Peter White, Rick Braun, Bobby Lyle, Marion Meadows and many others.

Mick Cervino - bass guitar

Founded by world-renowned bassist Mick Cervino who has performed on G3 2003 tour; as well as with Yngwie Malmsteen and Ritchie Blackmore), Violent Storm unleashes a sonic barrage of stunning vocals, ripping guitars, relentless bass, and pounding drums, anchored around solid songwriting you just can't forget!  

Violent Storm has created a sound that displays musical depth at the same time it packs a serious hard-rock punch.

Debut album, "Storm Warning™ " has been Executive Produced by KK Downing of Judas Priest, with his long fantastic career in the Rock industry , KK has contributed his inimitable guitar playing on two of the tracks on the album, in addition to his production skills.       

Mick has played with some of the best musicians in the business, including legendary guitarists Ritchie Blackmore (Blackmore's Night 1997-2000 in Japan, Europe, USA, and UK), and Yngwie Malmsteen. Performing in every corner of the globe, including at Europe's largest rock festivals on the center stage with the likes of Iron Maiden, Dream Theatre, Dio, Slayer, Hammerfall and Motley Crue to name just a few

In addition to his critically acclaimed Bass solo album "Ostinato" (available on this site), Mick can also be heard and seen on albums and video/DVDs with Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, G-3's platimum seller "Live In Denver" (with Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai). 

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Michael Minardi - drums

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Michael began playing the drums as early as age 5 and has been a student of percussion for twenty-five years. He has a wide range of experience in the percussion field from mallet instruments to drum set. Michael has been performing in the Dallas-Ft.Worth Metroplex and other surrounding cities in Texas for the last 7 years working on a variety of diverse projects from African drumming to jazz quartets.

Michael is a proud member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association. He also performs with different groups at The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival and various events throughout the year. Michael has participated in studio work and has been one of Captivear Recording Studio's session drummers for the past year.

"Mike is a very talented musician with a quick and patient ear. It's not easy to find someone who can share both love and knowledge of highly contrasting musical genres, from Brubeck and Joni Mitchell to New Wave and even 80's rock. Just listen to him play."
-Joe Kozera
KERA 90.1 FM

Sly Tanenbaum - violin

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Silvestre began in music playing percussion when he was 5, but switched to violin when he was 7. He studied violin and theory at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. When he was 13, he had the opportunity to perform with international jazz pianist Danilo Perez in the Conservatory for two years in a row.

In 2002 He was able to perform with drummer Alex Acuna in the Heineken JazzFest in Puerto Rico, where he expanded his jazz repertoire. In 2003 he received a full scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. That fall, he started college in Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, then decided to move to Denton to finish his BM at the University of North Texas.

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Bryan Meggison - saxophones/keyboards

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Bryan Meggison is a professional musician, arranger, and composer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex who performs with many bands in the area on saxophone, bass, and piano. In addition to performing as a sideman, he has a solo act which consists of playing sax, bass, piano, and percussion through a loopstation to create a full band sound. He also leads two of his own groups (Mocha Blue & The Bryan Meggison Band) and plays bass with Chaz Marie, The Robert Gotcher Band, Breaking Southwest, and Summer Buzz.

Bryan grew up in McAllen, TX taking piano lessons as a child, and playing drums at church. At age 11, he began playing the saxophone and followed through playing in jr. high, high school, and college. He went on to graduate from the University of North Texas with a degree in jazz saxophone performance with a minor in music theory. After graduating in August of '07, he has been playing professionally and teaching private lessons out of his home in Lewisville and at Lifesong Studio in Grapevine.

Influences: Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Brad Leali, Jim Riggs, Keith Anderson, Brian Blade, Stanton Moore, Art Blakey, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Stanley Jordan, Victor Wooten, Matt Melton, Havana NRG, The Funky Knuckles, Snarky Puppy

Jarrett Pelzel - bass guitar/vocals

Jarrett has loved music deeply his whole life and was finally given a guitar in seventh grade but it wasn't until really his freshman year of high school that he really immersed himself in practice. The instrument that finally got the attention was one he'd always yearned to play....the bass.

Jarrett spent a lot of time emulating bands like the Clash, the Ramones, the Strokes, Rancid, Dave Matthews, X, Green Day, and Blink-182 and practiced rigoursly without any formal training; he would just sit in his room transcribing songs and developing technique.

Later, as his musical tastes grew more diverse, he found out about intrumentalists like Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani Michael Manring, Stu Hamm and Billy Sheehan. He also started the band Injoy and studied music with some very talented friends in highschool; which, combined with his study of guitar virtuosos, greatly improved his technique on and understanding of his instrument.

In 2005, Vince asked Jarrett to join the project and the rest is history.....

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Nathan Forsbach - drums/producer

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Nathan has worked as an engineer and producer for over 15 years. He received a music degree for The University of North Texas where he studied jazz. During his time at UNT Nathan began recording and mixing his and friends projects. This led to a life long obsession with sonics and making records. Over the years Nathan’s production experience includes recording live concerts, studio engineering, broadcast mixing, and post-production for video games and DVD’s. No matter what the project, his approach to the recording process is from the stand point of a musician. When either engineering or producing his projects can be characterized as musical and emotional.

Some artists I've worked with: 
• Snarky Puppy 
• Magda Giannikos 
• Eva Celia