Singer Grisel Padron and I were discussing local bands. She raved about her favorite, “Mr. Nice Guy.” Soon, Ana and I heard Mr. Nice Guy at Big Hoolie’s. They blew us away, and this was without a sax player (Ritchie “Pocket Change” Jay moved to Orlando) and without keyboardist John Quinn (who broke a hand – but substitute Noel Cleland of Deck 52 did a fine job). Fast forward to Friday, November 30th, 2007 at Rumors Bistro. Keyboardist John Quinn has returned and new member Lee Gabe is on sax. Great songs, superb vocals, blazing instrumentals, tight arrangements, and not one music stand. A reading of the member biographies leads one to say, “Duh… but of course!”
Mr. Nice Guy consists of Jimmy Conner on lead vocals, Tom Hall on guitar and vocals, John Quinn on keyboards, John “Magoo” McCray on bass and vocals, Dave Webster on drums, and Lee Gabe on saxophone. The band’s website is at https://www.mngband.com. They have a new CD named “Boys Will Be Boys.”
Update 2011-3-16: Jimmy Conner has been replaced by Louisiana native Louis Cheramie on lead vocals. See video (scroll to bottom) shot by The Joint Bar & Grill.
Update 2019-5-29: Beloved bassist John “Magoo” McCray was found dead in his home on July 16, 2018.
Lead singer Jimmy Conner. Update 2011-3-16: Jimmy was replaced with Louis Cheramie.
Keyboardist John Quinn.
Lead guitarist and founding member Tom Hall and saxophonist Lee Gabe.
John “Magoo” McCray on Fender Jazz bass.
Drummer and founding member Dave Webster.
Mr. Nice Guy at The Joint on Dec 2010. Video by The Joint Bar & Grill (www.YouTube.com/user/TheJointBarAndGrill).