Scott Marischen: April 19, 2010
at Van Dyke Upstairs

Harpist Scott Marischen and his band enthralled jazz fans at the Van Dyke Upstairs. Ana said, “ . . . good music . . . makes me thankful to be alive . . . ” Above are Hal Roland on piano, steel drums & vocals, Matthew J. Bonelli on bass, Steve Rucker on drums, and Scott Marischen on harp. Scott has a website at

Jazz harpist Scott Marischen. Scott is also a guitarist and booking agent. See, and web sites.

Hal Roland on piano, vocals and steel drums. He is leader of The Hal Roland Orchestra and has worked with Barry Gibb, Jon Secada, Quincy Jones, Exposé and others. Hal’s website is at

Hal Roland on steel drums.

Matt Bonelli on Fender Precision fretless bass. He has worked with the Bee Gees, Ira Sullivan, Tonight Show, Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night With David Letterman, Today Show, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Mose Allison, Roland Hanna, Gap Mangione, Fifth Dimension, the Platters, Smothers Brothers and others. Check Matt’s U of M and MDC pages.

Steve Rucker on drums. Steve is drumset instructor at the University of Miami and worked with the Bee Gees, Randy Bernsen, Paquito D`Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Bruce Hornsby, Bob James, Dave Liebman, Jaco Pastorius, Joe Sample, Jon Secada and others. Read more at Steve’s U of M page.

Guest vocalist Yrasema Santana. I recall Yrasema with “Friends” (featured Miguel Martin on percussion & vocals, Michael Orta on keyboard, Nicky Orta on bass, and others). Yrasema is known as Cary Alexander at Miami’s WDNA public radio station, where she is host of “Latin Jazz Quarter.”

Scott Marischen’s harp plugs into a Roland AC-60 Acoustic Chorus amp.

Originally, steel drums were made from used 55 gallon oil drums and many still are.

Scott Marischen band.

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