The Tumblers

C. J. Clark

Attending Berklee College of Music VERY briefly, CJ left to go on the road to make some much needed cash with several "Chicken-circuit" bands. He joined Chuck Jackson in the early seventies and toured extensively throughout the South. Later CJ (Howard for short) became one of the "Philly-Sound" bassists in the mid-seventies mainly doing session work. He toured with Billy Paul until 1979, with the OJays from '80-'81, and with Sister Sledge from late '81 through '82 when he decided to "hang it up." "Big, Bad, Dangerous Daddy" resurfaced to work with select Philadelphia jazz and R&B bands from 1984 'til present, settling in thankfully with Rollin' and Tumblin'. CJ's wit and boyish charm are every bit as important to the band and their fans as his monster chops.

Tim Hooper

Classically trained on the piano and self-taught on everything else. Tim was educated through high school in Great Britain (still trying to erase the mental image of Hoop in one of those Angus Young school-boy outfits). Later in the US, Tim received his Music Composition degree from Haverford College. Tim not only holds down the keyboards, but also adds his unique jazz inflected guitar voice to Rollin' & Tumblin'. Tim's been playing with a variety of bands off and on for 25 years, including Nancy and the White Boys (with CJ), Philadephia's legendary Soul Survivors and, of course, Rollin' & Tumblin'.

Alan Howe

One of the newest Tumblers, joining the band in 1998, Alan (aka The Unit) has succeeded in integrating his own guitar voice into an already extraordinary ensemble. Known for his "less is more" approach to the blues, Alan's emotional playing style recalls his major influences: BB King, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, Hollywood Fats, Jimmy Vaughan, and Albert Collins. In keeping with the ensemble spirit of the band, Alan enjoys being the third driving force in the rhythm section as much as his tasteful, soulful soloing. Groove is everything.

Matt McNally

Matt came down with drum fever at age twelve with vigorous tapping on table tops and walls. His folks finally got him a kit at fourteen. Later he studied percussion formally at the Haddonfield Conservatory. An admirer of rock drummers as diverse as John Bonham and Danny Seraphine, he counts studio legend Hal Blaine as his strongest influence. When it comes to drumming, Matt eschews flash in favor of taste. "The pocket is the main thing", he says. Matt has played the local scene for many years in bands ranging from upstart original to country to funk/jazz. He has been a fixture at a number of long-running jams in the area, including the legendary Harleysville jam of the 1980s with Mike Guldin and Wayne Johnston. Nothing satisfies like a driving blues shuffle.

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