(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Saturday, May 16th, 2020 —The New Experience is back in the studio. Robby Krieger from the Doors, Brandino, Ed Roth and Franklin Vanderbilt are preparing to launch a live stream. In the studio with the band was Mike Dumas famous head engineer at Horse Latitudes Recording Studio.
Mike said, “You’ve got to check them out. They play fresh, they play great. Check it out. See them live or check out the live streaming show.”
The Hollywood Press Corps sent out a few questions and Brandino took some time to answer our questions. The Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): What’s a good way that can help people stay positive? Brandino: Be Nice Be strong Be Well. HPC: What’s the first thing you’re going to do when the Corona Virus is over?
Brandino: Play a big paying gig I got bills !!
The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to next concert from the New Experience!
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Brandino has put together a power trio that’s set to play the iconic Seven Grand nightclub in downtown Los Angeles on March 19th. Brandino, known for his career as Aretha Franklin’s bass player, will join jazz piano player Andy Langham and Oscar Seaton on drums. Andy is a member of Poncho Sanchez’s Latin Jazz Band and can been seen touring all over the world with Poncho. He has toured with Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Natalie Cole, Christopher Cross, John Heard and many others. Oscar Seaton regularly appears on albums from best-selling artists like Lionel Richie and Lee Ritenhour. He’s worked with award winners David Sanborn, Boz Scaggs and George Benson.
Brandino is a 7 time Grammy awarded, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist. In addition to playing with Aretha Franklin and James Brown, Brandino has worked with Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige.
This will be an amazing night of jazz, funk and soul in one of Los Angeles’ hottest and coolest bars.
(GLENDALE) September 17, 2019 – Kevin “Brandino” Brandon celebrated his 65th birthday at Mambo’s Cafe in Glendale. Many friends, family and fellow professional musicians stopped by to visit and say Happy Birthday to Brandino.
There were so many talented musicians in attendance last night. Legendary Lap Steel guitarist Jay Leach was dining with Quentin Dennard. Jay plays for the house band on American Idol and counts his work on the John Davidson Show to be a great achievement in his career. Quentin is a professional drummer from Detroit and known for playing with the Temptations and Stanley Turrentine back in the day.
Quentin has a jazz trio available for booking through his Facebook page. LA jazz legend John Heard was with his wife Carol. John is known for his work with Pharaoh Sanders, Count Basie and George Duke. John retired from bass playing years ago and know spends his time as a sculptor. He had a photo on his iPhone of the bust of Coltrane that he made. Kenny Elliot was also at the party. Kenny is known for his work with the Lou Rawls band. Kenny has such a positive energy and always gets people into a fun mood. Brandino is a 7 time Grammy awarded, Producer, Composer, Arranger, and Bassist.Brandino has worked with Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige. Its great that Brandino continues to recover and play all these amazing shows. We all look forward to next years celebration!
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — LOS ANGELES — August 8th, 2019 — The New Experience recently played the exclusive Los Angeles Whiskey bar, the Seven Grand. Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles the Seven Grand is Los Angeles’ hottest venue for music and top shelf whiskey. The atmosphere was oozing with cool as the band arrived. Brandino arrived early and took up a spot in the VIP area that had been set aside for the band. The Seven Grand features a Whiskey bible and makes amazing top shelf cocktails. The management for Seven Grand are super nice and were so stoked to have Brandino, Robby Krieger, Ed Roth and Dale Alexander play music for the night.
The featured singer was Haley Reinhart. Haley is a singer and songwriter from Illinois who is a top winner from American Idol. She’s currently on Interscope records. She sings so well with the New Experience. Brandino and Robby are so supportive of other musicians which is really rare in the LA music scene. Haley has passion for singing and is so talented.
The New Experience got started with Booker T and the MG’s iconic tune, Green Onions. The New Experience was in the groove on this Thursday night. Brandino’s bass line had a heavy, confident feel. This was the best performance of the Robby Krieger fronted band. Next up, The New Experience played Valdez. Robby played a cool solo on guitar and Ed Roth played a cool clavinet solo. Ed Roth is such an important member of the New Experience. He has the ability to lay down a steady groove, but he also has the most amazing jazz chops in the business. Ed has played with everyone. Ed is known as a session player and someone with a lot of feel. Ed has a real upbeat spirit and loves to play keyboard.
The band picked up the pace on Revelation and went into a cool groove on a song called Breezin. The New Experience went on to play Event Horizon which is the grammy winning tune that Brandino and Robby wrote together. Robby brought it back to their blues roots with Red Rooster. They also played the jazz standard, Favorite Things. One more blues tune was Albert King’s Born Under a Bad Sign. They took it back to the Doors with Riders on the Storm. This is such a cool song that everyone at Seven Grand instantly recognized.
One thing that a lot of people might not know is that the Doors didn’t originally have a bass player. Ray Manzerak played the bass lines on an organ using the pedals. Maybe for this reason, Robby has cool organs and great keyboard players that come and sit in. Legendary Hammond Organ player, Brian Auger stopped by to play with the New Experience on Light My Fire. Brian is known for playing with Sonny Boy Williamson and Jimi Hendrix in the 60s. He sounded great on Thursday at the Seven Grand.
Dale Alexander on drums was a real treat. The stage at Seven Grand doesn’t look like much, but the sound was perfect. Dale plays so well with Brandino. He has a lot of feel and doesn’t play too loud.
The young crowd at Seven Grand was really into the performance. Seven Grand is one of downtown LA’s hottest bars and the scene on Thursday was off the hook. We look forward to the next performance of the New Experience!
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — JANUARY 3, 2019 — Kevin “Brandino” Brandon is back! After his near death experience where he says he, “saw the light,” Brandino has been working hard in physical therapy at Kaiser Permenanente. He is currently working on getting out of his wheel chair and using two canes. He’s up to one thousand steps and pushing to get stronger everyday.
Brandino is working on so many projects. Its’s hard to go into detail on each one. Kevin will be attending NAMMM this year. This is the annual National Association of Music Merchants event held at the Anaheim Convention Center. This event is the worlds largest trade show for music products and pro audio. If Brandino is attending NAMM 2019, it means that he has a project to promote. Stay tuned for details.
Brandino is a Grammy winning producer, composer, arranger, and bassist. He also plays jazz flute. Brandino has created music for many TV shows. Brandino created a tune called “Singularity,” which was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year in 2011. Brandino recorded this with Robby Krieger of the Doors. Brandino has worked with Aretha Franklin, Ty Dolla $ign, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige. Brandino is known as a hard worker, a teacher and a living legend. Check out the link to Brandino’s website to read his incredible story;