GCQ - My Trio's bios
LEE BLASKE (Piano) Composer/producer/keyboardist Lee Blaske is in continual demand as an arranger and composer of television and radio commercials, music for industrial shows, and compositions, arrangements and orchestrations for recording projects of all kinds. His orchestrations are found on the albums of many Flyte Tyme artists such as: Janet Jackson, Sounds of Blackness, Karyn White, Mariah Carey, Gladys Knight, Boyz II Men, Alexander O'Neal, Johnny Gill, Evelyn "Champagne" King and Color Me Badd as well as those of Nona Gaye, The Boys, The Steeles, and Amy Grant. His long list of commercial credits includes Coca Cola, Target, Mattel, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, United Airlines, Porsche, Tour de France, Marshall Field's, Rollerblades, Lee Jeans, Kemps, Piper Jaffry, Rite Aid, Ameritech, the Minnesota Twins, Kirby Vacuum, Toro, Coast to Coast, Purina, Bissel, Easy Spirit, Perkins, Friendly's, the Minnesota Lottery, Musicland/Sam Goody, and many, many others. He has performed with a diverse collection of artists including Michael Johnson, The Mills Brothers, Chuck Berry, Tex Bennike, Lou Christie, Del Shannon, Bobby Vinton, The Osmond Brothers, The Coasters, and The Pied Pipers as well as doing "pit" duty for numerous Broadway musicals on tour.
MARK WEISBERG (Bass) Mark Weisberg served as bassist, guitarist, and musical director for several nationally syndicated television shows on the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) between 1978 - 1984. While in Detroit he backed up many nationally known jazz performers including guitarist Earl Klugh and vocalist Phyllis Hyman. He performed several times at the Montreaux Detroit Jazz Festival during this period. He was the bassist and lead vocalist for jazz recording artist Bugs Beddow and his quintet in Detroit between 1980-1984. Since moving back to Minneapolis in 1984 (to open his practice as a clinical psychologist), Mark has performed and/or recorded with numerous jazz artists and groups in the Twin Cities. They include: Moore By Four, Rio Nido with Prudence Johnson, Jeannie Arland Peterson, Michael Monroe, The Wolverines Jazz Band, Dreamscape, Connie Evingson, Michelle Moline, Dennis Spears, Patty Peterson, Bruce Henry, Bobby Peterson, Cynthia Johnson, Irv Williams, Adi Yeshaya, and Ginger Commodore
BOBBY COMMODORE (Drums) Long time Twin Cities resident BOBBY COMMODORE has filled the drum throne for many local ensembles in many different genres of music. In 1974, he began a 20-year affiliation with the Grammy Award winning group ‘The Sounds of Blackness’ with whom he toured the United States and recorded several ‘albums’ and where he met his wife, Ginger (who was also a member of the ‘Sounds’). Working with the ‘Sounds’ lead to many other musical opportunities within the Twin Cities gospel community. Then, in 1986 he took the plunge into the world of Jazz. Bobby received a call from friend Sanford Moore to perform with a new group at the Ruby’s Café. That one time performance lead to a 12-year affiliation as drummer and business manager of the renowned jazz ensemble, MOORE BY FOUR. With ‘MB4’, Bobby played to sold-out houses across the Midwest, toured the world playing at prestigious Jazz Festivals and appeared on several PBS specials featuring the ensemble. Being featured with Moore By Four has allowed Bobby to perform on all the local major stages including the Guthrie Theater, Orchestra Hall, The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and The Fitzgerald Theater. Bobby continues to refine his skills while serving as Musical Director and drummer for his wife, Ginger Commodore, and her band GCQ. Bobby defines his playing style as “being in the pocket, in-the-groove.” Vocalists enjoy working with him because of his ‘big ‘ ears and use of dynamics. Local favorites, Debbie Duncan, Bruce Henry, Dennis Spears, Connie Evingson, Yolande Bruce and Cynthia (Funky Town) Johnson have all featured him in their bands.