See Larry Vann presents The House Band, Live and In Person


Adam Gabriel/ Michael Warren/ Phillip “Roscoe” Gallo

These musicians have decades of experience playing, recording and touring all over the world.


“To sum up how I am, I’m a groove merchant, always searching for a groove. That’s my mission – to find the grooves, me grabbing it and locking it in. Every time I play, I want to be able to capture it.”

Larry Vann has made an impressive mark on the Bay Area music scene over the years with his authentic, piercing, all-encompassing musical technique. Authentic “root music”, the essential substance of his artistic source, is the foundation of this superbly seasoned artist’s own music branding, which fuses the essence of soul-stirring blues, sweet, mellow jazz and genuine soul, R&B and funk. One listen to his compelling, penetrating and intoxicating grooves clearly demonstrates why he has been in such huge demand for sessions & tours with the likes of ELVIN BISHOP and MERL SAUNDERS. His top-notch drumming and percussion has garnered him popular and critical success throughout the United States and Europe, and Vann has also wowed critics and crowds alike with his sultry singing voice, buoyed by his melodic, inventive songwriting.

A professional performer since age 15, Vann draws from a deep well of musical influence, including gospel, blues, funk, jazz and soul. These various genres have collectively shared his unique sound, his groove “brand”, which is in full display in his performances and music recordings. Vann’s resume reads like a “Who’s Who” list, having toured and recorded with those musicians listed above, as well as THE WHISPERS, MARTHA REEVES, THE MARVALETTES, CHARLES BROWN, BUFFY SAINT-MARIE, RANDY CRAWFORD and many more. His work with the popular San Francisco Bay Area blues group, RON THOMPSON & THE RESISTORS contributed to the band earning two Bay Area Music Awards (BAMMY).

His impressive career also includes a motion picture role as a nightclub band member in the Academy Award nominated “Peggy Sue Got Married” and being featured on the ABC Television San Francisco local affiliate, KGO for his work with “GRAMMY In The Schools” as a mentor and instructor. World tours with jazz pianist, BRIAN AUGER and blues harp legend CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE round out a phenomenal career in music making. The true power of the “Groove Merchant” is exhibited in his latest musical creation, the “Oakland Scratch Groove”. This groove is a true reflection of Mr. Vann‘s talent as he offers his brand of penetrating, soulful, authentic “root music” grooves.

Vann’s honors and awards include:

  • The Blues Society’s West Coast Hall of Fame, “Blues Drummer of the Year” award
  • The Jazz Institute’s “Man of the Year” award
He is also Governor Emeritus, San Francisco chapter of The Recording Academy® (GRAMMY). “When a band locks down on a groove, it’s powerful. It can become hypnotic. It gets people dancing, excited. Once you’ve experienced that, you’re always in search of it.”

His groove will grab a hold on you…you’re all day long…


Formerly with Hank Ballard, Chic Willis and Howard Tate.
Vocalist, Multi–instrumentalist, Guitar has always been my first love as it was the instrument The muse stung me with at the age of twelve.

It was “Ray Charles what I say” that knocked me out. Since then it’s been R&B, blues Rock N Roll, a little Jazz and everything else in between.
Music have been my salvation as well as a curse, but I got to have it. Was blessed to perform and record with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Hank Ballard for 17 years, with time I acted as MD, Manager and Bus driver. Being with a self–contained R&B Revue brought a bounty of music performances in Europe and the USA’s top venues as well opportunity’s to back up major Artists of his Era too many to list.

I’ve recorded and toured with the late Dan Hicks and the Hot licks as well was part of the Christmas Jug Band of which I was an executive producer for the Uncork LB.

Presently working in Northern California playing a variety of genres and styles.


Although Warren considered himself one of the black hippies of the 60s and 70s, his roots run deep into Jazz, Funk and Motown groove. He has performed and toured with a great spectrum of dynamic artists including MERL SAUNDERS, BB KING, RANDY CRAWFORD, MARIA MULDAUR, BUDDY MILES, THE CRUSADERS, THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND and many others. The performance venues where he has displayed his talent range from The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, The House of Blues in Chicago, The Fillmore in San Francisco to Carnegie Hall in New York City.

His musical beginnings started in Seattle, Washington. Born to a music, contracting and real estate family, Warren took the path of music, leaving real estate for a later time. Warren’s father Eugene Warren, Sr. moonlighted as jazz pianist, organist and music contractor all over the Washington State and Canada while his mother and sisters sang in church. Warren recalls, “'I now realize that some of those people hanging out in our basement rehearsal room were Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles”, among others.

Warren was to be a pianist as was his older brother Eugene, Jr. and younger brother Walter. That changed when his father recruited his older brother Eugene, Jr. to play bass when his bassist couldn’t make the gig. He was hooked when he watched them rehearse with the rest of the band in his dad’s basement rehearsal room. By age 5 he was sitting on his brother’s lap picking Motown tunes on a scaled down Dan Electro bass. He was also sneaking down to the rehearsal room to try out every instrument left behind for the next rehearsal. By age 7, Warren was dabbling on guitar, piano, organ, and vibes, occasionally trying out saxophone and trombone. While he never really took formal lessons on any of them, by 9 years old, he gained enough knowledge and facility to show his friends how to get around the instruments and eventually started his first band at age 10. He taught his younger brother the bass so he could play piano. He recalls, “that was the first time I ever got paid to do what I truly loved. We made 10 bucks and came to 2 dollars each!” By 12 years old, he had formed his first 3-piece horn band with trumpet, sax and trombone. Needing to teach the trombone player how to play various riffs and phrases, he learned to play trombone by ear. Realizing how much he enjoyed the instrument Warren continued to play the trombone for the next 20 years.

Warren decided to leave Seattle for a short Navy career in San Diego, which did not include music study. He eventually moved to the Oakland bay area to pursue a music career. Landing at Laney College, Warren recalls, “Jazz Pianist professor Ed Kelly was the jazz band director. I remember walking into the music department and asking him if I could play bass. Looking over his glasses, he pointed over to the bass chair where there were at least 8 guys and one girl standing, handed me a bass trombone and said ’go home and practice this and you can play’. I played in the trombone section for the next 2 years. That was 1975. I eventually bought myself an electric bass and borrowed an upright and started playing mostly trombone gigs around the bay area with groups such as the Caribbean All Stars, the Ballads and Son & Daughters of Lite. For about 2 years, no one at Laney knew I was a bassist. They would always refer to me as the “that bad trombone player.” Eventually, due to cracks in my front teeth, I retired the trombone and went back to playing bass€.


Owner and Operator of Gallo Productions, has been employed as a professional keyboard player since 1971.

He moved from Buffalo, New York to San Francisco in 1977 and has performed with many local musicians and singers including the Jules Broussard Band, Malo, The Fred Ross Project and The Starlight Orchestra, Alvon Johnson, Frank Biner, Pacific Brass and Electric, and many others. Philip is a master of keys.