Sedona AZ (February 5, 2019) – Prescott Az band leader Drew Hall has been working hard to create this all-star band of musicians called Summa Totiusj! What does the name mean? The sum of all parts.
This band features high energy Latin / Flamenco inspired music with an all-star cast of Arizona based musicians. You will enjoy Summa Totius at Sound Bites Grill in Sedona on Saturday February 9th at 7p.m.
The group has a unique sound combing Latin music with jazz, blues and R & B. Drew Hall has put together and talented and very successful musicians that have toured with some of the best!
Summa Totius was formed in January of 2017 when the acoustic duo of Anton Teschner and Drew Hall (Formed in 2004) decided they wanted to bring their music to a new level. Drew had been performing with drummer Gigi Gonaway as a part of the Walt Richardson and Friends band and thought that Gigi would be the perfect drummer for this band.
The band is led by guitarist and vocalist Drew Hall, originally from New York. Blending Latin and flamenco music with blues, jazz and rock, they have developed a unique sound that leave audiences amazed by the fusion of genres and emotion they evoke.
Drew added Gigi Gonaway and Mahlon Hawk to the band whom both have incredible backgrounds and have had wonderful professional musical journies.
Gigi Gonaway has certainly conquered the big stage, having played the biggest arenas in the world with several chart topping artists including Mariah Carey, Steve Winwood , Aretha Franklin , Whitney Houston , James Taylor and Eric Martin.
“I was really fortunate to land and keep an amazing gig with Mariah Carey for 17 years”, says Gigi. “I was playing with musicians on a whole different plane and through this I learned patience and the ability to understand and appreciate true talent.
Gigi now teaches drums to students. His goal is to help students become the best drummer they can be and sound equally good in studio and at live shows.
He can teach remotely as well by having you send him video and he responds to you with analysis of your strengths, sitting position, drum arrangement, breathing and technique as well as suggestions for improvement.
For many years he got to study with and learn from the great Narada Micheal Walden. Narada is not only a great drummer, but an extraordinary producer,” says Gigi.
When asked who would be the perfect bassist for the band Gigi said “call Mahlon Hawk “.
Mahlon Hawk is an Emmy award winning bassist who has recorded and performed with members of Steely Dan and The Cars as well as drumming legend Bernard Purdie. He proclaims music is food for the soul.
Hawk is proficient in styles ranging from acid jazz and funk to rock and blues. The Panamanian-born Hawk first starting playing music at 13. Playing and recording music with a long list of top talent over the years brought Hawk to the attention of Stewart Sound Studio, where he worked on the sound track for a PBS Special with Bob Stewart and Franc Ortega. The trio won an Emmy Award for the score in 2002.
Together they are “ Summa Totius “ , their debut album which features their unique blend of Latin/ Flamenco music with jazz , blues and R&B was released in November 2018 at the Elks Theatre in Prescott Arizona. The Latin lover in you will love the songs and get your feet moving.
There is a $10 Cover to sit in the music room where the band performs in the Sound Bites Grill show lounge. You can enjoy their full dinner menu served until 10p.m. There is a dance floor for you to spin on as well.
Sound Bites Grill is a music themed restaurant located at the Hyatt Pinon Pointe shops. The venue is open for lunch and dinner daily at 11:30am until 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturdays until 10p.m.
If you just want to have dinner at Sound Bites there is no charge to enjoy the main dining room and/or patio. For more information and reservations call 928-282-2713 or visit SoundBitesGrill.com
- What: Latin Fusion dance band Summa Totius
- Where: Sound Bites Grill 101 N. Hwy 89a, Sedona Az 86336 928-282-2713
- When: Sat. Feb 9th, 2019 7 to 10 p.m.
- About: $10 Cover