About the Superchief Trio
Pianist Keith Munslow met trombonist Pam Murray at Providence arts incubator AS220 in the early 1990’s, where they performed together in the Smoking Jackets and the Neo 90s Dance Band. Keith and drummer Johnny Cote played together in the Big Nazo band, and soon Johnny became the drummer for the Neo 90s. Having cut their teeth on rough-and-tumble dance blues with the Smoking Jackets, Keith and Pam began playing gigs at a dim and smoky basement bar (now defunct) called The East Bay Regatta Club. Owing to safety in numbers, Johnny Cote was recruited, and Superchief Trio was born circa 2000. The casual nature of the place and its heckling denizens encouraged recklessness and experimentation with new songs, new arrangements and inspired a higher level of daredevil musical abandon.
Emerging from this subterranean honky-tonk, Superchief Trio continues the tradition of good-time music and barrelhouse hijinks. In 2008 Superchief Trio grew to five members when they added guitarist Tom Ferraro & bassist/vocalist Steve Bigelow. Tom has been a staple in many RI bands, including The High Rollers & Stormin’ Norman & The Hurricanes. Steve has also been with numerous bands throughout New England including Sleepy LaBeef and Young Neal & the Vipers. With the addition of these great players, the band finds itself careening down new musical highways and back roads, amassing an ever-expanding repertoire of tasty original songs and cool cover tunes. In more ways than one, Superchief Trio has truly become the largest trio in Rhode Island…and beyond!
Keith Munslow (piano/vocals)
Keith began dabbling with blues and boogie-woogie piano as a member of Big Nazo in the 1980s. Shortly afterwards, he formed the Smoking Jackets, a rough-and-tumble barrelhouse blues band which also featured trombonist Pam Murray.
Keith and Pam (along with John Cote) formed Superchief Trio in 2000, after a series of spirited pick up gigs together. In addition to his work with Superchief, Keith is an award-winning storyteller/musician for kids and families. He has recorded five CDS of songs and stories, garnering Parents Choice awards for two. Keith also hosts and directs the Empire Revue, a monthly variety show at Providence art hub, AS220. He has composed music for Perishable Theatre, Manton Avenue Project, and for choreographer Heidi Henderson.
Pam Murray (trombone/vocals)
Trombonist/vocalist Pam Murray played in The Smoking Jackets with Keith, and the Neo ’90s Dance Band with both Keith and John, before joining forces with them to form Superchief Trio.
Pam’s sultry voice, and incredible trombone chops are signatures of the band’s unique sound. Pam also joins forces with three other trombonists to perform with The Bonafide Quartet. In addition to her work as a musician, Pam is also a talented professional photographer.
John Cote (drums)
John joined Pam and Keith to form Superchief Trio, having previously shared the stage with them as part of The Neo ‘90s dance band, and with Keith as a member of Providence‘s own R&B puppet band, Big Nazo.
John has also shared the stage with RI’s punk rock favorites, Neutral Nation, as well as The Brides of Jesus, The Top Cats, and The Stumbleweeds. Currently, he also lends his percussion talents to Jeri and the Jeepsters.
Tom Ferraro (guitar)
Guitarist Tom Ferraro joined the trio in 2008 after sitting in on various gigs. A veteran blues musician, he began performing in the late 70’s with regional blues act Stormin Norman And The Hurricanes. He was a founding member of Dave Howard and The HighRollers, and released 3 CDs with Dave, a former Roomful of Blues vocalist.
The High Rollers last CD was on the 2006 Grammy ballot for Best Traditional Blues Album. Tom has produced and played on various CD’s, including Dave Howard, the late Rick Mendes, Professor Harp, and Bob Margolin. He has shared the stage with or backed such regional and national acts as Hubert Sumlin (guitarist for Howlin Wolf), Junior Watson, Anson Funderburgh, Sherman Robertson, Sugar Ray Norcia, Eddie Kirkland, Joe Beard AC Redd, Albert Collins, James Montgomery, Ronnie Earl, The BlackJaxs, Guitar Slim Jr., and Elmore James Jr. Chet Williamson of the Worcester Telegram and gazette commented: “Ferraro should be mentioned in the same breathe as Duke Robiilard and Ronnie Earl. He has the chops and feel and deserves to be heard”
Steve Bigelow (bass)
Steve became Superchief Trio’s fifth member in 2009, thereby cementing its status as “The Largest Trio in New England”. Steve started gigging in Conn. in 1968 at the tender age of 13. (his mother came along as chaperone!)
He toured with the legendary Sleepy LaBeef in 1973, and joined Touch in 1978, relocating to RI. In 1989. he signed with Atlantic Records, as a member of Young Neal and The Vipers. He has shared the stage with such luminaries as Greg Allman, Willie Dixon, Dr. John, and also toured with blues piano master Pine Top Perkins. In addition to his work with Superchief Trio, Steve is on call with Neal Vitullo and The Vipers, The Boogaloo Swamis, Tim Taylor Blues Band, The Hub Caps, Gary Gramolini and The Grinders, and Touch. He’s a busy guy!
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