Beee Band

Bee

The Duo

Boo

Curt Brown  (on the left) has been playing harmonica for 15 years. He is a member also of the band Schneider and Brown that performs songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. And he is in a duo with Karen Loffler featuring a mix of traditional and contemporary Americana music. Folk music never fades - it just transforms into memories from our younger selves.

 

 

Karen Loffler  (secondtoleft) has been performing for 40 years, playing solo and in various groups at festivals, coffee houses, artineducation programs, and even in remote hiking lodges in upstate NY. Inspired by Kate Wolf, The Eagles, and Nancy Griffith, her songs blend trad. and contemporary Americana music that inspires audiences to sing along.

 

 

Bee Zander  (secondtoright) feels grateful to be playing music with wonderful people such as these. She's enthusiastic about playing folk festivals; enjoys taking on guitar students, and sitting kneetoknee sharing tunes;  sings in a variety of musical styles in other contexts and records at Paradise Sound Arts. Engaged in various musical projects, she's having a great time with The Beee Band.

 

 

Jeff Meyer  (on the right) has been playing the bass since he was twelve. He has immersed himself in a wide range of musical genres including rock, blues, R&B, jazz, new age, country, and reggae. He has played with a variety of musicians, both known and unknown, and has performed on the national blues circuit.

 

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Blue Moon  (Rodgers and Hart)

Bee

(Here is the link to Bee's Band Mix Profile.)

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Bee's a music lover. She's been involved in music scenes in L.A. and New York and  performed country music in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina and on the Space Coast of Florida. For a decade in Newfoundland (NL, Canada) she was devoted to playing Irish music along with music partner Boo in the duo Bee & Boo. As a kid Bee took piano lessons, played in recitals, and sang high soprano in school chorus. At 14 she took folk guitar lessons and after awhile got together with friends to expand her chops. She was jazz guitar student of Billy Bauer (of the Duke Ellington Orchestra). Throughout the 60's & 70's she was fortunate to attend jazz concerts in NYC with her father. Her father, Dick Zander was a musicologist by avocation who shared an appreciation of music as well as a substantial collection of jazz, blues, and folk, records. His guidance and inspiration led Miss Bee to develop keen relative pitch, good ear, a snappy sense of synchopation, and an abiding interest in music.

 

At nineteen (in the mid–70’s) Bee moved to the Village and played music in three notable groups:

  1. Barshaw and Zee. Bee "Zee" sang harmony and played lead guitar in this roots music duo. At the time David Barshaw wrote folk songs in the well–tred tradition of Bob Dylan. They worked with some of the same folks and traced some of the same downtown haunts and entertained in Chelsea and the Village. Bee sang and played guitar, and co–arranged material. At this point  her lead guitar playing achieved it’s own level and style. Exuberant singers and guitarists, Barshaw and Zee were heard at clubs that included Folk City and  Kenny's Castaways. There were times  they busked over open guitar cases on Greenwich Village street corners to survive. Barshaw and Zee were recorded on WBAI FM radio (the recording remains in public radio station archives).
  2. David Peel and the Lower East Side, the seminal NYC rock group — Bee sang back-up vocals and kept the beat alongside Phyllis Levine. Phyllis and Bee supported David Peel's band vocally and with small percussion, with great life-long rocker Tommy Doyle (on bass). David, Tommy, and Phyllis are now deceased. The band performed in Wash. Square Park, recorded in studios (including Electric Ladyland), and played outdoor rallies. They notably performed for an audience of thousands at a Washington, D.C. convention. Bee was part of the band as it played live weekend nights at Mills Tavern on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. David Peel's music lives on.
  3. The Lost Souls were an original 1977 punk band at the time the genre was formed. The line-up was lead singer Little Annie Bandez (who is back performing in New York City after a European tour), bassist Carl Lundgren (currently rocking in the Bronx, New York City); Sal on drums; Bee on guitar. The Lost Souls rehearsed and they performed at Kenny's Castaways and  CBGBs.

 

In the Eighties Bee was at the peak of a typographic, graphic arts career. She played guitar synthesizer in Venice, California along with Zeighta Gold and sat in with friends. A fixture in the club scene, venturing out at night to hear live bands, Bee wrote music reviews. Her fleeting image is captured in Penelope Spheeris Decline of Western Civilization music documentary covering the scene. Bee's music column tracked the development and rise of eminent punk, new wave, metal, and rock groups in L.A.

 

Bee's a–buzzin'... Known best for work with John "Boo" Ferris in the duo Bee & Boo, Bee manages the Rock the Porch Jam series (in Melbourne Beach, Florida). She reaches out to assist others in the musical community, and teaches adult guitar.  •  Bee sits in (guitar, vocals) with Big Stick and the Woodies (in Melbourne Village)  •  She sings and plays rhythm guitar in the 60's classic rock outfit, The Acid Cats • Bee plays lead guitar and sings harmony in John "Bumper" Demari's Ocean Mountain Band. Now the sounds of Americana music fill the hive with girl harmony and a touch of the blues on the Space Coast of Florida with The Bee Band — music by Bee Zander, Karen Loffler, Curt Brown, and Jeff Meyer.

 

See Bee Zander's Band Mix music profile for further information.

Blue Gee  — Bee's Open–G Blues

Big Boss Man  — Mel. Village Jam

Instrumentation:      Bee:  guitar,  vocals;
                              
Boo:  vocals, guitar, walking dulcimer, harmonica.

 

Individually Bee and Boo add to the musical community on Florida's Space Coast. Both of them sing and play a variety of blues infused musical styles including Folk, Rock, Irish, Hillbilly, Appalachian, Gospel, Blues, Pop, Standards, Country & Western and Traditional. Their performance career spanned two decades (1996–2016). With over 90 years of musical experience between them, they are now involved in giving back by enhancing local participation in music.

Photo: Stan Collins

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Crazy (Willie Nelson)

Pallet on Your Floor (trad.)

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Photo ©Gail Carson

Boo (John) has lived in many places in North America including the town of Marshall, North Carolina; Cow Head, Newfoundland in Canada; New York City and the upstate; Southern California, and Washington, D.C.. He's based on Florida’s Space Coast.

 

Musical Background: He started as a five–year–old song and dance boy. Joined his first rock and blues band in 1965, and has performed solo and in bands, choruses and church choirs for over 50 years.

 

Musical Influences: Huddie Ledbetter, Blind Willie Johnson, Eric Burdon, Ralph Stanley, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Elvis Presley, the British Invasion, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and more.

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Only the Lonely (Orbison)

I Am the Man, Thomas (Stanley/Sparks)

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