Here are the members of the band that put the “gumbo” in Gumbo Ya Ya :

 


 

Paul Hollis – Guitar/Vocals

Paul Hollis began with piano and trombone before concentrating on guitar and building a foundation in classic rock and blues.  He extended his Electrical Engineering studies to pick up courses in music theory and composition.

After his first degree, stints in several mid-west and south-east touring bands culminated in a central Florida-based group performing originals, album-cut rock, and pop.  This Florida based group often served as the opening act for artists such as: Blood Sweat and Tears, Edgar Winters, Mitch Ryder, Berlin, and Richie Havens, among others.

Additional degrees landed Paul in an engineering position in Austin where he now regularly plays with Gumbo Ya Ya.

 


 

Danny Marquette – Organ / Vocals

Danny started playing classical piano at age 5 but took a hard turn when he discovered girls really liked hearing him play Elton John. Around that same time he picked up trombone, guitar, bass, and drums and the classical chapter was closed. He started playing in the high school jazz band and visited New Orleans in college after his jazz band director said “I don’t know what you’re playing, but it’s wrong. You need to head to NOLA and listen!”

Since arriving in Austin in 1988 Danny has been playing all kinds of music including  jazz combos, big bands, rock and roll, R&B, funk, folk, little bit of country, and good ole New Orleans music.

 


 

Geno Gottschall – Sousaphone/Bass

A native of Austin, Geno Gottschall has been involved in the music community from an early age.  Geno has performed and recorded with many well known groups, all over the world.  His instruments include voice, piano, bass, guitar and tuba.

Geno Gottschall holds a Music Theory degree from The University of Texas, at Austin.  He taught orchestra and choir at Lanier High School for 7 years.  Geno is now pursuing other interests as well as holding down the low end for Gumbo Ya Ya!

 


 

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Kenny Felton – Drums

Kenny graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Music, Audio Technology and Ethnomusicology.  During that time Kenny was one of the early students of Rock & Roll icon, Kenny Aronoff, where he learned a lot about letting the groove “simmer.”

Kenny has been playing in Austin, TX since 1986 and has supported many of Austin’s finest musicians, both live and in the studio.  Some of the artists Kenny has worked with include: Delbert McClinton, Jack Ingram, Hal Ketchum, The Platters, The Drifters, WC Clark, Tomas Ramirez, Beto y Los Fairlanes, Tamasha Africana, Austin Jazz Workshop, Gary Primich, Rob Roy Parnell, The Big Time, and the list goes on.  Currently Kenny is providing the deep pocket grooves for Gumbo Ya Ya.