Mike Natchus, PhD, MBA
Accustomed to wearing many hats, Mike has played with, recorded and staged countless artists in many genres. He has received formal training in music theory, drums and percussion, bass and sound engineering and recording since an early age and through numerous collegiate programs at Old Dominion University, Va Tech and Stanford University. In addition to playing drums with numerous rock and country bands while at Va Tech and Stanford, he also built and ran a successful live sound and lighting company to help support himself. While living in Cincinnati, he was the principal drummer for the Procter and Gamble Big Band for 7 years and played in numerous jazz and rock ensembles. Since moving to Atlanta in 2001, he has been involved in numerous bands, recording projects and cabaret shows. Inspired by his work with Atlanta Plays it Forward and the positive impact the organization is having on the North Atlanta music community, he conceived of the T Tones as a unique and creative project to leverage the theatrical talents of his wife Jennifer and the substantial talents and skills of musical director Tom LaDow. Partnering with some of the areas finest singers and jazz musicians, the T Tones are now a uniquely entertaining ensemble that stands alone in the North Atlanta Community as a postmodern, dance experience.
As one of the most sought after jazz pianists in North Atlanta, the smooth and innovative stylings of Tom LaDow can be heard accentuating an astonishingly diverse array of Atlanta bands and ensembles including (Jazz - Jazz Jones Legacy, Divas of Swing), (Big Band - Reflections, Atlanta 17) and (Dance - Atlanta Dance Party). He was classically trained from an early age and became immersed for many years in the Birmingham jazz scene. He played regularly with all the great Birmingham players, among them many Alabama Jazz Hall-of-Famers including trumpeter Bo Berry and bassist Cleve Eaton of Count Basie fame.
Tom was the house pianist for several years with Bo’s club on 18th street where the group would often back-up and jam with the great international headliners as they came through to jam after a concert. “It was electrifying to back up the likes of Winton Marsalis and Grover Washington, Jr. among many others for hours into the night”, said LaDow of this experience, adding “It was the best proving ground for learning the jazz trade.”
Tom also regularly performed at Birmingham’s City Stages each year often backing up national and international jazz greats. One especially notable experience was performing with the late great Eddie Harris.
Anthony is a musician and educator based in Covington, GA. After receiving the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in high school, he attended Kennesaw State University where he graduated with degrees in Jazz Guitar Performance and Music Education for Wind Band. Anthony has performed with: Stevie B, JCru, Southern Mischief, City Beat, The Rockpoint Community Church Worship Band, the Bob Bakert Band, Spectrum, the Chris Otts Band and various other ensembles. While at Kennesaw State University, Anthony performed with: the Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Concert Band and the Basketball Band. Performances of note include: Music Midtown, Inman Park Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, Centennial Olympic Park, The Woodruff Arts Center, The Velvet Note, Churchill Grounds, The Aurora Theatre, The Biltmore Estate, The Jazz Educators Network Conference and the Georgia Music Educators Association Prism Concert. Anthony is currently teaching in the metro-Atlanta area and performing with Momentum Party Band, The T Tones, Conyers Church of God Praise Band, and the Anthony Mancini Group.
Acoustic and Electric bass
Clayton grew up and developed his love for music in 1985, Brazil where the hotbed of Brazilian jazz fueled his passion for playing. He studied extensively under the great Brazilian bass player Marcelo Maia who taught him not only the theory and mechanics of jazz bass, but also the critical role that passion and feel play in true musicianship. In 1990, he moved to the United States to further his music education and continue performing with various artists from different styles.
Since moving to Atlanta, Clayton has emerged as one of the most sought after bass players in the jazz and Brazilian music circles of Northern Atlanta. He has performed with numerous notable acts in the Atlanta area including Satin Alley Jazz and The Reflections Big Band. He can also be seen regularly playing with The Suwanee Swing Band, and of course, The T Tones!
In the 5th grade, Darrell just want to play an instrument -- any instrument. His choice of instruments was dictated by cost ... and the fact that his father would not accept a clarinet or trumpet in the house! But once the trombone was selected, a series of inspiring band directors made it his passion.
He planned to major in music, but was offered a full scholarship at Southern Methodist University to study engineering. So he coupled his scholastic efforts with the marching band, jazz band, and private trombone lessons with John Kitzman (the principal trombonist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra). But it all worked out in the end. His engineering salary keeps him clothed and fed; while his trombone keeps him sane!
His current therapists include Big Band Atlanta, Little Big Band Atlanta, the Basement Brass Quintet, the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble ... and a host of opportunities with various churches and orchestras in the Atlanta area.
Scott was born and raised in New Orleans. He started playing the clarinet in the 4th grade. While in middle school, he started messing around with his younger brother’s flute. He picked up the alto sax in high school when he started playing in the stage band. While in high school, he started playing with dixieland and wedding bands, and started picking up the soprano, tenor and baritone saxes.
At the University of New Orleans, Scott played in the Marching, Concert and Jazz Bands, and in the Wind Ensemble. Scott also joined some fellow UNO musicians to play in the Foot Long Po-Boy Jazz Band dixieland group.
From 1984 to 1995, Scott played in one of New Orleans’ premier oldies dance bands, Bobby Cure and the Summertime Blues. They were a fixture every year at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and had a regular house gig at the 1984 New Orleans World Fair. The group also performed in and backed up performers in many oldies shows and concerts. Scott had the privilege of sitting in with and backing up Aaron Neville, Art Neville, Huey Lewis, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Frogman Henry, Jean Knight and Ernie K-Doe. The group also opened shows for Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Sha-Na-Na, Gary Puckett and Little Anthony. They were also a leading back-up band at talent shows and for Elvis impersonators.
Scott continued to play music in church and around New Orleans until his family was forced to evacuate due to Hurricane Katrina. In the spring of 2006, Scott and his family ended up in the Atlanta area. He currently plays in the orchestra at North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville. He plays regularly with the Metro Jazz Club big band, and the Leonard Blush blues band. He has also filled in with the Capitol City Express big band.
Greg Coile, MSG, RET USA
After retiring from the Army Band in 1992, Mr. Coile continued his musical career as an educator and as a professional musician. He served on the faculty at North Georgia College in Dahlonega and recently retired as a band director from DeKalb County. Over the years, he has recorded for the Atlanta Braves, PBS, the Cartoon Network, Matchbox 20, Edwin McCain, Band of Horses, Cartel, Tyler Perry’s “The Family That Preys”, and was the bugler for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, “The Resting Place”.
His career includes performances with the Atlanta Symphony, the Atlanta Pops, the Macon Pops, the Joe Gransden Big Band, the Cameron Douglas Orchestra and for numerous shows at the Fox, the Alliance, and the Pace Academy Theater. He has performed with the Moody Blues, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Barry Manilow, Frankie Valle, Bette Midler, Wayne Newton, Cab Callaway and Ray Charles, to name a few. Broadway shows include Chicago, Annie, Chorus Line, Annie, Cats and Copacabana.