Los Vagos Band's strength of character comes from the sum of its' parts. While collectively a delicious texture of sounds, the members have gigged internationally, nationally, and, locally all of whom have billed as leaders for many years.
Jocko Macnelly is a mult-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and teacher. At any given moment, he is as likely to break into a calypso tune as to be writing a choral arrangement of an African Soukous song. He has performed with such diverse talents as Billy Eckstein, Lou Donaldson, Phyllis Diller, Archie Bell, A House of Freaks, the Richmond Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Carter Beauford, and Tim Reynolds. www.theotherjocko.com
Dylan Taylor is an American bassist, cellist, composer, and arranger. Dylan's compositions display his music diversity by weaving together AfroCuban, Fusion, Straight-Ahead, Blues, and Avant-garde. He has provided the bottom anchor for artists such as Lee Konitz, Freddie Hubbard, Mose Allison, and Larry Coryell. Taylor's musical score for the feature film, “Takao Dancer” was premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival. www.dylantaylor.com
Percussionist, Jim Hamilton, performs Brazilian, Turkish, Arab, Israeli, global, Avant-garde, Jazz, and Progressive Rock. He has traveled the world and performed with Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, Paul Winter, Jamaladeen Tecuma, Calvin Weston, and Gerald Alston. After touting Japan and Europe, Jum has settled in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pa. To open recording studio and concert venue, Rittenhouse Soundworks. www.rittenhoussoundworks.com
Kelly Meashey is a vocalist, flautist, and songwriter whose voice “reflects the study of horns (as seen through her phrasing) as well as the passion of Soul and Jazz performers.” (Cadence magazine). She has performed in concert at The Chestnut Cabaret, Steel City, Chaplin's, The Music Cafe, The Uptown Jazz Hour series, The Art Museum of Phila., Berks Jazzfest, and Jazzbridge's Jazz in the Wood. Whether she is singing in a cover band, with Philly's Jazz masters, or as a solo voice with dancers, her style is highly improvisational. She co-led on two recordings: Inner Urge with Randy Sarles in the Dreambox Media label, and, Songs of Living with Dylan Taylor on C.I.M.P. (Creative Improvised Music Projects) www.kellymeasheymusic.com
Together, Los Vagos performs a collage of textures including African, Brazilian, Carribean and American Jazz and popular music, as well as originals.