Meet The Band

Who are Homemade JAM?

If you haven't experienced a Homemade JAM show, you're in for a real treat. Always fun and a bit zany with serious musicianship and vocal chops, this quintet brings alive some of the greatest songwriting of the 20th century: Tin Pan Alley, jug band music, acoustic blues, popular hits of the '20s and '30s and more obscure, but equally wonderful, tunes from the era.

In Homemade JAM's current program, Tin Pan Alley...and Then Some, hear new, exciting versions of classic tunes, such as "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "Ain't She Sweet" as well as jug band favorites like "Blues in the Bottle"  and "Shake That Thing." From slinky ballads à la Mae West to rompin'-stompin' "poor man's jazz," Homemade JAZZ is guaranteed to deliver the goods. Read more about Homemade JAM's ingredients--Tom Fair, Samantha Elin, Bob Gothar, Jerry Strull,  Steve Sadd and Lynn Coulter--below.

Tom Fair - Lead Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica



Hailing from the East Coast, Tom (born Thomas Leo Feher) began his illustrious music career as a songwriter and studio musician for the New York City-based pop vocal group The Left Banke. In the '60s and '70s, he shared the stage with now-legends The Turtles, Mitch Ryder, Chuck Berry, James Cotton and Screamin' Jay Hawkins among others.

A walking encyclopedia of music history, Tom is as comfortable serving up a Beatles tune as he is an old Appalachian mountain tune, a '50s ballad or a Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers tune circa 1928, the latter which you'll hear him do with Homemade JAM. Aside from being a versatile vocalist, he is a guitarist, pianist and event producer. He's shared his knowledge and experience with many students, both young and old, as a music instructor in the L.A. area for the past 24 years.

Bob Gothar - Lead Guitar/Bass/Vocals

Like so many kids growing up in the '60s, Bob Gothar saw the Beatles for the first time, picked up a guitar and never put it down. A professional guitarist and bassist since the age of 17, Bob has been a fixture of the Southern California country and roots music scene for 40 years. He's played with dozens of acts locally and around the world, and has accompanied the likes of Peter Tork, J.D. Souther, Rosanne Cash, Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney, John Oates, The Cowsills, the Eagles' Don Felder and Roger McGuinn of Byrds fame.

"Bobby G" has toured the United States, playing  thousands of events, with surf band Papa Doo Run Run for the last 19 years. He's also the guitarist for popular rockabilly artist James Intveld, whose tours have taken Gothar from the GreazeFest in Australia to a wedding in Romania. He plays swing dances with Intveld's other band, The Swing Sinners.

When he's not busy playing live, Bob does session work and appeared on "King for a Day," Micky Dolenz's tribute album to Carole King. He cites Larry Carlton, Albert Lee, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Chet Atkins as some of his favorite players to listen to. In the rare moments he's not playing music, he enjoys his other passion--cooking, especially Indian food.

Samantha Elin - Vocals/Percussion/Dancing/A Wee Bit Guitar



A true Valley girl, Samantha spent her teenhood riding her bike to the Sherman Oaks Galleria, burying her nose in a book, and listening and dancing to records--hundreds of them. Aside from the pop and New Wave on the radio at the time, she steeped herself in her parents' and grandparents' music--musicals, folk, swing. After a professional life as a writer and editor, she's returned in recent years to her musical roots, writing songs and singing old-timey tunes.

Samantha's compositions collected at such a rapid rate, she released two CDs simultaneously--Blue Plate Special, a collection of folk and country tunes, and Late Bloomer, whose songs span from ukulele old-timey to anthem rock to indie folk. Her first songwriting assignment was for a bail bonds company. She's come full circle in Homemade JAM, singing "He's in the Jailhouse Now," a classic tune recorded by Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band in 1930.

Steve Sadd - Tenor & Soprano Sax/Vocals

Steve's solos are breathtaking in their intonation, clarity and tastefulness. Not surprising considering his background. L.A.-bred, he's been a professional musician much of his life.   His impressive resume includes performing or recording with such legendary jazz artists as pianist/composer Tom Garvin, saxophonist/clarinetist Art Pepper, drummer Jim Keltner, guitarist Thom Rotella, Roger Neumann, guitarist Rick Zunigar, and Tom Peterson, and many Blues/R&B artists including Lloyd Price and Dallas Hodge, and hip hop/funk composer and bassist Ronnie Hudson. 

Playing (and singing) many diverse styles of music including R&B, Jazz, Classic Rock, Latin, Country and Pop/Top 40, Steve has toured internationally.  He has performed with the opening acts at various concerts featuring the likes of Crosby Stills, Jefferson Starship and The Doobie Brothers. 

Steve has entertained for the Academy Awards Governor's Ball and works as a studio musician playing both saxophone and electric bass. He has been a voting member of the Grammy Awards (N.A.R.A.S.) for over 34 years.

Lynn Coulter - Drums/Percussion/Vocals

It’s no surprise Lynn Coulter has music in his blood. He’s lived in places steeped in the roots of American music.  Born in New Orleans, Lynn came to California by way of Jackson, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee, and those regional influences are quite apparent in his playing with artists such as Leon Russell, Paul Butterfield, Carole King and Rita Coolidge.  Through his work with Coolidge, Lynn became involved with her side project Walela, a Native American pop group originally made famous by their work with Robbie Robertson on “Music for the Native Americans.”  He's performed with a long list of luminaries: Mary Wells, the Drifters, the Coasters, Bo Diddley, Little Anthony, the Shirelles and the Marvelettes.

And not to be outdone by other Homemade JAM musicians influenced by The Beatles, Lynn plays and sings in the noted L.A.-based tribute band Sgt. Pepper. Getting back to his Southern roots, he sings and plays in SouthBound, an Allman Brothers tribute band. His energetic drumming and eclectic collection of percussion make him a feast for the eyes and ears.

ALUMNI--Jerry Strull - Lead Guitar/Vocals

Pasadena-based Jerry Strull has been bouncing around the L.A. music scene since the early '70s. Born in Texas but raised in the west San Fernando Valley, he first got hooked on playing violin and viola. A lover of all kinds of music, he was smitten early on by the Beatles, which led him to guitar and rock 'n' roll. He came up in an era when he says any self-respecting teenager--who was serious about guitar--spent every free moment trying to copy Clapton and Hendrix riffs and dreaming of Guitar God glory.

After a couple of years of studying classical guitar in college, Jerry branched out into folk and blues music. In addition to performing with Homemade JAM, he can be seen singing and playing lead guitar with the L.A. touring company of  "Just Imagine," a musical about the life and career of John Lennon. When Jerry is not playing lead guitar with other bands, he can be found at various L.A. clubs "doing the singer-songwriter thing" as he puts it. He describes his songs as "Neo-Apocalyptic Campfire Songs for Dreamers." 

ALUMNI--Chris Elliott - Trumpet/Vocals


When Chris Elliott plays trumpet with Homemade JAM, there's a palpable excitement in the audience. His energy, terrific intonation and undeniable enthusiasm are riveting.

Notable gigs include a week-long engagement as a trumpet player in the Green Zone in Baghdad in 2007 with Major Michael Pacheco’s Groove Alliance. It was at the height of the Patreus surge, and Elliott’s diary of the adventure, entitled “Trumpeter’s Week in a War Zone” ran as a centerpiece in the Sunday Boston Globe, and was among’s most heavily visited article series that year.

Elliott has also worked with blues legend Mighty Sam McClain, Texas R&B master Andy Chase Cundiff, and countless quality music groups across New England and Southern California. He has been in working bands for 35 years, and has easily done more than 2000 gigs as a trumpet player or a vocalist. He is always in good wit and good cheer.

When he's not playing trumpet, Elliott works as a copywriter for the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, with a specialty in band and orchestral instruments as well as professional audio equipment as pertains  to live sound and recording.


ALUMNI--John Cartwright - Upright Bass

John Cartwright has had an illustrious musical career that took him around the world as Harry Belafonte's bassist for over 35 years. He also served as Belafonte's tour manager and general manager of Belafonte Enterprises. He has played with a list of other luminaries like Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, and has managed Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson and Luther Vandross.  

As a member of the house band at L.A.'s legendary mecca for singer-songwriters Kulak's Woodshed, John accompanies a bevy of local talent every Monday night at the venue's famous open mic.  He plays in The Reinforcements, witty folk singer-songwriter Tracy Newman's band.

ALUMNI--Steve Reid - Percussion



This veteran of the road and the studio has toured with Supertramp; co-founded The Rippingtons, one of the biggest contemporary jazz groups of all time; played on over 1200 recordings; and holds a Grammy for his work with Miles Davis. As a producer and recording/mixing engineer, his studio The Sonic Jungle has seen everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to George Clinton pass through its doors. He's been named JAZZIZ Magazine's Percussionist of the Year multiple times and received DRUM! magazine's World Percussionist of the Year award.

In Homemade JAM shows, Steve ditches his bongos for washboard, spoons, a metal torpedo and tons of other period accoutrements he's collected over the years. He recently acquired a tower rife with tons of salvaged materials, bells and whistles that needs to be seen to be believed. To see him play this instrument, dubbed "Matilda," a visit to a Homemade JAM show is in order.

IN MEMORIAM--Ed Pausic - Upright Bass/Vocals

With a lifelong passion for music (he started playing with bands when he was eight), Ed studied at Loyola Marymount University, where he earned a BA in music with an emphasis in percussion, and later worked as a drummer and guitar technician. Over the next 36 years, he's appeared in musical acts of all types, playing guitar and bass, as well as singing in rock, folk, theater, jazz and classical settings. He has also been a studio musician, currently focusing on stand-up and electric bass, as well as vocals.  Ed is a soulful blues singer and brings a special smoldering sound to such classics as Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out and St. James Infirmary Blues.

IN MEMORIAM--Rob Sandiford - Vocals/Banjo/Dobro



It sometimes feels as if there isn't an instrument Rob cannot play. He picks up anything with strings and magic happens. His banjo and Dobro solos at Homemade JAM shows are so tasty and intonation so good, it's goose bump producing. And then there are his vocals—they can sink bass low and crescendo sky high. Come to a Homemade JAM show and bear witness to a mind-blowing rendition of the 1924 blues classic "Trouble in Mind."

The multi-instrumentalist and singer is also an accomplished songwriter, who pens tunes in a variety of genres from country and blues to jazz and rock. He used to play guitar in the Phantom Hollow bluegrass band, which often performed at the legendary Mama Pajama’s Resale Clothing and Espresso Bar in West L.A. Rob can usually be found Sunday nights at the Urban Homestead Hootenanny in Pasadena, harmonizing and playing guitar, Dobro, ukulele, mandolin and banjo.


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