Biography

Barry Berman – Keyboards and Vocals

Barry was born and raised in New York, spending his teenage years in Brooklyn. He began piano lessons at age eight, and while in the eighth grade he joined his first band, The Beginning’s End on the mighty Farfisa organ!! (man, we were so incredibly clever back in those days, weren’t we?).

As was typical for the era, Barry was part of many different groups during the late 60’s and early ’70’s.

 

 

These groups often had similar or even the same personnel, but went by such exciting and memorable names as Painted Pride, Salamander, Shakespeare’s Bacon Conspiracy, and East River Drive – a Chicago clone band that still gets together in New York City for a yearly reunion jam.

While in college, Barry played keyboardsin various bands including Brooklyn’s YES tribute group – Doctor C, Staten Island’s Chalice and Long Island club band, Glass Garden.

During the 80’s, Barry was a member of Staten Island’s David J. and the Constant Johnson Band backing up the late, great David Johnson, and was a founding member of Nite Shift with drummer Kirk Herold.

Just for the heck of it, Barry took a few years off from the music scene to attend medical school, get married, and change his entire life. (Go figure!)

He and his family moved to the South Jersey area in 1998. During the day, he maintains his “secret identity” as a “mild-mannered" pediatrician in Salem, NJ.

Dean Kershaw – Drums

Dean was born in South Jersey. At the age of 9, he began studying the drums under the expert tutelage of longtime jazz musician Harry Dee, who taught him the art of the Rudimental Snare
Drum at a competitive level.

 

During the 70’s and 80’s, Dean moved on to some early classic rock type bands here in the South Jersey area and later teamed up with a college friend and bass player to form a Ray Davies/Kinks cover band called Rocker. Soon after he took a turn at some progressive/alternative bands including the high energy force of Manic.

During the 90’s, Dean settled in with a few classic rock and blues type bands. More recently he has been working in the studio laying down some tracks with the very talanted Mike Marino and his Restless Soul.

By day Dean might be found most anywhere in North America providing his engineering services for the paper and printing industries.

Bob Roomet – Bass

Bob Roomet was born in Philly and grew up in the suburbs. He learned to play guitar and bass while in high school and played bass in a band for teen dances and proms. After graduation from college, he traveled the country and then returned to Philadelphia to play music and repair houses.

In 1974 Bob joined “Silver Moon”, an original folk/rock group that played the Main Point and live
concerts on WXPN and WMMR radio stations. Then, in the late 1970’s came the crazy world of rock and roll and slightly demented sound, light, and road crews. Over the next several years Bob played full time in the Tristate area as a member of “Saja”, “The Gang”, and “Friday the 13th”; appearing locally (Dr. Jekyll’s, The Liberty Bell, and The Penalty Box), the “bars from Star Wars” tour
(Starlight City, The Galaxy, Satellite Lounge) and the bleary-eyed shore points (The Gables, Tony Mart’s, and The Dunes till Dawn).

In the mid 1980’s the music again became original with two groups, “Asylum” and “Moving Targets”, playing the Philadelphia “original” rooms (J C Dobbs, Grendal’s Lair, The Khyber, Dick Lee’s, and The Empire). Then, the 90’s began and everyone thought the world had settled down a little bit, but the phone
rang and Bob was again on stage with “Frayed Knot” playing Brownies, Whooters and The Pennant. He rounded out the decade with “Question of Balance” playing every weekend in clubs like The Blarney, Tom and Jerry’s, and Maddies. Hat’s off to the late Jim Hansel, drummer and vocalist extraordinaire.

Now, after recording with E.D .Ward on the “Surfing with the Sharks” CD, Bob has joined “The Slick Rhodes Band” to have more fun playing good foot tapping music.

Ron Ruggiero – Guitar and Vocals

Ron was born in Paterson, NJ to music-loving parents who exposed him to a wide range of genres.
At age 11, he took up guitar, which would prove to have a significant impact on his life.
Listening to all the great bands of the 60’s and early 70’s Ron was influenced by both acoustic
and electric guitars. In high school he played in several rock bands and through college with many 

bluegrass groups. After college, Ron relocated to Philadelphia where he worked as a lighting technician for Aladdin Lighting Company and traveled the world as a roadie for the English band Renaissance. In the late 70’s, Ron became a guitar repair apprentice under Roger Sadowsky at Medley Music in Bryn Mawr, PA. In 1983, Ron launched his own business repairing and building guitars. He has since become a well-respected master luthier who is also a certified C.F. Martin Guitar technician. Over the years, his clients have included many regional and national bands, including Cinderella, Robert Hazard, The Hooters, and Tommy Conwell. He has also provided technical support for major music events such as Live Aid.

In 2015, Ron met and joined the Slick Rhodes Band and is having the time of his life! Ron is married and now lives in Yardley, PA. When he’s not playing or working on a guitar, he’s out riding his Harley.

Jeff Smith – Guitar and Vocals

J. D. Smith’s vision of heaven is to be playing his Tele (or Strat, or Les Paul) while riding his Triumph (or Harley).

Born in Woodbury NJ in the early 60’s, he acquired his first guitar, an acoustic, at age ten, a gift from his grandfather who played accordion and organ at home for fun. Music runs deep in his genes, his great granddad having supported the family in the 20’s by playing violin with various orchestras in the Philadelphia theatres and in summer orchestras in Ocean City. He even played with Jack Benny for a time.

 

Jeff first played electric guitar at 15, after receiving a semi hollow-body as a gift. This was the same year that he bought his first motorcycle, a beat up mini bike and thus his life started on an irrevocable path of bikes and bands that continues to this day.His first band, Izzard Hemlock – with high school friends Don DeWitt, and Bob Haury played Black Sabbath to the garage walls and (thankfully)  no one else.

In the early 80’s he and friends Jimmy Burns, Frank Lucas Tom Cirone, and Eddie Byrd formed Fallen Angel, and played the likes of Judas Priest and Ozzie at parties and bars in the Woodbury/Deptford area.Violation, an 80’s band with Matt Demonic, Mike Jewel and Scott Palmer morphed into the very popular 20:1 band in the 90’s, singing originals and covers and playing such auspicious arenas as Nellie’s, Spuds and Suds and The Galaxy.

In 1994, Jeff joined Shady Characters, lead by Vic Monaco with Andy Palermo and Chris Gabris and spent five years perfecting the tight three-part harmonies and crisp arrangements that made them a popular rock, blues and soul band in bars and clubs all over South Jersey and PA.Before joining Slick Rhodes, Jeff played with Second Hand Smoke for 2 years, behind the sensational vocals of Donna Davis and company. As a local boy with a lot of connections, don’t be surprised to see Matt (20:1) or Donna (Second Hand Smoke) sitting-in for a song or two whenever Slick Rhodes hits the stage!

Yeah, THAT’S what we meant.