Daren has been performing live since his teenage years.
Having learned music theory in college, in private jazz instruction, at The Jazz School in Berkeley, and at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA, Daren taught guitar for ten years in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
He has performed in original, traditional cover, and tribute bands (Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones, and, now Steely Dan). Daren has opened for Robben Ford, Randy Meisner of The Eagles, and Journey and played well over 1,000 gigs in California and Nevada.
“Steely Dan has always been my favorite rock band. If I’m not listening to jazz, Steely Dan is usually playing,” says Daren. “These guys are the best of the best and it is our honor to pay tribute to Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, and the host of New York and Los Angeles studio musicians they used.”
Gary Gallagher, MD (Dr G) has been involved in music since childhood. A native of Central Oregon, he was trained classically and attended Lewis and Clark College School of Music in Portland.
Throughout his career as a plastic surgeon, Dr G continued to perform, playing with various local acts and artists. He also performed a solo opening for Jackie Greene at the Tower Theatre in Bend.
“As a young keyboard player, Fagen and Becker’s jazz-fusion stylings and harmonies were immediately seductive. I have been a fan ever since, even proposing to my wife at a Steely Dan concert! Reeling in the years, baby!”
Rob, aka Doc Z acquired his first drum set in 1980, probably because his parents made him learn violin. Besides college parties (which too often involved tickets for noise violations), his first gig was at a 50’s style bar in Michigan in 1987 and included primarily new wave music and a couple of Steely Dan tunes.
While medical training and career sometimes got in the way, he never stopped playing and practicing. He continues to study music and percussion and is having a great time playing these timeless songs that find a perfect balance between technical complexity, incredible lyrics, and wonderful melodies and harmonies. It’s an honor to play with these great guys, who are also excellent musicians.
Rob's first unpaid professional gig was on his 12th birthday when he acted and sang the boy soprano role in the Christmas opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti.
As a high school freshmen and first chair cellist in the school orchestra, Rob was recruited by the band director to play upright bass in the newly forming Jazz Band. The rhythm section of that band became the first rock band for Rob.
Rob’s diverse background of music style experience ranges from “A cappella” to “Zydeco”. Rob has years of experience with Steely Dan music from his many years of performing and recording.
Grooving with the drummer and holding down the bottom end with the bass, while providing emotively moving lead and harmony vocals, are Rob’s passions.