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Ambrosia, the band known and loved by a multitude of fans since the 1970’s, is now more alive and compelling than ever. This 5-time Grammy Nominated ensemble is exploring new musical territory and bringing an exceptional musical performance to stages everywhere.
In 1970, four young musicians from the South Bay of Los Angeles, came together to create a new moving and invigorating style of music. Joseph Puerta, Christopher North, David Pack, and Burleigh Drummond produced a sound that was immediately recognized. Today, Ambrosia is three of the original members with the addition of guitarist Doug Jackson, contributing keyboardist Mary Harris, and powerful lead vocalist/acoustic guitarist Ken Stacey.
Always exploring the possibilities of progressive, classical, and world influences – with tangled roots of soul, rhythm, and blues – Ambrosia is continuing to entertain their original fans while still engaging newer audiences.
Originally labeled as America’s answer to the progressive invasion of English acts Yes and King Crimson, the group quickly proved itself with a unique blend of aural landscapes. Their musical styles attracted the collaboration with cultural icons Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Alan Parsons, Bruce Hornsby, Michael McDonald, Edgar Winter, Dave Mason, Gary Wright, Al Stewart, and others. Ambrosia has toured extensively with Fleetwood Mac, Heart, and the Doobie Brothers.
During Ambrosia’s early recording history they garnered 5 Grammy Nominations, received frequent radio airplay, and gained the admiration and respect of the musical community – in addition to their sold out concerts around the world. Ambrosia achieved 5 Top 40 hit singles on Warner Bros. Records, released between 1975 and 1980, including “How Much I Feel” and “Biggest Part of Me”. In 2015 the group released a new single, “Hopes and Dreams”, which was featured on the series called “The Sparrows” that aired on the Fox television channel. As of 2017, the new Ambrosia material keeps coming.
Bringing a breathtaking performance of their classic hits as well as new moving music, Ambrosia puts on a perfect show for any stage, casino, night club, festival, or special event.
In the year 1970, four young musicians from the South Bay of Los Angeles, came together to create a new invigorating style of music.
Exploring the possibilities of progressive, classical and world influences, yet rooted with the soul of the blues and R&B, Joseph Puerta, Christopher North, David Pack and Burleigh Drummond created a new sound that was defined and recognized as "Ambrosia".
Originally labeled as America's answer to the progressive invasion of such English acts as "Yes" and "King Crimson", the group quickly proved it was all that and much more as it's albums painted aural landscapes covering the gamut of musical styles and attracting the collaboration of such cultural icons as, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Alan Parsons.
In it's brief recording history, Ambrosia garnered 5 Grammy Nominations, 5 Hit Singles, Heavy FM Airplay and the admiration and respect of the musical community. All this was in addition to Sold Out concerts around the world.
Today, the band is more alive and compelling than ever. With three of the original members in tact plus the addition of guitar ace Doug Jackson on electric guitar and backing vocals, Mary Harris contributing amazing keyboards and vocals, and the powerful and contemporary lead vocals and acoustic guitar of Ken Stacey... Ambrosia is exploring new musical territory and continuing to wow life-long fans and new converts alike!
Quartet 5 is a four-piece band (keyboards, drums, bass and saxophone) that plays rock, jazz and funk. This is not your average teen band! Arrangements and musical direction provided by Dr. Richard Niles who has worked with such stars as Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, James Brown and Michael McDonald.
Quartet 5 is...
Alexander Niles – Alex attends Orange County School of Arts (OCSA) where he is enrolled in the Acting Conservatory. He is an accomplished actor and pianist. He plays keyboards and provides lead vocals for Q5.
Kyle Graham – Kyle attends Mission Viejo High School and participates in the instrumental music program. He plays drums, marimba, vibraphone and a wide variety of accessory percussion and mallet instruments. He is also a member of the percussion section for the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble. He plays drums and provides back-up vocals for Q5.
Nolan Murphy – Nolan attends Aliso Niguel High School where he participates in the instrumental music program. He plays alto, tenor and soprano saxophone and provides some vocals for Q5.
Will Wildrick – Will attends Mission Viejo High School and is a member of the instrumental music program where he plays bass guitar and upright bass in addition to mallet instruments and bass clarinet. He plays bass guitar with Q5.
The core of the band has been playing together for 3 years. They have performed in a variety of venues including city events, school festivals, the OC Fair, Stillwater Spirits & Sounds, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, The Saban Theatre, The Rose Theater and The Coach House. They have also been a featured guest on the Mike Parlett Show on Solar Radio.
Quartet 5 is always a crowd-pleaser. They mainly perform unique and energetic covers that make people stop and listen! They are young, but they are old souls when it comes to music ...
To learn more about the band, visit their website www.quartet5.com or find them on Facebook at @quartet5band. To book the band, send a message with your event details to or call (949) 636-6152.