About

The Mojo Filter Blues Band has been playing rhythm n' blues music for over 19 years together. With a little bit of country, funk, and rock n' roll mixed in. A band that plays to all ages and music lovers. Lead vocals are performed by Simonette "Mony" David Jackson, Dave Gillespie, and Dave Doré. On lead and rhythm guitar are Mike Burawski and Dave Gillespie, keys are Dave Doré, saxes  are Jeff Ackerman, Michael "Jake" Jacobsen and Larry O. Williams, trumpet is Gary Bivona, bass is Dan Cotti, and drums is Jackie Lynn. 

 

Here's a little bit about our members:

Simonette "Mony" David Jackson

 

It was a careless statement, but it was said nonetheless. I said, “I think I’ll try a blues band next.”

But before that statement was ever said, there were misadventures along the way. It all began with my uncle’s karaoke machine. Now, one must understand that Filipino households have essential items that mark them as Filipinos: a rice cooker, a “bunot” (half a coconut husk used to polish waxed wooden floors), a Santo Niño, and a karaoke machine.

Dave Gillespie

 

Mr. Dave Gillespie is a vintage 1958 grown locally in the suburbs of San Fernando Valley. At 6 years old, his first instrument was the piano. But at the impressionable age of 8 he quickly switched to guitar after being moved by “The Monkees” TV show (down to the polyester and hairdo).

Mike Burawski

 

Born to a family of pygmies in the equatorial rainforests near Urinous Falls, a tousled and unruly Mike Burawski began performing songs on the guitar at the tender age of 8 during local tribal gatherings to help supplement his family’s scant income from goat herding.

dan

 

Danny C is another locally grown member of the Mojo Filter Blues Band, who was born and raised in beautiful downtown Burbank.  Danny was drawn to the bass by Phil Lynott bass lines and the belief that rock stars get all the chicks.

At age 19, Danny and a high school friend formed the British Rock Band NorthStar.  The band went on to have un-acclaimed success, but had the opportunity to tour the LA circuit for many years before it all ended in an epic rock and roll bar fight, that due to disclosure agreements, can never be spoken of publicly.  

Jackie Lynn

 Jackie was born to a poor family in a small town in Romania. She learned percussion skills early, playing the tambourine to support her family's street music business. Alas, her family was jailed for stealing and at the early age of 10 she was placed in an orphanage. One very cold day, a kind American took pity on her and offered her to be part of her family and live in a big house in the San Fernando Valley, which was in California, USA. It was very warm there and Jackie agreed. Spending her teenage years in the valley she became a true "Valley Girl" and completely lost her Romanian accent, she started saying phrases with "like" in them and "gag me with a spoon". She was forever grateful to her new found family, 

Michael "Jake" Jacobson

 

A child of the Pacific Northwest, Jake was born into a family of musicians. His father was a professor of music, the head of the Piano department at the University of Puget Sound. The University honored him and his family by dedicating and naming the concert hall as the Leonard Jacobsen Recital Hall.

Jake played cello in school orchestras through college and played dance jobs on the weekend. After attending Cornish School for the Arts he started playing with bands up and across the west coast. In 1973 Jake moved to Los Angeles where he was fortunate in having the top cello teacher in LA, Edgar Lustgarten, who assisted in moving Jake's professional career forward. He began playing for many records and movies including the Don Ellis Orchestra and the esteem Michael Tilson Thomas. 

Dave Dore

 

Dave Doré has a wealth of experience and plays keys like no one else can. He is a long time band member and gets everyone dancing and singing along. Dave has written several originals for the band and performs lead and backup vocals.

Gary Bivona

 

Gary Bivona travels on tour around the world and has been a long time member of Mojo Filter. When he is in town he provides a special part to the Mojo horn section.

Larry O. Williams

 

 Larry O. Williams is the newest member to the Mojo Filter horn section, but is a veteran sax man that has performed for and/or with some of the industry's elite entertainers. Starting his career as Little Richard's Band leader, and performing with the likes of Ike and Tina Turner. Larry hit the ground running as a world class musician. He has parlayed his travels into being a first call musician for Motown and A&M Records. After which, he went on to be the horn section leader for the Gap band. This group was affectionately known as "The Gappers". After deciding to front his own band, Larry has emerged as one of the prominent sax players in the industry.