Jim Starr - lead vocal/trombone
Jim was 17 years old when he performed at his first
gig, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco before a Giant's baseball
game. This was with an 8-piece band complete with a horn section.
Since then he has performed with numerous groups that played R&B,
Jazz, Soul, Rock, either playing trombone and/or singing. His first
group, called "Savory", cycled through various members with some
moving on to play with the likes of Jefferson Starship, The Tubes,
Tower of Power, Chris Cain Band, Michael Bolton and others. Jim
has since played with various groups and has performed with members
of Rare Earth, Iron Butterfly, Alice Cooper, Sugarloaf, Waymon Tisdale
and numerous others. Jim keeps busy by working with other artists
and groups including Wavelength. Jim is featured on the track "From
Now On" on Wavelength's CD "Cruzin' the Music Highway". This track
has received high praise from reviewers as it showcases Jim's clear
and wonderful voice as well as his style of singing.
Robyn Ashley - vocals/percussion
Native to the Bay Area, Robyn is a studied vocalist whose background reflects an extraordinary passion for singing and performance.
With over 10 years of singing professionally under her belt, she has developed quite an empowering stage presence. Robyn’s musical influences are diverse and plentiful which are reflected in her technique and musicianship.
In 2003 Robyn and her father Ron Jamison formed the tribute band AjaVu -The Music Of Steely Dan. Starting out with these musicians supplied her with the foundation from which her talent has expanded today. The 2013 AjaVu line up is Robyn and Ron Jamison, Jim Starr, Greg Albright, Brian Withycombe, David Hawkes, Brad Catania, and Larry Tagg; from the band Bourgeois Tagg.
In 2004, Robyn performed private events with Bay Area band Drive!
In 2004 AjaVu opened for The Doobie Brothers at the BR Cohn Winery Annual Benefit Concert for Children’s Charities in Sonoma. In 2006 AjaVu opened for Eddie Money at the annual Stockton Asparagus Festival.
In 2004 AjaVu won the 1st 98.5 KFOX’s Last Band Standing Contest.
In 2005 AjaVu won the 2nd 98.5 KFOX’s Last Band Standing Contest and opened for Greg Kihn at Downtown San Jose’s Music In The Park.
In 2007 AjaVu performed at Kihncert On The Green at Discovery Meadow Park in Downtown San Jose.
In the summer of 2011 Robyn joined her second band: SexyBack. In the same summer, AjaVu performed at the California State Fair.
In March of 2012 AjaVu performed Steely Dan’s album “Aja” in its entirety at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.
In 2012 Robyn joined two more bands: Chili Sauce and The Gents.
In 2013 The AjaVu players expanded their repertoire by creating the Chicago Tribute Band: Stealin' Chicago.
Robyn has performed with renowned Northern California band Pop Fiction and many other local bands in the South San Jose area. In the last few years, she started teaching private singing lessons. Today Robyn works at Booksin Elementary, teaching group singing lessons where she developed her own program focusing on rhythm and singing called, “Singing With Robyn- The elements of music.
Larry Tagg - bass
Musician-bass player, singer and songwriter, Larry Tagg moved to California in 1978 with the band Uncle Rainbow to record under the aegis of Michael Hosack, one of the Doobie Brothers. In 1985 with Brent Bourgeois he formed the band Bourgeois Tagg and was signed by Island records. Bourgeois Tagg recorded two albums and had two hits "Mutual Surrender "and "I Don't Mind At All". They toured with Robert Palmer, Heart, Belinda Carlisle and and an appearance on the Late Show with Johnny Carson.
Larry played as a bass player and singer with Todd Rundgren and Hall and Oates. During the 90's he was signed as a staff songwriter by Warner Chappell Music. Larry's songs were recorded by Eddie Money, Kim Carnes, Cliff Richard and others. He released to solo albums "With A Skeleton Crew "and "Rover "in Europe and America.
Brad Catania - trumpet/percussion
Brad Catania (Lead Trumpet and Arranger) hails from Chicago and started playing in 1977 free-lancing with big bands, show bands, and Elvis shows. Brad moved to California with his music degree in 82' and became a regular at the Venetian Room and the Circle Star Theater performing with James Brown, Lou Rawls, Mel Torme’, Patti LaBelle, The Temptations, the Four Tops, Frankie Vali, Rosemary Clooney and others. He has played with Full Faith and Credit, The Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, Dick Bright’s Orchestra, and Harry Denton’s Starlight Orchestra.
He is also requested as a sideman for many bay area club and show bands.
Brian Withycombe - keyboards
Brian Withycombe is a long-time Bay Area award winning songwriter, arranger, composer, producer, and multi keyboardist with over 20 albums and 113 recordings selling worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify. His original music can be heard on over 150 different Satellite Radio Stations and has been featured in film, and on videos and TV. Brian was also a member of a number of popular Bay Area bands over the years: The Blue Meanies, 911, Gino and the Hawks, Stark Neked, Chain of Fools. He has also played or shared the stage with music legions John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Charlie Musselwhite, Jeff Lorber, Maynard Ferguson, Doobie Brothers, Joan Baez, Helen Reddy, Robin Ford, Blood Sweat Tears… just to name a few.
Dave Hawkes - drums
Dave Hawkes has been performing professionally in the Central Valley and Bay Area since 1983. In addition to attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Dave is a graduate of California State University Stanislaus. He has studied with notable drummers David Garibaldi and Dave Weckl.
Some of the artists Dave has performed with include Pete Escovedo, Clark Terry, James Moody, The Ink Spots, Clare Fischer, Carl Anderson, Bill Watrous, Chris Cain, and Mic Gillette (Tower of Power). Dave also had the privelege to perform many times with longtime Steely Dan sideman Cornelius Bumpus when he would come to California.
Dave teaches privately in Turlock and Modesto.
Jimmie Adams - drums
Jimmie Adams began playing the drums at the age of six. Within a year, Jimmie was playing at church, where he received much of his early training. By the age of 13, he landed his first European tour. In 1998, Jimmie was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, but later decided to attend Bethany University where he received his B.A. in 2005. Since then, Jimmie has continued to tour playing for various artists including Irvington and Tammy Brown. Jimmie is an exceptional musician with years of experience as an instructor, clinician, recording artist, and performer.
Ronnie J - guitar/vocals
Ron Jamison has the pleasure and the challenge of playing lead/rhythm
guitar in the Aja Vu band. His musical roots began during the Steely Dan
era touring the east coast with three different bands for eight years.
When he got home at last and got the news his green earring was missing (could have been the dirty work of any major dude)
he decided to switch coasts to see if the west was everything they say.
After moving to the Bay Area Ron studied under master
guitarist Tuck Andress. He completed his ear training and
theory studies at De Anza College in 1986. Through the next five
years as guitarist for the San Francisco based Motor City band he
honed his skills as a player and worked on many different musical
styles with influences from Bill Evans, Robben Ford and Steely Dan
alumni Jeff Baxter and Larry Carlton.
"It's been a lifelong ambition for me to play Steely Dan. Aja Vu
is truly a group of musicians and friends with a common goal" Ron
says. With "AJA" being his preferred LP ( they're all great
), "Home At Last" is the choice for best Steely Dan song.
Ron teaches guitar in Santa Clara at YouCanPlayGuitar.com.
Greg Albright - Saxophone/vocals
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greg had his professional
debut at the age of 15. With strong influences in jazz and R&B, as well
as in rock and classical music, Greg has written and recorded with original
members of the Latin bands, Santana, Malo, and Sapo, as well as performing
with members of The Starship, Albert King, Elvin Bishop, and Montrose.
Greg serves as sax man/horn arranger/producer of Aja Vu, as well as doubling
on vocals and percussion.