Meet The Musicians of The Ole! Band
Leo Sevostianof was born in Tallinn, Estonia. After attending college and finishing with a degree in classical guitar and theory of music, he played in a progressive rock band, composing original music and playing at tours. In 1994 he emigrated to the USA.
Though initially interested in rock music, he discovered the genre of Nuevo Flamenco, and decided to start a flamenco fusion band that would feature his original music. That band is Ole!
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Paolo Santiago is a guitarist who has lived in the Tampa Bay area since the 80s. Originally from Puerto Rico, he is well rooted in traditional Latin music, and blends that traditional rhythm with the contemporary to create a smooth balance between the old and the new. He is self taught, from the age of 9, in a wide range of instruments which make him versatile in the world of flamenco/latin fusion.
A composer and performer balanced and seasoned in his craft, Paolo creates unique arrangements that mix son montuno, guaracha with rumba flamenco to create a hybrid sound that is pleasing to the ear and soothing to the spirit. Polo's original music is also featured in The Ole! Band.
Kurt "Doc" Harris has been playing bass for over 20 years. His home town is Clearwater, Florida. Mentored by Jeff Berlin, Doc's influences include many different musical styles and artists such as Carlos Santana, Marcus Miller, Ron Carter, Larry Graham, John Coltrane, Stanley Clark, Roco Prestia, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Jimi Hendrix, and many more.
He is a multi instrumentalist but prefers to play bass. Doc is also a licensed practicing physician in the Clearwater area.
Jeff Williams brings over 50 years of drum and percussion experience to The Ole! Band. His early influences were progressive rock and jazz fusion, listening to and studying artists such as Buddy Rich, Genesis, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Pink Floyd.
Jeff is also an audio engineer and a photographer and brings these additional talents to the table for the band.
Edsel is a teacher and percussionist who has been playing for over twenty years, Edsel is versatile in Jazz, Contemporary, Top 40, Latin, African, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Caribbean Rhythms. Montessori certified, his drum students range from 6 to 75 years old. A student himself, he is a scholarship recipient at Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida.