Against All Odds

AGAINST ALL ODDS is a tightly knit quartet whose musical repertoire extends fromtoday’s contemporary jazz to yester-year’s vintage mainstream jazz—along with vocals (romantic/blues/playful) sprinkled in as a ‘side order”.

HISTORY Started by ex-guitarist, Benjamin J. Tanner, in May 1987. Although the present members are not the original musicians, ‘AGAINST ALL ODDS’ musical programming philosophy has remained unchanged. The band has performed on several occasions with several prominent national recording jazz artists that include vibe player Roy Ayers, keyboardist Brian Culvertson, guitarist Chuck Lobe and Doc Pyle, the late sax man George Howard, the jazz group Pieces Of A Dream, jazz banjo player Bela Fleck and  the R&B vocal group the Whispers.

REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
*Towne Point Jazz Festival @ Towne Point Park in Norfolk Va. *Harborfest in Norfolk
*Beach Events Entertainment@24th Street Stage in Virginia Beach 
*Second Street Festival in Richmond Va. * Koch Island Sail Boat Festival@Portside in
in Portsmouth Va. *Sunset Jazz Series@Downtown Plaza in Richmond, Va.
*Peanut Festival in Suffolk, Va. * Mill Point Park @Hampton, Va. 

OPENING ACT FOR National Artist: Bela Fleck, Roy Ayers, Brian Culvertson, Doc Powell
Pieces OF A Dream, KoKo Taylor, The late George Howard,
The Whispers, and Chuck Lobe, Kool & the Gang, Luther
Vandross, Boyz 2 Men, Maurice Day & the Time. 
George Duke, Al Jarreau, Rachel Farrell 
SHARED BILLINGS WITH:
Yellow Jackets, Earl Klugh, Noel Pointer, Richard Elliott
Miles Jaye, Sha Na Na, Diane Shur

MEMBERS Bassist/vocalist, Donell Smith * Keyboardist/vocalist, Ronald Gary * 
Drummer/vocalist, Bob Habib * Saxophonist,vocalist, Charles Peterson

Partial Song List:

TRADITONAL JAZZ & LATIN COMPOSITIONS

1.        SIEMPRE ME VA BIEN                
2.        MY FAVORITE THINGS              
3.        MY FUNNY VALENTINE       
4.        GUATACA                          
5.        DAYS OF WINE & ROSES       
6.        AUTUMN LEAVES          
7.        MISTY                      
8.        SATIN DOLL                 
9.        ONE NOTE SAMBA              
10.    MS RIDDLE                  
11.    GREEN DOLFIN STREET         
12.    NIGHT IN TUNISIA            
13.    GENTLE RAIN               
14.    TAKE THE ‘A’ TRAIN           
15.    IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD      
16.    LITTLE SUNFLOWER              
17.    SUMMERTIME                 
18.    SO WHAT                        
19.    SONG FOR MY FATHER         
20.    SPAIN                     
21.    HOW INSENSITIVE              
22.    ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE       
23.    NEW YORK NEW YORK              
24.    MONA LISA               
25.    GIRL FROM EPANEMA           
26.    STELLA BY STARLIGHT              
27.    FOOT PRINTS               
28.    BLUE BOSSA                 
29.    ROUND MIDNIGHT                
30.    BILLY’S BOUNCE           
31.    FREDDIE FREELOADER         
32.    BODY & SOUL                 
33.    FOOT PRINTS               
34.    EQUINOX                 
35.    SUGAR       

 

MOTOWN/OLDIES/BEACH/POP
         
1.         INCOMPLETE......................................CISCO 
2.         HERE I AM.........................…………… GLEN JONES       
3.         WHATS GOING ON …………………   MARVIN GAYE
4.         ITS GONNA BE ALRIGHT.................... GLEN JONES
5.         MERCY MERCY ME.............................. MARVIN GAYE
6.         JOY & PAIN............................................. FRANKIE BEVERLY
7.         SEARCHING.............................................ROY AYERS
8.         GOT TO GIVE IT UP …………………..MARVIN GAYE
9.         SUMMER MADNESS ………………….COOL & THE GANG
10.     TOO HOT ……………………………….COOL & THE GANG
11.     KNOCK ON WOOD……………………SAM & DAVE
12.     GET UP , GET DOWN.............................TEDDY PENDERGRASS
13.     DOCK OF THE BA……………………...OTIS REDDING
14.     ELECTRIC SLIDE ……………………...*************
15.     BRICKHOUSE ………………………….COMMODORES
16.     GET DOWN TONI………… …………...KC & SUNSHINE BD
17.     LETS GROOVE TONIGHT……… ……EARTH WIND & FIRE
18.     CELEBRATION........................................TONY, TONI, TONE
19.     WORD UP……………………   ………..CAMEO    
20.     ROUTE 66 ………  …………… ……… NAT KING COLE
21.     HAVE I TOLD YOU LATEL  …… ……KENNY ROGERS
22.     RESPECT ………   ……………………..ARETHA FRANKLI
23.     PAPA GOT A BRAND NEW BAG    …. JAMES BROWN
24.     COLD SWEAT…………………………..JAMES BROWN
25.     BILLY JEAN…………………………….MICHAEL JACKSO
26.     THROUGH THE GRAPE VINE ……….GLADYS KNIGHT
27.     SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY.SAM & DAVE
28.     BOOGIE MAN ……   ………………..…KC & SUNSHINE
29.     HOLD ON I’M COMIN  ………………..SAM & DAVE
30.     NEXT .........................................................NEXT
31.     OLD TIME ROCK & ROLL ………………………..
32.     I SHOT THE SHERIFF ………………….BOB MARLEY
33.     GIVE ME A LITTLE MORE TIME … …CHAIRMAN OF THE BD
34.     SATISFACTION ……………………….. OTIS REDDING