Side Player Stories Get an in-depth look inside the lives of professional musicians. Hosted by musician and 89.9 FM producer Jesse Morgado, Side Player Stories offers fast-paced and fun conversations with musical guests who are "side players" – artists whose unique talents and musical abilities create opportunities to make their living playing for many different bands.
Side Player Stories

Side Player Stories

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Get an in-depth look inside the lives of professional musicians. Hosted by musician and 89.9 FM producer Jesse Morgado, Side Player Stories offers fast-paced and fun conversations with musical guests who are "side players" – artists whose unique talents and musical abilities create opportunities to make their living playing for many different bands.

Most Recent Episodes

Emedin Rivera - Episode 12

It's all about the rhythms with Emedin Rivera – a percussionist with Latin Caribbean African influence. Sharing the stage with Sting, Gregory Hines, Stevie Wonder and Michael Bolton are just a few highlights of his illustrious career.

Royce Campbell - Episode 11

Inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry, guitarist Royce Campbell scored a touring gig with Marvin Gaye at 21 years old. He was a member of Henry Mancini's Orchestra for twenty years, and, has many of his own recordings in film and television soundtracks.

Billy Norris and Ian O'Neill - Episode 10

Guitarist Billy Norris and drummer Ian O'Neill met each other when they were both playing in the band for Gavin DeGraw. Now Billy is the musical director and guitarist for Gavin, and Ian is the drummer for the band Lady A on their U.S. tour. Find out how signing on to play for the same artist can result in a lifetime friendship.

Larry Baeder - Episode 09

Larry Baeder has been the guitarist for the House Band at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York City. He's shared the stage and recorded with artists including Smokey Robinson, Carly Simon and James Taylor. His home base of Key West Florida is now the perfect location for this in-demand side player.

Charles Goold - Episode 08

Drummer – Charles Goold – has played with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, John Hendricks and Johnny O'Neal. He's backed rappers Cam'ron, Talib Kweli, and Ghostface Killah. His story starts where he began, as the son of Ned Goold – who was the saxophonist for Harry Connick Jr, Jack McDuff, and more.

Jeff Coffin - Episode 07

You may know the Dave Matthews Band...and their saxophonist? Well, that's Jeff Coffin. Since 2008, he has been touring and grooving fronting other bands in his spare time. Previously he was part of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones racking up 3 Grammy's along the way.

The Baylor Project - Episode 06

Singer Jean Baylor and drummer Marcus Baylor – are musical collaborators, music industry respected veterans, and - husband and wife. Marcus was a member of the Grammy-winning group The Yellowjackets, and he has performed/recorded with Cassandra Wilson, John Scofield and Kenny Garrett. Jean Baylor was one-half of the platinum-selling duo Zhané.

Carol Kaye - Episode 05

The legend. One of the most influential studio musicians of the 50's and 60's. She improvised iconic bass and guitar lines for an impressive number of pop hits: Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Joe Cocker, Ike & Tina Turner, Frank Zappa, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny & Cher and The Beach Boys. Hundreds of film and television soundtracks include her sound and style as well. Carol tells her story - from the very beginning!

Zach Rudulph - Episode 04

With a smile as big as his heart, there is no doubt that Zach Rudulph was meant to be on a stage rocking out with the best of them. This infectious, all-around great guy and bassist currently plays with pop artist Andy Grammar.

Eva Gardner - Episode 03

Bassist, recording artist, songwriter and LA bar owner Eva Gardner has toured with Pink for the last 14 years and has made a name for herself as a first-call musician for countless artists. With inspiration and talent running rampant in the household from father Kim Gardner and friends, the bass and a life in music has been her path.