About Us

It was October 1992, and I had been living on Cape Cod for a few weeks, and I was at the Chatham Sands in W. Chatham, now a Dunkin' Donuts. I was listening to George Gritzbach, who was playing there with a keyboard player, when I struck up a conversation with the owner, who asked if I had a band. Yeah, sure, I replied, so she booked me for the first Saturday night in November 1992.

At that point, I had just met Tony Kahn, bassist, and he was the only musician I knew within 1300 miles, so I gave him a call, told him I had booked a gig, and we got together with Gary Locke on guitar and Pete Putnam on drums. We went through some tunes, had a conversation about a name, and I came up with the Kingfish.  Gary and Tony said it should feature my name.

Many personnel changes since then, long periods when I was active in other bands, but this band has always been lots of fun, whether we are out as a trio or an eight-piece. I've gotten to play with some terrific musicians and made lots of friends, and heard and made some incredible music.

This edition of the Kingfish has been in place since 2008, and typically features guitar, bass, piano/organ, sax, and drums.  Steve Morgan and the Kingfish play modern blues and R&B. Unconventional and intriguing chord and harmonic choices in the original tunes let you know these ain't the same ol' blues.

Steve started playing blues in St. Louis MO in the late 1960's, picked up slide around 1970 and has not quit playing yet. Deeply steeped in the history and traditions of the blues, seasoned by jazz and the Caribbean, Steve brings those influences to bear on the original tunes, many of which are not even remotely 12 bar blues tunes, but remain clearly blues. 
 
Hope Finch... Our new queen.   An unlooked for gift of serious vocal chops. Hope can belt them out or whisper them sweetly...   

Ed Wanamaker... Solid, tasteful, and rock steady, that's Ed on the drums.

Roe Osborn... Brought  terrific harmonies to the group, as well as playing either electric or standup bass.  Solid and inventive on bass, a songwriter as well, he has quickly made himself an integral part of the Kingfish.

Pete Mann...  A great keyboard player, as well as gifted songwriter. 
 
Paul Lesniak, a great soloist and in-demand sax player.
 
In 2019, Bryant Edwards passed away after many years of battling kidney disease. His loss to the Kingfish goes well beyond just his wonderful vocals and conga playing. We miss you Bryant.