• Kathleen - vocals
  • Doug - tenor saxophone, percussion
  • Ken - keyboards and vocals
  • Reno - bass and vocals
  • Patrick - drums

Kathleen

Kathleen was blessed to grow up in a home in which singing was viewed as an expression of heart and soul - always encouraged, never judged. She has sung informally for as long as she can remember, and participated in school and community choirs, as well as studied classical guitar, throughout her youth. Over time, it became clear that Kathleen would find her musical passion as a lead vocalist singing the Blues, Motown, R&B and Soul. Her influences, among others, included Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Susan Tedeschi, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan and Joss Stone.Kathleen loves music that swings and has soul. She is proud and excited to be a member of The Absolutes!
   
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Doug

Doug plays saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and the electric bass. He has played in a variety of bands since 1978, including Connie & the Rhythm Method, The Bachelors, The Ambivalents, Mr. Baby, Backwash, Bent, Second Hand Smokers, and the Dave Dardine Project. He has played a variety of styles, including Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Ska, Funk, Soul, R & B, and Rock. He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (1981), traveled on a Reggae tour through Montana (1986), and played a host of venues in Utah and Northern Colorado. His primary influences on saxophone are Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, and Chris Potter. His favorite artists include Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Chaka Khan, Miles Davis, John Scofield, Michael Franks, Steely Dan, and Level 42.
  
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Ken

Ken has played in many different types of bands covering a large spectrum of music, from Classic Rock to Prog-Rock to Motown/Soul to R&B to Blues.   The one common element in any music he plays is that it must have a groove, and he has very definitely found his groove with this current band, which is made up of outstanding musicians who are also a lot of fun to hang out with.  His favorite keyboard players are Bruce Hornsby, Jon Cleary, T. Lavitz (Dixie Dregs), Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers, Stones), Bill Payne (Little Feat), Ray Manzarek (The Doors), and Keith Jarrett.
   
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Reno

When he was younger, Reno wanted to play the drums but his parents didn’t want him to so he bought a pair of drumsticks and ruined a full set of kitchen bar stools. When he went to college, he still couldn’t afford drums so he spent a semester’s worth of tuition on a bass and amplifier and was soon writing original music. Through the late 1980s and early 1990s, Reno formed and played bass in several Minneapolis, MN based original bands including Ten November and Tinfish. In the mid-1990s, Reno was a founding member of and played drums for Minneapolis based band Girl Friday who released 2 full length albums and enjoyed local radio airplay, radio interviews, and T.V. appearances. Somewhere in the middle of all of this, he started playing guitar to help with songwriting. Reno moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1997 and continued to write and record songs at home as 'The Steadys' while starting a real career, a family, and doing some serious mountain biking. Reno joined The Absolutes after a 17 year hiatus from live playing and is having a great time with the band.
   
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Patrick

Patrick became passionate about drumming at an early age while growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles, California. As a teenager, he was a member of several local dance bands that focused on the rock & roll music of the late 60’s and early 70’s. After college, a successful career, and raising a family, he recommitted himself to drumming. Over the past 5 years, Patrick has provided the percussive force for a number of diverse musical projects (blues, country, rock &roll, funk and R&B) in the northern Front Range. His drumming style has evolved over the years to a focus on delivering syncopated rhythms and grooves that enhance the structure of the song. Patrick's infectious grooves provide the driving beats that propel the exciting dance music of the Absolutes.
   
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