Meet the Ja-Tun Thomas All-Star Band

When Ja-Tun takes the 360 Stage at the Parx Casino on August 25, she’ll bring a brand new line-up of musicians who have proven themselves as individual artists, ensemble players and leaders in their own right. Get to know them:

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Dion Simpkins, Drummer and Musical Director. Dion grew up playing drums in church in his home town, Chester Pennsylvania. He keeps the beat steady for  D’Luxe the Band and Matrix Funk Band, in addition to his work with Ja-Tun.







matrixNate Turley Guitar and Vocals. A young artist from Plainfield, NJ who is steeped in the musical traditions of rock and funk as well as contemporary music, Nate also sings lead and plays guitar with Matrix Funk Band, alongside Dion and Ja-Tun. (In the photo at left, he’s the one in the white fedora.) You can hear him on Matrix’s funk ballad, “Strawberry Lane.”


158_200_csupload_22265183Michael Carthan, Bass. He is, as they say, “sick with it.” Musical director and bass player for the Grace Little Band, he is a versatile veteran. You can hear him live in this GLB medley:

dailleatchroniclerestaurantiDaille Kettrell. 

It might be easier to talk about what Daille doesn’t do. Just a bit from her bio:


Daille Kettrell, (pianist, vocalist, songwriter, educator), a Camden, New Jersey native, has been on the music scene performing professionally for over two decades. She has performed as a keyboardist with the likes of the late Lionel Hampton, vibraphone/percussion legend, Bobbi Humphrey, jazz recording artist/flutist, the late Vesta Williams, R & B artist/vocalist, and Gordon James, smooth jazz trumpeter. Daille’s piano stylings and sultry alto voice can be heard in area venues playing blues, jazz standards, and her original material. She sings rhythm and blues as well. As a composer, she received an honorable mention for her composition, “The Next Plateau” in the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She is known for her versatility and ability to compose various styles of music equally well.

Give a listen:

What will this talented and versatile crew sound like together? Come to the Parx August 25 and find out!

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