The Sunday Morning Band
Performing LIVE, Every Sunday
When the Message and the Music Merge,
Darrell Diaz – Musical Director, Keyboard, Singer
Todd Sasse – Director of Production, Drums, Percussion
Darrell Diaz has been the man behind the music for many of today’s recording artists. In 1991, he emerged onto the professional music scene in Los Angeles as the keyboardist/synthesist with jazz legend Herbie Hancock. Since then, he has gone on to become a successful writer, producer, engineer, keyboardist and musical director with such artists as Kenny Lattimore, Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright, Doc Powell, Howard Hewett, DMX, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones and Maxwell, with whom he received his first platinum album, Urban Hang Suite and his first No. 1 song “Fortunate.” He is a voting member of NARAS (Grammy committee) and teaches privately in LA with a focus on Afro-Cuban Jazz. He made his solo debut with the release of “Devotion” in 2002.
Todd Sasse, co-Founder of the AwSOM band since it was formed in 2002, is a self-taught drummer who began pursuing his talent at age 7.
So driven by the beat as a child, Todd would sneak into his school’s band room and practice on their drum kit. His passion and devotion to percussion soon caught the attention of the school’s band director and music teacher, Frank Conti, who became Todd’s mentor. “He believed in me and taught me to improvise, play from my soul and perfect my craft.”
Within 7 years, at the young age of 14, Todd began drumming professionally for local gigs in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area.