About HooDoo Loungers

Joe Lauro

String / Electric Bass / Vocals

Joe Lauro

Joe has shared the stage with a diverse array of performers including CHUCK BERRY, ERNEST TUBB, RICK DAVIES (Super Tramp), SLEEPY LaBEEF, WANDA JACKSON and SAM LAY. He worked with the Long Island jam/party band THE MOONDOGS for 10 years and from 2003-2007 with GENE CASEY & THE LONE SHARKS with whom he still sometimes performs.

A documentary filmmaker by trade, Joe Lauro has directed films on SAM & DAVE, THE SUPREMES, THE FOUR TOPS, RICK JAMES, LOUIS PRIMA and HOWLING WOLF. A true lover of the music of New Orleans, Joe, along with David Deitch is the founder of the HOODOO LOUNGERS (formerly the WHO DAT LOUNGERS).

David Deitch

Arranger / Keyboards / Accordian / Vocals

David Deitch

David Deitch plays piano, keyboards and accordion with the HOODOO LOUNGERS. He is also the musical director and arranger for the band, writing the horn charts and directing the horn section. David graduated of the Berklee College of Music where he studied and played with jazz luminaries including MICHAEL GIBBS, HERB POMEROY, GEORGE GARZONE and BOB ROSE. He has played and travelled with some of the country's top shows and show bands including GREASE, GOLD RUSH and The TRACY BROTHERS.

David has performed with many top stars and recording artists, including TOM JONES, CHUCK BERRY and NAVARRO. More recently, David has played in Israeli drummer, UTSIi ZIMRING's jazz ensemble featuring guitarist MIKE STERN, as well as performing frequent solo piano engagements.

Dawnette Darden

Lead Vocals

Dawnette Darden

Dawnette first began performing as a child in her grandmother's house amongst her Father and her uncles. Some of her earliest singing experiences and vocal training came from her days at the church which she and her family attended. Dawnette studied at the Venettes Cultural Workshop in Wyandanch, Long Island where her love for Performance Arts solidified under the guidance of Mrs. Mary Baird. After obtaining a degree in performing arts at New York's Adelphi University under the direction of Mr. Noman Walker, Dawnette performed at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, NY.

Dawnette continued to hone her dancing and singing abilities on the New York music cuircuit. She formed the band "Initial Charge" with her sister Darlene Deloney and her best friend, Creola Pollack. After achieving success with "Initial Charge", Dawnette formed her own band, "New Dawn", who to this day are regulars on the Hamptons, Long Island and New York music scene.

Mr. Charlie Canavan introduced Dawnette to Mr. Joe "COOL" Lauro who, after attending a "New Dawn" show, asked if she would be interested in joining the WHO DAT LOUNGERS (now the HOODOO LOUNGERS). Joe says "Dawnette's real deal vocals are effortlessly in the vein of New Orleans legends such as Irma Thomas, Lizzie Miles and the Dixiecups. She enables the HOODOO's to perform the music of those classic performances with authenticity and style." Dawnete believes that true LOVE comes from good music, good dancing and great PEOPLE!

The HooDoo Horns

Trumpet, Trombone, Tenor & Baritone Sax

Brian Sears

Brian Sears: Tenor & Baritone Sax
A versatile and powerful reed man who easily moves from Bebop to classic New Orleans R&B, Brian has been a regular on the New York music scene for over 20 years. Besides his work with the HOODOO LOUNGERS Brian was the original sax man with Gene Casey's LONE SHARKS and continues to perform with them on select gigs. He also tours with the LUSTRE KINGS and performs with Willie Steele,  BORN TO RUN, Patrick Pfeiffer's PHOENIX and many other New York and national acts.

Ed Leone: Trombone
Born and raised on Long Island, Ed has been performing professionally since 1987, and has since been a highly sought-after trombonist, as well as an accomplished composer and arranger, an experienced and award-winning educator, a knowledgeable and efficient engineer, and a unique and successful producer. Ed is a very active performer in the New York music scene, and has recently published a number of compositions for wind ensemble. Ed is currently a Director of Bands in the Nassau County public schools, and still resides with his family on Long Island.

Gary Henderson: Trumpet
Gary is the director of the Nassau-Suffolk Performing Arts Youth Band as well as being a sought-after trumpeter playing with various top groups and sessions from Montauk to New York City. He is the founder and director of the Hofstra University Alumni Big Band and also plays trumpet in the group. A member of BMI, his song writing credits include music used for MTV's Say What? Karaoke, the myNetworkTV soap opera Desire, and even a Japanese game show!

Gary gained most of his professional playing experience while performing with the group Edna's Goldfish. This included several national and European tours and two albums (Before You Knew Better, Ska Satellite Records, and The Elements of Transition, Moon Ska Records). The group released a video for the song "Veronica Sawyer" which appeared on MTV, MTV2, and was featured on the MTV show 120 Minutes. In 1997, Gary was nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year as part of the Long Island Music Awards.

Michael Schiano

Lead Guitar

Michael Schiano

Like a few million others, Michael's original inspiration was the Beatles. It got him singing (and tambourine-twirling) in bands at age 11 - and he never stopped. At 14, Michael picked up the guitar. A year or two later, he met Joe Lauro, and that's when the trouble really began. They started Good Friday, which quickly morphed into Loki, one of the best-loved bands on Long Island in those days. But all good things come to an end, and after a good run, they went on to other projects.

Michael went on to play in a slew of bands, playing mostly original music. Since then, he's written and recorded three original CDs, playing every instrument in your basic rock and roll band. In 1988, the old Loki rhythm section regrouped and formed the Moondogs, a popular, rootsy rock and roll outfit with a very eclectic setlist. As personnel came and went around him -- Michael is one of the very few players around dedicated to the art of rhythm guitar -- found himself in the lead guitar role. And that's where the HOODOO LOUNGERS found him.

Dave Giacone


Dave Giacone

Dave has played professionally since the 1970's. A rare breed of young drummers who truly understands how to SWING, Dave is a constant student of drumming and has mastered many styles. He  is heavily influenced by the Oakland and San Francisco Funk scene. He studied with several notable teachers including GARIBALDI ( Tower Of Power) and has recently been taping and getting pointers from Louisiana  Music Hall Of Fame Swing/Jazz drummer PAUL FERRARA ( Louis Prima, Al Hurt).

Dave is a noted session player and has toured extensively with several Las Vegas Show bands. Besides his work with the HOODOO LOUNGERS, Dave also plays with Dawnette's band NEW DAWN.

Marvin Joshua


Marvin Joshua

Marvin Joshua is excited to work with the Hoodoo Loungers. He is former lead singer of The Funky Fritters, another New Orleans blues/funk band headed by the late Danny Drexler-blues guitarist. Marvin has appeared in Dallas, L.A., Phoenix, and Japan performing Motown tunes, soul, dance and even music theatre. Early in his career he fell in love with Negro Spirituals and recorded several for a local Dallas gospel radio station. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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