& THE MEMPHIS KINGS
Why go to Las Vegas, when Las Vegas can come to you?
Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings is a multi- award winning Elvis Entertainer and Show, one of the busiest in the nation. Performing exciting, audience pleasing shows from the West Coast to the East and in repeated demand in Cabo San Lucas, concert goers are treated to high powered, high energy performances that replicate the true Elvis Experience either in a solo performance or with the band. The ten piece band featuring both extraordinary horn and rhythm sections is comprised of seasoned, professional musicians who have performed with some of the biggest names in rock, jazz and country music, and have appeared individually on numerous movie sound tracks, studio recordings, traveling show productions and concert symphonies.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area Music Scene, Marshall had the good fortune to attend an Elvis Concert while in high school. Although he’s been to many concerts during the ensuing years and participated in several, Marshall states “I’ve never seen or experienced the same sheer power, excitement and energy as that Elvis concert at the Cow Palace.” Marshall brings the sounds, looks and energy to audiences they last saw in 1977, when the King of Rock and Roll left us.
Joel Linscheid is a saxophonist, educator and composer from North Newton, Kansas. He received his M.M. in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and B.A. in Music with Education Certification from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. An active performer on saxophone, clarinet and flute, Linscheid has worked as freelance musician in Denver, Kansas City, and Wichita, as well as being employed by Holland America Cruise Lines. From 2012-2013, he toured full-time with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, performing in venues across the United States, Canada and Japan. He can be heard on the group’s latest CD In the Mood, released in March 2013. Joel has performed in educational or professional settings with many notable musicians, including Bobby Watson, Johnny Mathis, The Diamonds, The Four Tops, Allen Vizzutti, and Nneena Freelon. He is currently serving as Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Music at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.
Guitarist, composer and instructor. An experienced axeman who like other members of the band, have performed with a who’s who list of accomplished entertainers. Randy has been an in-demand guitarist for numerous professional artists who require the highest level of talent on guitar. Jazz Festivals, Orchestras, Rock bands, Studio albums, College Adjunct Instructor, live performances, Randy Zellers is well known and respected throughout the Midwest.
– Trombonist, Vocalist
A long time stalwart in the Los Angeles music entertainment scene, Denny began performing with the Midwest band The Red Dogs and hasn’t looked back. He was the featured artist for the Carnival Cruise Lines for several years, performed in local bands and studio work in Los Angeles, and has toured with the Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich and Harry James bands and orchestras to name a few. He continues to perform with King Midas and The Mufflers, the Memphis Kings, the New Age Brass Quartet and other Midwest productions.
– Baritone Sax, Vocalist
As a classically trained vocalist and musician, Jennifer has performed for numerous productions including the Command Performance Stage Band, Joyride, jazz symphonic orchestras and Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings. Jennifer is also Music Director Roger Lewis’ right hand in assisting with arrangements.
A popular musician on the Wichita music scene who performs with various musical acts including Wichita Symphony and Music Theater of Wichita, Jeff is also a music department director and band director in Wichita Public Schools. Jeff is also a highly sought after private music instructor.
– Musical Director, Lead Trumpet and Arranger
Roger Lewis is the musician’s musician. A founding member of the popular rock group The Fabulous Flippers (Harlem Shuffle), Roger has played for and toured with some of the greatest big bands and entertainers (Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Vic Damone, Johnny Mathis, Joe Williams, Patty Paige, Doc Severinson, Michele LeGrand and Elmer Bernstein to name a few). He’s also led numerous jazz bands, quartets and trios, performed for symphony orchestras, and served as Professor of Band and Instrumental Music at Butler Community College for over 25 years. Roger has been elected to four Music Halls of Fame.
From performing on numerous movie soundtracks, TV Shows, studio sessions and albums to performing in Las Vegas Shows, touring productions and acts (for The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Barry Manilow, The Temptations, Toni Tennille, Connie Francis, Jack Jones, even the various Disneyland Bands) and five US Presidents with the United States Air Force Band, Scott is also an Adjunct Professor in Jazz Studies at Wichita State University.
– Drums and Percussion
One of the most in demand free-lance drummers in the Midwest, Steve has also performed with Martina McBride, Joe Williams, Jerry Hahn, Glenn Alexander and many others. Steve also performs with The Bodo Ensemble, The Elemental Trio, Cabaret Oldtown and Music Theatre of Wichita. He is highly sought after as a private instructor, and is an Adjunct Professor in Music at Wichita State University. As a composer and arranger, Steve leans towards Fusion, and is also known for bringing a hint of melody, yes melody, from his drums!
John Goering is an active pianist in the Wichita area, performing regularly at the Hotel at Old Town, as well as leading his own trio. After earning his B.M. and M.M. in music performance from Wichita State University, John moved to Denver, where he free-lanced from 2002-2005, performing with groups such as Mistura Fina and Conjunto Colores. He was also on the music faculty of University of Colorado at Denver. John returned to Wichita in 2005 to join the jazz faculty at Wichita State University, where he currently teaches jazz piano, jazz arranging, and world music. He is also the leader/musical director of the 7-piece latin jazz group Cubana Bop. His former teachers include Eric Gunnison, Chucho Valdes, Rebecca Mauleon, Andrew Trechak, Robert Spillman, Michael Spiro, Ed Soph, J.C. Combs, and Matt Wilson.
A Wichita, Kansas native, Randy has been playing guitar since age six, and bass since age 9. During college, Randy studied at the University of Strasbourg, Alsace, France. As a performer, Randy has had opportunities to share the stage with some great musicians including the late Pat McJimsey, Jerry Hahn, Roger Lewis, Steve Hatfield, Rachelle Coba, Clarence King and Jim Pisano. He also currently performs with the Wichita Jazz Orchestra. He’s taught private lessons for almost thirty years and serves as an Adjunct Music Instructor at Friends University.
Legendary and renown guitarist Joe Settlemires performs on occasion with the band. He’s performed with a number of major recording artists both on stage and in the studio, with albums of his own. Joe has collaborated with Vince Gill on a number of projects, and has been elected to three different Music Halls of Fame.