Member Bios

 

  • Jason Jarvis – Vocals & Percussion
  • Mel Corcino – Drums
  • David Faraone – Bass
  • Jamie Conroy – Guitar
  • Gino Maiorano – Percussion
  • Jed Johnson – Synth, piano, Hammond, clav
  • Carleen Roberts Sauvageau – Vocals
  • Robin Hathaway – Vocals
  • Matt Nemeth – Saxophone
  • Rob Funk – Trombone

Band Biographies:

Jason Jarvis (Vocals & Percussion) has been writing and performing music continually since 1984. His family came to the United States from the Bahamas and settled in Westerly, RI, which is where lives and is currently raising his own family. Jason embodies the spirit of Reggae music, the rhythm, the passion and the positive energy it creates. Jason is a seasoned musician playing percussion, guitar, harmonica and flute in various bands including long time New England favorite Green Tea. Throughout the years Jason has honed the ability to connect with an audience and “share the vibe”. His tone and depth as a musician are evident as he entertains audiences on a journey through the expansive Bob Marley catalogue.

 

 

Jamie Conroy (Vocals, Guitar) has been performing, writing and recording music since 1985. He currently resides in Ashaway, RI with his family. Jamie keeps the roots, rock, reggae chucking and recreates the beautiful guitar lines and textures as Bob and the Wailers did so well. There is always something about those first few guitar notes of a song that just take you there and that’s what Hope Road is all about. “You’ve got to dig to get it” but when you get it its usually magic.

 

 

Attachment-1David Faraone (Bass) Is an established veteran of the local music scene, David is having a great time pushing the lower frequencies through Hope Road. He considers himself a conduit that channels the spirit of Reggae through heart and hands and into your ears & hearts.  Keep it flowing… listen to the album “so much things to say”, where Bob speaks a little between each track…at one point he says

“Reggae music is the music of the God’s”….. nuff’ said……..

 

 

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Mel Corcino (drums) – Mel is an accomplished musician with more than 25 years playing drums. With a style highly influenced by Latin and Caribbean rhythms from his beloved Puerto Rico. Mel’s main responsibility is to blend the reggae rhythms (one drop, rockers, and steppers) with the beautiful melodies that characterize the “roots reggae” songs that Bob Marley and The Wailers immortalized…”Now feel this drumbeat….”

 

 

Matt Nemeth (Tenor sax) comes from a long line of musicians and is a classically trained clarinet player, he has been playing sax and clarinet since 1995 and has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from Eastern Connecticut State University. He has recorded and played with countless bands since 2003 and continues to teach and freelance today in his native CT. His role in Hope Road in the horn section has lent a unique perspective on reggae. As one of the group’s soloists he brings the blues back to the reggae in a full and technical sound. Matt shows the diversity of the group through his harmonies and full sound. “You gotta groove.”

 

 

Gino Maiorano (Percussion) has played in many bands since 2007. He lends the syncopation and wonderful rhythms like none other. Gino is probably one of the most well-known young men in Rhode Island. “Scallops.”

 

FunkRob Funk (Trombone) has been playing the trombone for over 30 years. He attended Keene State University in New Hampshire and studied music. For the past 30 years Rob has played and recorded with as many as 100 bands. His jazz background brings a certain style to the horn section which has never been heard before. The full sound and simplicity of his groovy lines make for an incredible addition to Hope Road. “Got Funk.”

 

 

10354139_816021951789355_7524501109995766816_n_resizedCarleen Roberts Sauvageau (Vocals) is a Rhode Island native and has been singing professionally since 1998. She toured Switzerland in 1999 with the classic rock band,  Jukebox Junkys, she is a member of the seasonal a cappella group, Ocean State Songbirds, and currently performs with RI’s #1 Grateful Dead Tribute Band, Violin River. She comes to Hope Road with experience, passion, and an unmatched drive for authenticity. 

 

RobinRobin Hathaway – Vocals

 

 

JedJed Johnson – Synth, piano, Hammond, clav