Out" has been a group in the Washington,D.C. metro area for several years.
Steppin' Out began as a band called First Light many years ago (10) when Scott Young met Sally Rifkin at a job where there they played
as a duo, keyboards, woodwinds, and vocals. They both showed an affinity
for jazz and swing music, but they also loved the rhythms of funk and r&b.
Scott Taylor, is our male frontperson,
whose incredible personality and looks are only matched by his vocal prowess.
Dave Murray is our drummer, a member of "The President's Own" Marine band, and
plays regularly for whomever in office. He has performed for two different
presidents now, both George W. Bush and William Clinton. Bob
Williams on guitar, a protege of the world famous and sadly deceased Danny
Gatton and Roy Buchanan, then Gerry Bowles, whose arrangements for Diana
Ross AND the fireman of New York (after 9/11) have been widely televised,
and you have all the talent and experience you will ever need for your
our leaders team - individuals with talent and experience.
Allen Young, Woodwind Specialist, Bass, backup vocals
attended North Texas State University 1972 -74 worked out of Dallas and
Fort Worth with Floyd Dakil, ex alumni of Louis Prima. Played with Maurice
and the Soul Majestics, Billy Day and the Premiers(on bass) and many other
local acts. In 1978 moved to northern Nevada and worked in the Harrahs',
Sahara, MGM,etc.etc. showroom orchestras, backing ( and learning
from) over 400 acts like Tony Bennett, Leo Sayer, Frank Sinatra,
Jack Jones, Dionne Warwick, even Keely Smith, and Sam Butera,etc.
His last orchestra was the John Russell Relief Orchestra,
which by the fact it is the orchestra that plays every house orchestras'
night off, was one of the most prestigious jobs in the casinos, period.That
band had to go to a different showroom every day, rehearse the acts, and
play the show that the "house" orchestra had perfected with many
performances for one night! After encouragement from Steve
Cagan, Melissa Manchesters' conductor(and brother in-law) he moved
to Los Angeles, did a short stint with Melissa, and settled in L.A. Not
finding L.A. anything like Texas (we're not in kansas anymore,toto) he
decided on Washington D.C., where he has played Inaugural Balls,many jingles,
Atlantic City with Clint Holmes,was on Star Search
in october,1989 with the Rivers band (made up of the band
that recorded the soundtracks of American Most Wanted, written
by Charlie Barnett) ,recorded on Mary-Chapin Carpenters'
first CBS cd,"Hometown Girl"( he is the oboe soloist),etc.etc.,
and finally created Steppin' Out.
Deborah Rifkin , Lead Vocals, on-site client contact
big bands and jazz orchestras alike, Sally has for a decade been one of
the premiere vocalists in D.C., sharing her talents for years with capitol
hill patrons of Joe and Moes' showroom restaurant. The shows
that she and Eric Feltens' big band performed were popular,
featuring herself, many jitterbug dancers--helping to recreate the feel
of the Miller-Dorsey era to a "T". She has also performed at Mick
Fleetwoods club, Fleetwoods, and at Blues Alley with
a 10 piece all-original jazz orchestra. Versed in 3 languages,Sally is
a great front person with a lot of personality.
Some notes about our members....
Scott Taylor, Lead
Scotts' Marvin-Gaye like
song stylings combined with the personality that forms the perfect compliment
to Sally's disco heat and big-band swing expertise......What Scott says:
Music is my mission----I
know that. I've been singing all of my life and have found it to
be part of my spirit. I started singing in church as a small child.Songs
like "Old Landmark" and "King of Kings". By the time I was 18 years of
age I was singing at happy hours all over D.C. Through my years in the
Gospel genre I sand with Wintley Phipps, Darryl Oley, and Donald Vails.
Wintley Phipps is Diana Ross's mentor.....
On the Back Beat label I
recorded many tunes from 1989 to 1994 with one in particular, "Not So Far
Away" going to #2 in Europe.Discography:
"Sweat the Night Away"--HARMSWAY
"Not That Far Away"--BACK
BEAT,1991,George Mitchell of Strictly Rhythm, producer
"Don't Turn Your Back"----George
Mitchell again, and DEEP DISH
draws on varied musical roots. He has played R&B with The Peptonz,
Folk with Carey Creed, Bluegrass with The Grass Menagerie
and more recently he has been performing with Bassist Roger St. Vincent
Cate's Bistro in Alexandria. Together they play a soulful
blend of melodic jazz.
from Scott--Ever since I met Bob, I have been always blown away by
his guitar playing, and his bass playing. He has been a "teachers teacher"
for the Montessori schools, giving seminars across the country, and his
attitude about life and work are a lesson to us all.
Gerry Bowles, Horn
Gerry has done more recording
in his home studio and Bias(studio in area, Mary Chapin-Carpenters 2nd
home) for clients like PBS, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel
any single engineer/artist in this area.He has the ability to play synthesizer
with his left hand, then trumpet with his right.And we are talking Paul
Simon Graceland to Tower of Power parts done in FOUR PART HARMONY. Need
I say more?.....His web site is the
one man horn section
Dave Murray, percussion
David Murray brings 24 years of percussion
experience to our drum chair. He began his career at the age of 15, playing in
the R&B clubs of Louisiana, and for weddings and events with the former lead
alto player for Ray Charles, Dorsey Summerfield, Jr. He earned his Bachelor of
Music degree at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, and his Masters
Degree from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. David has toured
extensively, performing in all 48 states of the mainland US, throughout Europe,
and even in the former Soviet Union. David has performed with jazz greats Phil
Woods, Billy Taylor, Jimmy Smith, Yuseff Lateef, Max Roach and Dave Samuels; R&B
greats Chuck Rainey (bassist on hits for Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Jackson
5, Steely Dan), trumpeter Tom Browne (Funkin’ for Jamaica); and “Mr. Las Vegas”
Wayne Newton. Although drum-set is his first love, he has also played percussion
with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, and the LA Philharmonic,
working with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, and
Hollywood legend John Williams. For the last 14 years, David has been a member
of “The President’s Own” US Marine Band, providing musical support for three
tuned for more bios, coming soon.