The pedigree of the other musicians who performed with Daft Punk and the Mounty hat wearing Farrell at the Grammy’s.
I watched the Daft Punk performance at the Grammy’s with my good friends, DJ Dino Bravo and his producing partner, Lucky Mereki. I saw that Stevie Wonder was on the stage with them as well as Farrell, with his silly looking Canadian Mounty hat. Lucky, who is a very accomplished South African musician himself, got very excited when he noticed the rest of the musicians on stage with them.
He rattled off their names which were:
I must admit that I had no clue who they were and their pedigree as musicians. After reading up about them, I was very embarrassed as a music lover, that did not know who they were.
The funny thing about them is that we all have heard them playing their instruments in many popular musician’s albums and stage performances.
Here is a little breakdown of their work.
Nathan East – Bass
He was a founding member of contemporary jazz band Fourplay.
East also performed and co-wrote songs with Anita Baker, Barry White, Babyface, B.B.King, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Steve Wonder, Savage Garden, Sting, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Kenny Loggins, The Manhattan Transfer and Herbie Hancock. He composed the music for the number one hit song “ Phil Collins.”
Omar Hakim – Drums
Omar has collaborated with dozens of prominent artists including George Benson, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Bobby McFerrin, John Scofield, Urban Knights, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Jewel, J-Lo, D’Angelo, Mariah Carey, and Madonna etc.
Paul Jackson Jr – Guitar
Paul is a composer, arranger, producer and has played guitar with Earl Klugh, George Benson, Ray Parker Jr., Al McKay and Lee Ritenour, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson (Thriller, Bad, History), Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Randy Crawford, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Bobby Brown, Steely Dan, Chicago, The Temptations, Anita Baker, Lionel Richie, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Al Jarreau, and George Duke, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers Barry White etc.
Nile Rodgers – Guitar
He is the lead guitarist and co-founding member with Bernard Edwards of the band Chic. He also collaborated as a producer and performed with many artists including Diana Ross, David Bowie. Duran Duran, and more recently with Avicii, etc.
And yes, obviously they all also worked with DAFT PUNK.