Circular Time is a tight, blues, cross-over band—with a powerful horn section- that performs blues, jazz, funk, zydeco, afro-pop, reggae, soca, and classic rock. The core part of the group has been together since 1998. They can move from a hard-edged blues, a beat, a transition, to a soca that might incorporate a dash of samba, or merengue, followed by a funk, or an original house/afro-pop, to a Coltrane, or a Albert King ballad or a Herbie Hancock.
Bart Douglas, born in New York City, brings a different sensibility to Circular TIme, which adds another powerful poetic dimension to an already tasty musical cocktail. He has a double masters’ in Creative Writing and Literature, lived in Paris for 12 years, trained in Southern Classical Indian music. Vocalist, composer for Circular Time, musical influences: Lakshmi Shankar, Fela, Habib koite, Khaled, Bobby Blue Bland, B.B. King, Albert King, Eric Clapton, Keb Mo, Billy Holiday, Rob Orbison, Lou Rawls, Tampa Red, amongst others. Has performed in New York, Florida, New Orleans, Martha’s Vineyard, France, Monte Carlo, Morocco, Dakar and Goree, Senegal.
Gary Foote is bassist for Smokey Robinson and was bassist for over 10 years for Blood Sweat and Tears. Attended Florida State University, then moved to New York City, and started touring with drummer Billy Cobham. Has played in over 75 countries.
The drummer, Tony Lewis, born in the Bronx, has played with many of the legendary blues-men, including B.B. King and Little Richard, Ashford & Simpson, 24-7 Spyx, and has toured with Cyndi Lauper, Sam of Sam and Dave, and Regina Belle, amongst others, and has performed in more than 20 Countries.
Slyvester Scott, from South Carolina, plays the tenor sax and the flute, supposedly seduced an angel in performance. Has recorded on several major record labels, toured and recorded with Jerry Rizzi, Lina Katrakas, George Kilby and the Cooler Raiders. Performed throughout the world including Egypt, Germany, Norway, Barbados, France many times, Japan, amongst others.
Kwartei Jones-Quartey, from Ghana, has his M. A. (Music Composition), is a monster guitarist, who has been compared to Santana. He has recorded with Olu Dara, and toured extensively throughout the US -all major clubs in Europe- France on 2 trips, Africa and Japan, Tokyo.