Meet the Band
Come and hear us...and see for yourself! You will see why literally over one thousand satisfied customers, from newly married couples to corporate executives.... from entire cities at homeday celebrations to party planners to local bar owners and their loyal patrons, continue to demand "The Edge" when they expect the best for their special celebration!
Key Boards, Accordian, Vocals
"Rick Matis, founder and leader of "THE EDGE" learned at an early age that beautiful music can lift one's emotions and lift the heart. He noticed one day while practicing for his grandparents how they were moved to tears at hearing some of their all-time favorite tunes. If his music could create this impact, imagine what sound could be produced with a group of exceptionally talented vocalists and musicians!
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"When you come right down to it...people are looking for fun...they want to dance, they want to smile and laugh and enjoy some great times with their friends and dance up close and personal with that special someone. Our music is fun, steamy, exciting, and brings out the best in why people so much love live, danceable music. I love my job and I love this band.”
Female Lead Vocals
The former dynamic lead singer for Rick & the Cutting Edge is BACK in 2017 for the transformation to THE EDGE! Angelina has been gracing weddings ceremonies, receptions, and parties with her stellar voice for years. You might catch her singing the National Anthem at Cleveland sporting events such as Cav's or Indian's Games! She also doubles as a Disney character with an entertainment company called Second Star to the Right where she performs at parties and charity events all around northeast Ohio. Her energy on stage is contagious- you won't see an empty dance floor when she takes the mic!
Bass Guitar, Male Lead Vocals
Providing strong lead and harmony vocals, from James Brown to James Taylor, Bob enjoys a variety of vocal challenges and has the ability to sound like many of the singers on the original recordings.
“I think our strength is being able to play a huge variety of musical styles – in a very authentic way. If we play a rock song, we sound like a rock band – if we play a jazz tune, we sound like a jazz band – if we play a polka, we sound like a rock band (just kidding!)
We are a very musically flexible band!"
Sax, Percussion, Vocals, and Rhythm Guitar
The multi-talented Mike Molchan was born and raised on the North Coast and has been with The EDGE since its inception. He plays tenor, alto and soprano saxes as well as the Yamaha X11 midi wind controller (that's a synthesizer).
Mike is also a wonderful singer, performing lead and back-up vocals throughout the night. His vocals enable THE EDGE to produce amazingly beautiful 4-part harmonies!
Major influences include Lenny Pickett (Saturday Night Live Band), Michael Brecker and Gato Barbieri (early 70's only).
Guitar and vocals
With over 30 years of musical experience, Dan brings strong rhythm and lead guitar abilities, as well as strong lead and backing vocals to the band. A “rocker” by nature, he can also adapt to a wide variety of musical styles, equally well. Dan also creates and produces much of the background music for the corporate videos his company produces. Dan’s stage energy and drive contribute greatly to the crowded dance floors.
From Music Director on cruise ships... to teaching percussion at a music studio... to performing in several premier local bands - Jeff has done it all! Jeff has played with local bands such as the Tony Camarati Band and Park Place and still does a 3-piece jazz trio in his free time!
Jeff brings a huge amount of energy and versatility to the drums (and to the band), which translates into a busy dance floor!
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