For close to 50 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music."
Tower's rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage.
Meet the Band
- Emilio Castillo - Second Tenor Sax, Background & Lead Vocals
- Stephen "DOC" Kupka - Baritone Saxophone
- Francis Rocco Prestia - Bass Guitar
- David Garibaldi - Drums
- Roger Smith - Keyboards, Background Vocals
- Tome E. Pollitzer - First Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Flute, Clarinet
- Adolfo Acosta - Second Trumpet, Flugelhorn
- Jerry Cortez - Guitar, Vocals
- Sal Cracciolo - Trumpet
- Marcus Scott - Lead & Background Vocals
"We're saddened to hear of the passing of Terry "Rufus" Miller but grateful to know that, as a believer in Christ, he's definitely in heaven with the Lord. Rufus was with us when we auditioned at the Fillmore Auditorium and I'm quite sure he was a BIG reason why we got signed to our first record contract by Bill Graham and David Rubinson. Over the years when I described him in interviews I said he was like a Tasmanian Devil up there on the stage. A little guy with a huge gravely voice; always ahead of his time with his fashion, he was the first guy I ever saw wearing a Dakshiki. He was a force to be reckoned with and will be missed."
Emilio Castillo - Bandleader for Tower of Power
NEW Strokeland CD Coming Soon.
Just in time for the release of Doc Kupka’s newest release, “Nature Doesn’t Legislate” featuring Ray Greene & Friends, Doc’s Strokeland Records is introducing their brand new, modern web site at http://www.strokeland.com. Optimized for mobile devices, the site provides a much better experience, no matter whether you shop for music from a home computer, a tablet, or a phone. Releases are now organized by artist, by genre, and by release type to make locating your favorite music much easier. You can also participate by adding your own reviews of Strokeland releases to share with other fans. Check out Doc’s own releases and all the great collection of East Bay Soul, funk, and jazz at Strokeland Records.
The newest Strokeland Records “Doc Kupka Presents” release is set to ship on August 13, 2016! Stephen 'Doc' Kupka called on former Tower of Power lead vocalist Ray Greene for this great new collection of original songs. As Ray Greene departs Tower of Power to serve as vocalist for Santana, NATURE DOESN'T LEGISLATE gives Tower of Power fans one more opportunity to hear his soulful vocals in the East Bay Soul setting.
Backing up Ray’s lead vocals, the tighter-than-tight rhythm section is comprised of former Tower of Power members Carmen Grillo (guitar), Herman Matthews (drums), and Ray McKinley (bass), plus studio ace Chris Caswell (keyboards), who also worked on Doc’s ”Doc Goes Hollywood”. The smoking horn section consists of former Tower of Power member Lee Thornburg and Dan Fornero (Brian Setzer, Tom Jones, Phil Collins) on trumpet, Joe Sublett (Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Little Feat) on tenor sax, first-call studio player Nick Lane (Maynard Ferguson, The Who, Chicago) on trombone, and the Funky Doctor himself, Stephen Kupka on bari sax.
Pre-order your copy today at the Strokeland Records web site and save 10%! After the August 13 release date, in addition to the Strokeland web site, you can also find it at CD Baby and Amazon, or download it from iTunes or your other favorite digital music outlet. NATURE DOESN'T LEGISLATE will also be available at Tower of Power shows, where you can have your copy autographed by Doc Kupka.
NEW SOLO CD By Jerry Cortez
Tower Of Power guitarist Jerry Cortez has a new solo CD entitled, From The Ground Up. The CD was recorded with the help of some fine musicians and background singers from London, Nashville, San Francisco and Seattle. The CD can be ordered from Amazon. It is also available at Tower Of Power live shows.
Here is a Youtube link that offers a short sample of each track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ57zc4mIFk
The CD can be ordered from Amazon by clicking here: "From The Ground Up"
Marcus Scott, Tower's Newest Lead Vocalist
Marcus Scott is from Memphis, Tennesee and has been fascinated with music, especially soul music, since he was a child. Marcus replaced Ray Greene in April of 2016 and has started a new chapter with Tower of Power. Well known in the Memphis music scene and beyond, Marcus is eager to write his own story with Tower of Power as he takes his position as the lead vocalist with the band. A few words from Marcus:
"Singing with Tower Of Power is simply a dream come true and it fits me like a glove. I have always been known as a “Soul Man” but The T.O.P. has me singing Soul With A Capital S."
Marcus Scott began his musical journey with Tower of Power in April of 2016.
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