Friends On Stage

Friends On and Off Stage...

We enjoy working with a variety of the very BEST artists available. Danny Draher, Stanley Banks, Charles Tripp, Paul Coscino and other top-notch musicians round out the group depending on the needs of the venue.

Paul Coscino pursued music education at DePaul University (Chicago). His first gig was 5 nights on Rush Street with Vegas performer Bill Acosta, Man of 1000 Voices. Paul played with Lynne Jordan for many years which opened the door for other blues scene opportunities to jam with Buddy Guy, cover for the late great Pine Top Perkins (a no show one evening) and to tour with the late great Junior Wells.

On guitar, Mr. Charles Tripp is a true master, playing all styles and lighting up the stage when he appears with the Eric Charles Group. Chuck was a James Brown fan as a kid and poured himself into his music from an early age. He played with the legendary George Faber - playing the best R&B and Funk ever heard around Champaign and the Midwest.

When Eric Charles arrived in Chicago in the early 80s, one of his first gigs (for exactly $25) was with a young keyboardist and his brother playing on the West Side for Little Johnny. Many years later, that keyboardist, Mr. Stanley Banks is still entertaining for crowds all over Chicago. A staple in Chicago studios, clubs and of course, the church, Stanley brings an excitement and sophistication to the stage.

Finally, The Eric Charles group is lucky to have the friendship of Mr. Danny Draher, a New York Blues & Jazz Society’s Best Artist Winner; a guitarist, singer, musical director, consultant and producer. Born in Indianapolis, Danny began his professional life as a guitarist with Otis Rush and Buddy Guy at the legendary Checkerboard Lounge. He recorded his first album with the Bob Reidy Band on Flying Fish Records at the legendary Chess Studios. He has recorded and toured with artists such as Dr. John, Etta James, Paul Butterfield and Allen Toussaint. He was the producer for Cephas & Wiggin’s CD, Blues Men, on Chesky Records and worked with producer John Snyder as a session guitarist for Polygram and Verve Records, including Lucky Peterson’s last two gold CD’s.

Charles Tripp - Guitar: 
Danny Draher - Guitar/Vox: 
Paul Coscino - Keys: 
Stanley Banks - Keys: