For many years Emilio Castillo has shown us What is Hip! The legendary horn band known as Tower of Power played in Phoenix on December 15 at the Ovations Theatre inside of the WildHorse Pass Hotel. The band is celebrating their 48th year recording together with four original members. They took us for a two hour ride through their myriad of hits like “You’re Still a Young Man” “Diggin’ On James Brown” “Soul Vaccination” and “Don’t Change Horses.”
Marcus Scott, the vocalist who joined the band in April of 2016 rocked the stage and the audience as he brought his charm, powerful voice and James Brown-like dance moves to this tight group.
I’ve always enjoyed the baritone sax player Stephen “Doc” Kupka who is not only a founding member of Tower of Power, but along with Emilio Castillo has written most of the TOP song catalog.
Tom E. Politzer is TOP’s lead tenor sax player. Tommy fills that role totally, not only as an outstanding soloist, but also as a part of the five piece Tower of Power horn section.
Ken Sklute has been honored as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 60 top photographers worldwide. Ken has enjoyed a diverse career photographing landscapes, professional sports, and people.
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