The Joe Costello Syndicate consists of extremely competent musicians who pride ourselves on the ability to blend into any musical situation.
Our leader, Joe Costello, is one of the busiest drummers in the valley. Joe stays busy with a heavy regional live performance schedule, touring to other parts of the country, recording drum/percussion tracks for various artists and giving back through his clinics. When he is not out touring, he leads this band and also runs his own jazz group, The Joe Costello Project.
In addition to his time spent behind the kit, Joe runs Onstage Entertainment Group, which books concerts, events and music for a variety of venues and bands. In 2016, Joe founded The Performers Institute, which was created to educate people following their dreams and passion of the performing arts, how to create sustainable careers. It gives the performers a concrete foundation of the business aspects of being a performer in addition to the musical knowledge needed to get ahead and stay ahead.
When in Arizona, Joe often performs with well-known organist Papa John DeFrancesco. Joe has also performed with Damon Johnson (guitarist/vocalist for Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Brother Cane, Black Star Riders), Joey DeFrancesco, Kenny Passarelli (bassist for Joe Walsh, The James Gang, Elton John), Johnny DeFrancesco and Francine Reed (backup vocalist with Lyle Lovett), Eddie Turner, Kara Hesse & Kevin Miso.
Our lead singer is Kaufee Johnson who has a musical depth unlike many singers. She can sing jazz standards from the 40’s and 50’s and turn around and perform the latest tune by one of today’s pop stars. She has a knack for getting the crowd involved and her glowing personality sets the stage for each and every performance.
Barrett RehmGerdes or “B” as he’s known to most, is somewhat of a musical Renaissance man. B’s first love has always been making music with his guitars. With a foundation in the Rock/Alternative genres, he cut his teeth early touring with any original music group he could find. It is that background that gives his signature edge to a variety of styles; be it pop, R&B, fusion, acoustic or whatever. In addition to his duties in the “Syndicate” you can find B in New York and touring the country as a member of critically-acclaimed recording artist Inda Eaton’s band. Equally proficient as a vocalist, recording and live sound engineer, you can expect this guy to bring a big bag of tricks and deliver them with a fierce energy.
Raul Yanez handles all the various keyboard sounds needed to cover our large song list. He also assists us with his arranging expertise when we want to make a song our own. Raul is on call as Esteban’s keyboardist when a performance arises. Beside playing piano and various keyboards, Raul is a killer Hammond B3 organist. Known for his extensive knowledge of various Latin genres, Raul is often called upon to teach various Latin classes at SCC, ASU & The Nash.
Rob started his music career in Southern California, playing trombone in college and professionally, and later becoming heavily involved in music technology as the Director of Multimedia Development for the leading music education publisher Alfred Publishing Co. In recent years, Rob has shifted his focus to performing on electric bass, and has become highly in-demand in the Phoenix jazz and pop scenes. Rob brings to the “Syndicate” his three Ts of bass playing; Time, Taste, and Tone.