I actually know two of the band members! In The Pocket is a great series, check it out:
This documentary short from the Emmy® Nominated series IN THE POCKET: ESSENTIAL SONGS OF PHILADELPHIA is dedicated to Trammps member Jimmy Ellis (1938-2012) and shows David Uosikkinen of The Hooters’ as he records the sixth song in his singles series. Disco Inferno, an inspired cover originally recorded by The Trammps in 1976. Uosikkinen’s ambitious and always musically tasty In the Pocket project, brings together all-star Philly musicians to cover classic Philadelphia tunes. For more information on IN THE POCKET: ESSENTIAL SONGS OF PHILADELPHIA go to songsinthepocket.org.
Disco Inferno includes screaming work by the original guitar player from The Trammps, TJ Tindall, a mid-tune rap attack by Schoolly D and lead vocals by Graham Alexander, who is just off the Broadway production of The Beatles’ Rain. The track also features performances from Matt Cappy on trumpet, Jay Davidson on sax, Greg Davis on guitar, Rob Hyman on keyboards, Richie & Charlie Ingui on background vocals, Fran Smith, Jr on bass, and of course, David Uosikkinen on drums pulls it all together.
“Disco never sounded like this,” explains drummer Uosikkinen. “TJ Tindall told me, Disco Inferno would kill as a rock song. He should know since he played on both versions. And with Grammy winning producer/engineer, Phil Nicolo driving the sound, this one really rocks!”
In The Pocket features:
David Uosikkinen – (The Hooters) – drums
Graham Alexander – (singer/songwriter, Paul McCartney in Broadway production of Rain) – lead vocals
Matt Cappy – (The Roots, Amos Lee, Jay-Z) – trumpet
Jay Davidson (Steve Winwood, Funk Brothers) – sax
Rob Hyman – (The Hooters) – keyboards
Charlie & Richie Ingui – (Soul Survivors) – background vocals
Fran Smith, Jr – (The Hooters) – bass
Greg Davis – (Beru Revue) – guitar
TJ Tindall – (original Gamble & Huff guitarist on this song) – lead guitar
Special appearance by legendary rapper, Schoolly D
About the project:
With IN THE POCKET: ESSENTIAL SONGS OF PHILADELPHIA, The Hooters’ David Uosikkinen revisits songs that were either recorded in Philadelphia or written and performed by Philadelphians. These essential songs feature a rotating line up of Philly’s most celebrated musicians. Songs are available for download at songsinthepocket.org. A video documentary by award winning producer/director Steve Acito of Bluewire Media is produced to accompany each song. Acito’s In The Pocket long-form documentary was recently nominated for an Emmy award.
A portion of the proceeds benefit Philadelphia’s Settlement Music School. With six branches in PA and NJ, it is the largest community school of the arts in the United States serving 15,000 students each year regardless of age, race, or financial means. Settlement Music School’s alumni includes some of Philadelphia’s most beloved residents including Kevin and Michael Bacon, Chubby Checker, Stanley Clark, Kevin Eubanks, Buddy Greco, G. Love and Frank Rizzo.