consists of some of the busiest session guys in NYC. For 15 years, they’ve been hosting the Uptown Jam–for some periods every week, more recently every month, and now occasionally as budget an scheduling allow, assembling and keeping together the rockingest band in NYC and the area.
But in addition to rock, they are well-versed in nearly any style of music which, of course, is necessary to rock properly.From jazz to country, funk to punk, to styles they invent themselves.
As well as the Uptown Jam, Jim Wacker & Collateral Damage plays a lot of concerts, parties, recording sessions, weddings, divorces—potentially any place folks want to have fun. They can rock more songs than any 3 bands combined.
They also do tribute nights of other bands and genres, like Beatles, Rolling Stones, Clapton, Allman Brothers, Motown, Country, and once for the year 1957 [they called themselves the “’57 Chevy’s”] It’s a fun band. They’re in the studio now working on a album of Classic Rock their way. Here’s a cut off the next album:
They’ve appeared all over. The Westport [Ct.] Levitt Pavilion [last 4 years], Lincoln Center in NYC, McDermott’s in the Bronx, Swing the Teapot in Floral Park, LI, Greeport Harbor Brewery in Greenport, NY, the P&G in NYC, Big Billy’s in Mt.Vernon, JC Fogarty’s in Bronxville [many times], Bambu in Portchester, Jonny’s on Fifth in Pelham, Keenan’s and Dorney Malone’s both on Broadway, in NYC, Bubba’s in Ardsley, Danny Mac’s in Yonkers, and many other places.
Collateral Damage is:
Jim Wacker (Vocals and keyboards) “It’s not what you play, it’s what you say” says Jim Wacker, composer, keyboardist, singer, entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, all around great guy. He’s been touring the world as keyboardist, singer, and arranger/musical director of Chubby Checker and the Wildcats since the 80s. Played with Len Barry, Jon Bon Jovi, Bowser, Rocky Burnette, the Cadillacs, the Capris, Freddie Cannon, Mel Carter, the Chantels, Lou Christie, Jimmy Clanton, the Coasters, the Crystals, Spencer Davis, Bo Diddly, the Drifters, the Dubs, the Duprees, the Emotions, the Excellents, Fabian, Johny Farina, the Fireflies, Frankie Ford, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Chuck Jackson, Johnny and Joe, Billy J Kramer, Dickey Lee, Bobby Lewis, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Darlene Love, the Marcels, Peggy March, the Marvelettes, the Passions, the Platters, Randy and the Rainbows, Billy Joe Royal, Mitch Ryder, Tommy Roe, Bobby Rydell, the Shangri-Las, Del Shannon, Dee Dee Sharp, the Shirelles, Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, Bruce Springsteen, the Tokens, the Toys, the Teenagers, the Tymes, Johnny Tilotson, the Videos, the Volumes, and Kathy Young among the greats and some greats who aren’t famous. –In the band, not just on the same bill.
He’s written and recorded endlessly at his Locomotive Recording Studio, and other studios and composed with lyricist/singer Donna Heffernan, “Lear” an operatic version of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, which had an off-Broadway run at NYC’s Kaleidoscope Theatre Company. Jim has a massive catalog of thousands of rock, jazz, classical, and other pieces. Now, with Collateral Damage, and other great talents that tend to stop by at their shows, he is fulfilling a dream of playing just what he and his cohorts want to play. “The great classic songs, new songs, and songs in the process of being born,” he says. He does most of the lead vocals and keyboards.
Andy Bassford (Guitar and vocals) first became known as a guitarist in Kingston, Jamaica. In the 80’s he was never out of the local charts, cutting dozens of hits as a session player with Roots Radics, Sly & Robbie, the Wailers band, and many others. As a member of Lloyd Parks & We The People, he also performed on stage with nearly every reggae act of the era. Andy has toured extensively with Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Yellowman, and, since 1988, with Toots & the Maytals. Currently living in the Bronx, he plays sessions, tours internationally with Toots, and gigs in the NYC area with Collateral Damage, New Kingston, Amy Coleman, Reggae Plus, and his own band the Blue People. Andy has also performed or recorded with Percy Sledge, LaVern Baker, Ron Wood, Bobby Keys, Rosco Gordon, Coati Mundi, Ernest Ranglin, and Graham Haynes. Notable recent sessions include tracks featuring Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, and Trey Anastasio for Toots’s 2004 Grammy-winning “True Love” album, as well as a number of tracks for the upcoming Shaggy album. Andy has written for Guitar Player and Onstage magazines and is writing a book about his time in Jamaica. In May 2003, he received an award from the Jamaica Federation of Musicians for outstanding contributions to the Jamaican music industry.
Card-carrying member of the American Federation of Musicians (Local 802, New York City), the Jamaica Federation of Musicians (Surrey Local), and the ACLU. Received Jamaica Federation of Musicians Award in 2003 for Outstanding Contributions to the Development of the Jamaican Music Industry. Performed on two Grammy-winning albums (with Toots and the Maytals and Burning Spear), six Grammy-nominated albums (with Toots, Burning Spear, and Shaggy), and one platinum album (Rihanna, “A Girl Like Me”), among thousands of other recordings, som e as recently as last week. Contributing author, “How To Play Rhythm Guitar,” published by Backbeat Books, 2004. Owner of a 1999 Saturn SL2 with over 200K miles on it. Can function for days on very little sleep. He recently release a new solo album, The Harder They Strum which is destined to be a reggae classic.
Ray De Tone [Guitar, Vocals] has composed, produced & performed on hundreds of songs that can be heard on MTV, Univision, RAI-TV Italy, Playgirl TV, ComedyNET, Handmade TV, AllRecipes.com and recently placed songs in the Alec Baldwin/Danny Glover film “Back In The Day”, Cinemax’s “Strike Back” and Quaker Oats/Pepsi ‘s Overnight Oats global TV campaign. As a writer for the New York based Omni Music Library, Ray’s compositions are used as Background Music in countless international ad campaigns and media outlets.
Ray is known for his eclectic compositions and playing styles and skills; some of which include: Spanish Classical/Flamenco – (skated to by the 2007 World Champion Figure Skater, Caroline Zhang); World music from Arabia, Africa, France, Italy and China; Blues, Country, Rock, Rockabilly, New Age and Heavy Metal; New Orleans 2nd Line; Orchestral scores & Choir Arrangements; Comedy/Cartoon Music; Cinematic Themes in many styles with diverse instrumentation.
As a guitarist, producer and/or musical director Ray has toured/recorded/performed with such luminaries as: Grammy-Winning producer, Neil Dorfsman for the Japanese artist, Himuro; Iron Maiden frontman, Paul Dianno; legendary Liverpool bassist/singer, Mark Clarke; the iconic Ronnie Spector; hit songwriter, Mark Mangold w. CBS recording artist “Drive, She Said”; In 2002, Ray was asked to “shred” a Jason Becker song on a benefit CD which also featured Steve Vai, Marty Friedman and Randy Coven. Ray has also guitared for dozens of major Chinese pop stars and has been heard, if not seen, in the orchestra pit of the Broadway shows “Jesus Christ, Superstar” & “Godspell”.
featured in Guitar Player magazine . “Budweiser Artist of the Month”–Rhythm And News Magazine An eclectic player, fusing the elements of rock, blues, progressive, country, metal, alternative and even bluegrass, creating a signature sound that stands out amidst todays’ onslaught of redundancy. Melody and emotional intensity coupled with the right style and sound for the song are of utmost importance to this fine guitarist. And this musical maturity is showcased on his 3 instrumental CDs to date! Ray is also a published songwriter (ASCAP) with over 300 songs (words & music) in his catalog, an accomplished producer, working double duty on many sessions as guitarist and producer.
Recorded/performed with Grammy Winning Producer – Neil Dorfsman (Sting, Paul McCartney, Dire Straits); keyboardist-Adam Holzman (Miles Davis); drummer-Van Romaine (Steve Morse, Enrique Iglesias); Billy Squire ; drummer- Nir Z (Chris Cornell, Genesis); drummer – Bernard Davis ( Anita Baker ); drummer- Courtney Williams ( kd lang ); drummer- Rosa Avila (Andy Williams); drummer-Louie Appel (Debbie Gibson , Southside Johnny); drummer-Alex Alexander ( Dido, Blackmore); drummer- Takanori Niida ( Will Lee ); Billy Cliff (vox- Pet Shop Boys , Spyro Gyra); studio ace guitarist , Nick Moroch ( everyone everywhere); Paul Dianno ‘s Killers; FAME-TV star Carlo Imperato; bassist- Mark Clarke (Mountain, Rainbow), members of Billy Joel ‘s band, Iggy Pop ‘s band, Ritchie Blackmore ‘s Rainbow , Steve Vai ‘s band, bassist- David J. Keyes (Renaisance, Willy DeVille ); bassist- Ric Mullen ( Commander Cody ) and so on.
Toured with Iron Maiden’s original singer, Paul Dianno in the band , KILLERS; Ronnie Spector; CBS recording artist Drive, She Said and has performed in the NYC area with many bands, including Tracey Blue, Life On Mars and many Chinese pop stars touring in the US.
Mr. Fred Weidenhammer [bass, vocals] Plays with Collateral Damage, the Bronx Symphony Orchestra, the Harlem Renasance Orchestra and Bernie Milton. Has a new critically acclaimed album of of 12 original compositions, produced by Andy Bassford, features some of NYC’s finest musicians just came out in September.
Extraordinary drummer, Jeremy makes his living as a touring rock ‘n roll drummer, playing with artists including Billy Idol, Scandal, Richie Havens, Gary US Bonds, Des’ree, Del Shannon, Robert Gordon, Chuck Berry, Peter Noone, Lou Christie, and Lesley Gore. He performed at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Three Rivers Stadium, The Greek Theater, and many, many dive bars throughout the United States. He’s been a perfect replacement for Cliff Hackford who moved to S. Carolina. [“He’s still missed. There would be would have 2 drummers if possible” says Jim] He always provides inspiration tight as a duck’s ass, with an excellent groove.
Here’s a short list of songs Jim Wacker and Collateral Damage enjoy playing:
634 5789—B, C—–Sam & Dave
867 5309—-F#— Tommy Tutone
After Midnight—a—Eric Clapton
Ain’t Too Proud—c—Temptations
Ain’t That a Shame—A–Fat’s Domino
All Right Now—a———-Free
All Shook Up————-A–Elvis Presl
Baby It’s You—G—Shirrelles
Back in the USSR—-A(E7)—Beatles
Be My Baby –C— Ronettes
Beast of Burden——-Rolling Stones
Black Magic Woman-Dm—-Santana
Blueberry Hill—-C(F)—–Fats Domino
Bobby McGee—g,a-Janis Joplin,
Boogie Oogie Oogie—–dm—Chic
Boys [the] Are Back—A– Thin Lizzie
Breeze [the]—–A—-Lynard Skynard
Bring it on Home—A–Willie Dixon
Brown Eyed Girl—G–Van Morrison
Brown Sugar——–C—-Rolling Stones
Can’t Get enough of Yr Love—C–Bad Co.
Can’t You See– D– Marshal Tucker
CC Rider———E———–Ma Raney
Come Together—-Dm— Beatles
Dancing in the Street—C–Martha Reeves
Devil with the Blue Dress—C–Mitch Ryder
Dock of the Bay —G–Otis Redding
Don’t Be Cruel———A——-Elvis Presley
Feeling Alright–C—-Joe Cocker
Flip, Flop and Fly—C
Fly Away—Am—Lenny Kravits
Further on Up the Road-
Get Ready———–g————–4 Tops
Gimme Some Lovin-e—-Spencer Davis
Good Love —c———-Rascals
Good Times Bad Times-e–Led Zeppelin
Great Balls of Fire—–c——–JL Lewis
Green Impala—— Wiedenhammer
Hard to Handle—-a—Wilson Pickett
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?–c-CCR
Hey Good Looking—-E–Hank Williams
Hit the Road Jack—am—Ray Charles
Honky Tonk Woman—–g——-Stones
House of the Rising Sun—am—Animals
How Sweet it is –c—Marvin Gaye
I Feel Good—c-James Brown
I Second that Emotion—a—miracles
I Shot the Sheriff—g—-Marley, Clapton
Ì Used to Love Her But —e
I’m a Believer—g—Neil Diamond
I’m Going Down—g—Jeff Beck
I’m Walkin’—g—-Fats Domino
Jailhouse Rock—d—-Elvis Presley
Jumpin’ Jack Flash—b—Stone
Key to the Highway—A–
Knock on Wood—c—Otis Redding
Knocking heaven’s door—g–b Dyl
Let’s Dance—-Bbm—David Bowie
Little Wing—e—Jimi Hendrix-
Long Tall Sally —E—Little Richard
Mary Jane’s Last Dance—a—T Petty
Mercy Mercy Mercy-c—C Adderley
Midnight Hour-C(Bb)—-Wilson Picket
Midnight Rider-c—Allmans key of D for guitar
Moondance am—Van Morison
Move It On Over–g–George Thorogood
Mustang Sally—-C—Wilson Pickett
New York, New York—E—Sinatra
No Matter What—g—Badfinger
No Woman No Cry—c—Bob Marley
Nobody Knows You —C—-Eric Clapton
Not Fade Away—a—
Old Time Rock and Roll—c-,,B Seegar
One Way Out—A—Allmanj Brothers
Ooh Baby Baby—Smokey Robinson
Out of This Alive—E—Wacker, Checker
Paint It Black—-Rolling Stones
Peppermint Twist—c—Joey Dee
Play that Funky Music WB—e–Wild Cherry
Pretty Woman———-a-[e]—-Roy Orbison
Pride and Joy—-e—SR Vaughn
Proud Mary-d–Credence Clearwater
Ready For Love–a—Bad Company
Red House————-Jimi Hendrix
Riders on the Storm—Dm—Doors
Rock & Roll Hootcie Coo—A Derringer
Rock This Town——–c——-Stray Cats
Rock+Roll——-g————Led Zeppelin key A for gtr
Rocky Mountain Way—e-Joe Walsh
Save The Last Dance e——Drifters
Saw Her Standing There—e—Beatles
Shake Rattle and Roll—E—Bill Haley
She CameThru Bthroom Win–aBeatles
Smoke on the Water—g–Deep Purple
Some kinda Wonderful—c—Joss Stone
Something C Beatles
Soul Man—e-Sam& Dave
Stand By Me——-g———Ben E King
Steamroller Blues—Elvis Presley
Still Got t Blues f You-c [dm]Robin Ford
Stormy Monday—-G-Allan Brothers
Stroll/Run, Hide–E-Fats Domino
Stuck in the Middle—c—Stealers Wheel
Suffragette City-a [e]—–David Bowie
Sugar Pie Honey Bunch—-g—–4
Summer of 69—c—Bryan Ad
Sunshine of Yr Love———–Cream
Suzy Q—e-Credence Clearwate
Sweet Home Alabama—Lynard Skynard
Sweet Home Chicago—a
Sweet Little 16—d—Chuck Berry
Sympathy for the Devil—C#m—Rolling Stones
This Love—-am—Maroon 5
Thrill is Gone—g—BB King
Tighten Up—A—Archie B
To See Yourself as Others-C-FredWe
TWIST & SHOUT—–c-Isley Bros
Twisting the Night Away—A—Sm Cook
Under the Boardwalk—G–Drifters
Up on the roof—–f—–Drifters
Use Me Up—e—Bill Withers
Waiting on the World to Change —a
We Gotta Get Out of This Place—e–Animals
What’s Going On—–g— Marvin Gaye
While My Guitar—–Beatles
Whipping Post am—-Allmans
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On—c–Jerry Lee Lewis
Why Does Love Got to be So Sad?-am-clapton
Wild Horses—g—Rolling Stones
Will You Still Love me Tomorrow? A–Shirrelles
Wind Cries Mary—F-(Eb)Jimi Hendr
You Can Leave Your Hat On—c—Joe Cocker
You Can’t Always Get What You Want-c-Stones
You Really Got Me–g—————Kinks
You’ve Lost Loving Feeling-Righteous Bros
Your Cheating Heart—-e—Hank Williams
You’ve Got to Lover—Bm–Wacker
The story of Collateral Damage is long and twisted. Unlike so many other surprises born right after 9/11, Collateral Damage is a good thing. Seems crazy; now, but then, NYC was a ghost town. Loud noises might be bombs.
People were expecting another one. They didn’t go out. Then one day in October, Jim was having dinner in an up
town restaurant, Hopping Jalepenòs. He’d been seeing the emptiness around him and thought, ‘We’ should get out of our houses and take this city back.
How about a weeklJW CD WT Image.1y jam of all the musicians who are out of work thanks to 9/11?’ –not quite ‘Give me liberty or give me death.” but it seemed like a big deal back then. The owner of HJ’s, John Horan, liked the idea more and more as the night wore on and soon the Uptown Jam was born.
Jim got three of the best musicians he knew–John Dejiulio [(drums), Phil Hubbard (guitar, bass), and Dave Hamburger (bass) to be house band, that first Tuesday night in november 2001. People in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx, started coming out of their hovels. And staying late. Really Late. Recent live performance of “my Girl”:
Pretty soon the place was a stop for touring bands coming through NYC. It’s location, just steps from the end of the “A” train, sometimes made it the refuge of those escaping the disneyfication of some areas of the city.
A contender for funkiest (possibly dangerous) bar outside of a star wars movie, featuring the not-rare homeless customer trying to get warm and use the bathroom before heading back south on the “A”., which had none. Despite this, it started drawing from Westchester, Queens, Brooklyn, even Long Island -and not just the homeless.
This was before there was a jam on every block–for which Jim has mixed feelings, ”in fact, I think I have to take some of the blame for the current good-musicians-who-should-be-getting-highly-paid-but-playing-for-free jam-night virus. But there is sometimes a divide between art and commerce. And sometimes you’ve got to serve the art.”
Soon, the Jalepenos were hopping. The Uptown Jam’s house band took the name, “Jim Wacker and Collateral Damage”–after the trail of destruction they left. As the years went by, and guys had to go on the road or become a monk or something, some other great mu
sician was always there to take his place.
The line-up changed almost every week for a while, but eventually it gelled into the perfect mayhem that you see and he are at a Jim Wacker and Collateral Damage show. Jim says,”It’s a very organic way to put together a band, but we were just lucky, really.” This lineup’s been together for about 8 years. In that time, they’ve put together the truly “rockingest band in the city”.
From jazz to country, funk to punk to styles they invent themselves. You can generally catch them on the the first Tuesday of the month at the Westchester Tavern at 641McLean Ave, Yonkers, 1 block west of the NY Thruway exit, and where, with tons of help from guest stars they generally tock a fairly full house, but occasionally end up with 2 pair.
Collateral Damage live at the Westchester.For the last 14 years, they’ve been hosting the Uptown Jam every week, gradually assembling to rockingest band in town.