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Tommy Lynn: “Neil”

Tommy began his music career on Long Island. He was in some of the top drawing bands in the tri-state area in the early 80′s. He Played in Guitar Pete’s Axe Attack (Heavy Metal records, UK), The legendary New York City Battalion, and Gypsy Rose – which evolved into Snakeyed Su, which featured Donny Waller on bass guitar. Touring with endless national acts on the east coast, he finally decided to hang it up and to start a family.

In 2010 He started Diamond,”One Hot Night”. The weekend work suits him fine…

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Ivelin Atanasov:: Keyboards

‘Evo’ has only been a member of Diamond – One Hot Night for a short time, but his exceptional playing ability and infectious enthusiasm has already made him a cornerstone of the band’s sound. Evo is well-versed in rock, jazz and classical music, and his natural talent makes him a perfect fit for Neil Diamond’s dramatic orchestral arrangements.

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Linda Cusumano: Piano/Vocals

Linda has been a professional musician/vocalist and a piano teacher for many years. She began on organ at age nine. In her early teens she became interested in jazz and studied in NYC with highly acclaimed jazz pianist Hal Galper, during this time she performed with the band “’Round Midnight” playing straight ahead jazz, the band eventually evolved into a dance band with heavy roots in Jazz.

Linda also oversees the worship team’s at Grace Gospel Church in Patchogue. She has spent much time singing and recording her own music. She released her first CD through Calvary Chapel Music that was followed by many other CD’s. As of 2013, she began performing in theaters with “Joplin’s Pearl Show” and is now performing with “One Hot Night” She currently hosts an open jazz jam at “The Oar Steak & Seafood Grill” in Patchogue with her jazz trio “West Avenue Jazz.”

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Donny Waller: Electric & Acoustic Guitar

Donny Waller is a journeyman multi-instrumentalist who started playing professionally in his home town of Philadelphia at the age of nine. Since then, he’s performed in just about every style imaginable, from surf rock and country to metal and dance bands. He has played on stages all over the country, was signed to Warner Brothers/Giant Records (with Snakeyed Su in the early 90s), has recorded and produced in world-class studios and remains an active producer and songwriter.

In addition to guitar, Donny plays bass guitar, mandolin, banjo and pedal steel guitar. He appears weekly with Arlene’s World Famous Live Rock Karaoke band at Arlene’s Grocery in New York City as well as with Long Island’s own Nurse Diesel, and is widely recognized as one of the top rock guitarists in the New York area. Donny is happy to bring his expertise to Diamond: One Hot Night.

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Tom Dolan: Bass Guitar

Tom is the newest member of Diamond – One Hot Night, and he is one of the most in-demand bass players on Long Island. Tom is a veteran of the tribute scene, having played in tributes to Ozzy Osborne/Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, and many more. When Tom isn’t on stage with One Hot night, he plays with the long-running rock band Nurse Diesel, the surf band Shecky & The Twangtones, and rock act Mudcat.

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Gene Henriksen: Drums

A long-time veteran of the Long Island club scene (as both a drummer and a vocalist), Gene Henriksen brings his vast experience and keen sense of ‘what works’ to One Hot Night. When Gene was approached to play drums for the band, he launched himself right into it, practicing nearly non-stop to master One Hot Night’s song list in time for his first show. Gene brings power and swing to the sound of One Hot Night, making an already hot band even hotter!

When Gene’s not behind the kit for One Hot Night, he’s the front man for the Wildly popular Van Halen tribute ‘Completely Unchained,’ as well as the club rock supergroup ‘The Big Show.’ Gene also runs and hosts the ‘Teen Idol’ shows at high schools all over Long Island.

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Chris Lesser: Trumpet

In 1996, Chris joined Fran Diamond and the Hits. In 2000 played with the Latin band Punto y Coma. Later on performed with Only in America, and Rick Virga and all the kings men. In 2002 performed with Naked Truth. In 2005 joined with the band Soundchaser, and now currently perform with Diamond…One Hot Night.

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Tex Sax: Saxophone

Born 1951 near the border of Mexico, slipped across 2 weeks later to grow up deep in the piney woods of East Texas. 1965: My dad bought a saxophone from a character at a local gathering place for $50 and brought it to the shack. My 3 brothers and I took it out of the case and fooled around with it – they lost interest real quickly when we could not make it play.

I took it to my room and phoned another friend from junior high school who came over to demonstrate how it worked. Shortly afterwards, I dumped French horn, challenged and conquered the first chair position in the sax section. 5 years later, I became first chair in the Texas All-State Symphonic Band, then came college.

The 1970’s found me working the local blues and country-western gigs between short tours of the South and shows in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for a few years with people like Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Pat & Debbie Boone, Julio Iglesias Sr. and Les Elgart. There was often too much time between the big gigs. Seeking more steady activity around 1980, I uprooted myself, jumped into my 1961 Impala and headed to Austin to experience the thrills of that burgeoning music scene. After my previous 7 years of serious jazz & classical music study at UNT, I soon realized that I needed an environment of more creative and diverse musical stimulation than Austin, in order to sustain my musical appetite. I decided that I was ready to head northward, towards the cultural center of the USA. I headed out of Texas on foot, with my horn on my back to ‘check it out’ in NY. It looked comfy here on the island, so I ran back to retrieve my dog, bird and 1969 Impala. 31 years later, I am still so in love with Suffolk County and now I can’t leave.

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Ryan McNulty: Trombone

Ryan is an active trombone player in the New York City area. He has performed most notably at Carnegie Hall, the Iridium Jazz club, BB Kings, and Zinc Bar. Ryan has also toured in Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, France and China. He is currently playing with Diamond…One Hot Night, Black Tie Brass, Sarah King and is actively playing in pit orchestras in the Tri-State Area.

See ryanmcnultymusic.com for more info.

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Karli Bonné: Backing Vocals

Karli has been on the scene for 30 years from jamming in NYC with Ace Frehley and Joe Lynn Turner to recording with Mark Hitt of Rat Race Choir. With 5 original CDs and 4 music videos she’s already taken the world by storm, especially the 25 years in Brooklyn singing at prominent Russian resturants including performing with Taylor Dayne.

With a number 1 video on MTV Phillipines, new recordings with Mick James including lending her vocals to Criss Angel’s Mindfreak. Karli is now fronting rock cover band Masquerade and lending her vocal prowess to The Larry Magri Project to raise money for ALS – as well as bringing her vocal talents and engaging stage presence to One Hot Night



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