Keeping Rhythm & Blues Alive

RIRBPS Board Members / Musicians

Max Whiting, Bassist


  Max, Vice President/Music Director, an accomplished bandleader and bassist, has performed throughout the US and Canada. 

Bandleader of Musicmakers, he works local and regional venues & private functions and performs with the R&B Preservation Hall Band. 

He has been instrumental in developing, promoting and expanding musical venues for RIRBPS and taught  Master Classes in Bass at the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA) in Providence. 

Tom Colantonio, Bassist


Tom, Instruments for Children Program Director, plays blues guitar in many local RI venues.  He also gives private lessons in guitar and bass  and has been instrumental in growing the Instruments Program throughout RI. 

Through his leadership the Instruments Program has donated over 250 instruments this year to young musicians at local area schools.  He also coordinates obtaining the instruments from the donor, having them serviced and cleaned and lining up local schools systems that have students in need of a  muscial instrument. 

Paul WIlliams, Guitar/Vocals


Paul, Board Member, is a local guitarist, vocalist and successful guitar instructor,  He is know for his blues, jazz, R&B and gospel and performs at many local venues.  

He also has theatrical and acting experience, is a solo perforning artist and is the Guitarist for “Steppin Out featuring New Image”, RPM Voices of RI, Vocalist/Guitarist of Sweet P Blues Band and guitarist with Lois Vaughn Jazz Band and Music Coordinator at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative.


Musicians Directory


Randy Ashe, Saxophone, Vocals, 401.480.2270

Becky Bass, Vocalist, 

Tom Colantonio, Electric Bass,

Prof Ed Coates, Saxophone, Hammond Organ,, 727.645.6604

Lonnie Gasperini, Organ, 646.773.3535

Arthur Hazard,  Baritone Sax,

Dave Keller, Band Leader, Guitar,, 802.229.2737

Hakim Law, Piano, vocals,, 857.719.6891

​Wayne Manning, Electric Bass, Soul Unit, 508.840. 6574, 

Phil Pegg, Guitar, Vocals,, ​401.639.9343

Clarice Smith, Vocals,

Gina Wesley, Dreamcatcher, Band Leader, Vocals,, 401.419.6480

Max Whiting, Band Leader, Bassist,, 617.539.3951

Paul "Sweet P" Williams, Band Leader, Guitar,,, 401.465.0542

Dick Willner, Band leader, guitar, vocals,, 401.821.1810I

R&B Preservation Hall Band


The Preservation Hall Band of the Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society is available for all your musical needs.  We perform at Festivals, Concerts, Events, Celebration, Tributes and more

Contact Music Director Max Whiting for details 617.539.3951 

Local Gigs / Venues

Tish Adams Jazz Trio

Meanwhile, on the radio... Join Tish for her "VOCALISTS & LOCALISTS" show, Thursday mornings, 8-10 AM, 90.3 FM, WRIU Kingston...a COMMERCIAL-FREE broadcast service from the University of Rhode Island, staffed by VOLUNTEERS!!!

Becky Bass

EVERY WEDNESDAY, Caribbean Soul Duo featuring Becky Bass & Jhony Keys, 6-9 PM. Rooftop, Providence G (Restaurant/Bar), 100 Dorrance St, Providence RI, No cover, Complimentary Valet Parking

Tom Colantonio

Saturday, August 17, The Joint, 9-12:30PM, 1150 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston RI, Rockin Blues.
August 24, McT's Tavern, 8:30-12:00, 940 Mendon Road, Cumberland RI.  

Max Whiting

Monday, November 4, 11-12:30AM. Marblehead Jewish Community Center, Marblehead, MA.

Sunday, November 17, 11-3PM, Darryl's Corner Bar & Bistro, 604 Columbus Avenue, Boston.  

Paul Williams


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