Ike Willis (b. November 14, 1955) is an American singer and guitarist who was a regular sideman for Frank Zappa, first joining Zappa's band for the fall 1978 tour and remaining in the band for several years.
Ike did not tour with Zappa in 1981 and 1982 for personal reasons, but returned to touring with Zappa for his final two tours in 1984 (which Zappa intended at the time to be his final tour) and 1988.
Ike currently tours with several Frank Zappa tribute bands including ZAPPATiKA, Ossi Duri, Project/Object, Pojama People and Ugly Radio Rebellion. He's also performed several times with the Brazilian Zappa cover band, The Central Scrutinizer Band, The Muffin Men, and with the Italian band Elio e le Storie Tese.
Additionally, he has appeared multiple times at the annual Zappanale festival in Bad Doberan, Germany.
Ike is most recognized for his involvement in Zappa records such as playing Joe in Joe's Garage, providing vocals on Tinsel Town Rebellion, You Are What You Is, and The Man from Utopia, and as the title character and narrator in Zappa's off-Broadway-styled conceptual musical Thing-Fish.
from Ike Willis:
Hi there, Ike here to say welcome to my website IkeWillis.com.
Make sure to check back frequently in 2015, some exciting things are in the works and I am soon to be back on the road.
Myself along with Jeff Hollie and the band ZAPPATiKA played this years FESTIVAL MOO-AH in Corby, UK. and we all had a Jolly Good Time!
I am back on the road this May with Ugly Radio Rebellion and this July it is off to Bad Doberan for Zappanale XXVI. I will be there with ZAPPATiKA and some very special guest musicians .
Some other projects are in the works as well, so stay tuned here at IkeWillis.com.
Keep checking back for news, tour information, photos, and all you need to know on where to hear some great music!
2 Time Grammy Nominee
Snailworx S Cargo Records Recording Artist
In 1964 at age 3 Duane began drumming, by age 5 his father and local music store owner/band conductor (Harry Rempe) recruited 4 other musicians with the oldest being 8.
Calling the band “Duane and the Redcoats” they went on to tour and open for major acts such as: Paul Revere and the Raiders, 5 Americans, The Turtles, Iron Butterfly, Herman Hermits and more, they won talent contests, appeared on TV/Radio and in the November 1968 issue of Billboard Magazine they were hailed as the youngest Rock n Roll band in the U.S. comparing them to The Jackson 5.
The Redcoats disbanded in 1973 and Duane has remained actively playing full time since with such artist as Ike Willis, Tommy Mars formerly of Frank Zappa, Jp Cervoni formerly of Buddy Miles/The Baby’s, Micki Free formerly of Prince/ Shalamar, Adrian Peritores formerly of The Motels also members of The Troggs, The Electric Prunes, The Standells, Quicksilver Messenger Sevice and the list goes on and on…
“Hard and Heavy in the Pocket with Soul and Showmanship”
Is the best way to describe him
Resume’ & Quotes
Buddy Miles Band (Hendrix, Santana) MEMBER
Cecilia Noel & The Wild Clams (All Star Band) MEMBER
The Babys MEMBER
Nova Rex MEMBER ( in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Smithsonian Institute )
Renato Neto (Rod Stewart, Prince)
Simon Phillips ( Toto, The Who, J. Beck ) )
Carlos Hatem (Tito Puente, C. Korea)
Frank Gambale Steve Trovato (G.I.T. & USC music prof.)
Edsel Dope (Dope)
Robbi Rob (Tribe after Tribe, Peal Jam)
Joey Heredia (Sheila E, Stevie Wonder)
Steve Lukather (Toto)
James Raymond ( CS &N )
Joshua Todd (Buckcherry)
John 5 & Ginger Fish (Marilyn Manson)
Francis Benites (Sergio Mendez)
Tony Brock ( Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, The Babys )
Carl Vereheyen ( Supertramp )
Cheche Alara (Cristina Aguilera)
Alessandro Alessandroni ( Pink )
Robert Trujillo (Ozzy, Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica)
Jeff Babko (S. Phillips, R. Ford, Tim Mc Graw)
Vinnie Colaiuta ( Frank Zappa, Sting )
Cleto Escovedo (Mark Antony)
Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
Killah Priest (Wu-Thang)
Mike Hansen (En Vouge, Dave Navarro, Jane's Addictions)
Sin Dog (Cypress Hill)
Traa Daniel (POD) Him (Him)
David Irvin ( Davino Irvino Junior Minor Roarrr )
Mike Inez (Ozzy, Alice in Chains)
Wayne Static (Static x)
Jimi Crespo (Aerosmith, R.Stewart)
Desi Sheraton ( Music Mogul )
Ray Orpeda (Downset)
Jimmy Earl (Stanley Clark, Pino Daniele)
Gilby Clark (Guns & Roses)
Eric Singer (KISS)
Brandino (Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Quincy Jones)
Killah Priest ( Wu-Tang)
J.B. (Cuck Mangione, En Vouge)
Matt Laug (A. Morissette, Slash, Vasco Rossi)
Arik Marshall (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Macy Gray)
Joy Leste' (Beautiful Creatures)
Carlo Rios (Madonna, G. Vannelli
Gisa Vatky (Louis Miguel)
Bill Chaplin (Chicago)
Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent)
Bernie Dressel (Brian Setzer Orchestra, Robben Ford)
Derek Sheridian (Alice Cooper, Dream Tether)
Larry Dunn (Earth Wind & Fire)
Charles Fearing (Michael Jackson)
Steve Tavaglione (G.R.P., A Holsworth)
John Platero (Cher)
Marco Mendoza (T.Nuget, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake)
Kirk Covington (Tribal Tech, A. Holsworth)
Steve Weingart ( Dave Weckl )
Albert Wing (Frank Zappa , Diane Ross )
Carmen Grillo ( Tower of Power )
Alvin Taylor ( George Harrison, Elton John, The Animales )
Larry Antonino ( Crusaders )
Nick Menza ( Megadeath )
Scott Warren ( DIO )
Howie Simon ( Alcatrazz )
Scott Page ( Pink Floyd )
Brain Ray ( Paul McCartney )
“JP is the only player after Jimi that kicked my ass!!” -- The Legendary Buddy Miles
"JP is a classic guitarist in the finest sense of the word. His tone and melodic phrasing are legendary and effortless, and you wonder whether there is any barrier between what he hears in his soul and what he produces with his hands" -- Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne)
JP, super guitarist with a Huge heart! Walfredo Reyes Jr.(Santana, Steve Windwood)
“As long as I’ve known JP he’s been an inspiration to me because of his dedication to music and his guitar playing. But now, his powerful and seriously tasty licks are sounding better than ever.” -- Lita Ford
JP,I LOVE your CD! You sound fantastik!!
Quote: JP is amazing. When I listen to him play I hear shades of Jimi.
He has all the soul and chops to go with it! Bravo!
In 1969 I saw Jimi Hendrix in concert live at the Hollywood Bowl,CA and I experienced the Experience. The new blues and rock CD by JP [Cervoni] states: THE SPIRIT OF HENDRIX IS STILL ALIVE! Brandino ( A. Franklin/OutKast/Justin Timberlake/Mary J Blage )
"JP is a talented musician - great tones and fun music."
-- Scott Henderson
"I truly dig this record"......it's refreshing to hear a guitar player sound like he mean it! I also like the variety of tunes and the patience JP takes in the solos."
-- Kirk L. Covington
"JP, The CD sounds great! Excellent job on the production and mixing. You're playing great these days....as always! Thanks for the opportunity to play some blues....the music of my people!" All the best -- Carl Verheyen
" JP is one of the baddest cats I know...his playing shows a lot of fire and feeling - He has a bluesey undertone to his style that I like alot..." Michael Thompson
“JP plays great. I’d recommend him for any gig!” -- Frank Gambale