Jeff Frost knows how to reach all his fans. His Peoria-based band, Frosty & The Silver Tones, can get the crowd moving with the Black Crowes’ “Hard to Handle” or the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s “Jump, Jive an’ Wail” — and anything in between.
“We love playing our original music, too,” he said. “We all share vocals. Our bass player sings ‘Gravity’ by John Mayer. ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ always gets the dancers. We really do a variety. We do ‘Minnie the Moocher’ with the trombone player. ‘Shout’ from ‘Animal House’ gets the crowd going.”
Frosty & The Silver Tones perform from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, September 27, at the El Dorado Bar and Grill, 8708 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale. They also hit the stage during the Lovin’ Life After 50 Expo on Wednesday, November 13, in Mesa. Lovin’ Life After 50 is the Peoria Times’ sister publication.
Besides Frost, the band includes trombonist/vocalist Mike Salazar of the West Valley; bassist/vocalist Kai Young of Phoenix; guitarist/vocalist Stephen Kovach of Peoria; and drummer Ryan Ohara of New River.
“We’re a high-energy band who plays a variety of music,” Frost said. “We have fun. If we didn’t have fun, we wouldn’t have a band.”
Frost is a longtime musician who started piano lessons at age 5 with his grandmother. Born in California, Frost has spent “more than half” of his life in Arizona. His father worked for the oil company, so the family frequently moved — Atlanta; California; Aurora, Illinois; Houston.
He admitted he is a late-blooming musician.
“I played, but I didn’t understand how to get it going,” he said. “The kind of music I did at the time wasn’t really popular — rockabilly. I never learned how to do it, nor did I have the confidence to do it.
“This was in the ’80s and I only did Christian music in my 20s. I was raised in a hardcore ‘thou shalt not’ household. The only thing I could do is play Christian music because of the way I was raised.”
His resume includes stints opening for the Newsboys and Casting Crowns.
“They were cool experiences,” said Frost, 55. “Then I wrote my own stuff. My style — bluesy, rock ‘n’ roll — didn’t go over well. The niche is really small. So I quit music for a little while. It wasn’t fun no more.”
Eventually, he started going to jam sessions and the applause gave him the confidence he needed.
“People who see me are surprised that I was once terrified to get up there (on stage),” he said. “It was a lack of confidence.”
His current band is four years old, but Frost began his career in a rockabilly band with hired musicians.
“We started off as a rockabilly band — even then I wanted to do different things,” he said. “We had an upright bass player who was one of the best in Phoenix But when you don’t stay strictly rockabilly, you don’t keep the upright bassists.
“But I’ve always been full of energy and I don’t plan on stopping.”
For a complete list of shows, visit jfmp.net.