of AnnaLee and the Lucky So and Sos draws from a diverse mix
of musicians. Every member brings varied experiences and talents
from years of performing in every venue imaginable—from
opera houses to roadhouses.
The “Diva” of the band is AnnaLee.
She brings a serious set of pipes to the table and delights
in leading her Lucky So and Sos through a night of jump and
jive. AnnaLee traversed the country for several years doing
musical theater and finally found a home, and a band that
loves her in the City of Fountains.
Bill Irvine, a home grown Kansas Citian and The Lucky
So and Sos guitarist and leader, has been on the scene since
the 70’s in such bands as Sirius and Plain Jane and
most recently the Doghouse Band.
Another local is sax man Steve Smith, who brings an
air of validity to the group, with a background that includes
being a classically trained conductor along with being the leader
of several vintage dance ensembles: the Radio Days Orchestra
and the Sunflower Ragtime Orchestra.
Byron Jones is one of the foremost trumpeters on the music scene in Kansas City. Byron has recorded with: Johnny Isom and the Receders, and The Bobby Carson Band. Additionally, Byron has been the trumpetista for Son Venezuela since 1996. He has established himself as a major player in the Kansas City and brings the “sizzle” to the Lucky So and Sos.
Daniel Garrett is a conservatory trained drummer and come with no bells or whistles, just hard chops and a driving force for the band.
Holding down the 88s is Eric Griffin. Eric has been performing for 31 years. He graduated with a music education degree from Missouri State University, and a master’s degree in music education from Kansas University. Eric has taught band for the last 15 years in public schools. Besides performing in the KC area with the Lucky So and Sos and other groups, Eric is a frequent composer of commercial music, with several radio broadcast credits to his name.
Bassist Mac Mayer hold degrees in music performance and music education from The Ohio State University. Playing music has allowed him to travel abroad and brought him into contact with many wonderful people. In addition to be an active bass player he also teaches middle school orchestra in Olathe, KS.