Meet The Band
2nd Planet, discovered in the year 2000, is a diverse music experience specializing in the styles of contemporary jazz, rock, r&b and funk. The San Francisco Bay area based band consist of 4 musicians who will utilize their creative gifts to electrify music listeners with their original brand of music as displayed in the band’s first CD release “Beyond the Surface” and their current release titled “The Next Level”. 2nd Planet can be found performing in San Francisco Bay area concert venues and also had performed as co-head liner for internationally recognized artists such as guitarist Paul Jackson Jr of American Idol and Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, bass guitar extraordinaire Michael Manring and latin jazz artist Ray Obiedo.
Clarence Williams – Guitar
The guitarist of Northern California’s 2nd Planet band. Clarence has also worked as a writer for Bass Frontiers Magazine and wrote stories as well as conducted interviews on bass guitar pioneer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee LARRY GRAHAM (formerly of Sly and the Family Stone and presently with Graham Central Station) who now performs with mega/platinum artist PRINCE. Clarence also interviewed bassist CHRIS SQUIRE of the legendary rock band YES.
Clarence’s past accomplishments include a CD release titled “The Upside Down Xperience” featuring the smooth jazz title “Ocean Breeze” which was aired on Sacramento California radio stations.
You can hear Clarence’s compositions on 2ND PLANET’S debut release, “Beyond the Surface & and the band’s current release “The Next Level”, which is available on itunes at secondplanetband.com
Marvin Eguia – Keyboards
This San Francisco Native keyboardist sure knows how to get down! With his unique style and artistic abilities, Marvin can have you groovin’ to his mind-blowing solos until the suns comes up!
His love for God and music has allowed him to direct several musical programs at local Bay Area churches. Marvin has also played with several R&B, Rock, Korean and Blues bands around the Bay Area and California as well as Arizona. Marvin has always enjoyed listening to Smooth Jazz, but has never had the opportunity to play it… until now. When away from his keyboard, you can find Marvin traveling with his family, often to the Hawaiian Islands and spending time with his Beagle, Ohana.
George Franklin – Bass Guitar & Lead Vocal
Bay Area bassist/vocalist George Franklin is the newest member of 2nd Planet, and brings many years of performing and recording experience to the band. As leader of the jazz group GTF, George, along with his wife Tracy Franklin, wrote and produced a CD project entitled “Always”, which features a blend of contemporary jazz and R&B. World renowned and Grammy award winning keyboardist Bob James is a guest artist on the project.
Through the years, George has performed/recorded with numerous artists including the San Diego based band Balance, guitarist Rob Thornburn, jazz pianist Curtis Clark, pianist Bill Marx (the son of Harpo Marx), former Ray Charles guitarist Ralph Byrd, and Motown recording artist Switch. You can hear George’s compositions on GTF’s current release, “Always”, which is available on CD baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gtf
Van Waller – Drums
Van Waller is definitely a pocket drummer who loves to feel the music. He plays the drums as the heart-beat of the total body of music – setting the pace – helping add flavor and character to each tune. As a seasoned drummer who has been playing for many years both live, and in the studio, Van has a reputation of being easy going and pleasant to work with, as well as a solid musician – but not a show-off.
With over 35 years of experience playing both traditional and contemporary gospel, smooth jazz, top 40 funk & soul, R&B, light rock, and just about anything with a Latin flavor. Van has also performed with Rene Escovedo and Gozar: Ch 27 Concert Special Vallejo Local Access Host for the Pat Avant Show/OZCAT Tour
Some of Van’s influences have been; David Garibaldi & Tower of Power, Sade, Carlos Santana, Pete Escovedo, John Blackwell, Spyro Gyra, and Ray Baretto.
Van has traveled, recorded, and shared the stage with world class musicians in various genres including gospel artist such as; Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, The Winans, Ron Kenoly Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Ray Obeido, David K. Matthews, Alvon Johnson and many others.