About Slinky Thing

Based in Oakland, CA, Slinky Thing has been playing the music of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen for over ten years. The latest iteration of the band has expanded the band's repertoire and been playing to sold out shows throughout the Bay Area.

headshot_bruceBruce Linde - bass, vocals
Bruce is an accomplished San Francisco Bay Area producer, engineer, and bassist. He has worked with Rickie Lee Jones, Shawn Colvin, Jai Uttal and Steely Dan engineer Roger Nichols. He has been in more recording studios than he can remember, and performed at venues ranging from local clubs to wineries to the Montreux Jazz Festival.

headshot_karlaKarla Downey - vocals, percussion
Karla is a high-energy singer and drummer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has sung for Funky Little Shack, Johnny Vegas & The High Rollers, Davey Pattinson’s Big Muddy, jazz vocal ensemble Passatempo, and performed in some musical theater including production of Wizard Of Oz. She was drummer and lead vocalist for all-female rock band Lash, original drummer for the Oakland-based Prince tribute, The Purple Ones, and currently plays drums and sings in the role of Roger Taylor for the Queen tribute, The Killer Queens, who perform internationally. Karla sings lead and backing vocals in Slinky Thing (using a harmonizer to help re-create the lush vocals of Steely Dan productions) and adds percussion as only a drummer can.

headshot_bruceFrank India - drums
In the 70s, Frank played all over the Tri-State area with Foundation, an 8-piece funk and R&B horn band. He has recorded at Atlantic records and with bassist Gordon Edwards of 'Stuff', at the Palladium in NY with Buster Poindexter, and in Europe with pop/rock band 'Cinema'. He has played in just about every club in downtown New York, along with a summer residency at the Playboy Club in Atlantic City, NJ. Now located in the Bay Area, he's held it down with 12-piece Latin band. Sol, r&b funk and blues song stylist Tia Carroll, and the Dave Matthews Blues Band. He says he'd drop more names if he could only remember them.

headshot_bruceBill Sparks - sax
Bill (not his real name) lives locally, has a day job (for now), and plays in several other bands. He's never owned a Steely Dan album and enjoys his anonymity. No photos please.

headshot_bruceDavid Surovell - guitar
David hails from the Greater Appalachian Metropolitan Area. He's been "doing" (playing/fixing/teaching/hearing) guitar since his youth. He's inspired by a wide variety of musical styles and driven by the urge to make strange and/or loud noises. He should not be approached during waking hours by life forms that are indisposed to humor. He worships tiramisu, abides by the prescriptions of Dr. Seuss, and aspires to the ideals of Buster Keaton.

headshot_bruceBrian Osborn - guitar
A musician since he can remember, Brian started piano lessons at age 7. He played trombone in orchestra and jazz band through high school, but it was the guitar that caught his attention most. Inspired by players like Eric Clapton, Edward Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Alex Lifeson, Jeff Beck, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, and Steve Lukather, he was hooked. Over the years, Brian has written and recorded music with a variety of people and performed around the U.S. and Australia - in venues ranging from small spaces (bars, clubs, parties) to large stages (theaters, convention centers, arenas). A highlight for him was playing at the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Through it all, Brian's love of music comes down to the simple truth that music connects people in a way like nothing else.

headshot_bruceDeeDee Kato - keyboards
During her formative years, DeeDee studied the violin at the SF Conservatory Of Music (SFCM), eventually becoming Concert Master by her Junior year in high school. Her studies at U.C. Berkeley in Computer Science temporarily pulled her away from music, but she eventually came back, playing jazz piano professionally. After years of playing in top-40 dance bands, DeeDee has taken on the challenging chords, rhythms and arrangements of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen.