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Left to Right: Larry Chavana: Bass, Gino Amato: Keyboards and Synth Programming, Carla Culkin: Vocals, Joe Montini: Saxes, Michael Caputo: Lead Vocals, Keith Droz: Drums, Don Regan: Guitar, Wendi Gordy: Vocals


Keith McGee: Guitar


Who Are We?

The Royal Scam is the world's premier Steely Dan tribute band. Playing more than 40 of Steely Dan's masterpieces, The Royal Scam has helped to keep the compositions of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, the spirit of rock/jazz, and the enthusiasm of fine musicianship alive in small clubs and concert venues in the NY metropolitan area.


Musical Interests and Venues

Jazz, R&B, Latin, and Pop are among the major elements which make up Steely Dan's music. All of the many musicians who work with us from time to time have played most of these various styles and have contributed some very memorable musical moments for the band. We are grateful that we have worked with so many talented performers. In March of 1996, The Royal Scam was featured in a Star Ledger article about tribute bands and we have appeared on the cover of Steppin' Out Magazine. We have also appeared on The Jersey Spotlight television show and a live radio broadcast on WJDN. We have made appearances at the China Club, Kenny's Castaways, The Shell Theater at Trump Marina, The Bitter End, Club Bené, The Rock and Roll Cafe, Essex County Summer Concert Series, Stephen's Talk House, The Berks Jazz Fest (annually), The Scranton Jazz Fest, Bethlehem Musikfest, Trumpets Jazz Club, The Crossroads, The River Street Jazz Cafe, The Historic Blairstown Theater and a host of other clubs which feature classic rock or tribute shows.



Royal Scam Review - A Review of a Performance at the River Street Jazz Cafe.

Royal Scam Interview - Rex Rutkoski is a veteran regional and national writer on a variety of subjects ranging from fitness to family and music to religion. He is one of the most active music interviewers in the nation, regularly conducting interviews with musicians of national and international stature, as well as newcomers to the fields of rock, pop, jazz, country, urban, rap-hip/hop, Gospel, classical, folk and other genres.


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Updated: September 9, 2017

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