Pocket Change

Party, Funk, R&B Variety & Soul

Eddie Carmichael/Bandleader

     Eddie "The Thrill" Carmichael began his music career on drums and later switched to guitar. He was tutored and mentored by Joseph R Miller in the art of live performance and music theory as well. It took no time for him to become a most sought after stage and studio player. In 1977 his band "Mirror" scored a hit song (Give It Up) which soared up the chart to peak at number 16. In the eighties he toured Europe with the vocal group "The Variations" before settling down as a studio musician for numerous local acts like Eric Griffin(Never Stop Productions). Eddie is also an excellent audio tech, so he works double duty on stage. In 1994 the hunger to perform for a live audience once again struck and "Pocket Change" was born.

 

Otis McCarthy/Music Director

     Otis"Maestro" McCarthy... a native Floridian  tutored by Everette"King"Edwards , played  first club gig at the ripe old age of 12. By age 16 was a backing musician for George McCrae, Gwen McCrae, Betty Wright and others.  Was bandleader and sax player for Carla Thomas(Gee Whiz) and shared the stage with Milt Jackson(Vibes). After four years in the Air Force, he attended University Of South Carolina. While in South Carolina he was also a backing musician for Archie Bell and The Drells, The Platters and more. Joined "The Variations" and it was once again so long Florida; hello Europe, Las Vegas and some really tiny out of the way places.

 

Bill Ferguson

     William"Dollar Bill"Ferguson is our lead baritone singer. He was born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Growing up in a military family provided him a very diverse and worldly upbringing. Exposure to music came at an early age from singing in church to music performances in high school. Bill attended Fort Valley State University then later moved to Miami. There he began his singing career with the trio"The Phabulous Phatkatz" and as front man for the popular band "The Soul Providers". Bill was a talent promoter/agent when he met and joined "Pocket Change" as MC and vocalist in 2004.
 
 

AL West

      Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,  Al"The Rifleman"West picked up bass while serving in the US Navy, and went on to performed at numerous US Naval facilities stateside and abroad, playing R&B and Rock. After the Navy, he studied under So. Florida's Jazz Bass Master, Don Miller. As bassist for local latin funk rock band Playeros, which recorded 3 CDs of original funky, latin, jazzy, rock compositions, Al has performed all over So. Florida - from West Palm Beach and down to the Keys. A few musical highlights includes performing live on several local TV stations, and opening for Santana, Duncan Sheik, Eryka Badu, and David Sanborn during local festivals, such as the Bob Marley Freedom Festival, Miami Music Fest, and West Palm Beach's annual Sunfest concert series.

 

Jerry Jerome

    Jerry Jerome (Bio will be available soon)

Michael Boone


Michael is our lead tenor vocalist and the newest member of Pocket Change. He was born in Belle Glade, Florida (where he began his musical journey singing in church). At the age of twelve he auditioned for and was accepted at "The Palm Beach County School Of The Arts". His studies included classical voice, piano and music theory. Then off to University Of Miami School Of Music, there carrying double majors in performing and music business. After college he toured all over the U.S.and Europe. He has shared the stage with "Silk","Angie Griffin"and "Fantasia" to name a few. Michael has recorded extensively...most notably on Jon Secada's "Too Late Too Soon" album. He is a great addition to Pocket Change and hopefully he has found a home here.