Meet the KD5


L to R:
Jim Ruffi (drums)
Jim is a staple of the local scene, with national and international touring experience to boot. A recent career highlight was his touring performances with Frank Zappa tribute band Project/Object, which featured long-time Zappa alumni Ike Willis and Ray White. In addition to drumming for We May Be Right, Jim performs with area notables CC Coletti, Sarah Ayers and Lou Franco, among outside session work.

Luke Kessel (bass)
Luke Kessel is the go-to bass player. A versatile rocker, he keeps the low end strong and in the pocket. He has played jobs in Shang-hai, Beijing, and Scotland, and toured the great wide open with Lonnie Mack. He has recorded on many area CDs, and enjoys composing his own music when The Rangers aren’t playing.

KD (keys/vocals)
A pianist since age 6, Karl Dietel is a veteran of the New Jersey live music scene. He is best known for his eight-years long national tour with Sean Kelly and The Samples. Dietel’s a multi-instrumentalism can be heard on over 20 indy cds as well as on his 2007 release, “Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself.” His flair for the melodic inspired his most recent challenge of recreating the entire “The Stranger” record, which was so well-received that it gave birth to We May Be Right: Billy Joel Tribute band. That, in turn, led to his “Karl Dietel Five” recording, ten thoughtful originals that showcase his entire ensemble. Dietel hosts a weekly jam in Warren County and has shared the stage with Brian Vander Ark, Devon Allman, and the late Bernie Worrell.

Perry Andrews (sax)
Perry Andrews grew up playing saxophone in clubs on the Jersey Shore. He dropped out of that scene in the early 1980s to attend Rutgers University, earning a degree in Jazz Performance. He has spent the last 27 years teaching Jazz Ensemble and Electronic Music in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Derek Davodowich (guitar)
Derek G. Davodowich is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. He holds a BA in Guitar Performance along with a degree in Music Education / dual certification K-12. As part of his musical accomplishments, Derek’s credits include touring musician, recording artist (film and music), private instruction, and Senior Guitar Editor for In 2009, Derek’s work with Days Before Tomorrow received “CD of the Year” award at the LA Music Awards. Derek has a very broad musical vocabulary influenced by his studies in Jazz, Rock, Pop and Classical music. His fusion of all styles provides a very melodic texture and excellent improvisational skills sure to enhance any musical production.