Joe Duraes & The Skills

Joe Duraes - lead vocals and guitar

Joe Duraes is an independent artist from the lower Hudson Valley, NY. 

He released his debut album "Ebb and Flow" on November 26, 2013. 

Joe and his band currently perform live as "Joe Duraes & The Skills", honoring their home base in Peekskill, NY.

On Valentine's Day 2016 Joe Duraes & The Skills opened for Gin Blossoms at Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill to a sold out crowd. said, "Though they were the opening act, their performance put them at a level where they could have been mistaken as a co-headliner instead."

Joe and "The Skills" are in the studio recording a new album.

Steve Geller - bass

A professional touring and recording bass player for over 25 years, Steve Geller is probably best known for his work with ex-Monkee Davy Jones, and Chiller Theatre’s Dead Elvi. The list of musicians he has performed with reads like a Who’s Who of Pop/Rock - original Beatles’ drummer Pete Best, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Taylor Dayne, guitar ace Buckethead, and Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, to name just a few. Blues fans may have seen him on tour with harmonica virtuoso Dennis Gruenling, or Blues legend Hubert Sumlin.

Joe Politi - drums

Joe grew up in Yorktown NY.  He’s been playing drums for over 30 years, starting out in his school band and playing in local Westchester bands throughout his 20’s and early 30’s including original rock/blues artist, Laura Black .  After a several year hiatus from playing professionally Joe got serious about his playing and started taking private lessons with internationally known drum educator Mike Johnston.  Joe is back in the game playing with “Joe Duraes & The Skills since April 2015.

David Leonard - lead guitar

For more than 25 years, David Leonard is a professional touring and recording lead guitar player. David has shared a stage and/or recorded with world-renowned artists, including Tommy Shaw (Styx), The Replacements, Cyndi Lauper, Men Without Hats, New Order, Crowded House, Ian McDonald (Foreigner/King Crimson), and the late Chuck Berry, among others.


David appears on the Warner Brothers’ Roky Erickson compilation “Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye.”  David can be heard playing soprano guitar on Rhys Chatham’s CD, “A Crimson Grail” (Nonesuch 2010), and has co-written and produced the theme (“Wolves”) for the Sean Lynch film “Greenpoint Tavern”, which received wide acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, in 2016