REAL DIAMOND
- a Tribute to Neil Diamond starring..... 
Curtis DiDomizio


Curt was born and raised in the Philadelphia area of Southeastern Pennsylvania; he served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and as a Karaoke host in the late 80's and early 90's. Curtis’ true passion was writing, singing and performing. And so the story goes.



 
 
Curtis Didimizio sang and played guitar in a variety of rock & roll bands for 30+ years.  At the same time Curt Continued moonlighting as a Karaoke host and of course, singing.  The decision to move into performing Neil Diamond songs and the concept of a polished world-class Tribute Show stems from countless requests night after night at the Karaoke bars of patrons who could hear the raspy growl and strong baritone quality in his voice.  Before long Curt was singing  every Neil Diamond song  he had the backing track for…


REAL DIAMOND was born! Curt set out with 27 songs, a 10-piece band, and a vision.

Since they’re 2008 debut at Maple Point Performing Arts Center, Real Diamond has
become the premier Neil Diamond tribute show and quite possibly the first
world-class professional show of its kind. 750+ people witnessed the first 2 hour show
Curtis ever performed as Real Diamond

 
 
REAL DIAMOND is a professional band dedicated to the faithful re-creation of the live Neil Diamond experience. We are obsessively passionate about providing you and your audience the finest Neil Diamond show short of having the man there himself.
Curt Di Domizio fronts the band with a chillingly realistic Neil Diamond interpretation. Your audience will be amazed and dazzled as they dance and sing along to four decades of incredible, unforgettable songs.
Our set list includes note-for-note renditions of all Neil Diamond's greatest hits including: Cherry Cherry, Holly Holy, Kentucky Woman, Cracklin Rosie, Sweet Caroline, America, Love on the Rocks, September Morn, Solitary Man, I'm a Believer, Song Sung Blue,  You Don't Bring me Flowers, If You Know What I Mean, Thank the Lord for the Nighttime, I am..I Said, Hello Again, Brother Loves Traveling Salvation Show, Play Me, Desiree, Shilo, He ain't Heavy, Red Red Wine, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise and many more.
Thanks to Neil Diamond for the many years of wonderful songs!
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"For anyone looking to get their Neil Diamond fix, Real Diamond
shines like the real deal."- Joe Plasko/Times News



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ABOUT US

 
Curt DiDomizio - Lead Vocals 
Curt has been entertaining crowds since elementary school singing Elvis, Neil Diamond, Elton John and others. From 80's rock bands to present day he has been doing what he loves best, singing and entertaining. His stage presence will make you feel as though you are part of the show. He knew he wanted to be an entertainer at an early age and has continued to pursue his dream. Curt plays rhythm guitar, drums and is also a song writer. He has appeared in commercials, T.V. shows and voice over work. Curt is the lead singer and founder of REAL DIAMOND, a tribute to the incomparable Neil Diamond.  "KEEPIN' IT NEIL"! 
 
Frank Gattis – Drums/Music Director
Drummer Frank Gattis is a 33-year veteran of the Philadelphia music scene and has performed with countless Rock, Funk, Soul, and Blues ensembles in the Philadelphia region and throughout the USA. He has performed at local music venues including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Trocadero, the Keswick Theater, the Media Theater and at WXPN's World Café Live. Frank has also performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, the Montreal Music Festival, and the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, as well as concerts and clubs in Boston, NYC, Atlantic City, New Orleans, Washington DC, Las Vegas, and Miami.




 
Pamela Carbonara -  Piano / Keyboards /  Band Manager
Pam was born into a musical family…. Dad could play everything he touched; Mom played the piano,  sister and brother talented as well. Needless to say, they had some fun family times around the ol’ piano! Thanks to Pam's piano teacher and her 6th grade teacher for bringing out her creative musical talent, which she did absolutely nothing with until much later. Being married young and raising two beautiful daughters,  Pam had no time to think about pursuing a musical career. One day at work, her talents were discovered and with some encouragement from a dear friend, she started playing first in restaurants, then cocktail hours, weddings, parties, there was no stopping her. Pam found her first band in a little bar in Lambertville, NJ.  She told them they were good, but could use a keyboard player, they said ok let’s do it! They had a good run and a lot of fun, friends for life!!!  She then found (on Craig’s list) a bass player and a drummer,  looking for a keyboard player for their band, which  led Pam to Curt who was starting up a Neil Diamond tribute band named "forever in blue jeans" which blossomed into, "Real Diamond” the premier and most awesome Neil Diamond Tribute band ever.....what a fun and incredible experience this has been for Pam!
 
JAMES PECSI - ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC GUITARS
James Adam Pecsi slid fully formed from southern rock, blues, metal, and punk rock's womb in late 1989. Over the course of twenty hot years, he unintentionally birthed a genre (?), moved on, moved forward, and surged mercurial through the post-alternative music scene, tearing into tense, stark, dub bass-driven new-wave, T-Rex-esque glam, and swirling, clattering, orchestral atmospherics, whilst churning it all into a grand velvet, Rimbaudian hallucinogenic distortion.  His is a wild, inspired, enthralling guitar sound that pays tribute to classic and modern pop as much as it is experimental.  And it is still and now… there is…Real Diamond.   After being in many rock/blues cover and original acts, James has settled into Real Diamond band from inception. James plays acoustic and electric guitars and is also one of the founding members of REAL DIAMOND.



 
Michael Cattell - Bass Guitar
Philadelphia, PA based Bassist  Michael Cattell  has been performing and recording music in the mid-Atlantic region for 3 decades.  Like most rockers in the area, he started out performing in bars, mastering the classic rock and prog genres.  Mike has spent more recent years working in the casino entertainment field. One of his true passions is writing and recording. His proficiency on electric bass, work ethic, dependability and great ears, have earned him a reputation as one of the Philadelphia area’s most versatile and in-demand musicians. Mike spends much of his time performing and recording with some of the Delaware Valley’s best up and coming and veteran acts. Mike joined Real Diamond in late 2015.  A high-energy live performance, musical experience and professionalism are Mike’s trademark offerings, which  has helped bring the whole group to an even higher level.  Mike has also been arranging and producing work with his long time original band for over 2 decades. Mike currently resides in South Jersey, just outside of Philly.





 
Sharon Stirling - Singer/Percussion
Sharon is a versatile singer who hails from Northeast Philadelphia. She started singing in her teens in the tri state area, months after graduating from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts when she joined the "John Alexander Band".  Playing at Old Philly Clubs like Dobbs, Khyber Pass and live broadcast's from the Empire Rock Room, the all originals band opened for local groups Ezra Mohawk, Pretty Poison, Tommy Conwell as well as national acts like Foghat and Johnny Winter. Ironically, the keyboard player from JAB would introduce her to "Real Diamond" front man Curtis DiDomizio years later.  Later, Sharon entered Temple University’s Jazz Vocal Program and received her bachelors in music. One of her greatest accomplishment's to date (Next to having Grace, age 3!) was headlining Zanzibar Blue in Philly and Delaware, where she was compared to jazz contemporary Stacy Kent.  Performing the old jazz standards secured a position in one of Philadelphia's premier Wedding Bands for the past 20 years. Most recently as lead vocalist for the The Robin Dubin Orchestra.  Passionate for adventure, Stirling became the newest addition to “The Real Diamond Band” as one of “The Diamondette’s". Sharon exclaims, "I feel so fortunate to be working with this multi talented band!" She looks forward to a long rocking career with them. “I went to the audition and thought, "Man, this guy sounds like the real deal".

 
Debbie Fossile - Singer/Percussion
Debbie has been performing and singing professionally in the Philadelphia area in a variety of bands for many years. Debbie has studied voice and is classically trained. Her music repetoire includes all genres of music from classical, country, rock, and pop. Debbie was Miss Bucks County and a former runner-up in the Miss Pa. pageant which enabled her to appear as an opening act for professional comedians such as David Brenner and Pat Cooper. Debbie's recent endevour includes making a music video for her original song which was recently produced in Nashville.







 
Matt Hetzler - Saxaphones, Flyers Post Game Analysis
COMING SOON








 
Matthew Salazar - Trumpet
Matt is a Philadelphia area trumpet player proud to be a part of Real Diamond. He currently is pursuing a degree in Jazz Performance at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and performs regularly in jazz, classical, and commercial settings. Drawing from influences across the musical spectrum, Matt enjoys bringing a tasteful blend of jazz and pop to Real Diamond's show.








 
Jim White - Percussions/Drums
Jim is a 40 year veteran in the New Jersey and Philadelphia music scene starting my career in 1977 had the privilege of opening up for bill Haley's comets the coasters Tommy cook and the original platters and the coasters  in 1979 was with the great disco band rhythm fever in 1982 I went on the road with the  show band Applause our shows included a tribute to Manhattan Transfer during the eighties and nineties had the privilege of working at the resorts in the Poconos at Jim Thorpe Mount Airy Lodge Split Rock Lodge and Hershey resort also Harrahs casino the Tropicana Caesars and the gold nugget of Atlantic City and currently working in the New Jersey Philadelphia nightclub Casino and private sector my musical influences are Earth Wind and Fire Santana average white band Tower of Power Tito Puente Grover Washington and blood sweat and tears it is truly my pleasure and honor entertaining my many friends and looking forward  to doing so with the great players of the real diamond band
 
James Edwards - Keyboards
Jimmy studied piano at The University of the Arts in the early 90s. He is an Atlantic City veteran performer with over 20+ years of experience at performing, composing and recording music.  Jimmy was born into a proud musical family to professional singers. Jimmy sang several opera performances on his native Long Island with his mother as he started piano lessons at age 10. Relocating to Annapolis, Md in 1984 with his father transferring to Washington, DC, Jimmy resumed those piano lessons up until his acceptance into The University of the Arts in 1989. He remained there until 1992 having decided to pursue other career interests until returning to music full time in 2005. Since then, he has played in most every single major venue throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including, but not limited to: every single Atlantic City casino except Borgata, Citizens Bank Park with local 80’s legend Tommy Conwell, The Franklin Institute, Cornell University, Penns Landing, Philadelphia, as well as many high end corporate/wedding events. He also performs over 400+ senior events a year, earning him one of the top spots as most popular entertainer in this market. He is extremely proud to be a part of Real Diamond and hopes to help guide it to new heights.

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