Where are they now? Let's respectfully start with Steve.
Steve Kocherhans: Sax player for Robert Vaughn and the Shadows
Composer and performer Steve Kocherhans formed Mango Reality in 1992. As an accomplished tenor and soprano saxophone player as well as a master of the Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI), he was quickly heralded as a significant new force in the Southern California music scene. Kocherhans' cultural diversity also played a hand in his musical prowess. Being part Lakota Indian (his mother was born on the Rosebud reservation), Kocherhans was taught his native ancestry and studied his Lakota roots and the Plains Indian music. The Album Hoka Hey! roughly translates into Let's Go! and this album is a tribute to his energy and spirit as he embarked on a classic road trip to trace his ancestral roots. Tragically, Steve passed away in 1999 just weeks before the album was to be released as he was preparing to hit the road on a national tour. With Roger Friend (drums), John Nau (keyboards), and Glen Fisher (bass).
This section continues with keyboardist extraordinaire JOHN NAU
John Nau, keyboard player for Robert Vaughn and the Shadows
John Nau was born and raised in La Jolla, CA. Nau, who
plays piano and organ, led a 9-piece mini jazz orchestra for several years and
has been a professional musician since the age of 14. He has played and
toured with Belinda Carlisle, RAT, Coolio, and The Januaries.
Emmy-nominated composer John Nau (and Andrew Feltenstein),
who have films such as Anchorman 2: The Legend
Continues and Spoils of Babylon
to their credit, work their musical magic in a studio hidden away in Venice,
CA, in a space that once belonged to Joni Mitchell. Both come from a
performance background: As well as his work for the bands above Nau was the
pianist for the multi-platinum recording artists Hootie and The Blowfish and
Feltenstein played and studied jazz.
Together they compose and produce music for film, television
and commercials, including a project for BudTV – a series of short films and
sketches for Budweiser – that led to them working with Matt Piedmont, an Emmy
Award-winning writer for Saturday Night Live
and writer for the popular website Funny or Die.
Piedmont enlisted the duo to compose for his web series The Carpet Brothers, starring SNL
alums David Spade and Tim Meadows, and Brick Novax’s Diary,
a winner of a Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2011 Sundance Film
Nau and Feltenstein’s film and TV credits also include Better Living Through Chemistry,
starring Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell, the Lauren Greenfield film Kids and Money, the Big Love Christmas Album and Bachelorette for director Leslye
Headland. The pair have also written and produced the new album for Capitol
Recordings artist, NY-rapper Crown.