As a New Jersey kid Carmen Cosentino was a regular attendee of the Upstage Club in Asbury Park , N.J where he jammed frequently with Bruce Springsteen, Little Steven, Southside Johnny, and other Jersey rockers. Carmen gave Tico Torres, drummer for Bon Jovi, his first touring gig playing drums for the Marvelettes in the late 1970’s. As lead guitarist and vocalist Carmen has performed with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Ronnie Spector, which included a performance at Madison Square Garden , Johnnie (Johnny B. Goode) Johnson, touring Asia with the late R&R HOFer with Michael Merritt (Conan O’Brian Show) on bass, as the Johnnie Johnson Trio, and many more.
Carmen is one of the few modern guitar players to work with both Johnnie Johnson and his band mate Chuck Berry (others include Keith Richards, Robert Cray, and Eric Clapton). He has also accrued fourteen years touring the world as Chubby Checker’s lead guitarist and musical director. In the genre of funk and soul music, Carmen played with funk band Mandrill and was the founding member of Brunswick Recording artists Strutt. Strutt was a multi-racial, eight-piece funk/rock/R&B band whose album “Time Moves On”, was originally released in 1975 (re-released on CD-JVC-Victor entertainment, inc., Japan 2001-02).