Big Beat

sounds good, feels good

 
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Allison mckenzie

Our fearless vocalist, Allison has been with the band since the very beginning. Her knack for songwriting and strong vocal riffs are a perfect fit for the arranging team of Big Beat.

 

 

caleb rumley

Caleb is a co-leader and conductor of Big Beat. His energetic conducting style is derivative of Thad Jones and Maria Schneider. He has contributed several arrangements to the Big Beat book and also takes the occasional trombone solo.

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PHil engsberg

Phil is our band vanguard. What is a vanguard, you may ask? Well, he composes, films, mixes, writes poetry, and plays alto saxophone for the group. He’s one of the co-leaders responsible for driving this band forward and he’s one Big Beat’s most creative voices.

 

 

ryan tomski

Ryan is a founding member of Big Beat and a co-leader of the group. He recently received a Doctorate of Music from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He plays piano with Big Beat and is a composer and arranger for the band!

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Charlie dougherty

Bassist with Big Beat since the very inception of the group, Charlie has also contributed many memorable arrangements and compositions. His sharp writing can be heard in tracks like “I’ll Be Burning for You” and “I Want You Back”.

 

 

MIke spengler

What can we say about Mike Spengler? The fact that he’s played with Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, and has held down the lead chair with Diane Moser’s Big Band for nearly two decades? Well, he’s all that and more! Affectionately known as “The Old Codger”, Mike has held our trumpet chair since 2014.

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chris rogers

Trumpeter Chris Rogers has performed with many notable jazz artists, such as Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Mel Lewis and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Gerry Mulligan. When performing with Big Beat, he is also our venerable “Sign Guy”. He holds up our BIG BEAT sign with great gusto!

 

 

Rich polatchek

Performer with various groups in the NJ/NYC area, Rich takes some nice solos on our first EP and plays the third trumpet chair on our new album. Fun fact: we overdubbed his “Burning for You” flugelhorn solo on “EP 1” so that he could instantly switch from lead trumpet to solo flugelhorn. And now you know!

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ben hankle

Ben has performed with many jazz artists, such as Milt Hinton, Arturo Sandoval, Louie Bellson, Barry Manilow, and Gladys Knight. He’s a versatile “all around” trumpeter who’s comfortable in the seat of a pit orchestra, playing lead, or soloing!

 

 

adam machaskee

Lead bone with Big Beat, Adam’s sound is key to the “big” in BIG BEAT. Adam is often featured on Big Beat tracks like “I’ll Be Burning For You” and he takes an electric trombone solo on the new album! Adam is also an endorsed artist for Rath Trombones. He can be seen as an active performer, composer and teacher in the New York, New Jersey and surrounding areas.

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steve justice

Steve “No Justice, No Peace” Justice is a freelance trombonist based in Jersey City. He can often be seen at Swing 46 and other NYC clubs performing with several different big bands. He’s a music teacher at several studios and makes a mean cappuccino.

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matt tischio

Matt Tischio is our tallest saxophonist, and he’s seriously good! He’s featured on a few Big Beat jams like “Penny For Your Thoughts” which you can hear on our new album.

 

 

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sam tobias

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Joe Spinelli

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arath corral

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Will dougherty

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