BroJo Nation Musicians
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The Musicians of Brojo Nation
David Mendelsohn - Band Leader / Composer / Vocals / Guitar
David Mendelsohn, AKA Brother Joscephus founded Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution in 2007 with Dean Fransen. Recipient of the Independent Music Award, Best Live Performance, 2011 for “Live at Brooklyn Bowl,” Nominee (still open) - Independent Music Award, best song, R&B/Soul, “Shine On,” 2014 ; John Lennon Songwriting Award Finalist in 2009 (Gospel) for “A Child Shall Lead the Way” and 2008 (R&B) “I Won’t Be That Man.” David was founding member and principal guitar player and songwriter for Trickside (Wind-Up Records), touring nationally, with the single “Under You” reaching #27 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 Charts in 2001. David is an alumni of the BMI Lehman Engle Musical Theater Songwriters Workshop as well as Tufts University. He’s also worked as Featured Guest Entertainer for Norwegian Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Dave met Dean Fransen while working for Norwegian in the Caribbean and the rest, as they say, is history.
Dean Fransen - Co Band Leader / Composer/Arranger / Keys / Trumpet/ Vocals / Glockenspiel / Ukulele
World-class musician, Dean Fransen, has been performing and traveling the world extensively for over 30 years (over 80 countries and all 50 states). Mr. Fransen honed his craft performing on cruise ships and quickly earned a spot amongst top-notch professionals everywhere. He has since gone on to enjoy performing and directing with a wide array of notable artists such as The Fifth Dimension, Regis Filbin, Nell Carter, Jennifer Holliday, and Rosemary Clooney as well as arranging and composing with with Bob Fraser and Tom Beiner. He currently resides in Los Angeles and New York City and is the Co-Founder of, and Music Director for Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution. Some of Dean's other projects include New Orleans based group The Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra and ensemble Groovopolis. Theater productions - Harry Connick Sr., "A Tribute To The Music Of Frank Sinatra", Broadway Show "Fosse", "I Can't Stop Loving You", the Spirit Ray, Inc., and many others! For more music from Dean check out Doctor Dean and His Music Machine "Up From New Orleans" and Deb Bowman “Addicted to Love Songs”
Voices of Reason
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Lisa Ramey "Bayou Lulu" - Alto Vocals
Lisa has been a Brojo Vocalist since 2009. Her own group, JuiceBox is an infectious blend of rhythm and blues, soul and fun - an irresistible sound that is reminiscent of only funkiest grooves of the 1960′s. With Hammond organ, funky guitar, a powerful horn section and the sensuous vocals of Lisa Ramey, they create an infectious and irresistible sound that is reminiscent of only funkiest grooves of the 1960′s. Check them out on Twitter@Juiceboxfunk
Emily Karpiuk "Lady L'amour" - Soprano Vocals
World Class Performing Artist (Actor Singer Dancer) – wielding dynamic ability and highly versatile sounds, Emilie Bienne is a commanding presence in any performance. She has performed around the world, from the Caribbean to Tokyo and back again to New York City, a full range of captivating experiences follow this elegant, talented artist. She has been involved in Looking Glass Theatre, Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution, has starred in world class productions such as Disney’s Big Band Beat. After a year of performing in Japan, with Red Clay and Wattage, she now resides in New York City where she is working on her own music while continuing to perform.
Ameerah Kindle "Charlie Kay" - Alto Vocals
Ameerah Kindle, AKA Charlie Kay, has produced showcases for The Iguana in Manhattan's theater district as well as perfoeming Banana Puddin' Jazz showcase at the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe. Charlie won grand prize at the "Strictly For Singers" competition at Club Pyramid. She has been featured and performed with bands such as: The Rakiem Walker Project (2012), The Peter Shaw Band (2013-2014), The Pimps Of Joytime (2013), Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Orchestra (2013- 2014), Kinky Sppigot and the Welders (2012- 2014), and acapella quartet The Jingle Belles (2012-2014). For more info check out her website: www.charliekaynyc.com
Shira Elias - Soprano Vocals
Vocalist, Dancer, and Actor, Shira Elias, joined the LOVE Revolution in 2012. Her powerful pipes can be heard performing throughout NYC's finest venues and clubs. Shira currently hosts a weekly Soul Night at Toshi's Living Room with a rotating lineup of amazing New York talent each week. Her extensive Theater and Broadway experience includes performances at Little Lamb Productions, Royal City Musical Theatre, Uncle Randy Productions, UCIrvine Drama, Ignite Productions, Hoarse Raven Theatre, Vancouver Sondheim Collective, Andrew Lippa, Broadway Bound Productions, Chutzpah Festival, Metro Theatre, and Footlight Theatre. For more information on Shira check out her Backstage Profile.
Guardians of the Groove
Jake Leschinsky " Brotha Lee Love" - Bass
After studying under world-renowned electric bassist/instructor Gerald Veasley, Philadelphia native, Jake Leschinsky, has established himself as one of the more versatile and innovative electric bassists in the current music scene. In 2007, Leschinsky founded the seven piece funk ensemble Swift Technique, which currently tours and records throughout the US. Leschinsky is a five year veteran of Brother Joscephus, Samia, Heylady, Naked Star and others over the last six years. Most recently, Jake has worked on various video projects for Ibanez Guitars.
Lucas Shine "Cool Hands Luke" - Electric Guitar
Lucas Shine is a Brooklyn-based guitarist who has been playing professionally in New York for the past several years. After graduating Sarah Lawrence College in 2008, where he studied with jazz guitarist Glenn Alexander, he honed his composition skills and playing abilities, performing with assorted rock acts and singer-songwriters along the way. Lucas joined Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution in 2011, and was featured on their new studio album "Revolution of Love." He also performs regularly with Samia, country singer Debbie Williams, the garage-rock band Surefire, and assorted other acts.
Matt Zebroski - Drums
Matt Zebroski is a founding member of the Alex Skolnick Trio and current freelance drummer/producer in NYC. Matt has worked with amazing artists such as: Lew Soloff, Bonnie Tyler, multi-platinum songwriter Jim Steinman, Grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar, Metal band IKILLYA , Broadway star Rob Evan, Miles Davis keyboardist Adam Holzman, and Grammy award winning polka artist Alex Meixner. Matt Is also a founding member of the group the Flail. Matt has recently returned from a Chinese tour with Broadway Rox and produced an EP for SAMIA, a fresh new singer.
John Berger - Drums
Jon is an in-demand NYC freelancer who speaks multiple musical languages on both drums, tympani, mallets and world percussion. He holds a B.F.A. in Percussion performance S.U.N.Y. Purchase, and has performed with 17 Broadway shows including - Jersey Boys (Currently), Addams family, Next to Normal, In the Heights, Tale of Two Cities, Les Miz, Pirate Queen, The Color Purple, The Grinch, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, Flower Drum Song, Imaginary Friends, Suessical, Saturday Night Fever, Cats, Jason Yudoff and the New Hotness. Jon has additionally performed with The Washington Ballet, The NY Chamber Players, Aretha Franklin, Michelle Shocked, Hiram Bullock, Arthur Lipner, Mitch Stein, Santi Dibriani, Cidinho Texeira and Ana Lu, The Sambanditos with Kenwood Dennard, Arnie lang. Jon is involved in the Kids Outreach Programs for Urban Stages and has also created jingles for CBS Sports. He is an endorsing artist for Remo heads, DW drums, Paiste cymbals and Vater sticks. www.jonbergerdrums.com
Shepherds of the Wind
Geoff Vidal "Gospel Spice" - Tenor Saxophone / Clarinet
A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and charter member of Brother Joscephus & the Love Revolution, Geoff Vidal aka "Gospel Spice" received his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance ('98-'03) from UMASS Amherst under the direction Jeff Holmes and Adam Kolker where he won several Downbeat Student Music Awards as an outstanding collegiate soloist. In 2003, Vidal was accepted into the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program where his playing and compositions were lauded by the likes of Curtis Fuller and George Cable and immediately following he moved to New Orleans where he lived and toured until Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with Brandon Tarricone's Brotherhood of Groove.
Vidal moved to New York City in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and quickly ensconced himself in multiple big band groups and small ensembles among the likes of the Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Artie Shaw Orchestra and Etienne Charles. In 2010, he released his debut album She Likes That on the Arts & Music Factory label to critical acclaim.
In 2012, Vidal took first place in the first ever Detroit Jazz Festival Saxophone Competition earning a featured spot performing at the 2012 DJF. Last year (2013), Vidal enlisted in the US Army and is currently a Staff Sergeant with the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights.
Thomas Bergeron "The Impeccable Mr. Clean" - Trumpet
A trumpeter, composer/arranger, and music educator in both the classical and jazz idioms, Thomas Bergeron is part of a new breed of 21st century artists. His album, Thomas’ debut jazz album, is based on the piano music of Claude Debussy. Thomas is currently a trumpeter with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, and is a teaching artist fellow at The Academy, a program of Juilliard and Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Principal Trumpet with the Springfield Symphony and has performed with with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Temptations, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, the Radio City Christmas Orchestra, and 2013 Grammy-Winners Vampire Weekend, among others. He has performed on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and can be heard on the Merge, Daywood Drive, Naxos, Bridge, Koch, and Helicon record labels.Thomas endorses Bach trumpets as a Conn-Selmer Artist. He plays a Bach Stradivarius Artisan Series Bb Trumpet in Silver and a Bach Chicago Series Stradivarius C Trumpet in Silver. He also occasionally plays his 1935 vintage New York Bach Stradivarius Bb trumpet.
Kevin Moehringer "Possum Jenkins"- Trombone
Kevin Moehringer has performed or recorded with such notable and diverse artists TV On The Radio, Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Walkmen, Easy Star All-Stars, Talib Kweli, Freelance Whales, Sinkane, Marco Benevento, and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. He is a regular member of Brooklyn-based bands Zongo Junction, High & Mighty Brass Band, and Breakdown Brass. He received his Master’s Degree from Mannes College: The New School For Music, where he was a student of bass trombone legend David Taylor. He has performed for audiences in France, Egypt, Australia, and all over North America. His trio, Ballad Trio, made its debut in 2011, and is in the process of recording its debut album, to be released sometime in 2014.
Nate Sutton - Trombone
Nate Sutton is a freelance trombonist and public school music educator from Ft. Worth, TX. He's been playing professionally for 20 years and teaching music for 16 years. Nate has taught middle school, high school and university students in a variety of settings, and is proud to have fostered a quality school music program at PS/IS 126 in Chinatown, NYC. He is also a professional trombonist, playing with a variety of bands around NYC, including Brother Joscephus, The Tickled Pinks, The Steven Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Stan Rubin Orchestra, Orqesta Sangria Nueva, and subs with several other groups. Nate has been fortunate to perform with many great musicians, including The Temptations, The 4 Tops, Martha & the Vandellas, The Beach Boys, Harry Connick, Jr., David Sanchez, Tito Puente Jr., the Henry Mancini Orchestra, Burt Bacharach, and many more... Nate brings his professional musicianship into his classroom to provide unique and authentic music education to his students.
Peter Sparacino - Tenor Saxophone / Clarinet
Originally hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and now based in NYC, Peter plays saxophone and woodwinds with a lot of different people who make a lot of great music and he has a great time doing it. Performances around the NYC area include renowned NYC venues B.B. Kings, Madison Square Garden, Bowery Ballroom, Smalls, Smoke Jazz Club, the Tea Lounge, Brooklyn Bowl, BAMcafe among many, many others others; and he plays with such top-notch musicians as Walter Parks, James Zollar, Koran Agan and the Handsome Man Band, Javier Arau Big Band, Breakdown Brass, Sem Duvida, the Dig Deeper series to name a few. He has also toured with Nick Waterhouse and Florida songsmiths Swamp Cabbage. He maintains a busy schedule of performing, composing and teaching, in addition to arranging for various ensembles and transcription work. He is currently working on original music for a debut album to be recorded in a couple weeks.
Kyle Schweizer "Muscle Teeth Malone" - Tenor Saxophone / Clarinet
Kyle Schweizer is a New York City born artist with a wide musical palette and is a highly regarded performer, arranger and composer. He has performed on saxophone with Jack Wilkins, Angela Workman (former Raelette), Tony Middleton, Daniel Glass, Sarah Hayes, Tommy Grasso, Avalon Jazz Band and many others. He is also an in-demand arranger/composer. His influence can be heard with the swing band Double Down, Anacoustic Mind (led by Mike Ogletree, former Simple Minds), and other artists across genres. As a musician, Kyle prides himself on being open-minded and aware of each musical setting's unique sensibilities, all while keeping a personal and honest approach.
Brad Clements - Trumpet
In his 25-plus years as a professional musician, Brad Clements and his trumpet have traveled the globe, from South America, to Europe, to Japan. Starting in 1999, he spent 14 years performing and recording with D.C.’s legendary “Godfather of Go-Go,” Chuck Brown until Brown’s death in 2012. In 2003 he toured Europe with the Thievery Corporation, an eclectic world music group that arose from D.C.’s Eighteenth Street Lounge. In 2011, he again toured South America with the group, and he has played on several of their recordings on the Eighteenth Street Lounge Music label. With the Thievery Corporation, Clements performed on Conan O’Brien’s The Late Show. Most recently, Clements has been performing with the Chuck Brown band, which features former members of Chuck Brown’s final band. He has an extensive discography of recordings on which he has performed. As well as created his own music lesson service business, BnB Music Lessons, providing private music lessons to almost 400 kids in the greater DC area.
Jeff Livorsi - Trombone
Jeff had a 6 year stint at DePaul University where he studied both tenor & bass trombone under Tim Coffman, Tom Matta, and Dr. Bob Lark. During his time at DePaul he received a Bachelors of Science in Music (sound recording) and also obtained a Master of Music in Jazz Studies. Since leaving DePaul he teaches private lessons throughout the Chicagoland area. You can see Jeff perform Becca Kaufman Orchestra, Bumpus, Terrible Spaceship, Ryan Erik Adamsons Medium Ensemble, Alan Gresick Swingshift Orchestra, Big Band Boom, BS Brass Band, Lowdown Brass Band, Too White Crew, and The Pete Ellman Big Band. Along with performing in these ensembles Jeff has started his own 8-piece brass band named J-Livi & The Party, a funk and hip/hop cover group. For more information on Jeff check out his Twitter :@JLivorsi and Facebook Profile