to express himself through the arts first emerged at
the young age of five. Growing up in the projects was
not easy and Roger found that dreaming about becoming
a performer helped him to escape the difficulties of
that period of his life.
Rogers saving grace was his grandparents love.
At the age of ten, his grandparents took him from his
unhealthy environment and brought him into their loving,
nurturing home to live, which Roger can only describe
as "heaven". Here he now was encouraged to
turn his dreams into reality.
first instrument he attempted to play in 4th grade was
trumpet, which was very soon replaced by drums. The
drums were an instrument on which Roger could truly
excel giving him an outlet to release his spirit in
a powerful and energetic fashion. He took drum lessons
with several great drummers: Rocco Ruggiano, Arti
Cabral and the world renown, Allan Dawson.
He majored in classical piano and voice at Rhode Island
College where he was offered a scholarship in classical
voice, He then went to Berklee College of Music where
he majored in piano and arranging & composition.
Roger went on to play drums for many years in rock,
jazz, horn and show bands.
Roger played for a period of time in a show band, he
used to come out front and do an Elvis impersonation.
The audiences went crazy. That's when he realized that
for him fronting a band was where he felt most alive.
From that point on Roger never looked back. He began
studying voice with Dante Pavone in Boston who
tutored artists such as Michael Jackson, Diana Ross
and Steven Tyler and then in Los Angeles
with Seth Riggs who taught all the musical greats.
fronted a very successful Rock & Roll band called
"The Breakers" in Boston in the late 70's
to early 80's. They played up and down the East Coast,
including Boston, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire
& Maine. They played the infamous Rat Skeller in
Boston at the same time "The Cars" and "Aerosmith"
performed there. Some of these accomplishments are recounted
in the new book From Rags to Riches to Faith
by Daniel W. Berthelette. A copy of this book
can be purchased here.
the early 80's, Roger moved to California and fronted
an original rock band called "Good Thunder"
which performed thoughout Los Angeles. He also made
guest appearances with a well-known New Age band called
"Freeway Philharmonic". He did extensive studio
work singing on video and movie sound tracks. He also
studied acting at the well-known Santa Monica Playhouse
and went on to perform roles in plays and a comedy film.
Roger eventually moved back to Rhode Island where he
started to sing with R&B horn-bands.
began fronting a band from Massachusetts called "The
Kidds". The group was renamed "Roger Ceresi
& the Kidds" and later renamed "Roger
Ceresi & the Rockin' Soul Horns". They performed
successfully throughout the New England area for 7 years.
During this time, Roger co-wrote the group's infamous
CD entitled Don't Take Away the Night.
eventually moved on to form his current band, "Roger
Ceresi's All Starz". Backed by a stage full of
incredible musicians, each a star in his own right,
Roger leads this horn-driven band with all of his soul.
Roger is an engaging performer who draws from all his
life experiences to create a powerful, high-energy performance
filled with passion, excitement and pure unadulterated
fun! Audiences are immediately swept up by his energy
and enthusiasm. But, like any other great performer,
he knows that without a great group backing him up,
it wouldn't be the same. To that end, Roger says "this
is the best group of guys I've ever performed with,
hands down no doubt! I love this band. I have found
my home and I'm loving it!"
tenor, Alto, baritone saxophone; flute, Clarinet - from
New Haven CT; has been playing professionally since
the age of 14. Studied music with private teachers,
and attended Julius Hart School of Music Summer Program,
Choate Summer Music Program under the direction of Trombonist
and Woody Herman almunis Phil Wilson, University of
Bridgeport, Music Education Program. While playing in
the Duke Ellington Fellowship Orchestra at Yale University,
under the direction of Willie Ruff and Dwike
Mitchell, of the Mitchell Ruff duo, he was a featured
solo artist with such jazz notables as Dizzy Gillespie,
Slam Stewart, Benny Carter, Clark Terry,
Earl Warren, Dick Katz, Oliver Jackson,
Peck Morrison, Bo Diddley, and the Mitchell
Ruff duo. Barry has been an active and visible part
of the Boston Music Scene since moving from New York
City in 1982. In the early 1990's he was leader of his
own instrumental quartet, " Swing House".
music has been described as an authentic, jump blues
style, with all the energy and drive reminiscent of
the late 1940's and early 1950's saxophonists. His unique
and warm tone can be heard with many popular Boston
bands. He has recorded three albums on Rounder Records
with Michelle Wilson. He is currently a member of the
"Sweet Willy and the Continental Walk"
and Roger Ceresi's All Starz.
grew up in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He played trombone
in junior and high school bands and then moved to Providence
RI in 1977 to join the Back Slap Blues Band. In 1978
he joined Roomful of Blues for 1 year, before Porky
Cohen. From 1979-1988, he played around New England
and Eastern Canada with Blue Lights and Loaded Dice.
In 1988, Carl rejoined Roomful, on Porky's retirement
and stayed until 1998.
opened for the Stones twice, The Tonight Show with Johnny
Carson twice, The Arsenio Hall show, The Juno Awards
(Canadian Grammies), headlined the first sold out show
after opening night at the New Orleans House of Blues,
The Black and White Ball for the San Francisco Symphony
Orchestra, The NARM convention, a week long performance
in Rome on DOC (the Italian version of American Bandstand),
a week long tour in Japan, and Sony corporate party
on San Marco Island.
started playing his grandfathers trombone when
he was 10 years old. Inspired by big band music at first,
he later found out his trombone was played by George
Masso in the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra back in the late
1940s. His first encounter with Roger was when
he was 14, bussing tables on Main Street in Wakefield.
When Roger asked about the music being played in the
restaurant, he could not believe the bus boy knew about
Jackie Wilson. As high school continued, Chris started
playing with the Joe Parillo Big Band, where he met
Carl Querfurth. Carl asked him to sub for a wedding
when he was 16, and Chris has been sitting in as an
All Star ever since.
Aside from the All Starz, Chris is the founding member
of The Ticonderogas (2006-2010) and The B-Sides (2010-Present).
He has played trombone for Lemon Lime Tennis Shoes,
Dylan Sevey and the Gentleman, the Coastline Swing Band,
the Joe Parillo Big Band, Special 20, Bad Larry, South
Pier Brass, and many other Rhode Island ensembles. A
recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Chris
studied trombone under Darren Acosta (BSO, FRS) and
Gabe Langfur (RIPHIL). He is currently teaching instrumental
music and music technology at Woonsocket High School.
started playing drums when he was just eight years old
but didn't take it seriously until he saw Ringo Starr
play on the Ed Sullivan Show. He's been a die hard drummer
ever since. Joey's first "paying gigs" were
with rock-n-roll bands while still in high school. After
high school he joined his father's jazz band. His dad
was an upright bass player with many contacts and he
got Joey started in the "business". Joey played
with many types of bands during this period: Jazz bands,
Rock-n-Roll bands, a Las Vegas style show band, a Funk
band, a Tijuana Brass tribute band and even a Dixieland
Joey became a bandleader when he formed his own rock-nroll
band called the "Rockin' Midnites" which he
kept working full time for seven years. When it disbanded
he took a year off from the music business. During this
time he moved back to his birthplace of Newport, RI.
It wasn't long before he missed playing music so he
joined a Rockin' band called "Little Sister"
but he couldn't help noticing the abundance of blues
bands active in RI. Years ago Joey had a friend who
played with James Cotton and his friend was having so
much fun that it left a favorable impression on him.
Joey started free-lancing with local blues groups and
eventually joined "Blueswagon" and then "Killer
Kane & the Blue F.O.'s". Joey played with the
"Chris Fitz Band" for two and a half years
and appears on Chris' album entitled "This Is My
Church". Joey also played with "Rick Russell"
"Fatwall Jack" "Two Bones and a Pick"
"The Matthew Stubbs Band" "Stovall Brown"
"Cheryl Arena" "Tom Enright" "Loaded
Dice" and "The Doug James All Stars".
Joey currently performs with "Roger Ceresi's All
Starz". He also has his own rock-n-roll band, with
All Starz band mate Rob Nelson, called "JoJoMiMa".
When not appearing with Roger, Joey continues to free-lance
and can be seen with "Gary 'Guitar' Gramolini,
The Mojo Kings and Jason James & the PsycoBilly
Cadillac to name a few. Lastly, Joey performs traditional
Irish music with a group named "Spraoi" (pronounced
Spree). Spraoi is based in Dublin, Ireland and Joey
appears with them in Ireland as well as in the good
why "Leather Lungs"? John's brother Pete told
him that he should use the nickname because a lot of
people who play blues music have them, and this is a
name which a newspaper gave him a couple of years ago.
He studied physics in college and works days as a contract
software engineer. He took private trumpet lessons in
high school for years from a wonderful man named Nelson
Balsamo, and played trumpet as often as he could.
John loves performing for people and loves to see them
enjoy and be uplifted by good music. Over the past few
years he has worked as a musician in the New England
of the people/groups he has played with are: Nick
Curran, Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard, Sugar Ray
Norcia (Great singer with the famous Roomful of
Blues band for many years), Loaded Dice w/Danny
Vitale (Swing, jump blues group with many former
Roomful of Blues members), K.D. Bell (R&B,
Funk and Blues music), The Movers (Winners of
the 1995 Harper's Ferry Battle of the Blues Bands and
the 1995 12th Annual International Blues Talent Competition
in Memphis, TN), Ibrahima Camara (Senegalese
Talking Drum Master, African Pop Music; recorded on
his release, "Sama Yie", which won the Boston
Music Award, International category in 1993), Concord
Band (Community band concerts and solo work), Luther
"Guitar, Jr." Johnson (great Chicago-style
blues), Hot Tamale Brass Band, Mickey Bones
(marching brass band modeled after the great street
bands of the city of New Orleans), Clarence "Gatemouth"
Brown, Eric "Two Scoops" Moore
(recorded with him on his 1996 release, "Big Buffet"),
Chris "Stovall" Brown, Jay Place,
Matt Woodburn and the Kat 'N' the Hat Band,
Scott Shetler, "Sax" Gordon Beadle,
Charlie Hunt & Search Party, and last, but
not least, Phil Wilson.
is a seasoned and nationally-known Jazz piano player
who has played on the same bill with many Jazz greats
including B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Van
Morrrison, James Brown, Willie Nelson, the Neville Brothers,
the Blues Brothers and more. His skill and style are
a treat for any music lover because he seems to merge
with the piano while playing standards, blues and the
came to McCabe early on and naturally. One of nine children
born to Irish parents, McCabe picked up the piano almost
by osmosis. His father, an English professor at Tufts,
and his older brother were into Jazz, but unlike his
siblings, he wasn’t interested in lessons and picked
up piano mostly by ear.
has been playing blues piano for over 30 years and has
toured extensively with many of the music greats such
as Anson Funderburg, Sam Myers, Roomful of Blues,
Sugar Ray Norcia, and Duke Robillard. Some
of the artists he has performed with are Stevie Ray
Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Ruth Brown, The Fabulous Thunderbirds,
Albert Collins, Boz Scaggs, Laverne Baker, Huey Lewis
and the News, Robert Lockwood, Junior Wells, Gatemouth
Brown, Big Joe Turner, Pam Tillis, Big Jay McNeely,
Otis Rush, Bruce Willis, Pinetop Perkins, Jay McShann,
Sam Meyers, Marcia Ball, Little Milton, Earl King, Jimmie
Rogers, Donovan, Maria Muldaur, Herb Ellis, Matt Murphy,
Joe Huston, Nappy Brown, and Delbert McClinton.
His film credits include “China Moon” with Ed Harris
and Madeline Stowe and “Honeydripper” with Danny
Glover. See his discography here.Other
credits are listed here.
Bass and Electric Bass)
has been an active player since the 50's, a member of
rock n' roll's first generation. He played with Albi
and the Spellbinders from the late 60's to the early
70's and was in the back up band for Percy Sledge at
Foxwoods. After a two-year fight with throat cancer,
he came back to play again in 1992 and has not stopped
since then. He has also played with Back Issue, The
Funk Monks, Acme Trucking Company, The Baker Brothers,
Lisa Marie and "All Shook Up", Fat Wall Jack,
and Smoke Stack Lightning."Dick is a 'Solid as
a Rock Bass Player' and lays it down in very musical
and thought-out-well executed bass patterns", says
has been playing in bands in the New England area since
1968. These bands include the Backslap Blues Band,
Stovall Brown, Blue Lights, Louis Camp, The Heptones
(with Fatman Wilson on vocals), Loaded Dice, Blueswagon
and Sugar Ray Norcia. He has also done several
tours as the guitar player for Roomful of Blues.
As a member of these bands, he toured extensively throughout
the U.S., Europe, Canada and the West Indies.
gigs include the Montreal Jazz Festival (50,000 people),
the W.C. Handy Awards in Memphis, TN, (with B.B. King--host),
Tipitina's (New Orleans), Lone Star Café (N.Y.C.),
Antone's (Austin, TX), Slim's (San Francisco), Buddy
Guy's (Chicago) and virtually every major (and minor)
blues club in North America. I've toured with Lazy Lester
(a legendary blues harp player from Baton Rouge, LA.)
for 5 years. Also toured with bluesman Wild Child Butler.
Over the years I've had the pleasure of playing with
artists like Big Joe Turner, Lloyd Glenn, Buddy Guy,
Johnny Winter, Jimmy Johnson, Joe Louis Walker, Anson
Funderburgh, Katie Webster and Coco Montoya,
has opened for just about every major blues star including
Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker and recorded
with Porky Cohen, Sugar Ray Norcia, Loaded
Dice, Blueswagon and NOW the Roger Ceresi's
Rockin' All Starz.
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