“Pieces” is comprised of some of the most talented, gifted, and accomplished musicians in the Metropolitan Chicagoland area. Because of their noteworthy ability to play all genres of music for any occasion, these highly sought after artists are always in great demand.
Individually, these proficient, creative and professional beings are the best of the best. And when joined together, they become the phenomenal group known throughout the area as “Pieces.”
That is why it would be a distinct honor and a feather in your cap, to hire this dynamic group for your special event. So make your event the talk of the town by adding all of the “Pieces” to make it a day or night to remember.
THESE ARE THE MEMBERS OF “PIECES”…
Aaron R. Almon is a seasoned drummer/percussionist/vocalist from Chicago, IL. He has accompanied such artists as Mavis Staples, Impressions, Otis Clay, Joan Collaso, Koko Taylor, Big Time Sarah (to name a few).
Carl A. Beauchamp (aka Cebo the Sax Man) is from Chicago, IL. Cebo has played with various artists, including Stevie Wonder on “The Lord’s Prayer”. Carl has done session work including playing on DFW Mass Choir with Jennifer Holiday’s “Bridge Over Trouble Water.” Carl has recently been heard at the Jazz Showcase, M-Lounge, The Shrine and Clubs in Chicago area. In California, Evander Holyfield and Keith Sweat in Atlanta, Piedmont Jazz festival, Johnny Taylor and Lucky Peterson in Dallas, TX .
Larry Bowen is much in demand as a trumpet player throughout the Chicago area and beyond. He has played with such luminaries as Patti Austin, Ramsey Lewis, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, and many others. He holds a degree in jazz performance from Columbia College Chicago, and is a member of the award-winning Chicago Jazz Ensemble.
KC Fortenberry is a talented keyboard player.
Dolpha S. Fowler, Jr., Dolton, IL., is another fine pianoist/keyboardist. He has played on the late KoKo Taylor’s CD “Royal Blue” and has played for various artists in the Chicagoland area. Currently, Dolpha is playing with old school funk band Slave Keeper of Funk.
Guitarist Fred Miller has performed extensively throughout the Chicago area and the Midwest with ensembles ranging in size from duo to big band, and as a soloist. He has shared the stage with nationally and internationally recognized jazz artists including Lynn Baker, Larry Bowman, and Tim Coffman. He has worked in several professional theatre orchestras and played weekly engagements for fifteen years at the Green Mill Lounge. Fred has also performed at prominent music festivals including the Chicago Jazz Festival.
Curtis Robinson plays the guitar as if his life depended on it. He headlines a some of Chicago’s most popular clubs, including Andy’s Live Jazz Club and Pop’s for Champagne Jazz Club Restaurant. Robinson’s credits include work with artists from a wide spectrum of musical disciplines – Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Burrell, The Emotions, Irene Reid, and many others. Clips and charts by Curtis Robinson are available through thedoctorcurtis.com.
Mike Schlick is in demand as a drummer for blues and jazz throughout the Chicago area. He has toured and recorded with Lenny Lynn, Dave Spector, and Guy King. He has played with Buddy Guy and Otis Clay. He is currently in the Guy King organ trio and Little Big Band. He also plays with the Skinny, a funk/jazz group that will release their first CD this spring.
Michael Sterling is a 40 year veteran on the Chicago blues, jazz and r&b scenes. A premier bass player, Michael is currently touring with the Steve Arrington Band and also played with Otis Rush, Clark Terry, Cherelle, Jean Carne and Michael Henderson and many others.
James Thornton was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, and attended Dunbar High School, Loop and Harvard Harvey College, where he studied music. He has 25 years of experience playing the bass for recording artists such as The Intruders, The Dells and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. He also played with the ETA Theatre in Chicago. James has recorded on many other projects in various studios such as Soto Sounds, Universal Studio, Paul Serrano Studio, and many others.
Roger Weaver has been working successfully as a pianist, educator, studio engineer and booking agent for over 20 years. He has traveled around the world and has performed with and for celebrities from Patti LaBelle to President Clinton. He is currently the music director of the Brown Derby Jazz Revue. He holds degrees from Kennedy-King College and Chicago State University, and produces projects at his Keyz Recording Service.
“Saxomamaphonic” Juli Wood has made music her passion and her life for the last 30 years. She plays alto, tenor, and baritone sax, and loves to sing as well. After starting out in classical music, she got in the groove in her early twenties, playing with several R+B bands. Since 1993 she has been focusing on playing jazz and leading her own bands in places such as Andy’s, Green Mill, Green Dolphin St., and Katerina’s. Juli’s CDs are available at CD Baby.com.
Glover Washington is another extremely gifted drummer from Chicago, IL. Glover has studied music at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL and has played with Kyle Barker, best known as TC Carson from the television show “Living Single”. Glover has held the beat locally with bands and artists such as Carlos Cannon, Vanessa Holmes, Sax Preacher, Blackmarket Democracy, Bushoong, Nikl Slik, and many others.