Dennis Keith Band
Dennis Keith Band
Dennis Keith
Dennis Keith
Dennis Keith Johnson
Bassist, Vocalist and Leader of Dennis Keith Experience
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In addition to all of his leading responsibilities, Dennis has performed and/or recorded with bands and artists such as: Chase (Epic Records), Survivor (Scotti Brothers Records), Software (Head First Records), Dennis DeYoung (A & M Records), Jerry Butler (Motown Records), B.B. King, Jim Peterick (Epic Records), and Steve Dahl; in venues that include the Tonight Show, Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Budukan (Tokyo), Chicagofest, Radio City Music Hall, Summerfest (Milwaukee), Poplar Creek and Holiday Star Theater. Dennis may also be heard playing on hundreds of TV/radio jingles such as Sears, State Farm Insurance, United Airlines, McDonald's, 711, Miller Beer, Busch Beer, Old Style Beer and Nintendo.

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Cherryl Fonfara
Vocalist and Co-Leader of Dennis Keith Experience
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On top of being a vocalist with The Dennis Keith Experience, Cherryl has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists including Sweetening, Angela Bofill, Michael Bolton, Vic Damone, Patti Austin, Morris Chorus, Spunk, Freda Payne and Wayne King, as well as performing with her own group Cherryl Fonfara and Company at venues like Chicagofest. She has also sung jingles for products such as Illinois Bell, Sears, Kellogg's, McDonald's, Old Style Beer, Henniger Beer, Busch Beer, Illinois Lottery, and RCA; and has performed as a television and radio voice-over for products such as Betty Crocker Easy Delicious Desserts, Mutual of Omaha, Thorspring Mineral Water, Great FrameUp, Village Saucerie, Safeway, Ford, Cash & Carry, Westin River North, St. Paul Federal, and US West.

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Janie Posadas Reyes
Vocalist
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From the ripe young age of 6, Janie has been singing for crowds of 10 and 10,000, and always knew she would have a career in music. Janie brings to the Dennis Keith Experience a blend of soulful, rock and urban-fusion music styles, not to mention a boundless level of energy and enthusiasm! She has a Bachelor?s in Sound Engineering and Piano Performance from Chicago?s DePaul University Music School. Janie has years of experience in the ad industry with Radio Promotions for Colombia Record, and at Elias Arts, the most awarded company in the commercial and film music business. She has performed at venues such as New York City?s The Bitter End and CBGB?s, just to name a few

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Robin Simone
Vocalist (Limited availability, on request only)
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Singer-songwriter Robin Simone also enjoys success as a studio vocalist, working in sessions at top studios in the Midwest and Florida; she frequently performs with musicians throughout the nation and has won numerous talent competitions, including Ed McMahon?s Star Search. Robin has a new chart busting dance hit called LOVE ME ? check it out on My Space.com.

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Tommy Sullivan
Vocalist
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Tommy is noted for his vocal performances with the band Funk House, who had electrified audiences throughout Illinois, including Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) and the Rockford River Fests. Funk House was well known in Chicago for their performances at the China Club, Excaliber's, and Traffic Jam; he also has sung jingles for Nissan and Ace Hardware?.this man LOVES to perform!

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Joe "Cool" Cropin
Guitarist
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Joe?s credits include the Spies, Night Beat, Eric Scott, Jimmy Damon, Felix & the Cats; Joe can heard on Pop Staple's Grammy winning record "Father, Father". This steamin? guitarist likes to cool down bass fishing ? this September he got to fish during a break and caught a huge bass ? all in 15 minutes!

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Steve Gillis
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Attended Boston?s Berklee College of Music. Has performed with Inner City, Sugar Blue, Dion Payton, Henry Johnson, Ken Chaney, MVP, Sumo, Bomb Pop and Eternalux. Has appeared on Late Night with Conan O?Brien, Last Call with Carson Daly, MTV?s The Rock Show, Late Night, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. Can be heard on recordings by Filter (Title of Record, The Amalgamut).

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Michael Levin
Saxophonist/flutist/clarinetist
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Michael Levin has performed and/or recorded with Barrett Deems, Jerry Goodman, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Clark Terry, Oscar Brown, Jr., The Supremes, Diane Schuur, The Mills Brothers, Ben Vereen, Steve Cole, David Bromberg, Nell Carter, among many others, with select performances at Ravinia, Chicago Fest, Taste of Chicago, The Jazz Showcase, Lake of the Ozarks Jazz Festival, Buddy Guy?s, and Chicago Jazz Festival.

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Danny "DB" Barber
Trumpet
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Danny is known through the music world for his Sound, Power and Musicality. Danny has appeared as the lead trumpet player and/or featured jazz soloist with noted bands and artist including the Tommy Dorsey Band, the Maynard Ferguson band, The Count Basie Band, Clark Terry, Tony Bennett, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Dennis DeYoung and Styx. His Chicago show credits include ?Fiddler on the Roof?, ?Les Miserable?, ?Phantom of the Opera?, ?West Side Story?, ?Chicago?, ?Annie?, and ?Grease?. Danny?s recording credits include Maynard Ferguson?s HOT; Styx?s Paradise Theater; Sophisticated Ladies? A Miracle; Jazz Members Big Band?s Diggin?in; Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Clark Terry, Porgy and Bess; Peter Brown?s Chicago, SNAP; ?A League of their Own? soundtrack; as well as 2000 radio and TV commercials/jingles.

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Mark Maegdlin
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Mark has earned performance awards from Downbeat Magazine, Notre Dame University, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Augusta College, Eastern Illinois University, and Illinois Wesleyan University. In 1989, Mark was selected to compete at the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition in Paris, France. He has performed with artists such as Clark Terry, Rufus Reid, David Baker, Lee Konitz, Lew Soloff, Michel Legrand, Nndugu Chancelor, Freddie Waits, Carl Allen, Marvin Stamm, Shelia Jordan and Nick Brignolia. Mark can be heard on Organ with 'The Organisms' Jazz/Funk Organ Trio. Mark?s production credits include 'Mirage'-Mark O'Connor (BluJazz 3309) and 'Chicago Jazz Vol. 1'-Eric Allen and the Mood Swing Music Quartet.

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Hary Kozlowski
Trombone
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Hary has toured as featured soloist with Tommy Dorsey Band. Live/recording credits include the Temptations, Deitra Farr, the Four Tops, and the Booze Brothers. Hary is a gourmet chef!! While the Dennis Keith Band was working in Paris, he spent his off time looking for the perfect knife!

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Zac Johnson
Vocalist, Rapper, Crew
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Zac brings the house down every time he gets on stage! He attends Elmhurst College and is currently working on his original tunes with his new rock group..

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John Lewis
Guitarist/vocalist, Senior Composer
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John has performed original music at the Hennesey Jazz Festival (L.A.) and played R & B for corporate events in NY City and the Inaugural Ball in DC, among many others.

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Francisco "Patch" Paz
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Can be heard as a composer for "Real TV," "Hard Copy," "Entertainment Tonight," and "The Howie Mandel Show," plus many video games by Williams Electronics. His CDs, released in Costa Rica: Pachi Demos, featuring the singles "Siente Mi Ritmo" (#1 on charts) & "Dime," Pachi Paz, featuring "Solo Pienso en ti" & "El Golazo" (also #1 on charts).

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Donald Neale
Pianist/keyboardist
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Donald has performed with Joe Kelly, Lynne Jordan, Cyrus ?Harmonica? Hayes, Mexican superstar Nelson Ned, the Ken Gueno Septet, among many others, and currently leads his own tipico charanga ensemble, Nueva Charanga. He has released two CDs of solo piano music, For the Piano (1993) compositions by Beethoven, Debussy and himself, and Pieces of Night (1998) with music from Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona.

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Frank Portolese
Guitarist/vocalist
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Frank has performed with Joe Pass, Sammy Davis, Jr., Shelley Manne, Ira Sullivan, Claude ?Fiddler? Williams, and Bobby Shew. His has two CDs on Southport label: Transparent and Last Call.

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Wendy Morgan
Vocalist
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Wendy performs with her own Band, Girls on Film at most of the festivals around Chicago; she also sings jingles for McDonalds. She released her debut CD in 1996.

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Marie Alexandre
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Marie has performed in Miami Beach, San Juan Puerto Rico (including Sagrado Corazon and Interamericana at Cupey), and all around the Chicago area. She has appeared at the NBC televised Chicago Emmy Awards program "Chicago Sizzlin?" hosted by Byron Allen and is the host vocalist for a Chicago Jazz Singer's Showcase.

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Rob Berry
Keyboardist/percussionist
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Rob?s writing and playing can be heard on jingles such as Sears, McDonalds, United Airlines, and Captain Crunch; and has recorded and/or performed with John Sebastian, Silverlake, and Frank Gregory on Optimism Records.

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Dan Leali
Drums/percussion
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Dan has performed live or on record with such artists as jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker, Blue Man Group, guitarist Fareed Haque, bluesmen Pinetop Perkins and John Primer, Poi Dog Pondering, Chicago Production of Blue Man Group, Rewired, Tributosaurus and funk/jazz group Liquid Soul, touring extensively worldwide and receiving a Grammy nomination for his performance on that band's 2000 recording, "Here's the Deal." Dan may be heard on many commercial jingles including Budweiser, Miller Lite, Golden Grahams, and the U.S. Army.

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Steve Baughman
Saxophonist
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Steve has toured and/or performed with George Burns, Donald O?Conner, Barrett Deems, Ira Sullivan, Lyn Halliday, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Diane Schuur, Diane Reeves, Sherri Lewis, The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and many others.

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Joe Scumaci
Vocalist
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Joe has worked in commercials and industrials for many years. He has performed with such acts as Dave Mason, Foghat, The Cryan Shames, Rick Saucedo in venues like House of Blues, Rosemont Theatre, Skyline Theatre, Las Vegas' Rivera Casino, Baltimore's Lyric Opera House and Mississippi's Tupelo Coliseum.
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