Jim Gailloreto - tenor sax
Jim is Artistic Director of MJO; he has performed with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Lyric Opera and Fulcrum Point. Jim has arranged and performed with, Fred Hersch, Patricia Barber, John McLean, Grazyna Auguscik, and many more. His string arrangements can be heard on Kurt Elling's Grammy award winning CD “Dedicated To You”. He is artist and faculty at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Doug Scharf - trumpet
Doug Scharf has played trumpet for live shows with Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Glen Campbell, Lady Gaga, George Benson, Clark Terry, Kennedy Center Awards, Chicago Jazz Orchestra. In LA he recorded several movie and TV show soundtracks, and was in the house band on "Late Show with Joan Rivers." He has written for Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Cher, Thomas Dolby, Phil Ramone, Fox TV "Late Show with Joan Rivers," and Me-TV's "Svengoolie."
Doug Bistrow - bass
Doug Bistrow received his degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He has performed with Itzhak Perlman, the Silk Road Ensemble, Edgar Meyer, Howard Levy, Time For Three, Johnny Osborne, Ky-Mani Marley, Corey Chisel, Keith & Tex, and many others. Bistrow is a member of the Chicago Philharmonic, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. Bistrow is on the faculty at Vandercook College of Music and the Merit School of Music.
Ben Lewis - piano
Ben Lewis, a "monster of a pianist" (Chicago Jazz Magazine), celebrates a career of diverse musical experience. Whether performing at the Chicago Jazz Festival or traveling the globe with Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Ben feels at home making music. His "shimmering pianism" and "go-for-broke energy" (Howard Reich - Chicago Tribune) are just part of what give him such a singular voice. Ben has recorded with Chicago luminaries such as Jackie Allen, Grazyna Auguscik and Tito Carillo. A two-time Jazz Ambassador for the US State Dept and an active performing artist with his own trio, Ben's life is music.
John Kornegay - alto sax
John is alto saxophonist and lead arranger for MJO, he has a rich career as a performer, composer and arranger. He has performed with legends like Tony Bennett, Doc Severinsen, Bernadette Peters and Chita Rivera. He has written for John Frigo on the Tonight Show, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Purdue University Choirs’. He composed and orchestrated the Academy Award-nominated Holocaust documentary, “Eyewitness”.
Russ Phillips - trombone
Russ Phillips, trombonist, was born in Denver, but grew up and studied in the Chicago area after his Father, Russ Phillips, Sr. left Louis Armstrong’s All Stars as trombonist for 1-1/2 years. Continuing in the tradition, Russ has become a well known and respected performer in Chicago and nationally. He’s been a featured artist in numerous festivals, cruises and concerts appearing with Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Doc Cheatham, Kenny Davern,The Four Freshman and others.
Bob Rummage - drums
Bob Rummage is one of the busiest musicians in Chicago. He has performed with many internationally known musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley, Benny Golson, Buddy DeFranco, Bela Fleck and Mississippi blues man, Mose Allison. He is currently the percussion director at Elmhurst College. Mr. Rummage is a much sought after clinician having made appearances at various high schools and colleges.
Joe Sonnefeldt - percussion
Joe Sonnefeldt performs around Chicago and the midwest with his own groups and many others. He occasionally plays percussion for various Broadway shows that come to Chicago. Joe has been featured on vibes with “Poi Dog Pondering” and the Latin bands “Raices Profundis” and “Grupo Paz”. Joe has also recorded with the Pan Go Steel Band, “Azul Oscuro” with Suenos, and “Live Gumbo” with Hurricane Gumbo. He has performed live with these bands as well as Marshall Vente’s Tropicale, Grupo Paz, Fareed Haque, Joe Walsh, Martin Short, Ten City and The Fifth Dimension.