MEET THE BAND
Every musician you see performing brings their own talents and backgrounds to the band. Each has their own way of making us sound the way we do. Our unique sound and the way we bring back the feeling of those songs we love comes from the diversity of the players.
CHUCK LITTLE as ELWOOD BLOOZE
Elwood Blooze drives and maintains the Bloozemobile (a 1974 Dodge Monaco), books the band, herds the band members, and has been singing and dancing his butt off for over 25 years. In real life, he’s Chuck Little: business owner, black belt, and the hardest working bandleader in the business.
KEVIN POLLACK as JOLIET JAKE BLOOZE
Kevin does it all: singing, dancing, songwriting, acting, talent management, laundry, macramé. He’s also a major force in the Chicago theater scene, praised for his portrayals of real-life icons like Joe Cocker and Roger Ebert. And speaking of legendary Chicago duos, we’re thrilled to have him take the stage with us as Jake.
SHEILA PEPPLE – LEAD VOCALS
If we had to pick one moment where the band went from “hey, these guys are pretty good” to “wow, this is the best show band I’ve ever heard”, it was the first time Sheila took the stage with us. She dazzles audiences with her stellar takes on tunes from “Natural Woman” to “25 or 6 to 4”.
TOMMY LEERSCHEN – KEYS and VOCALS
The rich, unmistakable keyboard sounds are driven by this 25-year band veteran. His soulful vocals on “Let’s Stay Together” and “Vehicle” make those among our most requested songs. Tommy proudly plays and is an endorsed artist for Hammond Organ USA SK Series, Mission Engineering EP Pedals, Conquest Sound Cables and Rev33 Rev Pro. Visit Tommy at TommysMusic.com.
“BROTHER” JOHN KATTKE – GUITAR and VOCALS
A staple in the Chicago blues scene, Brother John’s authentic riffs and smooth vocals “make it easy to move your feet”. When you hear his take on “Dock of the Bay” and “Rainy Night in Georgia”, you’ll understand why he’s on Buddy Guy’s speed dial. Visit John online at JohnKattke.com.
GINA KNIGHT – DRUMS
The most in-demand drummer in all of Chicagoland, Gina delights crowds with her solid beats and winning smile. Talented beyond her years, Gina has been playing with nationally touring bands since the age of 14 and has guest-starred on a few episodes of the hit TV show Empire. Visit Gina at DrumLessonsGirl.com for lessons and shenanigans.
JAY OLASZEK – BASS GUITAR
They call him “Mister Zero” because of his ice-cold grooves and his cool wit. The life of the green room, Jay is a mild-mannered educator by day and Triumph-riding wild man by night. When he’s not invoking the riffs of the late great Duck Dunn with us, he can be seen at some of the city’s top music venues.
BRIAN FINN – TRUMPET
The captain of the horn section, Brian Finn’s crystal clear trumpet tone defines the horn section’s signature sound. His solos on “Beginnings” and “Long Train Runnin'” get crowds on their feet and screaming for more. Brian is also one of the Chicago area’s most respected music educators.
DADDY-O DAVE PICCO – ALTO and BARITONE SAXOPHONE
Jake and Elwood bribed Daddy-o away from the Pierogi Family Polka Band nearly 25 years ago with a case of Spotted Cow and promise of fame and fortune. Well, at least the beer was good. Part bartender, part choreographer, part cheerleader; Daddy-o is truly the heart and soul of the band.
ANDY BLANCO – TENOR SAXOPHONE
Andy came to the band in 2000 after playing with popular Chicago-area bands during the swing revival of the 1990s. His original compositions have been featured on local radio, independent films and television, including the Fox TV series, The Tick and director Paul Bunnell’s The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2006).
KEVIN CLINE – TROMBONE
One of the most versatile musicians in all of Chicagoland, Kevin is an accomplished pianist, composer, singer, and sometimes even a trombone player. His critically-acclaimed, mostly-original solo album, Make Up Your Mind, is available on CDBaby, iTunes, and at select Blooze Brothers shows (if he isn’t sold out).
ROB McDOUGLE – GUITAR
From old school country (and western), jazz standards, and rock classics to a briefcase full of blues, Rob’s diverse talent as a guitarist is in high demand all across Chicagoland. He has a list of credits a mile long and we’re honored to have him share the stage with us when Brother John can’t make it.
TOM TUMINO – TRUMPET
Tom has been filling in on trumpet with the Blooze Brothers for years and while we’re bummed when Brian can’t make it, we love having Tom around. He’s a pervasive presence in the music theater scene on the South Side, where we originally found him. He was amazing as Mary Poppins.