The Musicians

The newly formed Rob Parton Big Band Columbus!

The Rob Parton Big Band Columbus (RPBB),  a new Columbus based 18-piece jazz ensemble that celebrates and represents the best of the big band tradition with a modern and original sound.  Through creative modern arrangers, the vast historical repertoire available today and the plethora of modern writers around the country, the band prides itself on hard swinging virtuoso ensemble playing comprised of finest jazz musicians Columbus has to offer.  Many of the musicians in the band are considered brilliant jazz improvisers and lead groups of their own.

The first high profile performance featuring the Rob Parton Big Band will be in May at the International Trumpet Guild in Columbus Ohio.  Don't Miss this exciting event!

Members of the RPBB have performed, toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Jazz greats such as Maynard Ferguson, Diana Krall, Buddy Rich, Harry Connick, Doc Severinson, Woody Herman, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and Mel Torme´.  Parton has performed all over the country as both lead trumpet and trumpet soloist.  He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra and with the MusicNow ensemble featuring new music of the Chicago Symphony.  Rob Parton has led the band multiple times at various International Conferences including the MidWest Clinic, NAFME, Iowa Band Masters convention, and the International Trumpet Guild with Lew Soloff in Kentucky.  Parton continues to lead the Rob Parton Big Band in Chicago as well as this new and exciting band in Columbus. 

In May of 2009, Parton made the decision to break up Chicago’s long established JAZZTECH Big Band in order to regroup and begin the process of creating a new band with a different focus and personnel. Rob Parton has earned national and international accolades for his nine critically acclaimed compact discs’ on the Sea Breeze Jazz label and JAZZTECH CD label.

 

 

 

Chicago based Rob Parton Big Band

The Rob Parton Big Band (RPBB), a 19 piece jazz ensemble celebrates and represents the best of the big band tradition with a modern and original sound.  Through the creative arrangers within the band the vast historical repertoire available today and the plethora of modern writers around the country, the band prides itself on hard swinging virtuoso ensemble playing comprised of Chicago’s finest musicians.  Many of the musicians in the band are considered brilliant jazz improvisers and lead groups of their own. 

Members of the RPBB have performed, toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Jazz greats such as Maynard Ferguson, Diana Krall, Buddy Rich, Harry Connick, Doc Severinson, Woody Herman, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme’, and can be seen in the movie “Public Enemies.”  Parton has performed all over the country as both lead trumpet and trumpet soloist.  He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra and with the MusicNow ensemble featuring new music of the Chicago Symphony.

The Rob Parton Big Band recently released its' CD "We'll Be Together Again" on JAZZTECH records. This CD has climbed to #39 as of week #6 on the Top 50 Jazz Week Chart's reported by radio airplay across the country.  It has also been logged into Chartbound and is playing in many areas of the world!

Kristy Parton has been singing with the Rob Parton Big Band and Orchestra for over sixteen years.  An alumni of the acclaimed Elmhurst College Jazz Band directed by Doug Beach, Kristy has performed for hundreds of special events with Rob Parton and many others.  Her devotion to excellence is in the preparation of new music often made famous by great artists such as Natalie Cole, Joni Mitchell to Queen Latifah.  In addition to performing with the Big Band, Kristy often performs at the Catch 35 Seafood restaurant in Chicago every month.

Ken Partyka enjoys a multi-faceted career in the music business.  A versatile performer, he has played with many top acts over the years, including Mel Torme, Frankie Valli and Arturo Sandoval to name a few.  He has recorded and toured with the band Sonia Dada, and leads his own group, the New Standard Quartet.  As an educator, he is very active as a festival judge and clinician.  Also a strong figure in the retail industry, Ken is also  general manager and buyer at Quinlan & Fabish Music Company.

Saxophonist, composer, and educator Chris Madsen hails from the Chicagoland area.  After graduating from DePaul University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies, he was accepted into the Juilliard School’s Jazz Program and moved to New York City, living and performing there for three years with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Short, and Barbara Lea.  In 2006, he moved back home and, in addition to joining the Rob Parton Big Band, also performs with the Tom Matta Big Band, the Mulligan Mosaics Big Band, and many other groups, and will also be the composer of the 2012 IMEA Jazz All-State piece.  Madsen currently serves as Professor of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and Jazz Director at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL.

Mark Colby, Origin Recording artist. Toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson, Bob James,Gerry Mulligan,Frank Sinatra, Jaco Pastorius etc.Jazz Faculty  member of Depaul University since 1983 and Elmhurst College since 1998.Former Illinois president of IAJE, Selmer and Vandoren Clinician and endorser

John Wojciechowski (tenor saxophone) has spent most of the last decade performing, recording and teaching in Chicago.  He has worked with the likes of Kurt Elling, Charlie Haden, John Hollenbeck, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  He currently teaches at St. Charles North High School and has also taught at Northwestern University and Northern Illinois University.  A finalist in the 1996 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, John released his first recording as a leader, entitled "Lexicon" in the fall of 2009. 

Linda Van Dyke: Baritone Saxophone,

Marques Carroll, Trumpet 2

In his early career Scott Wagstaff traveled for 5 years as a member of the famous Woody Herman Orchestra. Scott has been a member of Rob’s trumpet section for the past 15 years or so. In addition to his free-lance trumpet work in the Chicago area, he has been an instrumental music educator for over 20 years and currently directs the Lincoln-Way West Jazz Band in New Lenox, Illinois.

Benjamin Cord is a very active musician in several different musical genres. He holds degrees in Classical and Jazz Performance as well as a Performance Certificate from the world-renowned Indiana University School of Music. At home in a Jazz club, recording studio, or on stage with a full orchestra, Benjamin has performed, studied, and recorded with some of the most acclaimed musicians in the country. He has been nationally recognized for both his Classical and Jazz playing, and in addition performs in theatrical, pop, hip-hop, latin, and experimental settings. As a composer he has written music for small Jazz groups and big bands, and has recently branched out into composing for film. He is also busy as a music teacher, teaching private lessons both independently and for several schools in the Chicago area and is a faculty member at Chicago's Sherwood Conservatory of Music. He has worked with students of all ages.

Since moving to Chicago from London in 2001, Andy Baker has established himself as one of the most in-demand and versatile trombonists in town.  Andy plays lead trombone in Jon Faddis' Chicago Jazz Ensemble, co-leads a sextet with pianist/composer Steve Million and is a “first-call” theatre and studio musician. Andy has taught at Elmhurst College since 2003 and was on the jazz faculty of Northwestern University from 2004-2008. He appears regularly as a guest artist and clinician at schools and universities across the Midwest. Andy is an Antoine Courtois performing artist.

Tom Garling toured with  Maynard Ferguson as Trombonist and Musical Director from 1992-1998. His first break into the professional jazz scene was with Buddy Rich in 1986 at the age of twenty. His writing and playing can be heard on albums by Maynard, Buddy Rich, Tito Puente, Dianne Schuur,  and Frank Mantooth, to name a few.  He has been in high demand for the past 30 years as performer, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, teacher, director, clinician, and professional musician at any capacity. He currently resides in the Chicago area and teaches jazz composition and arranging, jazz trombone, and improvisation at the Chicago College of the Performing arts at Roosevelt University, and Northern Illinois University.

Tim Coffman is one of the most active trombonists and teachers in the Chicago area. A graduate of the prestigious Jazz Studies program at Indiana University, Mr. Coffman worked closely with David Baker. He was awarded the Performer’s Certificate following his Senior Recital.  Mr. Coffman is in demand for studio and show work and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Louie Bellson and many others. Mr.  Coffman is on faculty at DePaul University and teaches Jazz Trombone, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Low Brass Techniques and coaches Jazz Combos. In the summer, he teaches at the Jamey Aebersold jazz camp at the University of Louisville and at the MYA jazz camp in Lake Forest, IL.

Thomas Matta’s body of work as a musician spans an impressive spectrum of genres, styles, and disciplines – and as such, is a highly sought-after bass trombonist, composer, arranger and educator in the Chicagoland area and beyond. An Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at DePaul University, Thomas teaches courses in Jazz Composition and Arranging, Applied Tenor and Bass Trombone, coordinates the Jazz Combo program, and directs the DePaul Jazz Orchestra.

Kevin O’Connell began classical lessons on piano at age 4 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and discovered jazz via fusion after being a rock guitarist/bassist/keyboardist as a teenager.   He taught himself jazz via books and recordings and worked with various jazz groups in Michigan, and went on to perform with Johnny Hartmann and Larry Coryell in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area. He moved to New York in the 80s and played and recorded with Clifford Jordan and Vernel Fournier, on "Live At Ethel's" and "Royal Ballads". He also performed in various NY clubs with such notables as Billy Hart, Philly Joe Jones, Mike Clark, Victor Gaskin, Benny Powell, Al Grey, Joe Lee Wilson, and other great NY musicians.  He moved to Chicago in 1993 and has been busy on the Chicago jazz scene working with Chicago's finest musicians, including Rob Parton's Big Band.

Bob Rummage is one of the busiest musicians in Chicago. He maintains a versatile schedule of performances with a variety of Chicago ensembles ranging from Rob Parton’s Jazz Tech Big Band to the music of the Mark Colby Quartet to the eclectic styles of Howard Levy. He has performed with many internationally known musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderly, Benny Golson, Buddy DeFranco, Bela Fleck and Mississippi blues man, Mose Allison. His experience in the studio includes national television commercials for Cheez-Its, Gallo wines and AT&T as well as numerous CD appearances with Frank Mantooth, Steve Weist, Rob Parton, Colby/Caruso and Bob Lark.  He is currently the percussion director at Elmhurst College and teaches jazz drumset and jazz combos at DePaul University. Mr. Rummage is a much sought after clinician  having made appearances at various high schools and colleges including the University  of Illinois, University of Kentucky, Emporia State, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the Music For All camp at Illinois State. Currently he is subbing on the show “Billy Elliott” and performing with guitarist Andy Brown and the Mark Colby Quartet. He  resides in Elmhurst, Illinois with his wife, Debi and their three children.

Bassist Stewart Miller is a native of Louisville, KY, a graduate of music programs at the University of Kentucky and Northern Illinois University, and a regular in jazz clubs, recording studios, and festivals in and around Chicago.  After two years of touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the early 1980s Stewart worked in a wide variety of musical settings in the Louisville-Lexington-Cincinnati area and eventually came to Chicago in 1987.  He is a member of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, an Instructor of Jazz Bass at the University of Illinois-Chicago and The Music Institute of Chicago, and can be heard on recent recordings by Chicago jazz artists such as Orbert Davis, Russ Phillips, and Judy Roberts, and on Delmark Records 2004 release Up Jumped Spring by legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller.

Mike Pinto is a guitarist, composer, and arranger. He holds an undergraduate degree from Elmhurst College and a master's degree from DePaul University.  As a member of the Elmhurst College jazz faculty, he directs four ensembles and teaches guitar and arranging lessons. Well-versed in a multitude of styles, he maintains a very active performance schedule around Chicago with many groups, including Crawl, Auraphone, Kosher Curry, the Rob Parton Big Band, the Tom Matta Big Band, Chicago Groove Collective, and the Becca Kaufman Orchestra.