Meet My Bandmates

Chris Veilleux / Saxophonist

Saxophonist Chris Veilleux received his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University. While living in the Chicago area, he performed with many professional groups such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, The John Bernett Orchestra, and Chicago’s leading salsa merengue band, Banda Rika. As a classical saxophonist Veilleux has performed with The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra several times under the direction of Carmen DeLeon, and once with guest artist Lou Marini. Read full bio

Greg Loughman / Bassist

Greg Loughman started playing electric bass at age fifteen in the small town of Zanesville, OH.1 He 2 obtained a Bachelor of Music in the field of jazz studies at Capital University, where he studied electric and upright bass with Doug Richeson (bassist for a number of years with Tony Bennet), Jeff Ciampa, and Lou Fischer.3 While in college, he worked his way into the Columbus, OH jazz scene. Upon graduation, he quickly rose to a prominent position as one of the top freelance jazz bassists in the Midwest. Read full bio

Phil Sargent / Guitarist

Phil made his professional debut at age 14 and has since worked with a number of prominent musicians including John Lockwood, Matt Wilson, Yosuke Inoue, Thomson Kneeland and others. He studied at the University of New Hampshire and has studied with critically acclaimed guitarists Ben Monder, and Brad Shepik. Phil leads his own group whose compositions draw from a variety of influences, most prominently the odd meters and eastern tonalities of ethnic Balkan music and modern jazz improvisation. Read full bio

Mike Connors / Drummer

has studied jazz drumming at Berklee College of Music in Boston with jazz greats Joe Hunt and Alan Dawson. He performs not only on drums and percussion, but also on vibraphone as a freelance musician throughout New England in a variety of settings. He has traveled with several National Broadway Tours including, Bye Bye Birdie and Anything Goes (the Lincoln Center version). Mike has also toured the Caribbean with trumpeter Andre Rice as well as toured the U.S. and Europe with the avant garde pop group Combustible Edison whom he has also recorded several times with. Read full bio

Rich Ardizzone / Trombonist

Rich is a classically trained trombonist with a Bachelor’s degree in performance from Boston University and a Master of Education degree from Tufts University. He has performed with the Paul Fontaine/Jimmy Mosher Big Band, the Brass Mangerie and a variety of Salsa and Latin bands. While playing professionally in the Boston area in the early 1960’s he was a member of Conjunto Azul, a Latin Jazz ensemble that played at the legendary Paul’s Mall as the house band. For the past ten years he has been active in the area with the Rich Falco Quartet. Read full bio

John Funkhouser / Bassist

A native of the Boston area, bassist John Funkhouser studied classical piano from the age of seven, and classical bass from age nine. He majored in music theory at Cornell University and returned to Boston to earn a Masters degree from New England Conservatory in jazz piano, bass and composition in 1995. After four years living in New York City, John again returned to Boston in 2000 to raise a family, perform, and teach at Berklee College of Music. Read full bio