The Classix Band
The music of your life
Keyboards & Vocals
Jim raises the band to a new level of performance. His many years gigging for a kaleidoscope of name bands-from Chubby Checker to Gary U.S.
Bonds---is clear when you experience him on stage. Jim served as the music director for "Chubby Checker," touring with him extensively.
In addition to being an extraordinary player, Jim is an awesome vocalist. He's given up the road here and abroad to spend more time with his wife and their brand new baby boy.
We're lucky to have him for our Classix performances in New York City and surrounding areas. When you see Jim rock, you'll roll.
Felicia's range of styles include rock, country, folk, pop, and standards, covering songs by artists including Patsy Cline, KT Tunstall, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, and many, many more.
While originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Emily Fellner Zeig has called Astoria, Queens her home for the past seven years. Though having a strong background in blues, country, and classic rock-and-roll, she is a classically trained vocalist. She's been playing in some band or another since 16 years old, ranging all the way from polka to jazz to French chansons. Her voice has been described as, "sweet and old-fashioned," and lends itself to a variety of musical styles.
Drums, & Percussion
Johnny is rock solid, and a total pro. Johnny D has it all. Lou Christie, The Tokens, Gary "US" Bonds gigs are always a pleasure with John,
and he's always good for a few laughs also. Gloria Gaynor, International Recording Star of: "I Will Survive" & "Never Say Goodbye". John is currently
touring with Ms. Gaynor in the United States and abroad, (www.gloriagaynor.com) Little Anthony and The Imperials Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees 2009.
Little Anthony and the Imperials have the distinction of being the only vocal group originating in the '50s that has performed with all the original members
up until 2005 when one vocalist was replaced. This successful group has played to sold-out appearances at concert halls and performance venues throughout the
U.S., including Madison Square Garden in New York and the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.
John’s involvement with Little Anthony and the Imperials has been a great joy and highlight of his career. John says "every time we set out to perform, audiences young and old appreciate these legendary performers."
Guitar, Slide & Vocals
"Little" Jimmy's great big sound and mesmerizing guitar solos have been thrilling blues, rock, and country aficionados around the world for decades.
Jim's sexy baritone really gets the crowds going. Earning his chops as a drummer in the mid-sixties, the 6'6 nimble-fingered master picked up a guitar in the Jimi Hendrix era and never looked back. Anderson's blistering riffs and incomparable singing style are a familiar delight to The Classix growing fan base.
A skilled veteran of the New York City club circuit and eclectic haunts in the tri-state region, Anderson began his musical career with the popular blues band "Bluzone". A few years later, Jim joined the Long Island based southern rock band "Southern Heart" In Nashville, Jim and his talented sisters had a successful run with their original tunes in "The Anderson's." Down south, Jim also starred in the classic blues band known as 'The Boogie Situation.'
Gene "The Jammeister" Caprioglio
Guitar & Keyboards
Gene was born in Manhattan and lived in Greenwich Village for a few years before moving to "the country", Woodside, Queens. He started learning
to play guitar when he was 11 years old, and he's still learning. He has a BA in music education and was certified to teach junior high school band, but he
ended up working in the music publishing biz, where he is currently the Director of Rights Clearance and Composer Liaison with C. F. Peters Corporation.
The Jammeister has played at hundreds of metropolitan area venues including The Sunnyside Knights of Columbus, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Bottom Line, The China Club, The American Museum of Moving Image, Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, P.S. 125, Bistro Les Amis, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and many, many more. He has opened for Robert Hunter and Taj Mahal and once lent his guitar to David Bowie at the China Club. "He don't play a lot of notes, just the good ones."
Band Leader, Music Director, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin and Ukelele
I am a musician by study and trade. But truly I’m a musician by heart. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 17 years old, and it
gives me great joy to have this expressive reason to be. I’ve played in bands from New York to California, composed original songs and rocked the
standards. Four strings or six strings or twelve, the guitar has been a constant companion and close confidant.
Along with my steady gig as guitarist, bass player, writer and band leader in New York’s CLASSIX BAND, I like to give back by passing my knowledge on to youngsters. This is something I’ve been doing for well over a dozen years. As my client list has grown along with my reputation, I now have many private students. I am currently Rock Band Teacher at the Dalton school, and I performed the same service at Bank Street School of Music from 1998 - 2010. This means I’m in charge of the 9 -14 year old aspiring musicians. I teach them how to play and understand music theory in a rock and roll idiom. My program received wide attention and was the subject of a report on the WB11 News with on-air personality Toni Senecal. The story ended with Toni quoting my mantra - - “you’re never too young to rock and roll.” With my guidance many students have formed groups of their own and tried their hand at composition.
Some of the more experienced and facile students have performed “guest spots”during my gigs at the Hudson Beach Café. I have also taught at DAY JAMS - - a rock and roll day camp. I also run “LOWELL’S WORLD”, a quad-annual student performance. A second generation performer, I also have puppetry skills that I used on Nickelodeon, the World’s Fair in New Orleans, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Disney World Florida. I love what I do, and take great pride in watching my changes overcome shyness, achieve satisfaction, and reach down deep to tap that core of the universal language: MUSIC.
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