The Chicago Mob.us
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E J Harpo Harmonicas / Vocalist Frontman / Band-leader / Founder

 From the North side of Chicago, E.J. was a young man in the early to mid 1960’s when the “electric blues explosion” was happening in Chicago. E.J. started blowing harp and singing the blues way back then!!! His band was opening for acts like Wilson Picket (Mustang Sally, Midnight  Hour), Jerry Lee   Lewis (Great Balls of Fire), and sharing stages with Jay and The Americans, Rufus, Styx, and Three  Dog Night.   E.J. took a couple of decades off from the professional music scene to raise a family but  continued to blow harp  and sing the blues for all of those years.  Forward to the mid 2000’s—E.J. relocated from Chicago to Ft. Myers and began to entertain folks again, singing and playing like he did 50 years ago!!!



Don Cook, Guitar / Vocals

From the Chicago area, and a founding member of TCM. Don is a graduate of the Piksa Conservatory (1982), American Guild of Music North America Guitar Champion (1981). Don played in regional dance bands in Illinois, based out of Peoria (1980-1989) and has been performing in dance and blues bands throughout Florida from 1990-Present.  Don's influences include Barney Kessel, Freddy Green and R.A. Cook.



Gregory "Dr Funk" Oravec Bass / Vocals

 
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Greg moved to Clearwater, Florida in 1970. He played with many great touring bands for several decades. In the mid eighties he hooked up with the finest blues artists based in the Tampa Bay area, like James Peterson, Sarasota Slim, Lucky Peterson, The Soul Shakers etc. I guess it's Doc's underlying funk groove that allows him to be so rhythmically synergistic...  you know, funky. After moving to Fort Myers in 1992 Greg played with bands such as The Mambo Brothers, The Windy City Blues Band, Tanguray Bay Band, The Bluestones, Stereo Jones, and Groovemasters.  Now he can be seen and heard in and around Florida with this explosive "Chicago Style" show band. He promises to bring his unmistakable style and energy to every performance with a soul vaccination.




 Vito Duittard / Tenor Sax/ Flute/ Keyboards/ Vocals

Multi-instrumentalist, Vito Guittard hails from "Soul City USA", Oakland, California. A lifelong working musician, he has performed across the country for 50 years, including record touring in his Los Angeles years of the 70's, Las Vegas Showroom years of the 80's and Smooth Jazz recording and tours in the 90's. A longtime resident in SW Florida, he brings his talents on Tenor and Soprano Sax, Flute, Lead Vocals and Keyboards to the Chicago Mob.



Nick Campione /Drums

 

Philadelphia born Drummer/percussionist. A creative, tasteful, and articulate musician with extensive experience working free lance on the east coast. Accomplished in all musical styles highly regarded, in performance, recording and education.  Worked with The Judy Cahill Trio in Atlantic City.  Opened for Jazz vocalist Carmen McRae. Toured with Danny and the Juniors, Country swing band, Boothill, and the opening act for Johnny Paycheck.  Worked with show bands in the casino lounges. Now residing in Ft. Myers FL., he worked and recorded with The David Pringle Trio, and Uptown Jazz of Sarasota.  Performed for The Carter Family, and The Bush Family Foundation. Played with The

David Sarche Trio and top society bands. 

 

 



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