Vincenza Bartolillo – Dancer
Vincenza first started dancing when she was just three years old, and she hasn’t stopped since. She started competitive dance in the seventh grade, where she competed on Long Island and in New Jersey. She attended numerous dance conventions, and has even participated in a workshop at Radio City Music Hall with New York City’s very own Rockettes. Vincenza was involved in the dance team at my high school, as well as participating in her schools dance show “blue and gold” for all four years. Vincenza joined the Stony Brook University Dance Team in her freshman year, and has made the team every year. She graduate from Stony Brook University this past May. Dance has played a huge part in Vincenza’s life, and has helped shape her into the person she is today!
Randy Jackson – Artist/Musician
Randy Jackson was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He started playing piano and guitar at age 5. His earliest influences were Les Paul and Mary Ford, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Moody Blues, and Led Zeppelin. In 1973, he joined “Shepards Bush” as lead guitarist. It was here that he met Felix Hanemann. Felix worked at “Jazz City Studios” in New Orleans owned by Engineer/Producer Cosimo Matassa (Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Lee Dorsey) Shepards Bush recorded a demo at the studio which was Randy’s 1st experience in a recording studio. Randy and Felix left “Shepards Bush” a year later. They soon met drummer Guy Gelso and former “Zebra” in 1975. It was at this point that Randy started singing lead vocals.
After playing the New Orleans area for 2 years Zebra moved to New York (Long Island) in 1977 and in 1982 signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. Their first album, “Zebra” produced by Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith), went Gold and was the fastest selling debut album in the history of Atlantic Records. During the next couple of years Zebra played opener for Aerosmith, Journey, ZZ Top, Loverboy, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and REO Speedwagon.
The group has produced 5 albums and 5 videos with combined sales of over 2,000,000!!! In 1989 Randy got a call from drummer Kenny Arronoff to join him and tour playing guitar and keyboards with the original “Jefferson Airplane” (Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady) on their U.S. reunion tour! “Randy Jackson’s China Rain”, a project that featured songs co-written with Mark Slaughter and Jack Ponti was released in 1993 in the US, Europe and Japan.
In 1992, Randy started performing “Solo” live with the use of a MacIntosh computer he programmed to perform the Drums, Bass and Keyboards. Randy has also programmed the computer to run the Sound and Lights during the show! He toured all over the south and the Northeast U.S. with the show.
From 1992 to 1996 Randy was involved with Lonestar Technologies (Long Island) in the hardware and software development of an Interactive Multimedia Musical Instrument called “The Key” which allows anyone to play music instantly. Jon Anderson of “Yes” used “The Key” to perform live and wrote many songs with the instrument during that time.
Randy completed work on “Zebra IV” which was released on July 8th, 2003. He produced and engineered the entire CD.
Mark Klein – Radio Host
Mark started his Long Island Blues Warehouse Radio Show in 1994 on WGBB 1240 AM. After three months of airing on Sunday nights, the show got picked up on WBAB 102.3 FM, a popular Long Island Rock Station. Each week he would feature a different blues band to perform live, and be interviewed between songs. As his show and experience began to grow, so did his opportunities. Over the years he has emceed, and or interviewed; B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Rogers, Etta James, Johnny Winter, Gary Moore, just to name a few. You can watch his shows at www.liblues.com and click the “WEBISODES” link… Friday mornings 8am to 10am (est) you can listen to his LIVE Blues radio show.. www.liblues.com
Tracie Lombardo – Singer/Song Writer/Vocal Coach
At a very young age Tracie realized her passion for music. She began singing in her church choir, and taking piano lessons. Throughout her pre-college schooling she had roles in many musicals and sang in her high school chorus and chorale. She also studied clarinet and played in her high schools marching band. At fourteen, Tracie began to study under opera singer Mrs. Florence Hardgrove, who sang on a national radio show (along with Beverly Sills), started her own local opera company and sang in the famous New York opera houses. In her senior year of High School, Tracie was accepted into the Long Island High School for the Arts, where she furthered her musical education. After high school, Tracie studied singing at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, as a professional music major. Throughout her time at Berklee she performed in several bands in school, as well as a wedding band outside of school. She also sang background vocals for many concerts and performances in the Boston music scene. During this time, Tracie also had the privilege to learn from many important figures in the music industry such as Alonzo Iamjuszo Harris (Zo Harris) (http://www.alonzoharrismusic.com ), Lalah Hathaway (http://www.lalahhathaway.com ), Latin Pop Sensation Luis Enrique (http://www.luisenriquemusic.com), and last but not least Multi- Grammy nominated artist Patrice Rushen (http://www.patricerushen.com/Bio/index.html).
Tommy Lynn – Artist/Singer
Tommy Lynns’ musical journey took off in the early 80s with a band called Ask Attack on heavy metal records. From there it was on to a New York City outfit called Battalion, a heavy metal band, it was an amazing guitar player named John Sierra’s bad business decisions dissolved that band and it was on to Gypsy Rose with Guitar Pete’s constant touring with X Lita Ford Faster Pussycat White Lion Kix. In the late 80’s it all came to an end when Tommy decided to marry and have a family. The last 6 yrs it back on the road as America’s Neil Diamond tribe show.