RHYTHM

Jazz Consortium Big Band bass guitarist
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Jazz Consortium Big Band drummer
Jazz Consortium Big Band keyboardist

MIKE FIORINO (Electric bass)  A free-lance musician for over 35 years, performing locally with such notables as Judy Roberts and the Sabre Room house band.  Has performed with artists as varied as Clark Terry, Bill Holman, the Smothers Brothers, Joel Grey, and many more.  Has recorded numerous radio and TV spots, performs with various other local groups and has released three solo CD's of original material.

KYLE DOWNS (Guitar)  A Texas native and alumnus of the University of North Texas's famed Jazz Studies program.  Moved to Chicago in late 2019.  Prior to arriving in Chicago, was an active member of the thriving Dallas-Ft. Worth music scene.  In addition to work in the Jazz and Gospel idioms, was a long-running member of progressive rock band Off World, which released its full-length album Wayward in 2018.

KENT NICHOLSON (Drums)  Has performed with artists including Randy Brecker, Lou Marini, Marvin Stamm, Rob Parton, Tammy McCann and Mike Tomaro.  Also performs as a freelance drummer and percussionist with groups including the Vern Spevac, Jazz Community, Grandstand, Reunion and Pete Ellman big bands.  Has written a number of original compositions and arrangements for the Jazz Consortium, other jazz bands, and wind ensemble.

TOM SCHRICKEL (Keyboard)  Another charter member of the Jazz Consortium Big Band.  Played in the University of Illinois jazz program while earning a degree in mathematics, also receiving a graduate degree at the University of Chicago. Performs in both jazz and classical idioms, most recently as pianist in Minneapolis' Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra's performances of Elementals by Dave Brubeck for jazz combo and symphony orchestra..