Chimps in Tuxedos Productions
Rico Suave-Keyboards and Vocals
Upon Birth, God blessed him with a musical ear that even he cant believe! His first Toy? The Phonograph! His second Toy? His Mothers Piano!- After 5 years of piano lessons-"Thanks Mom but he still cant play piano while reading Music!"- That Musical Ear spoiled Him! (Ask all of his Piano Teachers) A Love for many styles of music gave him the ability to still play songs by ear that he remembers from 30 or 40 years ago and the opportunity to experience working with many different entertainers but this "ride" with The Chimps in Tuxedos has become One of The Two Greatest Rewarding Experiences of his Musical Entertainment Career (The other was Working in a Group with Frank Malley-His Former Band Mate and Fellow Musician and Entertainer that He Respects Most!!)To him Music is an addicting drug which he will always enjoy one way or another. When he is in the spotlight you never know what to expect!!! A great frontman and entertainer with a wealth of material always keeps the crowds entertained.
Richard Cottet-Drums and Vocals
Bill had begun playing the sax and clarinet from the age of six. He joined the band and chorus and studied locally under Tom foster and attended Dutchess community studying music. Bill has played along side some renowned artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Al Hirt and Doc Seversen. He joined the local musicians union and has appeared in numerous gigs from new York to Pennsylvania. Bill has played in ethnic bands German, Italian, top 40 to Doo-wop. He also opened for the band Spirogira in the 90's. Bill is now appearing with "Chimps in Tuxedos." His fantastic vocals and harmonies as well as added percussion instruments adds a major part to the sounds of Chimps in Tuxedos. Upon request Bill is also used for Americana Oak Band.
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Bill Tamburrino-Sax, Percussion and Vocals
Richard began his relationship with performing and playing when he started taking drum lessons and singing in chorus in the fifth grade. At age thirteen he formed his own band when his parents bought him his drum set. Played for about 3 years at school dances and parties. Having to spend time in a family restaurant business Richard had to put music on the back burner until he decided to travel out west at age twenty. Buying an inexpensive bass guitar Richard taught himself how to play bass. Once he settled out west in California he was playing well enough to start playing with bands and recording in studios. Richard was fortunate enough to start traveling with a variety of different acts up and down the West Coast, Hawaii, Canada and the Caribbean. When he came back to settle home in NY at age 29 he picked up a set of drums again and has been sitting behind the drums ever since playing with many bands and having the chance to open for some big name headliners. Richard's enthusiasm as a performer and entertainer as well as strong vocals is what makes him an asset to the bands Chimps in Tuxedos and Americana Oak Band.
Jeff MacAulay- Guitar and Vocals
Jeff MacAulay has been a working guitarist, bassist, and recording engineer in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 1966. Bands he has been in include Rhythm's Disciple, Frozen Smoke, Six Day War, Juice, Big Features, The New York Underground, Caina, Toxic Shock, Chazy, After Six, The Crossroads Band, Chimps In Tuxedos and Americana Oak Band. He has appeared on numerous studio and live CD's, usually as both performer and engineer, and has also provided recording services to local churches and non-profits. Born in Newburgh, Jeff spent his childhood in Maryland, Texas, and West Virginia, returning to New York in time for high school. In addition to his musical pursuits, Jeff has spent his adult life providing professional services to disabled individuals in our community. He and Lorraine have been happily married for 35 years.
Americana Oak Band is happy to announce Ben Langer as the newest addition to the A.O.B. line up on keyboards. His skills and creativity will add great value to the band. Come out and welcome Ben!!
Growing up in Clintondale New York Ken was close to SUNY New Paltz. Where there was/is a thriving art community. He hung on Main Street till the wee hours and easily made friends with local musicians who needed a bass player. So Ken picked up a Gibson EB0 bass and headed to his sin bin to learn the instrument. The following weekend Ken found himself playing at high school keg parties in the late 70’s. From that point on he developed a love of performing. He played with as many musicians as possible to learn different styles and embrace all genres.
Fast forward 30 years: with an independent spirit and a fun jam band mentality, Ken find himself in the Americana Oak Band, and loving every minute of it. "Music has always been a spiritual connection for me. I love the way a song or an instrumental can change the mood of an entire room. The major keys raising our spirits or the minor keys adding a sad somber feel. Both have the ability to move us to tears."
Ken Palladino - Bass Guitar, Lead and Back up vocals
Tiffinie Helweg-Sesko- Lead Vocals, Back Up Vocals, Sax, Acoustic Guitar
Scott Watson- Lead guitar and Vocals