About the Band
Gregg Juke - a 20 year veteran of the music scene as a musician, performer,
producer, arranger, recording artist, songwriter, educator, and music journalist
- has had a long-standing dream: to have fun playing the Blues, Soul and Roots
Rock with a group of high-caliber musicians that can handle challenging original
material, as well as classic standards and covers presented in a new way.
The Mighty No-Stars were formed with a core group of some of Western New York
’s finest “unknown” musicians, but the players in the No-Stars have all been at
the “music game” a long time.
For the best in Contemporary and Classic Blues, R&B, Blues-Rock, Soul and
Originals, check out the Mighty No-Stars!
Gregg Juke - Vocals, Harmonica, Percussion
Gregg Juke is a producer, songwriter, musician,
vocalist and educator. He is also a music-business entrepreneur and a published
As a musician/vocalist/voice-over artist, Gregg is
frequently featured with local and regional recording acts both live and in the
As a music journalist, Gregg Juke has been published
in several books and magazines, and at a number of music-oriented websites.
Bruce Rounds - Guitar, Vocals
Bruce is a guitar player, singer and songwriter from
Western New York. He's been playing in the Buffalo music scene for the past 25
years, playing thousands of gigs in many styles of music including hard rock,
pop, funk, jazz and blues.
Some of the many bands he played with were
Flashpoint, Mr. Funny, The Dooleys, Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps and JPG. Bruce
is also no stranger to the recording studio, having recorded many guitar parts
for various local artists and also putting out two projects of his own featuring
all original music.
Recently Bruce has
signed a deal with First Act to endorse their new Delia (semi-hollow
body) guitar. Listen for the new axe at live shows and on future recordings by
Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars.
Learn more about Bruce at
Joel Thomas - Bass
Joel’s musical history goes back to the late 70’s
and the avant-garde sextet Pepperwood Greene.
Since then Joel has been with Swiff Kick, Elliott,
Flashpoint, Blue Monday, Big Wheelie & The Hubcaps and JPG.
Joel's skills and innovative approach to the
are matched only by his commitment to solid rhythmic performance and total
is a proud endorser of the unique Barker Bass.
Click Here to
read Joel's review of the Barker Bass.
Norvilitis - Drums
Bret played bebop jazz in a quartet called "The
Others" in Detroit. When he moved to Buffalo he subbed with Harvey and the
Hurricanes, Eric Mowry and the Showdogs, Live Wire, Easy Street Sliders, and Big
Bret loves playing the blues and roots music because
of the groove. Setting up a deep pocket that gets people dancing is one of
life’s greatest satisfactions.
Bret recently signed an endorsement deal with
JC's Custom Drums of
And introducing the Mighty No-Subs...
From time to time, when one of our regular band
members can't make a gig, we bring in one of these fine musicians to fill the
Bill O'Shea - Drums
One of the founding members of the Mighty No-Stars,
Bill has played with many Western New York bands including the MLC Blues Band,
the Circuit Breakers and the Meatsticks.
Bill also serves as the No-Stars resident webmaster.
Greg Connell - Saxophone
Greg has been playing in the Buffalo and Cleveland
Music scenes since he was 16 years old. He has a Bachelor's degree in Music
Performance/Jazz Studies from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music.
Greg has studied with renowned saxophonists Greg
Banaszak, Dave Schiavone and Russ Carere and attended workshops with such
artists as Minimalist composer Steve Reich, Avante Garde composer Krzysztof
Penderecki, Guitarist Rich Goldstein, Saxophonists Gary Keller, Alan Durst, and
Greg is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in
Music Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Guy Nirelli - Keyboards, Vocals
Guy is the master of the Hammond Organ and has
played with many of Buffalo's top bands including the Meatsticks, the MLC Blues
Band, Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps, the Border City Blues Band, the Rabbit
Foot Blues Band and the Patti Parks
Band, which represented the Western NY region in the 2007 International Blues
Challenge in Memphis, TN.
Harry Fackelman - Saxophone
Harry is a consumate jazz and R&B player, and has performed with numerous small
groups and standard big bands. He is a founding member of the Amherst Saxophone
Quartet, has played with Special Edition and has performed with the Buffalo
Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in both pops and
Moscato - Keyboards
From J.J. Mocato's "MySpace" page:
"Since the age of 16, year after year J.J. Moscato has been rated as one of the
top Blues keyboard players in Buffalo and was honored with a "Muddy Award" by
Blues Beat Magazine for "Most Promising New Local Talent."
Much of his success can be attributed to his ability to settle into the groove
and treat the keys as a part of the rhythm section. He can cut loose with the
best of them, screaming on the Hammond or rattling the piano, but it’s his
attention to the groove that has made him one of Buffalo’s most sought after
session and live players."
We couldn't have said it better. Who's your press agent, J.J.?
Adam Cesar - Keyboards
Adam has played and studied the piano for many years
of his young life. He brings a Jazz background and a fresh approach to the stage
whenever he performs with Gregg Juke & The Mighty No-Stars. Adam will be
returning to fill the keyboard slot for the Summer 2007 season.
Paul Warner - Drums
Formerly of Western New York favorites Two Hills,
Paul has also performed with international recording artists Ron Kenoly and Will
McFarlane, and has opened shows for the Marshall Tucker Band and the Charlie