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!

 


The Musicians:

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 music journalist.

As a musician/vocalist/voice-over artist, Gregg is frequently featured with local and regional recording acts both live and in the studio.

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 www.brucerounds.com.

 


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 electric bass
are matched only by his commitment to solid rhythmic performance and total musicality.

 

 

 

Joel is a proud endorser of the unique Barker Bass. Click Here to read Joel's review of the Barker Bass.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bret 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 Tobacco.

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 Detroit.

 




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 void.

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 George Weremchuck.

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 orchestral settings.

 

 

 


JJ 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 Daniels Band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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