the charismatic and very approachable Band Leader, has twenty five years as a professional saxophonist and clarinettist to his credit and has occupied the Lead Alto position with many of Irelands top Big Bands and Orchestras. They include the Dave Gold, Jim Doherty and Brian Byrne Big Bands. Mark’s orchestral work includes both the RTE and BBC Orchestras and he has performed on many Recordings, Concert and TV programmes.
Mark’s recent playing/recording credits include working with Imelda May, Katie Melua and Michael Flately’s Celtic Tiger while his arranging credits include artists such as Rebecca Storm, Dave Geraghty (Bell X1) and Gavin Glass.
the ‘showman’ of the band. Johnny fronted, and was the main songwriter, for the legendary Dublin band of the eighties and nineties ‘Shush’ (the Hot House Big Band include his song ‘Summer Cruisin’ in their repertoire). Also to his credit are collaborations with Don Baker and Shay Healy while he has also worked extensively for the BBC and UTV. Johnny’s constant exhubrance and bubbly good humour never fail to entertain when he takes the mic at the bands performances.
who comes to the Hot House Big Band from musical platforms as diverse as The Cork Jazz Festival, The ‘X’ Factor and the Dublin Gospel Choir. Classically trained, Sinead is currently studying for her degree at the Conservatory of Music in Dublin’s DIT while she also fronts her own band ‘Anything Goes’ – who performed at the Derry Jazz festival in 2010 and 2011 and who are lined up to play Cork Jazz 2011. Sinead has made many new fans through her vocal spots with the band where she has performed classics from such singers as Aretha Franklin and Etta James.
the Hot House Big Band’s best kept secret and arguably one of the finest male singers in Ireland. Charles’ vocal style has been compared very favourably to Michael Buble and Charles himself cites his influences as Buble, Sinatra and Connick Jr.
Charles is classically trained on the trumpet and holds an MA in music performance so it comes as no surprise that he occupies one of the trumpet seats in the band in addition to his regular vocal slots.
who takes time out from her busy schedule with her quintet, her international travels, her work with Voiceworks Studios and collaborations with such musicians as Myles Drennan, Phil Ware, Cormac McCarthy, Phill Collins and The Tritone Trio to sing regularly with the band. Laoise’s vibrant and engaging voice is perfectly suited to the band’s arrangements of classics ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Natalie Cole. That she travels up from her native Cork to sing with the band at their weekly residency in the Mercantile on Dublin’s Dame Street is an indication of her love of the Hot House Big Band.
One of the rising stars of jazz in Ireland, Stella cut her teeth for many years in musical theatre and has performed in theatres and venues all over Ireland, as well as in the UK, France, Austria, Greece and the Middle East. A graduate of UCD, she is also classically trained in voice and piano, and can be found performing with her jazz quartet in many venues around Dublin, including her long-standing Sunday residency in Dublin’s trendy Cafe en Seine. Stella is a huge fan of her (almost!) namesake Ella, and revels in the chance to perform iconic songs of hers and the other great female jazz singers with the Hothouse Big Band. She has performed on a number of occasions at the Cork Jazz Festival and will be releasing her debut jazz album later in 2013.
Tony Jones has been performing since he was 16 yrs old. His first live gig was with his sister Sandie Jones during the show band era.
After this he went to work in Abu Dhabi for 6 months with his sister Veronica in a band called ‘Twice As Nice’ on the music circuit.
Tony has also been the lead singer with bands such as ‘Knightshift’ and ‘Checkpoint Charlie’.
Tony’s passion for music is unquestionable and he can sing anything from the classics to rock songs.
Rising Dublin Vocalist Linzi Mckeon has firmly been established as one of the Capital City’s leading Soul
performers, gaining a formidable reputation for her unique blend of charismatic and powerful Vocals.
Having acquired a Diploma in Performing Arts at Dublin’s Liberties College, Linzi made the progression from
Stage Actor to Vocal Performer when she formed Soul Band ‘Santoria’ with whom she maintains a busy live
schedule. Linzi’s guest appearances with the Hot House Big Band encompass a variety of numbers from
artists such as Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Bassey, Otis Redding and Peggy Lee.
Mark Wilde – Alto & Clarinet
Natalia Astramowicz McGough – Alto
David Mayne – Tenor & Clarinet
Serge Stavila – Tenor & Clarinet
Stuart Davidson – Baritone & Alto
Michael Boyle / Danny Healy
Gerrard Mulryan / Peter Lacey
Rossa O’ Neill
Rhythm Section //
Enda Collins / Padraig Kilbride – Piano
Julien Colarossi – Guitar
Gus Whearity – Bass
Paul Byrne – Drums