A New Jersey based Soul, Funk, R&B, and Pop Band. Epic Soul plays all the great classic soul songs you remember plus todays current top R&B and Pop Hits. Epic Soul is available for Clubs, Weddings, Private Parties and Corporate Events. The members of EPICSOUL are:
Band Leader: JOE BURACH - DRUMS,VOCALS:
Started drumming from age 5 all through public school and college. Concert Bands, Orchestras, Jazz Bands, Marching Bands. Played with many Rock and Jazz/Soul Bands. Joined the American Federation of Musicians Union at 16 and played professionally for many different AFM bands while studying with Henry Adler in NY City. Berklee College of Music Alumni. After College continued playing with club bands, pit orchestra's, jingle work, Jazz Big Bands, smaller Jazz Fusion Bands, R&B/soul Horn Bands. Bandleader of the Grand Central Band a 10 piece Jazz/R&B Horn Band. Currently BandLeader/Drummer of the EPICSOUL Band.
JACK BURACH - DRUM TECH & ROADIE
Jack loads and sets up all the drum and sound PA equipment for most performances. He has been a big help to the group for the last 2 years.
LISEL COX - LEAD VOCALS:
Lisel has been singing and performing most of her life. Growing up near New York City, she was exposed to a lot of Broadway and did a "one woman show" in the early 90's at Upstairs at Greene Street in the Greenwich Village. She was a lead singer in a corporate choir in Rockefeller Center. Lisel spent time with the New Jersey band, Alive n' Kickin and was most recently the female lead singer in the Northern NJ band, SOULED OUT. Lisel brings a world of funk and experience on stage! Currently Lead Vocals of the EPICSOUL Band.
CHRIS ALFINEZ - LEAD VOCALS:
Chris has experienced what most only dream of as a vocalist. Singing professionally for a number of years, he has recorded and toured the World with such major Latin artists as Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez, La India, George LaMond and a long list of others. Having studied under Dr. John Sinclair at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, Chris discovered his calling as a singer with a diverse range of styles fused into one soulful voice. Chris’ first solo project (a romantic Salsa single entitled “La Distancia” or “The Distance”) landed at #32 on Billboard’s Latin/Tropical Chart in 2011. This paved the way for continued appearances in NYC’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festivals as well as singing the U.S & Puerto Rican National Anthems on HBO’s Championship Boxing After Dark. Growing up in a family of musicians, Chris developed a love for music through his father who sang lead vocals in a Doo-Wop group back in the 1950’s. This was all the ammunition he needed to learn and sing a wide range of songs from a variety of generations stemming from the 50’s to today. He continues to record vocals for a handful of artists as well as currently singing lead male vocals for the EPICSOUL Band.
ROBERT MCMURRAY - LEAD VOCALS, Trombone
Born in Newark NJ, this singer/musician/soldier has been performing for audiences, both civilian and military, for over 20 years. Robert attended East Orange High School in NJ, where he played trombone in The Marching 100, concert and jazz bands. Upon graduating from high school, he enlisted into the US Army as a trombonist and attended the Army School of Music. Robert has served over 20 years in the military and has shared the stage with such talents as Kool & the Gang, Larry Graham, Frank Stallone, Tower of Power, Ray Charles,Tavares and has worked with some of NJ’s top party bands. Robert also had the distinct honor of performing the National Anthem for President George W. Bush while serving in the New Jersey National Guard’s own 63rd Army Band. As one of the newest members of Epic Soul, Robert “Big Mac” is sure to captivate audiences with his vocal abilities and his high energy performance.
JA-TUN THOMAS - FEMALE VOCALS:
Ja-Tun has made a name for herself in the competitive Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York music scenes. New York audiences were first introduced to her vocal improvisations as part of the Nu Voices orchestra, under the direction of beatboxing pioneer Kid Lucky. More recently, she’s sung backup and lead for former Philadelphia International Records recording artist Amazin’ Grace Little and her GLB band, mastering a repertoire that ranges from Roberta Flack to Jazmyn Sullivan. She also headlines with the popular New Jersey-based band Freakwincey and in 2015, founded Random Acts of Soul. She currently performs with the EPICSOUL band.
AMEDEO CIMINNISI - Bass:
Amedeo has played Bass for a number of local bands including Total Soul, performances with Joe Piscopo and the Infernos, Steppin’ Out and the Somers Dream Orchestra. As a freelance musician, Amedeo has also played Bass and/or Trombone in support of Martha Reeves, the Duprees, Richard Nader’s Rock and Roll Review shows, as well as musical theater performances for both amateur and professional musical theater. Also a trombonist, Amedeo was once a member of the Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes horn section in the late 80’s. Today, he currently performs with the EPICSOUL band.
David Lackner - KEYBOARDS:
Lenny Underwood - KEYBOARDS:
DAVID JOUBERT - KEYBOARDS:
Music has been a part of the life of David Joubert since he was born. Given his first toy piano at age 1 to bang on, he instantly established a relationship with it. Coming from a family of musicians only helped to hone his ear and develop his passion. David’s style of music grabs from many different genres such as jazz, R&B, traditional and contemporary gospel, pop, rock, and of course the golden age of REAL hip hop. This versatility has allowed David to travel, perform and share stage with notable names such as, Mike Phillips, Wyclef Jean, Jahiem, Carl Thomas, Lyfe Jennings, Jamie and Sunny Hawkins, Kim Burrell, Wayman Tisdale, Jonathan Dubose, Karen Briggs, Gordon Chambers, the icon Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Shanice Wilson, Dawn Richards, Ledisi and Lil Kim. Today, he currently performs with the EPICSOUL band.
JOE CUNNINGHAM - SAXOPHONES/FLUTE:
Joe Cunningham has been playing the saxophone for the past 30 plus years. An accomplished soloist and section player, he has performed with countless rock, soul, R&B, jazz, and pop groups throughout the tri-state area. Joe earned his BA in Music Education and MA in Music Performance at Montclair State University where he had the honor of studying with the legendary saxophonists Harvey Pittel (classical) and Erik Lawrence (jazz). A versatile musician, Joe can be heard doubling on flute and clarinet in several big bands and pit orchestras. Joe currently teaches instrumental music in Edison, NJ; where his concert bands and jazz ensembles have earned the respect and praise of the community. Currently He is performing in the EPICSOUL Band.
MATT JARDIM - GUITARS:
Matt Jardim is a guitarist with extensive playing experience in a variety of styles from Jazz to Rock, to Soul and Rhythm and Blues. Matt has recorded with the original group A.M.O.K on their single “A Long Time Ago” from 1990 on Select Records. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1985 with a B.A. in Jazz performance where he performed with such jazz masters as Kenny Burrell, Slide Hampton and James Moody. Matt has studied guitar with Eddie Berg, Ted Dunbar and Kevin Eubanks. Matt Jardim has been a music educator for the past 26 years and is currently teaching guitar, strings and general music in the Mountain Lakes school district. Please visit Matt’s website at www.mattjardim.com to hear his original music and for more info. Currently Matt is performing with the EPICSOUL Band as well as leading his own jazz quartet.
DAVID WATSON - SAXOPHONES/FLUTE:
Music entertainment professional with over 30 years of experience, in the industry, possessing a unique blend of skills in recording and live performances. Main instruments are Tenor Sax, Baritone & Soprano Saxophones, Flute, Alto Flute and Bass Clarinet. Strong knowledge and experience in recording in a wide variety of music genres including R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Gospel and Adult Contemporary. Music Educator for 23 years in New Jersey Public Schools, with a BA + 30 in Music Education. His Performance credits include: Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, India Arie, The O’Jays, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Police, and The Sugar Hill Gang to name a few. During his last Tour with Alicia Keys in 2008 he performed 103 Concerts in 30 countries. When not touring, he teaches private Flute and Saxophone, and performs with bands including the EPIC SOUL Band.
JOE ROMANO - TRUMPET:
Freelance trumpet player, Joe Romano’s performing experience spans styles as varied as salsa, rock, classical, big band, R&B, and funk. As a professional trumpet player and as a member of “The Chops Horn Section,” Joe has performed on numerous live performances, television shows and recording sessions with a large number of artists and groups for whom he has a great amount of respect and admiration such as: Frankie Negron, Ray de la Paz, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Sting, Gloria Gaynor, Temptations, Spinners, Tavares, Teena Marie, Sheila E., David Shaffer, The Tramps, Chaka Khan, Ashford and Simpson, KEM, Stephanie Mills, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Ray Chew, Mariah Carey, and Alicia Keys. When not touring, he performs with bands including the EPIC SOUL Band.
CHRISTIAN FABIAN - BASS: