Born: July 3, 1980 Primary Instrument: Piano
Reverend Chris, piano and vocals, relocated to Philadelphia following a decade in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home. He brought that Big Easy style of relaxed fonky jazz piano that has made so many other New Orleans keyboardists extremely popular. He has been a member of Brides of Jesus, Restless Natives, New Orleans Juice, Ellen Rogers, Balding Vincents, Dodge City Junkies, Roger Learnard Band, Alryn Wolters, Naked Nuns of Soul, SubStream Quartet. He has performed with many music greats including Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Irvin Mayfield, George Porter Jr., Mark Van Allen (Blueground Undergrass), Russell Batiste (the funky Meters), Charles Neville, Ian Neville, and “Mean” Willie Green (the Neville Brothers), just to name a few. Past gigs include the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Philadelphia Folk Fest, the Palace Casino in Biloxi, Fairmont Hotel’s Sazarec Lounge House Band, Bourbon Street’s Storyville Jazz Parlour House Band and led a New Orleans Jazz Brunch at Philadelphia’s Le Cochon Noir.
About the High Rollers Band:
Tony Garro, upright bass and vocals, has performed with the Scott Romig Band for over 20 years. He has gigged at many of Philadelphia’s current and defunct music venues with other bands such as Crazy Bread, Dodge City Junkies, Katie Drake and the Roger Learnard Band. With Reverend Chris he has performed as a duo, trio, quartet and larger ensemble. He appears on Reverend Chris’s 2010 live album: “Fool On the Hill”.
Chuck Lindsey, drums and vocals, has been a Philadelphia staple for over 25 years. Numerous appearances at community concerts, nightclubs, bars and the Philadelphia Folk Festival have led to his being extremely on-demand for his laid-back “southern swing”. You can also find him driving the drum kit for the legendary band Beats Walkin’, the Mighty Rhythm Kings and the Delco Nightingales.
Richard Redding, saxes and recorder, is the newest member of the group. He can be found with various groups in the Philadelphia area including the Flying Mangos, Mt. Airy Home Companion as well as performing as a duo with Rev Chris. Richard's past gigs include a tenure with the legendary Zan Garner.
Awards:2010 Philly HotList "Favorite Local Entertainer"
If you like music that gets your foot tapping, so much so you can't help but get up and dance, then you will love Viper Mad. - Emily Brooks, Life on the Hill Magazine
One of the unsung stars of the current Philly music scene. - Philadelphia Daily News
Super pianist! - Chestnut Hill Local
Tracks: Frenchmen Street Stomp, Bye Bye Blackbird, Canteloupe Island, Quarter-Rat, Little Sunflower, The Gambit, Solar, Take Five, Billie's Bounce, [Seems Like] Old Times, Careless Love, Sentimental Journey, Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Fool On the Hill
Self Produced, Slife Pros
Tracks: Magical Mystery Tour, Rain, Lady Madonna, Something, I Feel Fine, Come Together, You Won't See Me, Get Back, Within You Without You / Revolution, Oh Darling, Matchbox, Honey Pie, Ticket to Ride / Just a Memory, Glass Onion, Here Comes the Sun
Personnel: Chris Marsceill: piano, Tony Garro: upright bass, Gregory Morgan: percussion
Some Songs vol. 1
Tracks: Dream a Little Dream of Me, Bluesette, When I Fall in Love, Days and Nights Waiting, My Buddy (for Joe Krown), Memories of Tomorrow
Personnel: Chris Marsceill: piano.
Christmas on the Avenue
Tracks: Silver Bells, It's Love - It's Christmas, Oh Tannenbaum, Christmastime is Here, Merry Christmas From the Family
Personnel: Chris Marsceill: piano, sleigh bells, tamborine. Jason Fifield: upright bass, sleigh bells, toy drum. Tony Garro: upright bass (track 2). Grant MacAvoy: drums (track 2). Sam Briger: Mandolin (track 5). Jonathan Howe: Harmonica (track 5)
As A Side Musician
Bradford Truby Trio
Tracks: Green Dolphin Street/Fool in the Rain, If I Were a Bell, Autumn Leaves, the Gambit, It Could Happen To You, White Wedding, Better Git It In Your Soul, Funkallero, Summertime/Marcsman, Juicy Lucy, God Bless the Child, Whisper Not, Impressions/Elenor Rigby, the Gambit (electric version)
Personnel: Bradford Duke Truby: upright bass, Bryan Besse: drums, Chris Marsceill: organ, piano
Live at the Blue Nile
Ted Hefko Quartet
Tracks: A Foggy Day, Tini-Talk, In Walked Bud, Alone Together, Body and Soul, Paris Avenue Shuffle, There Will Never Be Another You, Angelacole, Tedro's Blues
Personnel: Ted Hefko: tenor sax. Chris Marsceill: piano. Bradford Truby: upright bass. Brian Besse: drums
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Currently teaching both beginner piano students just learning the basics as well as intermediate/advanced students who are looking to learn jazz piano, theory & improv. Theory & improv students do not have to be piano students, just have a confident grasp of the instrument they do play.