All members are seasoned musicians who have been performing professionally in bands for many years. The High Society Rhythm Orchestra members exude energy and showmanship and know how to excite a crowd. They take pride in their performance and it shows. You can be confident in the talent of these musicians and will find their enthusiasm absolutely contagious. For more information on what we can do for your next event, just click here!

   

Joan Crowe: vocalist/bandleader
New York Newsday called her "act as polished as a diamond." Joan Crowe is a versatile singer with an extensive repertoire of jazz, standards, pop, rock, blues and folk. Joan’s comic ability earned her the 2002 MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs) for Female Musical Comedy.

Her jazz trio, High Society Rhythm has performed at the Rainbow Room, Town Hall, The Carnegie Club, The Oak Room in Grand Prospect Hall, The Plaza Hotel, The Four Seasons, The Manor, Brunelli’s and Trumpet’s. They have also played Westchester clubs, Star Canyon, Orchard Street, The Globe, Harry’s of Hartsdale, Zuppa, Tara, and Coyote Flaco just to name a few. Her larger band, High Society Rhythm Orchestra has added sophistication and pizzazz to and countless benefits, private parties, and weddings.

Her corporate clients include Dunn and Bradstreet, Pfizer, Meetings in Medicine, and WAWBO (Westchester Assoc of Women’s Business Owners). “She is able to liven up even our most boring quarterly sales conference, with some of her comic songs and her clever parodies that she tailors to fit our company”--Jerry Reisburg, Vice President, Dunn and Bradstreet.

Joan is very proud of the countless benefits she has performed for helping to raise money for Breast Cancer, The Wellness Center, Florida State University’s Student Scholarship Fund and the New Rochelle Public Library.

Looking for something different? More intimate? Funny? Cabaret? Visit Joan’s personal web site at www.joancrowe.com where you can find out about Joan’s Cabaret shows and buy her jazz CD, BIRD ON THE WIRE.

    
Monty Arnold: Vocalist
Monty Arnold has been a professional baritone/tenor II singer for the past eleven years. He obtained his Music degree from Western Michigan University in 1998. He has won numerous prestigious awards including Downbeat Magazine Male Vocalist Of The Year and four International Association Of Jazz Educators awards for Outstanding solo and group performances. He has performed for a number of different venues including Lincoln Jazz Center for the ASCAP Awards Foundation honoring Billy Joel. He currently performs shows on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, casinos, wedding receptions and corporate functions across the country. Monty has shared the stage with the likes of Della Reese, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Bolton, Mel Torme, NY Voices, Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hampton and Diane Schuur. He has an extensive background in jingle production. His credits include Chevrolet, Herman Miller, The Louisville Journal and Superclubs Jamaica. He is also an artist manager for Bowzer Inc. and artist/business partner for Check The Chamber Productions.
    
Rob Taube: Guitar
Rob Taube has been creating and playing music ever since his childhood in Central Illinois. In the 1980s, he played piano and sang with the house band at the Michigan Opry, warming up for such greats as Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, and Hank Williams, Jr.

His own tunes received local airplay and attention, but a desire for new challenges eventually led him to New York City. There he held the competitive lead guitar/vocal position at Café Wha and pursued a music career as a guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist with several area bands while continuing to craft words and music into appealing, memorable songs. His song "My Little Love" recently won the grand prize in the 2005 michigan songwriters contest.

He now performs regularly in the tri-state area with High Society Rhythm.

    
Tedd Firth: Piano
Tedd Firth is a New York City based accompanist, jazz pianist and arranger. As an accompanist he has worked with Tom Wopat, Lee Ann Womack, Karen Akers, Rob Evan,
Margaret Whiting, Carol Sloane, Bob Stewart, Marlene VerPlanck, Nancy Marano, Barbara Brussell, K.T. Sullivan, Craig Rubano, Claiborne Cary. Among the jazz musicians he has performed or recorded with are John Pizzarelli, Houston Person, Frank Wess, Benny
Golson and Joe Morello. New York appearances include the Blue Note, Birdland, the Iridium, the Algonquin, the Rainbow Room, Town Hall and the Russian Tea Room. As an arranger/orchestrator, Tedd's work has been performed by Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, the Stamford (CT) Symphony and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. Television appearances include "The Today Show", "All My Children" and "The Caroline Rhea Show".
    
Doug Largent: Bass
Brooklyn-based Doug Largent plays acoustic and electric bass guitar. He has over fifty recordings to his credit in styles spanning jazz, rock, zydeco, funk, and more. He currently plays and tours with Hulabilly, an acoustic Hawaiian/Jazz trio; White Widow, a hard-edge rock power trio; The Trio of J. Walter Hawks, and the Art Lillard Big Band and Small Group. He is the regular bassist for a long-standing engagement with the Chris Gillespie piano trio at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.
     

Quinton Gallemore: Drums
They say still waters run deep. And so it goes with drummer Quintin Gallemore. A quiet, friendly personality, Gallemore is a powerhouse of sound. A New Jersey native, Gallemore began playing at the age of nine. He obtained his B.F.A. in Musical Performance from CUNY’s City College while studying with drum masters Andrew Cyrille, Freddie Waits and Michael Carvin.

Gallemore has performed with such diverse musical artists as Rudy Ray Moore, Kenny Baron, Johnny Copeland, Jimmy “Preacher” Robinson, including tours with Olu Dara, and “soulsters,” Sam & Dave. Over the years, Gallemore has also ventured into the world of big band, Off-Broadway musical theater, special events and studio work. A veteran of the club scene Gallemore has backed up a host of vocalists including Lil Phillips, Sarah Dash, Dave Coss, Ghanniyya Green, Emilie Long, Tom Mitchell, Barbara Mood and Clarice Turnbull.

Ever learning and refining, Gallemore is currently studying with Master Percussionist, Michael Hinton.

     
Lisa Parrott: Saxophones, Clarinet
Lisa has been leading her own groups since 1989 with Influences ranging from jazz and western classical music, as well as Eastern European folk music, African and Indian music. Lisa first came to New York in 1993, and received two Australia Council for the Arts grants to study in New York with saxophonists/composers Steve Coleman and Lee Konitz. Her career has taken off in NY as a sideperson as well as a leader. Lisa performed at the prestigious Tribute to Mary Lou Williams Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 2002, which was recorded for broadcast on NPR. She has performed with such great musicians as - Dave Brubeck, Nancy Wilson, Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, Diane Schuur, Gregory Hines, Rachel Z, Cindy Blackman, Gunther Schuller, Clifford Barbaro, Denis Charles, Lea Delaria, Jason Linder’s Big Band, DIVA, Rob Reddy’s Horn Choir, Kit McClure Big Band, the Jimmy Heath Big Band and the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band. She has toured with the best of Australia’s ensembles, including John Pochee’s Ten Part Invention, Paul Grabowsky’s Australia Art Orchestra, Lloyd Swanton’s The Catholics, James Morrison’s Big Band, Mara Kiek Quartet and Jackie Orszacksky. She also has appeared numerous times on television and in magazines including Downbeat, CMJ Music magazine, Billboard, Vogue (Australia), Dolly and Australian Jazz and Blues.
     
Lily White: Saxophone
Saxophonist Lily White is one of the most engaging young musicians on the New York jazz scene. Lily has caught the attention of the music’s most reknowned veterans. She has worked with Mario Bauza, the father of latin jazz, and his Afro-Cuban jazz orchestra, touring with him in the final years before his death. She was a regular member of master organist Jimmy McGriff’s quartet from 1990-1994. She has done short stints with blues pianist Jay McShann, Dizzy Gillespie, and Celia Cruz to name a few. Recently, she has been working with Anthony Braxton and his tentet along with his Tri-centric orchestra, while still doing work with blues legend Roscoe Gordon on his new record.

Since the release of her first CD under her own name,“Somewhere Between Truth and Fiction”on Knitting Factory works, her band has played festivals and clubs in Germany, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Lithuania, and Spain. In 1996, Lily was awarded with a Jazz Composition Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Also in 1996, her band was chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation for receiving matching funds from the Lila Wallace foundation for performances in not-for-profit locations around the U.S.A. In 1997, she has been awarded a “Meet the Composer” grant for an artist residency in a N.Y.C. school.