Al W Phillips
Founder of Voices Of Jazz

Growing up, Al listened to big band, jazz and dixieland with his dad and had a dream to create a big band to provide local musicians a creative outlet to perform for the love of music. After a lot of hard work Voices of Jazz, a 22 piece big band, became a reality on January 7, 2007!

Al and his wife moved to North Carolina several years later and Al began putting together another big band in Charlotte. He is looking forward to continuing to do what he loves to do!

About Us

Voices of Jazz is made up of musicians from Pinellas, Pasco, and, Hillsborough Counties. We are an all volunteer community band. Our main goal each year is to provide scholarships to at least two high school seniors in the Tampa Bay area. The booking fees and tips received from our performances throughout the year go towards these scholarships and the band's operating costs.


Since 2007, dozens of Bay Area musicians have performed with Voices of Jazz ranging from ages 14 to 82! The band has performed for numerous events throughout the Tampa Bay area including concerts at the Dunedin Community Center, Largo Community Center, Seminole Park, Tarpon Springs 1st Friday, 3rd Friday Music Series in Safety Harbor, City of Treasure Island's Sanding Ovation, as well as private concerts and dinner dance parties for Mirror Lake Lyceum, Isle of Capri, Broadwater Civic Association, Royal Palms of Largo, iGov, and Aston Gardens.


Voices of Jazz specializes in playing music from the big band era of the 1930's and 40's. During that era bands were conducted by such legends as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and kept the country dancing. In recent years big bands have become popular for social events once again. In addition to the big band classics, Voices of Jazz has incorporated more modern songs by popular artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Barry Manilow, Isaac Hayes, Chicago, Lee Greenwood, Nat King & Natalie Cole. We hope to win over a new generation of fans who hear us play music that may be more recognizable. Please check out our playlist for our latest updates to our chart collection.


If you're looking for a professional band to attend your next event, whether it's a wedding, dance, concert, private party or corporate celebration, Voices of Jazz will make sure your event is a celebration not soon forgotten!



Meet Our Members


Ron Scarcelli
President
Trumpet


Charlie Phillips
Vice President
Bari & Tenor Sax, Vocals


Michael Howsare
Secretary
Trumpet


Shem Tov Cohen
Treasurer
Tenor Sax

Josh Avelsgard
Board Member
Trombone

Michael Juliano
Board Member
Drums

Lew Michaels
Board Member
Piano

Eli Dalabakis
Alto Sax, Clarinet

Gene DiRusso
Alto Sax

Matt Faivre
Alto Sax

Joshua Berntsen
Tenor Sax

Pat Clark
Tenor Sax

Jay Harlow
Tenor Sax

Rob Mosier
Tenor Sax

Lisa Pesta
Alto Sax

Ryan O'Shea
Bari Sax

John Cicci
Bass Trombone

John Kipp
Trombone

Ron Moss
Trombone

Andrew Rosenthal
Trombone

David Cahill
Trombone/Trumpet

Dick Montgomery
Trumpet

Andy Scavelli
Trombone

Seaton Kenworthy
Guitar

Chris Balionis
Trumpet

Dan O'Hara
Piano, Organ

Adrian Zvyarch
Bass Guitar

Mike Di Pinto
Bass Guitar, Upright Bass

George Caras
Drums

Taylor Morris Ramone
Vocals

Luella O'Shea
Vocals