Stephanie Rogers Band

  • Chris Miskel

    Drums

    Chris Miskel began playing drums in church at a very young age. Naturally and deeply gifted, Chris has never taken formal lessons and gained the majority of his drumming inspiration from mentors Oscar Seaton Jr. and Khari Parker. Chris is a world-class drummer who has toured with guitarist Nick Colionne, jazz artist Brian Culbertson, Dave Koz, Patti Austin, Nick Colionne and Boz Scaggs. Chris has also performed with saxophonist Gerald Albright, R&B vocalist Howard Hewett, and saxophonist Boney James, among many others.

  • Tom Sanchez

    Guitar

    Grammy nominated for his work with popular Chicago band Liquid Soul, Tom Sanchez has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many renowned and diverse artists such as Sting, B.B. King, Lyle Lovett and Chaka Khan while touring both in the U.S. and abroad. As a popular guitarist on the studio scene, Sanchez has logged countless hours performing on hundreds of national TV commercials and dozens of CDs, including a Billboard number one remix for Donna Summer. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Tom joins familiar Chicago-area pals in The Stephanie Rogers Band, where he imbues the music with incredible versatility and subtle brilliance. Tommy and Stephanie have recorded and performed live (events and original music) together for nearly 15 years.

  • Bradford Newquist

    Vocals

    With his stellar voice and elegant style, Chicago favorite Bradford Newquist has won a legion of fans at theatres, concert halls and clubs across the country and around the world. Bradford has thrilled audiences with his own arrangements of big band standards, jazz, pop and Broadway for nearly two decades. The demand for his winning combination of charming stage manner and smooth voice has taken him around the world as a headliner on eight cruise ship tours, including the SS Rotterdam Silver Anniversary World Cruise and to a solo concert in Melbourne, Australia. As the former lead vocalist for The Stanley Paul Orchestra, Bradford brings his star presence to The Stephanie Rogers Band, where he is the band’s ever-delightful, silk-toned male crooner. Bradford met Stephanie while both were working with Stanley Paul over 10 years ago and the two have been laughing and singing together ever since.

  • Samotta Acklin

    Vocals

    Samotta Acklin is a renowned Chicago vocalist from a musical family, which includes her famous mother Barbara Acklin, who had numerous hits as a pop and R&B vocalist in the 1960’s and 70’s. Music is Samotta’s first language. She has toured throughout the U.S. and internationally with such artists as R Kelly, India Arie, The Chi-Lites and Destiny’s Child. She has also choreographed and toured for Bernie Mac’s “Who Ya Wit” tour and has been featured on over 40 recordings. Samotta has performed with countless bands and musical productions and she recently won Best Lead Actress from the Black Theater Alliance Awards for her role in “The Divine One, Sarah Vaughn.” Samotta is the notorious emcee at The Checker Board Club, where Chicago’s best musicians jam every Monday night. Samotta and Stephanie started working together six years ago, when they were regular vocalists with The Eddie Harrison Jumpstars.

  • John Bowes

    Saxophone, flute

    John Bowes is a Berklee School of Music graduate whose early influences include Rufus, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, and almost anything Motown. John has toured throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe with a vast array of artists. He has lent his soulful sax stylings to Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The O’Jays, Lou Rawls, The Supremes, The Funk Bros (Motown Studio Band), The Dells and many others. Theater performances include “Love, Janis” at the Royal George Theater, Chicago, and “Imagine Tap,” which had its world premiere at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park. John has recorded with and arranged for a variety of bands in Chicago, among them The Pete Special Band, BrotherBrother, Dick Holliday and the Bamboo Gang, Uneek, The Buckinghams, The Robert Cornelius 7 and the Grammy-nominated debut CD of the 911 Mambo Orchestra. John started playing with Stephanie Rogers Band at Navy Pier nearly 10 years ago.

  • Jamie Martinez

    Bass

    Jamie Martinez, an outstanding musical presence, has studied music in both Denver and Chicago for the last 23 years. Playing tuba, upright and electric bass, Jamie has toured nationally in styles ranging from mariachi choir to musical theatre. He has also been featured on more than 30 recordings, many of which have had regular radio rotation in a variety of markets. He constantly challenges himself by studying genre-crossing styles and new music. Jamie has been playing music with Stephanie Rogers for two years.

  • Roger Harris

    Keyboard

    A Chicago native whose musical talents were evident at an early age, Roger Harris began his formal piano training at the age of six. He has played behind jazz many greats, including: Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, James Carter and Orbert Davis. He also played with Aretha Franklin, Melba Moore, Jean Karnes, Charelle, Angela Winbush and The Jones Girls. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago, he taught band, orchestra, choir, general music and commercial music in various Illinois and Indiana school districts. As an adjunct faculty member, Roger currently teaches at Roosevelt University and at The American Conservatory of Music in Indiana. Roger is also a member of the jazz ensemble of The Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago as well as a jazz mentor for the Title 1 program, “Music Alive,” founded by jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis.

  • Doopy Lupree

    Vocals

    Starting his singing career in his parent’s church, Doopy developed a distinct and soulful sound at a young age. His range extends from angelic ceremony music to rockin’ bar bands. His popular group, Sticky Lupree, has had a regular weekly gig at Webster Wine Bar in Chicago for over ten years. Doopy scats, wails, and improvises; his gentle caress of melodies have moved many to tears. He is able to emulate the characteristics of many distinct R&B voices, but can sing in any style imaginable. He was a member of 78 Cents, an a cappella trio that won an award in the “Grammy In The Streets” series, and was featured on CNN, Jerry Springer, US 99, WGN and NPR.

  • Stephanie Rogers

    Band leader, vocals

    With infectious energy, Stephanie Rogers is a local singing favorite. Having sung with dozens of Chicago bands and orchestras, Steph has been entertaining audiences for close to twenty years. She has two CDs of her original music out on her own label, Hipchick Records, and a third CD in the works. As a singer-songwriter, Steph has been heard on Chicago’s WXRT, Q101, WFMT and WBEZ and has played in hundreds of venues. Since graduating from Northwestern University’s Theatre Department, Stephanie has been seen in over 50 commercials, TV shows and movies. She met Jeff Stitely when they were in an alternative rock band, Fish of Destiny, in the early 90’s. Dedicated to providing excellent music and a unique, crafted sound, Stephanie leads one of the hippest, coolest event bands in Chicago.

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Stephanie Rogers Band

Stephanie Rogers Band

Led by award-winning Chicago singer-songwriter Stephanie Rogers, this unique Chicago dance band blends upbeat party standards with top 40 hits, contemporary pop songs and acoustic rock melodies for those wanting to hear something hip and fresh. This talented and irrepressible group is known for their tight vocal harmonies, powerful rhythm section and dynamic stage presence. The musicians in the Stephanie Rogers Band are consummate performers; they really love entertaining and interacting with a crowd. Their effervescence is contagious and spills onto the dance floor creating a fun, high-energy party atmosphere perfect for any wedding, fundraiser, or corporate event.

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