The Chris Coogan Quintet plays an exciting mix of jazz and originals. At any time the quintet consists of John Mobilio on bass, Jim Royle on drums, Jim Clark on Sax, and Rex Denton on trumpet.
Mobilio (Acoustic and electric basses) is a multi-talented musician
who, as bassist, educator, musical director and performer brings his joy
of jazz and music to audiences and students throughout Connecticut and
into New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Living in Middlebury, Connecticut
gives John easy access to performance venues in New York City, New Haven,
Norwalk, Stamford, Hartford and the Springfield, Mass areas.
L. Royle (percussion) is a native of Connecticut and president of
the state chapter of the Percussive Arts Society's 2000 Chapter President
of the Year. Jim attended the University of Bridgeport as a percussion
and education major under the direction of Howard Zwickler, Arthur Lipner,
and Bill Finegan. Jim has also studied various aspects of percussion with
world recognized masters such as Max Roach, Alan Dawson, Keith Copeland,
Akira Tana, Norbert Goldberg, and Vernal Fournier. Jim Royle's name has
become synonymous with jazz in the New England club circuit and his articulate
playing is documented on several CDs, including Storm Before the Calm
on the Sea Breeze Jazz label (2000), as well as the more recent Jazz By
Coogan, showcasing Jim's small-group talents. Jim is the drummer for the
prestigious New England Jazz Ensemble big band which is the combined product
of Walt Gwardyak (pianist of the famous Buddy Rich Band) and Mike Jones.
Denton (Trumpet) Known for his breadth in interpertative style of
the trumpet and flugelhorn, Rex is a fixture of the regional jazz scene
in Connecticut and New York City. Prior to moving to the area in 1994,
Rex was a charter member of the legendary upstate New York Salsa group
"La Muralla" and the Latin Jazz group "Mambo Kings", headed by Richard
Delaney, where his long-standing affinity for Latin music was refined.
In addition Rex was a regular in the little Big Band "Sheer Energy," headed
by Composer Carl Atkins, and a member of Gap Mangione's Little Big Band.
Rex has studied with Jeff Tyzik, Carl Atkins, Roger Larson and Tim Mear
and regulary performs in with vocalist Shawnn Montero, Chris Coogan and
Brian Torff and Thunderstick. He has performed with Ray Charles, The Manhattan
Transfer, Bill Watrous, Slide Hampton, Frank Wess, as well as in the orchestras
of numerous broadway shows and other nationally recognized acts. Rex has
been recorded on many albums, but may be heard most recently on Chris
Coogan's cd 'Live'.
Jim Clark(Saxophone) is the owner of Media Music, where he composes, produces and performs original soundtracks for radio, television, video/film, multimedia and internet projects. His work has won numerous awards and his client list includes many Fortune 500 companies. His composition and arranging work has brought him to ensembles ranging from rock bands to symphony orchestras. Mr. Clark has appeared with Lou Christie, Mickey Dolenz, Dizzy Gillespie, Jennifer Holiday, Bobby Rydell and Billy Taylor.