- Screen name:
- Rich Keys
- Member since:
- Jul 30 2006
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years together:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 1 time per week
- Available to gig:
- 1 night a week
- 73 years
“THE WISE GUYS” is an energetic, exciting and versatile musical entertainment group, delivering an upbeat rhythm and blues providing an impressive variety of music spanning many genres. They have more than 200 years of combined experience performing in nite clubs, weddings, corporate affairs and special events. With a repertoire of over 230 songs, they perform music from the 40s to today’s contemporary music styles. The bands’ format gives them a closeness with the audience that allows them to interact with the crowd and tailor their performance style to match any situation for any event. The band is well versed in this aspect, having performed together since the bands inception in 1978.
In the 90s the band added DJ ing and KAROAKE to its’ breaks, enabling “THE WISE GUYS” to cover all aspects of today’s’ music and providing it in a continuous format.
The band originally from Long Island, NY played all over the tri state area in the 70s and 80s. They disbanded in 1991 and went their own separate ways, each performing in other venues.
In 2001 they reformed on the Gold Coast of southern Florida and have been together to the present.
Members Of Band
The members of the band include:
Linda Wise lead vocals
Robert Doria on guitar and lead vocals
Worked with Irish showgroup called the Kilt Tilts at Radio City Music Hall. Played with Wayne Cochran and the CC Riders. Played in the showgroup the Entertainers LTD as opening act for Julie London at Waldorf Astoria’s’ Empire Room.
Richard Kovac on keyboards, lead and background vocals. Played with the Riverias, A Distant Sound, Prime Time and other New York show and dance bands. Beat Billy Joel for an audition for the Jerry Lewis Show and toured with Quicksilver Messenger Service. Is presently the owner of a company that produces custom songs for individuals for their weddings, anniversereys, birthdays, etc. A link will be on the this website shortly to access these services.
Joseph Raineri on bass and background vocals
Played with several local bands. Bachelors of Arts Degree from Manhattan School of Music. Wrote the musical score for “FANNY”.
Peter Cannata on tenor sax, flute and lead vocals.
Played in many local groups around the country. Worked with the Frankie Valley & the Four Seasons and with Little Richard.
Tony Talmich on drums
Worked with Brownsville Station in the early 70s.
In 76 thru 78 Played USOs all over the world with show group Black Diamond. Worked as a studio drummer at Crystal Records in San Francisco.
Vincent Colavolpe on alto sax, bass, and timbales
Played with recording group “Mushroom” and was opening act for David Bowie, Jonathon Edwards and the NY Rock & Roll Ensemble. Played in horn section with Duke Ellington orchestra.
Too numerous to list here