Kinky Boots Orchestra

BRIAN USIFEr
CONDUCTOR / KEYBOARD 1
WILL VAN DYKE
KEYBOARD 2
SAMMY MERENDINO
DRUMS
MIKE VISCEGLIA
BASS
MICHAEL AARONS
GUITARS
JOHN PUTNAM
GUITARS
 

BUD BURRIDGE
TRUMPET
KEITH O'QUINN
TROMBONE
DAN WILLIS
Flute / Clarinet / Alto Sax / Tenor Sax
ANTOINE SILVERMAN
CONCERTMASTER
JONATHAN WEBER
VIOLIN
DENISE STILLWELL
VIOLIN/VIOLA
ALLISON SEIDNER
CELLO


Kinky Pics!



Kinky Facts!

Historic dates for the Kinky Boots Orchestra:

  • First orchestra rehearsal – February 20th, 2013.

  • Kinky Boots orchestra records the cast recording – March 14th, 2013.

  • Opening Night – April 4th, 2013.

  • Tony Award Nominations are announced – we receive (lucky number) 13 nominations! – April 30th, 2013.

  • Kinky Boots original cast recording is released – May 28th, 2013.

2013 Tony Awards – 6 Tony Wins!!!!!! – June 9th, 2013.

  • Best Musical - Kinky Boots

  • Best Original Score (Music & Lyrics) - Cyndi Lauper

  • Best Orchestrations - Stephen Oremus

  • Best Sound Design of a Musical - John Shivers

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role - Billy Porter

  • Best Choreography - Jerry Mitchell


Kinky Bios

Brian Usifer

 

Music Director / Conductor / Keyboard 1

Broadway: Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon (Associate Music Supervisor) Broadway/Off-Broadway orchestras: Spelling Bee, Avenue Q, Alter Boyz, Sister Act, Wicked, Burnt Part Boys. 5 years of region theatre, including: Follies (Barrigton Stage Co.) Concerts: Clay Aiken "Tried and True DVD," Arranger/orchestrator for many readings/workshops of new musicals. B.Mus., SUNY Fredonia, M.A., NYU Steinhardt.

Will Van Dyke

Associate Music Director / Keyboard 2

Will Van Dyke is a New York based composer/ lyricist and music director.  Will is the composer of Pages (CAP 21), Winnie The Pooh, Kids (Disney), The Girls I've Like Liked (Ars Nova). Upcoming works include Magnificent Climb (with Rick Elice), The Lion King, Jr and Kids (Disney), and The Gospel According To Stevie B (with Josh Halloway).  As a music director, Will currently serves at Kinky Boots (Associate MD).  Other credits include: Rent (MD), The Addams Family (Keyboards),  Grease (Associate MD),  Wicked(Keyboards).  Will’s debut album Chasing the Day, and his newest album Writing Kevin Taylor are available wherever digital music is sold.  With Matt Doyle, Will co-wrote and produced his albums Daylight and Constant.

www.willvandyke.com

Sammy Merendino

 

Drums

Sammy Merendino is a NYC based drummer/ producer. He has recorded and/or toured with Cyndi Lauper, Cameo, Billy Joel, Hall and Oates, Joan Osborne, Pat Metheny, Anita Baker, Ziggy Marley and many others. Sammy's drumming and programming can also be heard on over 1000 commercials, and numerous TV shows and soundtracks. He is the owner of Harlem Parlour Recording. 

www.sammymerendino.com

Mike Visceglia

Bass

Native New Yorker Mike Visceglia got his professional start touring with Welsh rocker John Cale. Since then he has performed and/or recorded with Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Phoebe Snow, Avril Lavigne, and many others, as well as being the bassist for Suzanne Vega for more than 25 years- playing on her Grammy-nominated song Luka. Michael is also a writer, having written the book A View From The Side about the lives of musician ‘sidemen’, and written several articles for bass niche magazines. In addition to his duties at Kinky Boots, he is also currently playing with Christopher Cross.

www.mikeviscegliaworks.com

Michael Aarons

Guitars 

Michael Aarons’ performance and recording credits include Barry Manilow, James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, Placido Domingo, Luther Vandross, Michael McDonald, James Ingram and others. His company, Hybrid Music Productions, has scored music for CNBC, Lifetime, Sesame Street, Style Network, Spike, Oxygen, OWN, ABC and MTV, including the theme song for How Do I Look? which ran 12 seasons on Style Network. Hybrid Music Productions also specializes in mobile media content and production. Michael's Broadway credits include guitarist and house contractor Kinky Boots, Evita, Godspell, Baby It's You, American Idiot, Memphis, 9 to 5, Grease, High Fidelity, and Laugh Whore. Michael contributed guitar arrangements for Next To Normal.

John Putnam

Guitars

John Putnam is a native New Yorker and has been working as a professional guitarist for quite a few years. John has performed and/or recorded for artists such as Rufus Thomas, Madonna, (Guitar solo on Papa Don't Preach) Desiree, Jimmy Cliff, John Denver, SouthSide Johnny, David Johanssen, Bernard Purdie, Richard Shindell, The Bacon Brothers, Lucy Kaplanski, Darlene Love, and Cher. He has also composed numerous film scores including Methadonia (HBO) and Inside Death Row (National Geographic). He has performed in the Broadway Orchestras of The Who's Tommy, The Lion King, Rent, The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde, AIDA, Memphis, as well as his current position in Kinky Boots. Earlier this year John released his first CD entitled The Way I See It. It's an energetic blend of vocal and instrumental tracks and has been played on WFUV, WMSU, as well as many other radio station across the USA. John periodically performs music from this CD around town.

www.reverbnation.com/johnputnam

Keith O'Quinn

Trombone

Keith has been the trombonist on 22 Broadway musicals. Toured with: Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hampton, Chuck Mangione, Louis Bellson, Gerry Mulligan, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Barbra Streisand. Recorded with: Buddy Rich, Chuck Mangione, Louis Bellson, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Charles Mingus, Joe Henderson, Phil Woods, Michel Legrand, Audra McDonald, John Scofield, Barry Manilow, David Byrne, Michael Jackson, Linda Eder, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Phillip Glass, Mariah Carey, Burt Bacharach, Ricky Martin, Dave Grusin, Sinead O’Connor, Jim Hall, George Benson, James, Galway, Gerry Mulligan, Earl Klugh, Deodato and many others. Keith has also played for over 50 movies and hundreds of jingles.

Dan Willis

Reeds
Flute / Clarinet / Alto Sax / Tenor Sax

Dan Willis, one of NYC's most active and versatile woodwind specialists, performs regularly across a wide spectrum of music from Jazz to New Music. His 5th CD, Satie Project II, is currently in the running for 2 Grammy nominations (Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Engineer). Dan has been been a regular addition to the NJ Symphony Orchestra, NY Pops, NY Philharmonic, NYC Ballet and Brooklyn Philharmonic. He has performed in 18 Broadway shows, toured Japan and the U.S. with Michael Brecker's Grammy winning Ensemble Quindectet and The Birdland Big Band, performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, toured with Don Henley, Liza, and arranged for Bone, Thugs N Harmony. Dan is also a member of the Roland Vasquez Big Band and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble (Grammy Nominated). He is also a frequent collaborator to the Baby Einstein Music Education Series. Dan can also be heard on hundred of jingles, soundtracks and recordings including the Grammy Award winning West Side Story and The Book of Mormon. Dan is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.

Denise Stillwell

Violin / Viola

Denise Stillwell, violin and viola, has performed throughout the world as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. She has held positions in the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the SEM Ensemble, among other groups. Denise has appeared in MTV videos, on Live With Regis and Kelly and The View, and has recorded and toured with such artists as Placido Domingo, Don Henley, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, and Ray Charles. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School, has recorded for Sony, Epic Records, and Yellow Sound Label, and can be heard in numerous movie soundtracks and TV commercials. In addition to her work at Kinky Boots, Ms. Stillwell regularly plays violin and viola at Radio City Music Hall and other venues in and around the city.

Allison Seidner

Cello 

Born and raised in NYC, Allison Seidner has enjoyed touring for most of the last decade.  Since returning home, she has performed on stage at venues from Birdland to Carnegie Hall, below stage for numerous Broadway productions, and on screen for television appearances including Late Night with David Letterman, Good Morning America, and The 2013 Tony Awards.  Allison has collaborated with countless musical theater composers and performers, and with artists including Cyndi Lauper, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Natalie Maines, Clay Aiken, and Andrea Bocelli. Original Broadway Shows: Kinky Boots, The Addams Family, The Book of Mormon (cast recording). National/International Tours: The King & I, Jekyll & Hyde, The Music Man, Miss Saigon, AIDA. Allison loves her Kinky Boots family and is thrilled to make music with such a brilliant group of people.