The members of RML Jazz have performed together as a group since 2004, but have also played together prior to that in various groups throughout the Pittsburgh area. Here are some things about RML Jazz you may not know.
>Mike Clancy(saxes/flute) has a popular Irish Duo called Abbotts Cross. They are regulars each year at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and the Irish Festival.
>Gene Laus (trumpet) toured the East Coast in the 70’s and 80’s with his Funk show band, Hit and Run. Gene also was part of the band that played for last year’s Aretha Franklin concert.
> Glenn Utsch(keyboard) takes Slippery Rock University students to London, England to attend musical theater performances. He has also performed for Nancy Reagan at Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.
> Perry Pinto(bass) coordinates the musical entertainment for the annual Sharing and Caring cruise each year on the Gateway Clipper. The cruises are for veterans who are in VA Hospitals in the tri-state area, and provides a buffet lunch followed by live musical entertainment.
> Jeff Leonhardt(guitar) has recorded with Anne Feeney and Commander Cody.
>Laura Wiens (vocals) has performed with Rock and Blues bands in Bosnia, and has written musical compositions for BBC Radio performances.
>Rick Laus(drums) has developed and taught hand drum activities for special needs students, and founded the Mt. Lebanon HS Percussion African Percussion Ensemble in 1998.