Both together and separately, the members of The Cartells have received impressive industry awards, and played with some of the best in the business.
KARIN BARTH -- Vocals, Percussion, Alto Sax Karin played with numerous New York bands before coming to Connecticut. She was a featured vocalist with the renowned EIGHT TO THE BAR, touring with the band for four years. She recorded two albums and the video Swingin' School (featured on VH-1) before leaving to form The Cartells. Karin can also be heard in numerous local and national commercials.
JOE GRIECO -- Keyboards, Vocals Joe's distinctive vocal style and acclaimed keyboard work were spotlighted during tours with RCA recording artists SILVERADO, and later with eastern Connecticut's HIGH TIMES. He played keyboards for NRBQ's Al Anderson on his 1989 solo album. He's also written and performed music for national television commercials and corporate video presentations, and is a founding member of The Cartells.
TOM MAJESKY -- Guitar, Vocals Tom's guitar work can be heard on the "BLIND TO REASON" album by RCA recording artist Grayson Hugh, with whom Tom toured for two years. He's appeared on NBC's TODAY SHOW as well as concert stages nationwide. Tom's original material has twice earned him recognition in BILLBOARD MAGAZINE's songwriting competition. In addition to his work with The Cartells, Tom is also engaged as an instructor of guitar studies at the Hartford Conservatory of Music.
WAYNE JUNE -- Drums, Vocals Wayne's dynamic drumming and remarkable three and a half octave vocal range have played pivotal roles in a number of popular Connecticut bands, including THE RIVERSIDE RIVER'S and EIGHT TO THE BAR. As one of the most distinctive voices in The Cartells, Wayne makes each song a great dancing and listening experience. His freelance work includes appearances with MOTOWN REVIEW, BIG ERIC 7, THE BUDGET CRUNCH, THE HARVEY BROOKS BAND, THE BLACK ROCK ALL STARS, and THE FUGITIVES.
JIMMY "B" BIGGINS -- Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute Jimmy's signature sound can be heard on commercials for Diet Coke, New York Telephone, Budweiser, and Goodyear Tires. He can also be recognized on albums such as THE BLUES DON'T BOTHER ME (featured in the Blues Brothers movie), LIVE by Jonathan Edwards, ONCE A ROCKER ALWAYS A ROCKER by Joe Perry, and AVENUE BLUE by Jeff Golub (of Rod Stewart fame). Jimmy has toured with James Taylor, the Temptations, Michael Bolton, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
CURT RAMM -- Trumpet, Flugelhorn The Kansas City Trumpeter has performed with: Kevin Mahogany, Lou Donaldson, Al Grey, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Paquito D'Rivera, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kenneth Garrett, Carmel Jones, The Charlie Parker Foundation Big Band and the US Navy Band. He has also opened for Maynard Ferguson, Spyro Gyra and John Scofield. Ramm has recorded with Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason, Abraham Laboriel, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland from The Police, The Roomful of Blues Horn Section and others. His music can be heard on ESPN, NBC, ABC, The Cosby Show, Access Hollywood, E News Daily and hundreds of commercials, documentaries and films. He has performed at The Kansas City Jazz Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Wichita Jazz Festival and The Newport Jazz Festivals.