About Us

Biography

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J-Livi & The Party is a Chicago-based brass band that focuses on playing nothing but funk and hip-hop. We are heavily influenced by artists who are native to Chicago – any artist of renown from our fair city has influenced The Party (in some ways personally), from Earth, Wind & Fire right on up through Kanye West. Our song list includes tunes by Chicago, EWF, Jean Knight, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, CeeLo Green, Kanye, and Macklemore. J-Livi and the Party is a Pep Band on steroids: our goal is to make every performance a party atmosphere while maintaining the highest level of musicianship. Our band can PARTY, and we’re the loudest and baddest band in town! We can’t wait to play for (and party with) you!

Meet The Band

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Jeff Livorsi (J-Livi)

Sitting in a hotel room at 5am, when the best ideas happen and while on the road with the DePaul Screamin’ Demon Pep Band, Jeff was discussing his future in music with Corbin Andrick and the DePaul Dance Team. It was then that Corbin had the idea for Jeff to start a brass band and name it “J-Livi & The Party.” This was before they even had music written or members in the band. The creation of J-Livi & The Party happened quickly and within 6 months they had a record out and were playing their first show. Although Jeff is the main arranger, he could not have started the band without the help of Jeff Schweitzer, Bryant Scott, Joe Clark, Dominic Marino and Jeff Kienstra. Those fine gentleman have offered their brass band arrangements to allow J-Livi & the Party to bring the party to every show and/or private event.

 

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Alex Wasily

Alex “A-Waz” Wasily is J-Livi’s right hand man on trombone. Alex has called Chicago home since 2009 after studying at the DePaul Music School with J-Livi and multiple members of The Party. Alex started playing music in 2002 on saxophone but found himself picking up trombone in 2005 with big dreams of playing funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. Always down to play loud, high, and fast, J-Livi and The Party is one of Alex’s favorite bands to play with in Chicago. It’s hard to take the smile off of Alex’s face when this band is around!

 

 

 

 

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Brent Griffin Jr.

Brent Griffin Jr is the alto saxophonist in J-Livi and The Party. Originally from the north suburbs, he decided to come to Chicago to pursue an undergraduate degree in music education at DePaul University and also to use the city’s music scene to further his development. He crossed paths with J-Livi three years back and has been regularly working with him since then. Their biggest claim to fame collaboration is playing together in the house band for the Chicago Gospel Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

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Corbin Andrick

Chicago based freelance saxophonist Corbin Andrick is a dynamic youthful voice amongst the Second City music scene. Originally from Decatur, IL, Corbin moved to Chicago in 2007 to attend DePaul University. There he studied improvisation privately with Mark Colby, Bob Palmieri, Ron Perillo, and Kelly Sill, as well as composition with Tom Matta. These led to performances with Jeff Hamilton, Phil Woods, Tim Ries, Denis DiBlasio, Ira Sullivan, John Fedchock, Randy Brecker, and Jimmy Heath. After achieving his bachelor of music in 2011, Corbin was accepted to pursue a Master’s degree in Jazz Composition from DePaul.

 

 

 

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Michael Jones

Michael Jones is a Multi-instrumentalist, Vocalist, Composer and Arranger living in Chicago pursuing music full-time. Born into a musical family, Michael began playing cello at the age of 2. Soon after, Michael began singing and then fell in love with the trumpet at age 10. Michael attended the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati for his undergraduate degree and was drawn to Chicago to pursue his masters at Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music, both for Jazz Studies, focused on trumpet. J-Livi and the Party is one of Michael’s favorite bands to play with- an exciting blast of energy in both the ‘live show’ and the musical aspects! Come out to a show and see for yourself!

 

 

 

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Justin Copeland

Justin Copeland is a trumpet player, pianist, educator and composer based out of the Central Valley City of Fesno, California. He has been performing extensively as a professional musician for the past 10+ years throughout the nation, and recently within the dynamic city of Chicago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Russell

William Russell kicks The Party up a notch with the finesse of a classical soloist and chops that just won’t stop. When not Partying, William is a performer/arranger with the touring ensemble Alliance Brass, and teaches tuba-minded youngsters around the Chicago area. William can be heard on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Grammy-winning recording of Shostakovich’s 4th Symphony.

 

 

 

 

 

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Joshua Griffin

Josh Griffin began playing the Bass Guitar at six years old. While performing, writing and producing music Josh currently studies Music Performance and Marketing at Columbia College Chicago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David Agee

David has become one of the most diverse, in-demand drummers since arriving on the Chicago music scene in 2008. While freelancing, he has had the opportunity to play with some of Chicago’s most talented musicians such as the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Model Citizens, Big Shoulders Brass Band, and Mucca Pazza. David also holds teaching positions at Fenwick High School, Niles West High School, and Rauner College Prep. From mainstream pop, to zydeco, to pit orchestras, David has proven that he can adapt to any musical situation and bring a fresh, creative element to it.