Playing his first set of drums at the age of 2, New Jersey native Tommy Igoe captured numerous awards in junior and senior high school. After touring with the Glenn Miller Band at 18, Igoe’s career took off in the New York recording scene, including a stint as drummer for Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Now, Igoe brings together several of the region’s finest musicians, the Birdland Big Band, for Eleven (Deep Rhythm Music, 2012). But rather than attempt to recreate the sound of a bygone era, Igoe assembles 11 big band arrangements of more recent compositions.
At the core are Igoe, pianist Kenny Ascher and Tom Kennedy on acoustic and electric bass. The band consists of five trumpets – two of them splitting the songs, three trombones and five saxophones and flutes. Three guests also make selected appearances, Rob Paparozzi on harmonica, Hector Martignon on piano and Rolando Morales-Matos on percussion and vibraphone.