Tying this diverse and challenging repertoire together are stories and anecdotes involving the cartoons and their composers. The band is on a musical mission of equal parts music preservation, education, and performance. The Queen’s Cartoonists tap into the rich tradition of cartoon music to bring a fun, cross-generational concert experience to any and all who will listen!
TQC has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and on NPR. They have been bringing their unique (yet nostalgic) sound to performing arts centers and schools all over the US.
Joel " Slim Pickins" Pierson
Pianist and composer Joel Pierson is active in the worlds of classical, jazz, and pop music. He has worked with artists of great repute (the Kronos Quartet), & artists of not-so great repute (Wayne Newton). Joel has performed on all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica), and at venues such as The Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC and The Troubadour in Los Angeles. Joel became interested in starting a group dedicated to fun, forgotten gems of the Swing Era many years ago, but only recently found a group of musicians willing to take on the difficult material. Using cartoons as an inspiration, he has been accumulating arrangements by whatever means possible, including forcing others to do the work for him. Websites: www.therealjoelpierson.com www.nycpianodoctor.com
Rossen "Chock Full" Nedelchev
Rossen Nedelchev is a professional drummer and producer in New York City and a non-professional chef, skier, beer drinker and soccer critic anywhere in the world. He has extensive experience performing in a variety of styles, ranging from jazz, R&B, funk, pop and electronic music. Currently Rossen Nedelchev is the band leader for the jazz band Alter View and he plays drums for Jana Mashonee, The Qualia and The Queens Cartoonists (where he really plays the cow bell all the time). He has also performed and recorded with a lot of people at a lot of places in a lot of countries at different times. And at Carnegie Hall. Rossen has but can't find his BA degree in performance from NBU (Sofia, Bulgaria) and a Gradute Diploma in jazz performance from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (New York). www.rossennedelchev.com
Ian "At the Buffet" Hutchinson
One of New York City's busiest bass players, Ian Hutchison has a great reputation as a musician... and swing dancer! Ian may have been born in the wrong era, but he's making the best of a bad situation, and has played for national and international swing dance events with some of the best dance bands in America, and has toured Japan, England, Argentina, Canada, and Russia. Ian hails from Denver, CO, where he graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in music performance. Instead of specializing in one style of music, Ian is has gigged in the worlds of jazz, bluegrass, rock, funk, blues, tango, country, and salsa.
Drew "Dranka" Pitcher
New York City based saxophonist and woodwindist Drew Pitcher hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he first cut his teeth with local jazz mainstays Jon Montgomery, Steve Talaga, and Max Colley III. You’ve probably heard of them. He then attended the University of North Texas where he would perform and record with the Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band and receive a bachelors degree in jazz performance. Dark economic times followed. Drew made ends meet by recording smooth jazz Christmas albums, traveling the world seeking gigs, and performing with artists such as The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, and sadly, Wayne Newton. Having survived these travels, Drew now resides in New York, where he plays music, ping-pong, chess, and ferments malted barley and hops in his apartment.
Mark "Dingo" Phillips
Hailing from the land down under, Mark relocated to NYC in 2011 in search of great music and fewer deadly creatures. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance (classical saxophone) with honors from the University of Melbourne, and worked professionally in Australia as a woodwind performer, educator and poorly skilled bartender. Since arriving on US soil, Mark has further developed his bar tending skills as well as his playing, studying with some of the worlds best jazz and classical artists. He has since played along side international acts including Gavin Degraw, Olivia Newton-John and Vertical Horizon, and been spotted playing in numerous venues ranging from NYC dive bars to SXSW festival in Austin, TX. Website: www.mtpmusic.com
Greg "Eggs and" Hammontree
Greg Hammontree has been tinkering with music his entire life, sometimes at places like Radio City Music Hall, Symphony Space, The Jazz Standard, Studio 54, Flushing Town Hall, The Bowery Ballroom, The Louis Armstrong House Museum, and China. That's right, sometimes China! Well once... China. You may have seen or heard him on TV channels with acronyms for names like CBS, PBS and ABC. He enjoys composing, arranging and taking naps. Greg received his Master's in Jazz Performance from CUNY, Queens College under Michael Mossman and is now a professional freelance trumpet player, #unemployed.