EVAN CAUBLE-JOHNSON - VOCALS, GUITAR
Evan began performing professionally as a vocalist and guitarist as a teenager, and has jammed his way across North America, performing in jazz clubs in Kansas City, Mexico City, and Toronto before moving to Chicago in 2006. Evan's vocal delivery and guitar licks bridge the gap between his traditional jazz influences and the high energy sounds of contemporary American popular music.
GIL CADRECHA - DRUMS, PERCUSSION
Gil began playing drums at age 11 and studied under LA session drummer Carl Moss, playing around Southern California with various bands, often with his late brother Joe Cadrecha, himself an LA session guitarist. After moving to the Chicago land area, his music took a backseat during a 26 year law enforcement career. Now, Gil focuses on music full time, having played with bands Tiger Moon, The Damen North Jazz Ensemble, Oakley Station, The Vibetonez and as an on-call drummer. He's also done session work for John Hegner at Starbelll Hatchery Recording Studios for NYC singer-songwriters Chris Belden (Camouflage) and Charlie Lang (Free). He is currently the staff Music Director for Living Grace Community Church in Cary, IL. Gil says Swing Forward is the most exciting project he's been a part of thus far.
TONY MHOON - UPRIGHT AND ELECTRIC BASSES
Tony studied bass with Pete Cozy (Miles Davis) Rufus Reid, Scott Krieger and Carl Roscott and performed with the NIU Jazz Band under the direction of the legendary Ron Modell. After obtaining his BA in Music Performance at Columbia College he went on to perform with the Morris Ellis and Steve Edwards Orchestras as well as serving as bandmaster for Princess Cruise Lines for nine years. In his marketing stint at I AM Records Tony was responsible for breaking gospel artist Calvin Bridge’s “Chosen” in the secular music market. He was bassist for the stage productions of “Carolyn or Change,” Rock at the Opera,” “Godspell,” “The Jackie Wilson Story,” “Motor City” and "Your Arms Too Short To Box With God.” Tony has toured with McCoy Tyner, The Staple Singers, Tramline Hawkins, and BeBe & CeCe Winans and for over twenty years has been involved in teaching music to children and adults.
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PHIL BALSANO - BANDLEADER, KEYBOARDS
Phil’s work as a keyboardist, songwriter, record producer and music publisher has resulted in success on the Billboard Pop, R&B and Dance charts (Tantrum, Shawn Christoper, J.M. SIlk, Jaimie Principle), in national advertising campaigns and television shows (Pepsi, Wrigley, Zenith, MDA Telethon, StarSearch) and documentary film soundtracks ("Harold Washington - The Life And Times"). In 2014 Phil launched the original Swing Forward band. The band’s first album “Ain’t It Fun” was released on Toucan Cove Records with two tunes appearing on the "Very Ballroom 2" dance compilation. Phil is ecstatic to be working with the newest Swing Forward lineup!