A native of New York, and coming from a close-knit Italian family, listening to popular standards was the norm for Johnny Panzarella growing up . Distinguishing himself from other young musicians, Panzarella leads the ensemble “Johnny P. and The Wiseguys” with velvety vocals and a dynamic trumpet sound.
The band features original tunes penned by Panzarella coupled with fresh and innovative musical arrangements of classics from the Great American Songbook that catapult the 1940’s to 1960’s sound into the new millennium. Rat-pack influenced style, along with an energetic fervor synonymous with Michael Buble’s, illustrates the dynamics of the group.
His original tunes are reminiscent of an age when swing dancing, big bands, and Vegas lounges were the norm. These originals are interwoven effortlessly with the standard repertoire on the album. His debut CD’s title song “Feelin’ Alright!” blends seamlessly with old standards such as “Just One of Those Things” and “ The Lady is a Tramp.” In the same way, his original “Forever and A Day” creates a romantic mood similar to “The Very Thought of You.”
Hailing from outside of New York City, trumpeter and crooner Johnny Panzarella leads the popular swing band, Johnny P. and the Wiseguys. Johnny and the gang provide a swingin' musical styling and stage presence, echoing the greats such as Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, and Harry Connick Jr. The capability of wailing on a trumpet solo, crooning a romantic ballad, and scat-singing on an up-tempo tune makes Johnny P. a real "Jazz Triple-Threat".
Travis Davis, also a member of the Grammy Award winning “Henry Brun & The Latin Players”, brings a wealth of jazz experience and knowlege to help create the swingin' piano stylings of the Wiseguys.
A member of the Lackland Airfoce Band of the West, bass player Doug Bennett brings a wealth of musical experience, showmanship, and swing know-how to the Wiseguys.
Hailing from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, drummer extraordinaire, Jay Bird Mitthauer, has played with an abundance of great musicians over the years, including “Chase (The Band)”, Bobby Darin, and The 4 Tops.
A Texas native, Johnathan Alexander has studied music since he was thirteen and has been playing drums and percussion since he was seven. Since grade school, he has been a part of,
and excelled at, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Concert Band, Big Band, and Combo Jazz. He would also later be a part of World and Latin Percussion while completing
his degree in Psychology and Music at Texas State University.
In addition to recording, touring, and performing regionally and nationally, he is also a clinician and devout member of Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Roger Escobar provides great swinging saxophone sounds that echo the stylings of Red Prysock, Sam Butera, and John Coltrane.
Trombonist and New Orleans native, David Woodard, brings an energy to the Wiseguys that is like no other.