Tom Stevens – Vocals
Tom grew up in Ossining NY. He started singing in church, wearing robes and learning choral music where he sang alongside his Dad for many years. In the early 1990's, he joined a local Blues/Rock band and his vocal abilities took on a new direction. His powerful and soulful vocals infuse a performance with emotion that can take an audience with him where ever a song goes. His influences include B.B. King; Muddy Waters; Eric Clapton; Bonnie Raitt; Etta James; Joe Cocker; Keb' Mo'; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Richie Havens; David Clayton Thomas and so many more.
Tom Provenzano – Guitar
Tom was born in Hewlett, NY at a very young age. Throughout grade school he played the contrabass in the school orchestra and was a member of the Long Island String festival in 1968. No stranger to big horn bands, Tom has played with them since high school. Chameleon, based out of Rochester NY, was a nine piece band that opened for such acts as Chuck and Gap Mangione. After Chameleon, Tom landed a gig with Rainbow, a regional band touring the East Coast. Tom finally settled in West Palm Beach, FL and for several years worked for the Abbey Road chain of restaurants playing with acts such as Clarence Clemens and Greg Allman. In 1980, he moved back to Westchester, NY to raise a family but always stayed in music as a side job. Returning to music full time in 2010, Tom is now a member of New York Uproar and hopes to write another paragraph in the bio by the time it’s all done.
Leslie Bloome – Bass
Leslie, began playing music at the early age of eight years old and by 17, was making music professionally. Leslie attended the Musicians Institute, in Hollywood CA, studying Music Theory and Performance. His National Tours have included: The Box Tops, The Drifters, Tabula Rassa, Walter Ego, Accidental Tribe, Mostly Water, and stints with Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines. Leslie has been involved in the recording of numerous albums as a musician, producer and sound engineer. He has also been a Foley Artist and Sound Editor for the past twenty one years; creating sounds for hundreds of feature films, television shows, and animation.
Matt Norris – Drums
Matt’s hometown is Cortlandt Manor NY, and still lives nearby in Peekskill, NY. Matt received a BFA Music – percussion from SUNY Purchase, a BS in Music Therapy from SUNY New Paltz and his MS in Music Education from Lehman College. Matt has performed all over the U.S. with different groups in a variety of styles and settings including the famous club Tramps with indie legend Fishbone. He has played with Lords of The Underground Rapper Du Kelly, recorded drums on a single featuring Living Colour singer Corey Glover and P. Fluid from 24-7 Spyz. He has played with Jazz bassists Vishnou Woods and Midge Pike as well as piano virtuoso Peggy Stern. He was also recently fortunate to perform some Jazz standards with Chevy Chase. His influences include Tony Williams, John Bonham, David Garabaldi, The Police, Monk, Miles, Duke, Bach, Mozart and Copland. He says "I am lucky to have been able to play and create music with some wonderful musicians over the years. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to create and perform with "New York Uproar.
Chris Burke – Piano/ Hammond Organ
Chris has been teaching and playing music professionally in the tri-state area for over 10 years. A graduate of Pleasantville HS, he attended the University of Rochester and the Ontario Institute for Audio Recording Technology in Canada. For Chris, playing piano/organ is a family business, as he is the grandson of a former organist for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. As he tells it, he is not a "real" organist, as he does not use his feet, but just one listen will tell you differently. Influenced by the great soul jazz organ players such as Groove Holmes and Jimmy Smith, his playing has all the growls and groans of any "real" organ player. For the past three years, Chris has been the musical director for the Lighthouse Youth Arts Center in Thornwood, NY. His Hammond organ playing has been heard with the Geoff Hartwell Band, The Track, Johnny Feds and da Blues Boyz, and other NY area bands. He is also a songwriter and producer/arranger.
John Hahn – Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba
John is originally from Dedham, Ma. He has a BA in Applied Music from the Hart School of Music and a MA in Music Education from Lehman College. The son of a Boston area band leader, he began working as both a classical and contemporary musician at an early age. His credits on Broadway include "Miss Saigon" (10 years), "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and he has toured internationally with "Dream Girls", "Les Miserables", "The Wiz" (with Stephanie Mills) and the "Producers". John has played with many of New York’s best big bands including the Mel Lewis Big Band at The Village Vanguard, the Mingus Big Band at the Time Cafe, and the Bob Mintzer Big Band. His powerful sound lends some credibility to the band’s name. His Influences include his father who he describes as "Great Musician", Carl Fontana, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Richard Bona, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Carlos Santana.
Marc Beladino – Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
Marc was born, raised and still lives in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. He studied music on the college level at the Hoff Barthelson Conservatory before attending Berklee College of Music on a Music Merit Scholarship. He is currently a professional musician working all over the Tri-State Area with many different small Jazz, Rock, Blues, R&B and Classical groups. He has performed with The Westchester Conservatory Orchestra, The Curtis Winchester Band, Fred Gillen Jr., JasonGisser, Geoff Hartwell, Petey Hop, Bravo Avocado, The Monks as well as his own small jazz quartet/ quintet. His influences are any great horn section (T.O.P., Roomful of Blues, Chicago etc.) and players such as Lenny Pickett (S.N.L. / T.O.P.) "Doc" Kupka (T.O.P.) and Don Wise (Delbert McClinton).