The Jukebox Big Band (formally Gigs & The Professor) is a full orchestra with strings. Created by John Martelli (Gigs) and Randolph Ortiz (The Professor).
John Martelli is a long time Musical Director previously holding that position with groups like Eugene Pitt and The Jive Five, The Passions, The Duprees and others. He’s worked non-stop for over 3 decades in the concert industry.
Randy’s nickname is derived as he is a Professer, Dean, Dr. of academia at St. John’s University. Randy’s distinguished musical career includes being an Award Winning conductor and arranger. He’s worked with Legendary Latin Artists including Tito Puente and Pachecco. He pioneered infusing Latin and Rock with his group Seguida. When the group was signed by Fania Records they took off and were Grammy nominated.
Randy & John created the orchestra to present the music they love with high energy and playing it as the original recordings were produced. When JM&A came on board they were re-branded to The Jukebox Big Band which identifies what they do performing music of all genres. JM&A is happy to have them on our roster and expect big things going forward.