Biscuit Jam With Mark Telesca, Richie Schmidt & The Funky Biscuit All Stars Featuring TLZ Organ Trio

The Funky Biscuit Presents

Biscuit Jam With Mark Telesca, Richie Schmidt & The Funky Biscuit All Stars Featuring TLZ Organ Trio

Monday March 4, 2019

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL


Reserve Seats for this event are subject to a $15 food or beverage minimum (Happy Hour Menu not available during this event). Entire party must arrive no later than 7:30pm or reserved seats will be released

TLZ Organ Trio
TLZ Organ Trio
South Florida based collective TLZ Organ Trio brings together the musical minds of Tom Regis, Jon Zeeman, and Antony Livoti to create a unique approach to the traditional Hammond organ trio sound. TLZ's music incorporates elements of Jazz, R&B, Gospel, 70's & 80's Pop, Latin, and of course, the Blues. The individual members each bring their rich musical experience in a variety of styles, and enjoy collaborating on their original compositions as well as putting new twists on old favorites. TLZ’s goal is to, along with the audience, embark on a memorable and joyous musical journey through the magic of song and groove.

TLZ Organ Trio Members:

Tom Regis is a Hammond endorsed organist, keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist and author, whose credits include Celia Cruz, Ofra Haza, Teddie Pendegrass, Eddie Gomez, Rafi, Tone Loc, Marianne Faithful, Cheb Mami, and others. Tom’s background is also as a composer, and many of his compositions have been used in film and television.

Raised on classical music and the music of the Beatles, Tom’s musical path and travels have allowed him to dig deep into styles ranging from classical to jazz, Latin to Mid-Eastern, folk to blues and rock, and R&B to gospel. Since moving to Florida in 2011, Tom became the house keyboardist with the Funky Biscuit All- Stars. He is also a member of the Jon Zeeman Band, and has led his own groups, Afinka Funk, Tom Regis & Friends, and Sunnyside Swing

Jon Zeeman grew up near New York City. As a child he studied classical guitar and piano. He attended Ithaca College and settled in Manhattan where he began to take session work as a jazz fusion guitarist. His first album “Still Life” was released in Europe in 2003 and in the US in 2006. Jon has followed up with three additional albums. Jon’s also been very busy as a performer throughout his career. His credits, apart from the Jon Zeeman band, one of South Florida’s more popular groups, include Susan Tedeski, the Allman Brothers Band, Jerry Marotta, Janis Ian, and others.

Antony Livoti has become one of South Florida’s busiest drummers since moving to Florida from New York in 2012. On any given night, you can catch Antony performing with the Funky Biscuit All-Stars backing a variety of local and national acts, the Atlantic Blues Band, the Bobby Nathan Band, Kat Riggins, the Mark Telesca Band, and many others. Antony is also co-founder of the popular musical educational site, as well as a music producer and educator.
Mark Telesca
Mark Telesca
Mark Telesca is an American Songwriter / Singer / Guitarist and Bassist. He studied music at Florida Atlantic University and currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

His “HOOK” oriented songwriting style and storytelling lyrics along with his expressive style of bass playing and powerful lead vocal is capturing the attention of music lovers everywhere.

Mark has released his first solo studio CD titled “Heavy Breathing” in January of 2015. His CD spent many months on steady rotation on SIRIUSXM RADIO (Bluesville). The CD is receiving rave reviews and reached the #5 spot on "Blues Power Radio's Top 30" Blues Albums. He has had three singles off the Heavy Breathing CD that has charted on Blues 411 Baker's Dozen of Blues. "If You Got Enough Jack" has reached #5 " Cross the Dog" has reached #2 and "I Don't Need Your Lovin' Anymore" has reached #1 !!!

In January 2015, Mark took his band to Memphis, TN to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and were semi finalists.

Mark has also started a career playing solo acoustic guitar focusing on Pre-WWII blues, Americana and his own original music. He has since competed in his local IBC challenge as a solo artist. He has been fortunate enough to win himself another spot in to compete again in Memphis in January 2016 and will be competing again in 2017.

Mark is very proud to be endorsed by Delaney Guitars. Delaney Guitars has built the Mark Telesca Bass Model. They are calling the bass the "TRADITION" model based on its traditional looks, feel and sound. It is currently available for purchase

Mark is out gigging almost every night promoting his music. In addition to his hectic gigging schedule, he is the host of one of the most popular Pro Blues Jams in the Southeast. The Jam takes place every Monday at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL. There are many touring artist who make it a point to spend some extra time in sunny Florida just to attend and hopefully participate in this high quality Jam.

As well as being a songwriter, singer, guitarist, and band leader, Mark is a touring bassist supporting many blues / rock artists. He is currently touring with “Blue Mercy” Featuring 2014 Blues Music Award winner and 2015 Blues Music Award Nominee Diunna Greenleaf.

Mark was the bassist along with 2010 Blues Music Award Winner and 2015 Grammy Winner Jason Ricci on Harmonica in The Keith Brown Trio. They later recorded Keith’s album “Down the Line” an acoustic album.

Influences are: The Delta Blues, Gospel Music and Motown.
Bass influences are James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn, Oteil Burbridge, Willie Weeks ... Just to name a few.
Richie Schmidt
Richie Schmidt
Richie Schmidt was born and raised in NYC, and was surrounded by musical influences from an early age. Singing in his church's “cherub” choir at age 5, he would follow on to the junior and adult choirs. From grade 2 to 6 he took violin lessons (at public school!). And when the church began to experiment with the new “folk” music style that was becoming popular, he began playing guitar. Some formal lessons followed at the local music store, and the guitar became a constant companion.

With his transistor radio (tuned to WABC), he began listening and learning the songs of the time. A friendly competition with his sister Debbie (also a singer/guitarist) provided a “look what I just learned” leap-frog game of sharing songs and styles, accelerating his knowledge of the instrument, as well as his familiarity with the variety of 60s and 70s pop music.

Other influences would add some spice to his skills. Under the direction of musicologist Peter Griggs he studied East Indian music and performed as a percussionist with the NYC Gamelan. A high school friend, Christopher Thall, was a prodigious talent who demonstrated learning techniques that opened up many avenues to musical approach and understanding. And Richie's fascination with musical instruments led him to acquire abilities on piano and flute, as well as banjo, mandolin and other stringed instruments.

He began performing in rock cover bands in 1976, playing classic rock favorites at parties and high schools and eventually in clubs all around NYC and Long Island. In 1983, he fully dedicated himself to a life of music, leaving his home to join a traveling act. Early in these travels he met keyboardist Tess Smith. The two traveled with the touring band for a number of years, eventually settling in South Florida. In 1990 they were married, and began performing as the duo “Twocan Blue”.

In 2002 Richie was invited to fill the guitar role for “The Fabulous Fleetwood's” the longest running “rockin' blues” band in the region.

In 2008, he was the musical director for the stage re-creation of the concert movie “The Last Waltz”, and also performed in the role of guitarist Robbie Robertson .

Continuing on a busy schedule of performances, he's frequently called on as a solo artist and side man, performing on stages large & small, with local musician friends, as well as many noteworthy artists.
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432