Chicago Total Access

Chicago Total Access is a music group made up of 10 talented musicians which all grew up listening to American and British pop/rock, jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, Motown, acid rock  and music from the 40’s, the 50’s, the 60’s, and the 70’s as well as classical music from the ages.  Our music is dedicated to the music of the American rock band “Chicago”.  There is no other American rock n roll band with horns that has influenced more musicians, is loved by millions of people worldwide and has become such a deep part of Americana as the band Chicago. Since 1967, 46 years of sold out concerts, millions of record sales and legions of cheering fans worldwide  Chicago is still going strong in 2013. The members of Chicago Total Access have attempted to recreate a slice of the timeless musical catalog of Chicago as well as stay true to the spirit of the original recordings. We hope you enjoy our efforts!

 The liner notes of their first recording titled “The Chicago Transit Authority” still inspire us and I hope you as well.
“The printed word can never aspire to document a truly musical experience, so if you must call them something, speak of the city where all save one were born; where all of them were schooled and bred, and where all of this incredible music went down barely noticed; call them CHICAGO.”


Stan Jackson - vocals


Ray Leonardo - guitar/vocals


Bill Edmondson - keyboards/vocals


Mark Jannito - piano

Marcus Jannitto has a minor in music from Barrington College and was trained as a classical French horn player, playing piano in various bands on the side to pay for college. After taking a 35-year break to serve in the Air National Guard, he is back playing for gas money for Chicago Total Access!  

Art "Bubba" Aldrich- trumpet

Besides playing in and eventually leading a very successful New England “wedding band” called The Coachmen, Bubba toured the East coast in the early “70’s” in a backup band backing state fair headliners for 2 years. Names like Pat Boone and family, Mac Davis, Lynn Anderson, and Roy Clarke were just a few!

After a brief 30 year hiatus from playing, the Coachmen decided to have a reunion performance in 2014. Bubba got hooked again and has been playing ever since. Besides truly enjoying being with CTA, he does some freelance playing along with playing principal chair in the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble.


Steve O'Connell - woodwinds

Steve has been playing in jazz and rock groups for years in the Providence RI area. He has also done many show bands where all of the reed instruments are called for. A huge fan of the original Chicago (Transit Authority), he has relished playing with CTA since its inception. 


Artie Montanaro - trombone


Rob Martin - bass/vocals

Rob has been involved in music education for many years. He has been teaching percussion in southeastern MA since 1996. He has taught drum-line instruction and field show designs for Seekonk High School for many years. He has also launched a community percussion ensemble called “Mallet Maniacs.” Now in its eighth year, he created this unique program as a grassroots effort to encourage percussionists from different school systems to unite and meet new friends who share a passion for playing in an environment that is challenging and fun. Rob is a multi-instrumentalist and loves paying tribute to Peter Cetera and the amazing bass lines found in Chicago’s music

Jim Hoyt - drums and percussion

Jim started playing the drums at age 11 and joined his first band at 13 years old. His early influences were Norman Garrett, Martin Goldstein and Tim Quinn - each, in their way, instilling a lifetime of passion and love for music. 
Jim appreciates all types of music and currently plays in the Ocean State Pops Orchestra. His true love, though, is for the horn bands of the 60’s & 70’s. One of his early drumming influences was Chicago’s founding drummer Danny Seraphine and his unique style - fusing jazz and rock & roll drumming - which played a major roll in defining the Chicago ‘Rock & Roll with Horns’ sound!
“I can’t believe how much fun I’m having played this amazing music!” 

Ray Leonardo - drums and percussion

Ray is from a family of musicians.  His Dad was a jazz drummer and Ray grew up listening to Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Miles Davis and many other jazz masters. Ray's son is also a fine musician and is the musical director and guitar player for Chicago Total Access. Ray’s drumming is influenced by the great jazz drummers of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s era. He was also very influenced by The Beatles and Ringo. No surprise there

The most influential band that set Ray’s musical education in motion is Chicago, with the great Danny Seraphine and Terry Kath.  Ray said, “Chicago was like listening to all of my favorite music played by one band.  Everything that turned me on musically these guys could do and did!” Through almost 47 years of playing the drums, he has worked with a variety of performers.  From wedding bands, rock trio’s, big band jazz groups and many ethnic groups.  One of the highlights was his time playing with the great German accordion/glockenspiel virtuoso Helmut Blücher.  He played with Helmut for 3 Octoberfest seasons at the famous Swissotel in Boston.

Ray still continues his drum studies today with Bruce Becker in L.A. Bruce is a disciple of the great Freddy Gruber.  Rays philosophy is this “The growth of a musician never stops if he or she chooses that path, it is a constant journey of discovery and creativity.”