MIQ, The Marc Irwin Quintet, was formed in 2014 and is comprised of some of the busiest and most sought-after musicians in the industry.
They were happy to return for their second featured performance in the “Music in a Garden” concert series in New York in July, which was comprised of newly arranged original compositions featuring lively improvisation, lush arco bass, and virtuosic out-choruses, as well as fresh arrangements of songs from the American song book including How Long Has This Been Going On, Baubles, Bangles and Beads and Bernie’s Tune.
Marc Irwin piano/composer/arranger
Bud Burridge, trumpet/flugelhorn
Vinnie Della-Rocca, flute/alto flute/tenor sax
Dick Sarpola, bass
Warren Odze, drums
Collectively, members of MIQ can be heard on dozens of Broadway cast albums from Aladdin to Sunday in the Park with George, and have performed with renowned artists from Tony Bennett to Stevie Wonder, from Barbara Streisand to Wyclef Jean. They have played jazz with Fred Hersch, Hank Jones, Bob Mintzer, and Ray Charles, and have performed with the long-standing companies of Alvin Ailey, The New York Philharmonic, and the Joffrey Ballet.
Marc Irwin is an eclectic pianist, composer, and arranger who performs regularly in jazz, Broadway, classical, and commercial styles. Marc has released six albums: two with guitarist Dan Carillo, Crossings Of The Spirit and Childs Play, two with bassist Marty Confurius and drummer Don Mulvaney, Urbnergy and Three Of A Kind, Handmade Music with guitarist Barry Heimowitz, and a solo online EP with Arabesque Rercordings, A Few Moments More. Personnel on the albums include Tom Harrell, Steve Thorton, Frank Colòn, and Kenwood Dennard. Marc toured the world as a member of Harry Belafonte’s band, played on a live concert recording from Zimbabwie and on Belefonte’s last studio recording.
Bud Burridge, trumpet, has lived and freelanced in NYC for over 35 years. He has held a chair in over 20 Broadway shows and played on numerous movie soundtracks, commercial jingles, and albums. Bud has performed with Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, Sarah Brightman, Don Henley, Frank Sinatra, The New York Pops, John Pizzarelli, Ed Palermo, Louie Bellson, and Gerry Mulligan. Bud is 1st trumpet with Kinky Boots orchestra on Broadway.
Vinnie Della-Rocca has played flute and saxophone on two dozen Broadway cast albums and several feature film soundtracks. He has recorded/performed with Ashford and Simpson, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Ray Charles, The Bee Gees, Diana Ross, Steve and Eydie Gorme, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Chic, Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright, The American Symphony, The Long Island Philharmonic, and The Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Dick Sarpola has an extensive background in recording and performing with many jazz and pop notables including Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Mel Torme, Marian McPartland, Fred Hersch, and Howard Alden. He has performed with Tony Bennett, Michael Feinstein, Barbara Cook, Lenny Kravitz, Sting, Wyclef Jean, Rufus Wainwright, Celine Dion, Charles Aznavour, Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Woody Herman's Orchestra, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, and John Fedchock's New York Big Band and played on close to 100 major films. Performances in numerous jazz festivals include Newport, JVC, and Kool Jazz Festivals. Dick is currently performing in the Broadway show Aladdin.
Warren Odze is a drummer's drummer. He has performed in concerts or tours with Audra McDonald, Chita Rivera, Judy Collins, Bobby Short, Zoot Sims, Milt Hinton, Johnny Hartman, Astrud Gilberto, Dixie Carter, and Lea Selonga. He has played in the Broadway orchestras for Anything Goes, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hairspray, Come Fly Away, and An American in Paris. Warren is on the cast recordings including Shrek, Seussical, The Life, The Wedding Singer, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Warren is the drummer for the Tony Awards; he has played several appearances on The David Letterman Show, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. Endorsements include Sabian and Attack Drumheads.