Bridget hails from New York, but has performed in theatres and music venues throughout the United States. An experienced actor and singer, Bridget got her start in musical theatre (favorites include starring roles in Merrily We Role Along, A Little Night Music, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), but her true musical love has always been the Jazz Era and the glorious, glittering songs of the American Songbook. She is thrilled to be celebrating this music with a fantastic group of musicians (including husband/drummer Anthony Rella). Bridget holds a BFA from Southern Methodist University.
Hailing from the great state of Connecticut, Ian was raised on music from an early age. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in 2009 where he was privileged to study with Oscar Stagnaro, John Lockwood, Esperanza Spalding, Walter Beasely, Bruce Gertz, and many other fine musicians and instructors. Over the last several years Ian has worked, literally, all over the world as a bassist. In 2011, he released his first album as composer and bandleader. Ian currently lives in New York City.
Mark Phillips is an Australian saxophonist, woodwind specialist and educator. Accomplished in both classical and jazz, Mark holds a Bachelor of Music Performance with Honors from the University of Melbourne. He has performed throughout Australia on classical radio, with The Australian Army Band, The Victoria Police Show Band, The Australian Cotton Club Orchestra and was principal reed player in ‘Strange Bedfellows’ with John Foreman. Arriving in NYC in 2011, Mark has studied with world renown jazz artists including Vincent Herring, Will Vinson and Andrew Sterman and has performed in support of acts as diverse as Gavin Degraw and fellow Australian, Olivia Newton-John.
Rebecca has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Cell Theater, the City Winery, the Snapple Theater and The Producer’s Club, among others. Recently, Rebecca was selected to perform the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the Torrington Symphony and toured China with the Manhattan Symphonie as principal trumpet. Rebecca also performs with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Patriot Brass Ensemble (a group dedicated to performing for veterans), the Fire Island Pines Arts Project and is a founding member of the Manhattan Klezmer Band. Rebecca graduated from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with members of the New York Philharmonic.
Rich received a degree in music theory and composition from Suny New Paltz. There he formed the original group, Homesick For Space, a band he recorded and toured with for five years. All told, Rich has been teaching and performing on the guitar in the tri-state area for over a decade in original groups, Beatles tribute bands, Latin clubs and countless other experimental settings. Through his varied influences and experiences, Rich brings a variety of styles into his jazz playing, helping Gin Fizz stand out among its peers.
Anthony’s first drums were some empty coffee cans his parents gave him to bang on when he was barely old enough to walk. He never stopped. Anthony has been working professionally as a musician and actor since he finished grad school and, over the last seven years, has played over a thousand performances coast to coast. He lives in New York City with his wife Bridget (Gin Fizz’s lovely chanteuse) and his pal (i.e., his cat) Louie.