NOUVEAU is a preeminent band, offering a wide variety of R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop, Jazz and Classic Rock music. We have upbeat music, including dance tunes that will have you moving and grooving to some of your favorites from the past and present.
MITCH GOLDMAN’S infectious energy and boundless talent have caught the attention of The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, The English Beat, Rick Derringer, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Alagia, Tutu and the Pirates, Jack Mazzenga and many other national performers, whom Mitch has played for, recorded with, or shared a stage within his career. A popular artist in the Chicago area, Mitch provides Nouveau with vocals, guitar and trumpet.
IDA IVY’s timeless and sultry vocals have given her the opportunity to sit in with some of her major musical influences, including Count Basie’s Orchestra and B.B. King. She has received offers to sing background with well-known, nationally acclaimed artists, however, she has chosen to spend time with her family, while sharing her phenomenal talent with local audiences.
LARRY THOMAS, aka Shuga Bear. Larry is a full-time musician, whom has performed with many popular bands throughout Illinois, and Wisconsin. Larry has opened for Cheap Trick, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Buddy Guy, Morris Day and the Time and others. Wait until you witness his personality and showmanship coming from his keyboard. It’s amazing to experience.
GARY SCHAFFEL is Nouveau’s bassist. GARY SCHAFFEL is Nouveau’s bassist. Gary is a founding member of the band Not for Profit. Not for Profit is a Chicago based band that helps charitable organizations raise money founded in 2007. Gary helped to promote and lead that band to its long run and success as a charitable band in Chicago. Gary is also a member of an acoustic band, String Theory and an Irish music band, The Celtics.
JOE BERTRAM, AKA DrumrJoe, was raised in the northern suburbs of Ilinois. Joe started drumming in grade school at age ten. He later started taking private lessons as a teen, and in his adulthood from Ed Breckenfeld, (Insiders, Jim Peterik, Cathy Richardson Band, Off Broadway, etc). Joe drummed for semi-famous Chicago Alt-Country band, Urban Twang, from 2001-2009. He has opened for The Doobie Brothers, Webb Wilder and other big name acts. His favorite music style is Power Pop, but he also enjoys funk immensely too!
MARK DUPIES is the lead guitarist and provides backing vocals for Nouveau. Mark also provides sound for our live performances for many regional and local bands. He has engineered sound and shared his impressive guitar abilities within many bands throughout the years. He puts the cool in Nouveau.
JEANINE RIESS an experienced lead singer, harmonist and keyboard player in numerous bands, showcases her talents and musical flexibility at every opportunity from weddings and large charity events to vigils, sporting events, bar gigs and various music venues. Jeanine can be found sharing her singing personality during a Nouveau show, not only on stage, but out in the audience!
We love sharing the musical and personal energy with our audience; creating a fun-filled time for everyone that experiences the Nouveau difference.
Gary Schaffel joins Nouveau as our new Bass Player
Read more about Gary in the Biography section.
Joe Bertram joins Nouveau as our new Drummer
Joe Bertram is our new Drummer, please read more about Joe in our Bio section.
Mark Tulloss joins Nouveau as our new Bass Player and Vocalist
Mark Tulloss is our new Bass Player and vocalist, please read more about Mark in our Bio section.
Larry Thomas, a.k.a. Shugabear joins Nouveau
Larry is our new Keyboard player, read more about Larry in the Bio tab.
Mitch Goldman Joins Nouveau
We are excited to announce that Mitch Goldman is joining Nouveau. Mitch's Trumpet expertise, stage presence and vocal ability will add a whole new dimension to this band. Please check out the Bio tab for more info about him.