Band Information

Greg Speck
(accordion and vocals)

Greg is the founder of Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers. He started the project after hearing C.J. Chenier perform in Albany, NY at a summer concert in 1995 with his son, Alek. His son looked at him and said, "Dad, you can play accordion like that. You should start a band like C.J.'s." So a family band was born with then12 year old Alek on drums and his 16 year old son Nicholas on bass. They performed fund raising benefit events for the Cathedral of All Saints Men and Boys Choir in Albany where Alek and Nick sang. The response was very encouraging and the band's first gig was at a Mardi Gras party in February, 1996. Greg's background in music began as a teenage band leader playing accordion in an eastern European folk music ensemble. Later he studied jazz arranging and piano improvisation and recorded four fusion CD's on his own GSM Record Label. He runs Stonewall Studio in Rensselaerville, NY which serves as the CSZM home base for writing, arranging and recording. On occasion he is again playing jazz gigs after a long hiatus which has led to his bringing a keyboard to CSZM events again.

 

Brian Egan
(drums and vocals)

Brian Egan has been playing diverse styles of music for over twenty five years & studied graphic design in college. As a Mosher since 2000, his energy & enthusiasm for rhythm is a vital asset to the spirit of CSZM & zydeco music in general. In 2003, Brian had the unique pleasure of touring & playing drums for C.J. Chenier, son of zydeco pioneer Clifton Chenier. He is an expert at Beatle musicology & performing their music. He freelances with some local bands on occasion. In 2009, he released a CD with the band Free Strain, an Art-Rock trio he co-founded that includes 2 of his closest friends. Brian provided drums & vocals on the CD & was a co-producer/co-engineer on the recording/mastering sessions. He co-wrote & helped arrange a majority of the music included on the disc as well.

 

James Kirk
(bass and vocals)

As a fourth generation musician, James has been immersed in music his entire life. His music studies began at the age of three with piano lessons, and continued with studies at S.U.N.Y. Albany starting at age 10. Having decided on music as a career, James attended the Musician?s Institute in Hollywood, CA. Some of the teachers James has studied with include Putter Smith, Bob Magnusson, Troy Millard, Todd Johnson, Gary Willis, Jeff Berlin, Steve Bailey, and even one lesson with Victor Wooten. After school, James began working in the Los Angeles music scene. During that time he played with numerous artists in the rock, r&b, country, blues and hip-hop idioms, including Randy Weeks, Rick Monroe, and Alvarado(Billy Tulsa & the Psycho Crawdads), as well as hosts of others. James has toured nationally and internationally, performed over 70 live radio performances, 10 live t.v. performances, and been in three music video?s, one of which (Rick Monroe?s “Midnight Rider”) received heavy airplay on C.M.T. Since moving back to the Capitol District this year, James has been busy performing with Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers.

 

Jim Rissacher
(guitar and vocals)

Jim is the newest member of CSZM. He has a BA Music degree in guitar performance from SUNY Fredonia, is highly in demand for private lessons, performs at classical music venues, and has recorded and performed with numerous jazz, pop, classical musicians for over 20 years throughout the US and Europe.

Contact Jim: jamesrissacher@yahoo.com

 

Roberto Vega Jr.
(washboard and vocals)

Drummer/percussionist and vocalist Roberto Vega Jr., loves playing the scratchboard for the Capt. Born in Harlem. Roberto is an independent musician, drawing from different types of music from fusion to country etc. Roberto states that the "music has to be fun and meaningful so it can be enjoyed."