Leader of Heat Wave Orchestra and co-leader of Night Lights Orchestra
In addition to being a vocalist, director, emcee, composer, and educator Brooke Zino is known for her vivacious and commanding presence on and offstage. Her captivating energy, powerhouse vocals, and consummate professionalism are just some reasons why Brooke is a perfect fit for any event. Her career in music began after studying jazz voice at Western Michigan University.
After her studies Brooke began finding her footing back home in Chicago by working with varying types of ensembles: big bands, party bands, small jazz ensembles, professional choirs, open mic’s, etc. She soon found her way to singing for Celebrity Cruise Lines as a jazz and pop vocalist for audiences foreign and domestic.It was during these formative years of travel and exploration that she found her love for writing music and has since released several original works to all streaming platforms in the folk/pop/ singer-songwriter genre.
After traveling Brooke moved back to Chicago permanently to direct and sing lead vocals in the high energy party band called Heat Wave Orchestra. When Brooke isn’t performing with Heat Wave she is providing private vocal and piano lessons to students, singing in Lakeside Singers: a professional choir based out of Evanston, IL, or hiking with her husband Rob and dog Luna.
Nikki and Amy became friends when studying music at the University of Miami in 2003. They have remained friends over the years and look forward to expanding Yazz Jazz Music & Productions in Florida. Nikki’s accolades include working with acclaimed artists Gloria Estefan, Michael Bublé, KC and the Sunshine Band, as well has having the opportunity to sing background vocals for Aloe Blacc on Disney’s 2018 Christmas Special, Thelma Houston, Mary Wilson, and an upcoming show withMartha Wash, Shannon and Jennifer Holiday at Estefan Kitchen Concert Series produced by Estefan Enterprises,
Nikki was also a background vocalist for Cory Henry with the Nu Deco Orchestra, and a background vocalist for Prince Royce’s track “Really Real”.
Keith Brooks II
Keith is also currently endorsed by T-Cymbals and Scorpion Percussion Sticks. He assists with keeping the repertoire fresh, fun and classic at the same time.
Stuart has a Masters in Jazz Studies from Depaul University and an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan. Stuart loves dogs and cats and going on bike rides. He and Amy have been making music together since 2009, including a stint in Europe in 2011.
Dale has been in the DJ industry for 20 years with over a thousand events on his resume. He is our most requested DJ and for good reason! Dale is an all around event professional and prides himself on being more than just the music man.
Working alongside other vendors with a strong sense of urgency to help make visions come to life is his specialty! Dale is also a country singer, former radio MC/Mixmaster, and has run production for international music acts.
We often hear Dale say “If I won a million dollars tomorrow, I would still be doing my weddings this weekend because I love it so much.”