Images of Great Life Music Members

Contributing Artists

From soloists to a 12-piece band, Sinatra-style jazz to high-energy rock, we offer a broad range of musical volumes and styles to suit the setting. Whether leading GLM’s signature band, The Party Faithful, or tapping into the artistic strengths of their talented team of musicians, Colby works hard to bring the perfect creative pitch to each event. With vocal artists who command the stage with charisma and authenticity, and skilled instrumentalists who perform with infectious energy, we bring the party to life. Meet some members of our musical team.

Meleesa Sullivan - Vocalist

Image of Meleesa Sullivan Meleesa is a Chicago native whose love and appreciation of music began at an early age, continued in her studies at DePaul University School of Music, and has led to a career that has crossed musical genres and taken her around the country. A vocalist who has performed classical, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and more, Meleesa’s influences range from Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder to Sarah McLachlan and Annie Lennox. Among the highlights of her career is sharing the stage with Patti LaBelle and the Pointer Sisters, and recently singing background vocals for R&B artist Seal on a live taping of Soundstage.

Ameerah Tatum - Vocalist

Image of Ameerah Tatum Born in Milwaukee, WI, Ameerah started singing publicly at the age of 10. Her outsized talent as both a lead and a background singer brought her nationwide recognition, and led to world tours with Alexander O'Neal, Sheena Easton, Janet Jackson (Janet Tour), and multiple stints with Paula Abdul (Club MTV, Forever Your Girl, Under My Spell). She also worked with The Brand New Heavies, eventually stepping in when lead vocalist N'Dea Davenport left the tour. After giving birth to her first child, Ameerah returned to Milwaukee where she quickly became a valued and sought after member of the local music community for original projects, special events and large festivals. She moved to Chicago in 2010 to pursue new opportunities, and we're honored to perform with her on a regular basis.

Isiah Mitchell - Vocalist

Image of Isiah Mitchell A world class showman with superb charisma, undaunting persona, unbelievable range & a stage presence that is unrivaled in the music & entertainment business today. Isiah’s experience spans over 35 years. A former drummer turned vocalist he has performed worldwide in over 15 countries & 35 states. Isiah IS Chicago’s best kept secret. With incredible range, he has one of those voices that filled with emotion & spirit, every note & every word is straight from the heart.

Katherine Andrick - Violin

Katherine Andrick Violinist Katherine Andrick has strong roots in classical music, but fell in love with improvisation during her time at Elmhurst College, just outside of Chicago. There, Katherine was fortunate enough to study jazz and classical under former Cirque du Soleil violinist Edgar Gabriel, jazz improv on violin/guitar under prominent Chicago guitarist Frank Portolese, and jazz composition/arranging under renowned jazz arranger, Doug Beach. Katherine has now performed internationally, as well as all over the U.S. in a variety of ensembles, including ones based in country, zydeco, blues, rock, jazz, classical, and fusion. In Chicago she spends her time doing recording sessions and playing in many of the top venues of the city. Her playing has been featured in commercials, as well as television shows in the U.S.

Pat Fleming - Guitar

Image of Pat Fleming A musician well-versed in Folk, Balkan, Jazz, Blues, and Rock styles, Pat has showcased his artistic range as a member of two of Chicago's most avant garde bands, D-Section and The Balkan Rhythm Band. Pat also toured the country with The Fareed Haque Quartet, an ensemble that opened for Sting at Switzerland’s famous Montreaux Jazz Festival. As lead guitarist for Mother Root, a band that serves up a hearty mix of original rock, he has opened for such rock luminaries as Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. He was one of four live musicians performing for “The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a musical written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp. Pat is currently performing and recording with Howard Levy’s Acoustic Express Quartet, a group that often appeared with legendary jazz violinist Johnny Frigo. Pat is also a producer and composer of high regard. 

Rob Clearfield - Keyboard

Image of Rob Clearfield During his decade-plus on the scene, Clearfield has developed a reputation for lyrical, emotive compositions that contain the kernel of an oxymoron: a sound that is somehow both sad and redemptively positive. For inspiration, he turns to gospel music, Brahms, blues, Radiohead (especially Johnny Greenwood!), and modern jazz artists like Kneebody, Marilyn Crispell, Ben Monder, and Kurt Rosenwinkel—but also to other art forms, like the films of Ingmar Bergman and Krzysztof Kieslowski, work that embodies the sad/redemptive dichotomy he loves. In addition to performing and composing, Clearfield has received grants to compose for churches (Grace Commons), stage productions (Purdue North Central University), and film (The Lost Remake of Beau-Geste) (photo by Allison Williams, Chicago IL).

Goeffrey Lowe - Bass

Image of Geoffrey Lowe An eclectic modern bassist who spent his formative years in Colorado playing violin, guitar, piano, and basses, Geoffrey relocated to Chicago to work with a wider variety of players and composers. Since then, he has toured Europe with both jazz and classical groups, has performed with artists that range from Monty Alexander and David Fathead Newman to Clark Terry and Clarence Gatemouth Brown, and has appeared on recordings alongside David Sanborn, Fareed Haque, and Paul Wertico, just to name a few. Some of Geoff’s musical highlights include performances at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Park Tower Blues Festival in Japan, and the Spoletto Music Festival in Italy.

Vance Okraszewski - Drums

Image of Vance Okraszewski Vance Okraszewski is a freelance Chicago based drummer and percussionist. Since 1998 he has made a living playing music in a wide variety of settings, ranging from commercial studio work, cover bands, musical theatre and pit orchestra work, jazz projects and original rock groups, to orchestral percussion performance and accompaniment for modern dance. As a drum set artist, he has toured nationally with Lynda Carter, Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band, Lucy Lawless, Don Rickles, Jon Bauman, Justin Guarini, Diana DiGarmo, Kimberley Locke, Constantine Maroulis and Michael Orland, the assistant musical director for American Idol. As a theatre musician, he has played drums and percussion on the following shows: Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet, Company, Madagascar, Oklahoma, Boys From Syracuse, City of Angels, The Producers, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Ring of Fire. ​

Scott Burns - Sax

Image of Scott Burns Possessing an energetic rhythmic feel and formidable melodic and harmonic insight as a saxophonist, Scott has been a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene since 1998. Frequently performing in Chicago with the likes of Von Freeman, Kurt Elling, and others, he has also played alongside international jazz artists such as Clark Terry, Lou Rawls, and Harry Connick Jr. As a member of the jazz/blues/soul infused band the Mighty Blue Kings, Scott has performed at venues and festivals across the nation. His latest CD of original compositions for Origin Records, Passages, has received critical acclaim. Also a dedicated teacher of music, Scott has worked with students in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute program at Gallery 37, the Northwestern University High School Music Institute, and the Near North Montessori School as well as with students of several colleges and universities in Chicago and the Midwest.

Brian Schwab - Trumpet

Image of Brian Schwab Brian Schwab was performing professionally well before he attended the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. But it was at this distinguished school that he became keenly interested in the recording arts. A quick study on everything from four tracks to DAT, ADATs and Tascam machines, Brian opened his first music studio in 1996. At the same time, he was making a name as a strong trumpet player in Cincinnati—he played with The Drifters, Herman’s Hermits, Patti Page, Frankie Valli, The Temptations, and more.