The Four26 is the New York based Americana duo of Peter Carucci and Becki Fleischer who, with their backing band, take crowds along with them on a journey into deep pocket grooves where the dirt from life feels good on your hands. They’re currently recording their first album together and maintain a very active calendar illuminating stages and drawing crowds into each performance with their magnetic style and honest approach.
A life-long musician, Peter first made a name for himself during his college years, attracting sold-out crowds looking to hear his unique percussive-style acoustic guitar and captivating vocals. As a pioneering member of the 90's folk rock scene, he opened locally for acts like Jonathan Edwards (Sunshine Go Away Today) and Dave Matthews. A natural performer, Carucci went on to co-found several bands in New York City, most notably Chasing Sunday, a top NYC and internationally successful band, Steve Liesman & The Mooncussers, The Shaves, and The Four26. He has written, co-written, and produced over forty songs on five albums and has written countless more, many of which have been performed live or featured on artist recordings. As frontman of internationally successful Chasing Sunday, Peter achieved chart successes in New York City, on college radio, and across Europe. A multi-instrumentalist, Peter has performed around the globe and shared stages and studios with members of The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, and The Allman Brothers Band (Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti, Bobby Keys, Chuck Leavell), as well as musical legends: Sammy Hagar, Paul Shaffer, Santana, Bernie Williams, the Heartbreakers, Lew Soloff, Jay Lane, Jason Crosby, Papa Mali, D.J. Logic, Jonathan Wilson, Jim Devito, Randy Jackson, George Murphy, Fantasia, David Gans, Gala, Anna Falchi, Yannick Noah, Patrick Bruel, and many others.
Raised in Indiana, Becki found her love of music at a young age winning vocal competitions and playing guitar, piano, French horn, trumpet and any other instrument she could get her hands on. These days, she is known for her clear and compelling vocals and smooth rhythm guitar. Layering in ear-grabbing harmonies or taking the lead, she has contributed to cover bands and was a founding member of the indie rock band LAWLESS. Becki currently writes and performs original music and originally arranged covers with her band The Four26, which she also co-founded. She is a member of the Nashville-based songwriting community, Songtown, and in July 2020, Becki released her first EP of original music, Intune, which conveys her fierce belief in the power of personal transformation. Her song "Shift" received airplay in the northern suburbs of NYC and her song "Highest Ground" was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Folk/Acoustic category of the Indie International Songwriting Network contest in 2021. "Highest Ground" is also the theme music for her podcast, Unleash Your Soul Song.
A versatile guitarist and teacher, Wilson has mastered styles ranging from pop/rock, world music, and jazz to classical. As a session musician, he has recorded for many labels, including Universal Records, Sony Music, and Def Jam Records Japan and performs throughout the world with various musical ensembles. Wilson holds a degree in classical guitar from the Accademia Musicale in Florence, Italy, a BFA in jazz performance from City College, where he was honored as a valedictorian candidate, and a Masters in Music Education from Boston University. He is a working composer and introduced his first album titled “Viaggio” in 2012. His compositions can also be heard in the 2014 feature film “Shelter.”
A Good Time Charly available for any party, Dean's been playing bass for various original and party bands around the New York City music scene for the past 30 years. His past creative collaborations include performing and recording with The Twenty % Tippers, Andy If, Jayah, John Plenge and the Tone Factory, Allen Gogarty, Chasing Sunday, and Justin Robert James. He also is currently the bassist for the live band karaoke group, Rock Star Karaoke NYC performing for various clubs, corporate parties and private events. More recently, Dean has been working on a recording of original material for his first full length album, Checkered Past due out later this year.
An accomplished percussionist and composer, Frank is one of the most sought-after musicians in New York City and maintains an extremely active performance schedule with several ensembles in and around the area. Frank’s compositions have been premiered and performed in several major U.S. cities, including New York, Boston, and Hartford, as well as Florence, Rome and Bari, Italy. In 2000 he was awarded the American Music Center Margaret Fairbank Jory prize for his composition “Struggle in Microcosm.” In addition to that distinction, the same composition was selected to serve as the opening work of the International New Music Consortium’s Summer 2000 tour to Italy. As a performing artist, Picarazzi has been featured with dozens of performing groups as a vibraphonist and percussion soloist and is featured on several different recordings. He is a founding member of the popular fusion 4th "Alpha Mosaic” and in April 2003 he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a member of the “Marimba Spiritual” ensemble.
Jess Kessler is a New York based keyboardist with nearly 20 years of experience in live performance and studio work. While mainly focusing on rock and popular styles, Jess is also well-versed in jazz, blues, funk, and other genres. He prides himself on being a multi instrumentalist, having the ability to play a plethora of keyboard based instruments that include acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes & Wurlitzer electric pianos, Hammond B3 organ, electric organ, clavinet, and synthesizers.
Jamie’s drumming career began at the seat of a Steinway piano. Classical piano gradually gave way to drumming, primarily as a form of adolescent rebellion and the mistaken view that drummers were popular. His first band, Prufrock, alongside soon-to-be legendary songwriter Adam Schlesinger, was selected to open for Huey Lewis and the News, and eventually morphed into Fountains of Wayne. Having then turned his attention to aviation, Jamie began a 25 year musical hiatus, lasting until the 2010s when he and Becki began playing in the Catskills region of New York. This eventually led his way to The Four26, where to this day he remains the only band member to have publicly performed in North Korea.
A veteran electric and upright bass player in the New York area, John has performed regularly on the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" for six years, and now on the Broadway show "Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations." He has done three national theatre tours, including the shows "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "Urban Cowboy," and "Little Women." He has performed onstage with Arlene Smith and the Chantels, The Excellents, and The Quotations.
Jon has five Grammy Award nominations and is best known for his work on the keyboard. He has recorded, toured and/or performed with Klaus Nomi, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Laura Branigan, Dion, Tom Chapin, Harry Chapin, Regis Philbin, Loudon Wainwright III, Dionne Warwick, B.J. Thomas, Steve Tyrell, Terry Cashman, Henry Gross, John Denver, Judy Collins, Vanessa Williams, The Chapin Sisters, Jen Chapin, Chubby Checker, Lyfe Jennings, Darryl McDaniels (DMC), Linda Eder, Jim Steinman, Leslie Uggams, Klaus Nomi, Al Green, Liel, John Forster, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Red Grammer, Rosenshontz, Gary Rosen, Bill Shontz, Kirsten Thien, Michael Mark, John McCutcheon, Kings Highway, Dave Pettigrew, Adrian Loveridge, Keith Herman, Tommy Walker and Black Ivory. He is also credited for being in the 1988 documentary Imagine: John Lennon and has also written many jingles and sports themes, the best known being the theme to ESPN Baseball Tonight.
Becki and Peter truly add to our annual golf outing's ambiance and success - they are the perfect partners for a glorious setting. There is a je ne sais quoi about how they perform, what they play, and their stage presence that is such a plus for us!
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