Arising out of the suburbs of Philadelphia, Cocktail Party Phenomenon has brought together an eclectic group of aspiring young musicians who collectively have produced a unique, distinctive sound spanning multiple genres. Founding members Max Young (drums) and Adam Jaskol (saxophone) initially formed the group to play at a high school talent show and enjoyed it so much that they continued jamming together long after the show. At college, Max discovered a budding talent in guitarist Sal Burgio and brought him home to jam. The three would eventually be joined by Dan Enden (bass), Mike Gardner (keyboards), and Steve Catania (guitar).
In the summer of 2010, after 3 years of playing nothing but covers and unstructured jams, the group set out to start writing music together. Since then, they have been featured in Relix Magazine's "On The Rise" section as well as Relix's monthly CD sampler alongside songs by Gregg Allman and Keller Williams. They have also earned the priviledge of opening for nationally known jam bands Tea Leaf Green and Dopapod, as well as the reggae Beatles cover band, Yellow Dubmarine. In 2012, they released a four-song EP entitled "Making Faces," performed at the official pre-party and afterparty for a concert by Umphrey's McGee, and played at two music festivals.
In May 2012, Sal Burgio left the band to pursue other interests, but the contributions he made during his tenure still form an essential part of CPP's repeteroire.
In their short time together, Cocktail Party Phenomenon has been widely praised for their complex compositions interwoven with skillfully dynamic improvisations, as well as for their spot-on renditions of covers. Their influences range from the Beatles to Frank Zappa to Phish.
COCKTAIL PARTY PHENOMENON is...
Steve Catania - guitar, slide guitar, vocals
Dan Enden - bass, vocals
Mike Gardner - keyboards, vocals
Adam Jaskol - tenor saxophone
Max Young - drums, percussion, vocals