The Smokin' Torpedoes consist of four experienced musicians committed to providing an entertaining, live performance based on a variety of jazz & blues influences. Each member brings their own unique style to the band, providing every listener with genuine blues rhythms, melodies and the charisma associated with bands paying tribute to the music we all love…the BLUES.
They specialize in dynamic volume control and can adapt to any event. They are also a two time Central Florida Blues Challenge Winner.
Chris Cortez, guitarist, vocalist, band leader, concert promoter, and record label owner is a busy man.
An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.
Sybil Gage is an award winning Jazz and Blues singer/songwriter who has been compared to Eartha Kitt, Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Laura Nyro, and Janis Joplin. Her latest CD “NOLA Calling” reached #1 on the UVUMI internet Blues charts in 2010, stayed there for 2 months and still bounces around in the top 25. “NOLA Calling” was also nominated for Best Self Produced CD by the International Blues Challenge of Memphis 2011.
Vocalist and Bandleader Chuck Wansley, for years known as 'The Wedding Singer’ in Los Angeles, is one of today’s premier jazz performers. A native New Yorker and lifelong musician, Chuck began his professional career at 18, touring worldwide as drummer/singer with the international youth group Up With People, promoting a global mission of peace through music, representing countries as ambassadors of goodwill.
Hella is a writer and singer from Israel. She moved to the states on 2012. Hella is well known for her international and unique style. She started performing at the age of 18 while doing her service in the IDF. Later on she was discovered by a well known producer who introduced her to the music industry. Ever since then Hella performed all over the world in the most luxurious private and corporate events alongside musicians like George Michael, Boney m, Philip kirkorov, Nikolay Baskov, Alla Pugacheva, Michael Shufutinsky and many more.
Winston Scott an accomplished trumpeter is also the Senior Vice President Office of External Relations and Economic Development Florida Institute of Technology. If the name Capt. Winston Scott sounds familiar, that is because he is also a former shuttle astronaut who served as a mission specialist on STS-72 in 1996 and STS-87 in 1997, and has logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space.
He is also a member of the FIT Jazz Syndicate as Florida Tech’s premier ensemble for advanced improvisation.
Enrique Sanchez is a trumpet player, born and raised in Orlando, Florida. At the age of 12, he discovered a love for the trumpet and jazz music which later led to achievements such as playing lead trumpet for the Florida All-State Jazz Band, The Grammy Band, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Enrique studied Jazz trumpet at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.
James Zito is a recent graduate from the Osceola County School For The Arts. He has been selected to be apart of some of the most prestigious jazz ensembles in Florida and in the U.S. including All-State and Tri-State jazz bands and most notably as the only guitarist for the 2015 Jazz Band of America. In addition, James will be attending the Manhattan School Of Music in New York City in the fall.