We were doing a residency at The Fez in NYC. My girlfriend wrote me a loveletter and addressed it “To My BIGLovely.” That’s how we came up with the name.
The band is like an allstar NYC band. Everyone in the band has their own band or plays with a lot of other people. Our favorite place to play in NYC was The Fez. We’ve also played at SummerStage and had our first international dates this year in Germany.
Born in Denver, CO and raised in the U.S. Army (everywhere), Judith now happily resides in the beautiful Hudson Valley. She’s been playing with her sister Toshi in various configurations since 1984 and hopes to continue until the day she “closes her Black eyes.” She performed as vocalist and guitarist with the internationally renowned duo Casselberry-DuPreé from 1979-1994, sharing the stage with Odetta, Richie Havens, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Cliff, Linda Tillery, and Ladysmith Black Mombazo among others. The last few years she’s been working on her Ph.D. from Yale University in African American Studies and Anthropology. As soon as she submits her dissertation she’ll reignite her trio, JUCA. Her other major passion is teaching college.
Native of Brooklyn, he received his first drum kit when he was 13 years old. He has been member of Toshi Reagon’s BIGLovely band for five years. He is a self-taught musician, whose talents include writing, arranging and producing. His debut album, titled Drugs: The Prescription for Miss America, features Hall of Fame members of George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic. He is currently working on his next release, titled Chicken & the Superstars.
Native of Chicago, Fred has been touring with Toshi Reagon’s BIGLovely since 1998. Cash attended the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He has worked with such artists as Jean-Paul Bourelly, India Arie, Jerry Butler.
Adam is a multi-instrumentalist who lives in Woodstock, NY. Starting with piano at age five, he has since haphazardly studied several instruments and musical traditions including Balinese Gamelan orchestra with Nyoman Astita and North Indian classical music with Ali Akbar Khan and Jamaluddin Bhartiya. Widoff has recorded and performed with Lenny Kravitz, Toshi Reagon, David Torn, Kate Pierson and others. Current projects include Drugs: The Prescription for Miss America and Chicken & the Superstars.
Catherine Russell has worked with Toshi Reagon since Toshi’s “Rejected Stone” released in 1994. In addition, Catherine has worked with many artists including David Bowie, Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper, Steely Dan and Lizz Wright. She appears on numerous recordings, TV shows and commercial jingles.
She was an Associate Professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music for three years. Catherine has released two CDs as a solo artist entitled CAT and SENTIMENTAL STREAK on Harmonia Mundi’s World Village label. Cat’s MySpace page.