Jill Jack and the American Songbook Band

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Jill Jack and the American Songbook Band
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Background Information





Years active

2014 – present


Dale Grisa
Ron Pangborn
Takashi Iio
Jill Jack




Jill Jack and the American Songbook Band is a 4 piece jazz band formed in 2014. Jill states on the album notes on their 2016 Pure Imagination CD, "Ron Pangborn (my drummer of 16 years in the Jill Jack Band) and I had tossed around the idea of doing jazz standards as when I was younger my parents used to take me to different piano bars in Detroit because they really enjoyed listening to jazz.

One of the spots was Little Harry's where there was an amazing older jazz man named Ernie Swan. I used to sit next to his piano and he started asking me to sing. He taught me Billie Holiday and other standards. Those times with Ernie really taught me a lot of what I could do with my voice.

So after a lot of pushing from Ron to form a band for fun on some of our slow times, I finally bit the bullet about a year and a half ago and put together a jazz band with the likes of Bobby Streng, Takashi Iio, Kris Kurzawa, Ron Pangborn, and Dale Grisa. To say the least I was excited. We started getting regular gigs and after performing at the DIA - people were asking if I had music to sell, so we decided we should put an album out.

I was very specific about the songs I selected. Each one has a special meaning for me. Songs like Alfie and Moon River were sung by my grandfather when I was a kid. I love Burt Bacharach and so we had to do more than one! Other songs just seemed to land in the sweet spot of my vocal chords and the band was very instrumental (no pun intended) in voicing their choices as well. The studio sessions were so enjoyable due to the constant collaboration, which is such a departure from me always being at the helm for my normal Jill Jack stuff. That is how “Pure Imagination” was born!"


Jill Jack

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Jill Jack's magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit Jill needs no further explanation. She's been lauded in equal measure to her talents. Since 1997 she’s won 37 Detroit MUSIC Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a Singer songwriter. Touring all over the world to share the music she has written 9 award winning CDs under her belt, Jill Jack has decided to venture where her heart has been calling the Jazz world With the help of her very talented band mates Jill will be swimming in a pool of music that her parents introduced her to at a young age -The American Songbook.

Ron Pangborn

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A veteran member of the Detroit musical community drummer Ron Pangborn has performed and recorded with a number of Local and national artists in many genres. Here in the Motor City Thornetta Davis Perry Hughes Jill Jack, Mitch Ryder and Barbara Payton have all enjoyed Ron's solid soulful groove As a touring musician Ron was an original member of Was (Not Was) His five year association on with music Legend Don Was Led to working with national recording artists Marshall Crenshaw, Matthew Sweet, Freedy Johnston, The Indigo Girls and Sheryl Crow. In addition to playing drums Ron has a parallel career n television on. He produced the Emmy Award PBS series Backstage Pass and continues to edit and produce features for CTND. The Catholic Television Network of Detroit.

Dale Grisa

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Dale Grisa is a hot commodity! An Alumn of Wayne State Music School he studied piano w th Matt Michaels. He is the Music Director for Karen Newman known for her sell Out Holiday shows. Dale continually works with Alexander Zonjic, Larry Nozero among other great jazz artists in the Detroit area. He is a successful producer producing not only musicians but also projects for GM and Ford He 5 also a successful writer/producer for such jingles as the Michigan Lottery, Med cal Weight loss and more.

Takashi iio

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Takashi iio is an electric/upright bass player from the Detroit area When he was in high school he was picked to be in the All State Jazz Band That Lead to a full talent scholarship to Wayne State University where he studied Jazz Latin and Class Cal music He's a full time performer that has toured With The Contours featuring Sylvester Potts working as a featured recording session player for a Grammy nominated producer Nate Harasim. Recording sessions for a Hollywood movie product on ("Hit and Run") and performing on the Ellen Degeneres Show. Playing theater shows at prestigious venues as a contract bass player etc. His versatility makes h m one of the most sought after bass players in the Detroit area


CD's/Digital downloads:

  • Pure Imagination (2016)

Available at:
Google Play
Amazon mp3


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