Father Al 


The Jazz Congregation  

Meet the Band

"Father Al"

At age 10 Father Al Studied Drums and Percussion at the Gene Krupa, Cozy Cole Drum School, Manhattan, New York. His instructors were Cozy Cole and Billy Higgins. At age 12, He attended the University of Rhode Island Summer Music Camp studying, Theory, Composition, Ear Training, Jazz Theory, Jazz Band, and Concert Orchestra.

Father Al graduated Admiral Farragut Academy with Arian Award for best School Musician, Marching Band Drum Major,
Jazz Band, Concert Orchestra and Glee Club.

The New York Years: At age 17, American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, New York City Caberet License. Performed with, backed up, or opened for such notables as Jay and the Americans, Little Eva, the Shirelles, the Ronettes, Dion and the Belmonts, and was the house drummer for the Alan Freed Rock and Roll Shows at the Brooklyn Paramount and Albemarle Theatres. Played with NYC jazz groups in the Village Vanguard, Village Gate, Metropole Cafe and other jazz venues in NYC.

The Hollywood Years: 1978, ADR, Foley, and Re-Recording Mixer for Motion Pictures and Television, Board of Directors of The Cinema Audio Society (CAS), 7 Honorable Emmys and 2 Golden Reel Awards for Sound Recording. Retired 2001. Recorded live background vocals for the Black Gold Awards, as well as recording such notables as Tom Scott,  Lou Rawls, Randy Travis, Della Reese and the Monkeys.


Cheryl Morrell

Cheryl began singing at age 5 in the Seattle church where her father was minister.

Cheryl is a local favorite sharing her talent with Father Al and The Jazz Congregation since 2013. 

Cheryl performs the National Anthem at events across the United States, most recently, for The Florida Everblades at the Germain Arena in South West Florida.   

Cheryl's Musical Theatre credits include Nancy in "Oliver", Julie Jordan in "Carousel" and Grace Farrell in "Annie", the Music Hall Singer in "Violet", and Bird in "A Year with Frog and Toad".  Cheryl is also credited with Fools Exposed - A Pulitzer Musical Revue, singing excerpts from Pulitzer Prize winning musicals with a composite cast.  

 From 2001 to Present, Cheryl has been a featured performer at The Sun Valley Jazz Festival, Jazz in The Park Summer Concert Series in Sun Valley Idaho, and also lists The Sun Valley Opera in her resume. Cheryl's experience covers a variety of genres and styles, having performed with Jazz great Paul Tillotson, who was mentored by the one and only Gene Harris, American Operatic Tenor Dennis McNeil, singer songwriter Bruce Innes, Jazz pianists Brooks Hartell and Alan Pennay, and singer extraordinaire, Jack Jones....experiences that have taken her from coast to coast, San Francisco to New York's Greenwich Village.

 “I just like music,” she says, “I love it all, and I want to sing it all. I want to communicate what is special about a song every time I pick up the microphone.”

 The Jazz Congregation is privileged to feature Cheryl as our vocalist.


Irv Goldberg

Irv and his wife of 39 years, Denise, lives and plays out of the Clearwater Florida area where he is active in the local theater community and plays regularly with a church praise team. Irv holds a degree in music from The Ohio State University.

Irv has lived and performed in Florida for almost 30 years and has been a favorite of music directors throughout the state.  

He has played for such notables as Barry Manilow, Bernadette Peters, ELO, and has played Broadway tours including Chicago, Cinderella, The Producers, and Peter Pan.

A consummate multi-instrumentalist, Irv plays the Acoustic Concert Bass, The Fender Electric Bass, and the B Flat and Double B Flat Tubas. He is always a “First Call” bassist for touring Broadway Theatre Shows in The South West Florida area.


Joe Delaney

Joe began visiting in Southwest Florida in the 1980’s while touring with the world renown Artie Shaw Orchestra. “Mr. Delany’s playing is always exciting, always musical with a ‘Virtuoso’ technique. He has a quick wit and plays with a depth of emotion rarely surpassed”. (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times, Downbeat Magazine)

Joe is a sought after studio musician. During his career, he has accompanied Sammy Davis Jr., Tom Jones, Jack Jones, Natalie Cole, John Gary, Phoebe Snow, Herbie Mann, Mel Torme, Frank Foster, Rosemary Clooney, Rita Moreno, and Astrud Gilberto.

Regarded as a “Heavyweight” in the Jazz world, he has performed with some of the world’s finest improvisational artists including Dick Johnson, Sonny Stitt, Von Freeman, Jon Lucien, Claudio Roditti, Pancho Sanchez, Philly Joe Jones, as well as the George Duke Band and many more. He’s appeared at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl.

He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, University of Massachusetts, University of Rhode Island, and the Berklee College of Music.

Joe has made South West Florida his primary residence. I am so pleased that he has brought his amazing talent to the Jazz Congregation. It’s an honor to have him on board.







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