MEET THE LADS OF AMERICAN ENGLISH
JIM IRIZARRY AS
Jim Irizarry was born and raised in Chicago and was inspired by the Beatles' music at a very early age listening to his older siblings Beatles collection.
Jim performed in various musical groups including a 16 piece orchestra and a Jazz duo as vocalist as well as performing around the Chicago area with several reputable Beatles tribute groups. The Lennon role was a natural fit for Jim, as his voice captures the range and timbre of John through the many Beatles' eras.
After a trip to Liverpool and The Cavern Club, Jim was again influenced to pursue and perfect his Lennon portrayal, further studying the guitar work and learning all the harmonica parts to the early songs. Jim has performed as Lennon on Broadway in New York and in large theatres and venues spanning the globe. Visually, Jim also nails the many Lennon looks through the eras and captivates the audience with his humor and onstage antics.
ERIC MICHAELS AS
Eric Michaels and Paul McCartney have several
things in common, but perhaps the most
striking similarity is that they are both incredibly versatile vocalists. Eric
has the power to scream out a raucous rocker like, “ I Saw Her Standing There”
and also the finesse to sweetly sing a tender love ballad such as “Yesterday.”
He is also a multi- talented instrumentalist; not only does he play a
left-handed Höfner Beatle bass like McCartney; he is also proficient on piano,
organ and guitar. Eric’s physical resemblance to McCartney combined with his
vocal and instrumental talents produce an amazing performance every time.
American English’s version of Sir Paul, Eric Michaels, also has the distinction
of being endorsed by Höfner guitar.
JAMES PAUL LYNCH AS
At age 18, James Paul responded to an ad in the local newspaper for
a “Beatles Tribute Band” that was looking for a Paul McCartney. He
immediately taught himself how to play the bass left-handed and
joined his first Beatle band. Soon after, he would also dabble as
"John" and then finally began perfecting the role best suited to him
“musically,” "GEORGE!" Like his father before him, lead guitar is
his passion and he could easily identify with George's personality
more since George was his favorite Beatle.
James Paul has played Beatles music in countless countries spanning
four continents. He is proficient on guitar, bass, piano,
drums and many other instruments, and is also a song writer and
records his original music whenever time permits.
TOM GABLE AS
Tom Gable mirrors the very nature of Ringo Starr.
Not only does Tom accurately duplicate Ringo’s voice in fun loving songs like
“Yellow Submarine” and “With A Little Help From My Friends,” he completely
replicates the wild and unorthodox drumming style for which Starr is known.
Keeping flawless time and never giving in to the tendency to rush or slow down,
Tom is the essential element of driving Rock n’ Roll Beatle tunes with American
English. He always gives each song a special feel by adjusting his rhythms to
suit the musical tone. The owner of The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England was
quoted as saying, “Tom’s voice is the closest to Ringo’s that I have ever
KEN ZEMANEK AS
Ken is the keyboardist and sound architect for
American English. He is the ingredient which is missing from almost all other
Beatle tribute shows today. Ken fills the role of The Beatles’ producer, Sir
George Martin, by performing all the orchestrations and special effects live,
with- out any tapes or recordings. Kenny Z. plays all the signature horn parts,
strings, flutes, organs, tablas, backwards sound effects, tambourine, cowbells,
etc., that were such an important part of The Beatles’ recording sessions at
Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Ken is proud to be endorsed by Korg, the
manufacturer of the keyboard Ken uses in the Complete Beatles Tribute shows
performed by American English.