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j. leggio as jake


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J. Leggio has a musical background going back to piano lessons at age 8. Steeped in the classics, he studied classical organ in his early teens, sometimes acting as substitute organist at the venerable Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dallas, Texas. All this might have been more than enough, had it not been for the deep affection for big band standards and swing music his father and mother had instilled in him. After studying and working in stagecraft at Richland College,  J. became a regular member and assistant director for the Red Wind Community Arts Theater in Dallas. In 1978 he co-produced the first Dallas stage production of “THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW” at the Dallas Convention Center. In 1979, he turned in a critically acclaimed performance as “Longshoe Murphy” in Miguel Pinero’s play “SHORT EYES”, while performing in Shakespeare’s “MERCHANT OF VENICE” that same season.
Completing a stint as a graphic artist from 1980 to 1982 (plus technical director of the State Fair Of Texas attraction “Haunted Lavin Manor”), J.W. decided to combine his two loves - theater and music - and founded THE BRIEFCASE BLUES BAND in the summer of 1983. J.W. has also appeared in numerous television commercials & corporate films, as well as character-voice work for radio. Recently he has worked on “WALKER, TEXAS RANGER: TRIAL BY FIRE” (FOX 2005) “A HOUSE DIVIDED” (ABC 2006) and acted as a stand-in on Fox Television’s current hit-series “PRISON BREAK” (2nd and 3rd seasons, 2006-2007).



lee schwing as elwood

Morgan Bodie (a.k.a. “Mobo”) grew up in the post-Chicago Blues musical hotbed of Baltimore, Maryland. When Mobo was a teenager his father permanently installed a beer keg in an old refrigerator in the basement of the Bodie home. Mobo and his delinquent buddies started draining that keg as soon as it was installed so Mobo’s dad never realized how long a keg of beer would have normally lasted. It was in that basement that Mobo witnessed the live debut of the Blues Brothers on “Saturday Night Live”. His Baltimore basement soon became a Blues after-hours joint with Mobo doing his best to learn how to play the oddest-but-coolest instrument ever designed ... the harmonica.

Mobo miraculously received a degree in architecture from the University of Maryland in 1984, but after reading the autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy (and numerous Mickey Spillane novels), he decided to become an FBI Agent. After months of Mobo’s butt bein’ whooped in Quantico, Virginia, the FBI sent him to Texas where Mobo was a “G-Man” until 2014 when he retired and returned to his old loves: playing harmonica, riding Harleys, and drinking 130-proof cask strength whiskey.

In 2016 Lee Schwing, who had been Elwood in Briefcase Blues for over three decades, decided to call it quits. Destiny, in the form of an e-mail from J. Leggio, knocked on Mobo’s proverbial basement door. Leggio said “I need a new Elwood. Can you play some rockin’ harmonica and dance around like a crazed meth-head? You’ll have to shave your beard down to sideburns and a soul patch, and get eight inches of your hair cut off.” Mobo was confident that he could pull off the Elwood thing, but getting a haircut would be a HUGE sacrifice. After some deep introspection regarding the haircut Mobo told Leggio, “Bro, sign me up and we’ll see if I can become a worthy Soul Man”.

He did ... and the rest is rapidly becoming history.


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