The Speakeasy Quartet is one of Canada's top jazz combos playing classic jazz of the 1920's and '30's with a fresh and unique instrumentation and sonority: the early music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Sydney Bechet and many more. The band makes Windsor’s historic Mackenzie Hall, a former courthouse built in 1856, as their home stage for a concert series now in its fourth year. SEQ have performed at The Detroit Institute of Arts and Art Gallery of Windsor. For more info. or bookings call Hugh Leal 727 744 2724 or email:

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The Speakeasy Quartet
Vintage style Hot Jazz, Swing and Pop


Ray Manzerolle (saxophone) of Windsor Ontario spent 11 years from 1987 touring the world with guitarist Earl Klugh. Ray played such major festivals as Newport, Monterey, New York /JVC Kool Fest, Nice France, the Playboy Jazz Festival and famous jazz venues: The Blue Note (NYC and Tokyo), The Bottom Line, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall etc. He recorded on Warner Brothers Records on half a dozen albums with Klugh. With guitarist George Benson Ray made international tours and appeared on network TV. Since leaving these groups Ray has remained one of Detroit and Windsor's most sought-after and versatile musicians, playing in bands performing modern jazz, soul, R and B, rock, Dixieland etc.

Mike Karoub (cello) of Detroit MI has toured to many US states and recorded as a member of the Grammy-nominated James Dapogny's Chicago Jazzband and with New Orleans vocalist Banu Gibson. Between these groups Mike has appeared at The Smithsonian, The Kennedy Center, The Hollywood Bowl and on NPR Radio's Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor. He has guested with The St. Louis and Atlanta Symphonies. Mike is one of the world's few cellists playing "traditional/hot" jazz: whether bowing solos, or plucking bass-like lines in the combo.

Mike Karloff (piano) of Windsor was tutored and mentored at Wayne State University by Detroit’s legendary jazz pianist and music teacher, the late Matt Michaels. Following his 2009 graduation Mike has become one of the most in-demand musicians in the Windsor/Detroit area. He is on the faculties of Wayne State (small jazz ensemble director), the University of Windsor (jazz piano instructor) and St. Clair College as music director, arranger, conductor and pianist for their music theatre productions. In summer 2013 he was Music Director for the opening ceremonies of the International Children’s Games at Windsor’s WFCU Centre.

Hugh Leal (rhythm tenor guitar and leader) "for Hugh Leal, see Home page"

"A delightful band, a sound all their own…highly recommended" Scott Yanow in LA JAZZ SCENE MAGAZINE (Los Angeles)

The Speakeasy Quartet are magical…a great CD” Chris Felcyn, host of The Listening Room WRCJ-FM (Detroit)

classic jazz with a fresh sonority…impressive playing” Jim Galloway THE WHOLE NOTE Magazine (Toronto)

The Speakeasy Quartet (SEQ) present their ongoing concert series at Windsor's historic former courthouse Mackenzie Hall (3277 Sandwich St., 4 blocks west of the Ambassador Bridge.) To receive email notice of concerts or other SEQ appearances email:

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A Letter from Bechet   
The Mooche  
Willie the Weeper
Wrap Your Troubles
in Dreams

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Blue Prelude
I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby







Caricature of Hugh Leal by Bob Monk
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The Speakeasy Quartet CD is available by mail order. $15.00 postage paid (US or Can. funds). Send a cheque payable to Hugh Leal at PO Box 681 Detroit MI  48231

Tunes: East St. Louis Toodle-oo, Jubilee, The Mooche,
Wild Man Blues, Willie the Weeper, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Indian Summer, Egyptian Fantasy and 5 others....
53 minutes (see sound samples)