This original band, founded by brothers, Jacob and Zach Cole has evolved into a killer quartet with the addition of Mark Woodyatt and Jon Ventre.
Playing the drum set from the age of 7, Jacob shows his ability to provide metrically stimulating grooves. He received a bachelors degree from Berklee College of Music, where he studied drum set and world percussion. He has studied with Zakir Hussain, Jamey Haddad, Glen Velez, Mike Mangini, Skip Hadden, Kim Plainfield, Adam Deitch, and Billy Martin from MMW.
Zach also born into music has played with various Scranton based bands, and other ensembles. His catchy song writing and atmospheric synth lines are the back bone of the band.
Mark Woodyatt’s captivating electric violin playing sets us apart from the crowd! Performing for over 28years, his talent at jazz improv. and passion for electronic, world, folk and fusion musics have influenced his sound, an Rogue Chimp. Mark’s emotive, lyrical playing paints a soulful picture, creating a cinematic story that transcends words. His skilss as a producer, composer and skillful keyboardist can also be heard on our most-recent live and recorded materials.
The final piece of the pie Jon Ventre, a Scranton native and the newest member of Rogue Chimp, has been playing professionally around the world with various groups for the last 5 years. Finally settling back in the NEPA is now officially a part of the band, using his experience and monster chops to enhance every aspect of the groove that Rogue Chimp has to offer.
Chimp has supported acts such as Lotus and Conspirator and have played festivals all over the Northeast.
Influences range from a wide variety of styles and musicians such as: The New Deal, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Cinematic Orchestra, MMW, Herbie Hancock, Hiromi, The Bad Plus, Danny Elfman, Square Pusher, Primus, Parliment, Goblin, Aphex Twin, Adam Dietch, Frank Zappa, Zakir Hussain, and many more.