In the spotlight: Jump Taxi

Jump Taxi
Jump Taxi

What is the band’s name and how did it get that name?

Jump Taxi. We honestly went to band name generator and that popped up. We had two other names in mind, and so we put out a survey and Jump Taxi won.

Who are the members (full names) and what towns are they from?

Rickey Cornwall – Fox River Grove
Justin Lebreck – Cary
Matt John – Cary
Kevin Speilmann – Cary
James Allen – Fox River Grove
Kyle Loeffel – Cary

What instruments does each of your band members play?

Rickey Cornwall – lead vocals
Justin Lebreck – keys, vocals
Matt John – guitar
Kevin Speilmann – guitar/vocals
James Allen – drums
Kyle Loeffel – bass/vocals

How did the band get started?

Basically, most of us have been close friends since high school and always talked about creating a band. It wasn’t until 10 years later we actually decided to pursue it, and our schedules lined up. We formed just over two years ago. Our original drummer was recently replaced by James [Allen].

Describe the music you play.

We play all the hits, everything from classic rock to new country and everything in between.

What makes your act different?

Our keys [Lebreck] is the owner of Waysound Recording Studios [in Fox River Grove]. He is a very skilled audio engineer and has designed our in-ear system and front-of-house mixes to deliver high-quality audio for every live show. We often use what we call a quiet stage setup where the actual stage noise is at a minimum so we have complete control of the mixes for the audience. We obtain this by using an isolation box for our drummer. Depending on the place we play, we use this setup.

Who are the band’s three biggest influences?

That’s tough to narrow down because we are such a diverse group and play all the genres. That being said, Journey, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Luke Bryan would have to be up there.

Why should people come see you (in 50 words or less)?

Not only do we offer a great variety of hits to dance, sing or just listen to, we take pride in our talents and being able to perform the songs the way they should be performed and have fun while we do it.

What is the best thing about being a musician?

Being able to express your emotions in a song. Whether it’s one you wrote or just one that means a lot to you is one of the most freeing feelings in the world.

Pick one: Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley?

Chuck Berry.

Pick one: Michael Jackson or Madonna?

Michael Jackson.

What’s the strangest thing that has happened to you while performing?

We were at Peggy Kinnane’s [Irish Restaurant and Pub] right at the start of our band and there was this guy that must of been about 70 plus years old, and in the middle of a song, he came out on the dance floor and did the splits out of nowhere.

Where can fans find out more information about your band (official website, Facebook, etc.)

Visit or

How can people book your band?

Email preferred at

List your upcoming performances.

May 10 at Thirsty Whale in Algonquin; July 4 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates; July 10 at Lions Park in Cary as part of the Cary Park District Concert Series.

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