Frankie the K

Frankie the K

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big SHORTY is a four piece roots music jam band: keyboard, bass, guitar and drums. We play private parties, bars and wherever people appreciate both blues/jazz covers and a substantial original music repertoire.


big SHORTY was formed in June 2004 by four veteran Detroit-area musicians with roots deep in Detroit area music history. This dynamic and original blues, rhythm and blues, rock, funky band is eclectic and electric with its own sound emanating from the backgrounds of its stellar musicians. big SHORTY is:

Dr. Jim Hart, a veteran Detroit jazz drummer, who has performed for decades with local and national acts, most recently the swing band Cats Pajamas.

Frank Koscielski (aka Frankie the K) on keyboards and vocals played rock with the band BADGE in the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, devoted the 1980s to classical music, and has now come full circle to roots music of various persuasions.

Frankie the K and Hart began doing small gigs around town about the year 2000.
The mix of music was eclectic reflecting both Jim’s passion for jazz and Frank’s interest and roots in rock, blues and classical music. Standing at around 5ft. 8 in Frank and Jim are the shorties of the band. But they wanted some biggies!

Joe Salisz is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist with a penchant for southern-style rock and blues with a Detroit attitude. Big Joe is 6’5, plays a mean slide guitar and has a sweet sound all his own.

Jeff Mueller on bass guitar is the newest member of the band. Jeff, originally from the wrong side of the tracks in Cleveland grew up with a heavy influence of blues and jazz. Jeff joined the band in early 2007 and plays funky, funky bass holding down the bottom end of tight grooves. At 6’5 he’s a biggie too.

big SHORTY now has a killer set of original tunes which they will soon record as well as a hot demo of great cover and original songs. Their impressive song list is amazingly eclectic including jazz classics from Gershwin to Brubeck to Silver, blues from Taj Mahal to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, rock from the Allman Bros., Hendrix, and Winwood, soul from Sam Cooke, folk from Dylan, touches of classical from Bach, Beethoven and Chopin and even a wee bit of country. Tom Waits, the Beatles, Booker T. Dr. John: they’re all here. This is an interdisciplinary fusion band! Mostly this is a group that thrives on grooves, tasty solos, and original arrangements of well-known and obscure musics, and their own songs regardless of labels or styles.

Why big SHORTY? One look will tell you. Come hear us and you’ll be hooked!

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Set List

big Shorty Songs

A Song for You
After All
Ain’t No Sunshine
All Along the Watchtower
Born in Chicago
Bring It On Home
Built for Comfort Not for Speed
Cakewalk Into Town
Can’t Get Next to You
Country Comforts
Don’t Think Twice, it’s All Right
Evil Goin’ On
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Green Onions
High Heeled Sneakers
Hold On, I’m Coming
Hoochie Coochie Man
I’m Tired
Iko Iko
In Crowd
Invitation to the Blues
It Takes a Lot to Laugh it Takes a Train to Cry
Just a Little Bit/Goin’ Down
Let it Be
Life’s a One-Way Ticket
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Midnight Special C
Not My Cross to Bear
Old 55