Sunday, August 5, 2012
Jarrett Gilgore- alto sax, Matt Frazao- guitar, Deric Dickens- drums
JARRETT GILGORE was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Bucks County. He started playing alto saxophone when he was nine and quickly took off musically under the guidance of Thomas Razler. While in high school, Jarrett studied with Ben Schachter and was a member of the Clef Club Senior Youth Ensemble along with Justin Faulkner & Alex Claffy. Jarrett started performing in Philadelphia in 2008, first at the SciFi Philly series at Gojjo, with his trio, Untitled Original, and subsequently at The Kimmel Center, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, World Cafe Live, Chris' Jazz Cafe et al. Since graduating high school, Jarrett has performed with Andrew D'Angelo, Jeff Lederer, John Dierker, Greg Ward, Josh Sinton, and Devin Gray. Jarrett currently studies at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University with Gary Thomas and Michael Formanek. He is an active improviser in Baltimore; a member of Out Of Your Head Collective, Ben Frock’s Love Unit, and Jazz Lunch.
DERIC DICKENS is a Brooklyn-based percussionist and composer. After growing up in Southern Georgia, Deric worked as a band director, taught drum and bugle corps, and played as a principal timpanist with local orchestras and symphonies. But it was the ride cymbal, a friend had asked him to play at a session, that changed everything. Since, Dickens has toured and recorded with Robinella (Columbia Records) and JaLaLa (Janis Siegel Manhattan Transfer). Deric has performed numerous times with Donald Brown, Jerry Coker, Kirk Knuffke, and Jeff Lederer at various clubs and festivals including Birdland, 55 Bar, Bonnaroo, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Knoxville Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, and The Muroran Jazz Festival Japan. He currently leads his groups Speed Date, Rocket #9, and the KJ-D3.
MATT FRAZAO has been possessed by music for as long as he can remember. He started playing guitar and listening to his parents vinyl albums when he was a little kid growing up in his hometown of West Hartford Connecticut. The first album he ever bought with his own money was Michael Jackson's Bad. In 1998, Matt moved to Baltimore to study at the Peabody Conservatory, and received a degree in Classical Guitar Performance there in 2002. He considers himself very fortunate to be making a living writing, performing, recording, and teaching music, and is humbled to think of the many great musicians with whom he has been lucky enough to study and create with over the years. . Currently, Matt performs as a part of several different projects based around Baltimore. He has many musical outlets these days, including the experimental Hip Hop band Soul Cannon, an experimental jazz group called Quartet Offensive, co-founding and co-curating an experimental improvisation collective known as Out Of Your Head at The Windup Space in Baltimore. Matt Frazão likes experiments.
Having spent time in the Detroit, Philadelphia and NYC areas saxophonist DAVE SAYERS has performed with a multifarious group of musicians including Ella Fitzgerald, Chubby Checker, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver, Chris Lightcap, Andrew Bishop, and Dave Liebman. He also has performed with the Florida Orchestra, Flint Symphony, and Ann Arbor Symphony. In 2001 he recorded as a leader for the Dreambox label resulting in the “Misfit” CD (with Cleaver, Bishop and Lightcap).
MIKE SZEKELY studied jazz at the Hartt School of Music (Hartford) led by the late saxophonist Jackie McLean. In 1996, he studied percussion with drum master Milford Graves at Bennington College. Mike has been a member of various groups contributing to the improvisational music scene in Philadelphia, including the Dan Blacksberg Trio, The Scriptors, and Several Wolves, as well as playing in The Fallout, a project with singer Courtney Parker that spans a range of pop, rock, and jazz styles. Recent recordings include Anthony Braxton’s Quintet (Tristano) 1997 (New Braxton House 2012) and the Dan Blacksberg Trio’s bit heads (NoBusiness 2010). For years, Mike co-led various projects with New York-based saxophonist Allen Livermore, resulting in two recordings: the ALMS Trio’s Advocates (Eighth Nerve Records 2005) and Feet Music’s Assertions & sketches (Chroma Independent Media 1995). Mike continues to teach and write on philosophy, especially aesthetics and the philosophy of music. A recent essay on jazz education appeared in the Oxford Handbook for Philosophy in Music Education.
MATT ENGLE grew up in the Philadelphia area and has been an active and reactive member of the jazz and improvised scene for over 10 years. He has contributed to many varying musical situations, but is featured currently in such projects as: The Scriptors, Feeler Gauge, Bird Fly Yellow, Split Red, Dan Blacksburg Trio, and Sonic Liberation Front. Matt has previously performed with Shot By Shot, Seth Meicht, Tim Berne, Jack Wright and Brandon Seabrook.
Rosie Langabeer is a composer/performer from New Zealand who has been hanging the east coast for two years now, involving herself in the creation of art with the likes of Pig Iron Theatre, No Face Performance Group, Subcircle, BalletX and Colby Damon. She is half of Kensington’s lo-fI pop sensation Totally Super Pregnant and will also be found playing around Philadelphia with Josh Machiz, Mark McCloughan, David Fishkin, Jacopo De Nicola, Andrew Marsh, Russell Kotcher and Kate Porter.
Langabeer loves loves loves playing freely improvised music and cooking seemingly exotic food for her friends. In New Zealand Langabeer works in community and professional arts and runs a crazy award-winning band called ZIRKUS, featuring many of NZ’s top jazz musicians and a suspiciously humanoid barking dog.