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Who will be performing at the caa?
TUESDAY, APRIL 5 @ 7pm:
John Colonna is a pianist, composer and educator. He studied classical piano as a young man with Vivian Harvey Slater, pianist at Colgate University (commuting from his hometown of Morris NY to nearby Hamilton, NY). After hearing the beautiful rhythms and harmonies of jazz and world music his focus changed and he graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition. After performing across the country in a variety of venues and genres, he attended New York University to study with Don Friedman, the late great jazz pianist. Since receiving his master’s degree from NYU he has performed with his group (the John Colonna Quartet), the Blake Fleming Trio (The Mars Volta, Sean Lennon), Renaissance Church in Harlem and has taught at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College. He has also been active playing with many Chinese rock and pop musicians including Wu Hong-fei (imprisoned for her protest against the Chinese government) Eric Moo, Kevin Lin, Theresa Carpio, Rose Liu and Jesse Liu. John's playing reflects a virtuosic and heartfelt approach to improvisation, strongly influenced by Michel Petrucciani, Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson.
Rich Mollin (double bass and bass guitar) has played both classical and jazz music on the highest level with many of the luminaries of both styles. He has played with the Catskill Symphony for 19 years and was the music director of the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, NY for 9 years. Recently he has been playing with Mark Kramer (Eddie Gomez) and John Colonna. He teaches bass at SUNY Oneonta. Rich is Music Director of the Davenport Center for the Arts, which is a destination for gatherings of regional, national and international jazz artists to perform, record, and live stream.
TUESDAY, APRIL 12 @ 7pm:
Drew Frech has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious United States Open Banjo Competition. He is a life-long student of American music history, and a collector of vintage banjos. As a young boy studying classical violin, Drew Frech was exposed to a completely different world of music and entertainment by his grandfather who was a member of the famous banjo playing group The Mummers. Drew was fascinated, and began to study the banjo along with his classical violin studies. He completed an undergraduate degree in violin at the Eastman School of Music, financing his education there with regular evening gigs on the banjo. Following his graduation, he became supervisor of the string program for the Radnor School District in Bryn Mawr, PA. His symphonic and ensemble violin memberships include the Cathedral and Fitzhugh String Quartets, the Candlelight Quartet, the Ontario Chamber Players, the Oswego Opera, the Utica Symphony, and the Catskill and Clinton Symphonies. He teaches violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, mandolin, 5 string banjo, tenor banjo, plectrum banjo from his home in Sodus, NY, and tours with The Drew Frech Trio.
TUESDAY, APRIL 19 @ 7pm:
Dan Martin (trombone, drums) holds music degrees in trombone performance from Ithaca College and The University of North Texas. He has had an extensive performance career in central New York for over 40 years in many genres including symphony, opera, shows, brass ensembles and jazz groups of various size. Playing with the Old Masters for the past nine years, he has also dabbled in playing drum set. In addition, he had a very successful teaching career for over 30 years at Laurens Central School and several area colleges. During his teaching tenure, a very important element was his ability to compose and arrange music appropriate for any level of various ensembles. Tonight’s program includes two of his compositions.
Thomas Ives (bass) enjoyed a 31-year career as a music teacher in the New York State Public School System. In addition, he was an adjunct Professor of Music at SUNY Cobleskill and Hartwick College. He is a present member of the Catskill Symphony and the Colgate University Orchestra. He has performed over 60 musicals since 2010 and is a member of several jazz ensembles. He has been a professional musician for 60 years with membership in Local 443, American Federation of Musicians for 58 years.
Dan Sales (guitar) is active with teaching private and class guitar, studio recording, composing, arranging, and performing. Dan has performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Donald Byrd, Nelson Riddle, Nancy Wilson, and Bob Hope, and many others, including the world-famous 1:00 O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas. His compositions have been purchased by several companies, including “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous ” and “Days of Our Lives.” Dan enjoys helping students start guitar with solid technique, an enjoyment of making their best music, and the ability to create their own. He and his wife, Dee, have brought their music teaching studio, Country Village Music, to their new home base of Cooperstown, NY. They are accepting new students in piano, guitar and voice in the Cooperstown area.
tuesday, april 26 @ 8pm:
Wyatt Ambrose is a guitarist, educator, and composer based in Oneonta NY. He earned his B.M. in Jazz Studies from SUNY Purchase, and currently teaches at Hartwick College in Oneonta. Wyatt also performs regularly throughout NY state and beyond in a wide variety of musical styles and settings. Growing up in Oneonta, Wyatt was able to begin his performance career early with a variety of amateur and professional groups in venues throughout the region. He began his college career as a Music student at SUNY Oneonta before transferring to the SUNY Purchase Jazz Conservatory. While at Purchase, Wyatt was fortunate to study closely with esteemed musicians such as Jon Faddis, Vic Juris, Paul Meyers, Ted Piltzecker, and Kenny Washington. Wyatt had the honor of performing with the Purchase Latin-Jazz Orchestra at the Birdland Jazz Club in Manhattan, as well as Technos College’s Fall Festival in Tokyo, Japan as sole accompanist to vocalist Lucy Wijnands. Outside of school, Wyatt kept busy performing around the NYC Metro area, appearing in venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and Cleopatra’s Needle. Wyatt has performed with artists including Eric Finland (Eric Krasno, Greg Allman) and Jason Clotter (Vincent Herring, Eric Alexander), and opened for the Ari Hoenig Trio at the 2019 New Haven Underground Jazz Festival. Returning to his roots, Wyatt has decided to settle in his hometown of Oneonta with his wife Katie and their dog Hammy.
Evan Jagels (upright and electric bass) has a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the City University of New York, Queens College, where he received the Michael Feinstein Award and has studied bass with Ron Carter, Buster Williams, Nilson Matta, Yoshio Aomori, Tomoya Aomori, and Franz Pillinger. Jagels has performed with such jazz luminaries as Ray Vega, Gerry Weldon, Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, Ray Anderson, John Stowell, and Chuck Lamb. Other performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, Flushing Town Hall, the Plaza Hotel, the Record Archive, the Blue Note in Germany and the UniJazz Festival in the Czech Republic. He has recorded with Arlen Roth (Ry Cooder, Levon Helm, John Prine), Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth, Herbie Hancock), and for Antonio DeVivo’s Vientos de Medara. He is a sought-after freelance jazz bassist in New York’s Capital District, a member of the Blake Fleming Trio (The Mars Volta, Laddio Bollocko, Sean Lennon) which plays progressive improvised music and regularly works with Elvanelle Music, a time-defying curation of vaudeville, hot jazz, folk, cabaret and contemporary music. Evan has performed throughout Germany with Paul Berberich (Zur Schönen Aussicht, CONtrust Jazz Orchestra) and recently released “Night Service”, a duo album of improvised music with Andreas “Scotty” Böttcher of Dresden, Germany. A diverse musician, he is also a member of the rockabilly/psychobilly band The Mopar Cams. Evan is also a passionate educator, and has taught for the New York Summer Music Festival, the Oneonta Pop Music Experience, JazzConnect at Flushing Town Hall, SUNY Oneonta, and is currently Lecturer of Music at Hartwick College.