Los Angeles based, Baritone Saxophonist Adam Schroeder is rapidly becoming a major force throughout the global jazz scene. Schroeder is know equally for his studious leadership as well as his musicality in Anthony Wilsosn's Nonet (Los Angeles), Bennie Wallace's Nonet (New York), the Clark Terry Big Band (New York), & the Adam Schroeder Quartet/Quintet.
Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa in 1978, Adam began his musical studies on alto saxophone while in grade school. After Mr. Schroeder's introduction to Charlie Parker in 1992, his musical interest became fixed solely within the Jazz Idiom. Between his junior and senior year is when Mr. Schroeder finally discovered his saxophonistic voice, switching from the Alto over to the Baritone Saxophone. Later that same year, Adam was asked to fill the baritone sax role in the student big band at Clark Terry's International Institute of Jazz Studies. (Westmar University in LeMars, IA) This decision sparked a relationship with the famed Clark Terry, thus leading to a multitude of musical opportunities for the two players.
Clark asked Adam if he would consider his jazz institute as a place of residency during his college years, which Adam accepted with great honor. Unfortunately during Adam's freshman year at the CTI, Westmar University cut the Jazz Institute's funding. Upon Clark's recommendation, Adam, along with most of the students, transferred to Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) where he would graduate in 2000 with a BM in Jazz Studies. Mr. Schroeder regularly performed in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, & Houston. In 1998, at the Corpus Christi Jazz Festival, he was featured with the late Nick Brignola during the Festival's "Saturday Night Sax."
Throughout his career, Adam has had the fortunate opportunity to play and record with a host of jazz greats. Among them are the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clark Terry, Anthony Wilson, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli, Bill Cosby, Bennie Wallace, Michael Buble, Sting, Chris Botti, & the late Nick Brignola.
Adam's presence in the jazz community, from Los Angeles to New York, is felt not only in his muscular swing, but in his outreach to the community as well. When asked about his career, Adam replied "Clark Terry has not once stopped reaching out to others, always taking the time out of his life to give, be it musically or as a mentor. He instilled that in me from the moment we first met; that's a lesson I'll never forget and a lesson I strive to lie up to each & every day of my musical life."
When asked about the newest band member, drummer Adam Deitch, Sco says: “I’ve worked with all kinds of great drummers but I knew I found the right guy the first time I played with Adam. He’d been anchoring down the current version of the Average White Band, which tells you something about his groove. He throws ideas at you all night long.”
Deitch is quickly becoming one of my favorite drummers to go check out as this kid has got some real mad skillz. The list goes on and on with strong tunes such as ‘Back in Effect’, ‘Reunion’ and ‘Nyack.’
The band plays very well as a unit and the drumming of Adam Deitch is both funky and complex.
Through the years, the Los Angeles music scene has become a proving ground for first-rate bass playing. It’s where players can go from underdog to top dog; where musicians get together to jam at The Baked Potato, Spazios, or Charlie O's; and where bassists continue to flock to set the standard for others to uphold. Following in that rich tradition is Adam Cohen, who has earned a reputation as one of L.A.’s top-notch pluckers.
His sensitive yet powerful accompaniment and lyrical soloing has – in addition to making him a favorite among artists, bands, and composers – also put him in the challenging yet satisfying position as leader of his own band.
Indeed, Adam’s prowess on both the upright and 6-string electric bass has led to live and/or recording stints with a wide array of artists, including Grant Geissman, Ernie Watts, Ray Charles, John Klemmer, Maxine Nightingale, Scott Wilkie, and Tim Weisberg.
As a recording artist, Cohen’s playing and composing is showcased on his two solo albums – 1994’s Gig Bag and the soon-to-be-released Ritual. As an educator, Cohen also participates in clinics and is on the faculty of the Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena, CA. Interestingly enough, piano—not bass—is the foundation of Adam Cohen’s development.
Born in Queens, New York, Adam’s introduction to music began at age 5 in the form of piano lessons given by his father. At age 14, his attraction to the sound of the bass as both a supportive and melodic instrument led him to private study with classical bassist Frank Blake. In addition to his lessons on the acoustic bass, Adam began honing his electric bass chops by emulating the styles of Verdine White, Paul McCartney, Peter Cetera, Stanley Clarke and Francis “Rocco” Prestia.
While still in high school, Adam got the position as bassist for the local college jazz ensemble. This led to an increasing interest in jazz music and the early development of a solo voice on the bass. The next several years brought numerous experiences and challenges to Adam; bassist with the L.A. City College Jazz Band, road work, club gigs and further study with the likes of Bunny Brunel, John Novello, Jeff Berlin, and Gary Willis.
When it comes to soloing, Cohen says, “I’ve always sought to emulate the lyricism and phrasing of horn-players, pianists and guitarists. At the same time, I don’t want to ignore the inherent qualities and responsibilities of my chosen instrument.”
Abraham Laboriel, Sr. (b. July 17, 1947) Abraham Laboriel is a world renowned bassist and the founder of the band KOINONIA. He was born and raised in Mexico City where he received his earliest musical training from his father, a gifted guitarist and composer. His first recording was at age 10 as part of a "rock and roll" group called "Los Traviesos".
After performing in Mexico thru his teen years as both a musician and an actor, he moved to Boston where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the Berklee School of Music in 1972. During that time he recorded with faculty member, famed vibraphonist Gary Burton. He traveled with Johnny Mathis, Michel Legrand, and Henry Mancini and moved to Los Angeles in 1976 to begin a very diverse and fruitful studio recording career.
Abe has played on over 3,000 recordings and soundtracks. Guitar Player Magazine described him as: "the most widely used session bassist of our time". Laboriel is the father of drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. He swiched to bass guitar while studying at the Berklee School of Music. Henry Mancini encouraged Laboriel to move to Los Angeles, California and pursue a career in music. Since then, he has worked with artists as diverse as George Benson, Larry Carlton, the Crusaders, Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau, John Klemmer, Manhattan Transfer, Joe Pass, Joe Sample, Lalo Shifrin, Diane Schuur, Sara Vaughan, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Ray Charles, Madonna, Paul Simon, Keith Green, Lisa Loeb, Quincy Jones, Russ Taff, Engelbert Humperdinck, Crystal Lewis, Chris Isaak, Michael Jackson, and Joe Zawinul. He recorded with Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts, and Alex Acuna in a band called "Friendship" and has continued to record and travel with Lee and Dave Grusin for GRP Records. He also has been much in demand for work with artists like Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Jeffrey Osborne, Chaka Khan, Robbie Robertson, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Ruben Blades and countless others.
He was in fact voted by his peers in the LA Chapter of NARAS as the "Most Valuable Player" in the Bass chair for the three years in a row, joining Ray Brown and Chuck Domanico in that honor. When Laboriel recorded his three solo albums (Dear Friends, Guidum ,and Justo & Abraham), he recruited a cast of musicians that included Alex Acuna, Jarreau, Jim Keltner, Phillip Bailey, and others.
Laboriel was a founding member of the bands, Friendship and Koinonia.
2000 Lbs. Of Blues
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“This bands’ energy is infectious and catches most people by surprise. 2000 LBS OF BLUES is a dream band for a good time! If you are going to check out this band, and you definitely should, wear your dancing shoes as you will be dancing. Pink is the perfect front man, and this is one hot blues band that shouts out that they are heavy and not just because their name is 2000 LBS OF BLUES!”
SOUTHLAND BLUES MAGAZINE
Aaron Serfaty has been playing professionally for 17 years. From 1980 - 1990 he was a first call session drummer in his native country of Venezuela. He moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to attend the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Soon after he began touring and recording with Arturo Sandoval and Jon Anderson, and performing with Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi, Oscar Castro Neves, Frank Gambale, Shelly Berg, Juan Carlos Quintero, Rique Pantoja and Don Grusin. Aaron is currently the director of the Latin Jazz Ensemble at the University of Southern California (USC). Aaron currently teaches Ensemble Workshops, and Afro-Cuban/Brazilian Drums.
Seeing Parks live is harder to do with your eyes open than shut. Hearing him brings to mind great jazz virtuosos such as Bennie Green, Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner, but then you realize the notes are coming from the hands, mind and soul of a teenager! More shocking is to hear him sit in with prominent local players and fly through rapid fire chops with little uncertainty in his touch. And it's obvious he understands the importance of playing live, having performed over 100 shows in 1999 alone, both locally and outside the Northwest. Conversing with Parks is even more interesting. At 16, Parks' CD collection consisted of more than 800 jazz CD's and his knowledge on the subject was extensive. He is well versed in the history of the music and its players, but knows all too well there's still plenty more to learn.
Jazz pianist Aaron S. Parks from Seattle, Washington has been featured on television, on the radio, in magazines, and in the Seattle Times’ front-page story as a promising jazz musician. He is a Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellow, a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, a Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Recipient, a National Grammy Ensemble participant, and a Down Beat Magazine Outstanding College Jazz Soloist. Mr. Parks is studying jazz piano and composition at the Manhattan School of Music. His trio was named the 1999 Northwest Emerging Group of the Year and was listed among Seattle's 1999 Top Ten Noteworthy Jazz Performances. Aaron won first place in the college division, Piano Soloist at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festiva and the 5th American Jazz Piano Competition in Indiannapolis, Indiana, sponsored by the American Pianists Association this past year.
Aaron Parks is unique in several respects. Not only is he a college student playing deeply engaging originals and uniquely arranged standards, but the pianist/bandleader should really be a junior in high school. Instead, he skipped high school to enter the University of Washington at the age of 14. Now 17, Parks is a National Merit Scholar, a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and a college junior in Jazz Studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, studying under piano great, Kenny Barron. In early 2002, Aaron joined the critically acclaimed Terence Blanchard Quintet.
Aaron currently has four CDs out. The Promise, features two of Parks' original compositions — "Early Entry" and "Double Tall Latte" — plus creative arrangements of jazz standards such as "Well You Needn't," "The Promise," "Footprints," "Autumn Leaves," "It Could Happen to You," and others. First Romance is a collection of mostly live performances around the Seattle area, with originals "First Romance" and "The Wizard" and great standards such as "Oleo," "Beatrice," and "All the Things You Are." Aaron's third album, The Wizard, was recorded with a quartet of emerging and established musicians and contains all original compositions. His newest CD, Shadows, released in February, 2002, includes five original compositions as well as jazz standards "Solar, "Alone Together," and the Radiohead tune, "Knives Out." Aaron's four albums are all available on KeynoteRecords.com and on Amazon.com. Aaron performs internationally with the Terence Blanchard Quintet and with his own groups. For more information about Aaron Parks, please visit our website at KeynoteRecords.com. For booking information, please contact Judie Stein at 917.685.7107 or email@example.com. For information about performances with the Terence Blanchard Quintet, please visit www.TerenceBlanchard.com.
Abe Lagrimas Jr.
At age 23, Abraham "Abe" Lagrimas, Jr. is one of the most gifted musical artists to emerge from the state of Hawaii. A drumming sensation from an early age, he's appeared on stage, radio and television with a who's who in the Hawaii entertainment scene. Proficient in all styles of contemporary drumming, he's dazzled audiences with his great feel, musical interpretation, and tasteful solos. Prior to graduating from high school, he's won several national music achievement and scholarship awards, received artist endorsement deal from drum manufacturers and toured the US and Japan.
In addition to his drumming, Abraham is also forging new ground as a multi-instrumentalist (vibraphone, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and ukulele), jazz composer and arranger. Late 2005 marks the debut of Abe's instrumental release Dimensions. Dimensions is an introduction to the rising ukulele prodigy and his jazz improvisational prowess on the instrument.