Steve Grover, drums: Steve has led jazz groups in the New England area since the mid 1980's. A Maine native, he teaches at The University of Maine at Augusta (where he received his degree in music), Bowdoin College and Bates College. In 1994, Steve won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz/BMI Jazz Composers Competition, and in 1996 was a winner in JAZZIZ Magazine's "Percussion On Fire" talent search. He received an honorable mention in the 2004 Billboard Song Contest, and his composition "Breath" was featured that same year on NPR's "All Songs Considered". In 2008 Steve's original composition "Art Advocate" was chosen as the theme song for the MPBN program "Conversations With Maine". Steve's group won "Best Jazz Act of 2009" in The Portland Phoenix Best Music Poll, and was voted one of the "Ten Most Influential Bands of the Last Ten Years" by The Phoenix that same year.
Steve has released nine CDs, with reviews appearing in Down Beat, JazzTimes, and Cadence magazines. "The Garden Above", with saxophonist David Wells and guitarist Tony Gaboury, was included in The Portland Phoenix Top Ten CDs of 2006, and his most recent CD "Statement" was one of the Portland Phoenix Top Ten CDs for 2011. In addition to performing with his own groups and with clarinetist Brad Terry, Steve has performed with Buddy Tate, Jay McShann, Eddie Gomez, Chris Potter, Marvin Stamm, Greg Tardy, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, and many others. Steve lives in Farmingdale, ME.
Tony Gaboury, guitar: Tony holds his Master's degree in Performance from Goddard College, and taught at The Berklee College of Music from 1995-2010. He has performed with many outstanding artists, including George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Bruce Saunders, and many others. Tony has released three CDs under his leadership; the latest is "Plays The Music of Bill Evans". Tony lives in South Portland, ME.
Tom Bucci, bass: Tom is one of the finest bassists and musicians in Maine. Tom attended the Berklee College of Music from 1968-71, and since then has performed with many of the area's legendary top jazz musicians, including Brad Terry, Roy Frazee, Tommy Gallant, Dom Moio, Jaxon Stock, Herb Pomeroy, and more recently the upcoming jazz/R&B singer Tess Collins.
David Wells, tenor saxophone: Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, saxophonist David Wells is a bright light on the Maine jazz scene. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Joe Henderson, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer and The Portland Jazz Orchestra, Maine's leading big band. Prior to moving to Maine in 2002, David was living in London, participating in the jazz scene there. Dave currently teaches privately in his home studio, Houlton High School and The University of Maine at Augusta. He resides in Houlton, ME.
Jason St, Pierre, alto saxophone: A resident of Portland, Maine, Jason is considered one of the finest saxophonists in Maine, sporting a contemporary concept imbued with the jazz tradition. Jason attended the prestigious New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, studying and performing with many of the jazz greats, including renowned saxophonists George Garzone and Dave Liebman, and the legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb. Since returning to Maine, Jason has been the saxophonist of choice in all styles on the Portland jazz scene.
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