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Nick Di Maria & WiRED with Jo Salins
The Stone Church
Brattleboro, VT
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Nick Di Maria & WiRED with Jo Salins
Nick Di Maria is a New Haven, CT based trumpeter, composer, and educator.

A graduate of Western Connecticut State University, Nick holds a Bachelors in Jazz Performance studying under Eddie Henderson, Dave Scott, Jeremy Pelt, Taylor Ho Bynum and Rich Clymer, a Masters of Science in Music Education, and his Connecticut Teaching Certification. Nick is currently on staff at Truman Street School in New Haven, CT.

Nick began playing music at age 9 and over the years has played in multiple genres from jazz to reggae to classical to punk. In 2001 Nick joined the CT Ska/Punk scene playing with the band, The Flaming Tsunamis. For 5 years Nick was an integral member of the 6 piece band, touring with, and  co-writing some of the bands most famous tunes. Nick appears on 2 of the bands albums, Focus the Fury (2002) and Zombies vs. Robots! (2004)

In 2006 upon graduating from college, Nick assembled his first working quartet. From the beginning the band began working the CT jazz scene playing all over the state, including a residency in Newtown in the summer of 2006.

In 2008, after some personnel changes, Nick assembled a new line up. A group that has been working not only CT but NYC as well. Performing music written by Nick and standards from some of jazzs greatest composers, the band has played hundreds of performances to a wide variety of audiences. Since then, Nick has been composing extensively and has since released 3 studio albums and other recordings.

The music of Herbie Hancocks Mwandishi group was very influential in the creative sound of this current group. Nick began composing in the style of the band, using electronic and avant garde influences in his writing and sound. The band released their first album in May 2011 entitled Between You & Me to positive reviews. The album features 6 original compositions with open, vamp based forms that include group improvisation and groove based music.

In 2012 Nick recorded his second studio release, The Beatnik, at Firehouse 12 Studios in New Haven. The album contains 9 original compositions that reflect Nicks compositional influences. The album is half straight ahead, half electro-acoustic jazz. The quartet plays more of its vamp based music and includes some special guests. See the Discography section for more info on Nicks releases.

In 2014, Nick recorded Time Circuit at Firehouse 12 Studios, his 3rd studio album since 2010. The album presents original compositions most influenced by the music of his childhood and formidable years including classic rock, funk and electronic music. The album features songs with additional keyboards and electronic effects including wah and delay pedals played through the trumpet.

Nick is also Director of the Outer Space Jazz Series, a local, weekly jazz showcase at the Outer Space club in Hamden, CT. Nick has worked with musicians of the highest caliber. In the 2012-2013 season Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery, Peter Bernstein,  and Jimmy Greene have performed at the series. Nick also directed the now annual O.S. Jazz Festival  which consists of bands from all over the state performing originally composed jazz.

Jo Sallins, a Multi-Instrumentalist, Performer, Educator, Producer and Recording Artist, began his musical career at the age of nine. After 17 years of orchestral drumming lessons with Jim Calapaletis, he expanded his skillsets even further. Jo studied African and Latin drumming with Marshall Small and Alvin Abu Carter for 13 years.  Jo mastered the Drum set under the direction of Billy Arnold while learning to improvise in the traditions and styles of Funk, Fusion, and Jazz. After listening to the album "Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy" with Chick Corea and the band Return To Forever. Jo decided to teach himself how to play Electric Bass and Keyboards. Mr. Sallins has enjoyed a career in music spanning four decades and shows no sign of slowing down. His International touring began as leader of his band New Star. He continued to play with a variety of musicians in Asia, Canada, West Africa, and in the US.

Jo met Chick Corea in 2002 at which time he had the opportunity to give Mr. Corea a song in tribute to him entitled "Epic Mind" from Jo's Double CD (DVD) Ripple Effect.  Jo named his first CD (DVD) Ripple Effect providing a visual image of how music has affected his life.   His greatest musical influence was James Brown, the godfather of soul.  After meeting James, the conversation became a symbolic drop of water at the surface which created rings moving outward while connecting Jo to new musicians and people with positive experiences.

Jos philosophy: find your talent, perfect your talent, and share it with the world.  He encourages and supports others to find their talent, whatever that may be.  With Jos new found perspective, he created LaJaz Productions, the platform for the music education programming.  The music education program offers drum circles, residencies, clinics, master classes, school performances, after school programs, student recordings, jazz ensembles, and teacher professional development. Since 1993, Jo has worked with the School Systems in the USA and abroad. Among Jo's many accomplishments, he has had the humbling opportunity to establish memberships with the Massachusetts Cultural Council Events & Residency Roster, New England Foundation for the Arts Touring Roster, and BOCES Arts Organization for upstate New York.

Jos new band, Two Man Trio (2M3), features his drummer and himself displaying his unique skill of playing the bass and keyboard simultaneously.   The 2M3 has performed at many events such as 2016 Berkshire Hills Music Academy Concert/Workshop (South Hadley, MA), 2015-2016 Indie Soul Fest (Springfield, MA), 2015-2016 Stone Soul Festival (Springfield, MA), 2015 Vibe Festival (Woodstock, NY), 2012-2014 Gokh-Bi System (US Tour), 2012 Yoshis (San Francisco, CA),  2008 Montreal Jazz Festival (Quebec, Canada), 2007 Hoop City Jazz and Arts Festival (Springfield, MA), and 1998-Present Extensive School Program Touring (USA).  In 2011, he was awarded a Brother Rick Award for Excellence in Jazz Performances.  

Additional performances with numerous artists such as Alvin Ailey, Frank Hatchett, Vishu Wood, Matt Guitar Murphy of the Blue Brothers (1 year), Dan Akroyd (1 show) Doug Johns, Stanley Jordan, Ed Vadas, Michael Gregory, David Newman, Ellis Hall and Gokh-bi System, Marvin Smitty Smith  former Drummer for The Tonight Show band, Stanley Clarke  Bassist from Chick Coreas RTF Ensemble.  Additional highlights include him opening for Mongo Santamaria, Yusso Ndour, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells with Ed Vadas and the Fabulous Heavyweights, Al B. Sure, Kool and the Gang, Chaka Khan, Baaba Maal, Najee, and Gerald Albright. Without a doubt, Jos respect for fellow musicians along with an interactive connection with both domestic and global audiences has catapulted his career as an incredible performer and inspirational educator.


The Stone Church (View)
210 Main st
Brattleboro, VT 05301
United States


Music > Experimental
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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