Phil Orr, piano
Michael O'Brien, bass
Sean Dixon, drums
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SEAN DIXON creates and collaborates as composer, producer, drummer, percussionist and bassist from his base in New York City. His music with SLV (co-leader), Zammuto, and M is Black Enough has brought him international recognition and landed him on the 2014 and 2015 NPR Songs We Love lists. He spent much of 2018 shaping, and performing in, Daniel Alexander Jones' productions of Black Light at Joe's Pub and the Greenwich House Theater. Dixon co-led the critically acclaimed The Chesterfields with Scott Sharrard for seven years in the '90s, producing one national tour and two CDs. He connects variously with Ondioline Orchestra, Amy Helm, Aloe Blacc, Fife and Drom, Kellylee Evans & Opius Bliss, among many others. Crediting Prince, Elvin Jones and Bruce Lee as his primary musical influences, his long association with Kakande and its griot leader, Famoro Dioubate, has made the deepest impression.
MICHAEL O'BRIEN’s two-decade international career as bassist and composer has teamed him with Harry Connick, Jr., Ruben Blades, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Gene Pitney, and Ted Nash, to name a few. He works continually among a variety of New York groups and is a regular member of the Michelle Walker (Opius Bliss), Kyobe Oyobe and Sandro Albert quartets. In 2018 alone he recorded 16 album projects, including Brazilian legend Toninho Horta's 2019 release, and a holiday collection by Fleur Seule with a track featured in a Hallmark Channel film. His festival performances have included Lincoln Center, IAJE, Odessa, Port au Prince International and Sonic Circuits festivals. The acclaimed high-energy string quartet, Ethel, presented the world premiere of Pine in their 2011 performance at the Kennedy Center.
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Pianist/composer/leader Phil Orr toured and performed with Vic Damone, Sandler and Young, and Grammy-winners Diane Scanlon and Arturo O’Farrill in the 1970s-80s, and currently freelances in NJ, NY and PA. His diverse background as keyboardist, wind instrumentalist, conductor and singer/chorister draw audiences into his sound-worlds of jazz, classical and popular styles from multiple eras. An eclectic composer, Orr’s jazz tunes, hymn tunes, art songs, liturgical settings, concert band pieces, choral music, and chamber ensemble works have been performed in more than 150 venues in the Americas and Europe, earned him ASCAPlus awards and a NJ State Council on the Arts fellowship, and featured prominently on 11 album-length recordings. He frequently works with actor Jason Kravits in his one-man comedy improv cabaret, "Off the Top!", and is the curator/host of the weekly Jazz On Broad series.
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