Phil Orr, piano
Michael O'Brien, bass
Sean Dixon, drums
We each do so many things, it's a challenge getting in the same place at the same time. Still…
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. Dixon co-led the critically acclaimed The Chesterfields with Scott Sharrard for seven years, 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. 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.
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 pianist, organist, wind instrumentalist, conductor and singer/chorister draw audiences into his sound-worlds of diverse combinations 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 works for a variety of chamber instrumental ensembles 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.
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