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Nick Mazzarella Trio

Nick Mazzarella Trio

  • Festival Performance Date: Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address: Millennium Park - Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade), 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument: Saxophone

Alto saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella (b. 1984) has been a participant in Chicago's jazz, free jazz, improvised music, and rock scenes as a bandleader, sideman, and presenter since 2002. After completing his formal music education at DePaul University (Bachelor of Music 2006, Master of Music 2009), he began performing regularly with his own groups and with projects led by his peers at venues throughout the city and the United States. His efforts have been especially concentrated around the activities of his primary working band, the Nick Mazzarella Trio, the musician and presenter collective Umbrella Music, and the Ratchet Series, a grass roots effort to establish a performance haven for free jazz on the south side of Chicago. Equally at home in the worlds of the traditional and the avant-garde, Mazzarella maintains a continuous performance schedule encompassing a variety of musical contexts, but focuses the majority of his energy on the areas of composition-based free jazz and free improvisation. It is through his work in these stylistic mediums that Mazzarella has developed a distinctive voice.

Alto saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella (b. 1984) has been a participant in Chicago's jazz, free jazz, improvised music, and rock scenes as a bandleader, sideman, and presenter since 2002. After completing his formal music education at DePaul University (Bachelor of Music 2006, Master of Music 2009), he began performing regularly with his own groups and with projects led by his peers at venues throughout the city and the United States. His efforts have been especially concentrated around the activities of his primary working band, the Nick Mazzarella Trio, the musician and presenter collective Umbrella Music, and the Ratchet Series, a grass roots effort to establish a performance haven for free jazz on the south side of Chicago. Equally at home in the worlds of the traditional and the avant-garde, Mazzarella maintains a continuous performance schedule encompassing a variety of musical contexts, but focuses the majority of his energy on the areas of composition-based free jazz and free improvisation. It is through his work in these stylistic mediums that Mazzarella has developed a distinctive voice.

Mazzarella has performed as a sideman in bands led by Ken Vandermark (Midwest School), Mars Williams (NRG Ensemble), Rob Mazurek (Exploding Star Orchestra), Frank Rosaly (Green and Gold), Devin Hoff (Bastet), Cameron Pfiffner, (Sabertooth, Marco Polo, Adolphe's Ax), Wayne Montana and Damon Locks (Eternals), Toby Summerfield (Never Enough Hope), Jason Ajemian (Magic Bone), Keefe Jackson (Project Project), Jaimie Branch (Bomb Shelter), Jake Vinsel (Horse-Fire), Joe Adamik (Joe Adamik Quartet), and Mikel Avery (Everypeople Workshop). He has also worked on an individual basis with such musicians as Anton Hatwich, Avreeayl Ra, Brian Sandstrom, Dave Rempis, Dylan Ryan, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Guillermo Gregorio, James Falzone, Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke, Jason Stein, Jeb Bishop, Jim Baker, John Herndon, Josh Berman, Joshua Abrams, Kent Kessler, Matt Schneider, Matt Chamberlain, Marc Riordan, Mike Reed, Nate Lepine, Nate McBride, Nick Broste, Nicole Mitchell, Quin Kirchner, Steve Hunt, Tim Daisy, and Tomeka Reid.

Mazzarella is a curator of the Ratchet Series in residence at the Skylark in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. The series was founded in 2007 with the aim of providing musicians of diverse styles and approaches within the genres of free jazz and improvised and experimental music with a weekly performance opportunity. By organizing these concert events Mazzarella and co-presenters Frank Rosaly and Anton Hatwich strive to foster a community that supports musicians on Chicago's south side.

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