Who: The Frank Giasullo Quartet with Frank Giasullo on piano, Neil Wetzel saxophone, Ron Glick on drums and John Loehrke on bass
Where: The Riegelsville Inn 10-12 Delaware Road Riegelsville, Pennsylvania 18077 (610) 749-0100
When: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 8:00 pm
What: Playing jazz standards and new compositions
Neil Wetzel, whose saxophone has backed many of the great performers in show business, including Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, the Temptations and the Four Tops, has joined the Frank Giasullo Quartet. The foursome of Giasullo, on piano, Wetzel on sax, Ron Glick on drums and John Loehrke on bass is a powerhouse combination.
The Frank Giasullo Quartet combines thoughtful, accomplished playing with a laid-back groove and sensitive ensemble work. From cool blue to warm and lush, the FGQ eloquently reflects a breadth of feeling only possible in an acoustic jazz quartet with four musicians of this quality. Theirs is a distinctive sound, enhanced by a strong repertoire of Giasullo's original compositions, the playful "Dr. Nick," for example, to Joseph Kosma's classic "Autumn Leaves," both recorded on their Firstlight .
Giasullo is a classically trained jazz pianist but his playing and the music he writes come as much out of his feeling for gospel, folk and blues as his classical and jazz background. He studied with John Coates, Jr., Don Friedman, Bill Mays, among others. He is one of those expressive jazz musicians who uses what he knows to say what he feels. And what he has to say is worth hearing, remembering and hearing again.
Neil Wetzel has also appeared with Patti Page and the Philly Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, a concert that was recorded and released on CD and won a 1999 Grammy award. He has toured and recorded with the Eric Mintel Quartet. Wetzel is Director of Jazz Studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. He has shared Moravian's stage with jazz notables Ravi Coltrane, Clark Terry, Stanley Turrentine, among others. Wetzel is also the author of Learning Jazz Language, for beginning level instrumentalists.
Drummer Ron Glick of Bridgewater, NJ shares a long-term collaboration with Frank Giasullo. He has an extensive background in performing and teaching music. His performance resume reads like a list of Who's Who in jazz, including such notables as Tal Farlow, Al Cohen, Eric Kloss, Harry Leahy, Lou Donaldson, Vic Juris, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Ira Sullivan, just to name a few. Glick has performed in jazz clubs and in festivals nationally and internationally.
Bassist John Loehrke, after his graduation from the University of Michigan, immersed himself in the Detroit area music scene until the mid '70s. He then moved to New York where he is in much demand in cabarets and theatres. He has appeared with Margaret Whiting, Chet Baker, and Chita Rivera, among many others; and has recorded with Karen Akers, Doug Hammond and Angela Bofil, to name a few. Loehrke also teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerset, NJ and Brookdale College (Lincroft, NJ).
Take a drive along the picturesque Delaware River to the Pennsylvania riverside community of Riegelsville, a stop at the welcoming Riegelsville Inn for drinks, a hearty dinner and an evening of jazz standards and new compositions by the Frank Giasullo Quartet in the intimate pub or dining room. The inn has eight guest rooms for overnight stays, as well.
The Riegelsville Inn is only an hour from either New York or Philadelphia. For directions, menus, and overnight accommodations visit their Web site at riegelsvilleinn.com.
Visit fgjazz.com to hear Frank Giasullo tunes.