3 Peas

3 Peas


3 Peas marry jazz philosophy with soul-slappin’ funk, exploring reggae, hip-hop, and Afro-Cuban break beats.


Founded in 2002 from the fusion of Joe Prinzivalli’s thick, melodious bass, with the raw, elegant keys and of Vincent Denis, within a cornucopia of cross-cultural, percussive expressions from Evan Carroll, this three-piece ensemble delivers a unique, infectious experience that appeals to a diverse audience. In a few months, 3 Peas expanded their fan base like wild fire across the Front Range of Colorado, drawing venues to capacity, consistently. Through regular practice and gigs, opening for national acts* or headlining regional venues, 3 Peas have evoked attention from various press outlets, record distributors, and numerous fans.

*Ozomalti, Israel Vibrations, Om Trio, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Tea Leaf Green, Robert Walters 20 th Congress, Victor Wooten, Buckethead, Toots and the Maytals, John Scofield, (et.al.).

The creative combination of improvisation upon deep structure enables the 3 Peas to accommodate to different environments and atmospheres, having played for small, intimate gatherings, wedding receptions, and benefits of philanthropy as well as large concert halls such as the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, the Aggie Theatre, the Soiled Dove, and Cervantes.

Evan "Animal" Carroll - Drums
Evan Michael Carroll received an early introduction to music from his loving family. When he was five years old his older brother Ian taught him to play the drum kit. Evan immediately found music to be an extraordinary outlet for emotional expression as he became aware of rhythm and melody. His mother Florence enrolled him in piano and drum lessons which he continued into his adolescence. From ages twelve through sixteen Evan joined the Colonial Musketeers Drum & Fife Corp. hailing out of Hackettstown New Jersey.

In the Musketeers Evan earned discipline through regiments of marching in unison while playing rudiments on big snare drums with thick sticks. Through his pivotal teenage years, Evan learned to develop his ear for music and improvisation while exploring the infinite possibilities of music with Joseph Cirotti and Eric Curley. Throughout high school the desire for music grew with his discovery of stadium rock concerts and the intimate power of music in social gatherings.

In 2001, Evan journeyed to Colorado, where he is currently finishing a degree in Anthropology from Colorado State University. Only a few days upon arriving in Fort Collins with his drum kit, Evan met Vincent Denis with whom he began playing in a local blues, funk band called Likewise. This experience introduced Evan to the Front Range music scene. In the aftermath of an accident that indefinitely held Likewise in hiatus, Vincent and Evan sought to continue playing music. When they met Joseph Prinzivalli in the fall of 2002, the three recognized their strong musical connections, proficiencies and communication and from this 3 Peas was born.

Joe "Fro" Prinzivalli - Bass
Joe was born in New York City on January 7 th 1981. In the last decade he has played with a number of bands and individuals; styles varying from Rock, Bluegrass, Jazz and Funk. Today, his musical expression is a culmination of the essence of all the players he played with as well as the music he has listened to.

His main influences are Jaco Pastorius, Victor Wooten, John Paul Jones and James Jamerson.

Vincent Denis - Keyboards
Vincent was born on May 18th 1971 in Meulan, France. He came from France 8 years ago with a musical background in Jazz-Fusion-Reggae.

He loves to play syncopated rhythmic keyboard parts. Vincent mainly plays a Rhodes Electric Piano, his VK7 Combo Organ, a Clavinet D6 and a Korg Triton Extreme.

After spending over 4 years in a rock-blues local band from Fort Collins called Likewise, Vincent met Evan Carroll, 3 Peas’ drummer/percussionist, who spent also 1 year with Likewise, starting the foundations of a musical entity. Joseph Prinzivalli brought to this new creation, powerful vibes and rhythms that opened the door for the 3 Peas.

Vincent is inspired by every type of music but essentially Jazz/fusion. To him, the 3 peas is a result of over 15 years of playing music from Rock band to reggae music to this trio jazz/fusion formation.


Breathing Room - 2006

Set List

1/ 4 Count Creep
2/ That One
3/ Djanka
4/ Nuff Said
5/ Java Spliff
6/ The Score
7/ Poached
8/ Rhumbalito
9/ Breakin Sweede
10/ Sweet Leaf
11/ 95 Degrees of Funk
12/ Breathing Room
13/ Chill Tune
14/ Open Door Policy
16/ Double Truffle Trumba
17/ Seam sealed
18/ A sink
19/ Salamander
20/ Biscuits and Gravy
21/ Disenfranchise
22/ Close Call