FivePlay Jazz Quintet

FivePlay Jazz Quintet

 Berkeley, California, USA
BandJazz

We’re a Bay Area-based band of long-time musical compatriots. We formed this group with the idea playing original music that nourishes both mind and heart; melodic modern jazz to be enjoyed by everyone, whether you’re an experienced jazz listener or you’re hearing jazz for the first time.

Biography

Laura Klein (piano/composer): Laura grew up in New York City, and studied music at SUNY Buffalo and at the Berklee College of Music. Along with Tony Corman, she formed the three-horned band Triceratops, which featured their original compositions. Laura has performed with her own trios (including the great drummers Joe Hunt and Benny Barth), in a duo setting with vibraphonist Ted Wolff, vocalists Jenny Ferris and Ed Reed, Rudy Salvini Big Band, John Dankworth and the San Francisco Symphony, and many others.

Tony Corman (guitar/composer): Tony comes from the Boston area. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a B.A. in saxophone performance. He appeared and recorded with Full Faith and Credit big band, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Bay Area Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, and Celia Malheiros. He played on, and was an arranger/composer for the recordings Triceratops, Three Tenors No Opera, and vocalist Jenny Ferris’s Day In, Day Out. He switched to playing guitar in 2002 (owing to focal dystonia), and since then has been playing with his own trio, Crotty, Corman and Phipps, and composing and arranging for big bands.

Dave Tidball (woodwinds/composer): Born in Cardiff, Wales, Dave played and recorded in London with Turning Point. Upon moving to Boston, MA, he formed the group Minotaur, which featured his own compositions. Since relocating to the Bay Area, he has played and recorded with Triceratops, Three Tenors No Opera, the great vocalist Paula West, and his own trio, Threedom. Dave teaches music in the Oakland public schools and has a busy freelance playing schedule.

Alan Hall (drums): Alan grew up in San Jose, and spent some time in Boston, playing and teaching at the Berklee College of Music. Highlights of Alan’s extensive resume include performing and recording with Eddie Harris, Paul McCandless, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Triceratops, Rebecca Parris, and many others. Recently Alan has been playing with Cirque du Soleil in NYC. He teaches at the JazzSchool in Berkeley, CA, and gives clinics and workshops at festivals, colleges and music stores throughout North America.

Paul Smith (bass): Paul has been playing professionally since his teens. In 1970, he joined the acclaimed Moacir Santos group, where he met his future wife, percussionist and vocalist Sheila Smith. Paul and Sheila had a group for many years, and recorded four CD’s together. Paul has performed and recorded with Mark Levine, Willie Bobo, and numerous other artists. He currently records and tours nationally with Dan Hicks.

Discography

First CD Mar 2009: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/FivePlayJazzQuintet

“I love it!” — Melanie Berzon, Program Director, KCSM Radio

“The CD is wonderful…HARD WORK FROM ALL OF YOU…YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOUR RESPECTIVE INPUTS…!! ..BEST TO ALL” — Bobby Paunetto, Latin Jazz great
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Second CD currently being mixed, schedules for Valentines Day 2011