Jazz Trip

Jazz Trip

 01040, Massachusetts, USA

Jazz Trip performs a range of styles that run hot and cool blending influences from hard bop, straight-ahead jazz, Brazilian sambas and bossa novas along with rock-fusion and odd-meter grooves.


David Frain and Mark Dunlap played together in rock bands throughout New England in the ‘80s. In 2001, the Massachusetts’ natives collaborated on the original, jazz-driven, rock-edged instrumental compositions found on “Pull the Shades”. This first release under their jointly owned and operated independent label, “Simmer Music”, features four distinctly different jazz quintets performing a range of styles that run hot and cool blending influences from hard bop, straight-ahead jazz, Brazilian sambas and bossa novas along with rock-fusion and odd-meter grooves. The leading independent A&R music critics, TAXI, reviewed the recording and wrote “You guys have a truly amazing ensemble … [this is] hard driving serious jazz” and rated the recording a 9 out of 10 for music, arrangements and production.

Guitarist, David Frain, attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, until 1992, where he studied Jazz Composition and Performance with Jon Damian, John Baboian and Hal Crook. In 1995, he co-founded Zing Recording Studios, Westfield, MA, which is a 32-track commercial multi-room facility. Frain suggests that after spending hundreds of hours recording all genres of music, now, it’s time to focus on his own original compositions that he has been creating and polishing since his Berklee training.

Bassist, Mark Dunlap, lhas a BSEE and an MBA from Western New England College. First studying guitar, he switched to electric and then double bass. Dunlap studies composition with Grammy Award nominated composer, and long-time mentor, Ed Byrne, DMA. Dunlap also studies bass with accomplished NYC Bassists, Santi DeBriano, Joe Fonda and Vishnu Wood. Dunlap is a founding member and serves on the board of the Western New England Double Bass Society, a group of almost 200 performing double bassists that sponsors bass workshops and concerts throughout New England.

Saxophonist Geoff Vidal is the band's musical director. Geoff studies with Adam Kolker (Ray Baretto, Vangaurd Jazz Orchestra, Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider) and Jeff Holmes at UMASS. Geoff has performed with with many outstanding Jazz musicians including Greg Abate, Mark Vinci, Virginia Mayhew, Steve Houghton, Giaccomo Gates, Eddie Daniels, Ron Wilkins, Nick Brignola and Peter Erskine.

Drummer, Makaya McCraven studies drums with Steve McCraven and Bob Gullotti and small group Jazz with Dr. Ed Byrne. Makaya has performed with Joe Fonda, Vishnu Wood, Agnes Zsigmondi, Dave Shapiro, Avery Sharpe, Dr. Ed Byrne, Wil Letman, Archie Shepp, Paul Arselanian and Tom McClung.

Marc D'Urso studied Jazz guitar with Tony Lombardozzi and Richie Hart. He attended the Jazz Studies program at the Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) in New Haven, CT, under the direction of George Rachio and then continued his training at Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT. Marc finished up his training at UMASS in Amherst, MA.

Frain and Dunlap manage every aspect of creating, performing, recording and promoting their own sound through their newly formed independent recording label and publishing company “Simmer Music”. They perform regularly in clubs and festivals in the US Northeast and Germany. “We feel extraordinarily lucky to be able to combine our talent, imagination and resources to produce our dreams”, says Dunlap of his collaboration with Frain.


Pull The Shades, Simmer Music


Set List


Big Dig
Close To Your Heart
Freddie Freight Train
Pull The Shades
Red Square Time
Venice Rising


Cause We've Ended As Lovers
Groove Elation
Nothing Personal
Round Midnight
Small Ruse

Dozens of modern Jazz classics