The Chance Trio

The Chance Trio


“Like a street band in some Mediterranean capital, albeit one with a thorough mainstream and free-jazz grounding” (Philadelphia Inquirer), The Chance Trio is an intimate and acoustic, improvisational trio of trumpet, guitar, and bass.


"An unusual and striking trio" (Philadelphia Inquirer), The Chance Trio is a one-of-a-kind Philadelphia-based acoustic trio that has received praise from the local and national press. Started in 2001 by Bart Miltenberger (trumpet, flugelhorn), Matt Davis (acoustic guitar), and Michael Taylor (upright bass), The Chance Trio has performed their adventurous, passionate, and humorous original compositions all over the Philadelphia area including concerts at the Kimmel Center, the Painted Bride, World Cafe Live, energizing showcases at the 3rd and 4th Collective Voices Festivals, and a long-standing residency at The Highwire Gallery. Influenced by Jazz, Blues, Folk, Rock, and the Avant-garde, The Chance Trio was a featured performer at the 2006 Festival of New Trumpet Music in NYC.

The Chance Trio’s debut album, Marnee Birds, is available in stores and online at,,, and

About the Musicians:

UK-born trumpet player, Bart Miltenberger, whose playing has been called “impressive” by JazzTimes magazine, is a lyrical and melodic player with a warm and beautiful trumpet sound. In addition to The Chance Trio, Bart regularly performs with Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, Aerial Photograph, and Sonic Liberation Front. In August of 2004 and 2005, he was invited by world-renowned trumpet star and composer Dave Douglas to perform in Trumpet Nation under the baton of the legendary conductionist Butch Morris, as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music. In June of 2004 Bart performed with the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra in the Amsterdam world premiere of the opera, Call Me Ishmael. Bart has also performed and/or recorded with such musicians and bands as: Fathead, Edge City Collective, John Legend, Pauline Oliveros, G-Love and Special Sauce, The Digable Planets, Dave Liebman, Tyrone Brown, Farid Barron, Tom Lawton, Ben Schachter, Byard Lancaster, John Swana, and DJ Phillip Charles. Bart studied for three intense years with the Maestro Dennis Sandole (best known as John Coltrane’s teacher) and was an American Composers Forum grant winner in 2003. He was a co-founder and co-presenter of Collective Voices Festivals I–IV (2000-2003). In addition, Bart is a member of Bugles Across America since 2000 - performing TAPS at military funerals.

Guitarist and composer, Matt Davis has been playing and composing music since childhood. Since graduating with honors from Temple University in 2001, Matt composes for and performs with many groups including his 12 piece original project, Aerial Photograph. He has performed with musicians such as Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel (of the Cecil Taylor big band), saxophonist Billy Harper, The Jefferson University Chorus and Orchestra, Calvin Weston (member of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time) members of Sun Ra (Tyrone Hill, Elliott Levin), Terrell Stafford, and Dave Liebman. Matt helped to establish and coordinate the artist based “Collective Voices Jazz Festival” in Philadelphia from 1999 through 2003. He has received grants from the American Composers Forum and has been awarded an Artist in Residence position at the C.E.C Art Center in Philly. Matt has presented guitar/composition master classes at the University of the Arts, as well as high schools and grade schools throughout the Pennsylvania , New Jersey and New York area. He recently completed an Artist In Residencency for the National Parks Service from Buffalo National River Park in Arkansas for the month of September, 2005. Matt currently teaches guitar at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Bassist and composer Michael Taylor has long been a creative force in the Philadelphia music scene. The Philadelphia Weekly describes his passionate, lyrical approach to the bass as having a "smooth toughness." Taylor 's sensitivity and his uncanny ability to always set the appropriate mood have made him a respected musician and exceptionally busy freelancer. He has studied with Mark Helias in addition to studying at the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University. He has performed with The Taylor/Madof Group, Minas, Farid Barron, Tom Lawton, Sid Simmons, and Duane Eubanks. In addition to The Chance Trio, Taylor regularly performs with Aerial Photograph, Minas, and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Trio.

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The Chance Trio's debut recording is "Marnee Birds"

Three tracks from this cd, "The Freshmaker," "43rd Street" and "Freddie Diddley" have been played on the air on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia. The Chance Trio has also performed live on the air on WPRB 103.3 FM in Princeton.

Set List

A typical set list might look like:
1. If I Should Lose You
2. Driving, Riding, Walking to Our Cubes
3. 43rd Street
4. Beaver Teeth and Push Nipples
5. We Love You, Lt. Costillo
6. Freddie Diddley

Sets usually last from 50 to 65 minutes

Other originals that we regular perform:
Blues for the Internet Kids
I'm Sorry You Had To Go
Matt's Tune
What Do you Think This is, A Mahjong Party?!
The Reverend and the Priest
Requiem for Virtue
Sketch for Sara
Our Man Hector
Lookin' for the Man in the Boat
Nippon Theme
Les Petits Copains
1622 Spruce Street Blues
Blues for Tony Danza
The Coefficient of Kinetic Friction
Juanita and Me
This is a Good Town
Asthma Attack
Marnee Birds
Covers that we have performed:
Ashokan Farewell (Jay Unger)
Were You There (trad.)
There is a Balm in Gilead (trad.)
How Many More Times (Led Zeppelin)
Take the A Train meets Kashmir

Numerous jazz standards

We are currently preparing covers of songs by Cat Stevens, Bob Dyla