The Frank Giasullo Quartet

The Frank Giasullo Quartet

 Flemington, New Jersey, USA
BandJazz

Frank Giasullo, pianist, composer and arranger, is described by John Fordham in the UK's Guardian as "glossily elegant" with "crisp phrasing and pearly sound." The repertoire ranges "from wistful themes over rolling piano figures...bursts of driving soul-jazz to canny mid-tempo bop swingers."

Biography

The Music
Firstlight is the Frank Giasullo Quartets first CD. From the playful Dr. Nick, to the debonair The Waltz, to the pensive Nightwalk, Giasullos compositions are a seven-course meal that satisfies the listener. Too full for more is not an option, however. Giasullos modal arrangement of the Kosma/Mercer classic Autumn Leaves, and his arrangement of the Kern/Harnbach Yesterdays are irresistible second helpings.

Giasullos association with Art Themen, recently named top tenor sax player in the United Kingdom for 2009, led to their CD, Until the Next Time. The Giasullo/Themen Quartet has performed at the Brecon (Wales) International Jazz Festival and the London Festival. Reviewer John Fordham had this to say in The Guardian (July 18, 2008) about Giasullos performances during a recent UK tour as an effortlessly assured straightahead jazz set led by a glossily elegant pianist with crisp phrasing and pearly sound.

The Musicians
Giasullo is a classically trained pianist who loved the piano from as early as he can remember. As a youngster he was enthralled by Claude Debussys Arabesques. A pivotal moment came during the concert he attended, when he was 15, with his piano teacher and his father where he was knocked off his feet by Jimmy Smith on organ, and Dave Brubeck and Thelonius Monk on pianos. He studied with John Coates, Jr., Don Friedman and Bill Mays, among others. Giasullo calls Northampton County (PA) home.

Neil Wetzel has 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 Moravians 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) has an extensive background in performing and teaching music. His performance resume includes such notables as Tal Farlow, Al Cohen, Eric Kloss, Harry Leahy, Lou Donaldson, Vic Juris, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Ira Sullivan. Glick has performed in jazz clubs, in festivals nationally and internationally, and has been widely recorded. He can be heard on Joe Battaglias Three As One; Out of time by the Tina Marsh and the Bob Rodriguez Trio; and From the Shore, Rick Balestra's first CD, to name just a few.

Bassist Nicholas Krolak toured London with Giasullo in November 2010 during which the foursome of Giasullo, Themen, Tamminen and Krolak played at the Pizza Express and the 606 Club, among others. They recorded a CD there, to be released in the near future. A Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA) graduate, he studied bass with Tony Cimorosi and Paul Rostock and has played under Tony Gairos direction, as well as with composer, arranger, and keyboardist Doug HawK and pop singer Jessi Teich.

Lyrics

Nightwalk

Written By: Frank Giasullo

When I walk
the streets are empty.
Fog hangs frozen
in the air.

When I walk
the night surrounds me
and whispers
of places far
and dreams gone by.

Through the mist
the lamplight shimmers.
Down the street
the shadows dance.

As I watch
the world stands
poised and still,
waiting to begin again.

Through the mist
the lamplight shimmers.
Down the street
the shadows dance.

As I watch
the world stands
poised and still,
waiting to begin again.