Trey  Wright

Trey Wright

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Atlanta based jazz guitarist, composer and co-founder of the award winning Athens and Atlanta based jazz band Squat. The Trey Wright Trio performs original jazz music influenced by a wide variety of artists including Radiohead and Nick Drake as well as jazz artists Brad Mehldau and Jim Hall.

Biography

Trey Wright began playing guitar at age 15. Initially inspired by the blues, Trey was exposed to jazz early in his development by a private instructor. While studying Sociology at the University of Georgia, Wright furthered his study of jazz improvisation with pianist and composer Steve Dancz. In 1994, he co-founded the Athens/Atlanta based jazz band Squat. The group is a four time winner of the Best Jazz Award at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards and has been a featured artist at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Twilight Athens Jazz Festival, Harvest Midtown, and has performed with Medeski, Martin, and Wood; the B-52’s; Maceo Parker; Maynard Ferguson; the Squirrel Nut Zippers; and the Charlie Hunter Trio. Along with managing Squat and producing five independent CD releases, Trey plays guitar and piano with the group touring throughout the Southeast.

Trey also plays freelance in the Athens and Atlanta area and has performed with upright and electric bassist John Patitucci, Jimmy Haslip, Grammy winning saxophonist Joe Lovano, and Mel Bay guitarist Corey Christiansen. With the Steve Dancz Quartet and the UGA Jazz Band, Trey has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz A Vienne, and the World Sacred Music Festival in Bangalore, India. As a solo guitarist and with his trio, Trey has been a featured performer at the Athens Music and Arts Festival, the Lake Oconee Jazz Festival, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival, as well as residencies at Gylands, Last Call, and AMF in Athens, GA and Loco’s Pub and the Five Spot in Atlanta, GA. Trey’s solo guitar style is a unique blend of Americana, Jazz, Brazilian, gospel, and world music.

In December of 2002, Trey completed a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies at Georgia State University, and he currently is on faculty at LaGrange College, Kennesaw State University, the Atlanta Institute of Music, and is a Visiting Guest Artist at the University of Georgia. In February of 2006, Trey will be releasing his first solo CD, Where I'm Calling From and putting the finishing touches on his first book Comping the Blues: An Introduction to Jazz Harmony for the Guitar, to be published in late 2006.

Discography

2006 Trey Wright Where I'm Calling From
2005 Bousfield The Seed
2004 Squat Recycled
2003 Dan Gardner More Than Life
2002 Squat Gruelash
2000 Squat Athfest Compilation
1999 Squat Placebo
1997 Squat Tales From the Side of the Road
1995 Squat Cycles

Set List

Originals:

You Should Know By Now
Garlic and Greens
Control
Muse
To Bedlam and Part Way Back
the Snakes in Your Head
You Know What I Mean
Departure
Anywhere But Here

Standards:

Dolphin Dance
Jeanine
Bolivia
This I Dig of You
Armando's Rhumba
Jingles
Black Nile