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Rich Falco Quartet

 

With a focus on "modern mainstream" and Latin styles, this group performs frequently in concert venues, jazz festivals, on television and radio broadcasts. Even at high energy, this ensemble prides itself on sensitivity and group interplay with an emphasis on acoustic balance.

Rich ArdizzoneRich Ardizzone - Jazz Trombone

is a classically trained trombonist with a Bachelor’s degree in performance from Boston University and a Master of Education degree from Tufts University. He has performed with the Paul Fontaine/Jimmy Mosher Big Band, the Brass Mangerie and a variety of Salsa and Latin bands. While playing professionally in the Boston area in the early 1960’s he was a member of Conjunto Azul, a Latin Jazz ensemble that played at the legendary Paul’s Mall as the house band. For the past ten years he has been active in the area with the Rich Falco Quartet. He is the Associate Director and teaches trombone, jazz ensemble, recorder and Afro-Caribbean drumming classes at the Joy of Music Program in Worcester, MA.

 

Mike Connorsmike connors jazz drummer

has studied jazz drumming at Berklee College of Music in Boston with jazz greats Joe Hunt and Alan Dawson. He performs not only on drums and percussion, but also on vibraphone as a freelance musician throughout New England in a variety of settings. He has traveled with several National Broadway Tours including, Bye Bye Birdie and Anything Goes (the Lincoln Center version). Mike has also toured the Caribbean with trumpeter Andre Rice as well as toured the U.S. and Europe with the avant garde pop group Combustible Edison whom he has also recorded several times with.

 

Jerry WilfongJerry Wilfong Jazz Bassist

is an active Boston area freelance bassist.  Jerry studied in the early seventies at Berklee College of Music, and later with bassist Joe Holovnia.  He has attended master’s classes by bassists John Clayton, Jr. and Harvie S. Jerry performs regularly around New England in a variety of styles with many jazz ensembles, including groups led by Paul Broadnax, Stan Strickland, Garrison Fewell,  Steve Soares, Rich Falco, Ferdinando Argenti, Jane Miller, Maggie Galloway, Monica Hatch, and Jim Porcella.  He is recorded on CD’s by Sai Ghose, Steven Kirby, John Wilkins, Phill Argyris and Chris Taylor, and has toured Russia, Romania, and France.  Jerry has performed with distinguished jazz artists Leni Stern, John Stowell, Richie Cole, Joe Hunt, Greg Abate, Gray Sargent,  and Jon Wheatley
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