For Immediate Release: January 15, 2009
Who: The Frank Giasullo Quartet with Frank Giasullo on piano, Pat Wristen on trumpet, Ron Glick on drums and Nicholas Krolak on bass
Where: The Riegelsville Inn, 10-12 Delaware Road Riegelsville, Pennsylvania 18077 (610) 749-0100
When: Saturday, January 17th, 2009, 8:00 pm
What: Firstlight: The Frank Giasullo Quartet Dawns
The Frank Giasullo Quartet combines thoughtful, accomplished playing with a laid-back groove and sensitive ensemble work. From cool blue to warm and lush, the FGQ eloquently reflects a breadth of feeling only possible in an acoustic jazz quartet with four musicians of this quality. Theirs is a distinctive sound, enhanced by a strong repertoire of Giasullo’s original compositions, the playful "Dr. Nick" for example, to Joseph Kosma’s classic "Autumn Leaves," both recorded in 1998 for their Firstlight CD.
Giasullo is a classically trained jazz pianist but his playing and the music he writes comes as much out of his feeling for gospel, folk and blues as his classical and jazz background. He studied with John Coates, Jr., Don Friedman, Bill Mays, among others. He is one of those expressive jazz musicians who uses what he knows to say what he feels. And what he has to say is worth hearing, remembering and hearing again.
Pat Wristen, a 15-year veteran of the quartet, has played trumpet and flugelhorn in a wide variety of settings and styles. He has toured Central and South America in US Army concerts and jazz bands, played as guest soloist with the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble and has played in numerous area jazz groups and projects. Wristen, a Princeton graduate and Bucks County (PA) resident, divides his time between the Giasullo group and the Midnight Sun Orchestra, a working 17-piece big band.
Drummer Ron Glick of Bridgewater (NJ) also shares a long-term collaboration with Frank Giasullo. He has an extensive background in performing and teaching music. His performance resume reads like a list of Who’s Who in jazz, including such notables as Tal Farlow, Al Cohen, Eric Kloss, Harry Leahy, Lou Donaldson, Vic Juris, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Ira Sullivan, just to name a few. Glick has performed in jazz clubs and in festivals nationally and internationally.
The newest and youngest member of the foursome, Fords (NJ) native Nicholas Krolak, was a precious find. Giasullo, piano teacher at Raritan Valley Community College, discovered the then 19-year-old five years ago as a freshman. Krolak had only been playing bass for a few short months when Giasullo added him to the college’s jazz ensemble. After private lessons with bassist Tony Cimorosi in Englewood, NJ, Krolak had advanced beyond anyone’s expectations. He continued his studies in Bethlehem, PA at Moravian College’s jazz program where, under the direction of Neil Wetzel and teachers Paul Rostok and Tony Gairo, he graduated in 2008. With his raw talent and feel for the music, burning desire to play and play some more, and astounding work ethic, Krolak earned his way into the quartet.
Let "Dr. Nick," come alive to prescribe this January rejuvenation: A drive along the picturesque Delaware River to the Pennsylvania riverside community of Riegelsville, a stop at the welcoming Riegelsville Inn for drinks, a dinner of hearty beef stew in a puff pastry shell or traditional bouillabaisse -- just two examples of dishes made well and priced reasonably -- and an evening of jazz standards and new compositions by the Frank Giasullo Quartet in the intimate pub or dining room. The inn has eight guest rooms for overnight stays, as well.
The Riegelsville Inn is only an hour from either New York or Philadelphia. For directions, menus, and overnight accommodations visit their Web site at riegelsvilleinn.com.
Visit FGJazz.com to hear Frank Giasullo tunes.