Who: The Frank Giasullo Quartet with Frank Giasullo on piano, Tony
Gairo on saxophone, Ron Glick on drums and Nicholas Krolak on
Where: The Riegelsville Inn
10-12 Delaware Road
Riegelsville, Pennsylvania 18077
What: The Frank Giasullo Quartet Returns to the Riegelsville Inn
Firstlight is the Frank Giasullo Quartet’s first CD. From the playful "Dr. Nick," to the debonair "The Waltz," to the pensive "Nightwalk," Giasullo’s compositions are a seven-course meal that satisfies the listener. Too full for more is not an option, however. Giasullo’s modal arrangement of the Kosma/Mercer classic "Autumn Leaves," and his arrangement of the Kern/Harnbach "Yesterdays" are irresistible second helpings.
Giasullo’s 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 Giasullo’s 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
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 Debussy’s 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.
Reedman Tony Gairo’s big band sound can be heard on his CD Treacherous. He appears locally in Philadelphia and environs with the Tony Gairo Dektette and maintains an active schedule, in addition to performing, as an educator of jazz, the saxophone, flute, and clarinet; jazz composition, arranging, theory and analysis. >P>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 Battaglia’s 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 found music, and jazz in particular, in college. After an injury benched him from an intensive soccer playing and training schedule, Krolak seized the opportunity to take private guitar lessons. Within a short time he refocused on the bass. A Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA) graduate, he studied bass with Tony Cimorosi and Paul Rostock and has played under Tony Gairo’s direction, as well as with composer, arranger, and keyboardist Doug Hawk.
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 sample Frank Giasullo tunes from his second CD Until the Next Time. Download tunes from the CD Firstlight at iTunes.